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THE CARR YEARS: PART ONE

The first part of our feature with Graham Carr, reflecting on his time as both a player and a manager with the club

12 May 2020

Graham Carr enjoyed significant success as both a player and a manager of Northampton Town. In our latest feature, we caught up with Graham to look back and share his memories.

In the first part of our feature, we remember Graham's time as a player. He made 85 appearances from 1962-1968, helping the Cobblers in to the top flight and playing 27 times in that 1965/66 season.

"It was a really good club," he said. "Very professional. Everything seemed perfect, the travel was good, we stayed at the best hotels and apart from the County Ground (!), everything was great. 

"It was an excellent first few years. The side that Dave Bowen put together was very good. I only played once in the Third Division, I was understudy to Terry Branston and he never missed a game. We played in the reserves, supporting the first team.

"In the First Division I came in to the side to play Arsenal at home on the Tuesday and Manchester United the following Saturday and it was quite an experience for me as I was only 20.

"The County Ground was certainly unique. The grass on the wing over by the cricket side was cut shorter for the cricket outfield and the ball would skid off. Our boys knew that and adapted better than the opposition.

"We were unlucky to go down. We had a record number of points for a side who were relegated but we gave it our all."


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