AFC Rushden & Diamonds v Brackley Town – Tuesday 4th November

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

Kick-Off 7:45pm

Northants FA Hillier Senior Cup

Tuesday 4th November 2014

AFC Rushden & Diamonds v Brackley Town

AFC Rushden & Diamonds take a break from league action on Tuesday evening with the first of three scheduled cup games during November. Brackley Town are the visitors in the Northants FA Hillier Senior Cup (KO 7:45pm).

The competition involves the 11 Northants FA affiliated non-league teams at Step 5 level or above. Six of these played in the first round, with the Diamonds and four other receiving byes into the second round, where there are now be eight teams. Kettering, Sileby and Daventry went out of the competition in the first round. 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 standard cup pricing of £6 Adults, £3 Concessions (Over 60s, students, U16s) and £1 U8s as detailed here.

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 in the bottom half of the table.

The Saints play in red and white stripes, and they are managed by ex-R&DFC favourite Jon Brady, whose assistant is R&DFC legend Darren Collins. Their club website is here and their Twitter feed here.

The Saints’ playing staff include ex-R&DFC players Billy Turley and Greg Pearson

Diamonds fans may recall that RDFC made many appearances in the Hillier Cup, and you can see a record of those appearances in the RDFC Archive here – with a report on the last time they won this competition by defeating the Saints here.

Although AFC Rushden & Diamonds have faced Brackley in a pre-Season friendly, there were several meetings between R&DFC and Brackley in the Hillier Cup, as follows:









Tue 13/10/92





Hillier Cup


Kirkup, Kearns, Donegal/2, Beech

Tue 18/11/97





Hillier Cup



Tue 29/04/08





Hillier Cup


Woodhouse, Tomlin

Wed 12/01/11





Hillier Cup


The game in April 2008 was the Hillier Cup final, and the Diamonds had to recover from a goal down to see Chris Hope lift the Trophy following a last minute winner from Lee Tomlin (who had spent time at Brackley the earlier that season). A strong Diamonds team that evening was: Martyn Margarson, Curtis Osano, Phil Gulliver, Chris Hope(capt), Curtis Woodhouse, Andy Burgess, Michael Rankine, Dean Howell, Michael Corcoran (Jamie Beecroft 67), Abdou El-Kholti (Lawrence Lambley 72), Sam Smith (Lee Tomlin 52).

Last season the Diamonds entered the competition for the first time, but went out of the competition at the first hurdle, losing 2-1 to Wellingborough Town – 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 a covered standing area. You can see a stadium plan that maps out these facilities here.

There are details on how to become a member of AFC R&D here. Match Status information is here.

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

Other Info

A summary set of profiles for the Diamonds Players and Management is here. Individual player profiles are here, with player and match stats available 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, and specific match status information here,along with the next planned fixture for the various AFC Rushden & Diamonds teams. 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.

A full directory of UCL clubs, including links to websites, ground details (with a map pinpointing all the UCL grounds), along with club links including Twitter details plus some general UCL links is 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.