I wasnt aware that the population of Northampton was almost twice that of Exeter so not sure why they built a stadium with a capacity of under 8,000?Considering the scorn poured on it I was surprised at how pleasant Sixfields was, having never been there before. I liked the grassy bank of the bowl it sits in with people picnicing on it, though the weather obviously helped. And inside was fine, well organised and friendly. I've been to a lot worse places
I thought our players looked knackered until the introduction of the subs; there was a spell just before then when we kept giving the ball away.One of the most impressive things about our vital point at Northampton is the fact that our players didn't have to put in the effort at all. In fact after the hard game v Barrow, the guarantee of promotion, the celebrations and break in routine I'm amazed we still had the energy and will to go all that way and play with such determination. With promotion secured I'd have settled for a long and structured **** up around the benevolent hostelries of Exeter, no problem!
Possibly because traditionally they are an "egg chasing" town, and have won European honours ? Franklin Gardens stadium holds 15,250 in comparison to Sixfields.
Saying that though its not just Exeter, you could add another 125K for the whole of East Devon for example. Exeter is the only club around. I look at it that way and think Argyle is not just Plymouth but Cornwall aswell-which shows you how tinpot they really are (The biggest population in Europe to never have a top flight team) in terms of catchment area.225,000 according to the census figure I saw but accepting the internet throws up numerous stats the point remains it's way bigger than our fair sized city