Stafford Town

Evans Park, Riverway, Stafford, ST16 3TH

From Stafford Town website:

Gordon Evans formed what was then Stafford F.C. in 1976. The Club played at Burton Manor Sports & Social Club in the old Staffs County League South. The Club moved into the Midland Combination Div. 2 in the 1977/78 season, and won the league the following year, being denied promotion to Div.1 because they were a nursery side for Stafford Rangers. The Club moved to the Staffs County League North in 1981/82 and changed its name to Stafford Town. They won the Bourne Sports Trophy and Staffs Vase in 1984, and shortly afterwards they went into the Staffs Senior League. After losing the Staffs Vase Final in 1988 the team moved from Burton Manor to Stafford Cricket Club in 1990. Then, in the early 90’s Stafford Town merged with the successful Sunday League team MSHD who had just won the Midland Sunday Cup. In 1991/92 they just missed out on the Staffs Senior League, despite losing only 2 games all season. After finishing 3rd in the same league, the following season, they were accepted into the West Midland League playing at Rowley Park Stadium. In their 1st season they secured the Championship and in order to gain promotion, they had to move to Marston Road, the home of Stafford Rangers.

During the 90’s Allan Somerville took over the reins. The 1999/2000 season was without doubt Town’s most successful. The Club won West Midland League Premier Division and were promoted to the Midland Football Alliance; they were also runners-up in the Staffs FA Vase and the League Cup. Town’s first season in the MFA saw them have a superb FA Cup run beating both Paget Rangers from the Southern League Div.1 and Moor Green from the Southern League Premier Division. They then drew Harrow Borough in the 3rd qualifying round, and despite drawing away at Harrow Borough, they lost 3-1 in the replay at Marston Road. Following a disastrous season in 2003/04, Gordon Evans returned to the Club as chairman. At the end of that season the Club decided to leave Marston Road, move back to Rowley Park, and drop down into the West Midland League Div.1 to regroup. Steve Docherty and Calvin Bailey were then appointed and stayed with the Club until the end of 2011/12 Season .2005/06 saw the formation of Stafford Town Ladies. In 2006 the Club became a Charter Standard Community Club. The Club now provides football for everyone in the community and has teams for men, women, boys’ girls and adults and children with special needs. It has over 30 teams in total.

For the 2009/10 season the team started at Rowley Park Stadium, playing in Division 1 of the West Midland League, but moved to its own ground Evans Park behind the Cricket Club on Riverway, playing the 1st match on 6th March 2010, gaining promotion to the Premier Division and losing in the final of the Hunt Cup. The 2012/13 season saw the team transfer to the Midland Football Combination and the arrival of the new management team headed by Adam Cunningham and the return to the Club of Calvin Bailey as General Manager. In 2013 the Club were presented with The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. In 2013/14 the team finished 8th and won the Les James Challenge Cup at Walsall’s Banks’ Stadium. In 2016 Adam Cunningham left after a disappointing 18th place finish and Dave Downing was appointed as First Team Manager. Dave Downing resigned in January 2018 and Jake Robinson took over the team with Calvin Bailey. At the end of a difficult season, we found ourselves relegated back to the Staffordshire County Senior League by the FA Leagues Committee. Gordon Evans received the British Empire Medal for services to football in Stafford in the New Year’s Honours list.

At the end of the 2018-2019 season Gordon decided to step down from the Chairman's role and concentrate on family life and handed over the role to Paul Beedell. Promotion back to the Midland League was achieved in 2019 as well as winning the League Cup. At the end of the curtailed 2019/20 season Dom Heath and Steve Barrow returned to the Club as joint Managers as we look forward to the 2020/21 Season. Following another curtailed season, we were laterally moved into the North West Counties Football League Division One South following the Football Association’s restructuring for 2021/22 and we are looking forward to the new challenge.


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