Spalding United v AFC Rushden & Diamonds – Saturday 14th December

Sir Halley Stewart Field, Winfrey Avenue, Spalding Lincs PE11 1DA

Kick-Off 3pm

ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Premier Division

Saturday 14th December 2013

Spalding United v AFC Rushden & Diamonds


AFC Rushden & Diamonds make another trip to Lincolnshire on Saturday when they travel to face table-topping Spalding United at Sir Halley Stewart Field, in the ChromaSport and Trophies UCL Premier Division. The Tulips are on a winning run this season of seventeen UCL games, and will be looking to extend this run as they attempt to match or beat the record set by Wisbech Town of nineteen consecutive UCL wins within a UCL season – so the Diamonds will be looking to end this run. They were unfortunate to be removed from the FA Vase shortly before the third round, after unknowingly fielding an ineligible player in the previous round.

The Tulips Social Club is located just inside the ground, and serves drinks and snacks. The Tulips advise that given the central location of the ground within the town there is parking available within easy walking distance of the stadium with some Pay & Display facilities located directly opposite the ground (£1.30 per day). There is also some limited free parking in West St and Kings Street, but please note that this free parking is limited to three hours during peak times. Full details of parking charges and parking locations are here, with a map here.

Regular admission prices at Spalding are £6 adults, £4 concessions with children under 12 free if accompanied by a paying adult.

Our Opponents

Spalding United FC was formed in 1921, and after periods in Lincolnshire and Peterborough Leagues they joined the UCL in 1931, but have since had spells in various leagues, including the Eastern Counties League, the Midlands League, the Central Alliance League, the Northern Counties East League, the Northern Premier League and the Southern League. They rejoined the UCL from the Northern Premier League Division One South in 2011.

The Tulips play in blue shirts and shorts, and are managed by Pat Rayment. Further details about the club can be found on their website here. Their Twitter feed is here.


For a map showing directions for the trip of around 51 miles to Winfrey Avenue, Spalding Lincs PE11 1DA see here. Turnstile access is from Winfrey Avenue – see above for parking details.

The club are running a coach for this fixture – for details see here.

For those considering public transport, the ground is next to the bus station in Spalding, and a short walk from the railway station, so a trip via Peterborough is possible, taking either the train or local bus 37 from there. For more details see the Traveline Website.

You can see more location details on the Spalding United website here.

Other Info

A summary set of profiles for the Diamonds Players and Management is here. Individual player profiles are here, with player and match stats available here.

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

The fixture list is here, and 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 is here.