Stamford AFC thank sponsors and supporters for their backing during the coronavirus pandemic
Brilliant backing from supporters and sponsors has helped Stamford AFC come through the most challenging period in the club’s history.
The Daniels have seen their last two Northern Premier League South East Division campaigns severely disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic.
Although they managed to complete two-thirds of last season, the campaign was eventually ruled to be null and void with Stamford strongly challenging for the league title.
Their campaign was then curtailed this season with Stamford managing to play just seven league games and, although they managed a strong run in the FA Trophy, their last two ties against National League North big guns Kidderminster Harriers and Hereford had to be played behind closed doors.
Having recently received confirmation that this campaign has been curtailed, the club has announced that supporters who purchased a season ticket for this year will have it carried forward for next term at no extra charge.
A club statement said: “The club would like to thank all our supporters for their continued support.
“Without the supporters in the stadiums then football is nothing as we have seen in the Premier League and the Football League throughout this season.
“Manager Graham Drury has committed himself to the club and we hope we can finally deliver on the promising performances we have seen in the past two disrupted campaigns next season.
“The last 12 months have been crazy, which is an understatement, but, thanks to our supporters along with our fabulous sponsors, the club has been able to get through the most challenging period in our history.”
The club will be announcing season ticket prices shortly for anyone interested for next term with the league campaign set to start on Saturday, August 14.
The Stamford players have been back in training since the recent easing of the coronavirus restrictions but fans will not be permitted to any games at the club until after the May 17 stage of the Government’s roadmap.
The latest stage of the easing of the restrictions on Monday will mean that supporters can watch grassroots sport - in groups of no more than six or two households - but only if it is on public land.
That will mean clubs in the Peterborough League’s cup competitions – which starts on Saturday – will be permitted spectators from next weekend.
However, the United Counties League’s supplementary cup competition may be forced to wait until May 17 as fans are currently not allowed to attend staged events in grounds.
The Football Association has yet to comment on the ruling but Bourne Town Reserves’ opening match of their competition this weekend will be played behind closed doors at the JJ Mac Stadium.
Deeping Rangers, Blackstones and Bourne Town’s first team decided against entering their respective competitions.