Introduction to RDFC1992

This site is an archive for content that was published on the Official Rushden & Diamonds Football Club website. The club was formed in 1992, reaching the third tier of English Football under Chairman Max Griggs, but when Max handed over the control of the club things went downhill, and bad decisions were made, leading to the closure of the club in 2011.

After R&DFC was liquidated in 2011 the official website remained for 12 months as an archive until the hosting company decided to terminate the agreement.

There was content on that site that ex-R&DFC fans felt should be kept for historic purposes, notably a complete A-Z of Player Profiles for the entire club history from 1992 to 2011, and official match reports from 2001 to 2011. The Player Profiles have also been continually updated to reflect the subsequent careers of ex-Diamonds. There are also match reports from 1997-2001 that are mostly from the old unofficial R&DFC website.

Above you will see two menu headings. Clicking on “Rushden & Diamonds Players” will lead to a list of all R&DFC players with summary stats, plus a link to a Player A-Z entry for that player, with career details and Diamonds appearance details Alongside that you will see a “Player A-Z” option which leads to an alphabetical list of player links. Clicking on the “Rushden & Diamonds Match History” header will give a complete list of Diamonds results with appropriate detail, and using the drop down menus there will lead to a summary of each Diamonds season, with team line-ups, league tables, and links to match reports and videos where available.

Further details of Rushden & Diamonds Football Club History, along with summary stats can be found here.

A summary of the current status of the ex-R&DFC players as at the end of 2012 is here.

Please notify any errors or omissions to rdfc1992@outlook.com

Please note that a new community based football club – AFC Rushden & Diamonds – has been formed. Their website can be found here.

Photographs courtesy of Mal Swinden, Mark Brown, Pinnacle Photo Agency, Paul Redding & Empics unless otherwise stated ©

Rushden & Diamonds Football Club History

Rushden & Diamonds FC

A Club History

Formation (1992)

Rushden & Diamonds Football Club was formed at the end of the 1991/92 season following a merger between Rushden Town (Southern League) and Irthlingborough Diamonds (United Counties League). Rushden Town was formed in 1889 and competed in the Midland and Northants Leagues before joining the United Counties League. The club made a brief sojourn to the Central Alliance before returning to the U.C.L. in the late 50s and winning the title in 1963/64 and 1972/73. In 1983 it was elected to the Southern League Midland Division and progressed further in 1990/91 with promotion to the Premier Division. Unfortunately, after finishing 14th in their first season at this level, the Russians were relegated back to the Midland Division, as their Hayden Road ground was not considered up to the standard required. The club had made considerable improvements to the ground and the Social Club, and was devastated when told that the facilities were not acceptable. Irthlingborough Diamonds was founded in 1946 and began playing competitive youth football in 1947. For the next decade they played as an under-18 side before progressing through local football in the Rushden & District and Kettering Amateur Leagues until 1964. They then achieved senior status with a move to the United Counties League winning the title for the first time in 1970/71. In addition to League success the Diamonds had exciting runs in the FA Vase, reaching the semi-finals in 1980/81 and 1983/84 before losing to Willenhall and Stamford respectively. But after the successes of the 70s and 80s, the early 90s saw a decline in the clubs fortunes and Max Griggs, a local businessman, was approached concerning a possible sponsorship.

Mr Griggs recognised the problems being experienced by both Rushden Town and Irthlingborough Diamonds and suggested a merger. Despite widespread reservations this amalgamation was eventually agreed and the Irthlingborough Diamonds ground, Nene Park, was brought up to the required standard.

The Early Years (1992-96) 1992/93 started with the newly formed club, managed by former Rushden Town and Irthlingborough Diamonds stalwart Roger Ashby, entertaining Bilston Town in the Southern League Midland Division in front of 315 spectators. The team for that historic first game was Kevin Shoemake, Mark Bushell, Junior Wilson, John Flower, Darrell Page, Steven Heard, Dave Johnson, Aidy Mann, Ollie Kearns, Frankie Belfon and Paul York.

The season ended in disappointment with the club finishing two points behind runners-up Gresley Rovers, but seven points adrift of league winners Nuneaton Borough.

Roger Ashby Thanks to the wonderful backing of R Griggs Group (best known for their Dr Martens and Airwair footwear products), and excellent support from local businesses, 1993/94 commenced with the new North Stand, capable of holding 1,000 spectators, fully operational. The Beazer Homes Midland Division title was clinched on May 2nd 1994 in front of 1,504 spectators to achieve a notable double, the side having already won the NFA Hillier Cup six days earlier. The strike partnership of Dale Watkins and Mickey Nuttell had been backed up by a strong defensive unit featuring Kevin Fox, John Flower and Dave Johnson.

BHM Champions The summer of 1994 saw the magnificent Diamond Centre in use with function rooms, club bar, hospitality boxes and restaurants, as well as the dressing rooms and gymnasium.

The Diamond Centre

The centre was officially opened in April 1995 by HRH The Prince of Wales during his visit to an exhibition by the Princes Youth Business Trust, which is extensively supported by the Griggs Group. The main function room, The Kimberley Suite, has staged the Dr Martens European Snooker League, and regularly hosted Sportsmans’ Dinners with guest speakers including Sir Geoff Hurst, Sir Bobby Charlton, Ian St.John and Denis Law. The South Stand, adjoining the Diamond Centre, was fully operational prior to the 1994/95 season when Peterborough United were defeated in the NFA Maunsell Cup. The season commenced with a 2-0 defeat by eventual Southern League Premier Division runners-up Cheltenham Town. After an early FA Cup exit, the hoped-for promotion was overshadowed by an excellent FATrophy run, eventually ended by a 2-1 two-legged semi-final defeat at the hands of GM Conference runners-up Woking. The West Terrace, named the Peter DeBanke Terrace in memory of a former player and respected servant of both Rushden Town and Irthlingborough Diamonds, and capable of accommodating 1,800 spectators, was opened during the 1994/95 season leaving only the East Terrace uncovered. A highlight of the 1995/96 pre-season was the visit of Newcastle United, with David Ginola and Les Ferdinand making their debuts, when 4,600 watched the Premiership giants triumph 3-1. A long FA Cup run ended with a home First Round Proper defeat at the hands of Cardiff City. After one or two jitters the season climaxed in May, when 4,664 people, then a ground record, witnessed a 3-2 victory over Merthyr Tydfil to secure the Southern League Championship and a place for Roger Ashby’s side in the Football Conference. That team had included Garry Butterworth, Darren Collins,  Graham Benstead, Andy Kirkup and Nick Ashby.

Garry Butterworth

The Conference Years – Part 1 (1996 – 2001)

The summer of 1996 and the early part of the 1996/97 season saw the installation of a new road complex, Diamond Way, and the erection of phase 1 of the East Stand, which would extend the official ground capacity to 6,572. This was officially opened in December 1996 by Max Griggs and named The AirWair Stand. The club failed to justify favouritism for the Conference title in 1996/97 and, despite another lengthy FA Cup run to the First Round Proper stage, the end of February 1997 found the side at the bottom of the table and out of both the FA Trophy and Northants Senior Cup. Brian Talbot, the ex-Ipswich Town, Arsenal and England player, was appointed to the coaching staff on 1st March, taking complete control a week later. The team lost only twice more to eventually finish in 12th place and Talbot was confirmed as Head Coach in time for the 1997/98 campaign.

Brian Talbot

The influx of new players such as Adrian Foster and Paul Underwood gave optimism for 1997/98 but this was soon tempered with only one point being gained from the first four matches. Defeats at the first stages of both the Spalding and FA Cups followed before replacements were introduced such as Darren Bradshaw and Mark Smith. This led to a successful run which elevated the side to 2nd place. However, the legacy of the poor start to the season and eventual lack of cover for injuries and suspensions brought an eventual fourth place finish behind Halifax Town. Darren Collins was once again the top scorer for the club, with 29 league goals.

Darren Collins Developments to the complex during 1997 and 1998 saw major improvements to the Training Ground, The summer of 1998 brought the completion of the North Stand development with the inclusion of additional hospitality boxes, football club offices and a large retail outlet to house the clubs merchandise store, known as the Doc Shop. Further development of the AirWair Stand commenced that June with the installation of a roof making the stadium completely covered by November.

AirWair Stand

After a record-breaking start when seven successive wins were recorded, the 1998/99 season saw the club repeat its fourth place finish in the Nationwide Conference, with the season fading quickly after a home defeat by eventual champions Cheltenham Town who scored twice in the dying minutes of the game. Early season promise had been brought via signings such as Michael McElhatton and Jon Brady, with additional players arriving during the season such as Ray Warburton.

Ray Warburton

The Northants Senior Cup was won for the second time in the clubs brief history, but the highlight of the season was undoubtedly the FA Cup run which culminated in a Third Round clash with Premiership side Leeds United. In January, before a ground record crowd of 6,431, the Diamonds secured a memorable 0-0 draw. Over 39,000 watched the replay at Elland Road eleven days later but, after taking an 11th minute lead through Carl Heggs, the cup dream was ended as the Premiership side stepped up a gear and ran out 3-1 winners.

Leeds Draw Celebrations   Heggs goal away at Leeds

Prior to the start of 1999/2000, Brian Talbot was appointed Club Manager and the Maunsell Premier Cup was again captured at the expense of Northampton Town. The Club were made favourites for the Conference title, with signings such as Billy Turley and Mark Peters, and were always in the upper reaches of the table. Optimism was high at the end of February when leading the table, with a run of home games to follow.  However, only two of these were won, and defeat against the eventual champions Kidderminster Harriers at Aggborough effectively decided the season, and runners-up spot had to suffice. Another successful FA Cup run again culminated in a Third Round Proper exit on penalties in a Nene Park replay against Sheffield United, following an excellent 1-1 draw at Bramall Lane. Disappointment came in the quarter finals of the FA Trophy with a shock reversal in a home replay against Sutton United.

Pre-season 2000/2001 dawned with the opening of the Dr Martens Sports and Exhibition Centre adjacent to Pitch No.2, including the base for the playing staff complete with gymnasium, management offices and recreational facilities. The previous seasons disappointment hadn’t deterred the bookmakers and Diamonds were again rated favourites to secure the one promotion place to the Football League. This favourite status was reinforced by signings such as those of Justin Jackson, Duane Darby and Tarkan Mustafa to fit into a side that already included the likes of Paul Underwood, Ray Warburton, Mark Peters, Garry Butterworth and Jon Brady.

Justin Jackson

A 12-game unbeaten run at the start of the season put them in pole position, but a run of bad results, including a fighting 1-0 defeat at Luton Town in the First Round of the FA Cup, left them trailing Yeovil Town heading into Christmas. Brian Talbot came under pressure from a minority group of supporters but Max Griggs faith never wavered and he was rewarded when the team lost just one of their final 23 league games to secure promotion to the Football League, just nine short years after the club came into existence.

A key 2-0 victory over local rivals Kettering Town, achieved with 10 men away from home was followed by a tense goalless draw with Yeovil Town in Somerset, and then the title was clinched with a 2-1 victory over Chester City.

Duane Darby

Other players that featured that season included Andy Burgess in just his second season, Shaun Carey, Jim Rodwell, Gary Setchell, Jean-Michel Sigere, Gary Mills and Stuart Gray.

Conference Champs

Conf Champs

The Football League Years (2001 – 2006)

The first year in the Football League brought around more excitement to the club. The club started the season in fine style, recording their first win in the Football League with a 1-0 victory over York City. Warren Patmore, signed from Yeovil and scored the club’s first ever Football League goal but lasted only four games before transferring to Woking.

Despite a Worthington Cup win over Burnley, the club went seven league matches without a win and the hard-earned league status looked under threat as Barry Hunter was signed along with Scott Partridge and the returning Ritchie Hanlon to try to reverse the trend. The record books were rewritten for Diamonds on October 2001 but unfortunately it was for the wrong reasons. A 7-1 hammering at Cardiff in the LDV Vans Trophy game was a club record heaviest defeat. However, the season was about to change in December following the signing of Onandi Lowe, a Jamaican international who had an excellent scoring record for his country. This signing was reinforced with the arrival of Stuart Wardley and Paul Hall. The club lost only eight games in 26 matches from December. Lowe went on a scoring spree for Diamonds – hitting nine in the final five games of the season to shoot Diamonds up the table and secure a play-off spot. Diamonds were pitted with Rochdale in the semi-final and after an emphatic 2-2 draw at Nene Park it was all down to one match at Spotland on a cold Tuesday night for a place in the final at the Millennium Stadium. It looked as though Diamonds would not get their day at Cardiff after a mistake from Billy Turley, miskicking a rolling ball, saw the club go one goal down. However, their day in the Welsh capital was secured when Onandi Lowe and Paul Hall grabbed a goal apiece. The final, however, was not to be Diamonds day and Cheltenham ran out deserved 3-1 winners, with Hall grabbing the club’s goal at the famous stadium.

The 2002-2003 season brought much optimism for the club following their impressive first year in the Football League. Marcus Bignot, a former Crewe player was brought in to strengthen the squad and the club made an impressive start, losing only one game from their opening eight encounters. Despite an 8-0 loss to Coventry in the Worthington Cup (breaking the record for the heaviest club defeat) Diamonds were never out of the top six throughout 2002. A 5-1 home win over Shrewsbury kicked off 2003 and important victories over Kidderminster, Cambridge and Bournemouth kept the momentum going. On March 1st 2003, Diamonds were in second place in the table, a massive 12 points behind leaders Hartlepool, and at that stage there was no talk of the title. However, an incredible turn of fortunes for both sides resulted in one of the most amazing finishes to the season. With Hartlepool struggling to find any form, Diamonds took full advantage and in March the club racked up wins over York, Hull, Bury and Exeter, with Brian being named Manager of the Month (his second award of this type for the season). Diamonds won four important games on the trot in April, including a 2-1 victory over Carlisle, which secured promotion and could have secured the championship in the penultimate match of the season, but a 0-0 draw against Leyton Orient combined with a Hartlepool win set up a mouth-watering end of season game. The computer fixture could not have written the script any sweeter – Hartlepool were the last day opponents for Diamonds at Nene Park. The home side knew a draw would be good enough to secure the title and Paul Hall settled nerves with a first-half opener. It looked as though there would be no response from Hartlepool but with minutes remaining Diamonds fans were to endure nail-biting moments when Hartlepool grabbed an equaliser. However, this was to be Diamonds day as they held on for a famous draw to secure the championship in only the club’s second season in the Football League.

Rushden and Diamonds kicked off life in Division Two with a 3-1 opening day loss at Luton Town. New signing Rodney Jack had to settle for a place on the substitute’s bench as Brian Talbot began with the same eleven that clinched the title against Hartlepool at Nene Park in the previous campaign. Despite Onandi Lowe giving Rushden a first half lead, two goals from Tony Thorpe and a strike from Matthew Spring gave the Hatters the win. The opening day league defeat was followed by a 3-1 loss in the Carling Cup, at the hands of West Ham United, in front of a near 14,000 crowd at Upton Park. Rushden’s league form varied throughout the season, as the Diamonds could not manage more than two consecutive victories. Life in Division Two was proving to be a challenge. At Christmas, Rushden were placed 14th in the table, yet it was all very tight in the league at this time. Diamonds were only eight points above the drop zone, yet only six points behind Bristol City, who occupied the final play-off spot. The Christmas period brought Rushden two wins out of three, and lifted the side to within two points of the play-offs. However, the turn of the year resulted in a dramatic turn of fortunes for the club. The team desperately struggled for form on the pitch, picking up only eight points from a possible thirty-three. Additionally, off-the-field problems were beginning to mount, and clearly having an effect on the team’s performance. The beginning of March saw manager Brian Talbot resign from his post before heading to Oldham Athletic. Barry Hunter took charge of first team affairs on a Caretaker Manager basis. Hunter’s reign began with a 1-0 loss at Bristol City. A brace from centre-half Andy Edwards gave Rushden a victory against Notts County at Nene Park, a win that would prove to be Diamonds’ last victory of the season. Transfer deadline day saw four first team regulars leave Nene Park. Paul Underwood headed to Luton Town, while right full-back Marcus Bignot left for QPR. Jamaican duo Paul Hall and Onandi Lowe also departed, moving to Tranmere Rovers and Coventry City respectively. Lowe’s goals had been vital to Rushden and his departure was a major blow, as Rushden struggled for goals from then on.

Paul Underwood

As the club continued to slide down the league table, Ernie Tippett was appointed as manager to attempt to maintain Rushden’s Division 2 status with three games remaining. The task proved too much as Diamonds lost all three games 2-0, to Hartlepool, Colchester, and Port Vale, condemning Rushden to relegation after just one season in Division 2.

ERNIE The pre-season of 2004/05 was a busy period for the club, as Ernie Tippett and Stewart Robson looked to effectively rebuild the squad for the forthcoming campaign. New signings included defenders Sean Connelly, Graham Allen (both from Tranmere Rovers), Peter Hawkins and Rob Gier (from MK Dons). Phil Gulliver also arrived along with Craig Dove (a winger) from Middlesbrough. Alex Hay and Gareth Seddon were also brought in to provide more attacking options. Before the fixtures for the 2004 / 05 campaign were announced, there was a great air of anticipation around Nene Park, in fact, around Northamptonshire. Everyone was eager to find out when Rushden and Northampton Town would lock horns, having missed each other the previous season, after Rushden won Division 3, and Northampton were relegated from Division 2.

The two sides would not have to wait long to meet. Rushden would travel to the Sixfields Stadium after an opening day home tie against Kidderminster Harriers. After drawing the opener with Kidderminster 0-0, Rushden went down 1-0 to Northampton, after Eric Sabin struck late on in the game.  Injury and illness denied Gareth Seddon the opportunity to pull on a Diamonds shirt, so Ernie Tippett and Stewart Robson would utilise the loan system. Kevin Braniff arrived from Millwall on a three-month loan, and he scored vital goals in 1-0 wins against Grimsby and Cheltenham. The highlight of the opening half of the season was Rushden’s 5-1 thumping of Notts County at Nene Park. New loan signing Drewe Broughton scored a hat trick, the first of the three coming after just ten seconds. However, a run of 13 league games without a win would ultimately spell the end of Ernie Tippett and Stewart Robson’s reign at Nene Park. Barry Hunter took charge for his second spell as Caretaker Manager, and got off to the best possible start, with a 2-0 win over Leyton Orient.

hunter

Hunter had reignited the passion and determination that Rushden had missed for so long, and he also made some excellent loan signings to strengthen the squad for the battle ahead. Scott Shearer was brought in from Coventry City, to fill the troublesome Goalkeeper slot following Billy Turley’s departure. Hunter also brought in Neil McCafferty , a tenacious young Irish midfielder from Charlton, and Mark Williams, a Northern Ireland international, loaned in from MK Dons at centre-half. Drewe Broughton returned for a second spell at Nene Park, to forge an excellent strike partnership with Billy Sharp, an eighteen year old from Sheffield United. Rushden were becoming quite a force at home under Hunter, and the highlight of the season would be March 12th, 2005. Rushden played Northampton at Nene Park, and with the game level at 2-2 in injury time, Luke Chambers misjudged a clearance-come-pass from Rob Gier, allowing Sharp to steal in and slot the ball past the Cobblers’ goalkeeper as the Rushden fans went wild.

sharp

Safety was guaranteed despite the loss of the final two matches of the season to already relegated Cambridge, and promotion chasing Macclesfield. Kidderminster were the other relegated side. In Summer 2005 Max Griggs stepped down as Chairman and owner of the club after announcing his intention to sell the club in October 2003. The Rushden and Diamonds Supporters Trust, made up of supporters of the club, were formed in order to protect the club. In January 2005 Griggs announced his plans to hand over the Football Club, the Nene Park stadium and 22 acres of land – except the sports and exhibition centre – to the Trust. The Griggs family also offered a cash injection of £500,000 for the 2005/06 season, and £250,000 for the 2006/07 season.

Max Griggs The club was formally handed over to the Supporters Trust at a ceremony at Nene Park on 3rd June 2005 in a historic gesture, with Rushden & Diamonds becoming the first Football Club owned solely by a Supporters Trust.

trust On the playing side, Barry Hunter remained as Manager after avoiding relegation the previous season. Young players Greg Pearson, Daniel Chillingworth and Neil McCafferty were signed from West Ham, Cambridge United and Charlton respectively. Hunter also recruited experienced midfielder Dave Savage from Bristol Rovers as well as securing the loan signings of young goalkeeper Jamie Young from Reading, Ashley Nicholls joined on loan from Cambridge and striker Chris O’Grady from Leicester. During the January transfer window many additional signings were made including Wayne Hatswell, Darren Caskey, Tyrone Berry, Scott Tynan and Ronnie Bull. Also in January youth team products David Bell and Andy Burgess both left the club with Bell joining former Diamonds defender Paul Underwood at Luton Town.

BELL The 2005/06 season would ultimately be a season of struggle culminating in relegation to the Football Conference. However, highlights included the 3-0 home victory over fellow strugglers and near neighbours Oxford United at the end of January and a decent spell of form in February and March. Relegation was confirmed at Boston United on April 29th with Diamonds losing 2-0 after they had numerous chances to win the game. After the game most of the players joined the fans to commiserate, and the club’s 5-year stay in the Football League had ended.

The Football Conference – Part 2 (2006 to 2011) As a result of relegation the club decided not to renew Barry Hunter’s contract as Manager whilst many players were also released. A total of thirteen senior players left the club including Player of the Year Phil Gulliver and top scorer Drewe Broughton.

Paul Hart training 2

Former Nottingham Forest and Barnsley Manager Paul Hart, was appointed First Team Manager on 23rd May 2006. In addition the high profile names of Ian Bowyer, Ian Woan and Tony Godden were also brought in as back room staff. With only a short list of players retained, Paul Hart set about signing a number of players in June. Glenn Wilson, Paul Watson, Jon Ashton, Chris Hope and Leo Fortune-West all arrived on free transfers, while Michael Rankine and Nicky Eyre both signed after a successful trial periods at the club.

Chris Hope challenges Onome Sodje

The Diamonds started the season poorly with defeats to Crawley Town and Grays Athletic, and after a 4-1 defeat to Northwich Victoria, and with only 4 wins in the first 16 games Paul Hart and his management paid the price for the Club’s poor league position, with Tony Godden taking temporary charge as Caretaker Manager.

Tony’s first game in charge saw a respectable 1-1 draw away at Weymouth and although the side lost in the League to Dagenham & Redbridge, St. Albans and Aldershot, the club progressed to the Second round of the FA Cup after beating League One side Yeovil Town 3-1.

On 22nd November 2006 the Supporters Trust handed over control of Rushden & Diamonds, and the Nene Park facilities they controlled, to Keith Cousins, who became the new Club Chairman.

Keith Cousins

Following Mr Cousin’s arrival the club sought a new manager, with Graham Westley being appointed on Monday 18th December 2006 prior to the Club’s busy Christmas schedule.

Graham Westley

After results picked up, and Conference safety looked certain, Graham Westley left the club by mutual consent to be replaced by Garry Hill, the former Weymouth and Dagenham & Redbridge manager, appointed at the end of February 2007.

GARRY HILL

Garry’s side finished the season in 12th place on 62 points. Over the summer players such as Curtis Woodhouse, Martin Foster, and former Diamond players Jon Challinor, Andy Burgess and Phil Gulliver were bought in to strengthen the youthful team, in the aim of a push for in the newly renamed Blue Square Premier in the 2007/08 season.

The 2007/08 season turned out to be a season of consolidation, with the club maintaining a solid mid-table position throughout the season, finishing in 16th place on 59 points. Players departing included Wayne Hatswell and Simeon Jackson, with the latter moving to the League One level with Gillingham.

Simeon Jackson

After an initial difficulty in finding the net at Nene Park the fans were treated to two successive 5-0 victories – the televised game with Oxford United followed a victory over Solihull Moors in the FA Cup. The cup form continued with victory over league two Macclesfield Town, but the run ended at the Memorial Stadium in Bristol, with Rovers making the best of difficult conditions.

A further highlight of the season was a run to the final of the Setanta Shield, and although beaten on penalties, the 3-3 draw at Aldershot will be long remembered by those that witnessed it live or on TV.

fans

The season ended with the Diamonds lifting the NFA Hillier Cup with a 2-1 victory over Brackley Town.

For the 2008/09 season, 10 pre-season signings included Daryl Clare and Rob Wolleaston, with Curtis Osano joining the club on a permanent basis after spending the previous season on loan from Reading. Victory over Peterborough United in the Maunsell Cup Final was the fourth occasion the Diamonds had won the senior Northamptonshire FA competition.  The season got off to a good start, with the first four games unbeaten, including a draw at local rivals Kettering Town.

Sam Smith equalises

However, the season quickly tailed off, and saw the Diamonds go out of the FA Cup at Evesham United in the fourth qualifying round. Garry Hill resigned as manager of the club on 10th February 2009, and was replaced by Justin Edinburgh as caretaker-manager. Edinburgh’s first game in charge was in the 9-0 victory over Weymouth at the Wessex Stadium on 21st February 2009. That was followed by the Diamonds maintaining their excellent record over local rivals Kettering Town with a 1-0 victory at Nene Park.

Northwich Celebration

Edinburgh was then awarded a permanent contract just prior to the final game of the 2008-09 season. That final game saw the Diamonds complete the campaign in 11th position in the Blue Square Premier.

Justin Edinburgh

For the 2009-10 season a number of new players were signed, including Craig Farrell, Max Porter, Aaron O’Connor and Jamie Stuart, but long servants Chris Hope and Andy Burgess departed before the season started.

Andy Burgess

After keeping a stable squad for all of the 2009-10 season, Justin Edinburgh led the team to fourth position in the league, including a memorable victory over champions Stevenage Borough, a record 8-0 home victory over Gateshead and a 3-0 away victory over local rivals Kettering Town, With only two league defeats from the start of the year 2010, the club clinched a place in the post-season playoffs for the first time, but they lost over two legs to Oxford United in the semi-final.

Stevenage Celebration

For the 2010/11 season in the newly renamed Blue Square Bet Premier there were a number of changes in personnel, with ten summer signings and a similar number of departures from the club. Star player Lee Tomlin had remained at Nene Park for much of the pre-season period but left to join Peterborough United shortly before the start of the season.

Lee Tomlin celebrates

The first three months of the season saw a mixed set of results, including two more victories over local rivals Kettering, including an FA Cup victory during October that saw Justin Edinburgh win the manager of the month award.

On 1st December 2010 Keith Cousins announced he was stepping down as club chairman, endorsing Liam Beasant and Gary Calder as the new owners of the Football Club. In February 2011 Gary Calder left the club, with Liam Beasant taking over as Chairman, with Steve Beasant coming in as Chief Executive Officer.

On 14th December 2010 the club reported the sad loss of goalkeeper Dale Roberts, one of the most popular players at the club.

roberts england c

At the end of the 2010-11 season the Rushden & Diamonds Youth Team clinched the Midland Youth Cup with a 3-2 victory against Chesterfield at the b2Net Stadium on 19th April 2011.

Diamonds youth team celebrate winning the Midland Cup

The Youth Team then completed a double when they clinched the Football Conference Youth Alliance title at the start of May 2011.

Under 18 team celebrate winning the league

On 11th June 2011 the club was expelled from the Football Conference at the Conference AGM.

Honours Board

Football League Division Three Champions – 2002 / 03

Football League Division Three Playoff Finalists – 2001 / 02

Football Conference Champions – 2000 / 01

Southern League Premier Division Champions – 1995 / 96

Southern League Midland Division Champions – 1993 / 94

NFA Maunsell Cup Winners 1994 / 95, 1999 / 00, 2005 / 06, 2008 / 09

NFA Hillier Cup Winners 1993 / 94, 1998 / 99, 2006 / 07, 2007 / 08

Midland Youth Cup Winners 2010 / 11

Conference Shield Winners 2000 / 01

Southern League Championship Cup Winners 1996 / 97

Progression in FA Cup – Third Round 1998/99, 1999/00

Record Victory : Weymouth 0 Rushden & Diamonds 9 (Blue Square Premier – 21st February 2009)

Record Defeat : Coventry City 8 Rushden & Diamonds 0 (League Cup – 2nd October 2002)

Sequence Stats – For League, FA Cup and Football League Cup / FA Trophy / FA Vase games only

Longest Sequence of Wins – 8 (from 2nd May 1998 to 5th Sep 1998)

Longest Unbeaten Run – 20 (from 5th Feb 1994 to 7th May 1994)

Longest Sequence of Home Wins – 9 (from 28th Nov 1992 to 6th Mar 1993)

Longest Sequence of Away Wins – 7 (from 1st May 2000 to 30th Sep 2000)

League Positions

Season Division P W D L F A Pts Pos
1992-93 Southern League Midland 42 25 10 7 85 41 85 3
1993-94 Southern League Midland 42 29 11 2 109 37 98 1
1994-95 Southern Premier 42 19 11 12 99 65 68 5
1995-96 Southern Premier 42 29 7 6 99 41 94 1
1996-97 Conference 42 14 11 17 61 63 53 12
1997-98 Conference 42 23 5 14 79 57 74 4
1998-99 Conference 42 20 12 10 71 42 72 4
1999-00 Conference 42 21 13 8 71 42 76 2
2000-01 Conference 42 25 11 6 78 36 86 1
2001-02 Division 3 46 20 13 13 69 53 73 6
2002-03 Division 3 46 24 15 7 73 47 87 1
2003-04 Division 2 46 13 9 24 60 74 48 22
2004-05 League 2 46 10 14 22 42 63 44 22
2005-06 League 2 46 11 12 23 44 76 45 24
2006-07 Conference 46 17 11 18 58 54 62 12
2007-08 Conference 46 15 14 17 55 55 59 16
2008-09 Conference 46 16 15 15 61 50 53 11
2009-10 Conference 44 22 13 9 77 29 79 4
2010-11 Conference 46 16 14 16 65 62 57* 13

* = 5 points deducted for Conference Rule 18 breach

Season Records – League Apps and Goals (Regular Season Only)

Season Most League Games Most League Goals
1992-1993 John Flower (36+3) Andy Kirkup (12), Dale Watkins (12), Glenville Donegal (12)
1993-1994 Micky Nuttell (40), Dale Watkins (40), Dave Johnson (40) Micky Nuttell (29)
1994-1995 Garry Butterworth (41) Dale Watkins (25)
1995-1996 Garry Butterworth (42) Darren Collins (30)
1996-1997 Garry Butterworth (41), Jim Rodwell (41) Carl Alford (13)
1997-1998 Darren Collins (39) Darren Collins (29)
1998-1999 Paul Underwood (40) Darren Collins (17)
1999-2000 Garry Butterworth (41), Paul Underwood (40+1) Michael McElhatton (11), Darren Collins (11)
2000-2001 Tarkan Mustafa (41), Billy Turley (41), Garry Butterworth (40+1) Duane Darby (24)
2001-2002 Billy Turley (43) Onandi Lowe (19)
2002-2003 Paul Hall (44+1) Paul Hall (16)
2003-2004 Rodney Jack (44+1) Onandi Lowe (14)
2004-2005 Andy Burgess (42) Billy Sharp (9)
2005-2006 Marcus Kelly (39+2) Drewe Broughton (10)
2006-2007 Chris Hope (45) Simeon Jackson (19)
2007-2008 Jon Challinor (35+10) Simeon Jackson (16)
2008-2009 Chris Hope (46) Sam Smith (8), Rob Wolleaston (8), Lee Tomlin (8)
2009-2010 Max Porter (34+9) Lee Tomlin (14)
2010-2011 Matt Johnson (22+22) Aaron O’Connor (14)

RDFC Players–Where Are They Now?

The list below summarises the current status of ex-R&DFC players throughout the season.

Managers

 

League One

Mark Cooper                            (manager Swindon Town)

 

Conference (1)

Kevin Wilkin                            (manager Wrexham)

Gary Mills                              (assistant manager Wrexham)

Darren Caskey                          (asst manager Gateshead)

 

Conference North (2)

Jon Brady                              (manager Brackley Town)

Darren Collins                          (asst manager Brackley Town)

Marcus Bignot                          (manager Solihull Moors)

 

Southern Premier (3)

Adrian Foster                          (manager Frome Town)

 

NPL Premier (3)

Gary Setchell                         (manager King’s Lynn Town)

 

NPL Division One South (4)

Curtis Woodhouse                     (manager Goole AFC)

 

UCL Premier (5)

Andy Peaks                     (manager AFC Rushden & Diamonds)

UCL Division One (6)

Chris Plummer                   (manager Peterborough Sports)

Aidy Mann                      (manager Rushden & Higham United)

 

Cambridgeshire  Premier (7)

Steve Holden                          (manager Great Shelford)

 

Eastern Counties Division One (6)

Stuart Wardley              (Joint manager Saffron Walden Town)

 

North West Counties Premier (5)

Craig Dove                           (asst manager Alsager Town)

 

North West Counties Division One (6)

Andy Burgess                          (manager Barnton)

 

West Midlands Premier (6)

Duane Darby                           (manager Cradkley Town)

 

Northern Alliance Premier (7)

Trevor Benjamin      (player/asst manager Seaton Delaval Amateurs)

 

Belgian Promotion D

Danny Williams           (player/manager Royal Racing FC Montegnee)

 

Players

Premier League

Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace).

 

Championship

Chris O’Grady (Brighton & Hove Albion); Billy Sharp (Leeds United); Lee Tomlin (Middlesborough); John Ruddy (Norwich City).

 

League One

Caleb Folan (Bradford City); Magnus Okuonghae (Colchester United); Simeon Jackson (Coventry City); Jamie Ashdown (Crawley Town); Scott Shearer (Crewe Alexandra); Michael Bostwick, Joe Day (Peterborough United); Brendan Moloney (Yeovil Town).

          

League Two

Chris Arthur (AFC Wimbledon); Tom Bonner (Cambridge United); Sean Shields (Dagenham & Redbridge); Dean Howell (Fleetwood Town); John Dempster, Alan Marriott (Mansfield Town); Mark Byrne, Joe Day-loan from Peterborough Utd; Rene Howe, Aaron O’Connor, Max Porter (Newport County); Ryan Leonard, Luke Prosser (Southend United); Jon Ashton, Chris Beardsley (Stevenage); Paris Cowan-Hall (Wycombe Wanderers).

 

 

Conference

Sam Smith (AFC Telford); Glenn Wilson (Aldershot Town); Tom Shaw (Alfreton Town); Marcus Kelly, Eddie Oshodi (Forest Green Rovers); Michael Rankine Gateshead); Jon Challinor (FC Halifax Town); Michael Gash (Kidderminster Harriers); Alan Power (Lincoln City); Greg Pearson (Nuneaton Town); Chris Arthur-loan from AFC Wimbledon (Woking); Gary Mills (Wrexham).

 

 

Conference North

Ryan Semple (Boston United); Michael Corcoran, Sam Smith-loan from AFC Telford (Brackley Town); Nicky McNamara (Bradford PA); Martin Foster (Harrogate Town); Danny Crane, Marvin Robinson (Hednesford Town); Daniel Broadbent (Hyde); Jack Ainsley, Ashlee Jones, Jefferson Louis (Lowestoft Town); Jamie Cook, Lewis Wilson (Oxford City); Dominic Langdon, Owen Story (Solihull Moors); Conal Platt (Stalybridge Celtic); Donovan Simmonds (Tamworth).

Conference South

Ryan Charles (Bishop’s Stortford); Justin Cochrane, Ben Nunn, Callum Reynolds, Donovan Simmonds (Boreham Wood); Ashley Nicholls (Bromley); Nicky Eyre, Justin Miller, Danny Webb (Chelmsford City); Kurt Robinson, Tony Stokes (Concord Rangers); Ronnie Bull (Eastbourne Borough); Craig McAllister (Eastliegh); Michael Corcoran, Dominic Green, Shane Huke, Matt Johnson (Ebbsfleet United); Cliff Akurang (Hayes & Yeading United); Danny Talbot, Ollie Thorne (Hemel Hempstead Town); Simon Downer (Maidstone United); Sean Shields-loan from Dagenham & Redbridge (St.Albans City); Michael Malcolm (Wealdstone); Clayton Fortune (Weston-super-Mare); Danny Mills, Jamie Young (Whitehawk).

 

 

Southern League Premier

David Perpetuini (Arlesey Town); Ellis Laight (Bideford AFC); Lee Phillips (Chippenham Town); Gary Mulligan (Dunstable Town); Stuart Douglas (Poole Town); Lewis Hilliard, Ollie Thorne-loan from Hemel Hempstead Town, Max York (St.Neots Town); Simon Evans, Tim Sills (Weymouth).

Southern Division One Central

Aaron King, Jerry Nash (Bedford Town); Andy Gooding, Brett Solkhon, Lewis Wilson-loan from Oxford City (Kettering Town); Alex Bolt (Potters Bar Town); Paul Bastock (Royston Town); Jon Stead (St.Ives Town).

Southern Division One South & West

Jamie Cook (North Leigh); Peter Castle (Sholing).

 

 

Isthmian Premier

Neil Cousins (Enfield Town); Tarkan Mustafa (Canvey Island); Dean McDonald (Dulwich Hamlet); Justyn Roberts (Hampton & Richmond Borough); Rob Wolleaston (Harrow Borough); Tyrone Berry, Sam Page (Kingstonian); Lee Worgan (Maidstone United); Jamie Stuart (Margate); Ricardo Joseph, Matt Pattison (Metropolitan Police).

Isthmian Division One North

Lee Hales, Jean-Michel Sigere (Chatham Town); Bobby Aisien (Cheshunt); Ugo Udoji (Cray Wanderers); George Artemi (Great Wakering Rovers); Bertrand Bossu (Harlow Town); Nathan Koranteng (Maldon & Tiptree); Scott Mitchell (AFC Sudbury); Lewwis Spence (Thurrock).

Isthmian Division One South

Joe Keehan (Burgess Hill Town); Simon Wormull (Three Bridges); Peter Hawkins (Whitstable Town).

 

 

Northern Premier Premier

Jack Higgins (Ashton United); David Pearson (Barwell); Joe Wilcox (Frickley Athletic); Rob Duffy, James Reid (Ilkeston); David Bell (King’s Lynn Town); Nabil Shariff (Stamford AFC); Craig Farrell (Whitby Town)

Northern Premier Division One North

John Grant (Droylsden).

Northern Premier Division One South

Mark Albrighton (Bedworth United); Simon Brown (Chasetown); Jake Woolley (Coalville Town); Ishmale Reid (Leek Town); Jimmy Ghaichem (Scarborough Athletic); Gareth Jelleyman (Spalding United).

 

UCL Premier

Lawrence Lambley (Boston Town); Luke Kennedy (Huntingdon Town); Steve Corry (Peterborough Northern Star); Aynsley McDonald (Sileby Rangers); Andy Furnell (Yaxley).

 

UCL Division One

Jake Gillingwater (Irchester United); Lewis Hallford (Raunds Town); Daniel Grainger, Chris Hope, Jason Taylor (Thrapston Town).

 

Southern Counties East

Jake Beecroft (Tunbridge Wells).

 

Bedfordshire County

George Cox (AFC Oakley M&DH).

 

NCEL Premier

Andrew Rigby (Long Eaton United).

 

Midland League Premier

Liam Read (Quorn).

 

East Midlands Counties

Callum Earls (St.Andrews).

 

North West Counties Premier

Craig Dove (Alsager Town).

 

North West Counties Division One

Leon Knight (Barnton AFC).

 

South Midlands Division 1

Nicky Ioannou (Welwyn Garden City).

 

Hellenic Premier

Rob Gier (Ascot United); Connor Hayes (Thame United).

 

Eastern Counties Premier

Dan Easlea (Diss Town); Daniel Chillingworth (Godmanchester Rovers).

Eastern Counties Division 1

Scott Wark (Ipswich Wanderers); Stuart Wardley (Saffron Walden Town player/coach).

 

 

Non-English Leagues

Welsh Premier

Kristian Rogers (Airbus UK Broughton).

 

Danish Superliga

Mikkel Anderson (Randers – loan from Reading). 

 

IFA Premiership

Alan Blayney (Linfield); Kevin Braniff, Neil McCafferty (Portadown)

 

Indian I-League

Curtis Osano (JSW Sports, Bangalore).

 

 

USA

Eugene Burndam (Olivet Nazarine College, Illinois); Luke Boden (Orlando City); Jamie McGuinness (VSI Tampa Flames).

 

 
Current Status Unclear

 

Charles Ademeno

Richard Bailey

David Brown

Sean Calcutt                          

Andy Chapman

Glen Fuff

Phil Gulliver

Rodney Hicks

Andrew Hodges

Eric Manangu

Martyn Margarson

David McShefferty

Morgan Phillips

Mark Rawle

Ben Reynolds

Billy Turley

John Turner

Darren Watts

Anthony Weston

Mark Wright

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Nick Ashby                            Retired (scout at Watford)

Shaun Carey                           Retired (scout Brackley Town)

Andy Collett                           Retired (goalkeeping coach York City)

Sean Connelly                          Retired (physio at Cardiff City)

Gary Crosby                           Retired (coach Derby County)

Martin Davies                         Retired (goalkeeping coach Cambridge Utd)

Miquel de Souza                       Retired (QPR Ladies coach)

Andy Edwards                        Retired (youth team manager Leyton Orient)

Jason Goodliffe                     Retired (First Team Coach Steveange)

Stuart Gray                            Retired (coach Guiseley)

Peter Green                            Retired (coach Northampton ON Chenecks)

Paul Hall                               Retired (coach Romulus)

Wayne Hatswell                     Retired (First Team Coach Newport County)

Alex Hay                               Retired (scout Chester)

Barry Hunter                           Retired (scout Liverpool)

Lance Key                              Retired (goalkeeping coach Cambridge Utd)

Adrian Littlejohn                      Retired (Community coach Sheff Utd)

David Lowe                             Retired (coach Tranmere Rovers)

Dino Maamria                          Retired (head coach Preston North End)

Stuart Naylor                          Retired (goalkeeping coach Bristol City)

Mickey Nuttell                         Retired (under 18 coach Boston United)

Tony Pennock              Retired (head of Youth Development Swansea City)

Jim Rodwell                            Retired (chief Executive Notts County)

Simon Rusk                 Retired (coach Brighton & Hove Albion Youth team)

Mark Sale                             Retired (Burton Youth Development Officer)

Kevin Shoemake                        Retired (chairman NFA)

Steve Spooner                         Retired (U18 coach Birmingham City)

Brian Talbot                           Retired (scout Fulham)

Andy Tillson                           Retired (coach Exeter City)

Paul Watson                           Retired (Physio Brighton & HA)

Andy Woodman                   Retired (Goalkeeping coach Newcastle United)

Simon Wormull                    Retired (manager Three Bridge Academy under 19)

 

League Tables 1992-2011

This is a set of League Tables that included Rushden & Diamonds FC.

Southern League Mid 1992-93
Team Pl W D L F A Pts
1 Nuneaton Borough 42 29 5 8 102 45 92
2 Gresley Rovers 42 27 6 9 94 55 87
3 Rushden & Diamonds 42 25 10 7 85 41 85
4 Barri 42 26 5 11 82 49 83
5 Newport 42 23 8 11 73 58 77
6 Bedworth United 42 22 8 12 72 55 74
7 Stourbridge 42 17 6 19 71 75 60
8 Sutton Coldfield Town 42 12 8 22 53 75 60
9 Redditch United 42 19 11 12 79 62 60
10 Tamworth 42 19 7 16 82 68 59
11 Weston Super Mare 42 27 10 5 94 39 58
12 Leicester United 42 11 9 22 34 73 57
13 Grantham Town 42 16 6 20 77 73 57
14 Bilston Town 42 16 10 16 65 73 55
15 Evesham United 42 16 8 18 50 60 53
16 Bridgnorth Town 42 15 6 21 56 68 52
17 Dudley Town 42 13 10 19 64 61 50
18 Yate Town 42 10 6 26 48 86 50
19 Forest Green Rovers 42 12 12 18 61 84 42
20 Hinckley United 42 11 10 21 44 71 38
21 King’s Lynn 42 9 11 22 47 72 36
22 Racing Club Warwick 42 13 12 17 53 66 16
Southern League Mid 1993-94
Team Pl W D L F A Pts
1 Rushden & Diamonds 42 29 11 2 109 37 98
2 Rugby Town 42 28 8 6 98 41 92
3 Weston Super Mare 42 27 10 5 94 39 91
4 Newport 42 26 9 7 84 37 87
5 Clevedon Town 42 24 10 8 75 46 82
6 Redditch United 42 19 11 12 79 62 68
7 Tamworth 42 19 7 16 82 68 64
8 Bilston Town 42 16 10 16 65 73 58
9 Stourbridge 42 17 6 19 71 75 57
10 Evesham United 42 16 8 18 50 60 56
11 Grantham Town 42 16 6 20 77 73 54
12 Bridgnorth Town 42 15 6 21 56 68 51
13 Racing Club Warwick 42 13 12 17 53 66 51
14 Dudley Town 42 13 10 19 64 61 49
15 Forest Green Rovers 42 12 12 18 61 84 48
16 Sutton Coldfield Town 42 12 8 22 53 75 44
17 Bedworth United 42 12 7 23 62 81 43
18 Hinckley United 42 11 10 21 44 71 43
19 Leicester United 42 11 9 22 34 73 42
20 King’s Lynn 42 9 11 22 47 72 38
21 Yate Town 42 10 6 26 48 86 36
22 Armitage 42 8 11 23 45 105 35
Southern Premier – 1994-95
Team Pl W D L F A Pts
1 Hednesford Town 42 28 9 5 99 49 93
2 Cheltenham 42 25 11 6 87 39 86
3 Burton Albion 42 20 15 7 55 39 75
4 Gloucester City 42 22 8 12 76 48 74
5 Rushden & Diamonds 42 19 11 12 99 65 68
6 Dorchester Town 42 19 10 13 84 61 67
7 Leek Town 42 19 10 13 72 60 67
8 Gresley Rovers 42 17 12 13 70 63 63
9 Cambridge City 42 18 8 16 60 55 62
10 Worcester City 42 14 15 13 46 34 57
11 Crawley Town 42 15 10 17 64 71 55
12 Hastings Town 42 13 14 15 55 57 53
13 Halesowen Town 42 14 10 18 81 80 52
14 Ebbsfleet United 42 13 13 16 38 55 52
15 Chelmsford City 42 14 6 22 56 60 48
16 Atherstone United 42 12 12 18 51 67 48
17 Rugby Town 42 11 14 17 49 61 47
18 Sudbury Town 42 12 10 20 50 77 46
19 Solihull Borough 42 10 15 17 39 65 45
20 Sittingbourne 42 11 10 21 51 73 43
21 Trowbridge Town 42 9 13 20 43 69 40
22 Corby Town 42 4 10 28 36 113 21
Southern Premier – 1995-96
Team Pl W D L F A Pts
1 Rushden & Diamonds 42 29 7 6 99 41 94
2 Halesowen Town 42 27 11 4 70 36 92
3 Cheltenham 42 21 11 10 76 57 74
4 Gloucester City 42 21 8 13 65 47 71
5 Gresley Rovers 42 20 10 12 70 58 70
6 Worcester City 42 19 12 11 61 43 69
7 Merthyr Tydfil 42 19 6 17 67 59 63
8 Hastings Town 42 16 13 13 68 56 61
9 Crawley Town 42 15 13 14 57 56 58
10 Sudbury Town 42 15 10 17 69 71 55
11 Ebbsfleet United 42 15 10 17 60 62 55
12 Chelmsford City 42 13 16 13 46 53 55
13 Dorchester Town 42 15 8 19 62 57 53
14 Newport 42 13 13 16 53 59 52
15 Salisbury City 42 14 10 18 57 69 52
16 Burton Albion 42 13 12 17 55 56 51
17 Atherstone United 42 12 12 18 58 75 48
18 Baldock Town 42 11 14 17 51 56 47
19 Cambridge City 42 12 10 20 56 68 46
20 Ilkeston Town 42 11 10 21 53 87 43
21 Stafford Rangers 42 11 4 27 58 90 37
22 Rugby Town 42 5 10 27 37 92 25
Conference – 1996-97
Team Pl W D L F A Pts
1 Macclesfield 42 27 9 6 80 30 90
2 Kidderminster 42 26 7 9 84 42 85
3 Stevenage Borough 42 24 10 8 87 53 82
4 Morecambe 42 19 9 14 69 56 66
5 Woking 42 18 10 14 71 63 64
6 Northwich Victoria 42 17 12 13 61 54 63
7 Farnborough Town 42 16 13 13 58 53 61
8 Hednesford Town 42 16 12 14 52 50 60
9 Telford United 42 16 10 16 46 56 58
10 Gateshead 42 15 11 16 59 63 56
11 Southport 42 15 10 17 51 61 55
12 Rushden & Diamonds 42 14 11 17 61 63 53
13 Stalybridge Celtic 42 14 10 18 53 58 52
14 Kettering Town 42 14 9 19 53 62 51
15 Hayes 42 12 14 16 54 55 50
16 Slough Town 42 12 14 16 62 65 50
17 Dover Athletic 42 12 14 16 57 68 50
18 Welling United 42 13 9 20 50 60 48
19 Halifax Town 42 12 12 18 55 74 48
20 Bath City 42 12 11 19 53 80 47
21 Bromsgrove Rovers 42 12 5 25 41 67 41
22 Altrincham 42 9 12 21 49 73 39
Conference – 1997-98
Team Pl W D L F A Pts
1 Halifax Town 42 25 12 5 74 43 87
2 Cheltenham 42 23 9 10 63 43 78
3 Woking 42 22 8 12 72 46 74
4 Rushden & Diamonds 42 23 5 14 79 57 74
5 Morecambe 42 21 10 11 77 64 73
6 Hereford United 42 18 13 11 56 49 67
7 Hednesford Town 42 18 12 12 59 50 66
8 Slough Town 42 18 10 14 58 49 64
9 Northwich Victoria 42 15 15 12 63 59 60
10 Welling United 42 17 9 16 64 62 60
11 Yeovil Town 42 17 8 17 73 63 59
12 Hayes 42 16 10 16 62 52 58
13 Dover Athletic 42 15 10 17 60 70 55
14 Kettering Town 42 13 13 16 53 60 52
15 Stevenage Borough 42 13 12 17 59 63 51
16 Southport 42 13 11 18 56 58 50
17 Kidderminster 42 11 14 17 56 63 47
18 Farnborough Town 42 12 8 22 56 70 44
19 Leek Town 42 10 14 18 52 67 44
20 Telford United 42 10 12 20 53 76 42
21 Gateshead 42 8 11 23 51 87 35
22 Stalybridge Celtic 42 7 8 27 48 93 29
Conference – 1998-99
Team Pl W D L F A Pts
1 Cheltenham 42 22 14 6 71 36 80
2 Kettering Town 42 22 10 10 58 37 76
3 Hayes 42 22 8 12 63 50 74
4 Rushden & Diamonds 42 20 12 10 71 42 72
5 Yeovil Town 42 20 11 11 68 54 71
6 Stevenage Borough 42 17 17 8 62 45 68
7 Northwich Victoria 42 19 9 14 60 51 66
8 Kingstonian 42 17 13 12 50 49 64
9 Woking 42 18 9 15 51 45 63
10 Hednesford Town 42 15 16 11 49 44 61
11 Dover Athletic 42 15 13 14 54 48 58
12 Forest Green Rovers 42 15 13 14 55 50 58
13 Hereford United 42 15 10 17 49 46 55
14 Morecambe 42 15 8 19 60 76 53
15 Kidderminster 42 14 9 19 56 52 51
16 Doncaster Rovers 42 12 12 18 51 55 48
17 Telford United 42 10 16 16 44 60 46
18 Southport 42 10 15 17 47 59 45
19 Barrow 42 11 10 21 40 63 43
20 Welling United 42 9 14 19 44 65 41
21 Leek Town 42 8 8 26 48 76 32
22 Farnborough Town 42 7 11 24 41 89 32
Conference – 1999-00
Team Pl W D L F A Pts
1 Kidderminster 42 26 7 9 75 40 85
2 Rushden & Diamonds 42 21 13 8 71 42 76
3 Morecambe 42 18 16 8 70 48 70
4 Scarborough 42 19 12 11 60 35 69
5 Kingstonian 42 20 7 15 58 44 67
6 Dover Athletic 42 18 12 12 65 56 66
7 Yeovil Town 42 18 10 14 60 63 64
8 Hereford United 42 15 14 13 61 52 59
9 Southport 42 15 13 14 55 56 58
10 Stevenage Borough 42 16 9 17 60 54 57
11 Hayes 42 16 8 18 57 58 56
12 Doncaster Rovers 42 15 9 18 46 48 54
14 Kettering Town 42 12 16 14 44 50 52
14 Woking 42 12 15 15 45 53 51
15 Nuneaton Borough 42 12 15 15 49 53 51
16 Telford United 42 14 9 19 56 66 51
18 Northwich Victoria 42 13 12 17 53 78 51
18 Hednesford Town 42 15 6 21 45 68 51
19 Forest Green Rovers 42 13 8 21 54 63 47
20 Welling United 42 13 8 21 54 66 47
21 Altrincham 42 9 19 14 51 60 46
22 Sutton United 42 8 10 24 39 75 34
Conference – 2000-01
Team Pl W D L F A Pts
1 Rushden & Diamonds 42 25 11 6 78 36 86
2 Yeovil Town 42 24 8 10 73 50 80
3 Dagenham & Redbridge 42 23 8 11 71 54 77
4 Southport 42 20 9 13 58 46 69
5 Leigh RMI 42 19 11 12 63 57 68
6 Telford United 42 19 8 15 51 51 65
7 Stevenage Borough 42 15 18 9 71 61 63
8 Chester City 42 16 14 12 49 43 62
9 Doncaster Rovers 42 15 13 14 47 43 58
10 Scarborough 42 14 16 12 56 54 58
11 Hereford United 42 14 15 13 60 46 57
12 Boston United 42 13 17 12 74 63 56
13 Nuneaton Borough 42 13 15 14 60 60 54
14 Woking 42 13 15 14 52 57 54
15 Dover Athletic 42 14 11 17 54 56 53
16 Forest Green Rovers 42 11 15 16 43 54 48
17 Northwich Victoria 42 11 13 18 49 67 46
18 Hayes 42 12 10 20 44 71 46
19 Morecambe 42 11 12 19 64 66 45
20 Kettering Town 42 11 10 21 46 62 43
21 Kingstonian 42 8 10 24 47 73 34
22 Hednesford Town 42 5 13 24 46 86 28
Division 3 – 2001-02
Team Pl W D L F A Pts
1 Plymouth 46 31 9 6 71 28 102
2 Luton 46 30 7 9 96 48 97
3 Mansfield 46 24 7 15 72 60 79
4 Cheltenham 46 21 15 10 66 49 78
5 Rochdale 46 21 15 10 65 52 78
6 Rushden & Diamonds 46 20 13 13 69 53 73
7 Hartlepool 46 20 11 15 74 48 71
8 Scunthorpe 46 19 14 13 74 56 71
9 Shrewsbury Town 46 20 10 16 64 53 70
10 Kidderminster 46 19 9 18 56 47 66
11 Hull City 46 16 13 17 57 51 61
12 Macclesfield 46 15 13 18 41 52 58
13 Southend 46 15 13 18 51 54 58
14 York City 46 16 9 21 54 67 57
15 Darlington 46 15 11 20 60 71 56
16 Exeter City 46 14 13 19 48 73 55
17 Leyton Orient 46 13 13 20 55 71 52
18 Carlisle United 46 12 16 18 49 56 52
19 Swansea 46 13 12 21 53 77 51
20 Torquay United 46 12 15 19 46 63 51
21 Oxford United 46 11 14 21 53 62 47
22 Lincoln 46 10 16 20 44 62 46
23 Bristol Rovers 46 11 12 23 40 60 45
24 Halifax Town 46 8 12 26 39 84 36
Division 3 – 2002-03
Team Pl W D L F A Pts
1 Rushden & Diamonds 46 24 15 7 73 47 87
2 Hartlepool 46 24 13 9 70 50 85
3 Wrexham 46 23 15 8 84 50 84
4 Bournemouth 46 20 14 12 60 48 74
5 Scunthorpe 46 19 15 12 67 48 72
6 Lincoln 46 18 16 12 46 37 70
7 Bury 46 18 16 12 57 56 70
8 Oxford United 46 19 12 15 57 47 69
9 Torquay United 46 16 18 12 71 71 66
10 York City 46 17 15 14 52 53 66
11 Kidderminster 46 16 15 15 62 63 63
12 Cambridge United 46 16 13 17 67 70 61
13 Hull City 46 14 17 15 58 53 59
14 Boston United 46 15 13 18 55 56 54
15 Darlington 46 12 18 16 58 59 54
16 Macclesfield 46 14 12 20 57 63 54
17 Southend 46 17 3 26 47 59 54
18 Leyton Orient 46 14 11 21 51 61 53
19 Rochdale 46 12 16 18 63 70 52
20 Bristol Rovers 46 12 15 19 50 57 51
21 Swansea 46 12 13 21 48 65 49
22 Carlisle United 46 13 10 23 52 78 49
23 Exeter City 46 11 15 20 50 64 48
24 Shrewsbury Town 46 9 14 23 62 92 41
Division 2 – 2003-04
Team Pl W D L F A Pts
1 Plymouth 46 26 12 8 85 41 90
2 QPR 46 22 17 7 80 45 83
3 Bristol City 46 23 13 10 58 37 82
4 Brighton 46 22 11 13 64 43 77
5 Swindon Town 46 20 13 13 76 58 73
6 Hartlepool 46 20 13 13 76 61 73
7 Port Vale 46 21 10 15 73 63 73
8 Tranmere Rovers 46 17 16 13 59 56 67
9 Bournemouth 46 17 15 14 56 51 66
10 Luton 46 17 15 14 69 66 66
11 Colchester United 46 17 13 16 52 56 64
12 Barnsley 46 15 17 14 54 58 62
13 Wrexham 46 17 9 20 50 60 60
14 Blackpool 46 16 11 19 58 65 59
15 Oldham Athletic 46 12 21 13 66 60 57
16 Sheffield Wednesday 46 13 14 19 48 64 53
17 Brentford 46 14 11 21 52 69 53
18 Peterborough 46 12 16 18 58 58 52
19 Stockport County 46 11 19 16 62 70 52
20 Chesterfield 46 12 15 19 49 71 51
21 Grimsby 46 13 11 22 55 81 50
22 Rushden & Diamonds 46 13 9 24 60 74 48
23 Notts County 46 10 12 24 50 78 42
24 Wycombe Wanderers 46 6 19 21 50 75 37
League 2 – 2004-05
Team Pl W D L F A Pts
1 Yeovil Town 46 25 8 13 90 65 83
2 Scunthorpe 46 22 14 10 69 42 80
3 Swansea 46 24 8 14 62 43 80
4 Southend 46 22 12 12 65 46 78
5 Macclesfield 46 22 9 15 60 49 75
6 Lincoln 46 20 12 14 64 47 72
7 Northampton Town 46 20 12 14 62 51 72
8 Darlington 46 20 12 14 57 49 72
9 Rochdale 46 16 18 12 54 48 66
10 Wycombe Wanderers 46 17 14 15 58 52 65
11 Leyton Orient 46 16 15 15 65 67 63
12 Bristol Rovers 46 13 21 12 60 57 60
13 Mansfield 46 15 15 16 56 56 60
14 Cheltenham 46 16 12 18 51 54 60
15 Oxford United 46 16 11 19 50 63 59
16 Boston United 46 14 16 16 62 58 58
17 Bury 46 14 16 16 54 54 58
18 Grimsby 46 14 16 16 51 52 58
19 Notts County 46 13 13 20 46 62 52
20 Chester City 46 12 16 18 43 69 52
21 Shrewsbury Town 46 11 16 19 48 53 49
22 Rushden & Diamonds 46 10 14 22 42 63 44
23 Kidderminster 46 10 8 28 39 85 38
24 Cambridge United 46 8 16 22 39 62 30
League 2 – 2005-06
Team Pl W D L F A Pts
1 Carlisle United 46 25 11 10 84 42 86
2 Northampton Town 46 22 17 7 63 37 83
3 Leyton Orient 46 22 15 9 67 51 81
4 Grimsby 46 22 12 12 64 44 78
5 Cheltenham 46 19 15 12 65 53 72
6 Wycombe Wanderers 46 18 17 11 72 56 71
7 Lincoln 46 15 21 10 65 53 66
8 Darlington 46 16 15 15 58 52 63
9 Peterborough 46 17 11 18 57 49 62
10 Shrewsbury Town 46 16 13 17 55 55 61
11 Boston United 46 15 16 15 50 60 61
12 Bristol Rovers 46 17 9 20 59 67 60
13 Wrexham 46 15 14 17 61 54 59
14 Rochdale 46 14 14 18 66 69 56
15 Chester City 46 14 12 20 53 59 54
16 Mansfield 46 13 15 18 59 66 54
17 Macclesfield 46 12 18 16 60 71 54
18 Barnet 46 12 18 16 44 57 54
19 Bury 46 12 17 17 45 57 53
20 Torquay United 46 13 13 20 53 66 52
21 Notts County 46 12 16 18 48 63 52
22 Stockport County 46 11 19 16 57 78 52
23 Oxford United 46 11 16 19 43 57 49
24 Rushden & Diamonds 46 11 12 23 44 76 45
Conference – 2006-07
Team Pl W D L F A Pts
1 Dagenham & Redbridge 46 28 11 7 93 48 95
2 Oxford United 46 22 15 9 66 33 81
3 Morecambe 46 23 12 11 64 46 81
4 York City 46 23 11 12 65 45 80
5 Exeter City 46 22 12 12 67 48 78
6 Burton Albion 46 22 9 15 52 47 75
7 Ebbsfleet United 46 21 11 14 63 56 74
8 Stevenage Borough 46 20 10 16 76 66 70
9 Aldershot 46 18 11 17 64 62 65
10 Kidderminster 46 17 12 17 43 50 63
11 Weymouth 46 18 9 19 56 73 63
12 Rushden & Diamonds 46 17 11 18 58 54 62
13 Northwich Victoria 46 18 4 24 51 69 58
14 Forest Green Rovers 46 13 18 15 59 64 57
15 Woking 46 15 12 19 56 61 57
16 Halifax Town 46 15 10 21 55 62 55
17 Cambridge United 46 15 10 21 57 66 55
18 Crawley Town 46 17 12 17 52 52 53
19 Grays Athletic 46 13 13 20 56 55 52
20 Stafford Rangers 46 14 10 22 49 71 52
21 Altrincham 46 13 12 21 53 67 51
22 Tamworth 46 13 9 24 43 61 48
23 Southport 46 11 14 21 57 67 47
24 St Albans City 46 10 10 26 57 89 40
Conference – 2007-08
Team Pl W D L F A Pts
1 Aldershot 46 31 8 7 82 48 101
2 Cambridge United 46 25 11 10 68 41 86
3 Torquay United 46 26 8 12 83 57 86
4 Exeter City 46 22 17 7 83 58 83
5 Burton Albion 46 23 12 11 79 56 81
6 Stevenage Borough 46 24 7 15 82 55 79
7 Histon 46 20 12 14 76 67 72
8 Forest Green Rovers 46 19 14 13 76 59 71
9 Oxford United 46 20 11 15 56 48 71
10 Grays Athletic 46 19 13 14 58 47 70
11 Ebbsfleet United 46 19 12 15 65 61 69
12 Salisbury City 46 18 14 14 70 60 68
13 Kidderminster 46 19 10 17 74 57 67
14 York City 46 17 11 18 71 74 62
15 Crawley Town 46 19 9 18 73 67 60
16 Rushden & Diamonds 46 15 14 17 55 55 59
17 Woking 46 12 17 17 53 61 53
18 Weymouth 46 11 13 22 53 73 46
19 Northwich Victoria 46 11 11 24 52 78 44
20 Halifax Town 46 12 16 18 61 70 42
21 Altrincham 46 9 14 23 56 82 41
22 Farsley Celtic 46 10 9 27 48 86 39
23 Stafford Rangers 46 5 10 31 42 99 25
24 Droylsden 46 5 9 32 46 103 24
Conference – 2008-09
Team Pl W D L F A Pts
1 Burton Albion 46 27 7 12 81 52 88
2 Cambridge United 46 24 14 8 65 39 86
3 Histon 46 23 14 9 78 48 83
4 Torquay United 46 23 14 9 72 47 83
5 Stevenage Borough 46 23 12 11 73 54 81
6 Kidderminster 46 23 10 13 69 48 79
7 Oxford United 46 24 10 12 72 51 77
8 Kettering Town 46 21 13 12 50 37 76
9 Crawley Town 46 19 14 13 77 55 70
10 Wrexham 46 18 12 16 64 48 66
11 Rushden & Diamonds 46 16 15 15 61 50 63
12 Mansfield 46 19 9 18 57 55 62
13 Eastbourne Borough 46 18 6 22 58 70 60
14 Ebbsfleet United 46 16 10 20 52 60 58
15 Altrincham 46 15 11 20 49 66 56
16 Salisbury City 46 14 13 19 54 64 55
17 York City 46 11 19 16 47 51 52
18 Forest Green Rovers 46 12 16 18 70 76 52
19 Grays Athletic 46 14 10 22 44 64 52
20 Barrow 46 12 15 19 51 65 51
21 Woking 46 10 14 22 37 60 44
22 Northwich Victoria 46 11 10 25 56 75 43
23 Weymouth 46 11 10 25 45 86 43
24 Lewes 46 6 6 34 28 89 24
Conference – 2009-10
Team Pl W D L F A Pts
1 Stevenage Borough 44 30 9 5 79 24 99
2 Luton 44 26 10 8 84 40 88
3 Oxford United 44 25 11 8 64 31 86
4 Rushden & Diamonds 44 22 13 9 77 39 79
5 York City 44 22 12 10 62 35 78
6 Kettering Town 44 18 12 14 51 41 66
7 Crawley Town 44 19 9 16 50 57 66
8 AFC Wimbledon 44 18 10 16 61 47 64
9 Mansfield 44 17 11 16 69 60 62
10 Cambridge United 44 15 14 15 65 53 59
11 Wrexham 44 15 13 16 45 39 58
12 Salisbury City 44 21 5 18 58 63 58
13 Kidderminster 44 15 12 17 57 52 57
14 Altrincham 44 13 15 16 53 51 54
15 Barrow 44 13 13 18 50 67 52
16 Tamworth 44 11 16 17 42 52 49
17 Hayes & Yeading United 44 12 12 20 59 85 48
18 Histon 44 11 13 20 44 67 46
19 Eastbourne Borough 44 11 13 20 42 72 46
20 Gateshead 44 13 7 24 46 69 45
21 Forest Green Rovers 44 12 9 23 50 76 45
22 Ebbsfleet United 44 12 8 24 50 82 44
23 Grays Athletic 44 5 13 26 35 91 26
Conference – 2010-11
Team Pl W D L F A Pts
1 Crawley Town 46 31 12 3 93 30 105
2 AFC Wimbledon 46 27 9 10 83 47 90
3 Luton 46 23 15 8 85 37 84
4 Wrexham 46 22 15 9 66 49 81
5 Fleetwood 46 22 12 12 68 42 78
6 Kidderminster 46 20 17 9 74 60 72
7 Darlington 46 18 17 11 61 42 71
8 York City 46 19 14 13 55 50 71
9 Newport County 46 18 15 13 78 60 69
10 Bath City 46 16 15 15 64 68 63
11 Grimsby 46 15 17 14 72 62 62
12 Mansfield 46 17 10 19 73 75 61
13 Rushden & Diamonds 46 16 14 16 65 62 57
14 Gateshead 46 14 15 17 65 68 57
15 Kettering Town 46 15 13 18 64 75 56
16 Hayes & Yeading United 46 15 6 25 57 81 51
17 Cambridge United 46 11 17 18 53 61 50
18 Barrow 46 12 14 20 52 67 50
19 Tamworth 46 12 13 21 62 83 49
20 Forest Green Rovers 46 10 16 20 53 72 46
21 Southport 46 11 13 22 56 77 46
22 Altrincham 46 11 11 24 47 87 44
23 Eastbourne Borough 46 10 9 27 62 104 39
24 Histon 46 8 9 29 41 90 28

League Squads and Starts

The following lists show the players who have started for the Diamonds in league games season by season – along with the number of starts made in each league campaign (regular season games only).

Season One – 1992-93 Southern League Midland

Darrell Page (38), John Flower (36), Dave Johnson (34), Glenville Donegal (33), Adie Mann (32), Paul York (31), Colin Waite (31), Andy Peaks (30), Glen Beech (28), Andy Kirkup (24), Kevin Shoemake (23), Mark Bushell (21), Kevin Fox (18), Dale Watkins (17), Junior Wilson (16), Barrington Leslie (15), Ollie Kearns (15), Frankie Belfon (10), John Coe (7), Steven Heard (1), Mark Jameson (1), Darren Watts (1).

Season Two 1993-94 Southern League Midland

Micky Nuttell (40), Dave Johnson (40), Dale Watkins (40), Darrell Page (39), Kevin Fox (37), Paul York (37), John Flower (35), Paul Richardson (30), Adie Mann (25), Paul Coe (23), Glen Beech (22), Andy Peaks (20), Tim Wooding (18), Andy Kirkup (18), Alan Kurila (18), Dougie Keast (8), Kevin Shoemake (5), Richard Bailey (4), Sean Diver (2), Darren Hillier (1).

Season Three 1994-95 Southern League Premier

Garry Butterworth (41), Dougie Keast (40), Andy Peaks (37), Dave Johnson (33), Darren Collins (33), Tim Wooding (30), Dale Watkins (28), Micky Nuttell (27), Paul York (25), Ian King (24), John Flower (22), Martin Davies (18), Adie Mann (17), Steve Spooner (17), Kevin Fox (17), Kevin Wilkin (11), Richard Bailey (9), Andy Kirkup (8), Paul Richardson (7), Chris McKenzie (3), Andy Lomas (3), Kenny Webster (3), Darrell Page (3), Simon Mason (2), Kevin Slinn (2), Lee Crane (1), Julian Capone (1).

Season Four 1995-96 Southern League Premier

Garry Butterworth (42), Darren Collins (41), Nick Ashby (40), Graham Benstead (39), Andy Kirkup (36), Neil Smith (32), Andy Peaks (32), Brendan Hackett (30), Al-James Hannigan (29), Tim Wooding (25), Kevin Wilkin (22), Steve Stott (17), Steven Holden (14), Dale Watkins (13), Steve Spooner (10), Carl Alford (10), Glynn Creaser (9), Steve Taylor (4), Steve Lilwall (4), Graham Reed (4), Andy Lomas (3), Ian King (3), Micky Nuttell (1), Richard Bailey (1), David Holmes (1)

Season Five 1996-97 Conference

Garry Butterworth (41), Jim Rodwell (41), Kenny Cramman (37), Darren Collins (33), Carl Alford (32), Steve Stott (31), Martin Davies (26), Brendan Hackett (23), Simeon Hodson (21), Nick Ashby (20), Andy Peaks (19), David Leworthy (18), Tim Wooding (17), Kevin Wilkin (13), Ian King (11), Julian Capone (11), Steve Cherry (10), Terry Wilson (9), Steven Holden (7), Neil Smith (7), Graham Benstead (6), Mark Tucker (6), Simon Stapleton (5), Steve Lilwall (4), Richard Bailey (4), Sammy Ayorinde (2), Matt Crossley (2), Andy Furnell (2), David Morrison (2), Al-James Hannigan (2).

Season Six 1997-98 Conference

Darren Collins (39), Kenny Cramman (36), Chris Whyte (34), Mark Smith (30), Michael Mison (29), Garry Butterworth (28), Tim Wooding (28), Darren Bradshaw (28), Paul Underwood (25), Brendan Hackett (23), John Hamsher (21), Julian Capone (18), Colin West (14), Adrian Foster (14), Jim Rodwell (12), Warren Kelly (11), Guy Branston (10), Mark Cooper (9), Steve Cherry (8), Andy Peaks (5), David Mehew (5), Darren Watts (4), Carl Alford (4), Simeon Hodson (4), Jamie Barnwell (4), Gary Crosby (4), Glenn Fuff (4), Jamie Ndah (4), Steve Stott (2), Simon Stapleton (2), Danny O’Shea (1), Leo Cotterell (1), Craig Smith (1).

Season Seven 1998-99 Conference

Paul Underwood (40), Darren Bradshaw (34), Jon Brady (33), Darren Collins (31), Jim Rodwell (29), Michael McElhatton (29), Tim Wooding (25), Carl Heggs (21), Mark Smith (20), Adrian Foster (19), Miquel De Souza (19), Garry Butterworth (18), Chris Whyte (17), Mark Cooper (17), Paul Wilson (14), Mark Gayle (14), Michael Mison (13), Colin West (12), Carel Van Der Valden (12), John Hamsher (11), Guy Branston (10), Ray Warburton (10), Andy Collett (4), Ian Feuer (3), Kenny Cramman (2), Lee Archer (1), Ritchie Hanlon (1), Steve Berry (1), David Mehew (1), Steve Corry (1).

Season Eight 1999-2000 Conference

Garry Butterworth (41), Paul Underwood (40), Billy Turley (40), Ray Warburton (39), Jim Rodwell (32), Michael McElhatton (30), Mark Peters (27), Jon Brady (23), Darren Collins (22), Miquel De Souza (21), John Hamsher (18), Tim Wooding (16), David Town (13), Andy Burgess (12), Mark Cooper (11), David Lowe (10), Darren Bradshaw (10), Simon Wormull (9), Gary Mills (8), Mark Sale (6), Michael Mison (6), Jean-Michel Sigere (6), Matt Stowell (5), Kenny Cramman (5), Darren Bullock (4), Stuart Naylor (2), Carl Heggs (1), Martin Aldridge (1).

Season Nine 2000-01 Conference

Tarkan Mustafa (41), Billy Turley (41), Garry Butterworth (40), Justin Jackson (40), Jon Brady (39), Duane Darby (38), Andy Burgess (37), Ray Warburton (37), Shaun Carey (32), Jim Rodwell (28), Paul Underwood (23), Mark Peters (20), Gary Setchell (19), Gary Mills (12), Jean-Michel Sigere (5), Stuart Gray (4), Simon Wormull (3), David Town (1), Brett Solkhon (1), Kristian Rogers (1).

Season Ten 2001-02 Division 3

Billy Turley (43), Mark Peters (40), Paul Underwood (40), Paul Hall (34), Ritchie Hanlon (33), Andy Burgess (28), Garry Butterworth (28), Scott Partridge (26), Onandi Lowe (25), Andrew Sambrook (25), Barry Hunter (23), Tarkan Mustafa (21), Stuart Wardley (18), Duane Darby (17), Andy Tillson (14), Gary Setchell (13), Stuart Gray (12), Jon Brady (9), Jim Rodwell (8), Shaun Carey (7), Justin Jackson (5), Jean-Michel Sigere (4), Simon Wormull (4), Stuart Douglas (4), Warren Patmore (4), Michael McElhatton (4), Tony Pennock (3), Brett Angell (3), Gary Mills (3), Daniel Talbot (2), Darren Carr (1), Peter Thomson (1), Caleb Folan (1), Christian Lee (1), Robert Duffy (1), Ray Warburton (1).

Season Eleven 2002-03 Division 3

Paul Hall (44), Billy Turley (43), Barry Hunter (40), Paul Underwood (40), Onandi Lowe (38), Stuart Wardley (36), Duane Darby (36), Stuart Gray (34), Marcus Bignot (33), David Bell (26), Mark Peters (25), Gary Mills (23), Andy Burgess (19), John Dempster (11), Andy Edwards (11), Tarkan Mustafa (10), Gary Setchell (7), Andrew Sambrook (6), Daniel Talbot (5), Andy Tillson (5), Dean Holdsworth (4), Adam Sollitt (3), Robert Duffy (2), Scott Partridge (2), Tony Battersby (2), Brett Solkhon (1).

Season Twelve 2003-04 Division 2

Rodney Jack (44), Barry Hunter (43), Marcus Bignot (35), Stuart Gray (33), Andy Burgess (32), David Bell (31), Paul Underwood (30), Andy Edwards (29), Paul Hall (28), Gary Mills (25), Billy Turley (25), Onandi Lowe (24), Jamie Ashdown (19), Paul Kitson (18), Ritchie Hanlon (18), Leo Roget (16), Andrew Sambrook (14), John Dempster (11), Duane Darby (9), Trevor Benjamin (5), Barry Quinn (4), Marcus Kelly (4), Robert Duffy (4), Daniel Talbot (3), Paul Evans (2).

Season Thirteen 2004-05 League 2

Andy Burgess (42), Peter Hawkins (41), Sean Connelly (40), David Bell (39), Stuart Gray (37), Craig Dove (31), Rob Gier (30), Phil Gulliver (29), Alex Hay (29), Graham Allen (24), Billy Turley (22), Drewe Broughton (20), Neil McCafferty (16), Billy Sharp (16), Scott Shearer (13), Gary Mulligan (12), Kevin Braniff (11), John Dempster (9), Adrian Littlejohn (8), Mark Williams (7), Lee Worgan (7), Gary Mills (7), Alan Blayney (4), Jason Taylor (4), Andrew Sambrook (3), Marcus Kelly (3), Luke Kennedy (1).

Season Fourteen 2005-06 League 2

Phil Gulliver (40), Marcus Kelly (39), Rob Gier (34), Drewe Broughton (32), Dave Savage (29), Ashley Nicholls (26), Peter Hawkins (20), Chris O’Grady (20), Neil McCafferty (19), Jamie Young (19), Ronnie Bull (19), Tony Stokes (19), Wayne Hatswell (17), Darren Caskey (17), Greg Pearson (16), Magnus Okuonghae (15), Tyrone Berry (13), John Dempster (13), David Bell (13), Scott Tynan (13), Simeon Jackson (8), Gary Mills (7), Danny Crane (7), Petr Mikolanda (7), Andy Burgess (7), Alun Armstrong (6), Graham Allen (5), John Turner (4), Lee Tomlin (4), Jason Taylor (4), Daniel Chillingworth (3), Andy Woodman (3), John Ruddy (3), Daniel Grainger (2), Ricardo Joseph (1), Peter Castle (1).

Season Fifteen 2006-07 Conference

Chris Hope (45), Jon Ashton (40), Paul Watson (37), Simeon Jackson (35), Wayne Hatswell (35), Marcus Kelly (33), Michael Rankine (32), Glenn Wilson (27), Dave Savage (25), Scott Tynan (21), Nicky Eyre (19), Gary Mills (15), Mark Albrighton (15), Curtis Woodhouse (15), Tom Shaw (14), Tyrone Berry (14), Daniel Chillingworth (12), Danny Williams (12), Lee Tomlin (10), Jamie Cook (7), Matt Baker (6), Jason Goodliffe (5), Chris Beardsley (5), Michael Bostwick (5), Greg Pearson (3), David Perpetuini (3), Dino Maamria (3), Mark Wright (2), Andrew Rigby (2), Chris Plummer (2), Leo Fortune-West (2), Daniel Grainger (2), Ben Sedgemore (1), Daniel Webb (1), Lawrence Lambley (1).

Season Sixteen 2007-08 Conference

Curtis Osano (42), Dean Howell (40), Chris Hope (36), Andy Burgess (35), Jon Challinor (35), Phil Gulliver (31), Curtis Woodhouse (28), Michael Rankine (27), Simeon Jackson (22), Wayne Hatswell (22), Martin Foster (20), Marcus Kelly (19), Paul Bastock (19), Tom Shaw (15), Lee Tomlin (15), Michael Corcoran (14), Dale Roberts (12), Andy Gooding (10), Abdou El Kholti (9), Paul Nicholls (8), Conal Platt (7), Craig McAllister (7), Simon Rusk (6), Charles Ademeno (4), Lee Hales (4), Sam Smith (3), Martyn Margarson (3), Mikkel Andersen (3), Paul Watson (3), Ryan Semple (2), David Brown (2), Michael Malcolm (2).

Season Seventeen 2008-09 Conference

Chris Hope (46), Curtis Osano (39), Andy Burgess (38), Lee Tomlin (36), Rob Wolleaston (36), Dale Roberts (34), Michael Corcoran (31), Marcus Kelly (28), Michael Rankine (24), Curtis Woodhouse (20), Kurt Robinson (20), Simon Downer (16), Jake Beecroft (15), Gareth Jelleyman (14), Lee Phillips (13), Alan Marriott (12), Neil Cousins (11), Leon Knight (10), Daryl Clare (10), Sagi Burton (8), Sam Smith (7), Phil Gulliver (6), Yannick Bolaise (5), Brendan Moloney (4), Justyn Roberts (3), Manny Panther (3), Justin Cochrane (3), Dean McDonald (3), Daniel Broadbent (2), Luke Boden (2), Nicky McNamara (2), Simon Brown (2), Clayton Fortune (1), Leo Roget (1), Chris Arthur (1).

Season Eighteen 2009-10 Conference

Jamie Stuart (41), Kurt Robinson (39), Curtis Osano (38), Mark Byrne (36), Max Porter (34), Lee Tomlin (34), Dale Roberts (33), Aaron O’Connor (29), Paul Terry (29), Craig Farrell (26), Simon Downer (26), Michael Corcoran (22), Jefferson Louis (20), Matt Pattison (17), Cliff Akurang (16), Nathan Abbey (10), Rob Wolleaston (8), Nicky McNamara (7), Shane Huke (5), James Reid (4), Neil Cousins (4), Sam Smith (3), Jake Beecroft (1), Joe Day (1).

Season Nineteen 2010-11 Conference

Max Porter (43), Alan Power (40), Curtis Osano (39), Aaron O’Connor (35), Jamie Day (34), Joe Day (32), Shane Huke (29), Justin Miller (27), Ryan Charles (22), Matt Johnson (22), Michael Corcoran (22), Jamie Stuart (21), Gary Mills (19), Michael Gash (18), Rene Howe (18), Eddie Oshodi (11), Craig Farrell (11), Tim Sills (9), Dale Roberts (8), Dominic Green (7), Simon Evans (6), Kurt Robinson (6), Luke Prosser (6), Nabil Shariff (5), Lewwis Spence (5), Joe Keehan (3), Sam Smith (3), Paris Cowan-Hall (2), Ollie Thorne (2), Donovan Simmonds (1).

Aynsley McDonald

Aynsley McDonald

Born 25 January 1992 (Age 16 at debut)

Position: Defender

(Diamonds player #281)

Total appearances 7 (1 League, 1 League Cup, 5 Hillier Senior Cup)

Debut: 21 January 2008 (Home Northampton Spencer)

Final game: 12 January 2011 (Home Brackley Town)

Aynsley progressed through the Diamonds Youth Scheme to win a place in the Diamonds first team squad, and to make his league debut for the club in April 2010. Originating from Earls Barton, he joined Diamonds Centre of Excellence in his Under 13 year and progressed to captain the Diamonds U18s. He played in the first team friendly against Spurs in July 2009 and made his debut against Stevenage in the Setanta Shield in November 2009. He joined up with the Welsh Under-17 squad during the 2008/2009 season, and started in their 2-2 draw against hosts Turkey in a UEFA Elite qualifying tournament on 26th March 2009, and then went on to start in the 3-0 victory against Romania in the same tournament on 31st March 2009. He also joined the Welsh international pre-season tour to Denmark prior to the 2009/2010 season, playing the whole of the game against Iceland. His performances during the 2008/2009 season also won him the Alan Thomas Most Improved Player of the Season award.

During the 2009/2010 season, he went on loan to Wingate and Finchley, and then to Banbury United, and in early February 2010 was given a first team squad number shortly after his 18th birthday. In mid-March he went on a work experience loan to Billericay Town, making his debut for them on 20 March 2010. He was rewarded with a professional contract the following season in early April 2010, and went on to make his league debut for the Diamonds on 17 April 2010 when he played much of the second half in the 1-0 victory at Wrexham. During the 2010/2011 season, he recovered from an early season injury to go out on loan to AFC Sudbury in late September and then to Banbury United during the late Autumn. After a short spell back with the Diamonds as injury cover, he went back on loan at Banbury in mid-January 2011 for the remainder of the season, before being released in May 2011. On 20 June 2011, he signed for Conference North side Corby Town. His season was troubled with injury however, and he left during the following summer to become one of the first signings for the newly formed UCL Division One side AFC Rushden & Diamonds on 25 June 2012. On 31 October 2012, it was announced that he had left the club due to personal reasons following a breach of discipline. He made 11 appearances for the newly formed club, and returned to play Northants Combination football with his hometown club Earls Barton. At the beginning of August 2014, Aynsley joined UCL Premier side Northampton Sileby Rangers.

Appearances

2007/2008 – squad number =

HSCSF

21.1.08

North’ton Spcr (H)

 

2008/2009 – squad number 29

SS3

4.11.08

Stevenage B (H)

 

HSCQF

11.11.08

Rothwell Corin (H)

 

HSCSF

2.12.08

Long Buckby (H)

 

2009/2010 – squad number 29

HSCQF

17.11.09

Kettering Tn (H)

 

Conf

17.4.10

Wrexham (A)

as sub

2010/2011 – squad number 21

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12.1.11

Brackley Town (H)

 

Team Line-ups 2010-11

Team Line-ups 2010-11

14/08/2010, Fleetwood (Home); Blue Square Bet Premier, Roberts, Miller, Corcoran, Porter, Stuart, Osano, Power, Simmonds, Farrell, Howe, Spence. Subs: Charles, Huke, Johnson

17/08/2010, Bath City (Away); Blue Square Bet Premier, Roberts, Miller, Corcoran, Porter, Stuart, Osano, Power, Spence, Farrell, Howe, Green. Subs: Charles, Johnson, Robinson

21/08/2010, Barrow (Away); Blue Square Bet Premier, Roberts, Corcoran, Robinson, Porter, Stuart, Osano, Power, Johnson, Charles, Howe, Green. Subs: Spence, Huke, Simmonds

24/08/2010, AFC Wimbledon (Home); Blue Square Bet Premier, Roberts, Corcoran, Robinson, Porter, Huke, Osano, Power, Johnson, Charles, Howe, Green. Subs: Spence, Koranteng, Miller

28/08/2010, Grimsby (Home); Blue Square Bet Premier, Roberts, Miller, Robinson, Porter, Stuart, Osano, Power, Johnson, Charles, Howe, Green. Subs: Spence, Koranteng, Day

30/08/2010, Kettering Town (Away); Blue Square Bet Premier, Roberts, Miller, Robinson, Porter, Stuart, Osano, Power, Johnson, Charles, Howe, Green. Subs: Spence, Day, Koranteng

04/09/2010, York City (Away); Blue Square Bet Premier, Roberts, Porter, Robinson, Spence, Stuart, Osano, Power, Johnson, Charles, Howe, Green. Subs: Day, O’Connor, Koranteng

11/09/2010, Newport County (Home); Blue Square Bet Premier, Roberts, Miller, Day, Porter, Stuart, Osano, Power, Charles, O’Connor, Howe, Green. Subs: Spence, Farrell, Johnson

18/09/2010, Southport (Away); Blue Square Bet Premier, Day, Miller, Day, Huke, Stuart, Osano, Power, O’Connor, Farrell, Howe, Porter. Subs: Charles, Johnson

21/09/2010, Histon (Home); Blue Square Bet Premier, Day, Miller, Day, Huke, Stuart, Osano, Power, O’Connor, Farrell, Charles, Porter. Subs: Johnson, Robinson, Green

26/09/2010, Crawley Town (Home); Blue Square Bet Premier, Day, Miller, Day, Huke, Stuart, Osano, Power, O’Connor, Sills, Howe, Porter. Subs: Johnson, Green, Charles

29/09/2010, Eastbourne Borough (Away); Blue Square Bet Premier, Day, Miller, Day, Huke, Stuart, Osano, Johnson, O’Connor, Sills, Howe, Porter. Subs: Robinson, Spence, Charles

02/10/2010, Altrincham (Away); Blue Square Bet Premier, Day, Miller, Day, Huke, Stuart, Osano, Johnson, O’Connor, Sills, Howe, Porter. Subs: Charles, Spence

05/10/2010, Darlington (Home); Blue Square Bet Premier, Day, Miller, Day, Huke, Stuart, Osano, Johnson, O’Connor, Sills, Howe, Porter. Subs: Robinson, Charles

09/10/2010, Mansfield (Home); Blue Square Bet Premier, Day, Osano, Day, Power, Stuart, Huke, Johnson, O’Connor, Sills, Howe, Porter. Subs: Robinson, Spence, Charles

16/10/2010, Daventry United (Home); Hillier Cup, Key, Miller, Robinson, Keehan, Gillingwater, Corcoran, Green, York, Charles, Read, Spence. Subs: King, Earls, Wilson

16/10/2010, Tamworth (Away); Blue Square Bet Premier, Day, Osano, Day, Porter, Stuart, Huke, Johnson, O’Connor, Sills, Howe, Power. Subs: Spence, Charles, Corcoran

23/10/2010, Kettering Town (Away); FA Cup, Day, Osano, Day, Porter, Stuart, Huke, Johnson, Power, Howe, O’Connor, Spence. Subs: Miller, Robinson, Charles

30/10/2010, Barrow (Home); Blue Square Bet Premier, Day, Corcoran, Day, Porter, Osano, Huke, Johnson, O’Connor, Sills, Charles, Power. Subs: Robinson, Miller, Farrell

06/11/2010, Yeovil Town (Home); FA Cup, Day, Corcoran, Day, Porter, Osano, Huke, Power, O’Connor, Howe, Charles, Spence. Subs: Miller, Farrell, Robinson

09/11/2010, Kidderminster (Away); Blue Square Bet Premier, Day, Corcoran, Day, Porter, Stuart, Osano, Power, O’Connor, Sills, Howe, Spence. Subs: , Farrell, Johnson

13/11/2010, Fleetwood (Away); Blue Square Bet Premier, Day, Osano, Day, Porter, Stuart, Corcoran, Johnson, Keehan, O’Connor, Howe, Power. Subs: Charles, Sills, Spence

20/11/2010, York City (Home); Blue Square Bet Premier, Day, Osano, Day, Porter, Stuart, Huke, Corcoran, Charles, O’Connor, Howe, Power. Subs: Johnson, Sills, Farrell

27/11/2010, Forest Green Rovers (Away); Blue Square Bet Premier, Day, Miller, Robinson, Porter, Stuart, Huke, Power, O’Connor, Sills, Farrell, Spence. Subs: Johnson, Charles, Smith

11/12/2010, Eastwood Town (Home); FA Trophy, Day, Miller, Robinson, Power, Stuart, Osano, Johnson, Farrell, Howe, O’Connor, Spence. Subs: Smith, Charles

01/01/2011, Luton (Away); Blue Square Bet Premier, Day, Miller, Osano, Power, Stuart, Huke, Johnson, O’Connor, Gash, Smith, Charles. Subs: Howe, Corcoran, King

03/01/2011, Kettering Town (Home); Blue Square Bet Premier, Day, Osano, Day, Corcoran, Stuart, Miller, Porter, O’Connor, Gash, Charles, Power. Subs: Farrell

08/01/2011, Altrincham (Home); Blue Square Bet Premier, Day, Osano, Day, Corcoran, Prosser, Thorne, Porter, O’Connor, Gash, Farrell, Power. Subs: Charles, Johnson, Miller

11/01/2011, Eastwood Town (Away); FA Trophy, Day, Osano, Day, Porter, Corcoran, Miller, Johnson, O’Connor, Farrell, Charles, Power. Subs: King, Smith, Spence

12/01/2011, Brackley Town (Home); Hillier Cup, Evans, Leonard, McDonald, Keehan, Prosser, Thorne, King, Read, Gash, Woolley, Spence. Subs: Nash, Phillips, Wilson

18/01/2011, Hayes & Yeading United (Away); Blue Square Bet Premier, Day, Osano, Day, Corcoran, Prosser, Thorne, Porter, O’Connor, Gash, Charles, Power. Subs: Smith, Mills, Johnson

22/01/2011, Newport County (Away); Blue Square Bet Premier, Day, Osano, Day, Mills, Prosser, Corcoran, Porter, O’Connor, Gash, Charles, Power. Subs: Smith, Johnson, Farrell

29/01/2011, Tamworth (Home); Blue Square Bet Premier, Day, Osano, Day, Mills, Prosser, Corcoran, Porter, O’Connor, Gash, Charles, Power. Subs: Oshodi, Smith, Johnson

01/02/2011, Cambridge United (Home); Blue Square Bet Premier, Day, Osano, Day, Mills, Oshodi, Corcoran, Porter, O’Connor, Gash, Smith, Power. Subs: Charles, Miller, Farrell

05/02/2011, Cambridge United (Away); Blue Square Bet Premier, Day, Osano, Day, Mills, Prosser, Corcoran, Porter, O’Connor, Gash, Smith, Power. Subs: Charles, Farrell, Johnson

12/02/2011, Gateshead (Home); Blue Square Bet Premier, Day, Osano, Day, Mills, Prosser, Corcoran, Porter, O’Connor, Gash, Farrell, Power. Subs: Charles, Shariff, Johnson

22/02/2011, Eastbourne Borough (Home); Blue Square Bet Premier, Day, Osano, Day, Mills, Huke, Oshodi, Porter, O’Connor, Gash, Cowan-Hall, Power. Subs: Johnson, Farrell

01/03/2011, Bath City (Home); Blue Square Bet Premier, Day, Miller, Osano, Mills, Huke, Oshodi, Porter, O’Connor, Gash, Charles, Power. Subs: Farrell, Johnson, Shariff

05/03/2011, Hayes & Yeading United (Home); Blue Square Bet Premier, Day, Miller, Osano, Mills, Huke, Oshodi, Johnson, O’Connor, Gash, Charles, Power. Subs: Farrell, Corcoran

08/03/2011, Forest Green Rovers (Home); Blue Square Bet Premier, Day, Miller, Osano, Mills, Huke, Oshodi, Porter, O’Connor, Gash, Charles, Johnson. Subs: Day, Farrell, Power

12/03/2011, Wrexham (Away); Blue Square Bet Premier, Day, Miller, Day, Mills, Huke, Oshodi, Porter, , Gash, Cowan-Hall, Power. Subs: Farrell, Johnson

19/03/2011, Southport (Home); Blue Square Bet Premier, Day, Miller, Day, Mills, Huke, Oshodi, Porter, Johnson, Gash, Farrell, Power. Subs: Corcoran, Shariff

22/03/2011, Luton (Home); Blue Square Bet Premier, Day, Corcoran, Day, Mills, Huke, Oshodi, Porter, Johnson, Gash, Charles, Power. Subs: Shariff

26/03/2011, AFC Wimbledon (Away); Blue Square Bet Premier, Day, Corcoran, Day, Mills, Huke, Oshodi, Porter, Johnson, Gash, Charles, Power. Subs: Miller, Farrell, Keehan

02/04/2011, Mansfield (Away); Blue Square Bet Premier, Day, Miller, Day, Mills, Huke, Corcoran, Porter, O’Connor, Gash, Charles, Power. Subs: Johnson, Osano, Farrell

05/04/2011, Histon (Away); Blue Square Bet Premier, Day, Miller, Day, Mills, Huke, Corcoran, Porter, O’Connor, Farrell, Johnson, Power. Subs: Shariff, Woolley, Keehan

09/04/2011, Wrexham (Home); Blue Square Bet Premier, Evans, Miller, Day, Mills, Huke, Osano, Porter, O’Connor, Farrell, Johnson, Power. Subs: Shariff, Cousins, Keehan

13/04/2011, Grimsby (Away); Blue Square Bet Premier, Evans, Miller, Day, Mills, Huke, Osano, Porter, O’Connor, Shariff, Farrell, Keehan. Subs: Johnson

16/04/2011, Gateshead (Away); Blue Square Bet Premier, Evans, Miller, Day, Mills, Huke, Osano, Porter, O’Connor, Shariff, Charles, Keehan. Subs: Johnson, Corcoran, Cousins

22/04/2011, Crawley Town (Away); Blue Square Bet Premier, Evans, Miller, Day, Mills, Huke, Osano, Porter, O’Connor, Shariff, Johnson, Power. Subs: Cowan-Hall, Cousins

25/04/2011, Kidderminster (Home); Blue Square Bet Premier, Evans, Oshodi, Day, Corcoran, Huke, Osano, Miller, O’Connor, Shariff, Johnson, Power. Subs: Charles, Cousins

30/04/2011, Darlington (Away); Blue Square Bet Premier, Evans, Miller, Osano, Corcoran, Huke, Oshodi, Porter, O’Connor, Shariff, Power, Day. Subs: Johnson, Cousins, Farrell

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