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THE CALDERWOOD YEARS: PART THREE

The final part of a three part look back on his time in charge with Colin Calderwood.

1 May 2020

Colin Calderwood managed Northampton Town from October 2003 to May 2006, leading the club to two play off campaigns and an automatic promotion.

In the final part of our three part feature looking back on his time as Northampton Town manager, we cover the period from the play off semi final defeat at Southend United in May 2005, to promotion in April 2006.

Speaking about that promotion winning season, Calderwood said: "That summer we went for experience. We had a good group and we added some real quality with Dyche, Taylor and Jess through the spine. That was a deliberate plan to bring that experience in to add to the potential of Luke Chambers and Bradley Johnson. I remember a picture taken with all of the new signings in and it filled me with confidence going forward. The new additions were fundamental in adding quality and professionalism.

"It was a group who knew how to win. We had a good defensive record but we didn't set out to be defensive, we set out to play three attackers and Josh Low out wide. Our record says we kept a lot of clean sheets but we were also an attacking threat. The balance of the back three helped with the likes of Crowe, Chambers and Doig to be able to play alongside Dyche and we had an aerial threat. We were hard to score against and hard to beat.

"I still chat to a lot of the coaching staff from that time. Dave Watson has gone on to work for England and in the Premier League, Ryland Morgans has been with Wales and Liverpool and we had a good group both on and off the pitch. For a team in the lower league to have so many young coaches was unusual but we had some good characters and knowledge there."

Listen to the final part of our feature in full below:


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