Boro history: this week in...2011

Michael Bostwick celebrates his goal against Newcastle United. Photo: Comet library

Michael Bostwick celebrates his goal against Newcastle United. Photo: Comet library - Credit: Archant

When Newcastle United came to town... again

After securing promotion to the Football League for the first time in 2010, Stevenage had finally put right a wrong dating back to their first Conference title in 1996.

And during their debut league season (2010/1), the club was given a chance to exorcise yet another demon - like buses, you wait ages for an opportunity to put things right...

Boro had seen off both MK Dons and AFC Wimbledon in the FA Cup and had made it to Round Three - where the opponents were Newcastle United.

The defeat to Newcastle in 1998 still rankled, with painful memories of Alan Shearer’s goal-that-never-crossed-the-line still lingering.

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In front of the ITV cameras, those memories were to be swept away as Boro made fools of their Premier League opponents.

After a goalless first half, a Stacy Long shot deflected off the head of Mike Williamson and past Tim Krul into the net.

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That joy turned to delirium shortly afterwards, with Michael Bostwick thundering a low fizzer past Krul into the bottom left hand corner to double the hosts’ advantage.

Cheick Tiote then saw red to sum up a dismal day for the visitors, although Joey Barton did bag one back - not enough, however, to break up the Dale Cavese in full flow.

Any fears of a nervy period of stoppage time were abated when Peter Winn stole in behind the Newcastle defence and popped the ball over Krul to complete a famous win.

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

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