Boro chairman calls on Stevenage to get behind the club

STEVENAGE Borough chairman Phil Wallace wants the town to get behind his team as it looks to achieve the league and cup double this season. Boro are currently top of the Blue Square Premier and having beaten Kidderminster Harriers 5-1 in the FA Trophy sem

STEVENAGE Borough chairman Phil Wallace wants the town to get behind his team as it looks to achieve the league and cup double this season.

Boro are currently top of the Blue Square Premier and having beaten Kidderminster Harriers 5-1 in the FA Trophy semi-final first leg on Saturday have one foot in the final which is due to be played at Wembley on May 8.

Speaking after Boro's win on Saturday, which came despite a bug going around the first team and problems with the team kit on the way to Aggborough, Wallace said: "A lot of things didn't go to plan yesterday before the match started but I'd quickly run out of superlatives if I tried to describe how a 5-1 away win feels in the first leg of a Trophy semi final.

"The management team and the lads took all the pre-match problems of yesterday in their stride and still delivered a performance and result right off the top shelf. That's an incredible achievement.

"But that was yesterday. It's history now until next Saturday when we focus on the Trophy again. We have 11 league games to win and we need Stevenage and all the surrounding areas to get behind us for the next six weeks.

"This is when we need every person that's ever watched Boro, every person that has a soft spot for the club, to be inside The Lamex Stadium cheering us on for our remaining home games.

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"Apart from Rushden, who also have a chance, we are probably competing for the championship with Oxford and Luton over the next six weeks.

"Both these clubs have three times our support, three times our gate income and a long history of football tradition. What a job Graham and the players have done to compete with them.

"Soon we will have home games against both and we need every person reading this article to tell everyone in their workplace, their school, their family and their friends to come along and support Boro in our remaining home games."

The Boro chairman is aware that both Luton Town and Oxford United will be bringing large numbers of supporters with them to their games at the Lamex and hopes Boro's fans will come out in their numbers to pump up the atmosphere.

"Luton have sold 2,800 tickets - Oxford are likely to sell 1,700. We have a capacity of 7,100 so that leaves a lot of space for Stevenage fans," Wallace said.

"We took 26,000 to Wembley in 2007 and 15,000 last May. We need to call on that floating support now, to give us a helping hand into the Football League.

"This is the time to put any past differences aside, to forget anything that's happened in years gone by.

"This is the time to renew your love affair with your local club. Our club is close to achieving something really special - so please, make sure you can look back and say you were there when it happened and do everything you can to encourage others to attend our remaining home games.

"Graham and the lads deserve the support of everyone in Stevenage.

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