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05 Feb 2015
To celebrate a brand new partnership between Stagecoach Midlands and Northampton Town Football Club, four Northampton Town players have undertaken a series of special driving challenges in a Stagecoach bus at Sixfields.
Stagecoach sponsored Lawson D'Ath and fellow team mates Zander Diamond, Chris Hackett and Matt Duke, underwent the challenges under the guidance of Stagecoach instructors.
The event was recorded and uploaded to the Northampton Town Football You Tube channel for the winning driver to be chosen.
The fans and Paul Hill, their driving chaperone, both agreed the winner was Lawson D’Ath. Lawson was then presented with his driving trophy at the following Saturday’s game against Morecombe which saw Northampton win 2-1.
The Stagecoach Route 15 Driving Challenge was to mark the beginning of a new route 15 which will make it easier for supporters to get to Sixfields on a matchday. Route 15 will start on the 13th April running between Acre Lane, Kingsthorpe, Harborough Rd, town centre, Upton, Sixfields and St Crispins.. The service will run every 20 minutes and will effectively combine the current 15 and 22 routes. This new cross town link is being introduced with partial, section 106 developer funding from Northampton Borough Council.
In addition a new promotion has been introduced as part of the partnership, whereby season ticket holders are able to travel for £1 single to Sixfields on match days from anywhere within the Northampton Megarider Zone.
Steve Burd, Managing Director said “We are delighted to work with Northampton Football Club on this project. One of the main requests from fans was for a link from Kingsthorpe to Sixfields. I am very pleased we have been able to positively respond to this demand with the help of Northampton Borough Council and Northamptonshire County Council. I am sure this new service will be of benefit to many fans”
Northampton Town Chairman David Cardoza said, "We know supporters will really feel the benefit of this new service. Many have been telling us they would appreciate more bus services to Sixfields on a matchday and we are delighted to help Stagecoach promote this new service, which will make it far easier for supporters to get to Sixfields. The buses will run for both afternoon and evening games and this should be a real help to supporters.