This past Monday, 5th September, the draw was made for the 2nd Qualifying Round of the FA Cup, which saw all the Vanarama National League South & North teams entered into the competition. Concord Rangers were drawn out in match 35 and were given a home tie against AFC Rushden & Diamonds, who beat AFC Hornchurch 2-0 in the previous round.
The Diamonds are a fairly new team in the grand scheme of things, having only been formed midway through 2011, but the history behind the club goes back a fair few years more. Rushden Town and Irthlingborough Diamonds merged in 1992 to form Rushden & Diamonds, but financial difficulties ended the clubs existence at the end of the 2010/11 season.
Supporters worked behind the scenes to rebuild the club, under the guise of AFC Rushden & Diamonds, keeping the basis of their name but still being a brand new club. Their first senior side played competitive football in the 2012/13 season in the United Counties Football League Division One, and have since progressed to the North Premier League Division One South where they now ply their trade.
The fixture is currently scheduled to take place at the Aspect Arena on Saturday 17th September with a 3pm kick off.