Blackstones

ChairmanGary Peace
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SecretaryIan MacGillivray
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Fixture Secretaryas Chairman
Programme EditorMartin Davies
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ManagerMark Baines
GroundLincoln Road, Stamford, Lincolnshire, PE9 1UU
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Blackstones FC History

The first club with links with Blackstones was the Rutland Ironworks; the club’s headquarters were the Half Moon Inn while matches were played on Ryhall Road, Stamford. The first trace of the Ironworks was recorded in 1891, the local press reported them beating Stamford Town Reserves 1-0. By the 1892-93 season the Ironworks were the best team around, dislodging the longer established Town, but in the summer of 1894 the clubs merged.

The Great War was almost over by the time the next Blackstones Club emerged, joining the Peterborough League in 1918 winning the championship that season. However, the club’s success, indeed its life was short-lived withdrawing from league the following season. 1921 the club re-emerged under a new name Rutland Engineering Works. The Peterborough League of the twenties was formidable with the likes of Spalding, Bourne and Yaxley. The club opted for more local competitions, in 1929-30 they lined up in both the Stamford Amateur and Deepings Leagues. In 1929-30 they won the championship of both competitions. By 1933 the club again disappeared from the scene. In 1938 the club by now known as Blackstones returned to action, again playing in two leagues Peterborough and Stamford Amateur Leagues. Both leagues abandoned during the Second World War. In 1949 the club returned to the Peterborough League but in 1951 they re-joined the Stamford Amateur League. 1959 saw them re-join the Peterborough League and this was to last 25 years. 1960-1961 was one of the club’s most successful years winning promotion to Division Two and capturing four local cup competitions. Further success followed a year later when the Division Two title was won and promotion to Division One again followed. However, the following season saw them relegated again. 1969 once more saw the club gain promotion back into Division One.  1975-76 the clubs won Division One and along with the improving facilities at Lincoln Road were promoted to the Premier League. The eight seasons at that level saw a best finishing place of fourth in 1977-78. Also during 1978 they were accepted into the FA. Vase for the first time.

In the seventies, the club had established a youth policy under the guidance of Pete Thomas and this was a great success. The best-known player to emerge from this policy was Alan Nelson who was signed by Newcastle United and later transferred to Southampton for a fee of £300,000.

In1984 the club entered senior football by joining the United Counties League Division One.  1987 saw the Stones (as they were now nicknamed) promoted to the Premier Division, finishing runners-up to Northampton Spencer. 1987-88 had also seen Reserves join the UCL. By 1990 they completed the Double, winning the Reserve Division One title and Reserve Knockout Cup. In 1987 floodlights were installed. The following season the lights were officially opened with Aston Villa sending a strong side to open them, the result being a 2-2 draw. 1991-92 season saw the Stones have an exciting FA. Cup run, beating Bishops Stortford in a First Qualifying Round replay at Lincoln Road 2-0. Stones made their exit in the next round losing by a single goal to Heybridge Swifts. 1992-93 saw the Stones land their first major trophy, the Lincs Senior Cup A. In a dramatic final against Bourne, Stones ran out 2-1 winners after extra time.

Since entering the Premier Division our best finish in that time is 6th place. Since winning the Lincs Cup in 1993 we then reached two further Cup Finals, losing both! 1995 we lost 5-1 to Bedford Town in the Hinchingbrooke Cup Final at St Neots Town and then in 1997 we lost 3-1 to Glapwell in the Evans Halshaw Floodlit Cup Final at Ilkeston Town.

The Stones have had six Chairmen since joining the United Counties League, Andy MacDonald, Bill Sewell, Darren Laughton, Kevin Boor, K.Doyle and Gary Peace. We have also had 12 Managers in that period, Ian Jarvie, Chris Corby, Steve Blades, Dominic Genovese, Vince Adams, Ian Jackson, Mel Landin, Kevin Flynn, Tony Lowther, D.Bird and Joint M. Goode and D. Jarvis, Dave Stratton, Gary Peace, Phil Gadsby and Andy Lodge.

Season 2003-04 proved to be yet another successful one on the “Cup Front” for the Club. Four finals were reached, with the first team “winning” the County Senior ‘A Cup for the second time but losing in the Hinchingbrooke Cup Final. Meanwhile the Reserves went one better in their League Knockout Cup, beating Spalding United in the final but losing in the final of the Ancaster Cup. Both sides improved their position in the League and off the field further improvements were made to Lincoln Road.

2003-2004, 2007-2008 and 2010-2011 seasons all ended with the senior team winning the Lincs Senior Trophy. Season 2012/13 Was dramatic. December 2013 saw managers Jarvis and Goode resign followed by 8 senior players, new manager Dave Stratton, due to financial restraints within the club, could not attract established UCL players with the result that Blackstone’s finished in a relegation position. After 23 years in the Premier League Stones were relegated. Season 2013/14 Saw Stones struggling to adapt to Division 1 Football the early Season results were disappointing resulting in a change of Manager, in early September, Dave Stratton was replaced by Chairman Gary Peace. Results improved but not sufficient enough, finishing third from bottom.

Season 2014/15, Gary stood aside for Phil Gadsby who brought in player and the season began to look better, but although reaching the final of the Lincs Trophy, losing on penalties to Winterton Rangers, and Winning the Daniels Cup against Stamford Lions, Stones finished 17th that year. The following season was yet another challenge struggling to string results together finishing mid table, then with results failing to materialise in the 2016/17 season and a poor Christmas period a managerial change took place and Andy Lodge took the reins.  Now to see what Andy can achieve in the 2017/18 Season. Mid November Andy Lodge stood down from the position of manager and was succeeded by Dan French and Lee Clarke in a joint role.

Season 2017/18 with Dan and Lee at the helm saw a mixed bag of results as the new management got to grips with the challenges of the UCL, finishing 8th in the league, and once more reaching the final of the Daniels cup and for the second time in 3 years lifted the trophy beating Cottesmore Amateurs 2-1 on the day.

Blackstones joined the Eastern Counties League First Division North for Season 2021/22.

Blackstones FC Honours

League KO Cup Winners 2002/04

Lincs Senior ‘A’ Cup Winners 1992/93, 2003/04 & 2007/08

Lincs Senior Trophy Winners 2010/11, Runners-Up 2015/16

SRSN Daniels Cup Winners 2015/2016, 2017/2018 Runners-Up 2016/17

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