Northampton Town: Stars of yesterday back in action at Sixfields

Football action from the Roland Mills Memorial Match between Past and present Cobblers players and ex-international and professional football players at Sixfields Stadium.
Football action from the Roland Mills Memorial Match between Past and present Cobblers players and ex-international and professional football players at Sixfields Stadium.

A CROWD of just under 2,000 turned out at Sixfields last Saturday for the Roly Mills Memorial Match.

A team of Cobblers Legends took on an Ex-Professional Footballers Select, with the Cobblers team narrowly being edged out 4-3.

It was an entertaining game for the spectators to enjoy, with a handful of former international players on show, and a whole clutch of former Cobblers favourites.

Included in the Ex-League side, who were managed by Roly Mills’ son Gary, a former Nottingham Forest and Leicester City player, were internationalists Nigel Clough, Dave Beasant, Garry Birtles, Peter Davenport and Eddie McGoldrick.

The Cobblers team meanwhile was full of Sixfields – and County Ground – favourites.

Turning out in the claret and white were Martin Smith, Steve Howard, Ian Sampson, Ray Warburton, Ian Atkins, Dave Savage, Lee Howey, John Hodge, Neil Grayson, Sean Parrish, Adam Sandy and Craig Adams.

Also making a guest appearance was Premier League referee Mark Halsey, who played a part of the game in the goal, while the team was managed by a combination of Graham Carr, Irvin Gernon and Keith Bowen, son of the club’s legendary manager Dave Bowen.

On the mark for the ex-League side in their 4-3 win were former Nottingham Forest winger Ian Woan, who scored twice, Davenport and Phil Turner.

Replying for the Cobblers were Parrish, Sampson and Halsey, who scored from the penalty spot.

All funds from the day will go to the Roly Mills Memorial Trust Fund.

Mills, who passed away last year aged 76, played 324 times for the Cobblers between the years of 1951 and 1964, and then stayed involved with the club for many years afterwards on the coaching and administration fronts.