“…it is now!”

 Inspired (?) by Saturday’s last-gasp defeat, and with no midweek fixture to preview, RDFC Fans takes a look back at Rushden games which you shouldn’t have left early.

Who put the ball in the Cobblers' net?

12th of March 2005

Rushden and Diamonds versus Northampton Town.

That goal. That game. That nineteen-year old forever immortalised in the 93rd minute.

It was the stuff Ted’s nightmares are made of.

Picture the scene: just over 5500 fans are packed into Nene Park: after going a goal down, Rushden equalised just short of the hour mark yet, despite pressure in the final stages, just can’t break down the NTFC defence. Deep into injury time, with the score at 2-2, fans begin to drift to the exits. A speculative Rob Gier clearance drops to Billy Sharp, Rushden’s teenage loanee from Sheffield Utd. The rest, as they say, is history (video link).

Last kick of the game...

1st of January 2008

Stevenage Borough versus Rushden and Diamonds.

At the other end of the spectrum, of course, is the last-minute defeat and, as last-minute defeats go, New Year’s Day ’08 was one burnt onto the retina of all present. On the back of having won four of their last five games, and with a play-off place a possible, if still unlikely occurrence, Rushden found themselves 1-0 up with just injury time to survive. Yet, just a few minutes later, the score was 2-1 in ‘Boro’s favour. BBC shows the goalscorers as having scored in 90′ and 90′ respectively and, while it is not completely accurate, it’s not far off. The final goal, a penalty, is shown here…(video link).

2-1 in injurey time...

21st of January 2006

Rushden and Diamonds versus Stockport County

Bottom versus second from bottom in our doomed relegation year. With just injury time to play out, Rushden were one goal up, a great scoreline considering that they had gone behind. With Wayne Hatswell making his debut, and Simeon Jackson opening his account for the Diamonds, it seemed that it would be a good day. With just seconds to go, Rushden were still ahead. The result, had it stayed, would have leapfrogged Rushden over fellow strugglers Torquay Utd., and lifted them out of the relegation places.

However, as outlined below, County equalised. Rushden were relegated later that season, whilst County escaped relegation. Coincidence?

Locker Room documentary on the game…

2-2

15th of April 2006

Rushden and Diamonds versus Rochdale

Perhaps the most influential goal in recent Rushden history occurred at Nene Park just under two years ago. Over 3000 fans watched Rushden Drewe Broughton score to put Rushden in front just after half-time. A win for the Diamonds would have been immeasurably important; it would have lifted Rushden out of the relegation places, and into the dizzying heights of 19th in the table. Instead, a goal in the 93rd minute saw Rushden remain in 23rd place. The result was followed by four straight defeats, and saw the Diamonds slip our of the Football League and into the Conference.

The man which one should mould the voodoo doll by Chris Dagnall.

Chris Dagnall

2nd of February 2008

Halifax Town versus Rushden and Diamonds

Unintentionally, this post has done nothing but bring back bad memories, and re-birthed old disappointments. Did anyone really need to watch that Rochdale documentary? No. Was posting up the two pictures of the scorebard from the Stockport County game (both of which were taken when the countdown timer had already passed “0 mins” to go) a tad heartless. Yes. With the exemption of the Northampton game, this post has just been one disappointment after another.

BUT, it hasn’t all been bad. This season, despite being an inconsistent performance throughout, has had it’s moments, exemplified by our 2-0 victory over Halifax in early February. After having already faced Townthat season, and with a home league tie against them coming up just 7 days later, the game was heading towards a dull draw. A home replay was not what the Rushden faithful had ordered yet, with 87 minutes on the clock, it seemed that that would be the case. Simeon Jackson had left, and it seemed that our two other strikers were not going to fill his boots easily.

However, with just three minutes to go, Lee Tomlin ran onto a Dean Howell ball, timing his run to perfection and slotting th ball home. Michael Rankine connected with another ball forward soon after, making it 2-0. The 71 Rushden fans who had made the trip went into raptures. With nothing to cheer about until August at the least, the Diamonds faithful experienced one of the few bright sparks of the season.

Simeon who?

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