Wisbech Town v AFC Rushden & Diamonds – Saturday 26th October

Fenland Stadium, Lynn Road, Wisbech PE14 7AL

Kick-Off 3pm

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Saturday 26th October 2013

Wisbech Town v AFC Rushden & Diamonds

AFC Rushden & Diamonds make their second trip to the Fens this season as they travel to face Wisbech Town at the Fenland Stadium on Saturday afternoon. This will be only their fourth away league game of the season, and their first on a Saturday since the trip to Deeping Rangers on the opening weekend of the season.

Although at the start of the week the Wisbech website advised that admission prices were £6 for adults and £4 concessions, they have since updated it to advise that they are are £7 adults, £5 concessions (OAPS & Students), £2 12-16s & Under 12s are free. The website also advises there is free car parking at the stadium, but asks that fans do not park on Lynn Road as this could cause traffic problems, or on  Windmill Gardens or Old Lynn Road/Kirkgate Street to minimise disruption to local residents.

Our Opponents

Wisbech Town are known as the Fenmen, and were formed in 1920, joining the UCL in 1935. They have then moved to the Eastern Counties League, the Midland League, the Southern League and then were relegated back to the Eastern Counties League in 2002 They moved to the Fenland Stadium in 2010, and the ground has covered terracing behind each goal as well as a stand with over 100 seats. At the end of last season they transferred from the Eastern Counties League to the United Counties League rather than taking the promotion to Step 4 they had earned by finishing in runners-up spot in that competition.

They are led by joint player-managers Paul Cousins and Scott Johnson, who took over the reins in September after the club’s disappointing start to life in the UCL, and they play in all red. Their website is here, and their twitter feed here.

They reached the last-32 of the FA Vase last season, which means that they are yet to appear in this season’s competition – but will face Gornal Athletic in the second round.

After a promising start to the season they suffered two defeats by Huntingdon Town, as well as at Deeping Rangers. Their mixed season has continued, but they have established a mid-table position, but lost 4-3 at home to Sleaford Town in midweek. Ex-R&DFC player Tony Battersby has recently joined the Fenmen, his seventeen club in the ten years since leaving the Diamonds.

Getting There

Directions for the trip of around 54 miles to Fenland Stadium, Lynn Road, Wisbech PE14 7AL from the Dog & Duck are here

There are places on the players’ coach available for Diamonds fans to travel to this fixture – details here.

Local Directions from the UCL Handbook are as follows –  From A1 follow signs for Wisbech (A47). At the outskirts of Wisbech, take 2nd exit off roundabout, signposted A47. After 1.5 miles, go straight over at the next roundabout. At next roundabout (another 3.1 miles on, Total Garage on right) take first exit (signposted B198 West Walton/Walsoken). Cross over next roundabout (which is new, so not marked on some maps and sat navs) and follow road for just over a mile. The entrance to the stadium is on the right via the right turn lane. Click here for a local map.

To reach the Fenland Stadium (PE14 7AL) by Public Transport is a challenge.It requires getting to Peterbrough by the most appropriate route – e.g train or X4 bus, and then getting the half-hourly First in Norfolk and Suffolk X1 bus to Wisbech. Get off at the Waterlees Road stop, from where it will be around a  10 minute walk.

To check whether you will be able to get mobile phone coverage at the ground please input the above postcode into one of the following coverage checkers:

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.

 

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