AFC Rushden & Diamonds v Thrapston Town
Saturday 18th August 2012 – 3:00pm
ChromaSport and Trophies United Counties League Division One
Dog and Duck Stadium, London Road, Wellingborough NN8 2DP
AFC Rushden & Diamonds will play their historic first league game on Saturday, 476 days after the final league game for Rushden & Diamonds FC. The game is on the opening weekend of the ChromaSport and Trophies United Counties League Division One campaign, and Thrapston Town are the visitors to the Dog and Duck. It will also be the first Saturday afternoon home game for the newly formed team, as they did not have a pre-season friendly at home on a Saturday.
For those that have not bought a season ticket, 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 how to buy season tickets, as well as seating arrangements and options for multi-game packs at a reduced price are detailed here.
See Mark Starmer’s thoughts on the game, and on the pre-season preparation, on AFCRDTV.
Thrapston Town FC was formed as Thrapston Venturas in 1960, changing its name to Thrapston Town in 1995 after joining the UCL in 1978. Last season they played in the UCL Premier, but after a single season at that level they dropped back into Division One. They beat Cogenhoe and Shephed Dynamo in the FA Cup before going out at Long Buckby. After that exit they faltered in the league, and brought in Ian Walker as manager. Last Friday the faced Cogenhoe in the Extra Prequalifying round of the FA Cup beating their UCL Premier opponents 2-0. Their club colours are blue shirts and shorts.
The Dog and Duck
For directions to the Dog and Duck see here, where you will also find details of car parking options.
During the summer both WTFC and AFC R&D volunteers have been working at the Dog and Duck on various projects. This includes the various new standing areas, the fitting out of an additional bar – Dale’s Bar, which contains a tribute to Dale Roberts, as well as the preparation work for a covered pre-fabricated terrace area, to be known as the Peter De Banke Terrace, which will be officially opened before the game – details here. There is always a need for additional volunteers to help with ongoing maintenance and matchday work, so if you are able to volunteer please contact the club – details here.
For details of the history of AFC Rushden & Diamonds see 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.