London Colney v AFC Rushden & Diamonds – Saturday 17th August

Cotlandswick Playing Field, London Colney, Herts  (AL2 1DW)

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Extra-Preliminary Round

Saturday 17th August 2013

London Colney v AFC Rushden & Diamonds

 

AFC Rushden & Diamonds will play their first ever game in the FA Cup on Saturday when they head south to face London Colney.

London Colney play in the Premier Division of the Spartan South Midlands League which is a Step 5 league at the same level as the UCL Premier. Last season they defeated Hatfield Town at this stage before losing to Harefield United in the following round.

If the scores are level after 90 minutes there will be a replay at the Dog & Duck on Tuesday 20th August. The winner of the tie will travel to face Northwood on the weekend of 31st August.

Admission prices and £6 adults and £3 concessions. There is some parking at the ground, and the entrance off the A414 will be stewarded. The ground has a bar and catering facilities, and these should be accessible from noon onwards.

Match Status information is here.

Following continued dialogue with the Northamptonshire FA this week, the club has been informed that Nat Liburd will not be eligible to play this weekend due to a suspension picked up while playing for Daventry Town FC last season. The NFA have confirmed that Saturday will be the final game of Nat’s suspension, so he will be available for selection for next week’s game against Sleaford (or a replay against London Colney should Saturday’s game be drawn).

Our Opponents

London Colney FC was founded in 1907, and moved to their present ground at Cotlandswick in 1976. After spending time in various Hertfordshire leagues they joined the South Midlands League in 1992, which in turn merged with the Spartan League in 1998/99 to become the Spartan South Midlands League. Last season they finished in 7th position in the SSM Premier, after gaining promotion the previous season.

Their club colours are blue, and the Blueboys club website is here and their twitter feed here. They are managed by Ryan Thompson.

In their two league games to date they drew 1-1 with Biggleswade United last weekend, then lost 2-1 to Ampthill Town on Tuesday evening (both teams that the Diamonds faced in pre-season, with mixed fortunes). Matt Newman has scored both of their goals so far this season.

Some more information and pictures of the ground are available on the Pyramid Passion website here.

Directions / Getting There

London Colney FC play at Cotlandswick Playing Field, London Colney, Herts  (AL2 1DW). For directions for the trip of around 50-miles from the Dog and Duck see here. The site is shared with Old Verulamians Rugby Club, so you may see a sign-board for that club (or for the St Albans Irish Club which also shares the site). Those travelling down the M1 can take junction 7 straight onto the A414 which runs past the ground (formerly the M10). As this is a dual carriageway and the ground will be on your right you will need to go around the next roundabout (the London Colney Roundabout) to gain access. The entry road then goes between the Rugby Club on the left and the Irish club on the right and you can follow the road towards the football club from there.

For distant away games this season the club expects to run a coach, with places available to supporters – details here. For this game bookings were taken at the Club Shop at the last two home games, but there may still be places available – email welfare@afcdiamonds.com to enquire.

The coach will leave The Dog & Duck, Wellingborough at 12.00 and Skinners Hill, Rushden at 12.15.

Getting to Cotlandswick by public transport is an option. The most obvious route involves getting a direct train from Bedford to St Albans City station. From St Albans City station there are the 602 and the 658 buses which both leave from Stop C. The 602 says “Watford” on the front whilst the 658 says “Boreham Wood”, please make sure to get on the bus going in these directions. The 602 leaves the station on the hour and half hour, the 658 runs every hour starting at 45 minutes past the hour. Other buses can also be caught from Alma Road (Bus 84 which runs every 20 minutes from 13, 33 and 53 minutes past the hour or the 659 which runs every hour at 24 mins past the hour).

When you get to London Colney you must get off at the first stop after the big roundabout controlled by traffic lights. You then cross over the road and walk back up the road until you reach the northbound bus stop whereupon you cut through the hedge towards the ground which will be on your right.

For door-to-door directions see the Traveline website – your destination is the stop “London Colney, opp Cotlandswick (on High Street)”. Those people familiar with the “plusbus” scheme may like to note that a reduced price ticket for the St Albans area, which includes London Colney, is available.

Other Info

A summary set of profiles for the Diamonds Players and Management is here. The fixture list for the forthcoming season is here. Individual player profiles are here, with player and match stats available here. The current league table can be found here.

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

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