It has once again proved to be challenging, and not least frustrating, year for the Supporters’ Trust.
Matters on the field have been looking up during the last year but off it there has been hardly anything positive to report.
After much pressing of Northampton Borough Council (NBC), we did manage to secure our sought-after Asset of Community Value (ACV) status for the old athletics track behind the east stand.
It means that ACV status at Sixfields now extends to this land, the stadium itself and the west stand car park.
At the time of writing, however, NBC has not as yet listed the ACV with the Land Registry.
There has been continuing dialogue with NBC over the east stand development but there has been no movement in this respect.
There was also, on the face of it, encouraging news that leasehold land in the name of development company County Developments Northampton Ltd (CDNL) had been transferred to Northampton Town Football Club Ltd (NTFC).
Once again though, at the time of writing this transfer had not been registered with Companies House.
The Trust is seeking a meeting with NTFC to establish more detail around the transfer.
We also want to restore a meaningful relationship and dialogue with NTFC as there has been no engagement between the Trust and the football club since January 2019.
The Trust’s position statement on community ownership, following a successful public meeting in March 2019, is outlined elsewhere and I would welcome constructive views on this subject.
We are looking forward to a board representative visit to Exeter City – a 100 per cent fan-owned club – for the League Two game in December.
And I am delighted to be able to report that we have been able to give financial support in aid of a new wheelchair for Mustafa El-Bayati and sponsor both Northampton Ladies FC travel and training tops and a new book about Cobblers legend Dave Bowen.
Together with NTFC, we have also given our backing to the Justice4Harry campaign, in memory of Cobblers fan Harry Dunn who was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident in August 2019.
Chairman, NTFC Supporters Trust