Northampton Town fans ‘worried’ about club’s future but determined to show support for team

Northampton Town FC  v Leyton Orient FC Sky Bet League 2 match at the Sixfields Stadium, Northampton NNL-150926-175303009
Northampton Town FC v Leyton Orient FC Sky Bet League 2 match at the Sixfields Stadium, Northampton NNL-150926-175303009

Cobblers fans put their fears about the club’s future aside for 90 minutes during the first match since it was announced that a £10.25 million loan from the council must be paid back in three weeks.

More than 4,000 Northampton Town supporters packed into Sixfields to watch a 1-1 draw against Leyton Orient, who started the game as league leaders.

Unlike the previous home game against Oxford, there was no protest from the fans against chairman David Cardoza, before, during or after the game.

The majority of the fans the Chronicle & Echo spoke to after the match said they were concerned about recent events off the pitch but would continue giving their full support to the players on the pitch.

Cobblers season ticket holder Andy Ward, aged 67, said he was confident that the £10,25 million loan would be paid back to Northampton Borough Council within the three-week deadline.

He said: “It should not be a problem to pay it back to the council. I think it will be paid back.

George Allen, aged 71, of Kislingbury, said he was worried about the future of the football club as the takeover was taking a lot longer than expected.

He said: “It is worrying that money is not being paid. The sooner it is all sorted out the better.”

Cobblers fan Joe Davies, aged 26, said the supporters would not let the off-field issues affect their behaviour towards the players on match days.

He said: “I was shocked by the announcement about the loan and I think it was bad timing the day before a match.

“It is concerning the takeover is taking so long. But the fans will continue to support the team on the match days.”