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Rushden & Higham United
Year formed: 1896.
Ground: Hayden Road, Rushden, Northants,NN10 0HY. Tel: 01933-410036.
Chairman: Howard Downs
Secretary: Chris Ruff, 23 Queensway, Higham Ferrers, Northants. NN10 8BU. Tel: 01933-358862. Fax: 01933-414914. e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Manager: Jim Le Masurier. Assistant: Simon Stewart.
Programme editor: Chris Ruff.
Colours: Sky blue and navy; change colours: all red or green and black.
The formation of the Higham club has been traced to 1876 at a meeting in the Griffin inn. The club briefly played in the Northants League in the 1890s and in 1895 Higham were Northants Junior Cup runners-up.
The club's golden age came in the 1920s. They won the Wellingborough & District League in 1921 along with the Junior Cup and a move into the Northants League saw the Lankies win back to back championships along with the Senior Cup in 1922 and Maunsell Cup in 1923, a unique hat trick of county trophies in successive years.
The 1922-23 season also saw Higham reach the Fifth Qualifying Round of the FA Cup, losing 1-0 at home to Third Division North Chesterfield after a 4-4 away draw. Higham were the FA Cup's top scorers that season.
The Lankies were league runners up in 1924 and 1927 and Senior Cup runers up in 1931 and 1933. Perhaps their greatest ever achievement was Maunsell Cup success in 1934 when they beat a Northampton Town side which had knocked 1st Division leaders Huddersfield out of the FA Cup!
Difficult times were just around the corner and financial problems resulted in a mid season closure only a couple of years after that historic defeat of the Cobblers.
Post war Higham emerged in the Rushden & District League before rejoining the UCL when it started a Second Division in 1950. In 1954 Higham were runners up in the Division Two cup before finishing as league runners-up twice in succession at the start of the seventies.
Higham became the division's nearly men in the nineties. They were runners up in 1990 and then in four successive seasons from 1993 to 1996, they also claimed several Premier scalps in the Knockout Cup twice reaching the semi-finals.
In 1995 Higham won the Northants Junior Cup for the second time and in 1988 they finally won the Division One title, their first championship in over 75 years. A year later they claimed their eighth set of runners-up medals.
On 1996 the club absorbed the Higham Ferrers sunday side and also introduced a successful youth policy which has produced plenty of players for the senior sides.
In the summer of 2006 Higham Town merged with Northants Combination club Rushden Rangers to form Rushden & Higham United. The merged club will play at Hayden Road, former long standing home of Rushden Town before their own amalgamation with Irthlingborough Diamonds.
Northamptonshire FA Junior Cup
Northamptonshire FA Lower Junior Cup
Reserve League Cup
Reserve Division Two
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