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Season Preview - Stafford Town

11 months ago By Web Master

Today's team in focus is Stafford Town

Stafford Town

Gordon Evans formed what was then Stafford F.C. in 1976, after a split with Stafford Southend F.C. He then formed a working relationship with Reg Birks, manager of Stafford Rangers F.C. and the club became the nursery side for the Rangers. The club played at Burton Manor Sports & Social Club in the old Staffs County League South.

The club moved into the Midland Combination Division 2 in the 1977/78 season, and won the league the following year, being denied promotion to Division 1 because they were a nursery side.

The club moved to the Staffs County League North in the 1981/82 season and changed its name to Stafford Town. They won the Bourne Sports Trophy and Staffs Vase in 1984, and shortly afterwards they went into the Staffs Senior League. After losing the Staffs Vase Final in '88 the team moved from Burton Manor to Stafford Cricket Club in 1990. Then, in the early 90's, Stafford Town merged with the highly successful Sunday League team MSHD who had just won the Midland Sunday Cup.

In 1991/92 they just missed out on the Staffs Senior League, despite losing only 2 games all season. After finishing 3rd in the same league the following season, they were accepted into the West Midland (Regional) League playing at Rowley Park Stadium.

In their first season they secured the Championship and in order to gain promotion, they had to move to Marston Road, the home of Stafford Rangers. During the 90's Allan Somerville took over the reigns. The 1999/2000 season was without doubt Town's most successful. The club won West Midland (Regional) League Premier Division and were duly promoted to the Midland Football Alliance; they were also runners-up in both the Staffs FA Vase and the League Cup.

Town's first season in the MFA saw them have a superb Cup run beating both Paget Rangers from the Doc. Martins Division 1 and Moor Green from the Doc. Martins Premier Division. They then drew Harrow Borough in the 3rd qualifying round, and despite drawing away at Harrow Borough, they lost 3-1 in the replay at Marston Road.

Following a disastrous season in 2003/04, Gordon Evans returned to the club as Chairman. At the end of that season the club decided to leave Marston Road, move back to Rowley Park, and drop down into the West Midland (Regional) League Division 1 to regroup. Steve Dockerty and Calvin Bailey were then appointed and stayed with the club until the end of 2011/12 season.

2005/06 saw the formation of Stafford Town Ladies. In September of 2006, the club became a Charter Standard Community Club and was the only one within the Stafford area. It was also awarded Charter Standard Adult Club of the Year by the FA for the whole of Staffordshire in 2006 and voted Charter Standard Community Club of the Year in 2007.
The club now provides football for everyone in the community and has teams for men, women, boys, girls and adults and children with special needs.

For the 2009/10 season the team started at Rowley Park Stadium, playing in Division 1 of the West Midland (Regional) League, but moved to its own ground, Evans Park, behind the Cricket Club on Riverway, playing the first match on the 6th March 2010 - gaining promotion to the Premier Division and losing in the final of the Hunt Cup.

The 2012/13 season saw the team transfer to the Midland Football Combination and the arrival of the new management team headed by Adam Cunningham along with the return to the club of Calvin Bailey as general manager.

In 2013, the club were presented with the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service.
In 2013/14 the team finished 8th and won the Les James Challenge Cup at Walsall's Banks' Stadium. Adam Cunningham left at the end of the 2015/16 season, with Dave Downing and assistant Alan Baxter being appointed.

Founded:- 1976
Nickname:- The Reds
Ground:- Evans Park
Capacity:- ??
Record Attendance:- ??
Best FA Cup Performance:- 3rd Qualifying Round (2000/01)
Best FA Trophy performance:- N/A
Best FA Vase Performance:- 2nd Round (2011/12)
2016/17 League Performance:- 16th Midland Football League 1st Division
Top Scorer:- Ryan Pace (10 goals)

Stafford Town - The Last 10 Seasons

2007/08WMRL 136225910653714th
2008/09WMRL 132174119562554th
2009/10WMRL 132254312143792nd
2010/11WMRL P3811522691053815th
2011/12WMRL P42121020801014618th
2012/13MFC P341571273525211th
2013/14MFC P34148125657508th
2014/15MFL 1381371874934614th
2015/16MFL 138832746962718th
2016/17MFL 1381091969793916th

Updated 17:24 - 3 Aug 2017 by Web Master

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