Stamford AFC are set to bring down the curtain on 118 years of history on Saturday when they welcome Rushall Olympic for the final game at their Kettering Road base, which has been home to the Daniels since the club’s formation in 1896.

Following Saturday’s match, the gates to Hanson’s Field will be permanently shut, while the club will move to their new purpose-built complex at Borderville for the visit of Nantwich Town on 13th December.

The keys to the new stadium were handed over to the club in September following the completion of the building work and facilities, including a 3G pitch, and New College Stamford have been using it for over two months.

The Zeeco Stadium will contain several references to the Daniels’ historical home. The end nearest to Ryhall Road will be officially known as The Old Railway End, in a nod to the Kettering Road ground’s Railway Side, while the opposite end, which backs on to the all-weather, 3G pitch, will be known as The New Hedge End.

Guy Walton, Director of Football at Stamford AFC, said: “I’m sure I speak for everyone at the club when I say that our final match at the Town Ground will be an emotional experience for everyone involved with the club, not least of course for all our wonderful Daniels supporters."

Posted on 19/11/2014