Painting will link Daniels’ old ground with new stadium

Stamford AFC's Vic Couzens Stadium, as painted by Karen Neale EMN-140716-154437001
Stamford AFC's Vic Couzens Stadium, as painted by Karen Neale EMN-140716-154437001
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A painting of a football club’s historic home will be presented to officials at the first home game of the coming season.

Artist Karen Neale was a special guest at a Stamford AFC match at the Vic Couzens stadium last season.

Karen, who lives in Stamford, came up with a panoramic view of the ground, which has hosted Daniels matches for more than 100 years.

The iconic view will now be presented to the club at the first home game of the 2014/15 season. From September 1 the Daniels will move to their new purpose-built stadium in Ryhall Road, but the first few matches are likely to be played at the Vic Couzens stadium.

Stamford AFC director of football Guy Walton said: “We are absolutely delighted with Karen’s artistic impression of Wothorpe Road and are proud to gift her original painting to the football club.

“The image captures the view of our glorious Georgian town from the Hedge End. We will remember Hanson’s Field with fondness and wonderful footballing memories.”

The painting captures Stamford’s famous churches watching over a typical Daniels match. Officials hope it will form a lasting link from the current Kettering Road venue to the state-of-the-art new facility at Ryhall Road.

Limited edition prints of the iconic image of Stamford will available to buy from the club.

Karen will personally sign 150 prints of her image, which will be numbered and available for supporters to buy at a £39.99.

The prints are being supplied by Creative Design, of Gas Lane in Stamford, and can be ordered by e-mailing or

Karen’s painting of the Daniels Stadium is one of several ventures into the sporting world that her work has taken.

She has previously been commissioned to capture Lord’s cricket ground in London, as well as Arsenal’s old Highbury ground and their new home at the Emirates Stadium.

She is also well known for her architectural and street scene images having produced calendars and sketchbooks of the sights of Stamford, along with World Heritage venues across the planet including Venice and Havana, and a series of watercolours of instantly-recognisable locations in London.

The Daniels’ new ground will form part of a sporting complex which they will share with New College Stamford. It will include articicial pitches and classrooms.