Boro history: this week in... 1991

Paul Fairclough was in charge as Boro marched up the leagues. Photo: Comet library

Paul Fairclough was in charge as Boro marched up the leagues. Photo: Comet library - Credit: Archant

Pete Hayman from BoroGuide takes a look at what Stevenage were up to 22 years ago this week...

Boro history: this week in… 1991

The 1990-1 season was a memorable one for Stevenage Borough, with the club clocking up an imperious 107 points on their way to the Isthmian League Division Two North title.

It started a run of three promotions in four seasons, with Division One next on the agenda.

The club’s start to the 1991-2 season was impressive, given that they had only just come up.


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OK, so Boro lost 4-0 on the opening day at Yeading – but they won the following eight games to make their presence well and truly known.

The goals were flowing: 23 were scored and just six conceded in that run. So it didn’t look as if Boro had much to be fearful of as they made the trip to Abingdon Town on October 19, 1991.

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The hosts were no pushovers, but Stevenage had the momentum and the confidence.

Things, however, did not go to plan that day. In stark contrast to the run of form that had catapulted Boro towards the top of the table, they were demolished 4-0.

Such a result may have derailed a lesser team’s progress, but this is Stevenage we’re talking about!

So what happened next? After the defeat at Abingdon, Boro remained unbeaten until the middle of January and went on to lose just four games all season.

Furthermore, there was only one more occasion that league season on which the club failed to score.

As Abingdon finished a credible sixth that season, Boro were already out of sight – winning the league by 14 points from second-placed… Yeading!

* Pete Hayman runs BoroGuide, the Stevenage FC internet resource. For more information visit www.boroguide.co.uk or follow him on twitter @boroguide

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