Broadhall Way Pitch Damaged

November, 1976


Following the effective demise of Stevenage Athletic FC, a fledgling youth side ‘Stevenage FC’ was born, with Keith Berners as chairman and Vic Folbigg as manager.

Vic was in the process of organising an inaugural match for Stevenage FC at Broadhall Way against Hitchin Town Youth, with the intention of keeping competitive football in Stevenage and raising much needed funds for the new club.

However, there were still unresolved disputes over the Broadhall Way facility which had a remaining 38 year lease to Javier Revuelta (acting as chairman for Stevenage Athletic FC) despite calls from the ground’s owner – Stevenage Development Corporation, to surrender and forfeit the remaining term.

With the ground only being permitted for football use, and Revuelta pushing for approval to use the ground for other commercial purposes (an indoor market amongst other things) it was a volatile situation, and less than ideal circumstances for the launch of a new club hoping to be granted use of the Broadhall Way ground.

Matters came to a dramatic conclusion when Revuelta, as one of his final acts as leaseholder, ordered a digger to desecrate the Broadhall Way playing surface, digging a deep trench the length of the pitch – effectively ensuring that no football would take place there.

The planned launch of Stevenage FC at Broadhall Way was duly cancelled – and Stevenage Council assisted the new club with a temporary home –  allowing them use of one of the council owned pitches at King George V playing fields.