The publication this week of the Cobblers’ plans to redevelop the east stand of their Sixfields stadium was a timely reminder of the potentially bright future that lies ahead for the club.
Among the proposed improvements are a vast, 512-seat function room, 10 hospitality boxes and a directors’ lounge with a capacity of 80.
If such spaces are filled on a regular basis, then the amount of revenue going into the club will increase enormously.
It would enable them to do so many things, from an increase in community project activity to improved funding for the system that develops younger players for the senior squad.
It would, of course, also facilitate an increase in the playing budget, essentially paving the way for the club to - hypothetically - pay more for players who are - hypothetically - of a higher standard than anything that has gone before.
Things are on the up at Northampton Town.
Five players have gone professional from the youth ranks in the past year or so, a new training base has been sourced, the club is doing more than it ever has in terms of analysis, sports science and diet, some extra money is coming in from a tenant club and now the enormously-overdue redevelopment is finally happening.
But such good times are not currently extending to what happens on the pitch on a Saturday afternoon and what happens on the pitch on a Saturday afternoon is, rightly or wrongly, the only thing the vast majority of supporters care about.
There is no getting away from the fact that the start to the season has been desperately poor and that all kinds of accusations can be made about where mistakes have been made and what the consequences of those mistakes might be (although it is worth noting that only 11 league games have been played so far and no team in the history of English football has been relegated in October).
Although nothing has ever been said to the effect, there is a feeling that the current campaign is a transitional one, in which a few younger players are blooded, some playing combinations formed and the net spend on the squad reined in.
It is a concept that will feel bizarre considering the achievements of last season, but one that has to be considered against the backdrop of great change elsewhere at the club.
If this was a normal business, in which immediate verdicts on the standard of the performances of the club’s most visible workers (the players) was not delivered every week in the form of cheers or boos, such a strategy would be totally acceptable, not to mention considerably easier to implement.
It’s not, of course, which brings us onto this weekend’s game against Dagenham & Redbridge.
For that 90-minute period of the weekend all that will matter - to the vast majority of the people in the stadium - is what happens on the pitch.
The redevelopment won’t even be a consideration.
Corporate hospitality facilities will take a back seat to disputing throw-ins or marginal offside decisions.
Because of that, Aidy Boothroyd could really do with a win against the Daggers.
It won’t actually make much difference in terms of the history of the club, but it would be nice.
Boothroyd is categorically not going to be losing his job any time soon (just consider for a moment the message it would send to potential managerial employees if the club were to dismiss a man who had taken them to a play-off final 11 games previously) but is under a growing pressure to start winning games.
Some of this pressure is coming from the supporters.
The majority is coming from within himself.
Things are on the up at Northampton Town, just not on the pitch.
And that will be causing the manager an enormous amount of professional pain.