Stony Stratford Town F.C.

Stony Stratford Town F.C. is a football club based in Stony Stratford, a constituent town of Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, England. The Senior Team are currently members of the North Bucks & District League Division One and play at Ostler's Lane.

Stony Stratford Town
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Full nameStony Stratford Town Football Club
Nickname(s)Stony
Founded1898
GroundOstler's Lane, Stony Stratford
ChairmanDamon Brown
ManagerDan Gurling
LeagueNorth Bucks & District League Division One
2020–21North Bucks & District League Division Two, 1st of 12 (promoted)
WebsiteClub website

The club also has both development and competitive youth teams from under-8 to under-18 that currently play in The Milton Keynes District Development League. For 2020/21 season the club has a single girls under-12 team in the Bedfordshire FA Girls League.

HistoryEdit

The club was formed in 1898, and started playing in the local leagues.[1] This was Division 1 of the Buckingham and District League, joining the league with Newport Pagnell Trinity in the league’s second year. The club finished runners-up for the 1898/99 season. The club also played in the Berks and Bucks Cup competitions winning the Junior cup in the 1908–09 campaign.[2] More success followed after the first world war when the club went on to win the North Bucks & District Football League in the 1925–26 season.[3]

After the Second World War the club now playing under the name Stony Stratford Sports won Division two of the North Bucks & District Football League in the 1946–47 competition.[4] The club then moved leagues and joined the South Midlands League in Division one.[5] In their second season in the South Midlands league the club finished as runners up and gained promotion to the Premier Division.[5] The 1952–53 season began with the club changing its name to Stony Stratford Town again, and the season ended with the club leaving the league and returning to the North Bucks & District Football League.[4][6] The club then became champions of Division two again in the 1956–57 season.[4]

The 1960–61 season, saw the club rejoin the South Midlands League again, starting in Division one where they finished runners-up at the first attempt and gained promotion to the Premier Division.[6] The club then quickly followed this up the next season with another runners-up position.[6] The club spent the next thirteen seasons in the Premier Division, during which time they finished as runners-up three times in a row in the 1970–71, 1971–72 and 1972–73 competitions.[7] Their fourteenth season in the Premier division, 1974–75, saw the club finish bottom of the division and relegated to Division one.[8] Further relegation followed the next season as the club finished bottom of Division One and relegated to the Premier Division of the Northamptonshire Combination Football League.[9][10]

After just one season in the Northamptonshire Combination Football League, the club moved to the premier division of the North Bucks & District Football League for the start of the 1977–78 campaign.[11] The 1987–88 season saw the club rejoin the South Midlands league again, in Division one.[12] For the start of the 1993–94 season, the league was restructured and the club was placed in the third tier, Division one, however they were quickly back in the second tier, the Senior Division, when they became champions of Division one that season.[12] In 1997 the South Midlands League merged with the London Spartan League to form the Spartan South Midlands Football league and the club was placed in the Senior Division of the new league.[13] The 1997–98 season also saw the club make their debut in the FA Vase, where they lost to Bicester Town in the second qualifying round.[9]

The club left the Spartan South Midlands League in 2016, rejoining the North Bucks & District League where they were placed in the second tier, Intermediate Division. They stayed in the Intermediate Division for three seasons before the demise of the Senior Team in 2018. No Senior Team was registered in any league during the COVID-19 affected 2019/20 season.

Following the restart of grassroots football for the 2020/21 season, the club has registered a young, development team in the North Bucks & District League fourth tier, Division Two. The competition was COVID affected and completed as a half-season with Stony finishing as champions and winning promotion to Division One for the 2021/22 season.

GroundEdit

Stony Stratford Town play their home games at Ostlers Lane, Stony Stratford, Milton Keynes, MK11 1AR.

Floodlights were added in 1996, and were officially switched on against Aston Villa's under 21 side in November of that year,[2] in front of a capacity crowd.

Some youth age groups play their home games at Old Stratford Community Centre, Deanshanger Road, Old Stratford, MK19 6NL.


HonoursEdit

League honoursEdit

Cup honoursEdit

RecordsEdit

  • Highest League Position:[9] 2nd in South Midlands League premier Division 1961–62, 1970–71, 1971–72, 1972–73
  • FA Vase best performance:[9] Second qualifying round 1997–98

Former playersEdit

A list of players that have played for the club at one stage and meet one of the following criteria;

  1. Players that have played/managed in the football league or any foreign equivalent to this level (i.e. fully professional league).
  2. Players with full international caps.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Clubs". Goalrun. 23 April 2010. Retrieved 6 April 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Club History". Sstfc.co.uk. Retrieved 6 April 2013.
  3. ^ a b "North Bucks District Football League – 1911 to 1932–33". North Bucks District Football League. Retrieved 6 April 2013.
  4. ^ a b c d "North Bucks District Football League – 1933–34 to 1972–73". North Bucks District Football League. Retrieved 7 April 2013.
  5. ^ a b "Website created using 350pages at www.350.com". Nonleaguematters.net. Retrieved 7 April 2013.
  6. ^ a b c "Website created using 350pages at www.350.com". Nonleaguematters.net. Retrieved 7 April 2013.
  7. ^ "South Midlands League 1966–1983". Nonleaguematters.net. Retrieved 7 April 2013.
  8. ^ "Non League Tables for 1974–1975". NonLeagueMatters. Retrieved 7 April 2013.
  9. ^ a b c d e f STONY STRATFORD TOWN at the Football Club History Database
  10. ^ "Season 1976–1977" (PDF). Northamptonshire Combination Football League. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 October 2013. Retrieved 7 April 2013.
  11. ^ "North Bucks District Football League – 1973–74 to 1977–78". North Bucks District Football League. Retrieved 7 April 2013.
  12. ^ a b "South Midlands League 1983–1997". Nonleaguematters.net. Archived from the original on 5 October 2013. Retrieved 7 April 2013.
  13. ^ "Spartan South Midlands League 1997–2004". Nonleaguematters.net. Archived from the original on 1 January 2013. Retrieved 7 April 2013.
  14. ^ a b "Newsletter No 36 By Bill Scholes :: Spartan South Midlands Football League News | Goalrun". Spartansouthmidlands.goalrun.com. 23 April 2010. Retrieved 16 June 2013.

External linksEdit

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