Aylesbury United v AFC Rushden & Diamonds

Meadow View Park, Thame Oxfordshire OX9 3RN  

Wednesday 18th November 2015

Kick-Off 7:45pm

Southern Football League Division One Central

Aylesbury United v AFC Rushden & Diamonds

AFC Rushden & Diamonds have a rare league game on a Wednesday evening when they travel to Thame to face Aylesbury United. The game is subject to a pitch inspection planned for 4pm – please check the twitter link https://twitter.com/AFCRD or by following @AFCRD for further news.

Diamonds fans will not have fond memories of their previous Wednesday game, as they tasted defeat at Huntingdon Town.

Admission prices are £9 adults and £6 concessions, with accompanied U16s £1. There is a clubhouse bar on-site, but please note that this is accessed from outside the turnstiles – once through the turnstiles you will not be able to access it until half-time. The club have advised there is a large car park providing ample parking space.

The Diamonds plan to wear their yellow and black away strip for this fixture.

You can find a directory of all of the Southern Football League Division One Central Clubs, with links to web pages, twitter feeds etc here, where you will also find a set of links to other useful resources.

There is a Diamonds Match Diary here, and the club twitter feed will provide the latest information before, during and after the match using the link https://twitter.com/AFCRD or by following @AFCRD.

See below for details of all the social media options for following the Diamonds, as well as details on Radio Diamonds.

Our Opponents

Since the two teams met at the Dog & Duck in August, the Ducks have appointed ex-R&DFC player Glyn Creaser as their manager. The Ducks gave the Diamonds a stern test in that game, so the Diamonds were perhaps fortunate to record their first victory at step 4 level, as goals from Hoban and a Dolman penalty gave them a 2-1 victory – report here.

Aylesbury United were founded in 1897 when three local sides: Night School FC, The Printing Works and Aylesbury Town decided to merge. The club has seen its fair share of highs and lows, with their notable FA Cup exploits coinciding with a move up the Pyramid. Finishing as champions of the 1987-88 Southern League Premier Division, Aylesbury United were able to secure promotion to the top of Non-League football with membership of the 1988-89 Conference.

Sadly, the club has fallen on hard times since 2006, when they were evicted from their own stadium – Buckingham Road. Since then the club has been homeless and in 2009 the club was formally taken over by its supporters. They now groundshare with Thame United in Oxfordshire.

Links between the two clubs: Paul Lamb played in 43 matches for The Ducks and scored 3 goals. An 18-year old Liam Dolman played 9 matches in 2004/05 while on loan from Northampton Town.

The Ducks website is here, and their twitter feed here. They play in green.shirts and white shorts.


Getting There

AFC Rushden & Diamonds Travel is not running a coach for this fixture.

Aylesbury United FC play at Thame Uniteds ground. You can find directions for the trip of around 50 miles to Meadow View Park, Thame Oxfordshire OX9 3RN here 

The stadium is located north of the town centre on the A4129 approx 300 metres from the roundabout where this road meets the A418, the A329 and the B4011. The stadium can be seen from the roundabout. The club advise there is ample car parking. 

Coming from the east leave the M40 at Junction 7, cross the motorway and follow the A329 to Thame (passing the Oxfordshire Golf Club). At the first roundabout take the second exit. At the next roundabout take the third exit into Tythrop Way where the entrance is approx. 300m on your left.

As this is an evening game, there is no suitable public transport option.


Other Info

The fixture list is here, and latest fixture news is here. You can find a directory of all of the Southern Football League Division One Central Clubs, with links to web pages, twitter feeds etc here, where you will also find a set of links to other useful resources.

Details of the Diamonds playing squad and management team are here. Individual player profiles for the Diamonds squad are available here. Player and Match Stats are here, and previous seasons stats are here.

Player and Match Sponsorship options are detailed in the Commercial Section of this website as detailed here

There are a range of social media options available to help follow the Diamonds, with the well used and liked twitter feed to the fore, as well as a Facebook page and Club Instagram Page (follow afcrd). For this season we are also going to launch a Snapchat service, accessible on mobile platforms such as an iOS or Android Phone, so you can follow the live matchday story by finding afcrd on Snapchat.

Radio Diamonds will be broadcasting for this game – details here.

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 Hevey 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.

People accessing the website via Tablet or Mobile who want to access some of the nested menus on the website may find the “Quick Links” tab useful – found just above the “Hevey” logo on the homepage.