Boro make a date at the new Wembley

PUBLISHED: 11:26 22 March 2007 | UPDATED: 11:43 06 May 2010

Fans at the match on Saturday

Fans at the match on Saturday

STEVENAGE Boro are set to make history when they play the first cup final at the new Wembley Stadium in May. They will now face Kidderminster Harriers at the revamped stadium in the final of the FA Carlsberg Trophy on Saturday, May 12. The venue for the f

Winners! It’s thumbs up from Boro boss Mark Stimson (left) and club chairman Phil Wallace

STEVENAGE Boro are set to make history when they play the first cup final at the new Wembley Stadium in May.

They will now face Kidderminster Harriers at the revamped stadium in the final of the FA Carlsberg Trophy on Saturday, May 12.

The venue for the final is awaiting confirmation from the Football Association and a decision should be made on Monday.

More than 3,000 fans watched Boro require extra-time to win Saturday's semi-final second leg against Grays Athletic 2-1 and take the tie 3-1 on aggregate.

Jubilant fans

The result means Boro's management team of Mark Stimson and Scott Barrett are on target to claim a hat-trick of Trophy wins having lifted it at former club Grays in 2005 and 2006.

Mr Stimson said: "It's fantastic for me, Scott and all the players.

"It's a dream for everyone. Players can get nervous and that sometimes showed in our performance against Grays."

He added: "I hope they make the prices reasonable to get a big crowd at Wembley.

"We will enjoy it when it comes around but now we must focus on getting into the play-offs at the end of the season."

Boro chairman Phil Wallace was understandably elated at his side reaching another FA Trophy final following their appearance at Villa Park in 2002.

Mr Wallace said: "The match had everyone on the edge of their seat right to the very end.

"I'm delighted for the players and the club but I'm particularly delighted for our fans.

"They've been simply magnificent this season and on behalf of them, I'd like to thank Mark and Scott for getting us - hopefully - to Wembley.

"If we receive confirmation that the game is at Wembley, the crowd could be gigantic. The whole of Stevenage and half of Hertfordshire will want to be there."

Mr Wallace said that the club will be gunning for a double of an FA Trophy triumph and promotion to the Football League.

He added: "The important thing about the final being on May 12 is that the players can forget all about the Trophy until after the play-offs.

"We can get on with organising a super day out behind the scenes and maximising the attendance, but the players can get back to the important job of getting us into the play-offs."

Boro's next home game is against Altrincham in the league this Saturday.


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