Pixie Lott on the Stevenage bus

The second instalment of editor Darren Isted’s diary of a season spent following Boro

Bloody great! I may not have the greatest attention to detail (hang clothes on the same peg, obsessively check locks etc) but I was hoping to catch Boro’s first ever league win.

As I mentioned in my previous piece it’s always nice to say ‘I was there’ and in hindsight I might well have swapped the delights of Kasabian and a rather in-form Peter Andre at the V Festival for GW and his 11-piece.

But I made the life choice and so missed out on the fateful visit of Stockport. To be honest I had a feeling that it would prove to be the day, and especially given performances to date a fair result was certainly on the cards.

It was satisfying to see the goals tick over on a regular basis via the trusty mobile phone updates and of course given our new found status I could catch the goals when I returned on Monday. The BBC highlights package made good viewing, a wonder goal from Bossie, a rather neat header from Charlie and Boro fans singing during our goals, their goal and at the end.

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As starts to the season go, this has been distinctly steady, and that’s just what we need at the moment. With all this talk of stepping up in class it would pay to take a look at our last hike in standard back in 1994. At that stage we made our way into the Conference and automatic promotion beckoned with a 3-0 win at Stafford on the opening day.

But from those heady heights we were brought down to earth in the following game. I well remember Dover coming to town and can recall Dave Leworthy handing out a lesson as the visitors stormed into an early lead on their way to a 3-0 drubbing.

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It really was a rude awakening and another home defeat followed. Indeed Boro were rock bottom by the time they next won, at the tenth time of asking. It was all a shock for a club which had only known success with continual promotions, and some with weaker hearts, like mine, feared Boro had been found out.

All turned out well of course and to be fair there isn’t the same sense of the unknown this time round. Many of the clubs and players are familiar and with the exception of the first half against Macclesfield it appears that Boro have been on top throughout.

It’s early doors of course and supporters will always have views on how a team could be strengthened or play better. But even in the cautious ‘one game at a time’ world of football gaffers one can imagine that it’s calming green tea and not stress busting extra strength coffee that is fuelling the management team at the moment.

And when the Boro bus bangs out the tunes on the way to Aldershot on Saturday I’m sure it will be more Pixie Lott than Prodigy that will send them on their way.

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