AFC Rushden & Diamonds v St Andrews FC – Saturday 18th January

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

Kick-Off 3pm

FA Carlsberg Vase

Fourth Round Proper

Saturday 18th January 2014

AFC Rushden & Diamonds v St Andrews FC

 

AFC Rushden & Diamonds will host St Andrews FC at the Dog & Duck on Saturday 18th January in the Fourth Round of the FA Carlsberg Vase. St Andrews FC are Step 6 club, one tier below the Diamonds, from the Aylestone area of Leicester, playing in the East Midlands Counties Football League, where they have had a successful season to date.

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.

This the further stage the Diamonds have reached in this competition. In the earlier rounds the Diamonds have knocked out AFC Dunstable, Hoddesdon Town, Woodford United, AFC Wulfrunians and Graham St Prims.

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 Canal St, Aylestone, Leicester – Date / Time TBA.

The full draw is here, as well as other information on the competition, with this Round being the “last-32”.

The winners of the tie will play in the fifth round proper (the “last-16”) of the competition on the weekend of 15th February 2014. You can see more information on this season’s FA Vase on the FA Website here. The winners of the tie will receive £2000 from the FA Prize fund (the prizes in the earlier rounds were £600, £800, £900, £1200 and £1500).

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

St Andrews FC are from Aylestone, Leicester, and play in the East Midlands Counties League (Step 6) – the same league as the Diamonds’ previous Vase opponents Graham St Prims. They were formed in 1973, and played in local Leicestershire Leagues until 2008 when they joined the EMCL Their website is here and their Twitter feed here.

Like the Diamonds, St Andrews started in this season’s competition in the first qualifying round, and this will be their first away tie. Their previous games in the competition have been:

  • First Qualifying Round: Lutterworth Athletic (UCL Division One (Step 6)) H 6-2
  • Second Qualifying Round: Clipstone (Northern Counties East Division One (Step 6)) H 3-1
  • First Round: Lincoln Moorlands Railway (Northern Counties East Premier (Step 5)) H 4-0
  • Second Round: Brocton (Midland Football Combination Premier (Step 6)) H 2-1
  • Third Round: Bolehall Swifts (Midland Football Combination Premier (Step 6)) H 4-1

The Saints are in an excellent vein of form. They have had six wins in their last seven games, with their only defeat being at the hands of Graham St Prims, although their fixture backlog and a three point deduction for fielding an ineligible player means they are rather lower in the league than their record suggests. They had topped the EMCL table at the start of the season before their cup exploits limited their involvement in league games.

Although they weren’t scheduled to have a game on Saturday 11th, they have managed one league game in 2014, with a victory away at Radford on Tuesday 7th January.

Their club colours are black and white striped shirts and black shorts, with a change strip of yellow shirts and white shorts. Their manager is Andy Purple.

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 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.