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Name
Luca Purse
Nationality
engEngland
Position
Defender
Sponsor (Home)
Ellie Lee
Sponsor (Away)
Ellie Lee
Joined
08/12/2023
Diamonds Debut
09/12/2023
Current Club
Diamonds
Previous Club(s)
Barton Rovers, Biggleswade Town, Cogenhoe United, Kettering Town
Leagues & Cups
Northern Premier League - Midlands Division, Southern League Premier Division Central
Age
22

08/12/23: AFC Rushden & Diamonds are delighted to announce the signing of 22-year-old defender Luca Purse from Southern League Premier Central neighbours Kettering Town. Luca is a product of the AFC Rushden & Diamonds Academy, but began his senior career with Biggleswade Town at Step 3 under former Diamonds manager Chris Nunn.  After departing the Waders, Luca spent time with Barton Rovers and Cogenhoe United before making the step-up to Step 3 once again with Kettering Town in the summer of 2023. Across league and cup, Luca made 8 appearances this season for the Poppies. Luca will be familiar to many Diamonds supporters, having spent most of the 2023-24 pre-season schedule with the Club, making a good impression in a number of fixtures. Manager Michael Harriman had this to say after Luca put pen to paper for the Club this afternoon: “I’m delighted to get Luca signed and available for the weekend. He’s excited to come back into the group and be a part of what we are trying to achieve. As many will know, he’s a solid centre half, dominant physically and having played a lot of football over the last few years in and around this level of football he’s going to bring some more experience into the group. I’m looking forward to him showing what he can do in a Diamonds shirt.”

Luca is available for selection for tomorrow’s tie in the Northern Premier League Midlands Division against Lye Town.

 

Northern Premier League - Midlands Division

SeasonClubGoalsYellow CardRed CardTeam SheetStartedSubbed OnSubbed OffBenchAppearances
2023/24Diamonds02117911710
Total-02117911710

Southern League Premier Division Central

SeasonClubGoalsYellow CardRed CardTeam SheetStartedSubbed OnSubbed OffBenchAppearances
2021/22Biggleswade Town000100010
Total-000100010

Diamonds Total (League & Cup)

SeasonGoalsYellow CardRed CardTeam SheetStartedSubbed OnSubbed OffBenchAppearances
2023/2402117911710
Total02117911710

Result

(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
(13 (re-arranged))
3 - 2
Northern Premier League - Midlands Division
2023/24
Hayden Road Sports Ground

AFC Rushden & Diamonds v Boldmere St Michaels

Match Sponsor: Fuelsell
Matchball Sponsor: Rebel Energy
Attendance: 255
Man of the Match: Fraser Corden (chosen by Tim Sams)
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
(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
(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
(14)
0 - 0
Southern League Premier Division Central
2021/22
Hayden Road

AFC Rushden & Diamonds v Biggleswade Town

Attendance: 357
Man of the Match: Sam Warburton
Captain: Alex Collard