Unfashionable Stevenage can echo Morecambe's success and win promotion says Elliot Osborne
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If there are any doubts that Stevenage can't challenge at the top of the table then they need only look at what Morecambe achieved last season.
Like Boro, the Shrimps were considered one of the unfashionable clubs in League Two outside of their own support and town and yet despite that, they stormed through the season, clinching the final promotion place with victory over Newport County in the play-off final at Wembley in May.
And for Stevenage midfielder Elliot Osborne, their example is on the club should and are more than capable of following.
He said: "Our aim is definitely to get promoted and that’s not impossible.
"If you look at Morecambe last year, they wouldn’t have expected to go up and they didn’t have the biggest wage bill but they managed to do it.
"Anything is possible as long as you have the players who want to learn and produce it on the pitch.
"There are a lot of big clubs in the league who are well-supported and get eight to ten-thousand, clubs like Bristol Rovers and Bradford, they are always going to be up just due to the fact that they can spend the money they get through the gate on the players.
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"Here, we haven’t got a massive following, the same as Morecambe, but if we can get things right on the pitch and things right off the pitch, I think we’ve got a chance.
"We’ve definitely got a plan and structure about the team. We’re hard to beat.
"We’ve not conceded too many goals in pre-season and it is just about scoring more at the other end.
"But as a whole, the squad is looking really strong and I’m looking forward to pushing on and doing really well."
Stevenage averaged a crowd of just over 2,800 in the 2019-2020 season, the last campaign were there was fans in attendance, but they will be back for the new season and Osborne can't wait to feel their support.
"You do miss them," said the 25-year-old. "We’ve had a few pre-season games where they’ve been there but it has been a long time.
"Just hearing that roar when there’s a chance about to happen or the oohs and ahs or the noise of the seats as everyone stands up, you really do miss that when it’s not there. It’s part and parcel of football.
"Having fans back for the first time you want to show them something.
"It’s my second year here but it is my first time really with fans and you want to give them a good impression."
And after a debut year in red and white that was hindered by injury, Osborne now looks to have put all of that behind him.
He said: "I was out for three months with an ankle injury but I’ve not felt it at all which has been really good.
"The number 10 position is a really competitive area with the likes of myself, Arthur Read and Charlie Carter so I’m just looking to get as many games as possible and as many goals and assists as possible.
"That’s my personal aim but for the team, I’m hope we push on and do really well."