Can you spot yourself in the Cobblers crowd at Wembley?

More than 23,000 Northampton supporters made their way to Wembley...and our photographers took pictures of almost all of them.

By The Newsroom
Tuesday, 21st May 2013, 4:30 pm
Northampton Town Football Club v Bradford City at Wembley Stadium, London.
Northampton Town Football Club v Bradford City at Wembley Stadium, London.

Take a look at the picture gallery above and the video to see if you can spot yourself in the crowd.

Thousands of fans travelled to Wembley and every one of them returned home disappointed.

They went by coach or by train, crammed into the dozens of buses that departed Sixfields or the many carriages that left from Castle Station.

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Northampton Town Football Club v Bradford City at Wembley Stadium, London.

They held the firm belief their team would get the better of a Bradford City side that had finished four points below them in the table and secure promotion to league one.

They sang loud and proud as the teams came out onto the hallowed Wembley turf and joined in a solid rendition of the national anthem prior to kick-off.

But very early in the game it became clear it was not going to be the Cobblers’ day.

After just a quarter of an hour they had their lead and the Northampton supporters were silenced.

James Hanson looped a header over Lee Nicholls to put Bradford in front, and it was a lead from which they would never look back.

The Cobblers were unable to build up a head of steam either on or off the pitch as Rory McArdle scored a second goal just four minutes later to push the tie further away from the reach of Aidy Boothroyd’s side.

And when Wells tapped in unmarked at the back post the game was as good as over.

Some Town supporters knew it, and reports began to filter through that a number of fans had left the ground at half-time, making an early start on their journey back up the motorway or on the train.

Those that stayed did so in the hope that they would be given something to cheer. The most optimistic would have found it hard to believe the Cobblers could have scored three goals and forced their way back into the game.

But they just wanted something to celebrate, a good piece of play, a near miss or a spirit-raising sliding challenge.

None of which, sadly, happened. The Northampton contingent were deprived of anything to shout about at all, and only a small fraction stayed to applaud the team at the final whistle.

By the time the Bradford players were presented with their trophy, they had all gone home.