Rebels wins Northampton name vote

The new Championship 1 team backed by Northampton Town FC and based at their Sixfields stadium, will be called the Northampton Rebels.

The name has been selected after a public vote, having originally been put forward by John Marlow, a Cobblers football fan who also supports St Helens and Leeds.

Marlow said: “I am delighted and honoured that Rebels has been voted for by fans to become the name of the new Rugby League side. The name pays tribute to Northampton’s support for the parliamentarians during the English Civil War. This was an important point in not only our history but the history of the country. 

“It’s exciting to know that Northampton Rebels will be represented nationally in Championship 1. I am honoured to be part of this history and it is something that I will proudly share with my children and grandchildren. Go Rebels!”

The Northampton Rugby League Fan Panel included the name on a shortlist of 7 (created from an original 67 supporter led suggestions) that went out to the public vote. The name ‘Rebels’ was successfully chosen ahead of Revolution, Vipers, Nemesis, Pioneers, Roundheads and Diggers.

The club is now looking for fans’ opinion to help choose a new badge for the club, with four potential designs now available to view on

Northampton are one of three confirmed new teams in Championship 1 next season, alongside Hemel Stags and most recently announced addition, University of Gloucestershire All Golds.

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