the daggers voice
Three leagues below Leicester City, shock leaders of the Premier League who have just gone TEN points clear after a 2-0 victory at Sunderland, comes another remarkable story. It's the story of Northampton Town, runaway leaders of League 2 who yesterday capped a sensational season by gaining promotion after a 2-2 draw with fellow promotion favourites Bristol Rovers.
But the most unbelievable thing about Northampton Town is that they were in severe danger of going out of existence, until a surprise takeover which has seemingly supplied the Cobblers with enough incentive to prove just what they represent. They realised their club was in jeopardy and it only made them work harder. Their story is truly remarkable because of the off-field issues which they managed to brush aside. It shows how you don't need fantastic players or money to be successful, you just need hard-working players who work for eachother. You need a team who have togetherness, and Northampton (and Leicester) are the epitomy of that.
Additionally, they were on the verge of dropping out the Football League altogether in 2014, where they travelled to Dagenham on the penultimate weekend of the season. That day Chris Wilder, whose decision to leave high-flying Oxford for freefalling Northampton left many baffled, inspired them to produce one of the most valiant performances I've ever seen to win 3-0. It was a performance that, as a Dagger, I can only dream of seeing my team produce to try and get away from the perilous situation we find ourselves in.
However, what I remember most about their fairytale story is when they travelled to Daggers back in January. The game didn't really mean anything; they didn't need the three points to save themselves from relegation, or to secure promotion, it was just three points that wouldn't really impact the table too much. Daggers were dominant but, as usual, were incredibly wasteful infront of goal and as a result took around an hour to open the scoring. I remember thinking, ''How the hell are these top of the table?''. Little did I know, I was about to find out in spectacular fashion, as they somehow managed to win the game 2-1. Ricky Holmes scored a sensational volley for the second.
And that was when I realised what made champions. It isn't thrashing teams 6-0 weekly or spending lots on players, it's the determination and fight to win every game, the never say die attitude they have demonstrated this season, and the sheer passion every player and fan alike shares. Northampton Town are worthy of the title 'champions' - they fully deserve it. You can see how much it means to them in the celebrations.
Congratulations Northampton Town and best of luck in League 1.
I am Joel Page, Dagenham & Redbridge FC fan. Here I will share some of my experiences.