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Name
Cairo Taylor
Nationality
engEngland
Position
Midfielder
Sponsor (Home)
Stephen Hadley
Sponsor (Away)
Stephen Hadley
Joined
10/11/2023
Diamonds Debut
11/11/2023
Current Club
Diamonds
Previous Club(s)
Northampton Town Football & Education Programme, Real Bedford, Wellingborough Whitworth
Leagues & Cups
Northern Premier League - Midlands Division, Northants FA Hillier Senior Cup
Age
20

10/11/23: AFC Rushden & Diamonds are delighted to announce the signing of 19-year-old winger Cairo Taylor from Spartan South Midlands League Division One side Wellingborough Whitworth.

After spending time with Northampton Town as a youngster, Cairo moved on to Whitworths, where he has spent the last 2-and-a-half seasons, scoring 23 times in 88 appearances across all competitions. This season, whilst appearing for Whitworths, he has also been involved with Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division leaders Real Bedford.

Cairo has been on the Club’s radar for some time and Assistant Manager Tom Lorraine spoke of his delight at bringing the young winger into the group: “Cairo has got bags of potential. He’s tall, strong, quick and importantly for us at the moment he’s direct. We’ve had him involved with the group at training last week and he carries the ball very well. As we can see over the past few years, he’s clearly got an end product and we’re hoping he can make that step up and pick up where he left off at Whitworths.”

Cairo is available for selection for this weekend’s tie in the Northern Premier League Midlands Division against Anstey Nomads.

02/07/24: We got him! The Club are thrilled to confirm that despite interest from elsewhere, Cairo Taylor has agreed to re-join the Diamonds ahead of the 2024/25 season. One of Michael Harriman’s first signings – joining from Step 6 side Wellingborough Whitworth in November 2023 – Cairo made the transition to Step 4 look like light work. His 8 goals in 26 games only tell half the story, as his overall contribution to the Great Escape was huge. We can’t wait to see him in white again this year!

Cairo commented: “It was an eventful ride last season. I joined Rushden when we were at rock bottom with four points and we ended up finishing really strongly in the league and having success in the Hillier Senior Cup. For me personally, it was a good start. We did everything we could to give our supporters and ourselves the best chance of retaining our Step 4 status. It will be exciting to see what we can achieve during a full season with a clean slate. The Club is growing and trying as hard as it can to be successful for its supporters and everyone involved and I am excited to be a part of.”

Northern Premier League - Midlands Division

SeasonClubGoalsYellow CardRed CardTeam SheetStartedSubbed OnSubbed OffBenchAppearances
2024/25Diamonds000000000
2023/24Diamonds7302421312024
Total-7302421312024

Northants FA Hillier Senior Cup

SeasonClubGoalsYellow CardRed CardTeam SheetStartedSubbed OnSubbed OffBenchAppearances
2023/24Diamonds100211111
Total-100211111

Diamonds Total (League & Cup)

SeasonGoalsYellow CardRed CardTeam SheetStartedSubbed OnSubbed OffBenchAppearances
2024/25000000000
2023/248302622413125
Total8302622413125

Result

(Hillier Senior Cup Final - Diamonds win 4-2 on penalties)
0 - 0
Northants FA Hillier Senior Cup
2023/24
Sixfields Stadium

Kettering Town v AFC Rushden & Diamonds

Attendance: 952
Man of the Match: Tarik Dallas
Captain: Ryan Inman
(38)
0 - 2
Northern Premier League - Midlands Division
2023/24
John Sylvester Stadium

Walsall Wood v AFC Rushden & Diamonds

Attendance: 487
Captain: Ryan Inman
(37)
1 - 0
Northern Premier League - Midlands Division
2023/24
Hayden Road Sports Ground

AFC Rushden & Diamonds v Shepshed Dynamo

Match Sponsor: Chiltern Oak Furniture Store
Attendance: 883
Man of the Match: Ryan Inman
Captain: Ryan Inman
(36)
2 - 2
Northern Premier League - Midlands Division
2023/24
The Trevor Brown Memorial Ground

Boldmere St Michaels v AFC Rushden & Diamonds

Attendance: 253
Man of the Match: Jacob Scott
Captain: Ryan Inman
(35)
0 - 3
Northern Premier League - Midlands Division
2023/24
Hayden Road Sports Ground

AFC Rushden & Diamonds v Anstey Nomads

Attendance: 445
Man of the Match: Fraser Corden (chosen by Mind)
Captain: Ryan Inman
(34)
0 - 2
Northern Premier League - Midlands Division
2023/24
Harborough Town Community Football Ground

Harborough Town v AFC Rushden & Diamonds

Attendance: 546
Man of the Match: Tarik Dallas
Captain: Ryan Inman
(33)
1 - 1
Northern Premier League - Midlands Division
2023/24
Hayden Road Sports Ground

AFC Rushden & Diamonds v Loughborough Dynamo

Match Sponsor: Off the Streets NN CIC
Matchball Sponsor: Rebel Energy
Attendance: 397
Man of the Match: Luis Pinto-Leite (chosen by Off the Streets)
Captain: Ryan Inman
(29 (re-arranged))
4 - 1
Northern Premier League - Midlands Division
2023/24
Hayden Road Sports Ground

AFC Rushden & Diamonds v Cambridge City

Match Sponsor: Seventy9 Creative & Digital Marketing Agency
Attendance: 269
Man of the Match: Ryan Inman
Captain: Ryan Inman
(32)
7 - 1
Northern Premier League - Midlands Division
2023/24
Farley Way Stadium

Quorn v AFC Rushden & Diamonds

Attendance: 312
Captain: Ryan Inman
(31)
0 - 4
Northern Premier League - Midlands Division
2023/24
Hayden Road Sports Ground

AFC Rushden & Diamonds v Lye Town

Match Sponsor: Seventy9 Creative & Digital Marketing Agency
Attendance: 339
Man of the Match: Michael Harriman (chosen by Emmanuel Coën and friends, Romaric & Olivier)
Captain: Ryan Inman
(17 (re-arranged))
0 - 5
Northern Premier League - Midlands Division
2023/24
Hayden Road Sports Ground

AFC Rushden & Diamonds v Quorn

Match Sponsor: Rebel Energy
Attendance: 275
Captain: Ryan Inman
(30)
0 - 4
Northern Premier League - Midlands Division
2023/24
Pack Meadow

Coleshill Town v AFC Rushden & Diamonds

Attendance: 247
Man of the Match: Reuben Wyatt
Captain: Ryan Inman
(28)
3 - 0
Northern Premier League - Midlands Division
2023/24
Leicester Road Stadium

Hinckley LRFC v AFC Rushden & Diamonds

Attendance: 252
Man of the Match: Ryan Inman
Captain: Ryan Inman
(26)
1 - 0
Northern Premier League - Midlands Division
2023/24
Hayden Road Sports Ground

AFC Rushden & Diamonds v Sutton Coldfield Town

Attendance: 323
Man of the Match: Ethan Johnston
Captain: Ryan Inman
(25)
0 - 2
Northern Premier League - Midlands Division
2023/24
Butlin Road

Rugby Town v AFC Rushden & Diamonds

Attendance: 459
Captain: Ryan Inman
(24)
2 - 2
Northern Premier League - Midlands Division
2023/24
The Oval

Bedworth United v AFC Rushden & Diamonds

Attendance: 251
(Quarter-Final (re-arranged))
2 - 1
Northants FA Hillier Senior Cup
2023/24
Hayden Road Sports Ground

AFC Rushden & Diamonds v Northampton Town Academy

Attendance: 123
Man of the Match: Fraser Corden
Captain: Ryan Inman
(23)
0 - 3
Northern Premier League - Midlands Division
2023/24
Hayden Road Sports Ground

AFC Rushden & Diamonds v Gresley Rovers

Match Sponsor: Rebel Energy
Matchball Sponsor: Fuelsell
Attendance: 458
Man of the Match: Miguel Ngwa (chosen by Gen Kitchen, Labour Candidate)
Captain: Ryan Inman
(22)
3 - 2
Northern Premier League - Midlands Division
2023/24
Steel Park

Corby Town v AFC Rushden & Diamonds

Attendance: 714
Captain: Ryan Inman
(21)
0 - 4
Northern Premier League - Midlands Division
2023/24
Hayden Road Sports Ground

AFC Rushden & Diamonds v Harborough Town

Attendance: 416
Man of the Match: John Dean (chosen by Matt Hockridge)
Captain: Ryan Inman
(20)
4 - 1
Northern Premier League - Midlands Division
2023/24
Guardian Warehousing Arena

Sporting Khalsa v AFC Rushden & Diamonds

Attendance: 210
Captain: Ryan Inman
(19)
0 - 3
Northern Premier League - Midlands Division
2023/24
Hayden Road Sports Ground

AFC Rushden & Diamonds v Spalding United

Match Sponsor: Family of Bernard Lake
Attendance: 285
Man of the Match: Jarvis Wilson (chosen by Family of Bernard Lake)
Captain: Ryan Inman
(18)
2 - 1
Northern Premier League - Midlands Division
2023/24
The Sports Ground

Lye Town v AFC Rushden & Diamonds

Attendance: 147
Captain: Ethan Johnston
(15 (re-arranged))
1 - 2
Northern Premier League - Midlands Division
2023/24
Hayden Road Sports Ground

AFC Rushden & Diamonds v Walsall Wood

Attendance: 230
Man of the Match: Jarvis Wilson
(16)
2 - 1
Northern Premier League - Midlands Division
2023/24
The Dovecote Stadium

Shepshed Dynamo v AFC Rushden & Diamonds

Attendance: 200
(14)
2 - 1
Northern Premier League - Midlands Division
2023/24
Callingtons Community Complex

Anstey Nomads v AFC Rushden & Diamonds

Attendance: 397
Man of the Match: Ryan Inman
Captain: Will Jones