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Stevenage Seasons 1988-9

Brian Williams

V2N = Vauxhall Opel League Division 2 North
FAC = FA Cup
FAV = FA Vase
ACD = A.C. Delco Cup
KFL = Knights Floodlit League
HSC = Herts Senior Cup
HCC = Herts County Cup

After coming in too late to halt Stevenage Borough's slide back into Vauxhall Opel League Division 2 North in 1988, Brian Williams was looking to revive Boro's fortunes going into the 1988-9 campaign. The bid to get promoted back up at the first attempt was a decent one, but fell five points short come the end of the season as Harlow Town and Thurrock went up.

The club's FA Cup run had an unusual end to it, with Boro' thrown out of the competition after playing Brian Aldridge in goal - not realising he was ineligible to participate. Elsewhere, Tilbury accounted for the club's FA Vase ambitions at the preliminary round stage and Dover Athletic put paid to any aspirations of success in the Knights Floodlit League.

Most appearances: Graham Cox - 51

Top goalscorer: Martin Gittings - 24

1988-9 Stevenage Borough results

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Saturday 13 August


Saturday 20 August
AV2NHarlow Town1-3


Monday 22 August
HV2NBerkhamsted Town5-1


Saturday 27 August


Tuesday 30 August
HACDMetropolitan Police0-1


Saturday 03 September
HFACPRRayners Lane6-1


Monday 05 September
AV2NHeybridge Swifts2-1


Saturday 10 September
AV2NHertford Town1-1


Saturday 17 September
AFAC1QRoyston Town1-0


Tuesday 20 September
AV2NSaffron Walden Town0-0


Saturday 24 September
HV2NTring Town4-4


Tuesday 27 September
AV2NBillericay Town0-3


Saturday 01 October


Saturday 08 October


Tuesday 11 October
A KFLWelwyn Garden City2-2


Saturday 15 October


Wednesday 19 October
AHSC1Tring Town1-0


Saturday 22 October


Saturday 29 October
HV2NWitham Town3-1


Tuesday 01 November
AV2NBarton Rovers1-1


Saturday 05 November


Monday 07 November
HV2NRainham Town3-2


Saturday 12 November
AV2NWolverton Town4-0


Monday 14 November
HKFLWelwyn Garden City0-0


Wednesday 23 November
AKFLCranfield United4-0


Saturday 26 November
AV2NHemel Hempstead Town2-2


Saturday 03 December


Monday 05 December
HKFLCranfield United5-0


Saturday 10 December


Saturday 17 December
HV2NLetchworth Garden City2-1


Monday 19 December


Tuesday 27 December


Saturday 31 December
AV2NRainham Town3-1


Monday 02 January
HV2NHeybridge Swifts3-0


Saturday 07 January
AV2NBerkhamsted Town0-2


Monday 09 January
HV2NVauxhall Motors (Luton)3-0


Saturday 14 January
HV2NHarlow Town2-3


Tuesday 17 January
AHCCSt Albans City1-2


Saturday 21 January
AV2NTring Town1-1


Saturday 28 January
HV2NHertford Town3-5


Monday 30 January
HV2NRoyston Town2-2


Saturday 04 February


Saturday 11 February
HV2NSaffron Walden Town2-0


Saturday 18 February


Saturday 25 February


Saturday 04 March
AV2NRoyston Town4-0


Saturday 11 March
HV2NBillericay Town0-1


Saturday 18 March
HV2NBarton Rovers3-0


Tuesday 21 March
AKFLQFDover Athletic1-3


Saturday 25 March
AV2NWitham Town0-2


Saturday 01 April


Saturday 08 April
AV2NLetchworth Garden City1-1


Saturday 15 April
HV2NWolverton Town3-1


Saturday 22 April
AV2NVauxhall Motors (Luton)2-1


Saturday 29 April
HV2NHemel Hempstead Town2-0


Saturday 06 May

Sort players by:

Apps Gls YC RC US
Ian Adcroft16 (1)4000
Brian Aldridge3 (0)0000
Keith Allinson1 (0)0000
Gary Bambrick41 (0)1003
Noel Blackwell8 (0)0000
Lee Bozier6 (0)0000
Nigel Cardines18 (5)0001
Colin Cardines1 (1)0000
Peter Churchill2 (1)1000
Lee Clarke1 (0)0000
Graham Cox51 (0)15000
Paul Cumberbatch13 (4)2001
Shaun Debnam0 (1)0000
Phil Dunn5 (0)0000
Richard Fisher0 (0)0001
Joe Gibbs2 (2)0002
Martin Gittings35 (3)24000
Alan Gittings1 (1)0000
Paul Grant24 (0)4001
Chris Hayes17 (0)0000
Dave Hudgell9 (5)4000
Alan Iddenden30 (3)1001
Lee Jacobs0 (1)0001
Mark Klimek15 (0)0000
Ronnie Lear0 (3)0001
Steve Mahoney5 (2)3001
Gary Marshall10 (0)0000
Shaun Marshall0 (3)0008
Colin McGill0 (0)0001
Trevor Metcalfe5 (3)1000
Brendan O'Neill2 (0)0000
Paul Palma8 (1)2000
Trevor Parker0 (0)0002
Matt Pettipher13 (3)0003
Robin Pyke3 (0)0003
Gary Redmond21 (1)0000
Gary Roberts11 (0)5000
Dave Smith30 (5)4000
Mark Taverner28 (9)5000
Steve Taverner41 (2)4000
John Templeton33 (3)3004
Mark Timpson42 (2)16000
Denny Tyler17 (0)0004
David Watkins9 (0)0000
Martin Westley8 (0)0000
Gary Williams20 (0)8000
Brian Wright8 (0)1000


  • 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.

1988-9 Vauxhall Opel League Division Two North table

P W D L F A GD Pts
Harlow Town
3Tring Town4222101065442176
4Stevenage Borough422013984552973
5Heybridge Swifts422191264432172
6Billericay Town4219111265521368
8Barton Rovers421811135850865
10Hertford Town4216131362491359*
12Hemel Hempstead Town421610165558-358
13Witham Town42167196967255
14Vauxhall Motors (Luton)42159185357-454
15Berkhamsted Town421410185770-1352
18Royston Town42127234672-2643
19Rainham Town42915184962-1342
20Saffron Walden Town42816185472-1840
21Letchworth Garden City42418203471-3730
22Wolverton Town4257304295-5313^

* Hertford Town deducted two points
^ Wolverton Town deducted nine points; left Division Two North in 1989