Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Stotfold FC

September 17th 2013 Kick Off 19:45 hours                                        
Spartans South Midlands League Premier Division

Stotfold FC 0 v Hertford Town 4
Roker Park
The Green

Admission : £6
Programme : £1
Tea in a mug : 60p
Twix : 60p
Attendance : 35

Weather : Drizzly rain

Game Number : 40  New Ground Number : 34


Though the club was officially formed in 1904, it is believed that there was a football club in the town earlier than this. In 1911, the Eagles’ current ground was a meadow called "Roker", used by Stotfold Athletic. The Eagles first played in the Biggleswade League, then for thirty years in the North Hertfordshire League. The club played for many years at the Hitchin Road Recreation Ground before returning to Roker in 1954. In 1951 the club joined the South Midlands League. In 1953 they were promoted to Division One and to the Premier Division in 1955, staying for thirty years, usually finishing in the top ten or thereabouts, before winning the league for the first time in the 1980–81 season under the management team of Brian Parker, Peter Godden, and Geoff Heard.

In 1984, the Eagles were transferred to the United Counties League. They were admitted straight into the Premier Division, where they have stayed ever since. Through the 1990s, the club generally finished high in the top ten, but the current millennium has been less consistent. After several changes of manager, the club re-appointed former Arsenal man Ian Allinson as manager for 2007–08, and he rewarded them by leading the club to their most successful season, including the UCL championship for the first time. He subsequently left to join Boreham Wood. The championship was clinched in dramatic fashion; starting the second half 0–4 down to closest challengers Long Buckby, Stotfold managed to equalise in the 90th minute for the point needed to clinch the title.


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