Following a trip to his ex-employers Burton Albion, Nigel Clough will take his side further south, to play Northampton Town on the 22nd July.
United will travel to their second League Two opponents within a few days, meeting The Cobblers at Sixfields, a destination which saw Chris Morgan take temporary charge in the televised fixture against homeless Coventry City last season.
Northampton Town harbour some familiar faces with Evan Horwood, Matt Duke and John-Joe O’Toole having previously spent time with the Blades. Off the pitch Chris Wilder is another link, having joined The Cobblers as manager during January 2014 and he’s recently added Carl Muggleton to his coaching staff.
The side will be hoping to build on last seasons dissapointing league position, having finished 3 points from the relegation spots.
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About the Ground
The Sixfields became the home of Northampton Town in October 1994, when they moved from the County Ground.
Holding a capacity of 7653, the Sixfields is an all-seater stadium, located to the West of Northampton.
Having secured a 150-year lease from the local council back in 2003, there have been plans mooted to turn the ground into a 15,000 seater bowl style complex.
A large hill overlooks the ground and it’s common to see people taking the opportunity of a free vantage point. On our last visit, the top of the hill was taken up by protesting Coventry City fans, unhappy with Sisu’s decision to move the club to their current temporary home ground.
Away fans are normally situated in the South Stand behind one of the goals, where around 800 supporters can normally be accommodated. Should it be required, additional tickets can be made available on the stand to the right hand side of this.
Food is available within the stand, but on previous visits there have been no provision for alcohol.
Being built next to the site of a leisure complex, there are the usual facilities this kind of site usually house – McDonalds, KFC, Pizza Hut, Bowling, Cinema etc.
There is a single pub within the footprint of the stadium, which is part of the Hungry Horse chain. Named the “Sixfields Tavern”, this establishment is aimed at families and serves the usual food menu.
Further afield in the town centre are a few notable real ale pubs and also Wetherspoons.
Last season, we found ourselves walking to The Squirrels Inn in Duston, which had a small selection of real ales alongside the usual lagers and featured an open fire.
It’s around 95 miles from Sheffield to the Sixfields and is easy enough to find leaving the M1 at junction 16, following the A45, the postcode for your SatNav is NN5 5QA.
There is a car park on site, which usually charges £4, with an area of hard-standing also available across the road for around half the price.
Don’t be tempted to park in the leisure complex, as match-parking is not allowed and will likely result in a fine.
The train station is a couple of miles from the ground and is well served by taxis. The D2 bus also serves the Leisure complex and takes around 10/20 minutes.
The Cobblers have allocated United an initial 300 tickets which will be available for advance purchase.
Ticket pricing for this fixture is as follows:
2014/15 Season Ticket Holders (Advance purchase)
£10 Adults, £7 Senior Citizens, £5 Unaccompanied Under 18s, £1 Accompanied Under 18s (Max. 5 per adult), Under 7s Free (Cannot be claimed online).
Ambulant/Wheelchair Disabled £7.
Non Season Ticket Holder (Advance purchase)
£12 Adults, £8 Senior Citizens, £5 Unaccompanied Under 18s, £1 Accompanied Under 18s (Max. 5 per adult), Under 7s Free (Cannot be claimed online).
Ambulant/Wheelchair Disabled £8.
Match Day Prices
£14 Adults, £10 Senior Citizens, £5 Under 18s, Under 7s Free (Cannot be claimed online).
Ambulant/Wheelchair Disabled £10.
100 loyalty points will be awarded to supporters purchasing tickets with their customer numbers from Sheffield United.
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