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The A To Z Of Stamford AFC

4 November 2016

We turn the spotlight on this weekend's FA Cup opponents to bring you everything you need to know about the Lincolnshire outfit.

A is for Appearance Record
It was during the 1950s that star player George Clark became the first player to amass 400 appearances for Stamford. The defender played his part in an excellent decade of football as the club became cup specialists before moving up to the Midland League at the start of the 1960s.

B is for Bert Knighten
While several of the club’s star players of the 1930s earned moves to bigger clubs, prolific attacker Bert Knighten stayed loyal to the Lincolnshire outfit. His 235 goals still stands as a Stamford record to this day and looks unlikely to be beaten any time soon.

C is for Chairman
Robert Feetham returned for a second stint at Chairman of Stamford when he succeeded Chris Rivett in 2013. The board decided unanimously to invite Feetham back to the club and he’s been at the helm ever since.
D is for Dick Smith
While Bert Knighten was the trusty source of goals in Stamford’s early days, it’s the name Dick Smith which has been most regularly on the scoresheet post-war. A schoolteacher by trade, Smith became a firm favourite with fans during the 70s, firing the goals which not only took Stamford to a league and cup double in 1976 but also to a Wembley appearance in the FA Vase.

E is for Evo-Stik
Stamford currently ply their trade in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League First Division South, which is four divisions below Pools in the football pyramid.

F is for First Round Debut
When Stamford take to the field against Pools this weekend it will be the first time in their 120-year history that they have played in the First Round. While Craig Hignett’s men are only starting out their FA Cup campaign this term, The Daniels have already battled through five rounds to make history.

G is for Graham Drury
Stamford appointed Graham Drury as boss for a third time last November when he replaced Andrew Wilson, whose tumultuous spell in charge lasted just ten games. As well as his two previous spells in charge of The Daniels, Drury has also managed Corby Town, Boston United and Holbeach United.
H is for Honours
A highlight for Stamford fans was the FA Vase win over 1979/80 during a golden age in the club’s history. They were regular champions of the United Counties League in that era too, while their most recent accolade was the 2000/01 Lincolnshire Senior Cup.
I is for In The Goals
Stamford’s record win came back in 1930 when they fired thirteen unanswered goals past Peterborough & Felton Reserves. The 13-0 victory is a record which seems unlikely to be broken any time soon!

J is for Jake Duffy
When Wrexham hit back with two late goals against Stamford to take their Fourth Round Qualifying tie in to extra-time, many felt that the National League side would go on to triumph. However, Jake Duffy’s terrific free-kick in the first period of extra-time was enough to send the travelling fans in to raptures and secure The Daniels’ progress to face Pools in Round One.
K is for Kettering Road
Since the club was formed in 1894, they played at Wothorpe Road on Kettering Road. However, when the owners of the land decided to build housing on the site, Stamford were forced to look for a new home.

L is for Largest Crowd
Since their move to The Zeeco Stadium in 2014, the highest attendance was for the game against Wrexham in the last round of the FA Cup. The home tie – which finished 1-1 – attracted a crowd of 1,264. Prior to that, the highest recorded attendance was a for a cup tie against Kettering in 1953 when 4,200 turned up at Wothorpe Road.

M is for Malcolm Hird
A long-serving PE teacher at a local school, Malcolm Hird is also fondly remembered for his contribution to Stamford AFC both as a player and manager. He was boss when The Daniels won the FA Vase in 1979/80, while he was also voted as the club’s Player of the Century for his efforts on the pitch as skipper.

N is for Nickname
By now, you’ve probably all read the reasons behind Stamford being known as The Daniels! But just in case you haven’t… The nickname reportedly comes from Daniel Lambert who was reputedly the fattest man in English history and who died in Stamford in 1809 and was buried in St Martin’s Churchyard close to their ground.
O is for Olympic Star
There were some high-profile players to turn out in the colours of Stamford during the 1990s, notably former Coventry City duo David Speedie and Micky Gynn. However, ex-Olympic decathlon champion Daley Thompson also joined The Daniels following his retirement from international athletics!
P is for Promotion
There were celebrations for Stamford at the end of the 2012/13 campaign as they won promotion to the Northern Premier League Premier Division via the play-offs. After finishing fourth, they defeated Belper Town 4-2 in the play-off semi-finals to set up a Final against Chasetown. It looked all set for extra-time when it was 1-1 with just seven minutes remaining – but then Ricky Miller struck a dramatic late winner for The Daniels to secure promotion.

Q is for Qualifying Rounds
Stamford have already seen off Sleaford Town, St Neots Town, Gresley, AFC Mansfield and Wrexham en route to their First Round FA Cup tie with Pools.

R is for Relegation
After a couple of steady seasons at a higher level, Stamford were relegated from the Premier Division last term. Their fate was sealed when Mickleover drew 1-1 at Nantwich Town on a night when The Daniels didn’t even have a game. It wasn’t the birthday present that boss Graham Drury had been hoping for!

S is for Steve Evans
The former Crawley Town and Leeds United boss had a stint in charge of Stamford in the mid-1990s. The Glaswegian boss spent four years at the club before moving on to Boston United in 1998.
T is for Three In A Row
The late 1970s and early 1980s were an excellent period for Stamford with the Lincolnshire outfit not only lifting the FA Vase, but also winning the United Counties League title three years in a row between 1979 and 1982.

U is for USA
Stamford boss Graham Drury has revealed that the club are hoping to raise enough money from their FA Cup run to secure a post-season trip to the USA! Drury and his players are on a bonus for the cup exploits and are hoping an upset at Pools can help them move closer to their American dream.

V is for Veteran Goalkeeper
Paul Bastock is the man between the posts most games for Stamford – despite him having celebrated his 46th birthday at the end of last season! A former Coventry City trainee, he went on to play professionally for Cambridge United before going on to play 650 First Team games for Boston United. He joined Stamford in January with over 1000 senior appearances under his belt.
W is for Winner Takes All
While Pools were fighting for survival in the ‘Great Escape’ season of 2014/15, Stamford were mounting their own dramatic rescue act. It all boiled down to the final game of the season in the end, when The Daniels went head-to-head with relegation rivals Witton Albion in a winner-takes-all encounter. It didn’t look too promising at half-time with Albion 2-0 up, but a stunning second half comeback secured Stamford’s survival and condemned their opponents to the drop.

X is for X-Rated
As bad days at the office go, a 17-0 defeat is certainly up there as one of the worst. That’s what happened to Stamford in a 1927 FA Cup replay against Rothwell – it’s a record which still stands as the largest ever replay loss in the competition.

Y is You’re Supposed To Be At Home
Wrexham had home advantage for Stamford’s replay, but the 57 travelling fans made sure that their side’s three goals were still greeted by huge cheers. By the end it was party time for those hardy souls who made the near 300-mile round trip – fair play to the 57!

Z is for Zeeco Stadium
It was on 13th December 2014 that Stamford began a new chapter in the club’s history when they played a first-ever game at the new Zeeco Stadium. Unfortunately, it took a little longer than hoped to secure their first win – but when it finally came in April 2015 it proved priceless as relegation rivals Witton Albion were beaten to ensure survival in the Premier Division.

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