On Sunday 25th January 1998, Stevenage Borough took on the might of Premiership Newcastle United in an FA Cup 4th Round tie at Broadhall Way in front of 8,040 supporters.
Newcastle United at the time publicly debated the merits of moving the tie on the grounds of spectator safety – a claim that Boro fiercely contested, eventually winning the backing of the FA to indeed hold the tie in Hertfordshire.
The profile of the game had been raised in the public’s awareness with the imagination of the country truly captured not least because the game was being sponsored by the Sun newspaper and was to be shown live on Sky TV.
On Saturday 24th January 1998, the day before the big game, the Sun celebrated the romance of the cup and their sponsorship of the upcoming tie by publishing the following picture of Boro defender Robin Trott, a painter and decorator by trade, preparing for the game.
© The Sun 24/01/1998
The Stevenage FC History Website would like to emphasise that formal approval was sought and obtained from News International, the parent company of the Sun Newspaper to reproduce this image. This image should not be reproduced anywhere else without their express approval.