We will get through this, says Diamonds boss Peaks

Andy Peaks is confident AFC Rushden & Diamonds will come through the “tough times” created by the outbreak of the coronavirus.

By Jon Dunham
Friday, 3rd April 2020, 7:30 am
AFC Rushden & Diamonds manager Andy Peaks
AFC Rushden & Diamonds manager Andy Peaks

Diamonds’ BetVictor Southern League Premier Central campaign was ended last week after the Football Association cancelled all leagues from Step 3 and below with all records being expunged.

But the fight is now off the field with non-League clubs battling for their own survival due to the financial implications of the campaign being brought to a premature end.

Diamonds chairman Ralph Burditt has been providing regular updates and making appeals to fans to support fundraising ideas while memberships and season tickets for the next season have already gone on sale.

And Peaks believes Diamonds’ fanbase will help them through the choppy waters.

“One of the biggest attractions to the club for me when I first came back was the support,” the Diamonds manager said.

“Obviously I get negatives thrown at me when we have tough spells and that comes with the territory but in general we have a hardcore set of supporters who back the team, me and the club at whatever level we are playing at.

“Between them and the board, we will get through this. It’s tough for everyone because every club relies on their income.

“It’s tough times but I am 100 per cent certain the club will find a way and I will work with them however I can to make it happen.

“The club will continue. I have had all good vibes and people are rallying behind the club.

“I have spoken with the players and they are determined to get back to what we started.

“It was an evolution for us during the season and I am sure all this will give everyone so much more hunger once we get back to the grass.

“But the main thing right now is that I am wishing everyone well and I want everyone to stay safe.

“I have spoken to numerous people since the outbreak and everyone seems fine.

“There has been no negative news on that front and, for me, that’s the main thing.”