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Report - Rushden and Diamonds Football Club Jan 2016

Discussion in 'Leisure Sites' started by mattdonut, Jan 18, 2016.

  1. mattdonut

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    Rushden and Diamonds was formed on 21 April 1992 by a merger of Rushden Town and Irthlingborough Diamonds. The move was the brainchild of Max Griggs ( the owner of Dr martens). On 22 August 1992, Ollie Kearns scored the first league goal in the club's history, against Bilston Town in the Southern League Midland Division. The club's first few seasons were remarkable for the success the team enjoyed, finishing 3rd in the Southern League Midland Division in their inaugural season. The following year they won the division, winning promotion to the Southern League Premier Division, and two years later the Diamonds were again promoted as champions. The team had gained promotion to the Football Conference after just four years as a club.
    things went downhill soon after
    Rushden & Diamonds played their home games at Nene Park. the stadium has a capacity of 6,441 (4,641 seated).

    Initially the home of Irthlingborough Diamonds (the ground was obtained from the water board in 1969, providing the home for Irthlingborough Diamonds for over 20 years.[20]), the stadium became the home of Rushden and Diamonds following the merger, and underwent major improvements during the 1990s and early 2000s as the club climbed up through the divisions.

    The ground has also played host to England U21s games, as well as England C internationals. It served as a training camp for athletes competing at the 2012 London Olympics.
    it now sits empty..
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    An excellent save by Mr Donut, some of the crowd are on the pitch, they think its all over
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    It is now......
     
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  2. Will Knot

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    Spot on that Matt.... great report and pics fella :thumb
     
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    Nice work. I won the Champions League with Rushden & Diamonds on Championship Manager 00/01, so they held a special place in my heart.
     
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    Brilliant report and photos. Abandoned footie clubs are one of my favourites. Looks like someone's been in and had a chop at the grass within the last year though.
     
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    Nice. I remember going here when R&D reached League 1.. they were subsequently relegeated that season and eventually went bust. It was a rediculous idea to try and move them there in the first place. I think Kettering played there for a while as well?
     
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    My local club, Flixton, went tits up a couple of years ago too. This coincided with another local team losing their ground to the Tesco empire, so they were moving in. Can't have any feelings for the newcomers because they're not Flixton
     
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