Stevenage FC history: this week in...1996

Barry Hayles was back at the Lamex last year for a charity match in memory of Mitchell Cole

Barry Hayles was back at the Lamex last year for a charity match in memory of Mitchell Cole - Credit: Archant

When it came to picking this week’s history piece, we really wanted to choose our incredible 4-4 draw at Forest Green Rovers on April 9, 2007.

You don’t see your team come back from a three-goal deficit and STILL be disappointed with just a point too often.

But there is one other notable result from this week in history that we couldn’t ignore, even though we featured this season not too long ago.

The date is April 8, 1996 – Easter Monday – and after a 1-0 defeat at Morecambe, just two points separated the Conference’s top three.

Boro had a game in hand over Woking (2nd) and four over Hednesford Town (3rd), and next up at Broadhall Way were the Cards.


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It was a game that promised to be the defining battle in the title race, and the 4,000-strong crowd wouldn’t be let down.

Well, some of them would.

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If we thought we were set for a cagey affair, the hosts blew that idea out of the water with a rampant performance that all but decided where the Conference trophy was heading.

Goals from Efe Sodje, Neil Trebble, Dave Venables and Barry Hayles underlined Boro’s dominance.

Not only was it Boro’s first win over the Surrey club after six previous failures, but it also drove a wedge between Cloughie’s men and the chasing duo.

Boro were now four points ahead with a game in hand still to come and a goal difference DOUBLE that of the Cards.

By the end of the season, Boro’ had extended the gap to eight points to become champions.

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

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