Mark Hollis picks his Boro Team of the Season

Twelve players included in Hollis’ best pick from 2010-11

Stevenage Supporters’ Association’s Mark Hollis has been writing a monthly column for The Comet throughout Boro’s first season in the Football League.

Here he picks his best 11 (actually 12) players of the season...

It’s been very difficult to put this team together as, yet again, the whole squad have played such a huge part in reaching the play-offs so you’ll have to ignore the fact that I have 12 players listed below.

The inclusion of the extra man is very deliberate as it allows a 4-4-2 or 4-5-1 depending on whether we’re playing an attack minded team or Oxford.

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GK - Chris Day

It sounds rude to suggest he’s in this team of the season by default, but the truth is hard to deny. Chris put in some fantastic performances ensuring we nicked points we otherwise wouldn’t have got near, and in doing so became the only player I can think of to play every minute of every competitive game in a season for Stevenage.

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RB - Ronnie Henry

The longest serving player in our squad and arguably the most quietly effective, Ronnie has performed fantastically again. His attitude, work rate and commitment have been top drawer and it sometimes goes unnoticed because we’ve become so used to it over the years.

CB - Mark Roberts

It might have been the step up, or it might have been the return to ginger, but it took Robbo a little while to settle in to life in League 2.

However, once he did he was at his commanding best. I’ve only seen one defender in the league perform better all season…

CB - Jon Ashton

From the very first kick Jon has been solid, strong, commanding and thoroughly deserving of his SA Player of The Year and Players’ Player of the Year. The margin by which he won the SA award is testament to the great season he’s had.

LB - Scott Laird

He’s been given a bit of a raw deal from some quarters of our fan base this season but I think he’s been excellent considering he hasn’t had a regular left midfielder with which to form an understanding.

He’s also performed admirably when put on the left wing and bagged a couple of good goals too. That effort against Rotherham was a pearler.

RM – Lawrie Wilson

Picked up from where he left off after his injury last season and has probably gone up another level from then too. He’s spent the season running himself into the ground and skinning full-backs for fun. And he has the best hair in the team.

CM - Michael Bostwick

Like Robbo, seemed to take a little bit of time to find his level but once he did he ran the show in the middle of park as he did in the Championship season. Equally adept in the heart of defence or midfield he’s one of a few lads in the team who would be nigh on impossible to replace.

CM - Luke Foster

A centre-back by trade but came in midway through the season and played the holding midfield role like he’d been doing it all of his life. It’s no coincidence that the charge to the play-offs came at the same time as he was putting in some Gareth Barry-esque performances. If Gareth Barry was capable of making a simple pass to a team-mate, of course.

CM – John Mousinho

Has performed well wherever he’s been asked to play. His passing is second to none and his coolness on the ball allows everyone else that bit of time to compose themselves. Strong tackler and as the season wore on we got to see what a good finisher he is too.

LM – Craig Reid

Announced in January as our first “six figure” player and immediately had huge pressure on his shoulders but has taken it in his stride. Signed as a striker but has mainly been used on the left wing which has affected his goal tally but played up front next year I’m confident he’ll be in amongst the goals.

CF - Byron Harrison

The fact he only played for half a season and still took the Golden Boot tells its own story. The fact that he did it after moving from the Isthmian League to League 2 tells another one. If he carries on improving like he has done, he’s going to be a hell of a player for Stevenage.

CF - Chris Beardsley

Another player who gets a bit of a rough time from the fans because his goal tally isn’t great but, for me, his work rate in the early part of the season made it that bit easier to settle in because no side can build from the back when he’s on the pitch.

As well as that though, the way he works the channels frees up a lot of space in the middle of the park for the others to do their thing.

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