AFC Rushden & Diamonds v Petersfield Town – Saturday 8th August

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

Kick-Off 3pm

Southern Football League Division One Central

Saturday 8th August 2015

AFC Rushden & Diamonds v Petersfield Town

AFC Rushden & Diamonds will play their first game at Non-League Step 4 with the visit of Petersfield Town FC to the Dog & Duck on Saturday afternoon. Details of the Diamonds first season in the Southern Football League Division One Central can be found on the fixture list here.

The Match Sponsor for this game, where the Diamonds will be looking to continue their unbeaten run which stretches back to January, will be Fuelsell Multifuel Suppliers.

Please note that there has been extensive remodelling of both the pedestrian and vehicular access to the ground over the summer – please follow designated routes. There is also continuing work in London Road which will also result in some local parking restrictions.

You can find a directory of all of the Southern Football League Division One Central Clubs, with links to web pages, twitter feeds etc here, where you will also find a set of links to other useful resources.

Admission prices for the Southern League Division One Central campaign are detailed here. There is a Diamonds Match Diary here, and the club twitter feed will provide the latest information before, during and after the match using the link or by following @AFCRD.

See below for details of all the social media options for following the Diamonds, as well as details on Radio Diamonds.

Richard Bunting will be unavailable for this game as he starts his two game ban for his second red card last season.

Our Opponents

Petersfield Town FC was founded in 1993 after Petersfield United closed down (because they weren’t granted permission to switch from the Isthmian 3rd Division to the Wessex League in 1992).

They won promotion to the Southern League at the end of the 2014-15 season. This is Petersfield’s second promotion in a row as they won the Wessex League Division One in 2013-14 before winning the Wessex League Premier in last season. You can find all the details from their title winning campaign on the Non-League Matters website here. They only lost two league games during that season, scoring 118 league goals.

Their best national cup run was the 1994-95 FA Vase where they reached the 2nd round.

They are known as the Rams and are managed by Ian Saunders. Their website is here, and their Twitter feed here. Their club colours are red and black.

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. You can find a directory of all of the Southern Football League Division One Central Clubs, with links to web pages, twitter feeds etc here, where you will also find a set of links to other useful resources.

Details of the Diamonds playing squad and management team are here. Individual player profiles for the Diamonds squad are available here. Historic player stats are here, and last season’s 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 are also going to launch 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.