Thanks / No Thanks: Northampton Town

 Thanks: Richard Butcher


City beat Northampton 3-2 in 2004, our last league victory at Sincil Bank against the Cobblers (courtesy of Graham Burrell)

This one in obvious, surely? Richard Butcher was a Northampton boy and served his apprenticeship with the Cobblers. He never broke through and eventually emerged with Kettering Town, which is where Keith saw him and brought him back into league football.

I’m not going to get too sentimental here. Butch, to me, epitomises the Keith era perfectly. He was an honest, hard-working footballer who served us diligently on three separate occasions and without the Cobblers input in his younger days, he might never have graced our hallowed turf.

Rest easy Butch.


  1. Richard Butcher, followed by Dick Krzywicki who I remember scored a cracking goal against Northampton in 1976 in front of over 13,000 at SB. All about opinions but rated Dixie McNeil above all those ,signed in 1972 from Northampton, part of a double signing in January with Tom Spencer from Workington.

    • Remember when they both made their debuts against York both very good players but I think we lost that game 4-5 yes that is the correct score good to watch it though.

      • Er – Dixie McNeil and Tom Spencer both made their debuts (and both scored) in a 4-1 win over Brentford in January 1972. The 4-5 home defeat to York was towards the end of the previous season when John Ward scored his first goal for the club in his second game. The first half was good to watch (4-4 at the break)!

  2. Yes John agreed Dixie, though injury prone was more of a fans favourite at the time if I remember correctly.

  3. We missed promotion in the 74/75 season on goal average. If goal difference had been used back then Lincoln would have been promoted not Chester but then we would have missed the record breaking season that followed!

  4. Dick Krzywicki had only been on loan at Northampton from Huddersfield. I’d also agree about Dixie McNeil being more to thank Northampton for.

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