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Live Reporting

Tom Garry

All times stated are UK

  1. Northampton are back in League One

    FT: Exeter 0-4 Northampton


    It's time for our live coverage of this season's very one-sided League Two play-off final to come to an end.

    All that's left is for me to say congratulations to Northampton, commiserations to Exeter and thank you to you all for joining in and having a read.

    We'll see you again tomorrow for more live football on the BBC Sport website and app. Take care.

  2. All falls quiet

    FT: Exeter 0-4 Northampton

    James Law

    BBC Sport at Wembley

    And now... silence.

    Just a handful of Northampton players remain on the Wembley pitch, making phone calls to loved ones.

    Now it's just a case of the post-match press conferences on Zoom. I'm not sure I'll ever get used to this, and hopefully we won't have to!

  3. Still mixing with the fans

    FT: Exeter 0-4 Northampton

    Exeter v Northampton

    A lovely touch. Northampton midfielder Alan McCormack has gone amongst the cardboard cut-outs to take selfies with some of the fans.

    That'll mean the world to them and a great way to keep the supporters involved on a night they'll be gutted to have missed.

    Most of the Northampton players are back on the Wembley pitch now, taking in the moment.

  4. Get Involved


    Sam Mason: You think your football team are difficult to support, try losing 3 playoff finals in 4 years.

    Keep you chin up, Sam. Being a football fan can be rough.

  5. Adams 'over the moon'

    FT: Exeter 0-4 Northampton

    Northampton's Nicky Adams adds to Sky Sports:

    "We started off at the start of the season believing we could do it. I'm delighted for everyone. From day one, what a top set of boys. I'm over the moon for all the staff and players.

    "Exeter are a really good side. They'll come again. But I'm over the moon for my team-mates."

  6. Post update

    FT: Exeter 0-4 Northampton

    Let's not forget, Northampton were seventh in the table when the season was curtailed and then decided via points-per-game - the lowest-placed of the four play-off sides. They've pulled it out of the bag when it's really mattered.

    As for Exeter, who finished fifth, they now face a ninth consecutive campaign in League Two.

  7. Feeling empty inside an empty Wembley

    FT: Exeter 0-4 Northampton

    For every Wembley winner there's a Wembley loser and, tonight, you have to feel for the Exeter City players...

    Exeter players
  8. Video calls on the pitch

    FT: Exeter 0-4 Northampton

    James Law

    BBC Sport at Wembley

    Nicky Adams is video calling a loved one on the pitch with his team-mates larking about in the background.

    Another Northampton player is being ridiculed for sitting 30 yards away from his team-mates to call a loved one.

    I must say you do take much more in without the roars from the crowd, but it's a much poorer experience without them.

  9. 'We owe our fans a big thank you' - Watson

    FT: Exeter 0-4 Northampton

    Northampton's opening goal-scorer Ryan Watson adds to Sky Sports:

    "We might not have been here without the fans' support earlier in the season. We owe a huge thank you to the fans and hopefully we did them proud tonight.

    "Hopefully, next year, we can have a right good go at League One."

  10. Proud Curle reacts to promotion

    FT: Exeter 0-4 Northampton

    Northampton boss Keith Curle tells Sky Sports:

    "You have to have belief, and we've got a group of players and staff that have got belief in what we are trying to do.

    "We are very proud to play for the football club, the owners, the chairman and the investors. I've got to say thank you to my family because they play a big part. We are proud to represent the fans.

    "We've got an identity and we have to make sure we didn't navigate away from our identity.

    "We've been on a massive journey. I remember a season ticket holder throwing a season ticket at me."

    Keith Curle
  11. Cobblers still celebrate in style

    FT: Exeter 0-4 Northampton

    James Law

    BBC Sport at Wembley

    As the final whistle went the Northampton players all hugged each other, with manager Keith Curle at the heart of the celebrations.

    It all happened down the lens of a camera, sharing the raw emotion with Cobblers fans in their living rooms.

    As they prepared for the trophy lift they then strangely all stood apart but that understandably did not last long as the dancing and huddles started.

    No Wembley steps, no supporters but still an almighty party to come.

    Northampton  celebrate

    FT: Exeter 0-4 Northampton

    Northampton celebrate

    Manager Keith Curle and captain Charlie Goode together lift the League Two trophy aloft, as Cobblers celebrate on the field.

    They did not go up the steps to lift the silverware aloft in the stands, given the absence of a crowd. The bubbly is flowing now.

  13. A second promotion in five seasons

    FT: Exeter 0-4 Northampton

    Chris Wilder

    It's a fine achievement for Keith Curle and his side.

    The last manager to take Northampton up to League One was a fella called Chris Wilder, in 2016.

    Whatever happened to him, eh?

  14. 'We played out of our skin' - Morton

    Reaction: Exeter 0-4 Northampton

    Northampton's second goal-scorer Callum Morton tells Sky Sports:

    "It couldn't have got any better really. As a team we have come here and played out of our skin.

    "No one really gave us a chance in the whole of the play-offs and we put in two unbelievable performances. Everyone has been quietly confident. We've just gone about our business as we would do every other week and it's paid off."


    FT: Exeter 0-4 Northampton

    It's just about as comprehensive a play-off final win as you could see.

    The Northampton players embrace on the field.

    Exeter look crestfallen.


    Exeter 0-4 Northampton


    There it is! Northampton Town are back in League One after just a two-year absence.

  17. Post update

    Exeter 0-4 Northampton

    Northampton - who to remind you were 2-0 down to Cheltenham after their semi-final first leg - are seconds from promotion.

  18. Post update

    Exeter 0-4 Northampton

    There'll be four minutes of stoppage time for Exeter fans watching on from home to endure.

    It's a third play-off final defeat in four seasons for the Grecians. Ouch. You have to feel for their supporters, you really do. Yet another 'nearly' season.