AFC Rushden & Diamonds v Aylesbury United – Tuesday 18th August

Dog and Duck Stadium, London Road, Wellingborough NN8 2DP

Kick-Off 7:45pm

Southern Football League Division One Central

Tuesday 18th August 2015

AFC Rushden & Diamonds v Aylesbury United

AFC Rushden & Diamonds will play their second home game of the Southern League Division One campaign on Tuesday evening with the visit of Aylesbury United FC to the Dog & Duck. Details of the Diamonds first season in the Southern Football League Division One Central can be found on the fixture list here.

The match is sponsored by Creation Signs and Displays from Rushden.

Please note that there has been extensive remodelling of both the pedestrian and vehicular access to the ground over the summer – please follow designated routes. There is also continuing work in London Road which will also result in some local parking restrictions and pedestrian access alterations.

You can find a directory of all of the Southern Football League Division One Central Clubs, with links to web pages, twitter feeds etc here, where you will also find a set of links to other useful resources.

Admission prices for the Southern League Division One Central campaign are detailed here. There is a Diamonds Match Diary here, and the club twitter feed will provide the latest information before, during and after the match using the link or by following@AFCRD.

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


Our Opponents

Nickname: The Ducks

Manager: Tony Joyce

Colours: Green and White

Formed: 1897

Average 2014-15 Home Attendance: 163

Website: Aylesbury United

Twitter Feed: @AylesburyUtdFC

Aylesbury United have achieved a great deal more than most non-League clubs. The FA Cup exploits of this club are exceptional, making the First Round eight years in a row from 1985 to 1992, the Second Round three times and even managing a Third Round appearance. In the past 30 years they have played against Bristol City, Southend United, Northampton Town, Walsall, Hereford United, West Bromwich Albion, Wycombe Wanderers and Queens Park Rangers. The Ducks became the only non-League side to face the full England team, as they hosted the national side in a warm-up match in 1988 in preparation for the European Championships.

Formed in 1908, the club has seen its fair share of highs and lows, with their FA Cup exploits coinciding with a move up the Pyramid. Finishing as champions of the 1987-88 Southern League Premier Division, Aylesbury United were able to secure a well earned (but brief) promotion to the top of Non-League football with membership of the 1988-89 Conference.

Sadly, the club has fallen on hard times since 2006, when they were evicted from their own stadium – Buckingham Road. Since then the club has been homeless and in 2009 the club was formally taken over by its supporters. They now groundshare with Thame United in Oxfordshire. Many Ducks fans would love to return to Buckingham Road, but no agreement has been reached between the club and the owners of the ground that would satisfy both.

In short, Aylesbury United is a club without a ground, but with a proud history and currently owned by its supporters. Remind you of any other club?

Links between the two clubs: Paul Lamb played in 43 matches for The Ducks and scored 3 goals. An 18-year old Liam Dolman played 9 matches in 2004/05 while on loan from Northampton Town.

The Dog and Duck

For directions to the Dog and Duck see here, where you will also find details of car parking options. You will find a range of bars and catering facilities, as well as a Club Shop. There is covered seating available, as well as two covered standing areas. You can see a stadium plan that maps out these facilities here, along with details of catering facilities (including a snack bar menu / prices with details of the famous Diamond Burger).

There is always a need for additional volunteers to help with ongoing maintenance and matchday work, as detailed here.

Other Info

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

Details of the Diamonds playing squad and management team are here. Individual player profiles for the Diamonds squad are available here. Player and Match Stats are here, and previous seasons stats are here.

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

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). For this season we have also launched 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.  

Radio Diamonds will be broadcasting for this game – 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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