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