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Taking a look at a selection of players who have played for both the Cobblers and the Exiles

7 February 2022

We take a look at a selection of players who have represented both Northampton Town and Newport County in their career.

Danny Rose

Danny Rose was part of the Northampton Town team that stormed to the League Two title in the 2015/16 season, with 99 points. He joined the club on February 1st, linking up with Chris Wilder again after the pair spent time together at Oxford United. He made 15 appearances in the claret and white, scoring once, before moving on to Portsmouth at the end of that season.

Rose spent four years at Newport County between 2008 and 2012. He was part of the Newport side that were promoted to the National League in the 2009/10 season. He was a mainstay in the team that were in the division above too as they missed out on the play-offs by 9 points. In total, Rose played 149 times for The Exiles, scoring 33 times.

Sam Foley

Sam signed for Newport County in 2009, originally on loan before making the move permanent. He was part of the same side as Danny Rose as Newport won the National League South by 28 points. He carried on being an important cog in the National League as well, making a further 44 appearances that season, scoring 5 goals. Foley left in 2012 after rejecting a new contract, making 132 appearances in total, finding the back of the net 36 times.

Foley signed for Northampton Town in 2017, reuniting with his former Newport manager, Justin Edinburgh. He started the season in the side before finding game time limited under Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink. He regained his spot in the side following the appointment of Dean Austin and kept his place when Keith Curle took over before leaving the club at the end of the 2018/19 season. In total, Sam made 68 appearances for the club in all competitions, scoring 4 times and providing 5 assists.

Christopher Missilou

Missilou signed for Northampton Town in the summer of 2020 following promotion to League One. He started the season as a regular in the side before losing his place in the middle of the park. He made 20 appearances for the Cobblers in all competitions, scoring once in a 2-1 win over Swindon Town at Sixfields.

Newport signed Christopher Missilou at the start of the current season but the moved didn't work out as Chris or Newport would have hoped. He made 8 appearances for the South Wales side in all competitions before having his contract cancelled in December 2021, allowing him to sign for former club, Oldham Athletic.

Ben Tozer

Ben Tozer joined the Cobblers in 2010, initially on loan, making his debut for the club in the famous victory over Liverpool at Anfield. He went on to sign permanently and stayed at the club for 5 years in total, being part of the side that reached the play-offs in 2013 under Aidy Boothroyd. He was released at the end of the 2014/15 season after making 199 appearances for the club in all competitions, scoring 7 goals and providing 18 assists.

Tozer signed for the Exiles in July 2016, rejecting a new deal at Yeovil to make the move. He started as a regular in the team before losing his place once Graham Westley had taken over as manager but still managed 23 league appearances that season. Following the departure of Westley, Tozer extended his contract by a further year, becoming a regular once more under the management of Michael Flynn. He rejected a new deal and left the club at the end of the 2017/18 season after appearing for the club 76 times in total, scoring 4 and providing a solitary assist.

Regan Poole

Regan joined the Newport County academy from Cardiff City in June 2014. He made his first team debut in September 2014, not long after turning 16 years old, becoming their youngest ever player. He made 15 appearances for the club in the 2014/15 season before leaving the club, signing for Manchester United for an initial fee of £100,000, potentially rising to £400,000 dependent on add-ons.

Poole signed for the Cobblers on a season long loan in 2017 from Manchester United. Originally being signed under Justin Edinburgh, Regan started his time at the club as a central defender before moving in to the midfield under Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, a role he had performed for United’s reserve side. In total, he made 24 appearances for the Cobblers.

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