STAMFORD AFC are mourning the death of two men this week who both made a magnificent contribution to the club during their time with the Daniels.
Vice-chairman Richard Jacobs has died at the age of 67 and one of Stamford's all-time great players, Keith Alexander, has died at the age of 53.
Keith joined the Daniels from Alfreton Town in March 1979 and scored the first goal in Stamford's 2-0 FA Vase final win over Guisborough Town in April 1980.
He was part of a side which won the unique treble of United Counties League Championship, league cup and FA Vase during the 1979-80 season.
After spending the 1980-81 campaign with Boston United and Kings Lynn, Keith returned to Stamford colours for the 1981-82 season and was part of a side which completed a United Counties League double.
In total he made 94 appearances for the Daniels, scoring 24 goals.
Keith's career progressed to Conference football with Kettering Town and Barnet and league football with Grimsby Town, Stockport County, Lincoln City and Mansfield Town. He also played at international level for St Lucia. He later enjoyed a successful career in management, twice taking the reins at Lincoln City where, in his second spell, the Imps reached the League Two play-offs in four successive seasons. He then had a spell as manager of Peterborough United, bringing his full squad to play Stamford in his first match at the Posh helm.
At the time of his death he was manager of League Two's Macclesfield Town.
Richard Jacobs was a lifelong supporter of the Daniels, who first joined the board as treasurer in 1974.
After three years with the club he left the area through his work but on returning to Stamford in 1987 Richard rejoined the club as treasurer and director. Having served continuously as a director, Richard became vice chairman in 1999 and resumed the treasurer role on the death of Hilary Hudson three years ago.
Richard remained a regular at Daniels' matches.
Club chairman and friend of Mr Jacobs, Bob Feetham said: "He was involved with the club for many years and did a tremendous amount of work behind the scenes.
"Everything was done low key with him. He never courted recognition for it. He had become a great friend of mine over the last few years and I feel especially sad because he had planned to go the World Cup in South Africa. He was really looking forward to that.
"He was a lovely man and will be missed by the club and my own family.
"Keith will also be greatly missed by all in football and certainly at this club."
A minute's silence will be observed before Stamford's home match with Cammell Laird on Saturday.
We have set up a book of condolence for Keith Alexander and Richard Jacobs. To pay your tribute email email@example.com
A TRUE GENTLEMAN & TRUE PROFESSIONAL. I HAVE GREAT MEMORIES OF YOUR TIME AT STAMFORD DANIELS FC, THE 1980 VASE GAME AT THE GREAT WEMBLEY STADIUM WAS MEMORABLE. MY SON JONATHAN HANDMADE THE HAT THAT KEITH WORE ON HIS VICTORY CIRCUIT OF THE STADIUM. HE HAS NEVER FORGOT THE CONVERSATION THAT HE HAD WITH THIS REMARKABLE MAN. A GREAT REPRESENTATIVEOF HIS CHOSEN CAREER AND A BRAVE ROLE MODEL TO ALL YOUNG PEOPLE. KEEP SCORING THOSE GOAL KEITH, GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY AT THIS SAD TIME.
Peter Kaufman, Bourne