Big names will play charity game

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Some of the biggest names in the history of Stamford AFC will be gracing the Vic Couzens Stadium pitch one last time for a special match.

A team of Stamford Legends will go up against a selection of Stamford All Stars on Saturday, May 10, to raise funds for the Daniels Foundation and Cancer Research.

Leading the Legends will be Malcolm Hird, who skippered the Daniels to Wembley in the 1976 FA Vase Final loss to Billericay Town.

In charge of the All Stars is lifelong Daniels fan Gary Hopkins – a man well-known in the region’s footballing scene with over four decades of service, including a spell in charge of Stamford’s reserves in the late 1980s.

The Legends team will consist of former Stamford players covering a 40-year span while the All Stars will be made up also of former players along with members of the club’s youth team and club sponsors.

Stamford AFC’s commercial manager Paul Pepper said the match, which is taking place in conjunction with community partner Zeeco Europe, is the centrepiece of a day of events.

The game kicks off at 5pm and supporters are encouraged to stay afterwards to watch the season’s annual presentation ceremony.

It will be one of the last big games at the stadium in Kettering Road before the move to the new stadium in Ryhall Road in time for 2014/15 season.

Admission to the charity match is set at £5 for adults and £2 for children.

In the lead-up to the game, there will be Young Daniels matches, following on from the Saturday Morning Club session which resumes on April 26 and is aimed at players aged between five and 12.

Attendance at the Saturday Morning Club is free of charge. Parents wishing for their children to attend should contact Guy Walton on 07764 630343 or at

Meanwhile, the kit the Daniels will wear at the new stadium has been unveiled and CS Ellis has agreed to continue its sponsorship for the team for two years.