They’ve got the Zeeco, but they also need Zico…Stamford at home

Stamford must be one of the nicest places to go and watch a football match. It’s a town that a lot of people don’t know much about, something of a hidden gem, you might say. From a football perspective, the club’s old ground was within walking distance of the station – just a couple of hundred yards at best – and the town itself around the same distance. It’s like a Cotswold town that has been transported to Lincolnshire. Stamford Association Football Club dates back to 1896 and they were somewhat unique in playing on the same ground since the … Continue reading They’ve got the Zeeco, but they also need Zico…Stamford at home

So, how do you fit a ground into a busy town?

Let’s be frank, some property developers are about as popular as pantomime villains. They fill the role of Mr Nasty. They’re notoriously good at working round the rules and upsetting local communities.  For example, in many new developments, there is a commitment to provide low-cost, social housing, something which some developers really don’t want to do because it compromises their profitability, so they employ “experts” who help them avoid such a commitment and maintain profit margins. Nobody generally wants a football ground on their doorstep. We live in a “Nimby” world – “not in my backyard”. Some clubs, long-established in … Continue reading So, how do you fit a ground into a busy town?

Calling in on…..Stamford AFC, on the road to somewhere

There’s few more attractive towns to go and watch a football match than Stamford. It may be an A1 satellite, but it’s more like a Cotswold country town that’s lost its way and found itself on the road to the North. Until recently, it has also been one of Britain’s best kept secrets, largely due to its position on the map and the fact that mention, “It’s just off the A1” and immediately it gets associated with lesser, more gritty places that have been tainted by the poor-man’s motorway. It must be hard for Stamford AFC to co-exist alongside the … Continue reading Calling in on…..Stamford AFC, on the road to somewhere