John Gorman was named Cobblers boss in June, 2006

COBBLERS QUIZ: Just for fun... looking back to a season of managerial change - 2006/07

Welcome to the latest of our regular quizzes focusing on a season in the Cobblers' not too distant past.

By Jeremy Casey
Tuesday, 28th April 2020, 4:48 pm

Sport is on lockdown for the foreseeable future and the Cobblers, like every other sports team in the country, are currently sat on the sidelines.

So for those of you looking for a little bit of a football fix, we at the Chron are putting together a regular little quiz, focusing on a Town campaign of the past - and it's just a bit of fun.

Today, we are heading to the season from summer 2006 to May, 2007.

The close season started in problematic fashion, with Colin Calderwood quitting the Cobblers just a few weeks after claiming promotion to take up the manager's job at Nottingham Forest.

It meant David Cardoza was once again looking for a new boss.

Not since the chaotic days of his first 12 months at the helm had Cardoza had to find a new man, having stuck with Calderwood for close on three years, and eventually being rewarded with that promotion in May, 2006.

The Scot had left behind a strong but ageing squad, but it was still one that would be attractive to managers looking to prove their worth, and in the end Town went for another man from north of the border - John Gorman.

Gorman had done an excellent job at Wycombe the previous season, before he left the club by mutual consent in May.

The former England assistant boss had gone through the trauma of losing his wife Myra to cancer in the February, and although he returned to his role in March, he was given more compassionate leave in April before leaving Adams Park.

Gorman felt he needed a change of scenery to get back into football and took on the Cobblers role, with the Scot being recommended to then chairman David Cardoza by Calderwood.

Town endured a mixed start to life back in the third tier, claiming some excellent wins on the road - but struggling to get results, or even score goals, at home - in their first seven home league games they scored just twice.

They eventually secured that first home win at the end of October, but then a run of six matches without a win saw Gorman resign with the Cobblers 18th, the broken-hearted Scot admitting he was still grieving the loss of his wife, and that he had returned to the game too soon.

Town moved quickly to fill the hot seat though, going for former Wolves and Aston Villa boss Stuart Gray.

Despite a sticky start and a four-match losing streak that saw Town drop to 19th in mid-February, Gray steadily started to turn things round with the shrewd use of the loan market, signing the likes of Alex Pearce, Simon Cox, Jordan Robertson and Kenny Deuchar.

Town lost just four of their final 13 matches to secure a comfortable 14th-place finish, ending the season with a 2-2 draw at Doncaster Rovers.

So, a satisfactory end to another unpredictable 12 months at Sixfields.

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