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      Wednesday 29, October 2014

      Blog: Blast from the past

      If one thing is for certain after this weekend’s action, it’s that ex-Northampton players love doing one thing; scoring against Northampton.

       

      Jacob Blyth, John Marquis and now Luke Guttridge have all condemned the Cobblers to defeat in recent weeks, knocking the wind out of our early season sails and pushing us lower and lower down the league table. After a fourth defeat on the bounce, it’s a lot less pretty reading than a fortnight ago, and it surely can’t be long before the warning signs start to flash for boss Chris Wilder.

       

      But what is it with our former players suddenly producing the goods against us?

       

      Blyth’s performance for Burton Albion was characteristic of his time at Sixfields, a workmanlike performance being rewarded with what ended up as the winning goal – not many Cobblers fans would begrudge him of that. The week after was an almost identical story with Marquis, securing victory for Cheltenham after a lengthy absence from the side.

       

      In previous weeks I’ve been saying how agonising it is to be a Northampton fan at the minute, but this weekend took it to a whole new level – a 90th minute loss to bitter local rivals Luton Town is a sickening feeling. More sickening, however, was the reaction of Guttridge to his last gasp winner, who celebrated as if he’d just won the World Cup.

       

      I understand that football is a game of raw emotion, and am fully aware that it often gets the better of you, yet in my view there is no place for disrespect on a football pitch. Especially when celebrating in such a vigorous manner against a club that kick-started his lower league career.

       

      Although they came back to haunt us, both Blyth and Marquis showed a level of decency and respect to not celebrate, regardless of the importance of their goals, and as a fan that evokes a level of mutual respect with the player. Guttridge, on the other hand, did not gain the respect of any visiting fan at Kenilworth Road, nor any fans watching at home.

       

      Something did grab my attention though, as I saw that Northampton had the largest away following of the weekend.

       

      For a small town in the Midlands, to take over a thousand fans to a League Two game is nothing short of astonishing, and it highlights how the fever of lower league football is well and truly rife in Northampton.

       

      As for more blasts from the past, who’s next on the list? Just the small matter of the visit of AFC Wimbledon and Cobblers legend Adebayo Akinfenwa.

      For more posts by Will Pearson visit his blog here 

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