On behalf of the Milton Keynes Dons Supporters Association, we would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas. After a Boxing day visit to Cheltenham Town, MK Dons face the short trip to Northampton Town.
As of the 18th December, Northampton find themselves in 14th position after a tricky start to the season. The Cobblers are not in the best of form with just 1 win in their last 5 games. However, they have only lost one of these games with the team drawing the majority of their recent fixtures. In advance of Dons visit, Northampton will face Yeovil away & a home boxing day fixture to Swindon Town. Last time out, Northampton went ahead with former Don Dean Bowditch breaking the deadlock at home to Stevenage. Ben Kennedy will later equalise for Stevenage after an error from keeper David Cornell.
As of the 18th December, Dons have slipped to second after the postponed match against Newport County. Dons face a home match against Colchester before an away trip to Cheltenham on boxing day.
Players to Watch
Northampton currently have two former Dons on their books through Dean Bowditch & Daniel Powell.
Bowds joined the Dons from Yeovil after starting his career at Ipswich Town. Bowds went on to play 227 times for the Dons scoring 48 goals between 2011 and 2017. Bowditch joined Northampton in the summer of 2017. This season Bowds has made 10 appearances for the cobblers scoring 1 goal in their last match.
Daniel Powell was a product of the MK Dons academy and made his first team appearance in 2008 and continue for the dons until 2017. Powelly made 271 appearances scoring 46 goals from right wing. Powelly has played 16 times this season scoring 2 goals.
Otherwise, the key threat from Northampton is likely to arrive through Kevin van Veen. Kevin has scored 8 goals and has 4 assists to his name this season after joining in the summer from Scunthorpe United.
It’s very easy to look at the players scoring or creating the goals but a huge credit to our defensive performances should be noted to Lee Nicholls. Lee started his career at Wigan but has had a previous loan spell at Northampton in the 2012-13 season. Lee has supported the team in keeping 11 clean sheets this season which we all hope he adds to at Sixfields
Keith Curle took up the role as Northampton Team Manager on 1st October 2018. Curle has had a playing career spanning 24 years as a defender which included Bristol city, Wimbledon, Manchester City & Wolves. In 2002 he took the position of player manager at Mansfield Town. Curle has since had roles at Chester City, Torquay United, Notts County and more recently Carlisle United. He has managed 16 matches for Cobblers since his arrival winning 7 and drawing 6.
Midfielder John-Joe O’Toole has recently been absent through Illness although he is expected to be available for when the Dons visit. Northampton are not currently facing any further injury problems with Dean Bowditch and Matt Crooks recently recovering from their respective injuries,
Jordan Moore-Taylor and Chuks Aneke are expected to be back before the visit to Sixfields. Joe Walsh, Mathieu Baudry & Ryan Harley are all looking to get back to fitness within the next month although the Northampton match may come too early for the trio.
Northampton play their home fixtures at Sixfields. The grounds capacity is 7,798 and is an all seater covered ground.
The Dons fans will be situated in the South Stand behind one of the goals. This stand has a capacity of approx. 800 although an additional 400 seats can be allocated in the new East Stand if required.
The South stand is practically identical to the Dave Bowen stand situated behind the other goal. Behind the Dave Bowen Stand is a large hill which has seen Coventry City fans protest when Coventry briefly moved their home fixtures to Sixfields.
The New East stand, although opened, has an unfinished feel to it due to the large roof and cladding above the seating area. In time, this area appears to be used for executive boxes. This stand has a capacity of 1,900.
The West stand is the largest of the four stands and hosts the dugouts. It is a two-tiered stand with no supporting pillars offering obstructions to the pitch.
Northampton have wheelchair spaces available at the bottom of the Away stand. There are 5 accessible toilets available at Sixfields. Audio commentary is available through Hospital radio by contacting Northampton Town ahead of the match. There are 5 Away parking spaces available that you will need to contact Northampton in advance of the match.
Northampton have announced an All Ticket fixture when we travel to Sixfields. No tickets will be available on the day and must be purchased in advance from MK Dons
Seniors (over 65): £18
Under 21’s: £18
Under- 7s: Free
SUPPORTERS WITH A DISABILITY
Supporters with a disability are entitled to a FREE personal assistant.
MK Dons coach travel is on sale for £13 with a £1 discount for season ticket holders. Coach travel can be booked online, from the box office or by calling 0333 200 5343. Coach travel will remain on sale until Midday on Friday 28th December subject to availability.
Join the M1 heading Northbound until Junction 15A. Stay in the left lane on the exit to the A43. You will then approach a double roundabout where you take the first exit and then the second exit onto the A5123. At the next roundabout, take the second exit onto the A5076. At the next roundabout you will see signs for matchday parking and the stadium is just in front on the right-hand side.
Postcode for satnavs is: NN5 5QA
Northampton Railway station is approx. 2 miles away from Sixfields. Taxis are available outside the station or alternatively the D1, D2 or D3 buses will take you to the ground.
There is a fair-sized carpark behind the away stand on a large field, priced at £4. Parking in the nearby restaurants and leisure facilities is not allowed and will be issued with parking tickets. Parking is well signposted around the ground.
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