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Double-Sided: Northampton Town

25 February 2016

We scan through the history books to find some of those who have played in the colours of both Pools and our weekend opponents Northampton Town.

Colin Larkin
Pools signed Colin Larkin in the summer of 2009 after he did enough during a pre-season trial following his release from Northampton Town at the end of the 2008/09 campaign.

Larkin had spent two seasons at Sixfields during which he made over 60 appearances for The Cobblers, finding the net five times.

Popular in the dressing room, he found the net just four times in 63 appearances at The Vic and he was released in 2012 to go and play in non-league with Lincoln City, Harrogate Town and Gateshead.

Evan Horwood
The Hartlepool-born full-back actually came through the ranks at Sheffield United and had played for Stockport, Scunthorpe, York, Chester, Darlington, Gretna and Carlisle before arriving at The Vic in 2010.

Blessed with a wonderful left-foot, Horwood went on to make 138 appearances for Pools during the next three seasons and scored six goals along the way.

Upon his release in 2013 he signed for Tranmere Rovers but joined Northampton Town on loan towards the end of the 2013/14 campaign and made his move permanent that summer.

Injury has hampered his progress at Sixfields and he’s been restricted to less than 30 appearances since signing and he was recently loaned out to National League outfit Grimsby Town.

Steve Howard
Although more renowned as a target man, Steve Howard arrived at The Vic from Tow Law Town as a teenage midfielder in 1995 and quickly became a regular in the side, making 162 appearances.

A six-figure sum took him to Northampton Town in February 1999 where he made just short of 100 appearances and scored 18 goals, earning a £50,000 move to Luton Town in 2001.

Derby County saw enough to offer up £1million for his services in 2006 where he spent two seasons before going on to Leicester City and then returning to Pools in the summer of 2012, making a further 45 outings.

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