The Cobblers have a score to settle when they travel to York City on Saturday.
It was April 13 at Sixfields, and Town welcomed the struggling Minstermen to Sixfields, knowing if they won their remaining four league games then they would be promoted automatically.
Hopes were high, but the Cobblers went on to produce one of their worst perfomances of the season and were deservedly beaten 2-0 by a side that had been galvanised by new boss Nigel Worthington.
The wheels had come off the promotion bandwagon on a painful afternoon, and Boothroyd remembers it well.
“I’ve got a lot of time for Nigel, I know him really well and I will always be grateful to him for giving me the opportunity to be a youth team coach at Norwich,” said the Cobblers boss.
“But York turned us over here at the end of last season so I certainly owe him one, and I’m really looking forward to going up there.”
York totally outplayed a nervy Cobblers at Sixfields that day, but Boothroyd is expecting them to be a different proposition this weekend.
“We’ve seen York a couple of times in pre-season and they will be a different team under Nigel to what they were under Gary Mills,” said the Town manager.
“They will be a lot more solid and a lot more forward thinking in the way that they play and they will be bigger physically.”
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