Following a 0-2 victory over Barnet on the 8th March 2003 (Dino Maamria scoring both goals that afternoon), Boro boss Graham Westley gave his reflection of the game and his views of the developing promotion chase within the Nationwide Conference. Within his comments, he is famously quoted as saying that “Stevenage Borough will be a football league club, Destiny will always take over”.
Sadly, the Boro promotion chase in the 2003/2004 season fell away, with the team finishing in 8th spot.
The following year saw the Boro team mount a new push for promotion, competing against a very strong Barnet side. In a key match between the two sides at Underhill on Sunday 2nd January, the scores were level at 1-1, before Fairclough’s Bees scored a late winner – courtesy of an Ismail Yakabu header.
The Bees fans quickly unfurled an enormous banner they had prepared for the occasion, which read DESTINY WILL ALWAYS TAKE OVER, especially printed in the Barnet colours of black and amber.
Barnet went onto win the Nationwide Conference that year, whilst Boro achieved a 5th place finish and made the play-offs, losing 1-0 in the final to Carlisle United on 14th May 2005.
Graham left Stevenage Borough at the end of the 2005/2006 season, as Mark Stimson took the reins, followed by Peter Taylor, before Graham returned to the club for the 2008/2009 season.
At a fans football tournament in 2007, the Boro fans ‘acquired’ the famous banner – and have since unveiled it at key matches. As Boro sealed their promotion to the Football League in an away game at Kidderminster Harriers, the banner was once again unveiled.
The banner now accompanies the Boro for selected big matches as an amusing reminder of our clubs history.