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2007–08 Stevenage Borough F.C. season

Stevenage Borough
2007–08 season
Chairman Phil Wallace
Manager Mark Stimson (until 17 October 2007)
Peter Taylor (from 1 November 2007)
Conference National 6th
FA Cup First Round
FA Trophy First Round
Top goalscorer League: Steve Morison (22)
All: Steve Morison (22)
Highest home attendance 4,533 (v Cambridge United, Conference National, 22 September 2007)
Lowest home attendance 1,174 (v Salisbury City, FA Cup, 30 October 2007)

The 2007–08 season was Stevenage Borough F.C.'s 14th season in the Conference National. This article shows statistics of the club's players in the season, and also lists all matches that the club played during the season. Their eighth place finish in the 2006–07 season meant it was their fourteenth successive season of playing in the Conference National. It was also Mark Stimson's second start to a season as manager at the Hertfordshire club, although he resigned to join Football League side Gillingham in October 2007.[1] In November, he was replaced by Peter Taylor.[2] However, after failing to make the play-offs,[3] Taylor resigned at the end of the season.[4]

After the FA Trophy success at the end of the club's 2006–07 campaign, as well as retaining the majority of the first-team at the club, Stevenage started the 2007–08 season well,[5] breaking a new club record when the defence kept eight consecutive clean sheets.[6] However, following Stimson's departure, five first-team players joined Stimson's new club, Gillingham, meaning the club struggled to maintain its early season form. New manager Peter Taylor attempted to re-build the squad mid-season, but missed out on the play-offs following a defeat against Northwich Victoria in April 2008.

The club were knocked out of the first-round in both the FA Cup and the FA Trophy following defeats against Dorchester Town and Exeter City respectively. Steve Morison was the club's top goalscorer after scoring 22 goals during the season, all 22 of which were scored in the league. Morison was also named as Player of the Year for the season.[7]

Match results

Legend

Win Draw Loss

Pre-season

On 8 June 2007, Stevenage Borough announced that their pre-season campaign would consist of ten friendlies to open the 2007–08 season.

Game Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers Notes
1
7 July 2007
Tottenham Hotspur
Home
1–3
7,011
Allen
[8]
2
17 July 2007
Ipswich Town
Home
3–0
1,410
Nutter (pen), Allen, Hakim
[8]
3
19 July 2007
Ware
Away
2–1
109
Allen, Bramble
[8]
4
21 July 2007
Kettering Town
Away
4–1
738
Miller, Martin, Allen (2)
[8]
5
24 July 2007
Peterborough United
Home
1–1
981
Nutter (pen)
[8]
6
26 July 2007
Harlow Town
Away
4–2
365
Hakim, Sealey, McMahon, Anderson
[8]
7
28 July 2007
St Albans City
Away
2–0
320
Bruce (o.g), Martin
[8]
8
1 August 2007
Bedford Town
Away
2–1
176
Morison, Nutter (pen)
[8]
9
2 August 2007
Hitchin Town
Away
4–1
401
McMahon, Eames, Hakim (2)
[8]
10
6 August 2007
Luton Town
Home
1–2
989
Lewis
[8]

Conference National

The 2007–08 Conference National fixtures were released on 2 July 2007, with Stevenage Borough opening their campaign against Crawley Town at Broadfield Stadium on 11 August 2007.[9]

Game Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers Notes
1
11 August 2007
Crawley Town
Away
1–2
1,257
Martin
[10]
2
14 August 2007
Histon
Home
2–1
2,073
Morison, Arber
[11]
3
18 August 2007
Weymouth
Home
3–0
2,016
Nutter, Morison, Miller
[12]
4
24 August 2007
Kidderminster Harriers
Away
2–0
1,692
McMahon, Miller
[13]
5
27 August 2007
Oxford United
Home
0–0
3,024
[14]
6
1 September 2007
Ebbsfleet United
Away
1–0
1,201
Dobson
[15]
7
4 September 2007
Droylsden
Away
3–0
671
McMahon, Dobson, Nutter (pen)
[16]
8
10 September 2007
Stafford Rangers
Home
3–0
2,424
Morison, Miller, Allen
[17]
9
15 September 2007
York City
Away
2–0
2,052
Morison, McMahon
[18]
10
18 September 2007
Farsley Celtic
Home
4–0
2,186
Morison (2), Dobson, Lewis
[19]
11
22 September 2007
Cambridge United
Home
1–2
4,533
Miller (pen)
[20]
12
25 September 2007
Forest Green Rovers
Away
2–4
719
McMahon, Gaia
[21]
13
29 September 2007
Grays Athletic
Away
2–0
1,460
Morison, Arber (pen)
[22]
14
6 October 2007
Aldershot Town
Home
3–1
3,070
Winfield (o.g), Arber, Dobson
[23]
15
9 October 2007
Woking
Home
1–1
3,007
Dobson
[24]
16
14 October 2007
Torquay United
Away
2–4
3,744
Dobson, Bramble
[25]
17
18 October 2007
Burton Albion
Home
3–3
1,843
Morison, Miller, Cole
[26]
18
3 November 2007
Northwich Victoria
Away
2–0
669
Lewis, McMahon
[27]
19
17 November 2007
Halifax Town
Home
2–3
2,421
Dobson, Morison
[28]
20
26 November 2007
Altrincham
Home
2–1
1,662
Dobson (2)
[29]
21
8 December 2007
Salisbury City
Home
3–1
1,808
Henry, Stokes, Dobson
[30]
22
26 December 2007
Rushden & Diamonds
Away
0–0
2,405
[31]
23
29 December 2007
Altrincham
Away
5–1
763
Morison (2), Berry, Lewis, McMahon
[32]
24
1 January 2008
Rushden & Diamonds
Home
2–1
2,702
Burke, Arber (pen)
[33]
25
5 January 2008
Stafford Rangers
Away
2–1
688
Morison (2)
[34]
26
19 January 2008
Droylsden
Home
5–0
2,320
Arber, Willock, McMahon, Morison (2)
[35]
27
24 January 2008
Farsley Celtic
Away
0–0
501
[36]
28
2 February 2008
Exeter City
Away
0–4
3,436
[37]
29
9 February 2008
Cambridge United
Away
1–2
3,772
Oliver
[38]
30
13 February 2008
Forest Green Rovers
Home
0–0
1,630
[39]
31
17 February 2008
Aldershot Town
Away
1–3
3,261
Grant
[40]
32
23 February 2008
Grays Athletic
Home
0–0
1,856
[41]
33
1 March 2008
Crawley Town
Home
3–1
1,717
Vincenti, Grant, Morison
[42]
34
4 March 2008
Histon
Away
4–1
916
Morison (2), Grant, Laird
[43]
35
8 March 2008
Weymouth
Away
0–1
930
[44]
36
13 March 2008
Kidderminster Harriers
Home
2–1
1,326
Morison, Grant
[45]
37
21 March 2008
Ebbsfleet United
Home
3–1
2,016
Berry, Westwood, Morison
[46]
38
24 March 2008
Oxford United
Away
1–2
4,456
Martin
[47]
39
27 March 2008
Salisbury City
Away
0–1
1,211
[48]
40
1 April 2008
York City
Home
3–2
1,692
Grant, Westwood, Cole
[49]
41
5 April 2008
Exeter City
Home
0–1
2,146
[50]
42
8 April 2008
Woking
Away
2–0
1,216
Morison, Oliver
[51]
43
12 April 2008
Torquay United
Home
1–3
2,673
Grant (pen)
[52]
44
19 April 2008
Burton Albion
Away
0–3
2,160
[53]
45
22 April 2008
Northwich Victoria
Home
1–2
1,596
McMahon
[54]
46
26 April 2008
Halifax Town
Away
2–1
2,229
Morison, Grant
[55]

FA Cup

Main article: 2007–08 FA Cup

The Fourth Round Qualifying draw for the 2007–08 FA Cup paired Stevenage Borough with Conference National rivals Salisbury City. The match was played at Broadhall Way on 25 October 2008, and resulted in a 0–0 draw.[56] Chief executive Bob Makin was in-charge for the match following the resignation of Mark Stimson, in a game that saw Matthew Tubbs miss a penalty for Salisbury in the 90th minute. The draw meant that a replay would take place on 30 October at Broadhall Way. Stevenage ran out 1–0 winners in the replay thanks to a goal from Mark Molesley in the second-half, his only goal for the club. John Nutter also missed a penalty after Molesley was adjudged to have been fouled in the box.[57] The draw for the First Round Proper was made on 31 October, with Stevenage facing a trip to St James Park to play Exeter City on 10 November.[58]

Stevenage fell at the First Round proper stage of the FA Cup as they lost 4–0 to Exeter City in front of 3,513 spectators. Wayne Carlisle gave Exeter the lead after just twenty minutes following good work from Matthew Gill. The home side doubled their lead just before the interval, with Jamie Mackie latching onto a mis-placed backpass from Mark Arber. Steve Basham scored from the penalty spot on the hour mark, and Matt Taylor headed in the fourth, converting George Friend's cross.[59]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers Notes
Q4
27 October 2007
Salisbury City
Away
0–0
1,364
[60]
Q4r
30 October 2007
Salisbury City
Home
1–0
1,174
Molesley
[61]
1
10 November 2007
Exeter City
Away
0–4
3,513
[59]

FA Trophy

Main article: 2007–08 FA Trophy

Stevenage Borough entered the 2007–08 FA Trophy at the First round stage as defending champions of the trophy, and were paired against Conference South side Dorchester Town at the draw on 26 November 2007. The match was played at the Avenue Stadium on 15 December 2007, which resulted in a 2–1 defeat for Stevenage. Jones Awuah gave Dorchester the lead early in the second-half, but Mark Arber equalised on the hour-mark. John Docker then scored a 90th minute penalty after John White had impeded Wesley Fogden.[62]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers Notes
1
15 December 2007
Dorchester Town
Away
1–2
321
Arber
[63]

League table

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Aldershot Town (C) (P) 46 31 8 7 82 48 +34 101 Promotion to 
2 Cambridge United 46 25 11 10 68 41 +27 86 Qualification to Conference playoffs
3 Torquay United 46 26 8 12 83 57 +26 86
4 Exeter City (P) 46 22 17 7 83 58 +25 83
5 Burton Albion 46 23 12 11 79 56 +23 81
6 Stevenage Borough 46 24 7 15 82 55 +27 79
7 Histon 46 20 12 14 76 67 +9 72
8 Forest Green Rovers 46 19 14 13 76 59 +17 71
9 Oxford United 46 20 11 15 56 48 +8 71
10 Grays Athletic 46 19 13 14 58 47 +11 70
11 Ebbsfleet United 46 19 12 15 65 61 +4 69
12 Salisbury City 46 18 14 14 70 60 +10 68
13 Kidderminster Harriers 46 19 10 17 71 60 +11 67
14 York City 46 17 11 18 71 74 −3 62
15 Crawley Town 46 19 9 18 73 67 +6 0601
16 Rushden & Diamonds 46 15 14 17 55 55 0 59
17 Woking 46 12 17 17 53 61 −8 53
18 Weymouth 46 11 13 22 53 73 −20 46
19 Northwich Victoria 46 11 11 24 52 78 −26 44
20 Halifax Town (R) 46 12 16 18 61 70 −9 0422
21 Altrincham 46 9 14 23 56 82 −26 41
22 Farsley Celtic (R) 46 10 9 27 48 86 −38 39 Relegation to Conference North/Conference South
23 Stafford Rangers (R) 46 5 10 31 42 99 −57 25
24 Droylsden (R) 46 5 9 32 46 103 −57 24

Source: Football Conference
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
1 Deducted 6 points for a breach of financial regulations.
2 Halifax deducted 10 points for entering administration and later resigned from the Conference due to financial problems
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Season statistics

Starts and goals

[64]

No. Nat Pos Player Total Conference National FA Cup FA Trophy
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1
Northern Ireland Alan Julian 45 0 43 0 1 0 1 0
2
England Scott Mitchell 6 0 5+1 0 0 0 0 0
3
Republic of Ireland Fred Murray 13 0 12+1 0 0 0 0 0
4
England Luke Oliver 20 2 14+2 2 3 0 1 0
5
England Tommy Smith 15 0 15 0 0 0 0 0
6
England Ashley Westwood 21 2 20 2 1 0 0 0
7
England Mark Molesley 14 1 5+6 0 3 1 0 0
8
England Isaiah Rankin 6 0 2+4 0 0 0 0 0
9
Montserrat Tesfaye Bramble 12 1 4+7 1 0+1 0 0 0
10
England Tyrone Berry 13 2 8+5 2 0 0 0 0
11
England Mitchell Cole 26 2 22+4 2 0 0 0 0
12
England Lawrie Wilson 28 0 17+7 0 1+2 0 1 0
13
England James Russell 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
14
Republic of Ireland Daryl McMahon 41 8 27+10 8 3 0 1 0
15
England John Martin 36 3 33 3 2 0 1 0
16
South Africa Mark Arber 30 6 27 5 2 0 1 1
19
England Sammy Moore 12 0 12 0 0 0 0 0
20
England Steve Morison 45 22 43 22 1 0 1 0
21
England Oliver Allen 13 1 1+12 1 0 0 0 0
22
England Elliott Buchanan 1 0 0+1 0 0 0 0 0
23
England Jamie Eames 1 0 0+1 0 0 0 0 0
24
England Jerome Anderson 5 0 1+4 0 0 0 0 0
25
England Ronnie Henry 37 1 33+2 1 1 0 1 0
26
England Alistair John 5 0 0+5 0 0 0 0 0
27
England Junior Lewis 8 0 8+0 0 0 0 0 0
28
England Scott Laird 15 1 11+4 1 0 0 0 0
29
Saint Kitts and Nevis Calum Willock 9 1 6+3 1 0 0 0 0
30
England Tony Stokes 3 1 2+1 1 0 0 0 0
31
England Zak Burke 2 1 0+2 1 0 0 0 0
33
England Peter Vincenti 12 1 11+1 1 0 0 0 0
34
England Clark Masters 3 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
35
Republic of Ireland Wayne O'Sullivan 7 0 1+6 0 0 0 0 0
36
England Gavin Grant 14 7 12+2 7 0 0 0 0
Players who left the club before the end of the season
2
England Barry Fuller 27 0 22+2 0 2 0 1 0
3
England John Nutter 17 2 13+1 2 3 0 0 0
5
England Damian Batt 2 0 0+1 0 0 0 0+1 0
6
Brazil Santos Gaia 10 1 6+3 1 0+1 0 0 0
8
England Paul Hakim 7 0 1+2 0 1+2 0 0+1 0
10
England Adam Miller 16 5 16 5 0 0 0 0
19
England Stuart Lewis 26 3 21+1 3 3 0 1 0
22
Jamaica Craig Dobson 30 10 24+2 10 3 0 1 0
28
Hungary Zoltán Lipták 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
29
England John White 7 0 4 0 2 0 1 0

End of Season Awards

Award Player
Supporters Association Player of the Year Steve Morison[65]

See also

References

External links

  • Stevenage Borough F.C. official website
  • Stevenage Borough F.C. on Soccerbase
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