Tale of the tape - so how do Northampton Town compare to Manchester United?

Manchester United are one of the biggest football clubs in the world, and Northampton are, er, not - but they will start Wednesday night's EFL Cup clash at Sixfields all square and as equals.

Tuesday, 20th September 2016, 3:00 pm
Updated Wednesday, 5th October 2016, 3:01 pm
Wednesday night's EFL Cup match between the Cobblers and Manchester United will be the first time the teams have met since an FA Cup match in 2004

But how exactly do these two great old football clubs compare? Here is the tale of the tape...


Nickname: The Cobblers

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Founded: 1897

Home ground: Sixfields Stadium

Capacity: 7,724

Record attendance: 7,664 – Northampton Town v Luton Town, Sky Bet League Two, April 30, 2016

Manager: Rob Page

Club captain: Marc Richards

Club honours:

1 - Division Three winners

2 - Division Four/League Two 

1 - Division Four/League Two 
play-off winners

1 - Southern Football League 

1 - Charity Shield runners-up

Record transfer fee paid: £165,000 for Josh Low

Record transfer fee received: £470,000 for Mark Bunn

Most appearances: Tommy Fowler - 552

Record goalscorer: Jack English 144

Most goals in a season: Cliff Holton 39 (1961/62)

Youngest player: Ivan Toney, aged 16 years 273 days

Oldest player: Edwin Lloyd-Davies, aged 42 years

Record win: 11-1 v Southend United (H), Southern League 1909/10

Record defeat: 0-11 v Southampton (A), Southern League, 1901/02

Most points gained in a season: 99 (1986/87, Football League Fourth Division & 2015/16 League Two)

Least points gained in a season: 19 (1906/07, Southern League)

Longest unbeaten league run: 31 (Dec, 2015 to September, 2016)

Most recent fixture: Chesterfield 3 Cobblers 1 (Anderson)

Current form: L W W L D D

Current league posititon: 11th in Sky Bet League One


Nickname: The Red Devils

Founded: 1878 as Newton Heath LYR FC - became Manchester United in 1902

Home ground: Old Trafford

Capacity: 75,643

Record attendance: 76,962 (FA Cup semi-final, Wolverhampton Wanderers v Grimsby Town, March 25, 1939)

Manager: Jose Mourinho

Club captain: Wayne Rooney

Club honours:

20 - English League titles (7 in Football League, 13 in Premier League)

2 - Division Two winners

12 - FA Cup winners

4 - League Cup winners

21 - Charity/Community Shield winners

3 - European Cups winners

1 - European Cup Winners Cup winners

1 - European Super Cup winners

1 - FIFA Intercontinental Cup winners

1 - FIFA Club World Cup

Record transfer fee paid: £89m for Paul Pogba

Record transfer fee received: £80m for Cristiano Ronaldo

Most appearances: Ryan Giggs 963

Record goalscorer: Bobby Charlton 249

Most goals in a season: Denis Law 46

Youngest player: David Gaskell, aged 16 years, 19 days

Oldest player: Billy Meredith, aged 46 years, 281 days

Record win: 10–0 v Anderlecht, European Cup, 1956

Record defeat: 0–7 v Blackburn Rovers (1926); v Aston Villa (1930) and v Wolverhampton Wanderers (1931)

Most points gained in a season: 92 (1993/94 Premier League)

Least points gained in a season: 14 (1893/94)

Longest unbeaten league run: 29 (December 1998 to September 1999 & April 2010 to February 2011)

Most recent fixture: Watford 3 Manchester United 1 (Rashford)

Current form: L L L W W W

Current league posititon: 7th in English Premier League