AFC Rushden & Diamonds v Northampton Spencer Match OFF

GAME OFF 13.30 after huge deluge

AFC Rushden & Diamonds v Northampton Spencer FC

Saturday 29th December 2012 – 3pm

ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Division One

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

AFC Rushden & Diamonds will host neighbours Northampton Spencer in their final game of 2012 on Saturday afternoon at the Dog & Duck. This will be the first league meeting between the two sides. With the Boxing Day game having been postponed this will be the first Diamonds game at the Dog & Duck since mid-November.

As this is a league game, season tickets are valid. For those paying on the gate normal prices apply, so entry to this game is at the standard admission prices of Adults £5, Concessions £2.50, Under 16 Members FREE, Under 8 FREE (Concessions (with ID) are Over 60′s and Students. 8-15 year old non-members will also be admitted at the concession rate. Under 16 members are admitted free to all home matches on production of a valid membership card. Under 8s are admitted free to all home matches.

Details of any issues with respect to the weather / pitch conditions etc will be here or on Twitter (@AFCRD). Those who may not have internet access in the build-up to a game may want to make note of the club contact phone number as detailed here.

Our Opponents

Northampton Spencer FC was formed as Spencer School Old Boys in 1936. They joined the UCL Division 2 in 1968, moving to Kingsthorpe Mill in 1971. After progress in the UCL they won the UCL Premier title in 1992, but at the end of last season they took voluntary relegation back to UCL Division One.

The Millers do not appear to have a current club website.

They are currently managed by Ben Stone who won the October Manager of the Month award after his side won 3 games in the UCL as well as an FA Vase victory over Long Buckby. That good run continued into November as they extended their winning run to 7 games, 5 of them in the league, before their exit from the FA Vase. With the good form continuing they are now well placed to challenge for promotion back to the UCL Premier. There are several links between the two clubs, with Andy Peaks and Scott Carlin having been on the Millers management team with Quincy Shorunmu and Joe Merrill being regulars last season and at least four other Diamonds having been on the books at Kingsthorpe Mill at some point in their careers.

They play in Green and White.


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

Individual player profiles for the squad are available here, with a summary list of player and management profiles here. Summary stats for the season to date are here, including appearance, attendance and goalscoring details. The current league table is here.

There are details on how to become a member of AFC R&D here, as well as information on Multiple Game Tickets and related prices here.

A full directory of UCL clubs, including links to websites, ground details etc, along with club links including Twitter details and some general UCL links is here.