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Stevenage Seasons 1998-9

Paul Fairclough, Richard Hill

Conf = Football Conference
FAC = FA Cup
FAT = FA Trophy
ET = Endsleigh Trophy

It's a harsh world in which you can be sacked when your team sits third in the league, but that's how things panned out for Paul Fairclough in December 1998. OK, so Boro' had just been easily defeated at Lincoln City in the FA Cup, but Victor Green's decision to axe Cloughie came as a huge surprise and it's still a difficult decision to explain to this day.

Richard Hill took over and wasn't able to build on the platform he had inherited, though the eventual sixth-placed finish doesn't show that Boro' lost two fewer games than champions Cheltenham Town that season. It's just that Boro' drew more than anyone else. It was the champions who eventually put Boro' out of the FA Trophy too, winning 5-4 on penalties at Broadhall Way.

Most appearances: Mark Smith - 51

Top goalscorer: Carl Alford - 33

1998-9 Stevenage Borough results

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Saturday 15 August


Monday 17 August


Saturday 22 August
HConfLeek Town2-0


Tuesday 25 August
AConfDover Athletic1-1


Saturday 29 August
AConfForest Green Rovers2-1


Monday 31 August
HConfWelling United1-1


Saturday 05 September


Tuesday 08 September


Saturday 12 September


Monday 14 September
HConfYeovil Town1-1


Saturday 19 September
HConfHednesford Town3-1


Saturday 26 September
AConfKidderminster Harriers0-2


Monday 28 September


Saturday 03 October
AConfTelford United3-0


Tuesday 06 October
AET1Dover Athletic3-2


Saturday 10 October
HConfHereford United0-3


Sunday 18 October
AFAC3QWitney Town2-1


Saturday 24 October
AConfNorthwich Victoria1-0


Wednesday 04 November
AFAC4QDagenham & Redbridge3-0


Saturday 07 November
HConfDoncaster Rovers2-0


Saturday 14 November


Saturday 21 November


Monday 23 November


Saturday 28 November
HConfTelford United2-2


Tuesday 01 December
HET2Cheltenham Town0-1


Saturday 05 December
AFAC2Lincoln City1-4


Saturday 12 December
HConfForest Green Rovers1-1


Saturday 19 December
AConfCheltenham Town0-3


Saturday 26 December
HConfRushden & Diamonds0-0


Monday 28 December
HConfKettering Town2-2


Saturday 09 January


Saturday 16 January
HFAT3Dover Athletic3-1


Saturday 23 January


Saturday 30 January
AConfHereford United1-0


Saturday 06 February
AFAT4Cheltenham Town0-0


Saturday 13 February


Tuesday 16 February
HFAT4Cheltenham Town0-0


Saturday 20 February
AConfLeek Town1-1


Tuesday 23 February


Saturday 06 March


Tuesday 09 March
AConfRushden & Diamonds1-2


Saturday 13 March
HConfCheltenham Town2-2


Tuesday 16 March
AConfWelling United1-1


Saturday 20 March


Friday 26 March
AConfDoncaster Rovers0-0


Saturday 03 April
HConfNorthwich Victoria1-3


Monday 05 April
AConfKettering Town2-1


Saturday 10 April
HConfDover Athletic1-0


Monday 12 April


Saturday 17 April


Monday 19 April
AConfHednesford Town2-2


Saturday 24 April
HConfKidderminster Harriers3-0


Saturday 01 May
AConfYeovil Town3-1

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Apps Gls YC RC US
Carl Alford49 (1)33100
Jamie Barnwell15 (0)4001
Gordon Barr1 (0)0000
Stuart Beevor26 (6)4002
Steve Berry35 (1)0001
Noel Blackwell0 (0)0001
Paul Brooker10 (0)1000
Steve Butler6 (3)3000
Owen Coll1 (0)0002
James Dillnutt7 (0)0007
Steve Flain1 (0)0000
Des Gallagher6 (1)0002
Phil Gridelet1 (0)0000
Ross Harrison14 (0)1001
Lee Harvey46 (0)0100
Bobby Highton0 (1)0000
Lee Howarth36 (3)1001
Elliott Jackson7 (0)0000
Robert Kean4 (4)1002
Ryan Kirby19 (1)0001
Richard Leadbeater11 (1)4000
Michael Love42 (5)7101
Paul Mahorn2 (4)0002
Rodney McAree3 (0)0000
Jeran Meah3 (1)1001
Jamie Mitchell1 (1)0000
Dominic Naylor22 (6)00012
Chris Pearson13 (8)5002
Nathan Peel2 (3)0000
Steve Perkins4 (2)2005
Dwayne Plummer21 (5)2100
Robbie Reinelt13 (5)1001
Darren Rogers11 (4)0003
Dean Samuels9 (7)1002
Mark Smith51 (0)0000
Brian Statham3 (0)0010
Jimmy Strouts17 (1)5000
Chris Taylor40 (0)0010
Ross Taylor1 (0)0000
Errol Telemaque1 (7)1004
Paul Thompson5 (13)20010
Robin Trott23 (3)2104
Darren Twidell1 (0)0000


  • 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

1998-9 Football Conference table

P W D L F A GD Pts
Cheltenham Town
2Kettering Town4222101058372176
4Rushden & Diamonds4220121071422972
5Yeovil Town4220111168541471
6Stevenage Borough421717862451768
7Northwich Victoria42199146051966
10Hednesford Town421516114944561
11Dover Athletic421513145448658
12Forest Green Rovers421513145550558
13Hereford United421510174946355
15Kidderminster Harriers42149195652451
16Doncaster Rovers421212185155-448
17Telford United421016164460-1646
20Welling United42914194465-2141
21Leek Town4288264876-2832