Clive brings with him a lot of experience to Sixfields as the striker has taken in more than 600 senior appearances and scored more than 100 goals. With the lower leagues being his bread butter, he has spent time at Peterborough United, Walsall, Rochdale, MK Dons, Notts County and also has previous experience working with Aidy Boothroyd during his time at Colchester United. Hopefully this means that Aidy will know how to get the best out of the 34-year-old front man.
During 2011/12 he made 23 starts and 10 substitute appearances for Coventry City, scoring four goals. Aidy has said he will be basing a lot of his signings on leadership qualities and desire to play. I have no doubt in my mind that Clive has all this and more and can’t wait to see him in the Claret & White next season.
One thing I am concerned about is where this signing leaves last season’s top scorer Adebayo Akinfenwa. I can’t see the two of them playing together as they are similar in what they offer in the power stakes. I really hope something can come from the two of them, maybe use Bayo for an hour and then bring Clive of the bench and use his skills to finish off the game. This would be solution for me to eventually see them working well together in the same team. It also concerns me that Aidy has said that if the right offer comes in he will sell Akinfenwa which I think a majority of fans will be seriously worried about as where would have been now had it not been for his 18 goals last season?
John Johnson has signed a new contract with the club which I am really pleased about as he can play anywhere across the back-line and even fill in at defensive midfield. I really felt towards the end of last season he started to knuckle down and work hard being rewarded with fine performances for the club. He has signed a one year deal with the option to extend to another year which is a great move by the club. So come on Johnno keep on going from strength to strength. Anthony Charles has also signed a one year deal with the club. He joined in January after a big injury layoff and I like Aidy Boothroyd do believe that there is more to come from the big defender. With a full pre-season behind him Charles can go on and play a key part in the squad next season.
Last Thursday saw the Richard Butcher memorial game take place at Sixfields in honour of the late midfielder and youth product of the club, from what we heard in a speech made by the Macclesfield vice-chairman. Richard was a top guy, the ultimate professional and he is sorely missed in the football community. It was an entertaining game between the Wembley ‘97 winning team and a Cobblers all star team. Over 1,500 fans turned up to watch the game that all stars who went onto win the game 3-2. It was good to see so many of the old pros turn up and play for the all star team including Russell Wilcox who was part of the Graham Carr Division 4 winning team in 1986/87 season. Hopefully lots of money was raised for what is a great cause.
Our pre-season friendlies have recently been announced, two of which will be at Sixfields against Derby County & Chelsea U21’s which I believe should bring a good turnout from the people of Northampton.
Speaking of Derby they are apparently the front runners to sign our very own Michael Jacobs, I just hope this saga ends soon and Michael either decides to stay or go, the sooner the decision is made the sooner Aidy Boothroyd will know whether or not he will have funds needed to rebuild our squad ahead of the new season.
Up The Cobblers!!