1874 Northwich v AFC Rushden & Diamonds – Saturday 13th July

Select Security Stadium, Halton WA8 7DZ

Kick Off 5:15pm

Saturday 13th July 2013

1874 Northwich v AFC Rushden & Diamonds

AFC Rushden & Diamonds make their first trip to the North-West as they travel to Cheshire to face newly formed 1874 Northwich at the Select Security Stadium, Halton, which is in the Widnes area. The two teams will contest the Supporters Direct Shield which recognizes the collaboration and support of both clubs from that organization during their formation. The stadium is home to Widnes Vikings Rugby League club, and boasts a 3G pitch.

The game will include rolling substitutes, and should the scores be level after 90 minutes the trophy will be shared. Note that the kick-off time is 5:15pm.

Admission prices are £5 adults and £3 Concessions.

Our Opponents

1874 Northwich FC was founded in November 2012 by the members of a Supporters Trust that was formerly aligned to Northwich Victoria FC. With that latter club having undergone several seasons of upheaval, resulting in them having to move out of the area and play games in Stafford. The new club was named after the original foundation date of Northwich Victoria, and it will play home games in the North-West Counties league at the Barton Stadium, Winsford. This fixture was originally planned for that venue, but had to be switched to Widnes as the pitch at Barton Stadium was not ready at this stage of the growing season.

Their club website is here and their Twitter feed is here. They are currently managed by Ian Street. They play in Green Shirts, Black Shorts and White Socks.


For directions for the trip of around 150 miles to the Select Security Stadium, Halton, Widnes WA8 7DZ from the Dog and Duck see here.

The stadium is a 13,500 capacity all-seater stadium which is home to the Widnes Vikings Rugby League team, being built in 1997 on the site of Naughton Park which was the home of Widnes Rugby League team. Local travel directions are on the stadium website here.

The club has made a number of places available on the team coach for fans to travel to this game – details here.

Those wishing to use public transport should consider train connections to either Runcorn or Widnes. Runcorn can be reached via London Midland trains from Northampton, but a local bus or taxi across the Runcorn-Widnes Bridge will be required to reach the ground. Widnes station is nearer the ground, and can be reach by changing trains (and stations) in Warrington – and the last connection will be rather tight for the return journey. For details of local buses see here, or use Traveline for door to door directions.

Other Info

Details of the full pre-season campaign are here. A summary of the players who are already signed on for the 2013-14 season is here. Individual player profiles for the 2013-14 Diamonds squad are available here, with a summary list of player and management profiles to follow once the season proper begins.

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 player and match stats from last season are here.

A full directory of UCL clubs, including links to websites, ground details etc, along with club links including Twitter details and some general UCL links is here.