Season 2006-07

As a result of relegation the club decided not to renew Barry Hunter’s contract as Manager whilst many players were also released prior to the start of the 2006/07 season. A total of thirteen senior players left the club including Player of the Year Phil Gulliver and top scorer Drewe Broughton. 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 signed Glenn Wilson, Paul Watson, Jon Ashton, Chris Hope and Leo Fortune-West early in the pre-season period, while Michael Rankine and Nicky Eyre both signed shortly before the season began after successful trial periods at the club, with Eyre becoming the third senior keeper on the club’s book along with Scott Tynan and Danny Crane.

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 made a loan to cover short-term debts and became the new Club Chairman.

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.

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’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 brought in to strengthen the team, with the aim of a push for in the newly renamed Blue Square Premier in the 2007/08 season.

The game at St Albans on 18th November 2006 was the 800th in the Diamonds History – see here for a reflection on that milestone.

See below for a match summary as well as links to match reports. The final league table for the season can be seen here.

See here for a detailed summary of all the games during the season, including team-line up for each game and match timings.

Date V Lge Opponent Result Scorers Att
Sat 12/08/06 A Conf Crawley Town Lost 0-1 1088
Tue 15/08/06 H Conf Grays Athletic Lost 1-3 Rankine 2015
Sat 19/08/06 H Conf Forest Green Rovers Won 2-0 Chillingworth, Jackson 1693
Sat 26/08/06 A Conf Southport Won 2-1 Chillingworth, Watson 1083
Mon 28/08/06 H Conf York City Lost 0-1 2416
Fri 01/09/06 A Conf Kidderminster Hrs Drew 0-0 1850
Sat 09/09/06 H Conf Altrincham Won 3-0 Jackson/3 1680
Tue 12/09/06 A Conf Tamworth Won 4-1 Jackson/3, Ashton 1105
Sat 16/09/06 A Conf Stafford Rangers Drew 1-1 Hope 1054
Tue 19/09/06 H Conf Gravesend & Nft Drew 0-0 1879
Sat 23/09/06 A Conf Woking Lost 0-3 2084
Sat 30/09/06 H Conf Burton Albion Lost 1-2 Kelly 2179
Tue 03/10/06 A Conf Morecambe Lost 0-1 1252
Fri 06/10/06 H Conf Stevenage Borough Drew 2-2 Hatswell, Hope 2309
Tue 10/10/06 H Conf Halifax Town Lost 0-1 (P) 1839
Sat 14/10/06 A Conf Northwich Victoria Lost 1-4 Jackson (P) 853
Tue 17/10/06 H NHSC1 Cogenhoe Utd Won 2-1 Langdon, Lambley 133
Sat 21/10/06 A Conf Weymouth Drew 1-1 Tomlin 2148
Sat 28/10/06 H FAC4q Altrincham Won 3-0 Tomlin, Shaw, Jackson 1509
Tue 31/10/06 A NHSC QF Ford Sports, Dav Won 2-1 AET og, Rankine 86
Sat 04/11/06 H Conf Dagenham & Rdge Lost 2-3 Kelly, Watson 2039
Sat 11/11/06 H FAC1 Yeovil Town Won 3-1 Hope, Rankine/2 2530
Sat 18/11/06 A Conf St.Albans Lost 2-3 Tomlin, Kelly 1236
Sat 25/11/06 H Conf Aldershot Town Lost 0-1 2128
Sat 02/12/06 H FAC2 Tamworth Lost 1-2 Shaw 2815
Sat 09/12/06 H Conf Oxford United Won 1-0 Woodhouse 3270
Sat 16/12/06 H FAT1 Scarborough Won 3-2 og, Hope, Woodhouse 1152
Tue 26/12/06 A Conf Cambridge United Won 1-0 Kelly 3000
Sat 30/12/06 A Conf Gravesend & Nflt Lost 0-1 1110
Mon 01/01/07 H Conf Tamworth Drew 1-1 Savage 1872
Sat 06/01/07 A Conf Altrincham Lost 1-2 Tomlin 1111
Sat 13/01/07 A FAT2 Witton Albion Won 1-0 Tomlin 602
Sat 20/01/07 H Conf Stafford Rangers Won 2-1 Cook, Jackson 1837
Tue 23/01/07 H Conf Cambridge Utd Won 3-1 Jackson, Beardsley, Rankine 2239
Mon 29/01/07 A Conf Oxford United Won 1-0 Beardsley 5654
Sat 03/02/07 A FAT3 Gravesend & Nflt Lost 1-2 Rankine 1127
Tue 06/02/07 H HSCSF Rothwell Town Won 1-0 Rankine 260
Sat 10/02/07 A Conf Dagenham & Rbde Won 2-1 Jackson, Hope 1817
Sat 17/02/07 H Conf St.Albans Won 1-0 Maamria 2488
Tue 20/02/07 A Conf Exeter City Drew 0-0 3135
Sat 24/02/07 A Conf Aldershot Town Drew 2-2 Jackson, og 2189
Sat 03/03/07 H Conf Exeter City Won 3-0 Jackson, Albrighton, Woodhouse 2344
Tue 06/03/07 H Conf Morecambe Drew 2-2 Rankine, Kelly 1701
Tue 13/03/07 A Conf Halifax Town Drew 0-0 1314
Tue 20/03/07 A HSCF Woodford United Won 4-1 Tomlin, Beardsley/3 298
Fri 23/03/07 H Conf Crawley Town Drew 1-1 Tomlin 1974
Tue 27/03/07 A Conf Grays Athletic Lost 1-3 Jackson 762
Sat 31/03/07 A Conf Forest Green Rvrs Won 2-0 Jackson, Ashton 1110
Tue 03/04/07 H Conf Weymouth Won 4-1 Williams, Albrighton, Rankine/2 1623
Sat 07/04/07 H Conf Southport Lost 2-3 Jackson, Rankine 2122
Tue 10/04/07 A Conf York City Lost 1-3 Jackson 2955
Sat 14/04/07 H Conf Kidderminster Hrs Lost 0-1 1925
Tue 17/04/07 A Conf Stevenage Borough Lost 0-1 1715
Sat 21/04/07 H Conf Woking Won 2-0 Rankine, Jackson 1922
Mon 23/04/07 H Conf Northwich Victoria Won 1-0 Woodhouse 1533
Sat 28/04/07 A Conf Burton Albion Won 2-1 Jackson, Woodhouse 2910

Note – those games with a (P) in the scorers column will have match photos in the report, and those with a (V) will have a link to video highlights of the game.

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