Oadby Town v AFC Rushden & Diamonds
Saturday 5th January 2013 – 3pm
ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Division One
Wigston Road, Oadby, Leicestershire. LE2 5QG
AFC Rushden & Diamonds will play their first away game of the New Year in the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Division One, when they travel to face Oadby Town on Saturday afternoon at Wigston Road. With Oadby one of the front-runners in the league, after being pre-season favourites for the title, this is perhaps the Diamonds’ biggest league game of the season to date.
Admission prices at Wigston Road are Adult: £5, Concessions (OAP/NUS): £3 with U16s: Free. There is a clubhouse with licensed bar as well as catering facilities at the ground. Car Parking spaces may be limited, but free spaces can be found at either end of the ground.
Details of any issues with respect to the weather / pitch conditions etc will be here or on Twitter (@AFCRD). Those who may not have internet access in the build-up to a game may want to make note of the Oadby club contact phone number – 0116 271 5728.
Oadby Town were one of the pre-season favourites to win the UCL Division One title after they transferred from the East Midlands Counties League. They are based in the town of Oadby, to the south-east of Leicester. Their club website is here. The Club was formed shortly before World War II, and they played in Leicestershire leagues until winning promotion to the Midland Alliance in 1999, but they dropped to the step 6 East Midlands Counties League for the 2011-12 season, narrowly missing out on promotion before their transfer to the UCL.
The Poachers are managed by Lee Harriman and Clem Dublin. Their home colours are red and white halved shirts with black shorts.
In recent weeks they have signed ex-R&DFC Youth Team defender Callum Earls from Spalding, as well midfielder Stefan Oakes who has extensive football league experience, notably with Leicester City. Oakes will be familiar to those fans who followed R&DFC, as he faced them whilst at both Notts County and Wycombe.
They made an impressive start to life in the UCL, losing their unbeaten record at home to Harrowby United on 27th October – their only defeat to date.
For directions for the 31 mile trip from the Dog and Duck to Wigston Road (LE2 5QG) see here.
Oadby is a town to the south-east of Leicester, and the club play in Wigston Road, Oadby, LE2 5QG. The ground is between Wigston Road (B582) and the Brocks Hill Country Park. As Oadby is only 4 miles from Leicester those using public transport can get a train to Leicester and then take Bus 31 to Oadby (Church Mews) from the station, and then walk down Wigston Road. See the Traveline website for door-to-door directions.
Oadby Town have produced a visitors’ guide, which is accessed via this link.
A Supporters’ Coach is planned for this fixture. A minimum of 25 people are needed, who would pay £10 per seat, with the price reducing if more people travel. To book contact Lee on 07841343695 or 01280 840062. The coach is planned to depart 12:45pm from Skinners hill, 1pm from the Dog and Duck.
Individual player profiles for the squad are available here, with a summary list of player and management profiles here. Summary stats for the season to date are here, including appearance, attendance and goalscoring details.
A full directory of UCL clubs, including links to websites, ground details etc, along with club links including Twitter details and some general UCL links is here.