AFC Rushden & Diamonds v Brackley Town – Tuesday 2nd February

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

Kick-Off 7:45pm

Northants FA Hillier Senior Cup Semi-Final

Tuesday 2nd February 2016

AFC Rushden & Diamonds v Brackley Town

AFC Rushden & Diamonds return to cup action on Tuesday evening when Brackley Town are the visitors in the Northants FA Hillier Senior Cup (KO 7:45pm).

The competition involves the 13 Northants FA affiliated non-league teams at Step 5 level or above. This now includes Brackley Town Saints, who play in the Hellenic League, as well as Northampton Spencer and Rothwell Corinthians who moved up to Step 5 this season, with Long Buckby dropping out due to their relegation to Step 6. Ten teams played in the first round, with the Diamonds and two other receiving byes into the second round, The Diamonds defeated Desborough Town on penalties to reach the last four. See here for the full draw details.

Should the tie be level after 90 minutes then extra time will NOT be played, and the game will go directly to a penalty shootout.

This is an all-pay game. Pricing for this game has been confirmed as £6 Adults, £3 Concessions (Over 60s, students) with U16s free.

The following players are cup-tied for this game – 

• Lewis Leslie – Cogenhoe

• Connor Kennedy – Corby

• Nabil Shariff – Daventry


Our Opponents

Brackley Town was formed in 1890, and after progressing through the Hellenic League and Southern League they reached Conference North level in 2012, missing out on promotion to the Conference in the end-of-season playoffs in 2013-14. This season has been less successful to date, with the team currently towards the bottom of the table.

The Saints play in red and white stripes, and they are managed by ex-R&DFC favourite Kevin Wilkin. Their club website is here and their Twitter feed here.


The Diamonds lost 4-3 to Brackley Town in this competition in the 2014-15 season – report here.


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. 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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