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Stevenage Seasons 1985-6

Frank Cornwell

V2N = Vauxhall Opel League Division Two North
FAC = FA Cup
FAV = FA Vase
HCC = Herts Charity Cup
HSC = Herts Senior Cup
ACD = A.C. Delco Cup
EFL = Eastern Floodlit League

The decision to make the leap up from the United Counties League to the Isthmian League in 1984 was proved a good one inside just two years, with Stevenage Borough claiming the Division Two North title after a hard-fought 1985-6 season. The winning margin from runners up Kingsbury Town was just a single point, with the last day win over Barton proving crucial.

Martin Gittings scored the goals that powered Boro' to the title, with support from Phil Driver, Paddy Butcher and Chris Myers. But it wasn't just the league in which there was success - Boro' beat Watford in an impressive Herts Senior Cup scalp, although Barnet proved too much for Frank Cornwell's side in the county final following the conclusion of the league season.

Most appearances: Martin Gittings - 47

Top goalscorer: Martin Gittings - 33

1985-6 Stevenage Borough results

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Saturday 17 August
HHCCBishop''s Stortford2-1


Saturday 24 August


Tuesday 27 August


Saturday 31 August
HV2NHemel Hempstead Town2-0


Tuesday 03 September


Saturday 07 September
HFAC1QKidderminster Harriers0-2


Monday 09 September
HV2NLetchworth Garden City1-0


Saturday 14 September
HV2NChalfont St Peter3-0


Tuesday 17 September


Saturday 21 September


Tuesday 24 September
AV2NSaffron Walden Town1-0


Saturday 28 September
HV2NKingsbury Town2-1


Monday 30 September
HV2NHeybridge Swifts3-1


Saturday 05 October
AV2NRainham Town3-1


Monday 07 October


Saturday 12 October
HV2NRoyston Town3-3


Monday 14 October


Saturday 19 October
HFAV1Flackwell Heath3-2


Saturday 26 October
AV2NHarefield United0-0


Tuesday 29 October


Saturday 02 November
HV2NBerkhamsted Town1-2


Saturday 09 November
AV2NHertford Town1-2


Monday 11 November
HV2NSaffron Walden Town2-0


Monday 18 November
AHCCBoreham Wood0-2


Saturday 23 November
AFAV2Chalfont St Peter3-2


Monday 25 November
HEFLHarlow Town0-0


Saturday 30 November
HV2NHaringey Borough4-1


Tuesday 03 December
HV2NWolverton Town3-0


Saturday 07 December


Tuesday 10 December
AEFLHarlow Town1-1


Saturday 14 December
AFAV3Beckton United3-0


Monday 16 December


Saturday 21 December
HEFLSaffron Walden Town3-0


Thursday 26 December
AV2NLetchworth Garden City0-1


Saturday 28 December
HV2NWolverton Town1-0


Wednesday 01 January


Saturday 04 January
AV2NChalfont St Peter2-0


Monday 06 January
AEFLSaffron Walden Town2-2


Saturday 11 January


Wednesday 15 January


Saturday 18 January
AV2NHemel Hempstead Town2-1


Saturday 25 January
HV2NTring Town0-0


Saturday 01 February


Monday 03 February
HV2NBarton Rovers4-1


Saturday 08 February
HV2NRainham Town6-1


Saturday 22 February


Saturday 08 March
HV2NHertford Town1-0


Monday 10 March
HHSC2Hemel Hempstead Town2-1


Saturday 15 March
AV2NVauxhall Motors (Luton)2-0


Tuesday 18 March
AEFLSFBraintree Town1-1


Saturday 22 March


Monday 24 March
HEFLSFBraintree Town


Saturday 29 March
AV2NHaringey Borough1-0


Tuesday 01 April
AV2NKingsbury Town1-1


Monday 07 April
HV2NVauxhall Motors (Luton)3-0


Saturday 12 April
AV2NHeybridge Swifts2-1


Monday 14 April


Wednesday 16 April
AV2NRoyston Town1-0


Saturday 19 April
AV2NTring Town0-0


Monday 21 April
HV2NHarefield United3-0


Saturday 26 April
AV2NBerkhamsted Town0-1


Thursday 01 May
AV2NBarton Rovers2-0


Thursday 08 May

Sort players by:

Apps Gls YC RC US
Ian Adcroft19 (0)2000
Steve Armsby26 (1)12000
Tim Ball27 (0)0000
Jim Beech2 (0)0000
Bill Bennett1 (0)0000
Paddy Butcher15 (3)10000
Graham Cox1 (4)1000
Danny Dance11 (1)5000
Phil Driver41 (1)15010
Des Gallagher46 (0)0000
Alan Gallagher0 (0)0001
Peter Gittings18 (3)3001
Martin Gittings45 (2)33000
Alex Green7 (2)0001
Graham Harding9 (0)2002
Lawrence Honey25 (3)0101
Nigel Johnson12 (0)0000
Kevin Lowe1 (2)2000
Brian Marshall1 (0)0000
Ricky Marshall41 (2)8000
Chris Myers31 (5)13002
Dave Norton2 (0)0000
Richard Nugent10 (4)2001
Doug Pirie28 (4)9000
Peter Shadbolt25 (2)0000
Gary Simpson17 (1)1000
Denny Tyler40 (0)0000
David Watkins39 (0)2000


  • Apps = Number of first team appearances (substitute appearances in brackets)
  • Gls = Number of first team goals scored
  • YC = Yellow Cards
  • RC = Red Cards
  • US = Unused Subs

Note: Due to the match team data for this season being incomplete, the above rollcall will be subject to change as and when we get/receive new information.

1985-6 Vauxhall Opel League Division Two North table

P W D L F A GD Pts
Stevenage Borough
Kingsbury Town
3Heybridge Swifts382081065461968
5Hertford Town381771460501058
6Chalfont St Peter381511125350356
7Tring Town3814131158461255
8Royston Town381313125957252
9Saffron Walden Town381312136165-451
10Berkhamsted Town38148164552-750
11Haringey Borough38147174951-249
12Letchworth Garden City38138174652-647
13Rainham Town38144205491-3746
14Hemel Hempstead Town38129175066-1645
16Vauxhall Motors (Luton)381110175862-443
17Barton Rovers38127195060-1043
18Harefield United38912175672-1639
20Wolverton Town38811194258-1635