So the League Two season has run it’s course and the time has come for me to now name my Cobblers team of the season. It’s hard to choose a goalkeeper as we seem to have gone through eight in one way or another this season but here goes….
Shane Higgs – came into the club when Aidy Boothroyd took over. He was out of contract after his release from Leeds United at the end of last season, and made a good impression on a lot fans with a string of fine saves and the way he could command his penalty area. But after playing a handful of games for the club the goalie curse struck and he was ruled out for the rest of the season, but I am really looking forward to seeing him play again next season.
Blair Adams – Blair was another signing made by ADB after he joined the club on loan from Sunderland. He did enough to have that loan extended until the end of the season he became dependable in a problem left back position and was good defending. He also was just as good going forward providing a good link with the wide men.
Clarke Carlisle – Clarke joined the club on a six month loan from Burnley in January and was immediately made captain by ADB a shrewd move by the manager. He certainly helped shore up a leaky defence with his no nonsense defending and always seemed to be in the right position, leading from the front talking to the players and helping them believe in themselve and build their confidence. I just hope we can sign him on for next season now that he has been released by Burnley.
Kelvin Langmead – I like many fans at the beginning was not to sure about Kelvin in the first half of the season as he seemed to lack confidence and was often caught out at the back. But since ADB came in and rewarded him with an 18 month contract, the guy has come on in leaps and bounds. He has proven to be a great defender who has forged a good partnership with Clarke Carlisle and has been on the score sheet a few times in crucial games towards the end of the season. I now look forward to seeing him perform for a whole season in 2012/13.
John Johnson – John was made captain by the previous manager and but was stripped of this when Clarke Carlisle signed. I was interested to see how he would react and I think its fair to say he made the right back position his own putting in a string of great performance’s, looking really solid while giving 100% for the cause. Well played Johnno.
Ben Tozer – Well there is not much to say about Ben he has had a great season this season he has been pushed from pillar to post this season and played in a variety of positions for the club. He just missed out on being in my top three players of the year from last week but he has been a solid link in the build up between defence and midfield slotting in the gaps when needed.
Ben Harding – Ben has been a ray of light for the midfield since he has signed, linking defence and attack to ensure that we have had more bite in midfield. He was missing towards the tail end of the season and I think we suffered a bit as he can hold the ball well and make that crunching tackle that every midfield needs. A quality signing by Boothroyd.
Luke Guttridge – Well nothing much needs to be said about Luke as he is a terrier in midfield and also chips in with a few goals. He is constantly running and looking to link up with every attack. He played a vital roll just behind Bayo in the tail end of the season and I was glad to have this guy back at the football club.
Michael Jacobs – 20-year-old Jacobs came on again this season and is a constant threat to opposing defenders with his weaving runs, cutting inside on to his other foot and striking from distance especially the goal he scored at Bradford City earlier in the season. He made his 100th appearance for the club during the last game of the season but with contract now up and a host of Championship clubs after his signature it may be the last we see of him at Sixfields.
Saido Berahino – Saido signed on loan from West Brom and he has the potential to be a great striker in years to come. He linked up with Bayo really well and all in all was a threat whenever he played, chipping in with a few goals as well. If he fancies coming back anytime he will always be welcome.
Adebayo Akinfenwa – Bayo contributed a massive 18 goals this season and again proved his worth as a cult figure within this football club of ours. A constant threat whenever he plays but was left out when ADB took over however he worked hard to improve his fitness and came back half the man he was but he lost none of that brute force and goal-scoring prowess. The guy is a beast and I just hope he will stay and see out his career at the club I know deep down he calls home.
Up The Cobblers!