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  June 2014 News
Monday 23rd
Supporters Direct Shield
Hinckley AFC have been invited to play in this season's Supporters Direct Shield and they will play AFC Rushden & Diamonds at Diamonds’ Dog & Duck Ground (in Wellingborough) on Wednesday 30th July, kick off 7-45pm.

The Supporters Direct Shield is an annual, pre-season friendly invitational match, established by Supporters Direct, competed for between supporter-owned clubs and was first won by Scarborough Athletic in 2010.

Robin Osterley, CEO of Supporters Direct said, “We are very proud of the achievements of both of these relative newcomers. They represent one part of the huge spectrum of the work that we do from the Premier League to the Midlands League. We’re hoping for a great day, and I am very much looking forward to meeting fans and officials alike from both clubs”

AFC Rushden & Diamonds Chairman Ralph Burditt added: “I am extremely happy that Supporters Direct have offered us the opportunity to play for this trophy once again. Our club owes a huge debt of gratitude to Supporters Direct for their continued support and I am thoroughly looking forward to what should be a cracking advert for supporter-owned, supporter-run football clubs. I am also looking forward to welcoming our newest allies in the football world, Hinckley AFC and hearing all about their plans for the future.”

Acting Chairman of Hinckley AFC, Gary Hancox said: “Like minded clubs competing, what a fixture; this will be a highlight of our first season.” Manager Carl Abbot added “This is a fantastic opportunity to have a prestigious game with a competitive element to it just before we begin our league campaign.”

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