AFC Rushden & Diamonds v Hoddesdon Town – Saturday 21st September

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

Kick-Off 3pm

FA Carlsberg Vase

Second Qualifying Round

Saturday 21st September 2013

AFC Rushden & Diamonds v Hoddesdon Town FC


After being drawn away in their first four cup ties of the season, AFC Rushden & Diamonds will host Hoddesdon Town at the Dog & Duck on Saturday in the FA Carlsberg Vase. This is the Second Qualifying Round of the competition – the same stage that the Diamonds entered the competition last season.

Hoddesdon are a fellow Step 5 club, playing in the Premier Division of the Spartan South Midlands League. This will thus be the seventh game the Diamonds have played against teams from that League this season – in contrast to the four games they have played to date in the UCL Premier. In the First Qualifying Round the Diamonds defeated AFC Dunstable – details here, whereas the Lilywhites had a bye through to this stage.

Should the tie still be level after 90 minutes then extra time will be played, but if the scores are still level after 120 minutes there will be a replay at Lowfield, Hoddesdon on Tuesday 24th (KO 7:45pm).

The winners of the tie will play in the first round proper of the competition on the weekend of 19th October. You can see more information on this season’s FA Vase on the FA Website here.

This is an all-pay game. Entrances prices for this game are the normal cup tie £6 Adults, £3 Concessions (Over 60s, students, U16s) and £1 U8s.

N.B. As this is a game in an FA competition, the FA rules regarding alcohol must be observed, meaning that no alcohol can be consumed outside of the clubhouse, and to ensure this there will be no alcohol sales from 2:45pm until the game is finished – please help us by observing this rule.

Match Status information is here.

Our Opponents

Hoddesdon Town FC was formed in 1879, moving to their present ground, Lowfield, twenty years later. In 1908 the club joined the Herts County League and then the Spartan League in 1924.

They were the first ever winners of the FA Vase in 1975.

They joined the Athenian League in 1977 and the South Midlands League in 1984 – which became the Spartan South Midlands League in 1997-98 after a merger with the Spartan League.

After being relegated to Division One in 2005, they won promotion back to the Premier Division for the start of this season after finishing third in Division One last season, level on points with Cockfosters.

You can read more about their history on their website here.

Their club colours are white shirts and black shorts, with an all-blue kit as an alternative. Their club website is here and their twitter feed here. They are managed by Andy Crawford and they are known as “The Lilywhites”. Sharing their ground with Hoddesdon Cricket Club, they started their league season with six away league games, picking up three wins and a draw.

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.

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. The fixture list for this season is here, with fixture news and a downloadable fixture list here. Individual player profiles are here, with player and match stats available here.

Player and Match Sponsorship options are detailed in the Commercial Brochure as referenced here.

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 EA Sports 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.

The UCL Handbook, along with links to competition rules for the current season are here.


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