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a sense of place.

Wednesday, 24th April, 2002 - 1630 BST

A good sport
Picture of Cobblers supporter Tony Platt on his way to a match
Tony Platt on his way to a Cobblers match.
Northamptonshire is a big sporting county, however well (or badly) our teams are doing.

We look at how we feel about our favourite clubs.

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I have spoken to some of the biggest fans in the country, writes Allyson MacDonald. Let us know if you think you are an even bigger fan!

The Saints

Rattlin' Rita is one of the noisiest fans of Northampton Saints. Any visitor to Franklins Gardens will be used to hearing the noise of her shaking her rattle as she yells on the team. She's been going to see the Saints since she was a little girl and everyone at the club knows her.

The Cobblers

The fortunes of Northampton Town Football Club go up and down more often than a yo-yo, but through rain, hail and snow there is still a loyal support. Most of the fans are local but there are also those people who've adopted the Cobblers when they moved to the county.

Tony Platt used to live yards from Highbury but moved to Northampton just as the Cobblers were enjoying their most successful season in the first division.

He remembers when the Cobblers played at the County Ground: "The thing about the County Ground was it was open on one side, whichwas the cricket side, and you could stand along there two or three deep. I used to love standing there because you were so close to the play. It was almost as if you were playing; you were right down on the touch line."

The Poppies

Sometimes a love of a football team leads to a few dedicated individuals to put in a lot of effort to keep the club going.

Bob Miller from Kettering is a volunteer groundsman at Rockingham Road. It's partly thanks to him that the pitch is ready to play on.

"There are so many players today who like to find a little thing if they have a bad match," said Bob. "They say: 'I didn't think the pitch was very good'. I don't think they can say this about Rockingham Road. We always try to put it in a first class condition before they start."

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