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Football teams unite to share facilities

By lawrence.john  |  Posted: February 25, 2012

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WELLINGBOROUGH Town is moving into the ground sharing business with AFC Rushden & Diamonds.

It has been announced the two non-league clubs will be joining forces to share the ground at the Dog & Duck in London Road, Wellingborough, which is the home of The Doughboys.

But the chairman of the club has said it may have to drop its reserve team as they won’t be able to use the pitch after the move which will start in July.

Since AFC Rushden & Diamonds formed after Rushden & Diamonds folded, the club has been using facilities at Kiln Park in Raunds.

The members of AFC R&D have been voting over the last few weeks to choose a short-medium term home for the men’s team while the club continues its search for a permanent facility in the area.

Just over 91 per cent of members were in favour of the Dog & Duck.

Wellingborough Town FC chairman Martin Potton said: “I think it will be ideal for both clubs.

“It can only benefit Wellingborough Town as more people will be coming to the Dog & Duck to watch either AFC Rushden & Diamonds or Wellingborough Town.

“The fact we will be sharing facilities means we will be sharing the bills and I think this is the way forward for a lot of football clubs.”

Speaking to the club’s official website afcdiamonds.com, acting chairman,

Ralph Burditt said: “I’m very much looking forward to working with Wellingborough and have spoken to them at length about plans for the forthcoming seasons.

“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.”

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