Can Stevenage beat history with League 1 survival?

Filipe Morais of Stevenage scores the opening goal against Crewe back in October. Photo: Kevin Colem

Filipe Morais of Stevenage scores the opening goal against Crewe back in October. Photo: Kevin Coleman - Credit: Kevin Coleman

No team since Cambridge United in 2000 has had 25 or fewer points from 30 League 1 games and has stayed up

Stevenage host Crewe Alexandra this evening hoping to get a valuable three points in their fight to stay in League 1.

History seems to be against Boro, however, as no side in the third tier of English football since Division Two was rebranded League 1 in 2004-05 has survived after they have accrued 25 or fewer points from 30 matches.

Eleven sides have had a record similar or worse than Stevenage’s at the same stage of a League 1 season, and all have been relegated.

However, if Boro want to look a little further into history they can take solace from the fact that, in 1999-2000 when the third tier was still known as Division Two, Cambridge United were second from bottom with 24 points from 30 matches, seven points from safety with one match in hand on Oxford United.

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Come the end of the season Cambridge survived with 48 points from 46 matches to end the campaign in 19th place.

Oxford also survived, a place below on 45 points, with Cardiff City, Blackpool, Scunthorpe United and Chesterfield all relegated.

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Going in Boro’s favour this evening is their home record in Tuesday night fixtures this season.

Stevenage have played five matches in all competitions on home turf on Tuesday evenings, and have won all of them.

They will also hope to do the double over Crewe – the last time the two sides met, at Gresty Road on Tuesday, October 22, Boro were 3-0 winners with Filipe Morais (two) and Luke Freeman on the scoresheet.

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