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Wellingborough football ground fire damages clubhouse

Dog and Duck ground, Wellingborough Town FC Image copyright Wellingborough Town FC
Image caption Wellingborough Town said it was working to try and ensure Rushden & Diamonds' home match could take place on Saturday

A clubhouse at a football ground shared by two non-league clubs has been devastated by a blaze.

Fire crews were called to the Dog & Duck ground in Wellingborough, which is used by Wellingborough Town and Rushden & Diamonds.

Club memorabilia, bar stock, a television, furniture and disabled toilets were damaged in the fire.

The police and fire service are investigating the cause of the blaze, which broke out at about 04:00.

Image copyright Wellingborough Town FC
Image caption The clubhouse was severely damaged by the blaze
Image copyright Wellingborough Town FC
Image caption Police and the fire service are investigating the cause

Rushden are due to play at home to Beaconsfield SYCOB on Saturday in the Southern League, while Wellingborough's next home match is against Yaxley on 28 November in the United Counties league.

'Unaware'

Simon Cox, commercial and marketing manager for Wellingborough Town, said: "At the moment, we are unaware of the exact reason as to how the fire started.

"We have also been working with officials from AFC Rushden & Diamonds, Northants Police and Northants Fire to ensure the ground is safe and secured as best as possible in the current circumstances and to ensure that football will be played in the near future."

Mr Cox said electricians would work to ensure the floodlights could continue to work while investigations into the clubhouse fire continued.

A statement from Rushden & Diamonds confirmed the fire was being investigated.

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