Cobblers on the road again... fans' away day guide as Town travel to Derby County for big FA Cup clash
The Cobblers are back on their travels on Tuesday night when they make the short trip north to take on Derby County in an FA Cup fourth round replay (ko 7.45pm).
Town will be aiming to create a massive upset and set up a last-16 date with Manchester United at the PTS Academy Stadium.
Around 4,500 Cobblers fans are expected to make the short trip up the M1, so here is a quick guide to the Rams, on getting to the game, and what all of those travelling can expect to find once they get to Pride Park.
Fixture: Derby County v Northampton Town
Date: Tuesday, February 4, 2020
Competition: FA Cup fourth round replay
Weather forecast for Tuesday: Cloudy, 6C
Derby County nickname: The Rams
Club formed: 1884
League club since: 1888 - Derby were one of the 12 founder members of the Football League in 1888. The Rams are one of only 10 clubs to have competed in every season of the English Football League system
Manager: Phillip Cocu
Stadium: Pride Park. The stadium has been Derby County's home since 1997. Prior to the move, the club had played at the Baseball Ground, which had been the club's home since 1895.
Address: Pride Park, Derby, DE24 8XL
Ground capacity: 33,597
Record attendance: March 18, 2000, Premier League - 33,378, Derby County versus Liverpool
Average attendance this season: 27,000
Highest attendance this season: 28,454, versus Birmingham City, Sky Bet Championship, September 28, 2019
Lowest attendance this seaso: 24,697, versus Wigan Athletic, Sky Bet Championship, October 23, 2019
Distance from the PTS Academy Stadium (by road): 61 miles
Cobblers' overall record at Pride Park: P 0 W 0 D 0 L 0 - This will be the Cobblers' first visit to Pride Park. Indeed, Town haven't played a competitive match at the home of Derby County since January 14, 1967, when the Rams were 4-3 winners over Town in a Football League Division Two match. Derby are one of a handful of clubs the Cobblers have never beaten in their history. They have only met 11 times in total, with Derby winning six, and the other five ending in draws
Away fan stands: Away fans are located in one corner of the stadium, between the East and South Stands
Are stands for away fans covered?: Yes
What to see: The Brian Clough and Peter Taylor statue - in 2008, a nine-foot-high bronze statue of Brian Clough and Peter Taylor – who had managed the club between 1967 and 1973 – was commissioned to adorn the north west portion of the ground to be called Unity Plaza. The statue was designed by Andrew Edwards and features both Clough and Taylor holding the League Championship trophy which they won with the club in 1972. It was unveiled on 27 August 2010
Admission prices - matchday prices (tickets available on arrival): Adult £15; Senior (aged 65+) £10; Young adult (18-21) £10; Youth (13-17) £5; Child (2-12) FREE. Any child aged 13 and under must be accompanied by someone aged 18 or above and children aged under two years will not be permitted entry to the stadium.
Directions by road: Take the M1 north, leave at Junction 25 and take the A52 towards Derby. Pride Park Stadium is signposted off the A52 after about seven miles#
Parking (from footballgroundguide.com): There is a designated away fans car park located at the Derby Conference Centre on the A6 London Road (DE24 8UX), which costs £5 per car. After parking up there you need to go into the Conference Centre Reception to pay for your parking. It is then around a 10-15 minute walk to the ground. There is also a fair sized car park at the Derby Arena (DE24 8JB) which has a capacity of around 1,100 vehicles and is situated next to Pride Park. The cost of parking is £8 per car, or £6 if the car has four or more people in it.
Nearest train station: Pride Park is about a 10 minute walk away from Derby Railway Station and is signposted
Nearest pub for away fans (details from footballgroundguide.com): With Pride Park being located in a retail park/industrial estate then there is little choice in the way of drinking outlets. The Navigation Inn on London Road is on the A6, and close to the away supporters' car parks. It is a 10-minute walk from the stadium. Around the stadium there are plenty of food outlets and restaurants, while inside the ground, fast food and soft drinks are on sale inside the concourses, where you can watch the pre-match build-up on plasma screen TVs before heading into the stands to watch pre-match footage on the Big Screen located inside the stadium.
Next Cobblers away trip: Walsall, Saturuday, February 15, 2020