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We look at who The Yeltz will be taking on in the 2023/24 season, Next up is newly promoted Stamford

Full name: Stamford AFC

Nickname: The Daniels

Website: Stamford

Founded: 1896

Stadium: Zeeco Stadium

Surface: Grass

Distance from the Grove: 91 Miles

2022/23 finish: Northern Premier League Midlands Champions

Manager: Graham Drury

Head to Head: Both teams have met a number of times, the last time we met was in April 2023 in the final league game of the season.  Halesowen kept the champions to a goalless draw. 

Their History

The club was established in 1896 and spent a single season in the East Midlands League. After several years without league football, the club joined the Northamptonshire League in 1909, and won the title in 1911–12. In 1933 the league was renamed the United Counties League. The club came to be known as "The Daniels" after Daniel Lambert, often cited as England's heaviest ever man, a Leicester resident who died in Stamford and is buried in the town.

They left the league in 1939, but after a season in the Peterborough & District League, they rejoined the UCL in 1946. They won the league's Knockout Cup in 1952, a season in which they also won the Lincolnshire Senior B Cup. In 1955 they left the league again to join the Central Alliance, before joining the Midland League. In 1972 they returned to the UCL. They were champions in 1975–76 as well as winning the league cup and reaching the final of the FA Vase, where they lost 1–0 to Billericay Town after extra time. They won the league again in 1977–78 and the Lincolnshire Senior A Cup in 1978–79. They then went on to win the league three times in a row between 1979–80 and 1981–82, as well as the Knockout Cup in 1979–80 and 1981–82 and the FA Vase in 1979–80, when Guisborough Town were defeated 2–0 in the final. In 1983–84 they reached the final for a third time, but lost 3–2 to Stansted.

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