Wellingborough brewery helps ensure AFC Rushden & Diamonds game goes ahead despite clubhouse fire

Fire damage at the Dog & Duck ground in London Road, Wellingborough
Fire damage at the Dog & Duck ground in London Road, Wellingborough

A family brewery will be running a pop-up pub as part of the efforts to ensure AFC Rushden & Diamonds’ next game can go ahead after the clubhouse fire.

Firefighters were called to the blaze at the Dog & Duck ground in London Road, Wellingborough, in the early hours of Monday.

The clubhouse at the ground, which is home to Wellingborough Town FC and AFC Rushden & Diamonds, was badly damaged in the fire and led to the loss of memorabilia, television and audio equipment, furniture and bar stock.

Both football clubs have been working with the police and Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service as well as being helped by volunteers and supporters to get the clubhouse back up and running and ensure games can still go ahead at the ground.

A statement released by AFC Rushden & Diamonds today (Wednesday) said: “Following the fire in the clubhouse at the Dog & Duck on Monday morning, the club have been working hard to enable Saturday’s fixture against Beaconsfield SYCOB FC to proceed.

“With the clubhouse out of action, Hart Family Brewers have kindly offered their pop-up pub which will have Fosters, Strongbow and Guinness available.

“The clubhouse toilets are also not available and therefore supporters can use the other toilets which are next to the decking.

“The changing rooms are being currently being professionally cleaned and the electrician is returning tomorrow to finalise everything for Saturday’s fixture.

“We will try to keep the disruption to a minimum, however ask that supporters bear with us while the clubhouse and toilets are out of action.

“The club would like to place on record its gratitude to the numerous offers of help, from local clubs such as Whitworths, supporters and governing bodies.

“It would specifically like to thank Hart Family Brewers for their help in this difficult time.

“Saturday’s fixture against Beaconsfield SYCOB FC will proceed as normal and will include the planned bucket collection for Jack Ashton as previously advised.”

The game kicks-off at 3pm.