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Long serving Hoskins in line for milestone appearance

2 October 2020

Sam Hoskins will make his 200th appearance for the club at Bristol Rovers on Saturday (if selected of course)!

The long serving Hoskins has played a huge part in two promotions for the club since arriving at Northampton Town - signed by Chris Wilder after a trial spell - in 2015.

Hoskins joined the club having spent some time out on loan from Southampton with the likes of Rotherham United, Stevenage and Barnet, as well as some time with Yeovil Town, but had yet to make more than ten starts with any club.

However, he found a home with Northampton Town.

His debut came, ironically, at Bristol Rovers, the stadium where he is set to play his 200th game. He came on as a second half substitute for goalscorer John-Joe O'Toole in a 1-0 win that day, and he went on to score 8 times in 42 appearances as the Cobblers won the League 2 title, his first goal coming in a 3-0 League Cup win over Blackpool and his first league goal, a flying header against Oxford United, coming the following month. He also scored the goal that secured promotion, the second goal in a 2-2 draw with Bristol Rovers.

He made the step up to League 1 but a long term knee injury restricted his appearances in 2016/17, 3 goals in 31 games, his season ending in mid-January.

He returned part way through the 2017/18 campaign, but it is fair to say he really began to blossom under the guidance of Keith Curle.

7 goals followed in the 2018/19 season, with a top scoring tally of 12 to his name in the 2019/20 campaign, including one in the play off final at Wembley.

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