AFC Rushden & Diamonds needs you! Help us move into our new home
You may be aware of the sad demise of Rushden & Diamonds FC back in 2011 and also have read of the recent demolition of our former home, Nene Park, but did you know that the club was reformed as a supporter run Community Club AFC Rushden & Diamonds? We need your support now more than ever.
A little about us...
AFCRD compete in the Evostik Southern League East and is a totally supporter run club, dependent on its many volunteers. We are a Community Benefit Society which operates not for profit with approaching 850 members. We are active in the local community providing sports activity for over 30 youth and community teams which include boys, girls, and walking football.
The ethos right from the outset was to create a community club controlled by the fans, for the fans, with no one person having a definitive say in how it is run. Hence the slogan “One fan, one vote, one community, one club”.
Since season 2012/13 the club has ground shared with Wellingborough Town FC but were served notice by the owner of the ground last year. Moving to our third ground in six years hasn't dampened the spirit or support of our fans.
Following a vote from our Members to decide our home for next season the overwhelming result was for a move to Hayden Road in Rushden, the original home of Rushden Town before their merger with Irthlingborough Diamonds in 1992 under the leadership of Max Griggs.
Why do we need your support?
Moving to a groundshare agreement with Rushden & Higham United will cost around £30k and we need funds not only for the moving of our famous standing terrace and other equipment but to ensure we meet the ground grading required for our league.
Your support will ensure we continue to thrive as a fan owned football club that benefits the wider community and that our move is a success.
The money from your support will be spent on the following:
- Moving the Peter De Banke terrace
- Concreting pad for the stand
- Moving the turnstiles
- Moving our containers, club shop, and Dale's Bar,
- Toilet facilities
- Dressing room refurbishment
- Electrical and general maintenance
- Additional seating
Thank you from all the fans, volunteers, players and coaches of AFC Rushden & Diamonds!