Stamford AFC to move into new ground on December 13

Stamford's AFC's new ground, the Zeeco Stadium. Photo: Giles Lawrence EMN-140827-182531001
Stamford's AFC's new ground, the Zeeco Stadium. Photo: Giles Lawrence EMN-140827-182531001

Stamford AFC will play their first home match at their new Zeeco Stadium in Ryhall Road on December 13.

The first team to visit the new stadium, which is part of the £5m Borderville sports centre development, will be Nantwich Town.

The facility, which has been developed in partnership with New College Stamford, Stamford AFC and the Burghley House Preservation Trust, was completed in early September and some of the facilities such as the Daniels lounge, sports hall and the 3G pitch have been in use since then.

Hundreds of amateur athletes have already enjoyed the stunning new facilities available. However Stamford AFC matches have not moved there yet due to the new pitch not being fit to play on.

However today (Thursday) the club were given notification that the pitch has been signed off as fit to play on.

The move ushers in a new era for Stamford AFC but inevitably the end of one as well.

The Daniels last game at the Vic Couzens Stadium in Wothorpe Road is expected to be on Saturday, November 29 against FC United of Manchester. This is subject to FC United’s participation in the FA Trophy.

If they win their game against Buxton this Saturday then Stamford’s game will be postponed on November 29. The Daniels will likely get a game re-arranged for this date as they have had several postponements this season because of cup clashes and replays but this could be an away game.

In the event of this happening Stamford’s last home game will be Saturday, November 22 against Rushall Olympic.

A statement from Stamford AFC said: “As we are leaving Wothorpe road after 118 years we want the last game to live long in the memory for supporters old and new.

“We want supporters to come to the game dressed in red, so dig out your replica shirts or anything else red and we will cheer the Daniels on to victory one last time at Wothorpe Road.”