Devised by Seven Sisters Group
(Sophie Jump & Susanne Thomas)

Sixfields Stadium

22 June – 12 July 2017


The Twelfth Player was an audio-visual performance at Sixfields Stadium – taking place in the real world and on screen – blending site-specific performance and handheld video technology, to move audiences seamlessly between brilliantly observed characters, placing them right in the heart of the action.

“Really enjoyable experience, went around the show with a big smile on my face from start to finish”
“I really enjoyed the play between dance, the fans and the sport itself”
“A wonderful tribute to the football club… the supporters… and the legend Tommy ‘Flash’ Fowler”


2015/16 was arguably the most dramatic and euphoric Season in the Cobblers’ long and colourful history. In the dark days of November, the Club was deep in trouble. Staff and players were not getting paid, and Administration was a very real possibility. But through the dedication of their extraordinary fans – the team’s twelfth player – they made an amazing recovery, welcoming a remarkable takeover, bouncing back into League 1 and winning the Club’s first League title for 29 years.

The Twelfth Player was a unique collaboration between Fermynwoods Contemporary Art, Royal & Derngate and Northampton Town Football Club. Throughout the summer, audiences had a special opportunity to go behind the scenes on a 45 minute walking tour around Sixfields Stadium itself and through the past seventy years of the Club’s history, viewing the passionate world of football through the eyes of three generations of a family of Cobblers supporters.



Sophie Jump and Susanne Thomas (Seven Sisters Group) researched histories and other stories associated with the fans and supporters of Northampton Town Football Club. They met many fans and heard many stories including Tommy Fowler’s life story, who was shot in the trenches in the Second World War before joining the Club; Ashley Kitesmark, a season ticket holder who became their mascot for 4 seasons; and James Averill, a lifelong fan and now the Supporters’ Club’s Press Officer.

The work was developed in collaboration with script writer Richard Hurford and composer Craig Vear.

Funded by Arts Council England and Northamptonshire Community Foundation.

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