Season 2008-09

For the 2008/09 season, Garry Hill was given a budget to make 10 pre-season signings which 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.

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 club record 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.

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.

The game at home to Wrexham on 19th August 2008 was the 900th 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 26/07/08 H MCF Peterborough Utd Won 2-1 Challinor, McDonald 941
Sat 09/08/08 A BSP Eastbourne Borough Won 1-0 Woodhouse(p) 1609
Tue 12/08/08 H BSP Ebbsfleet United Won 2-0 Smith, Phillips 1467
Sun 17/08/08 H BSP Wrexham Drew 1-1 Smith 1806
Sat 23/08/08 A BSP Kettering Town Drew 1-1 Smith 2897
Mon 25/08/08 H BSP Histon Lost 1-2 Corcoran 1613
Sat 30/08/08 A BSP Kidderminster Hrs Lost 1-2 McDonald 1524
Tue 02/09/08 A BSP AFC Barrow Drew 1-1 Knight 1663
Sat 06/09/08 H BSP Crawley Town Lost 0-1 1376
Thu 11/09/08 A BSP Lewes Won 4-0 Clare, Kinight/2, Hope 636
Tue 16/09/08 A HSC1 Rothwell Town (7) Won 2-0 McDonald, Rankine 183
Sat 20/09/08 H BSP Burton Albion Won 2-1 Clare, Wolleaston 1448
Tue 23/09/08 A BSP Wrexham Won 3-0 Clare, Hope/2 2805
Mon 29/09/08 H BSP Altrincham Drew 1-1 Knight 1341
Sat 04/10/08 A BSP Oxford United Lost 1-2 Clare 4645
Tue 07/10/08 H BSP Grays Athletic Won 1-0 Kelly 1124
Sun 12/10/08 H BSP Torquay United Lost 1-3 Smith 1649
Sat 18/10/08 A BSP York City Lost 0-2 2313
Sat 25/10/08 A FAC4q Evesham United Lost 0-2 609
Sat 01/11/08 A BSP Cambridge United Drew 0-0 3547
Tue 04/11/08 H SS3 Stevenage Borough Lost 0-3 430
Sat 08/11/08 H BSP Weymouth Won 1-0 Clare 1002
Tue 11/11/08 H HSCQF Rothwell Corinthians Won 1-0 Phillips 160
Sat 15/11/08 H BSP Kidderminster Hrs Lost 0-1 1391
Sat 22/11/08 H BSP Eastbourne Borough Won 2-0 Tomlin, Rankine 1037
Sat 29/11/08 A BSP Altrincham Won 4-0 Burgess/2, Tomlin, Osano 924
Tue 02/12/08 H HSCSF Long Buckby Lost 1-2 Clare 155
Sat 06/12/08 H BSP AFC Barrow Drew 1-1 Phillips 1120
Tue 09/12/08 A BSP Woking Drew 1-1 Rankine 1119
Sat 13/12/08 A FAT1 Newport County Drew 1-1 Rankine 603
Tue 16/12/08 A FAT1r Newport County (8) Drew 1-1 Smith 421
Sat 20/12/08 H BSP Northwich Victoria Won 2-1 Smith, Tomlin 1134
Fri 26/12/08 A BSP Stevenage Borough Lost 1-3 Tomlin 1012
Thu 01/01/09 H BSP Stevenage Borough Drew 1-1 Smith 1853
Sat 10/01/09 A FAT2 Torquay United Lost 0-1 1728
Sat 17/01/09 A BSP Ebbsfleet United Lost 0-1 1121
Fri 23/01/09 H BSP Forest Green Rvrs Drew 2-2 Tomlin, Corcoran 1066
Tue 27/01/09 A BSP Mansfield Town Drew 0-0 2028
Sun 01/02/09 H BSP Cambridge United Lost 1-2 Smith 2058
Mon 09/02/09 A BSP Burton Albion Lost 0-3 1291
Sat 21/02/09 A BSP Weymouth Won 9-0 Rankine/2, Tomlin/2, Hope,   Wolleaston, Kelly/2, Robinson 967
Tue 24/02/09 H BSP York City Won 2-0 Burgess, Wolleaston 1020
Sat 28/02/09 H BSP Mansfield Town Lost 0-1 1774
Sat 07/03/09 A BSP Torquay United Drew 1-1 Tomlin 2161
Tue 10/03/09 H BSP Lewes Won 2-1 Wolleaston, Rankine(p) 918
Sat 14/03/09 A BSP Crawley Town Drew 0-0 777
Sat 21/03/09 A BSP Salisbury Drew 1-1 Wolleaston 924
Tue 24/03/09 H BSP Oxford United Lost 1-3 Wolleaston 2085
Sat 28/03/09 A BSP Northwich Victoria Lost 2-4 Rankine(p), Wolleaston 687
Tue 31/03/09 A BSP Grays Athletic Drew 0-0 695
Sat 04/04/09 H BSP Salisbury City Won 2-1 Hope, Cousins 1352
Sat 11/04/09 H BSP Kettering Town Won 1-0 Smith 3406
Mon 13/04/09 A BSP Histon Drew 0-0 1262
Sat 18/04/09 A BSP Forest Green Rvrs Lost 0-4 1185
Sun 26/04/09 H BSP Woking Won 3-1 Wolleaston, Rankine, Beecroft 1676

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.

Note 7: Played at Nene Park

Note 8: Won 5-3 pens – Rankine / Corcoran / Phillips / Smith / Woodhouse

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