Boro history: this week in... 2012

Darius Charles scores the winner against Reading in 2012. Photo: Reading Chronicle.

Darius Charles scores the winner against Reading in 2012. Photo: Reading Chronicle. - Credit: Archant

A trip to Reading for Westley’s last game of his second spell at the club

Stevenage’s reward for beating Newcastle United in the 2010/11 FA Cup was a home tie in round four against Reading - a game that the club went on to lose 2-1.

After making it through to round three again in 2011/12, many fans might have been disappointed to learn that the club’s opponents were once again to be Reading.

This time it was away at the Madejski Stadium - a much tougher proposition and not helped by the fact that there were mutterings about Graham Westley’s Boro future.

A large contingent of Boro fans made the journey down to Berkshire and had to wait just 21 minutes for what proved to be the game’s decisive moment.

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Darius Charles - playing in a forward position - fired home past Adam Federici from the edge of the box, after some good work to wriggle clear of his man on the flank.

The hosts certainly had their chances to draw level, with Michail Antonio guilty of the worst miss in the second half as Boro sensed that this was going to be their day.

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The full-time whistle brought with it yet another feather for Boro’s FA Cup hat, but it also brought the curtain down on a glorious era for the club as Westley left days later.

As the manager moved on to pastures new up in Preston, the club’s FA Cup adventure was to continue into the fifth round as the club set another benchmark for itself.

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

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