AFC Rushden & Diamonds v Wellingborough Town – Tuesday 1st October

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

Kick-Off 7:45pm

Northants FA Hillier Senior Cup

Tuesday 1st October 2013

AFC Rushden & Diamonds v Wellingborough Town

AFC Rushden & Diamonds sequence of cup games continues on Tuesday evening as attention switches to the Northants FA Hillier Senior Cup. Wellingborough Town are the “visitors” to the Dog & Duck (KO 7:45pm).

The competition involves the 12 Northants FA affiliated non-league teams at Step 5 level or above. Eight of these play in the first round (AFC Rushden & Diamonds, Brackley Town FC, Cogenhoe United, Corby Town, Kettering Town, Northampton Sileby Rangers, Peterborough Northern Star and Wellingborough Town – with Brackley already having been defeated by Cogenhoe), and four received byes into the second round (Long Buckby, Desborough Town, Daventry Town and Corby Stewart & Lloyds), where there will be eight teams. The first round ties are due to be completed by Wednesday 2/10, so it is anticipated the draw for the second round will be made shortly. See here for the full first round draw details).

Should the tie be level after 90 minutes then extra time will be played, with a penalty shootout if the scores are still level after 120 minutes.

This is an all-pay game. Pricing for this game has been confirmed as £6 Adults, £3 Concessions (Over 60s, students, U16s) and £1 U8s.

Note that the NFA rules dictate that a player who has played in a NFA Senior Cup game cannot then play in an NFA Junior Cup game in the same season – so with the Diamonds U21 team progressing in the NFA Les Underwood Junior Cup at the weekend, tonight’s team selection will need to take that rule into consideration.

Our Opponents

Wellingborough Town FC were originally formed in 1867, and had a proud history being the sixth oldest in the country, although the current club was launched in 2004, two years after the original club had disbanded. The Doughboys had an impressive end to last season in the league, but they have had a mixed start to this campaign with 2 wins and 2 draws in their 7 league games to date. They have been knocked out of the FA Cup and FA Vase this season, although they recorded a 5-0 victory over Buckingham Town in the UCL KO Cup last Tuesday.

Phil Neal, of Liverpool and England fame, started his career with the club, and AFC Rushden & Diamonds Assistant Manager Andy Peaks played at the Dog & Duck during the 2006/07 season.

Their club colours are blue and yellow, and they are managed by Craig Adams. The Doughboys club website is here and their Twitter feed here.

Diamonds fans may recall that RDFC made many appearances in the Hillier Cup, and you can see a record of those appearances in the RDFC Archive here – with a report on the last time they won this competition here.

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

The updated Match Stats, Player Stats, Form Guide and Attendance figures are found in the First Team stats area on this website here. Updated player profiles are also available. You can also find updated fixture lists in the main fixture and results grid as well as on the Fixture News page, where there is a downloadable version.

Player and Match Sponsorship options are detailed in the Commercial Brochure as detailed here.

The fixture list is here, and 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 forthcoming season are here.

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