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MATCH PREVIEW: Stevenage vs Swindon Town

A little insight into our next League Two opponents…

7 October 2022

Club News

MATCH PREVIEW: Stevenage vs Swindon Town

A little insight into our next League Two opponents…

7 October 2022

Swindon Town head to Stevenage this weekend as they look to build on their midweek win over Newport County which has seen them cement eighth place in the standings, with the play-off places now firmly in sight.

In our look ahead to tomorrow’s showdown, we focus on The Boro with some helpful background information you might find useful.

The lowdown…

The football club was founded relatively late compared to many other EFL clubs, back in 1976, following the demise of the town’s former club.

They joined the United Counties League in 1980 and enjoyed success in the club’s first year of senior status, claiming the Division One title and League Cup.

Following three promotions in four seasons in the early 1990s, Boro were promoted to the Conference National in 1994.

Despite winning the league in the 1995/96 season, the club was denied promotion to the Football league due to insufficient ground facilities.

They remained in the top tier of non-league for another fourteen seasons, before they earned promotion to the Football League after winning the Conference Premier during the 2009/10 campaign.

Promotion to the promise land served as the catalyst for a rebranding of the club, dropping the word ‘Borough’ for it’s title in June 2010.

In their first term back in the Football League, Stevenage won promotion to League One via the play-offs, and then achieved their highest ever league finish during the 2011/12 season, courtesy of a sixth-place finish.

The core of the squad that helped guide the club to it’s success throughout 2009 to 2012 duly departed, and they were relegated back to League Two at the end of the 2013/14.

Stevenage have enjoyed success in national cup competitions, becoming the first to win a competitive final at the new Wembley back in 2007 as they beat Kidderminster Harriers to lift the FA Trophy in front of a 53,262-strong crowd.

They then won the competition again in 2009 and have gone on to produce a number of notable results in the FA Cup against high-profile opposition.

The Stadium…

Stevenage play their football at Broadhall Way, otherwise known as the Lamex Stadium for sponsorship reasons.

The ground has been the club’s home since it was built in 1961, and has a capacity of 6,722 people, including 3,142 seats.

This was reduced from 7,100 following the club’s promotion to the Football League.

The highest attendance recorded at the stadium was 8,040 for a match against Newcastle United in the FA Cup fourth-round in January 1998, where a temporary stand was erected behind the away end to increase it’s capacity.

The biggest attendance recorded for a competitive league game at Broadhall Way is 7,024, when The Boro played Luton Town in the Conference Premier in 2010.

The last five previous meetings…

The two sides have met just 15 times in their respective history, with not a lot to choose between the pair judging by the last five.

Their most recent meetings were back in September and December last year, where the sides had to settle for a point each in both the home and away games.

The first instalment at The Lamex ended 1-1, with Jack Payne netting a penalty in the fifth minute of stoppage time to spoil the home sides party, with the second tie ended goalless a few months later.

The season before, Swindon beat The Boro 1-0 at SN1 in October 2019 with Eoin Doyle scoring late, although Stevenage had claimed bragging rights earlier in the campaign, winning 2-0 at home.

Before that, back in November 2018, Town edged a five goal thriller at The County Ground to win 3-2, with Sol Pryce netting twice along with Scott Twine.

Stevenage this season…

The Hertfordshire club have lost just two of their sixteen games in all competitions so far this term, an impressive record which sees them sit second in the League Two standings.

A run of three straight league wins, including a 3-0 drubbing of Sutton United in midweek has pushed them up the table and level on points with leaders Leyton Orient.

They’ve won nine of their twelve league games thus far, scoring 17 goals, although eleven of those wins have been by just the single goal, with the Sutton win last time out the only exception.

The manager…

Steve Evans needs no introduction for the football fans among us.

The 59-year-old Scot arrived at The Lamex in March of this year from Gillingham, making an immediate impact.

The Boro were 22nd and just three points clear of the relegation zone in the league when he took over, but secured safety with three matches remaining after a run of ten points across his first six matches.

Stevenage are the ninth club he’s managed, having also had spells at the likes of Leeds United, Peterborough, Mansfield Town and Rotherham, among others.

Players to watch…

Luke Norris is their main goal threat up top, with the forward having notched four league goals so far this term.

He scored 14 League Two goals last season and has continued where he left off this time around.

Fellow forward Jamie Reid is looking to catch him on the goal front though, with the Northern Irishman just the one league goal behind him in the rankings.

Charlton-loanee Alex Gilbey is having a positive impact on the side since his arrival on deadline day.

The 27-year-old has contributed two assists in League Two so far, alongside Arthur Read, who has also found that creative spark.

They’re also able to count upon the experience of captain Carl Piergianni and Danny Rose, as well as 24-year-old Guyana international Terence Vancooten, who has played more than 125 times for the club.

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