Thursday, 10 July 2014


Rushden and Higham United Football Club welcome local rival's AFC Rushden and Diamonds to Hayden Road this Saturday as The Chris Ruff Memorial Cup is played. The game is held in memory of the home side's former secretary. Some of the fans of AFC Rushden and Diamonds will be familiar with Hayden Road as it is the former home of Rushden Town who merged with Irthlingborough Diamonds in 1992 to form the original Rushden and Diamonds club. 

AFC currently play outside of both Irthlingborugh  and Rushden ground sharing at Wellingborough Town's Dog and Duck ground so it will be good for the club to be playing in one of it's spiritual homes this weekend. 

Rushden and Higham United will play in the United Counties League Division One with AFC Rushden and Diamonds playing in the Premier Division for the 2014/15 season. 

Nene Park, the former home of Rushden and Diamonds, currently stands empty after being used by fierce local rival's Kettering Town from 2011 to 2013 after they lost their historic Rockingham Road ground. Kettering Town currently ground share at Latimer Park the home of Burton Park Wanderers on the outskirts of Kettering. The Poppies hope to move to a new stadium in their home town sometime soon. They will play in the Calor League Division One (Central) this season. 

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