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A win today could seal the deal for promotion chasing Cobblers

Fans at Sixfields. Credit: Jon Buckle/PA Wire.

Northampton Town could confirm their promotion to League One today.

A win against Bristol Rovers at Sixfields could be enough to seal the deal for the Cobblers who are top of League Two.

It would cement a pretty impressive turn of fate for the club which late last year was on the verge of going out of business.

Rob Halden-Pratt reports.

Northampton boss Chris Wilder says 'I chose the wrong side'

Northampton Town boss Chris Wilder said he'd made the wrong team selection for the game against Mansfield.

Town found themselves 2-0 down within 15 minutes and their long unbeaten run ,looked under threat.

But the Cobblers fought back after Mansfield were reduced to ten men to take a share of the points.

Watch Donovan Blake's interview with Chris Wilder below:


Colchester United bring in West Ham defender on loan

Leo Chambers (right) has joined Colchester United. Credit: PA

Colchester United have signed West Ham defender Leo Chambers on a month's loan.

The 20-year-old has played for the Hammers first team on three occasions.

Manager Kevin Keen will be hoping he can help plug a U's defence which has already conceded 78 goals this season.

Sam Hoskins is staying at Sixfields. Credit: PA

Meanwhile, Northampton Town striker Sam Hoskins has agreed a new two-and-a-half year contract at Sixfields.

Northampton Town agree loan deal for Millwall striker

John Marquis will spend the rest of the season at Sixfields. Credit: PA

Northampton Town have re-signed Millwall striker John Marquis on loan until the end of the season.

The 23-year-old, who had a previous spell at Sixfields in 2014, joins a Cobblers team riding high at the top of League Two.

Marquis will help cover for the loss of top scorer Marc Richards who's been ruled out for at least four weeks with an achilles injury.

Prosser in Northampton Town move while Pigott joins Luton Town

Luke Prosser lifts the League Two play-off trophy. Credit: PA

Southend United centre-back Luke Prosser has joined Northampton Town on loan until the end of the season.

The 27-year-old has been with the Shrimpers since 2010, but has found first team opportunities harded to come by this season in League One.

Prosser's contract at Roots Hall expires in the summer.

"I'm really pleased to bring Luke in.

I have been an admirer of his for a while and this is another signing that will strengthen us at a key time in the season.

As James Collins did, Luke also won promotion from this level last season, and that knowledge and experience can only help us.

We have a really hectic schedule coming up, and to be able to add Luke's ability, knowhow and experience to the squad is a big boost and a huge help to the players who are already here and have done so well to get us to the position we are in."

– Chris Wilder, Northampton Town manager
Joe Pigott will spend the rest of the season at Luton Town. Credit: PA

Meanwhile, former Southend loan star Joe Pigott will spend the rest of the campaign at Luton Town.

Pigott has signed on loan from Charlton Athletic and helped Southend gain promotion from League Two last season.

“I’ve worked before Joe before. He’s an excellent young striker who has scored goals wherever he has been.

He’s been brought into the Club because he is the type of player we want here. He fits all of our criteria and adds competition to an area we are already very strong in."

– Nathan Jones, Luton Town manager

Elsewhere, Stevenage defender Jamie McCombe has left the club by mutual consent.


Arrest made in Northampton Town loan investigation

A 45-year-old man is helping with inquiries in relation to the investigation into the use of funds loaned to Northampton Town FC by Northampton Borough Council. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Northamptonshire Police have confirmed a 45-year-old man is helping with inquiries in relation to the investigation into the use of funds loaned to Northampton Town FC by Northampton Borough Council.

The man was arrested by detectives at an address in Northamptonshire on Monday morning. He has been released on conditional bail.

“This remains a very complex investigation and, as such, it would be inappropriate for us to make any further comment at this time.”

– DCI Paul Spicer, Northamptonshire Police

Northampton Borough Council loaned the League Two club £10.25million to complete a stadium development in 2013.

The proposed work was never completed and, in November 2015, police launched an investigation into "alleged financial irregularities".

Despite numerous off-field problems this season, the Cobblers are top of the table after 27 games.

Northampton Town and MK Dons duo head to Barnet

Chris Hackett will spend the rest of the season at Barnet. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Barnet have completed the double signing of MK Dons midfielder Mark Randall and Northampton Town's Chris Hackett.

Randall has been released by the Dons and joins on free transfer, while Hackett moves on loan until the end of the season.

Mark Randall found first team opportunities hard to come by at MK Dons. Credit: PA

“Mark (Randall) is a great boy who has been through a difficult time recently. He’s also found it tough with the injuries so I feel he needs to go and get a fresh start – he goes with my support.

I like him as a person and I think he’s an extremely gifted footballer. He’s always had a good demeanor about him and I want to thank him for efforts and his patience.”

– Karl Robinson, MK Dons Manager

Northampton Town seal loan move for Shrewsbury Town star Collins

James Collins will spend the rest of the season at Northampton Town. Credit: PA

Northampton Town agreed a deal to sign Shrewsbury Town striker James Collins on loan until the end of the season.

The move represents something of a coup for the Cobblers, with Collins a proven goalscorer in the lower leagues.

The 25-year-old has played more than 20 games so far this campaign and scored 17 goals last season as the Shrews were promoted to League One.

Click below to hear from Chris Wilder

"We are delighted to bring in a player of this quality and it is important that we strengthen the squad when we are doing well.

We are not looking to take anything away from the squad, we only want to add and James adds quality and depth to the existing squad.

He has scored goals at this level and played a key part in a promotion winning team in League Two last season.

He fits into our system and the way we want to play, we have known about him and followed his career for a long time and it is pleasing we have been able to add a player of this quality so early in the January transfer window."

– Chris Wilder, Northampton Town manager

Cobblers in the clear as winding-up petition withdrawn

Cobblers fans celebrated the Kelvin Thomas takeover news. Credit: ITV Anglia.

A winding up petition on Northampton Town FC by HMRC has officially been withdrawn after a court hearing last Monday.

All the club's debts have also been paid.

New chairman Kelvin Thomas has said it will give the team a chance to focus on the FA Cup.

"This is a very positive step as we move forward. We can now focus on our review of the club and developing the future plans.

"We really enjoyed our first game in the win against Yeovil last weekend and the welcome we received from the fans was really special.

"Now it's time for the FA Cup. The players have given themselves a wonderful chance of getting into the 3rd Round and it's a great time to get behind them.”

– Kelvin Thomas, Chairman
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