Thanks / No Thanks: Northampton Town


Thanks: Dick Kryzwicki



Ryszard Lech Krzywicki, born in Wales to Polish parents, had perhaps let the best of his career pass him by when he signed for City. He had Welsh international caps, eight of them to be precise, and in April 1970 he scored for Wales against then World Champions England. He was always on the fringes at West Brom and not long after his historic goal past Gordon Banks, he left the Baggies and joined Huddersfield for a club record fee of £45,000. He banged in a couple of goals to help them win the Second Division title, meaning in 1971 he was a First Division player, the equivalent of today’s Premier League. Impressive.

By 1973 successive relegation saw the Terrier slip to the Third Division for the first time in their history and after spells at Scunthorpe and Northampton Town, Kryzwicki joined Lincoln City in Division Four.

In his first season, City missed out on promotion by goal difference, with the flying Welshman making 34 appearances and scoring eight times. He scored in consecutive games against Darlington away (4-1 win), Shrewsbury away (4-1 win) and Torquay at home (3-1 win). When he then set up a goal as we beat Doncaster 4-0 at the Bank and added his fourth in five games as we beat Barnsley away, a new hero was born. He signed off the season with a goal at Southport as we missed out on promotion, having missed just six league matches.

The following season, 1975/76, might be one you’ve heard a bit about. He made 21 starts, scoring seven times. Usually playing on the right flank, his most important goal of the season came after a switch by Graham Taylor. On March 17th, nearest rivals Northampton Town came to the Bank needing something to stop us in the title chase, and Taylor switched Kryzwicki to the centre of attack. He promptly picked up the ball, ran half the length of the pitch and grabbed our second goal of a 3-1 win.

It wasn’t his last goal in City colours, that came against Stockport a few weeks later, but it was his last at the Bank. Two days later he started through the centre against his old side Huddersfield, but was forced off and replaced by Percy Freeman, himself having been a victim of injury.



  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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