Thanks / No Thanks: Northampton Town

 No Thanks: Francis Laurent


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This could have been so different, but for the grace of God. I could be praising Laurent as a quick and powerful forward and thanking Northampton for letting him go after just six outing.

I could, but I’m not.

He’s still only 33-years-old now, which tells you something about when we signed him. He’s had some success at Southend having arrived on these shores from FSV Mainz. Following his spell on the south coast he went back across the pond, playing for Compiegne. He also trialled at Coventry City, before joining up with the Sixfields side on a short-term deal with an option of a year. That option wasn’t taken and he ended up at City having previously appeared for Steve Tilson at Southend.

At the time of his signing ‘Terrific’ Tilson said: “He is 6ft 2ins, a right winger with loads of pace, great with the ball at his feet. He has got to get a bit more consistency into his game but I’d like to think his pace will cause problems.”

As it was he never got to play for Steve Tilson as he was sacked before Laurent could regain fitness. David Holdsworth gave him ample chances, but he scored just once in a 2-0 away win at Forest Green, for which he should always be applauded

His last game in a City shirt was the 5-0 win against Darlington as an 82nd minute substitute for Jamie Taylor.



  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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