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Around The Grounds: Sixfields Stadium, Home Of Northampton Town And Coventry City…ish (Photos)

By Chris Wright

It’s been a while since we’ve gone Around the Grounds here on Pies so let’s fart the series back into life with a photographic trip around the Sixfields Stadium, home to Northampton Town and, as of the start of the 2013-14 campaign, temporary tenants Coventry City, who have agreed a deal to play at the Cobblers’ ground for the next three seasons after the Ricoh Arena disappeared in a puff of financially-unsustainable smoke not so very long ago.

Sixfields is sometimes unkindly referred to as “Sickfields” by fans, which is apparently due to the stadium being built on a former rubbish tip and that specifically-designed vents around the perimeter of the plot allow methane to escape from the underbelly of the ground.

Here it is in all its pungent, gas-belching glory…

Soccer - Sky Bet League 2 - Northampton Town v Scunthorpe United - Sixfields Stadium

Soccer - Sky Bet League One - Coventry City v Sheffield United - Sixfields Stadium

Soccer - Sky Bet League 2 - Northampton Town v Scunthorpe United - Sixfields Stadium

Soccer - Sky Bet League One - Coventry City v Bristol City - Sixfields Stadium

Soccer - npower Football League Two - Northampton Town v Southend United - Sixfields Stadium

Soccer - npower Football League Two - Northampton Town v Stockport County - Sixfields Stadium

Soccer - npower Football League Two - Northampton Town v Southend United - Sixfields Stadium

Soccer - Sky Bet League One - Coventry City v Leyton Orient - Sixfields Stadium

Soccer - npower Football League Two - Northampton Town v Southend United - Sixfields Stadium

Soccer - Johnstone's Paint Trophy - Southern Section - Northampton Town v Colchester United - Sixfields Stadium

Soccer - npower Football League Two - Northampton Town v Southend United - Sixfields Stadium

Soccer - npower Football League Two - Northampton Town v Southend United - Sixfields Stadium

Soccer - npower Football League Two - Northampton Town v Southend United - Sixfields Stadium

Soccer - npower Football League Two - Northampton Town v Southend United - Sixfields Stadium

Soccer - npower Football League Two - Northampton Town v Southend United - Sixfields Stadium

Soccer - Pre Season Friendly - Northampton Town v Birmingham City XI - Sixfields Stadium

Soccer - npower Football League Two - Northampton Town v Southend United - Sixfields Stadium

Soccer - npower Football League Two - Northampton Town v Southend United - Sixfields Stadium

Soccer - npower Football League Two - Northampton Town v Southend United - Sixfields Stadium

Soccer - Pre Season Friendly - Northampton Town v Birmingham City XI - Sixfields Stadium

Soccer - Coca-Cola Football League Two - Northampton Town v Aldershot Town - Sixfields Stadium

Soccer - Coca-Cola Football League Two - Northampton Town v Aldershot Town - Sixfields Stadium

Soccer - Coca-Cola Football League Two - Northampton Town v Aldershot Town - Sixfields Stadium

Soccer - Coca-Cola Football League Two - Northampton Town v Aldershot Town - Sixfields Stadium

Soccer - Coca-Cola Football League Two - Northampton Town v Aldershot Town - Sixfields Stadium

Soccer - Coca-Cola Football League Two - Northampton Town v Aldershot Town - Sixfields Stadium

Winter weather

Soccer ... AXA FA Cup First Round ... Northampton Town v Watford

Soccer - Coca-Cola Football League Championship - Northampton Town v Leeds United - Sixfields Stadium

And as wee bonus, here’s a few eerie shots of Northampton’s former home at the County Ground, which they left to move to Sixfields in 1994. The ground was abandoned for many years as it was slowly stripped, reworked and gradually assimilated into Northamptonshire County Cricket Ground next door…

Soccer - Old Football Grounds - Northampton Town - County Ground

Soccer - Old Football Grounds - Northampton Town - County Ground

Soccer - Old Football Grounds - Northampton Town - County Ground

Soccer - Old Football Grounds - Northampton Town - County Ground

Soccer - Old Football Grounds - Northampton Town - County Ground

More in Pies’ Around The Grounds series…

City Ground, Nottingham Forest
Princes Park, Dartford FC’s Wooden Eco Stadium

Molineux, Wolves

The New Maracana, Rio De Janeiro

Griffin Park, Brentford

De Kuip, Feyenoord

Upton Park, West Ham

San Mames, Athletic Bilbao

FC Gsponā€™s Ottmar Hitzfeld Stadium, The Highest Pitch In Europe

Valley Parade, Bradford City
Prenton Park, Tranmere
Wankdorf, Young Boys

Estadio Municipal, SC Braga

Home Park, Plymouth Argyle

Victoria Park, Hartlepool United
Bloomfield Road, Blackpool
Ninian Park, Cardiff City
Wankdorf Stadium, Young Boys
Portman Road, Ipswich Town
Recreation Ground, Aldershot
Saltergate, Former Home Of Chesterfield

(Photos: PA)

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By Chris on October 23rd, 2013 in Featured, Football League, Newsnow, Photos. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.
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4 Responses to “Around The Grounds: Sixfields Stadium, Home Of Northampton Town And Coventry City…ish (Photos)”

  1. Chris B. says:

    Any shots of the methane vents?

  2. TravisKOP says:

    Middlesbrough next!

  3. Steven says:

    @Chris B , They are really boring looking , they look just like lamposts but have a little ball on top that spins around like a pinwheel

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