AFC Wulfrunians v AFC Rushden & Diamonds – Saturday 16th November

Castlecroft Stadium, Castlecroft Road, Castlecroft, Wolverhampton WV3 8NA

Kick-Off 3pm

FA Carlsberg Vase

Second Round Proper

Saturday 16th November 2013

AFC Wulfrunians v AFC Rushden & Diamonds


AFC Rushden & Diamonds will face AFC Wulfrunians in the second round proper of the FA Carlsberg Vase on Saturday. This will be the Diamonds fourth tie in this competition this season, having started a round earlier than last season – when they reached the third round proper.

AFC Wulfrunians are based in Castlecroft on the western edge of the Wolverhampton area. They play in the Midlands Alliance, which is a step 5 league at the same level as the UCL Premier, having won promotion from the West Midlands League last season.

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 the Dog & Duck on Tuesday 19th (KO 7:45pm).

The winners of the tie will play in the third round proper of the competition on the weekend of 7th December. You can see more information on this season’s FA Vase on the FA Website here.

Admission prices have been confirmed as £6 adults and £3 concessions. The club has a 70 space car park with spaces allocated on a first-come first-served basis – otherwise there is local street parking. Access to the ground and facilities will be from 1pm for spectators.

Match Status information is here.

Our Opponents

AFC Wulfrunians were formed in 2005, joining the West Midlands League Division Two. They won promotion to the Premier Division in 2007 – a Step 6 league. They won that league in 2008-09, but did not gain promotion to the Midland Football Alliance (Step 5) until the end of last season when they won the title with 106 points and a goal difference of +98. They are currently in a mid-table position in the Midland Football Alliance.

They are nicknamed the Wulfs, and they play in red and white halved shirts and black shorts. Their website is here, and their twitter feed here. They are managed by Jon Purdie and Steve Palmer, with the latter being with Telford United during his playing career, where he scored against R&DFC back in 2000 when the two teams met in Worcester – report here.


AFC Wulfrunians play at Castlecroft Stadium,  Castlecroft Road,  Castlecroft, Wolverhampton  WV3 8NA. Directions for the trip of around 80 miles from the Dog & Duck are here. The club is running a coach for this fixture – see here for details. Facilities are shared with Wolverhampton Rugby Football Club, which may be indicated on local signs and maps.

Reaching the ground by public transport is an option, especially for those who can take advantage of the cheap advanced purchase tickets which allow a return journey of £11 from Milton Keynes. Off Peak tickets of £16.70 should be available from Northampton to Wolverhampton. From Wolverhampton Station, National Express Bus 3 from stop BA on Lichfield St takes you to Castlecroft (Castlecroft Hotel Stop – the route Terminus), which is a short walk from the ground. There are four buses per hour, and there are various ticket options, including Groupsaver tickets as detailed here, as well as the PlusBus option for rail travellers.

See here for door-to-door directions and timetables.

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.