Rushden & Diamonds F.C.

Rushden & Diamonds Football Club was an association football club based in Irthlingborough, Northamptonshire, England. Nicknamed "The Diamonds", the club played at Nene Park. The club's main rivals were county neighbours Kettering Town.

Rushden & Diamonds
Full nameRushden & Diamonds Football Club
Nickname(s)The Diamonds
Founded1992; 30 years ago (1992)
Dissolved2011; 11 years ago (2011)
GroundNene Park
Capacity6,441 (4,641 seated)
2010–11Conference National, 13th

The club was formed by a merger of Rushden Town and Irthlingborough Diamonds in 1992. They entered the Southern League and won the Midland Division in the 1993–94 season and the Premier Division in the 1995–96 season. They then spent five seasons in the Conference National, before they won a place in the Football League after winning the 2000–01 Conference title. They lost the 2002 play-off final and then secured promotion into the Second Division after winning the Third Division title in 2002–03. Relegated the following season, they lost their Football League status after finishing bottom of League Two in 2006. The club were expelled from the Conference on 11 June 2011; their unstable financial position meant they could not guarantee to complete all their fixtures in the 2011–12 season,[1] and resulted in their dissolution. They were succeeded by phoenix club AFC Rushden & Diamonds.

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