Doughboys offer the Diamonds new home

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A fledgling football club has found a new home for next season.

AFC Rushden & Diamonds have struck a deal to groundshare with Wellingborough Town for the 2012-13 campaign after an overwhelming vote of support from members.

AFC Diamonds will now play their home games at the Doughboys’ Dog and Duck ground in London Road, Wellingborough, after just under 92 per cent of members voted in favour of the move.

The club’s youth team has been playing at Raunds Town’s Kiln Park, and members have been voting to choose a short to medium-term home for the men’s team.

The long-term plan is to find a permanent facility in the Rushden, Higham Ferrers and Irthlingborough area.

Acting chairman Ralph Burditt said: “I’d like to express my sincere thanks to Raunds Town, especially all of their volunteers who have looked after us superbly while we’ve been there.

“But we had different requirements moving forward and I’m delighted members have chosen the Dog and Duck for our new home.

“I’m very much looking forward to working with Wellingborough and having spoken to them at length about plans for the forthcoming seasons. I think both clubs are going to benefit greatly from this deal, as is local football in general.

“It’s great to finally have a plan to be in one place for the next couple of years and I can’t wait to get started.”

Wellingborough Town chairman Martin Potton said: “I’m delighted the members of AFC Rushden & Diamonds have chosen to groundshare at the Dog and Duck for the foreseeable future. I’m looking forward to developing a harmonious working relationship between us.”

Club members will soon be casting their votes to elect a board to run the club on behalf of the fans.

Any players 15 and over who are interested in joining can register interest for summer trials by emailing