Hayden Road, Rushden, Northants NN10 0HX

Kick-Off 3pm

Chris Ruff Memorial Cup

Saturday 16th July 2016

Rushden & Higham United v AFC Rushden & Diamonds

AFC Rushden & Diamonds will kick off their pre-season campaign with the short trip to Hayden Road to face Rushden & Higham United in the Chris Ruff Memorial Cup. This will be the fourth time the teams have competed for the cup, which has been presented in memory of the ex-R&HUFC Club Secretary.

There is a club bar and refreshments will also be available.

Please see the Fixture List for 2016/17 here for details of the other pre-season games – with details on cup games already added, and the league game schedule due to be released on Friday 15th July.

See below for details of all the social media options for following the Diamonds, as well as details on Radio Diamonds.

Our Opponents

Rushden & Higham United FC was founded in 2007 with the merger of Higham Town FC and Rushden Rangers. Higham Town history goes back to 1875, but in 2007 they merged with Rushden Rangers, moving to Hayden Road and upgrading the ground for UCL level football.

The Lankies club website is here with the main R&H-related twitter feed is here. They have a new management team in place for this season, with the team jointly managed by Ben Lord and Wayne Abbott. They play in Orange and Black.

The two teams met in competitive games in the 2012-13 season. They first met at Hayden Road at the start of October 2012, when a UCL Division One record crowd saw the Diamonds seal a 4-0 victory, as goals from Alfie Taylor and Joe Merrill gave the Diamonds a two-goal lead at the break, then a third from Jack Wisniewski followed by an own goal secured the win report here. In the return game at the Dog & Duck in January 2013 an early Alfie Taylor goal gave the Diamonds a narrow victory – report here.


For directions to Hayden Road (NN10 0HX) from the Dog and Duck see here, or see here for a Google Streetview of the Hayden Road area.

Please park with consideration for local residents, and do not block any access or entrances.

Other Info

Details of the full pre-season campaign are here. A summary of the players who are already signed on for the 2016-17 season is here. Individual player profiles for the Diamonds squad are available here, Details of the new players and triallists are here. Historic player stats are here, and last season’s stats are here.

Player and Match Sponsorship options are detailed in the Commercial Section of this website as detailed here

The fixture list is here, and latest fixture news is here. You can find a directory of all of the Northern Premier League First Division South Clubs, with links to web pages, twitter feeds etc here, where you will also find a set of links to other useful resources.

There are a range of social media options available to help follow the Diamonds, with the well used and liked twitter feed to the fore, as well as a Facebook page and Club Instagram Page (follow afcrd), and a Snapchat service, accessible on mobile platforms such as an iOS or Android Phone, so you can follow the live matchday story by finding afcrd on Snapchat. This will be available during some of the pre-season games, and more details will follow nearer the start of the season proper. 

Radio Diamonds plan to start broadcasting once the season proper begins – details here.

Don’t forget you can get a regular Diamonds news bulletin delivered to your inbox, including details of all the forthcoming fixtures by signing up to the Club Newsletter – you will see a sign-up box on the right-hand side of the site homepage – just under the Hevey Logo.

For details of the history of AFC Rushden & Diamonds see here.

There are details on how to become a member of AFC R&D here, as well as news on Season Tickets, Multiple Game Tickets and related prices here.

The club depends upon volunteer support from its fanbase. If you would like to join the group who help either on matchdays or behind the scenes see here.

People accessing the website via Tablet or Mobile who want to access some of the nested menus on the website may find the “Quick Links” tab useful – found just above the “Hevey” logo on the homepage.


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