Stratford Town F.C.
|Full name||Stratford Town Football Club|
|Founded||1941 (as Stratford Rangers)|
The DCS Stadium,|
Stratford upon Avon
|League||Southern League Premier Division|
|2015–16||Southern League Premier Division, 19th|
The club was formed in 1941 as Stratford Rangers, changing their name in 1949. After playing in various local leagues they joined the Worcestershire Combination (which later became the Midland Football Combination) in 1954. In 1957 they switched to the Birmingham and District League, which became the West Midlands (Regional) League in 1962, but rejoined the Combination in 1970. In 1975 they took the unusual step of joining the Hellenic League, which does not normally include teams from Warwickshire. After two unsuccessful seasons they rejoined the Midland Combination once again, where they remained until becoming founder members of the Midland Football Alliance in 1994.
The club entered financial difficulty in 1998 and were reformed to become Stratford Town F.C. 1998.
They have reached the third qualifying round of the FA Cup three times, in seasons 2004–05, 2006–07 and 2011–12.
The team is currently managed by Carl Adams, who had previously shared the role with Morton Titterton. On 20 April 2013, a 1–1 draw with Stourport Swifts sealed the Midland Alliance title and promotion to the Southern Football League for the first time in the club's history, where they initially played in Division One South & West.
After two seasons in the Division One South & West, Stratford Town earned promotion to the Premier Division via the play-offs with a 3–2 win against Larkhall Athletic on 4 May 2015. They successfully retained their status the following season.
Stratford Town moved into The DCS Stadium at Knights Lane, Tiddington in the 2007–08 season. They played their first league match there against Barwell on February 16, 2008, losing 1–0 to a Stuart Spencer goal.
The record attendance is 1,054 for the Southern League Division One South & West play-off final against Larkhall Athletic in May 2015.
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
See Stratford Town F.C. Players
- Mike and Tony Williams (2006). Non League Club Directory 2006. Tony Williams Publications Ltd. ISBN 1-869833-54-6.