Dog and Duck Stadium, London Road, Wellingborough NN8 2DP
ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Premier Division
Saturday 22nd March 2014
AFC Rushden & Diamonds v Wisbech Town
AFC Rushden & Diamonds will host Wisbech Town on Saturday at the Dog & Duck in the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Premier Division. The game will attract added interest with Andy Peaks in a caretaker-manager role following the resignation of Mark Starmer reported here.
The two sides met at the Fenland Stadium earlier in the season with the Diamonds ending with 10 men as they drew 1-1 – report here. With the Diamonds now having dropped 12 points at home to match the 12 they have dropped on the road they will be looking to avoid suffering three home defeats in a row.
Wisbech Town are known as the Fenmen, and were formed in 1920, joining the UCL in 1935. They have then moved to the Eastern Counties League, the Midland League, the Southern League and then were relegated back to the Eastern Counties League in 2002 They moved to the Fenland Stadium in 2010, and the ground has covered terracing behind each goal as well as a stand with over 100 seats. At the end of last season they transferred from the Eastern Counties League to the United Counties League rather than taking promotion to Step 4 they had earned by finishing in runners-up spot in that competition.
When the two sides met earlier in the season they were managed by player-managers Paul Cousins and Scott Johnson. who took over the reins in September after the club’s disappointing start to life in the UCL, Scott Johnson has since stepped aside to focus on playing, with Dick Creasey joining Paul Cousins at the helm. They play in all red. Their website is here, and their twitter feed here.
They reached the last-32 of the FA Vase last season, and have taken advantage of the later entry to the competition that gave them by reaching the quarter final stage this season.
After a promising start to the season they suffered two defeats by Huntingdon Town, as well as at Deeping Rangers. Their mixed season has continued, but they have established a mid-table position. In midweek they lost to Wellingborough Town at the Fenland Stadium.
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.
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.
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 is here.