Dog and Duck Stadium, London Road, Wellingborough NN8 2DP
ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Premier Division
Saturday 30th November 2013
AFC Rushden & Diamonds v Long Buckby AFC
For their last match in a nine-game November, the Diamonds welcome Long Buckby AFC to the Dog & Duck in the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Premier Division. The Diamonds will be looking to round off a busy month with a win, knowing that would give them seven wins in a row, and represent the first time they have recorded seven wins in a calendar month.
The two teams met at Station Road earlier in the month, when an Alfie Taylor goal separated the sides – see here for a match report.
Long Buckby AFC was formed in 1945, and AFC R&D assistant manager Andy Peaks was in a similar role with the club for a period. The Bucks won the UCL Premier Division in the 2011-12 season with a record 108-point haul, after a record breaking run of 16 straight league wins at the start of the season – with both Russ Dunkley and Fazel Koriya being key players, scoring goals 37 and 22 goals respectively, helping them to a total of 130 goals that season.
They went on to also break the points total for the league, but Kings Lynn, who they beat twice on their way to the title, were the team accepted into the step 4 leagues due to ground grading issues at Station Road.
Their club colours are all-claret and they are managed by Phil Mason, assisted by Ashley Stewart. Their website is here, but they do not appear to have an active twitter feed.
They have ex-Diamonds Lance Allen, James Allcock and Nat Liburd on their playing staff. Another player who may be known to Diamonds fans will be ex-Posh and Yeovil 38-year-old striker Howard Forinton. Their striker Josh Crawley won the Player of the Month award in August after scoring eight goals, including two hat-tricks that month.
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.
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. For fixture news, including a downloadable fixture list, see here.
Player and Match Sponsorship options are detailed in the Commercial Brochure as detailed here.
The fixture list 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.
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 season are here.