Boro history: this week in... 1995
- Credit: Archant
The biggest away win in Stevenage’s history
After a respectable debut campaign in the GM Vauxhall Conference, Stevenage started the 1995/6 season in imposing form.
By the time Southport travelled to Broadhall Way on November 18, Boro had lost just twice and were scoring goals for fun – 21 in the previous six games.
So it was a bit of a surprise when we fell to a 3-1 defeat against Southport that day.
So how were Cloughie’s Boro going to respond to that unexpected loss? With Macclesfield Town – 1994/5 champions – our next visitors to Broadhall Way on December 2, our trip to Runcorn on November 25 gave us the perfect chance to get the Southport disappointment out of our system.
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But it went further than that – it became a real statement of intent.
In front of a mere 442 spectators, Boro ran riot at Runcorn as Mark Smith, Dave Venables (two), Steve Berry and Corey Browne complemented a Barry Hayles hat-trick in a staggering eight-goal victory.
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It was our biggest victory since the famous 11-1 demolition of British Timken Athletic back in 1980 and remains our biggest away victory to this day.
It might have still been too early to talk of a title push, but it certainly showed that we had the potential to be genuine candidates that season; a point reinforced the following week when reigning champions Macclesfield were beaten 4-0.
After the record-breaking Runcorn win, it was to be four months that we lost again (Hednesford Town, March 25).
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