Northampton Town are playing to end a 7-year run in England’s League Two (the fourth division of English soccer) by earning a promotion to League One and are getting support from an unlikely sports star.

Former NBA great and 4-time NBA Champions Shaquille O’Neal has posted a video on YouTube urging the club on.

“Just wanted to wish Kelvin and all the rest of the Cobblers all the best for the rest of the season, first place is where I like to be so it’s great to see you guys at the top.   I know what it takes to win championships so you’ve got to make sure you finish strong, do not give up that intensity.”

The Cobblers are on top of the League 2 table with a 5 point margin and game in hand over second place Plymouth Argyle.  They face 3rd place Oxford United on Tuesday.  The focus on promotion is a welcome change for the club.  They have faced a relegation battle from the Football League in 2 of the past 4 seasons.

“Looking forward to coming to Sixfields at some point to see a match. You guys know what you’ve got to do, keep grinding guys, I know you’re going to be the champs.”