Rushden & Diamonds

Club Profile

First Played: 1996-7

Win Rate: 38% (from 21 games)

Last Updated: 23 November 2021

For Rushden & Diamonds, life was a rollercoaster; from formation to the Football League in just nine years and then down and out of existence in quick time too. The club was the result of a merger between Rushden Town and Irthlingborough Diamonds; both of whom were our opponents in previous years. The merger was the brainchild of business tycoon Max Griggs, who financed the rapid rise of the Diamonds between 1992 and 1996.

After pushing higher at the top end of the Conference, promotion to the Football League was theirs – though not before we’d had a laugh at their apparent struggle to do the job. By 2003, the Diamonds were at their peak; Division Three champions and heading into the third tier (or League One as it now is). But the rise couldn’t last. The bubble began to burst. And the club came tumbling back down.

The Diamonds lasted one season in the third tier. They were seen as promotion hopefuls the next season; the prospect of an immediate return. But they ended up finishing 22nd in the 2004-5 season. That summer, Griggs handed control of the club to a fans’ trust. On the pitch, however, things got worse and the club fell back into non-league ranks in 2006.

Off the back of returning to non-league football, attendances fell and money worries rose. It seemed stable enough until the 2010-1 season; a campaign where the Diamonds went through tragedy, drama and boardroom movements. The Football Conference kicked ’em out in summer 2011 as the club didn’t have the cash to complete the new season. A last-gasp bid to join the Southern League also fell through.

Administration and closure followed, as did the formation of a new club now looking to get back up. And the Nene Park stadium that was so impressive in the Conference? Left with no purpose, the demolition crews took care of it. A metaphor for the Diamonds’ journey.


Rushden & Diamonds: The Facts

Rushden & Diamonds: Record vs Boro'

Pl W D L F A GD Pts* WR%
21 8 6 7 28 24 4 27 38%

* league points only

Rushden & Diamonds: Result-by-Result (Boro' Scoring First)

Saturday 13 February 2010

Saturday 29 August 2009

Thursday 01 January 2009

Friday 26 December 2008

Wednesday 05 November 2008

Tuesday 01 January 2008

Wednesday 26 December 2007

Tuesday 17 April 2007

Friday 06 October 2006

Saturday 27 January 2001

Tuesday 24 October 2000

Tuesday 05 September 2000

Monday 03 January 2000

Monday 27 December 1999

Tuesday 09 March 1999

Saturday 26 December 1998

Thursday 01 January 1998

Friday 26 December 1997

Monday 21 April 1997

Tuesday 19 November 1996

Tuesday 24 September 1996

Players For Us... and Them

No Players

Rushden & Diamonds Ground Information

Away Fans’ Stand

Ticket Info

Facilities for Disabled Fans

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