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Club History

FC Stratford, originally known as Stratford Town A, joined the Midland Combination ahead of the 2009/10 season. A strong first season in Divison Three lead to a fifth placed finish out of sixteen sides.

It was the 2009/10 season that FC Stratford/Stratford Town A missed out on a Challenge Urn final spot too. Wins against Polesworth and Coventry Amateurs lead to a two legged semi final against Blackwood.

A 4 - 1 win in the first leg over Blackwood left FC Stratford/Stratford Town A in a good position looking towards the final. The second leg however was one to forget as Blackwood ran out 5 - 1 winners and securing their place in the final at Pilkington XXX with a 6 - 5 aggregate win.

FC Stratford/Stratford Town A would however suffer second season syndrome. A poor season meant for a tenth place finish in a Division Three with just fourteen sides.

Despite a poor league finish, FC Stratford/Stratford Town A were to go one better in the Challenge Urn in the 2010/11 season. Wins against Dosthill Colts Reserves and Coventry Amateurs set up a two legged semi final with Alveston Reserves.

FC Stratford/Stratford Town A won both legs of the semi final, 3 - 0 at home and 2 - 0 away from home. A final against Aston at Pilkington XXX would await. An even final, finishing 2 - 2 would be decided on penalties. FC Stratford/Stratford Town A secure the Challenge Urn with a 4 - 1 penalty shoot out victory.

At the end of the 2010/11 season, Division Three of the Midland Combination was disbanded. Sides were placed into Division Two whilst the Midland Combination also set up a second Reserve Division.

It was also following the 2010/11 season that Stratford Town A changed their name to our current name, FC Stratford.

The new couple of seasons, under the new name of FC Stratford, would see a mid table finishes in Division Two.

The 2013/14 season was the beginning of a struggle for FC Stratford. Struggling for a side most weeks would see the club finish fourteenth on a sixteen side league.

Following this season the Midland Combination joined forces with the Midland Alliance to form a Midland League. FC Stratford were to remain in the bottom division, now known as Midland League Division Three.

The 2014/15 season in the new Midland League Division Three was going to be much like the previous season. Again each week was a struggle and FC Stratford finished twelfth of fifthteen teams.

The following season and the tide was turning for FC Stratford. A strong start to the season left the club as one of the favorites for promotion. This was unfortunately to be undone with a blip mid way into the season but nevertheless, FC Stratford finished the season fourth.

A 2 - 0 Semi Final defeat in the Coventry Evening Telegraph Cup against Woodlands WMC at Coventry Copeswood and a 3 - 0 Semi Final defeat in the Smedley Crooke Memorial Charity Cup against Chelmsley Town was the closest FC Stratford got to cup success that year.

2015/16 season was a hugely succesful year for FC Stratford though. The progression the club had made was massive.

Pete Stephens went 'upstairs' following this season and former Alcester Town manager, Dave Poulson, stepped into the Managerial role.

The 2016/17 season was always going to be tough, a few strong teams were added to Midland League Division Three and FC Stratford would have their work cut out to match the previous season.

A strong start once again but another mid season blip meant FC Stratford finished sixth in a league of fourteen.

It was the Les James Challenge Cup where FC Stratford were to endure some success though. A Semi Final penalty shootout victory over local rivals Redditch Borough should've seen FC Stratford going to Walsall's Bescott Stadium in May.

Unfortunately, due to a rule that wasn't picked up by anyone, FC Stratford were removed from the competition after the captain, James Robbins, played for Studley earlier in the season.

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