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Rushden & Diamonds fans group SaveRDFC fear for club

Rushden & Diamonds

A Rushden and Diamonds supporters group which tried to raise funds to save the club has admitted it is not possible.

Fans attended a meeting on Thursday, hosted by former chairman and Nene Park landlord Keith Cousins, to which the media were not invited.

John Ward, from SaveRDFC, told BBC Radio Northampton: "As a club at Nene Park, I think it is done and dusted.

"Unless someone comes in with a lot of money, I doubt we'll be saved. Sadly, it's the fans who are suffering."

SaveRDFC say that without an outside investor, they cannot buy the club, clear their debts or form a new club.

The winding up petition, heard on Monday, 13 June at Northampton County Court, was adjourned for 21 days after a Japanese property management company were said to be interested in investing.

"We were told that the Japanese company were still interested but that the interest was dependent on us being in the Conference," said Ward.

Rushden & Diamonds were expelled from the Blue Square Bet Premier earlier this month.

In their letter of explusion from the Football Conference, reprinted on the Diamonds' website , general manager Dennis Strudwick said: "As far as we concerned that is an end to the matter."

The FA Leagues Committee have decided not to include the club in the constitutions for the Zamaretto League Premier Division, unless they could resolve outstanding issues and fulfil other conditions.

In a statement on their website, the SaveRDFC group said they would be keen to gauge interest in forming a new club for the 2012/13 season.

Nene Park was repossessed by Cousins this week and Kettering Town chairman Imraan Ladak has told BBC Radio Northampton that they are considering a move to their rivals' ground.

Neither Keith Cousins nor Rushden & Diamonds chief executive Steve Beasant were available for comment.

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