Northampton Spencer v AFC Rushden & Diamonds – Tuesday 14th July

Kingsthorpe Mill, Studland Road, Kingsthorpe, Northampton NN2 6NE.

Kick-Off 7:45pm

Friendly Fixture

Tuesday 14th July 2015

 Northampton Spencer v AFC Rushden & Diamonds

AFC Rushden & Diamonds will play the second game of their pre-season campaign with the short trip to Kingsthorpe Mill to face Northampton Spencer. This will be the first time the two sides have met since the Diamonds clinched promotion in their last game of the 2012-13 season.

Admission prices will be confirmed when available. There is a club bar and refreshments will also be available.

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

Our Opponents

Northampton Spencer FC was formed as Spencer School Old Boys in 1936. They joined the UCL Division 2 in 1968, moving to Kingsthorpe Mill in 1971. After progress in the UCL they won the UCL Premier title in 1992, but at the end of the 2011-12 season they took voluntary relegation back to UCL Division One. They clinched the UCL Division One title last season so will start the 2015-16 season in the UCL Premier.

The Millers do not appear to have a current club website but their twitter feed is here.

They are currently managed by Ben Stone who was at the helm when the two sides last met. There are several links between the two clubs, with Andy Peaks and Scott Carlin having been on the Millers management team with Joe Merrill, Jake Gillingwater and Brad Harris all including Spencer on their list of former clubs.

They play in Green and White.


Kingsthorpe Mill is in Studland Road, Kingsthorpe, Northampton NN2 6NE. The ground is reached via the A508 Market Harborough road out of the town. At the small ASDA, turn left at traffic lights into Thornton Road, then first right into Studland Road. Follow the road to the bottom of a hill and onto a track between allotments. Ground is after a right turn at the end of the track.

The ground is about 13 miles from the Dog & Duck – for directions / map see here.

Other Info

Details of the full pre-season campaign are here. A summary of the players who are already signed on for the 2015-16 season is here. Individual player profiles for the Diamonds squad are available here, Details of the new players and triallists are here. Historic player stats are here, and last season’s stats are here.

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

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.

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. This will be trialled during some of the pre-season games, including this one, and more details will follow nearer the start of the season proper. 

Radio Diamonds plan to start broadcasting once the season proper begins – 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.