Stevenage fan column – Boro’s a massive part of my life says passionate supporter and East Terrace drummer Owen Rodbard

PUBLISHED: 12:05 28 June 2018 | UPDATED: 12:17 28 June 2018

Stevenage FC fans applaud their team after beating Exeter City 3-1 in the League Two game between Stevenage FC v Exeter City at the Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, Hertfordshire. Picture: DANNY LOO

Stevenage FC fans applaud their team after beating Exeter City 3-1 in the League Two game between Stevenage FC v Exeter City at the Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, Hertfordshire. Picture: DANNY LOO

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Read CometSport’s new Stevenage fan column by passionate Boro devotee Owen Rodbard.

Stevenage FC fans applaud their team after beating Exeter City 3-1 in the League Two game between Stevenage FC v Exeter City at the Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, Hertfordshire. Picture: DANNY LOOStevenage FC fans applaud their team after beating Exeter City 3-1 in the League Two game between Stevenage FC v Exeter City at the Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, Hertfordshire. Picture: DANNY LOO

Football – and of course Stevenage FC – have been a massive part of my life since I could walk.

My first game was at the Lamex, watching Stevenage thrash Merthyr Tydfil 7-0 in the FA trophy. Maybe it was the scoreline which made me come back for more, or maybe I just loved the whole experience.

I owe my passion for the game to my dad, who took me around the country to watch Boro play, and was with me at some of the most memorable matches I’ve watched.

Securing the Conference title and the celebrations which followed at Kidderminster will live with me forever.

Stevenage FC fans applaud their team after beating Exeter City 3-1 in the League Two game between Stevenage FC v Exeter City at the Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, Hertfordshire. Picture: DANNY LOOStevenage FC fans applaud their team after beating Exeter City 3-1 in the League Two game between Stevenage FC v Exeter City at the Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, Hertfordshire. Picture: DANNY LOO

As will the first final held at the new Wembley – also against the Harriers – was another memorable highlight.

Although we triumphed 3-2 in front of a crowd of 53,262 – to lift the 2007 FA Trophy – I missed the last goal because I needed my dad to take me to the loo.

He still hasn’t forgiven me for that.

My commitment to Stevenage has grown as I’ve got older. I attend every home game and all the away ones I can.

One of the things I like about the club has been the atmosphere generated by the fans.

The East Terrace is always chanting and making noise – and this is something you don’t get with a lot of clubs I’ve visited – certainly considering the attendances we get.

I stand in the middle of the East Terrace and it feels like a big family. Everyone knows each other – and no matter what happens it will always feel that way.

As I grew older, I gravitated towards the middle of the terrace and it’s led to the point where I have my own drum and play it at every home game.

I started off playing the drum on a Tuesday night game versus Leyton Orient during the 2016-17 season.

No one wanted to play it so I said I’d try – and ever since then it’s stuck.

I’ve had a lot of experiences with Stevenage but this has to be the best – being at the top of the terrace with fans leading the chants and motivating the team .

I should also give a mention to ‘JJ’ who’s now given up drumming after playing at games since I can remember, and has been a massive part of the atmosphere at the Lamex for years.

He’ll be missed but I hope he thinks I’m doing a good job as his replacement.

See you at the Lamex, cheers.

Follow Stevenage drummer and aspiring sportsjournalist Owen @owenrodbard_292

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