County Cricket Ground, Northampton

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County Ground
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Ground information
Location Northampton
Establishment 1885
Capacity 6,500
End names
Wantage Road End
Lynn Wilson End
International information
First ODI 19 May 1999: South Africa v Sri Lanka
Last ODI 31 May 1999: Bangladesh v Pakistan
Domestic team information
Northamptonshire (1905 – present)
Northampton Town (1897 – 1994)

The County Ground, is a cricket venue on Wantage Road in the Abington area of Northampton, England, UK. It is home to Northamptonshire County Cricket Club.

It is known to be a venue which favours spinners, and in the last County Championship game of 2005, Northamptonshire's two spin bowlers Jason Brown and Monty Panesar took all 20 wickets for Northamptonshire.

Northamptonshire played their first match at the ground in 1886 before competing in the Minor Counties Championship competition between 1895 and 1904, winning the title three times. They were accepted into the County Championship and played their first first-class match at the ground on 5 June 1905. Northamptonshire drew with Leicestershire in a rain-hit match that only permitted 75 overs of play.

The County Ground hosted two 1999 Cricket World Cup matches. South Africa's victory over Sri Lanka and Bangladesh's first ever World Cup victory against eventual finalists Pakistan by 62 runs.

Football[edit]

Northampton Town also known as "The Cobblers" played their home games for 97 years at the County Ground between 1897 and 1994. The ground only had three sides with an open side due to the size of the cricket field.

The team began in the Northants League working upward through various leagues before being elected to The Football League in 1920. The team played in all four main divisions during their tenure at the County Ground. Between 1958 and 1965 the team rose from Division 4 all the way to the top tier, the First Division, where they stayed for only one season - 1965-66. Subsequently the team then fell into decline, being relegated to the Fourth Division in 1970.

On 7 February 1970, Northampton Town played Manchester United in the FA Cup fifth round at the County Ground and lost 8-2, with George Best scoring six goals.

From the 1970s to the 1990s team occupied Division 3 and Division 4 with the team finishing at the bottom of the league in 1994. However, they stayed in the league as the stadium of Kidderminster Harriers, the Football Conference winners, did not meet the standard required for promotion. By this stage, however, construction work on the new all-seater Sixfields Stadium had started. The new stadium was still under construction when the 1994-95 season began, and so the club began that season still at the County Ground.

The Cobblers played their last game there on 12 October 1994 (a 1-0 league defeat to Mansfield Town),[1] and then moved to Sixfields, a four sided stadium more suitable for football.[2]

Trivia[edit]

Sir Elton John played the first ever concert at the County Ground on 25 June 2011. The show lasted for over two and a half hours. Sir Elton was supported by Ed Drewett [3]

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Coordinates: 52°14′53.37″N 0°52′16.34″W / 52.2481583°N 0.8712056°W / 52.2481583; -0.8712056