Diamonds Aren’t Forever? Rushden In A Critical Condition


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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20 Responses

  1. SW19 Womble says:

    More shocking behaviour from the custodians of a football club. The only shocking thing is if the fans fall for this bullcrap yet again and hand over money to prop up an incompetent (possibly even more) ownership. Even Wrexham fans haven’t allowed themselves to be conned like that!

  2. Liam says:

    Ah, one of my biggest gripes in football.

    When things go well, fans are just customers; when things go bad, they’re “the lifeblood of the club” and other such hyperbole.

  3. NilSatis says:

    Was a regular during the early RDFC days with the likes of Micky Nuttall and Dale Watkins. Saddens me to see what was an up-coming club with a great chairman (Max Griggs) arrive at this stage. Hope the club can be saved – if only for the female board director who looks like she’s kept the club afloat until now. Enfield at home and Morecombe away. Fond memories of a club that deserves better than the current leadership.

  4. Gary says:

    Why didn’t the fans keep the club when Griggs gave it back to them?

  5. thecoldend says:

    Nilsatis your right to remember the Enfield Fc game ,

    It was a FA Trophy QF game versus and was one of the best games I’ve ever seen. And we lost!

    E’s were 1-3 up at one stage. Lost 4-3 in extra time. Darren Collins played for Diamonds against his old club

  6. Paul says:

    @ Gary

    Because they were unable to obtain outside investment and were unable because of their constitution to obtain a bank overdraft. Stockport County’s Trust also experienced similar problems IIRC.

  7. Paul says:

    The Fans meeting held last evening, attended by me and nearly 500 others fans, agreed that a campaign would be put in place immediately to raise initially £250,000 to pay pressing creditors including Cloverdale, HMRC, Gill Wignall and the utilities etc and. to enable the proposed winding-up order raised by Cloverdale to be set aside.
    Any money, including future season ticket sales, will be ring-fenced in a seperate bank account held by the Trust and the owners, Steve and Liam Beasant, have indicated to the previous owner Keith Cousins who chaired the meeting on their behalf that they would be prepared to stand down if a new board could be formed.

  8. Paul says:

    Donations to the Save RDFC campaign can be made here:-

  9. It is sickening how peopl can do a bad job of running one football club and then just rock up at another months later!!

  10. Hayley says:

    Is Rushden really in a critical state though?

  11. Michael says:

    im a port fan, lets just hope they go down !

  12. lilly says:

    My daddy plays for southport and i realy want rushden and diamonds to go down my daddys been very sad and i want him to be in the bigger legue so he can be happy!

  13. Paul says:

    Regarding the previous two posts, Southport’s Chairman, in his role as a BSP board member is dong his best to ensure that the Conference demote RDFC.

  14. Megan says:

    i’m hoping they will too. Southports chairman is is the vice chairman of conference national. So lets juts hope he’ll do something about it.

  15. collin says:

    This is a message going out to all R and D supporters. we’re very sorry about whats happened. Obviously im happy about Port having a reprieve but im sorry on your behalf.

  16. Louise says:

    yes, agreed with Collin. all port fans are very happy at our reprieve, but we spare a thought on Rushden supporters. X

  17. Jane and Lawrence says:

    What league are RandD gonna be in next year? regarding previous comments, their demoted right?

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