Adams signs three-year deal with Northampton Town

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Northampton Town have signed Bury midfielder Nicholas William ‘Nickey’ Adams on a three-year deal, just a week after being transfer-listed by The Shakers.

The 28-year-old former Shakers midfielder was shocked after finding himself on the transfer-list despite playing 44 times, 35 of which were starts. With David Flitcroft’s idea of looking to go in a different direction, Adams switched to the Cobblers, agreeing to move on a free transfer.

The deal makes the midfielder reunites with ex-Shakers boss Alan Knill, who is the assistant manager at Sixfields, and Northampton Town manager Chris Wilder, who’s also on the Bury staff in 2008.

Cobblers assistant Alan Knill managed Bury when Adams came through the youth set-up between 2005-08 as the Welshman went on to make 94 first-team appearances before being sold to Leicester, and going on to play for Brentford, Rochdale and Rotherham United before returning to Bury.

Adams said that it took only a few days for the Cobblers’ GM Wilder to request a meeting with him. The 28-year-old Boltonian becomes Wilder’s second summer signing following the arrival of Alfie Potter on Wednesday.

“As soon as Northampton came in for me, I wanted to go and speak and when I came down here and spoke to the gaffer and looked around the place, I could see that it is an ambitious club and that’s what I want to be a part of,” said Adams.

Adams has previously played for Leicester City, Rotherham United, Brentford, Rochdale and Crawley Town. With Adams’ prior experiences, his new team expect much of him. For all we know, he could help the Cobblers to get into the finals in the next League.

Now Adams must prove his former club wrong, that it’s really their loss to transfer him to another club. Will he be able to step up to the plate? Let’s wait and see.

Northampton Town update: is O’Toole transfer-listed?

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Uh-oh. Is it time to trade Northampton Town’s midfielder?

With John-Joe O’Toole’s previous injuries, his violent conduct against Mansfield and poor performance in the field, his disappointed big boss Chris Wilder decided to include him on the transfer list along with the 32 year old pro soccer player Chris Hackett.

Well, we can’t blame Wilder on that decision. Since O’Toole is not an asset to his Northampton Town anymore, it is about time to cut the team’s losses. After all, the former Bristol Rovers midfielder has never really got off to a great start and it has been a struggle for him to recapture the good form and performance he certainly showed at Bristol Rovers.

“John-Joe is still contracted to the club so if he does not go, he comes back in but I think from the boy’s point of view and ours, it’s a situation of it’s not gone as well as we would like, so we cut our losses and move on,” Cobblers manager Wilder told BBC Radio Northampton.

It was a shame that the 26 year old O’Toole did not produce the performance expected of him throughout the campaign. Could it be the man became over confident because the Northampton Town was eager to sign him in after the last season? Or could it be a tough adjustment on his part or a personal struggle maybe? Well, whatever reasons O’Toole has, there was no big excuse to play like that.

Play harder and well, or else, you might be transfer listed. It really hurts but it is the reality that every soccer player needs to accept.
After being transfer-listed, the next question is this: Which team will sign John-Joe O’Toole in after what he has done for his former team Northampton Town?

Well, that remains to be seen.

O’Toole underperforms – Wilder hopes to ‘cut his losses’

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Northampton Town is now looking to ‘cut their losses’ on John-Joe O’Toole after he was slapped on the transfer list along with Chris Hackett, according to Cobblers boss Chris Wilder.

That shouldn’t have come off as a surprise, considering that the midfielder has been giving underwhelming performance since the Cobblers had him sign a bumper three year deal after scoring 17 goals for a relegated Bristol Rovers side during the previous campaign.

His arrival received much fanfare because of that.

Unfortunately, O’Toole failed to live up to the hype. He has only found the net twice in 40 appearances this season. What’s more, due to Wilder’s disappointment at his performances, he was shipped out to Southend United at one stage.

And then on a day which had been dubbed John-Joe O’Toole Day by fans who wore wigs and headbands in honor of the player’s long hair, the midfielder was sent off for violent conduct against Mansfield.

On the 26 year old’s failure to produce the performance expected of him, Wilder said, “Sometimes a manager has to make a decision and every manager has had signings that have just not worked. John-Joe never really got off to a great start and it’s been a struggle for him to recapture the form he definitely showed at Bristol Rovers and made us want to sign him.”

He also stated that O’Toole is still contracted to the club so if the midfielder doesn’t go, he comes back in.

But since the situation didn’t go well as they’d like, he said that now they’re looking forward to cutting their losses and moving on.

According to Wilder, O’Toole suffered from a couple of injuries and hadn’t found the form they signed him on in the first place.

He’s not blaming O’Toole though. He said that perhaps the style the Cobblers played has not suited the midfielder’s way of playing.

For O’Toole’s sake, may he get his old groove back come next season.

Chris returns to Oxford United, gets positive response

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Northampton Town manager Chris Wilder had been expecting a mixed reaction from Oxford United when he returned to the Kassam Stadium for the Cobblers game against the Yellows for the first time since leaving Oxford United.

It was January last year when Wilder ended his five-year stint with the club to join the Cobblers. The two teams have met twice since then, yet both games had been held at Sixfields.

The Cobblers boss said he knew that there were some Oxford United supporters that weren’t happy with his departure with the club and more likely not too eager to see his return to their home ground. But he was hoping that others would look at it more favorably.

“I can’t determine or dictate what other people think about me and they might feel a little bit sour the way I left, but you rarely leave a football club on very good terms,” he told the Northampton Chronicle, adding that if will people look at it from a football point of view they will see that period with fondness instead of hate.

But Wilder was taken by surprise when he got generally positive response when he walked out just before kick-off.

Instead of showing him hostility, people have come up to him and some even asked for an autograph.

For that, Wilder is grateful for the supporters, hoping they’ll come back next year and that the two teams would be battling it out to get out of the league.

Northampton Town Midfielder bagged a two-year contract

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It’s been a great week for Northampton Town midfielder Jason Taylor.

It was reported that Taylor has recently signed a new two-year contract with the team.

The 28 year old Droylsden, Greater Manchester native was on loan to the Cobblers by the Cheltenham Town since early January.

Jim Gannon, then Stockport County manager, was quoted as saying back in 2007, “He has all the attributes in terms of stamina and work-rate, plus he is mobile and we keep trying to add to his game. He has grown in confidence and he could be a fantastic player.”

During his stint with the Hatters, he made 51 league and cup appearances in the 2006-2007 season and won the club’s Young Player of the Year award at the end of the season.

Throughout his career, Taylor has made more than 350 league appearances and has won promotion with Rochdale and Rotherham United.

Asked how he was feeling after signing the new contract, he stated that as soon as he knew the team wanted to keep him, he had been over the moon.

Well, congratulations, Taylor. And may you have many more fruitful years with the Cobblers.

A tougher pre-season in store for Northampton Town

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Northampton Town is gearing for a tougher pre-season.

And that’s according to the Cobblers’ boss Chris Wilder.

The statement was released after a last-minute equaliser denied him a triumphant return to Oxford United.

Things were going great as Ivan Toney fired in a superb 25-yard free-kick shortly before the interval and at that moment, it seemed like they were all set to win the game after losing thrice in a row.

Unfortunately, luck wasn’t on their side as debutant keeper Shwan Jalal punched Evan Horwood’s header to Danny Hylton, who slid in substitute Alex MacDonald to score a dramatic leveller, with just moments remaining in stoppage time.

This resulted to the Cobblers conceding to the opposing team, following their defeat to the Stevenage – also caused by a last-minute equalizer.

Needless to say, Wilder was none-too-happy by these turn of events, saying the team needs to be more robust.

“To concede in the 90th-odd minute is really disappointing. The left-back has taken a chance with a header and he doesn’t need to do it, because the game was done,” he said, saying they had gifted the team with an equaliser when in fact they should be the one walking away with three points.

Now Wilder is intent on having a tougher pre-season to make up for the losses and far too many injuries they acquired throughout the season.

He also admitted that his team had been mentally and physically tired the past couple games and that it played a part in the losses.

But now that star striker Marc Richards has returned from his injury and with Ivan Toney showing great promise, Wilder believes that next season will be a better one for the team.

May that be the case, Wilder. May that be the case.

Northampton Town loses to Stevenage: Chris Wilder remains defiant

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It looks like Northampton Town has lost their chances to the play-offs after falling to a third league game without a win and getting defeated by the Stevenage.

The half-time was in favor for the Cobblers as Zander Diamond opens the scoring.

But not for long. Stevenage got the upperhand as Chris Whelpdale pulled his team level on 65 minutes before Simon Walton poked in a 90th-minute winner after the home side countered.

It didn’t help that Ryan Cresswell, Northampton’s defender, saw red late on for a second bookable offence.

The loss saw Northampton move seven points off a play-off place with only four games to go. Although the Cobblers are still scheduled to play champions-elect Burton and high-flying Wycombe in the final two weeks of the season.

Despite the miserable turn of events, Northampton boss Chris Wilder remains defiant and has vowed his team will fight on until the bitter end.

In a statement released to the media, Wilder said, “We have an obligation as professional footballers to ourselves, the team and the club to go and get as many points as possible between now and the end of the season and we’ll re-evaluate in the summer.”

But it’s not to say that he’s not disappointed with the result. The team needed the victory, but ended up getting killed by the equaliser.

They were given two or three opportunities to get the upper hand during the game, he said, but unfortunately failed to grab them.

While it’s sad to see Northampton Town out of the play-offs, there’s always next season for them to give it another shot.

Northampton Town’s Ricky Holmes scores against his old club

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It was Northampton Town 1 and Portsmouth 0 as Northampton secured their eighth win in ten games against Portsmouth at Sixfields.

It was a goal by Ricky Holmes that led to Northampton’s victory. It was a bittersweet win, considering Holmes was a former Portsmouth winger. And his winning goal came at the end of a beautiful weaving run.

Although it was moment worth remembering for Holmes, he wasn’t given a chance to celebrate by booing supporters. After all, his move from Northampton to Portsmouth wasn’t exactly a smooth one.

Holmes wasn’t the only Cobblers player who was in his element during the game. Marc Richards, who missed their 2-1 win at Shrewsbury due to his Achilles problem, was also in a top form. In fact, he was brought to replace Lawson D’Ath 55 minutes into the game and managed to send off a shot into the net.

After Ben Chorley was sent in injury time, the Cobblers were able to hold on for the win. If it hadn’t been for the sending off, it could have been a close call in those closing minutes. Either way, it was a great game to watch.

Northampton Town’s Spirits Are Lifted After Breaking Unbeaten Home Run

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The Northampton Town team is in good spirits these days. And why not? After all, they just only ended Shrewsbury’s unbeaten league run at home.

That’s right!

The Cobblers have managed to match Chelsea when they beat Shewsbury at their home ground, becoming only the second side to do so.

The team’s boss Chris Wilder said that the victory just intensified their hopes of winning promotion, especially after claiming maximum points that caused them to move to within six points of a play-off place.

The expectation level has been raised another notch, especially after winning at a team that is tipped to go up” Wilder told BBC Radio. “The players should take confidence from going to arguably one of the best sides in the league and winning.

However, Wilder said that nobody would be getting carried away since they still have Portsmouth to deal with.

There is enough experience in that changing room and staff to know that we are not going to get carried away with the performance and result” he said.

As well they should, considering that Portsmouth is also a good contender. In fact, Portsmouth boss Andy Awford’s team has managed to win four out of their last six games which includes a 6-2 victory at Cambridge United in their last away outing.

The game can go either way. And as Wilder puts it:

Portsmouth are in good nick. They had a fantastic result on Tuesday night [at home to Tranmere], coming back from 2-0 down to win 3-2, and a tough game on Saturday [goalless draw against Oxford]. By all reports possibly they shaded it and deserved to win, and they won 6-2 at Cambridge a couple of weeks ago.

Of course two great opposing teams only means exciting game. I don’t know about you, but I’ll definitely be tuning in.

Martin Foyle The New Head Of Recruitment At Northampton Town

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Northampton Town has found their new head of recruitment! That’s right. Martin Foyle, former Hereford United manager, has been recently appointed as the head of recruitment for the Cobblers.

This is particularly good news for Foyle as he’s been out of football after being dismissed by Conference Premier side Southport in October after just 14 games.

The 51-year-old will work side by side with Chris Wilder, manager of League Two side 2, to help the Cobblers who are currently 11th in the table.

According to Wilder, Foyle was selected not only because of his extensive experience but also his eye for a player. And his responsibility now entails identifying possible signings for the Cobblers.

Wilder was quoted as saying:

“Recruitment is a key task. It needs someone dedicated to the role full time. Martin already has a team of scouts working for him and the club in different geographical areas and they are watching a lot of players on our behalf. It seems likely short-term loans won’t be allowed in the Football League next season, and even if they are, I want to get away from us having to borrow players from other clubs unless we need to in an emergency. As manager I have the final say on who comes in, but the job of Martin and his team of scouts is to identify and recommend players for consideration and we have made an excellent appointment.”

Will Foyle be able to meet the club’s and everyone else’s expectations? Let’s hope so.