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Basketball star O'Neal pays tribute to Northampton Town

Shaquille O'Neil has paid tribute to Northampton Town winning League 2. Credit: PA

Former basketball star Shaquille O'Neal has paid tribute to Northampton Town winning League Two.

The NBA star sang Queen's "We are the Champions" to mark the Cobbler's triumph of winning the league, promoting them into League One.

Pictures courtesy of Northampton Town Youtube channel

Council takes out temporary injunction in dispute over Northampton Town loan

David Cardoza. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Northampton Borough Council have confirmed they've applied for a temporary injunction to stop the wife of former Northampton Town chairman David Cardoza selling her house.

They say they've taken the action as part of their investigation into what happened to a £10.25 million loan they leant to the Cobblers for the building of their new East Stand when Mr Cardoza was in charge.

A hearing is due to take place in Birmingham tomorrow morning.

The Borough Council applied for an interim injunction to prevent the sale of Christina Cardoza’s house. Christina, Anthony and David Cardoza, have been named in the proceedings.

We have taken this action against the Cardozas as part of our pursuit of the £10.25million loan made by Northampton Borough Council to Northampton Town Football Club, of which David and Anthony Cardoza were directors.

The Borough Council took on the right to pursue the debt from the Football Club under the memorandum of understanding signed with the Club’s new owners and we have made it clear that we do intend to take the action needed both to find out what happened and to recover the public money that has not been repaid.

– Northampton Borough Council Spokesperson


Northampton Town to lift League Two trophy after Luton clash

Northampton Town will lift the trophy on April 30. Credit: PA

Northampton Town will be presented with the League Two trophy after their last home game of the season against Luton Town on April 30.

The Cobblers have already wrapped up the title and beat Crawley Town 2-1 at Sixfields last night.

They will be able to get their hands on the trophy later this month, but the club have warned it won't happen if supporters invade the pitch.

The plan is for the players to return to the dressing room for a few minutes when the final whistle is blown to allow a stage to be constructed on the pitch before the players return to receive their medals and lift the Sky Bet League 2 trophy.

The supporters have played such a huge role in the club's season and we are desperate for a capacity crowd to be able to view the presentation.

This will only be possible if there is no pitch invasion.

To allow everyone to share in this very special moment, we must ask all supporters to please stay off the pitch at all times. If a pitch invasion does take place, the presentation will not be able to take place out on the pitch but will instead happen in private, which we think would be a huge shame.

– Northampton Town

Date set for Northampton Town open top bus parade

Northampton Town's players celebrate being crowned as champions. Credit: PA

An open top bus parade to celebrate Northampton Town's promotion to League One is likely to be held in May.

The Cobblers were crowned as League Two champions following a 0-0 draw at Exeter City on Saturday.

Chairman Kelvin Thomas says a provisional date has been set for May 8 - the day after their last game of the season at Portsmouth.

The Council have very generously offered us the chance of an open top bus tour and plans are being drawn up.

It will be a huge celebration and plans are being made for Sunday May 8th.

We are looking at it taking place late in the afternoon to allow everyone who is staying over the chance to come home from Portsmouth.

I have asked for two buses, so that we can have a bus for the players and behind that a staff bus, because the staff are very much part of this.

We have looked at paying tribute to the staff on a matchday but that can have challenges because the staff have responsibilities on a matchday, so we feel this second bus would be an important part of the celebration. It would be a fitting finale to a wonderful season.

– Kelvin Thomas, Northampton Town chairman

Wilder wants no let-up despite already sealing promotion

Northampton Town manager Chris Wilder is targeting a 'special night' as the Cobblers return to Sixfields for the first time since being crowned as League Two champions.

A sell-out crowd is expected for the visit of Crawley Town, and Wilder wants his team to get that winning feeling again after four draws in a row.

Northampton Town v Crawley Town, Sky Bet League Two, Tuesday 19 April, 19:45

Wilder hails 'unbelievable' Northampton Town promotion

Northampton Town manager Chris Wilder has described the club's march to the League Two title as "unbelievable".

The Cobblers were crowned as champions with four games to spare following a 0-0 draw at Exeter City on Saturday.

Wilder was rewarded for his part in their promotion with the Manager of the Year prize at the Football League awards last night.


The rollercoaster season for newly-promoted Northampton

Fans celebrate as Northampton Town after promoted to League One. Credit: ITV News Anglia

From the brink of going out of business to sporting glory, it's been quite a year for Northampton Town now promoted to League One.

It's almost impossible to believe the ups and downs the club has been through in the last 12 months.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia Sports Correspondent Donovan Blake

The club has survived off-pitch financial problems which included one stalled takeover and potentially being wound up.

At the same time the club embarked on a record breaking run of wins, they're also in line to smash their record of matches without defeat.

On Saturday the Cobblers secured promotion from League Two after drawing 2-2 with Bristol Rovers.

An amazing end to what's been something of a rollercoaster season - both on and off the field.

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