“ Nene Park, Diamond Way, Irthlinborough, Northants. „
My last visit to Nene Park, home of Rushden and Diamonds FC, came around 7 years ago, just before my beloved Doncaster Rovers made it back into the Football League. Nene Park was widely regarded as the best non-league football ground out there and I can confirm it was and probably still is. The first thing that struck me about visiting the stadium for the first time is how impressive both the outer structure was, but also the infrastructure surrounding the ground. The set up was really impressive and this extended to the ease of getting in to the area, the car parking available and the super efficient stewarding. The amenities are excellent in this area and you can see that the whole set up is geared for something bigger. The concourse of the away end, which is all I can really comment on, is OK and adequate for the number of fans that stand holds, but it could maybe have done with a few more ladies toilets for my liking. The drinks and food stalls were well placed and reasonably priced, although this may have altered dramatically now. Once in my seat it became apparent that no expense had been spared in producing a terrific little football ground. The spacious seats were well laid out, the leg room was good and the feel of the away end was also really good. The mod cons were there too, even as far as the state of the art, for that time, scoreboard and PA system. The pitch for some reason has always been in terrible condition though on my visits and maybe this was something they overlooked when deciding which way the ground would face with getting sunlight in. The corners always seemed particularly bad. The overall experience was a really positive one, even if the atmosphere is not great due to the only recent formation of the club and the fanbase not being there yet. The away end sounded great though. Nene Park is definitely a stadium to visit if you get chance.
Well the stadium is the best i have seen in a long time for division three level. Parking is the only problem as their is only one entrance/exit. As an away fan to the ground it was a day of luxury. The away fans are situated in the medium sized single tier all seater fully covered end. It has a bar at the end for convenience. The ground itself inside is as good as is needed for the level of football played there. There is a small scoreboard towards one end of the ground in the corner. Both sides of the ground are literally identical and the opposite end to the away fans is the same height as the sides. There are good attendances at the ground which shows that it is not a waste of money. Prices were a bit high but then again wots the point of supporting a team if you don't splash the cash?
As an away supporter my view may be different to a Diamonds regular, but will be more useful to your average away fan. Rushden And Diamonds play at Nene Park, Irthlingborough, near Northampton They are very well documented, so I will confine my comments to the ground. It is by far the best non league ground you will ever visit. It's very easy to find, just off the A6, although it's not actually in Rushden, as I found to my cost when I first visited the place. Built next door to the Doc Martens factory, it is an impressive site. There is plenty of purpose provided car parking, although the single entrance to the car park ensures a long wait after the game if you wait for the final whistle. I assume this is the case, in recent years our performances there have prompted me to leave early! At the moment visiting fans have no choice but to sit in the recently covered stand behind the goal. The view is excellent however. The price is subject to change but is higher than average for the Conference. Stewards are present in large numbers and competent I suppose, although last time around they were slow to spot a 'situation' developing. There are excellent facilites at Nene Park. The clubhouse is superb, and you have your own refreshments (which are ok) and bar (which is better)in your section beneath your part of the stand. Which also features a telly to check on the half times. You can also splash out on an executive box with all the trimmings if you desire. When you visit this place, and remember that this is a non league ground, I defy your jaw not to hit the ground. Well worth a visit, but hurry, it won't be a non league ground for much longer. Unless they keep Talbot as manager of course.
Nene Park is the home ground of Rushden & Diamonds football club. Situated in Irthlingborough, Northamptonshire, England, along the bank of the River Nene, the stadium holds 6,441 with 4,641 seated and 1,800 standing.