2011/12

 

Final nPower League 1 Position 6th (play off place) Lost 1-0 aggregate to Sheffield United in SF.
F A Cup 5th Round Lost 3-1 to Tottenham in replay.
Carling Cup 1st  Round Lost 3-4 to Peterborough United (AET)
Johnstone Paint Trophy 1st Round Lost on Penalties to AFC Wimbledon

The inaugural season in nPower league 1 had everything a Stevenage supporter could wish for –drama, passion, achievement and a sense of pride for the club both on and off the pitch.

In the League, the majority of the supporters at the start of the season would have welcomed a safe, solid start to the new level with a mid-table finish. Boro excelled the generally accepted best view of the fan base by achieving 6th position and the season play offs.

Reaching the Playoffs was a remarkable feat for the club given their promotion from nPower league 2  just the previous season but what made it real Roy of the Rovers story line was all this was achieved under the stewardship of 3 managers.

In January, following the impressive F A Cup victory over Championship side Reading, Graham Westley along with his management team left the club for fellow League 1 outfit Preston North End. Chairman Phil Wallace turned to inspirational captain Mark Roberts to assume a caretaker management role whilst the search for a permanent successor was carried out. Mark was player manager for 3 league games with an impressive return of 2 wins and 1 draw snaring an all-important 7 points. By the time that Mark’s Boro met MK Dons at the Lamex, new manager Gary Smith was watching from the stands. Gary managed to keep the forward momentum towards the playoffs, keeping his calm through 4 successive draws in March to steer the Boro to the playoffs with 4 wins in the last 5 games of the regular season.

It was noted by Mark Roberts in his captain programme notes for the 1st leg of the play off semi-final that “This will be the 3rd time in 4 seasons that Boro have been involved in the playoffs. What is more incredible is that these 3 ties have been played in 3 different leagues”. This is a remarkable achievement at any level of football and something that Boro supporters are rightly proud of.

Boro were narrowly knocked out at the Semi Final stage after a close, absorbing if not spectacular double header against Sheffield United, 1-0 on aggregate, with the decisive goal coming in the 86th minute of the 2nd leg at Bramall Lane.

Doing the double win over…..

Rochdale Home (3rd Sep) 4-2 Beardsley (2), Reid (2)  
  Away (14th Jan) 1-5 Wilson (2), Freeman (2), Byrom  
Sheffield Wednesday Home (13th Sep) 5-1 Reid, Mousinho, Bostwick, Wilson, Charles  
  Away (14th Feb) 0-1 Laird  
Brentford Away (23rd Oct) 0-1 Beardsley  
  Home (21st Apr) 2-1 Reid, Freeman  
Bury Away (29th Oct) 1-2 Harrison, Roberts  
  Home (5th May) 3-0 Reid, Byrom, Beardsley  

On the receiving end

Notts County Home (17th Sep) 0-2 No Boro Scorer  
  Away (5th May) 1-0 No Boro Scorer  

In the FA Cup, Stevenage FC confirmed their cup pedigree with a cup run that saw Boro eventually bow out of the competition at the 5th round stage, a replay at White Hart Lane going down 3-1 but only after Boro opened the scoring from the penalty spot.  The FA cup trail started with an away victory at fellow league 1 team Hartlepool in the first round with Scott Laird the difference between the two teams.  Round 2 saw a comfortable victory over potential banana skin Stourbridge 3-0 with Chris Beardsley (2) and Robin Shroot producing the goods away from home.  Round 3 saw Boro travel to championship side Reading finding safe passage courtesy of a Darius Charles goal which set up a difficult looking Round 4 home tie against fellow play off hopefuls Nott’s County.  This was Gary Smiths first game at the Boro helm and he managed to steer the Boro ship to a 1-0 victory courtesy of an own goal.  So Boro marched into a home Round 5 tie against Tottenham Hotspur.  A close encounter at the Lamex remained goalless to set up a memorable replay at White Hart Lane.  Despite taking the lead via a Joel Byrom penalty, Boro left the competition on the wrong end of a 3-1 score line.  That said the pride, passion and play of the men in red and white that night will live in the memory for all those Boro supporters present.

Boro bowed out of the other 2 cup competitions, the Carling Cup and the Johnstone Paint Trophy at the first round to Peterborough and AFC Wimbledon respectively.  A cracking game at the Lamex in early August saw Boro edged out of the Carling Cup 4-3 (AET) in an entertaining game with Championship Peterborough United.  Michael Bostwick, Stacey Long and Chris Beardsley found the net for Boro that night.  AFC Wimbledon ended Boro’s interest in the Johnstones Paint Trophy, losing on a penalty shoot-out after the game remained all square after regular time.  The game will probably be best remembered for the cracking volleyed equaliser by Mark Roberts somehow wrapping his leg around the ball which appeared to have been passed behind his run.

 

2011/2012 in numbers……

                          18 wins in League 1.                      3,559 average Lamex attendance

Points won in the season 73                    Goals scored in league 69

                                                             32 squad players utilised in the season

              6th place finish in League 1

19 drawn games                                                             Goal Difference +25

                                                       10 Goals for Top Scorer Beardsley                                   6 FA Cup Games

                           5th Round of FA Cup                                                     Carling Cup exit in Round 1

 

2011/12 Squad

1 Alan Julian 2 Lawrie Wilson 3 Scott Laird 4 Darius Charles 5 Jon Ashton
6 Phil Edwards 7 Darren Murphy 8 Stacey Long 9 Guy Madjo 10 Craig Reid
11 Jennison Myrie Williams 12 Ben May 13 Joel Byrom 14 Mark Roberts © 15 Luke Freeman
16 Chris Day 17 Peter Winn 18 Don Cowan 19 Michael Thalassitis 20 Chris Beardsley
21 John Mousinho 22 Chuks Aneke / Tom Collins 23 Rob Sinclair 24 Michael Bostwick 25 Ronnie Henry
26 Byron Harrison 27 Jordan Slew 28 Josh Walker 29 Patrick Agyemang 30 Jamaal Lascelles
32 Robin Shroot

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