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2019/20: A REVIEW OF THE SEASON SO FAR - MAY/JUNE/JULY

A look back at the season so far

16 March 2020

The suspension of the season has given us the chance to look back on the season so far. Here we review last summer.

There was a massive turn around in the Cobblers squad during the close season with eleven new signings made before the first pre-season friendly in early July.

Matt Warburton was the first signing announced on 7 May, just three days after the Cobblers played their final game of the 2018/19 season.

The former schoolteacher made the switch from Stockport County, making the step up from part-time to full-time professional football.

Left-back Joe Martin (Stevenage), midfielder Chris Lines (Bristol Rovers) and striker Harry Smith (Macclesfield) quickly followed while there were also a couple of departures before the end of May.

Ash Taylor left the club after having his contract cancelled by mutual consent, later to sign for Aberdeen in the SPL and John-Joe O’Toole decided against taking up an option to extend his contract.

A number of players were also released, Dean Bowditch, Jack Bridge, David Buchanan, Luke Coddington, Shay Facey, Sam Foley, James Goff and Joe Iaciofano.

June started with a bang with four signings announced in the first week, three on the same day.

Midfielder Ryan Watson, who previously had a loan spell at the club when at Leicester City, was first through the door before it was announced Nicky Adams (pictured) was returning to the club on a two-year deal.

Adams, a title winner with the Cobblers under Chris Wilder back in 2016, was joined by experienced midfielder Alan McCormack and goalkeeper Steve Arnold to take the number of signings to 8.

Defender Reece Hall-Johnson made it nine while winger Daniel Powell moved to Crewe and defender Aaron Pierre joined Shrewsbury for an undisclosed fee.

Moving into July there was another returnee as Keith Curle made it the perfect ten.

Charlie Goode signed on a permanent deal having spent the second half of the 2018/19 season on-loan from Scunthorpe on the same day striker Vadaine Oliver also signed after leaving Morecambe.

Oliver netted a hat-trick as the Cobblers got their pre-season campaign underway with the now traditional fixture at Sileby Rangers.

Fellow summer signing Matt Warburton was also on target in a 7-0 victory before the squad spent a week in Spain for a pre-season training camp which also included a game against Coventry City, Harry Smith scoring in a 1-1 draw.

Back in England and the Cobblers faced two tough home friendlies against Sheffield Wednesday (0-4) and Sheffield United (0-2).

Keith Curle then made his 12th signing of the summer, bringing in defender Scott Wharton on a season-long loan from Blackburn Rovers.

The Cobblers then concluded their pre-season schedule with a home game against MK Dons, Sam Hoskins and Harry Smith scoring in a 2-1 victory over the newly promoted side.


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