Some of the more avid followers of Northampton Town may remember a fire breaking out at the pub situated behind Sixfields Stadium, as the Cobblers played out an FA Cup match against Nantwich Town back in December.
Fans of the Northamptonshire club will also still have vivid memories of the club plundering into £10 million of debt and having their assets frozen over an unpaid tax bill during the same month.
The club were just moments away from being dissolved as Cobblers fans feared for their future.
With the council and tax man against them and players not getting paid, former Oxford United chairman Kelvin Thomas agreed a takeover and the club never looked back.
In just four months, Northampton lost only one game, went on a ten game winning streak, equalled the fourth tier record of away victories, currently unbeaten in 19 and at 26 have the most wins of any side in English professional football this season.
With Chris Wilder’s side finding the back of the net regularly, an incredible change of fortunes since a miserable Christmas culminated in Saturday as they secured promotion to League One.
It is proof that clubs can survive when in financial adversity, as Northampton prepare for life in the third tier next season.
In a remarkable twist of fate, they will face Bolton Wanderers next season, who could not recover from off the field problems, resulting in relegation from the Championship on the same day the Cobblers were promoted.
Northampton fans can you carry this season’s form into League One? Will you survive relegation next season? We would like to hear from you in the comments below!