Landlady of pub popular with Northampton Town fans gives £1,500 to supporters’ trust

The Melbourne Arms in Duston is only a stone's throw away from Sixfields and often sees Cobblers fans head in there for a pre-game drink.

The Melbourne Arms in Duston is only a stone's throw away from Sixfields and often sees Cobblers fans head in there for a pre-game drink.

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The landlady of a Duston pub was so taken by the crisis at Northampton Town Football club she has handed the supporters’ trust the £1,500 she won as part of a community award.

Lou Hill, who runs the Melbourne Arms in Duston says Cobblers fans spend up to £1,500 in her pub every home game and is a big supporter of the League Two side herself.

Earlier this year she was awarded the regional Community Hero prize by Enterprise Inns for her regular charity work, which included her rounding up 40 pub regulars to take part in the Cycle 4 Cynthia event this year.

As part of her winnings she was given £1,500 to spend on community projects in her area.

But mum-of-three Mrs Hill has pledged it to the Northampton Town Supporters’ Trust, currently bidding to raise £100,000 as the Cobblers faces a winding up order in the High Court next week.

She said: “The team is only based nearby.

“To me the Cobblers is the local community. A lot of the fans and supporters have supported me over the years, this is just my way of giving back to them.”

Mrs Hill, 38, who has worked at the Melbourne Arms for 12 years and has run it for six year, said if Cobblers were to go into liquidation next week her trade would take a massive dent.

“It would really hit me for home games,” she said. “The fans spend between £800 and £1,500 in here every home game.

“And even when they play away, a lot of the lads come in here for a drink before they get on he coach.”

As of last night, more than £35,000 has been raised for Northampton Town Football Club Supporters’ Trust so far.

To give to the cause head to: https://crowdfunding.justgiving.com/ntfctrust