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Brady’s bunch on the rise


JON BRADY was in tears as he paid tributes after Northampto­n secured automatic promotion with a 1-0 win at Tranmere.

Twelve months since missing out on the top three on goals scored when Bristol Rovers beat Scunthorpe 7-0 on the final day, a brilliant volley from Sam Hoskins secured a place in League One for the Cobblers.

Manager Brady said: “I more want to say thank you to my staff. Colin Calderwood, who is great. I would not call them assistants, we are all together, Marc Richards [first-team coach].

“James Alger, my goalkeepin­g coach, woke up one morning and his wife didn’t wake up. We lost his wife this year and Colin’s lost his dad.

“For those people who have been with us in spirit, it is amazing.

“Incredible perspectiv­e, really. People might say it and I might get carried away in the moment, but I am not. We’re like a family.

“My wife, unbelievab­ly supportive. My children. They have been so supportive.”

Northampto­n banked the three points they needed to grab third place, no matter the outcome of Stockport’s match at home to Hartlepool. Stockport drew 1-1 with Hartlepool and missed a late penalty.

Stockport will now take on Salford in the play-offs after they held on to the final spot despite losing 1-0 at home to Gillingham.

Carlisle secured fifth and a two-legged tie with Bradford after they came from a goal down to draw 1-1 with Sutton. Bradford confirmed their spot with a 1-1 draw against champions Leyton Orient.

Swindon, who beat Crawley 2-1, have appointed Michael Flynn as their new manager on a two-year deal after sacking Jody Morris last week.

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