2006–07 Stevenage Borough F.C. season

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Stevenage Borough
2006–07 season
Chairman Phil Wallace
Manager Mark Stimson
Conference National 8th
FA Cup First Round
FA Trophy Winners
Top goalscorer League: Steve Morison (24)
All: Steve Morison (34)
Highest home attendance 3,058 (v Exeter City, Conference National, 21 April 2007)
Lowest home attendance 882 (v Merthyr Tydfil, FA Trophy, 16 December 2006)

The 2006–07 season was Stevenage Borough F.C.'s 13th 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 sixth place finish in the 2005–06 season meant it was their thirteenth successive season of playing in the Conference National. It was also Mark Stimson's first season as manager at the Hertfordshire club, having joined the club from Grays Athletic in May 2006.[1]

With a whole new team of players following the arrival of Stimson, Stevenage started the season slowly, winning just one league match in their opening nine fixtures.[2] As the season progressed, Stevenage started to hit form, winning ten leagues matches out of thirteen from November 2006 to March 2007, propelling them to just outside the play-off places.[3] However, a patchy end of season run meant that the club finished the campaign in eighth place, eight points behind the final play-off position.[4]

Despite missing out on the opportunity of promotion, the season will be remembered for the club's FA Trophy success — winning the competition for the first time in the club's history, courtesy of a 3–2 victory against Kidderminster Harriers at the new Wembley Stadium.[5] The contest was the first competitive match, and final, to be played at the new ground.[6] Stevenage had trailed 2–0 at half-time, before scoring three second-half goals to win the competition in-front of a record crowd of 53,262.[7] The club also competed in the FA Cup, but exited at the First Round stage after losing to league opposition in the form of Wrexham.[8] Steve Morison, a signing from Bishop's Stortford at the beginning of the season, was the club's top goalscorer, scoring 34 goals during the season, with 24 coming in the league, two in the FA Cup, and eight en route to their FA Trophy victory. Stevenage captain Ronnie Henry, who became the first player to lift a competitive trophy at the new Wembley Stadium, was named as Player of the Year for the season.[9]

Match results[edit]

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

Conference National[edit]

Game Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers Notes
1
12 August 2006
Altrincham
Away
1–2
1,035
Boyd
[10]
2
15 August 2006
York City
Home
1–2
2,306
Miller (pen)
[11]
3
19 August 2006
Crawley Town
Home
2–3
1,751
Miller, Morison
[12]
4
26 August 2006
Morecambe
Away
3–3
1,524
Morison (3)
[13]
5
28 August 2006
Forest Green Rovers
Home
3–3
1,905
Morison (2), Boyd
[14]
6
3 September 2006
Tamworth
Away
1–2
1,034
Boyd
[15]
7
9 September 2006
Stafford Rangers
Home
6–0
1,708
Boyd (3), Dobson (2), Morison
[16]
8
12 September 2006
Aldershot Town
Away
0–4
2,371
[17]
9
16 September 2006
Cambridge United
Away
0–1
2,696
[18]
10
19 September 2006
Weymouth
Home
1–0
1,674
Beard
[19]
11
23 September 2006
Exeter City
Away
1–1
3,194
Guppy
[20]
12
30 September 2006
Halifax Town
Home
2–1
1,904
Morison, Boyd
[21]
13
3 October 2006
Woking
Home
3–2
2,410
Lee, Nutter (pen), Dobson
[22]
14
6 October 2006
Rushden & Diamonds
Away
2–2
2,309
Hatswell (o.g), Nurse
[23]
15
10 October 2006
Southport
Away
2–1
1,010
Morison, Nurse
[24]
16
14 October 2006
Dagenham & Redbridge
Home
1–2
2,362
Morison
[25]
17
21 October 2006
Northwich Victoria
Home
0–2
1,773
[26]
18
3 November 2006
Burton Albion
Away
1–2
1,907
Nurse
[27]
19
18 November 2006
Grays Athletic
Home
1–0
2,207
Miller
[28]
20
25 November 2006
Kidderminster Harriers
Away
2–1
1,584
Oliver, Boyd
[29]
21
2 December 2006
Oxford United
Home
2–2
3,008
Morison (2)
[30]
22
9 December 2006
Gravesend & Northfleet
Home
3–0
2,014
Nutter (pen), Morison, Nurse
[31]
23
26 December 2006
St Albans City
Away
3–2
2,878
Miller, Boyd, Morison
[32]
24
30 December 2006
Weymouth
Away
1–0
1,906
Nurse
[33]
25
1 January 2007
Aldershot Town
Home
3–2
2,683
Boyd (2), Morison
[34]
26
20 January 2007
Cambridge United
Home
4–1
2,759
Nutter (pen), Beard, Binns, Morison
[35]
27
23 January 2007
St Albans City
Home
1–2
2,141
Binns
[36]
28
27 January 2007
Gravesend & Northfleet
Away
1–1
1,409
Morison
[37]
29
10 February 2007
Burton Albion
Home
2–1
2,154
Nutter, Miller
[38]
30
17 February 2007
Grays Athletic
Away
2–0
1,552
Fuller, Morison
[39]
31
20 February 2007
Stafford Rangers
Away
3–1
653
Morison (2), Hughes
[40]
32
3 March 2007
Oxford United
Away
0–2
6,410
[41]
33
6 March 2007
Woking
Away
1–0
1,407
Hughes
[42]
34
13 March 2007
Southport
Home
3–1
1,653
Nurse, Morison, Beard
[43]
35
20 March 2007
Dagenham & Redbridge
Away
0–2
1,984
[44]
36
23 March 2007
Altrincham
Home
0–1
1,913
[45]
37
27 March 2007
York City
Away
1–0
2,969
Hakim
[46]
38
31 March 2007
Crawley Town
Away
0–3
1,258
[47]
39
3 April 2007
Kidderminster Harriers
Home
1–2
1,753
Henry
[48]
40
7 April 2007
Morecambe
Home
3–3
1,845
Nurse, Morison, Hakim
[49]
41
9 April 2007
Forest Green Rovers
Away
4–4
969
Dobson, Cole, Nutter (pen), Morison
[50]
42
14 April 2007
Tamworth
Home
3–0
2,202
Cole, Oliver, Morison
[51]
43
17 April 2007
Rushden & Diamonds
Home
1–0
1,715
Nutter (pen)
[52]
44
21 April 2007
Exeter City
Home
0–0
3,058
[53]
45
25 April 2007
Northwich Victoria
Away
0–0
515
[54]
46
28 April 2007
Halifax Town
Away
1–2
2,515
Nurse
[55]

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 2006–07 FA Cup

The Fourth Round Qualifying draw for the 2006–07 FA Cup paired Stevenage with Conference National rivals Forest Green Rovers, with the game being played on 28 October 2006. Stevenage won the match 4–1, with two goals from Steve Morison and a goal apiece for George Boyd and Adam Miller respectively.[56] The victory meant that Stevenage progressed to the First Round proper — where they were drawn against League Two side Wrexham at the Racecourse Ground.[57] Stevenage lost the match 1–0, with a Danny Williams header just before the interval settling the tie.[8]

Game Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers Notes
Q4
28 October 2006
Forest Green Rovers
Home
4–1
1,140
Boyd, Morison (2), Miller
[56]
1
11 November 2006
Wrexham
Away
0–1
2,863
[8]

FA Trophy[edit]

Main article: 2006–07 FA Trophy

Stevenage Borough entered the 2006–07 FA Trophy at the First round stage, facing Merthyr Tydfil at Broadhall Way. Stevenage won the game 7–0, their biggest victory of the season, with George Boyd scoring four of the goals — three of which were scored in four second-half minutes. Goals from Steve Morison, Steve Guppy and substitute Craig Dobson completed the scoring.[58][59] The club were drawn another home tie, to be played on 13 January 2007, this time against Leigh RMI. The visitors took the lead in the first-half, but Stevenage replied with three goals, one from Jamie Slabber and two from Steve Morison, to win the match 3–1.[60] Stevenage then faced a Conference National side in the form of Morecambe, with the game being played on 2 February at Christie Park. Steve Morison gave the away side the lead in the first-half, finishing from an acute angle. Morecambe equalised in injury-time of the second-half, Garry Thompson netting from the penalty spot to ensure the tie went to a replay.[61] Four days later, the teams faced each other in the replay, played at Broadhall Way. Stevenage won the game 3–0 after the game had gone to extra-time. Steve Morison, with his fifth of the competition, Jon Nurse, and Adam Miller scored Stevenage's goals.[62] Another 3–0 victory followed in the quarter-final of the competition, with Stevenage beating Conference South leaders Salisbury City. Daryl McMahon's deflected effort gave the hosts the lead, before Morison and Nurse rounded off the scoring.[63][64]

The victory meant that Stevenage would play Grays Athletic in the semi-final, to be played over two legs. The first leg took place on 10 March, with Grays hosting Stevenage at the New Recreation Ground. The game ended 1–0 to Stevenage thanks to a Santos Gaia header in the second-half.[65] A week later, the second leg took place at Broadhall Way. An Alex Rhodes goals four minutes into the second-half tied the scores at 1–1 on aggregate, with the game going to extra-time after Stevenage goalkeeper Alan Julian made a number of saves to keep Stevenage in the game. Stevenage scored seven minutes into extra-time through a Mark Hughes free-kick that evaded everyone — meaning Stevenage led 2–1 on aggregate. Steve Morison netted his seventh of the competition in the 120th minute to seal Stevenage's victory and ensure the club would be participating in the first competitive final at the new Wembley Stadium.[66]

The win meant that Stevenage would face Kidderminster Harriers at Wembley Stadium on 12 May 2007 — with Kidderminster beating Northwich Victoria 4–3 on aggregate in their respective two legged semi-final.[67] Stevenage won the final 3–2 in front of a record crowd of 53,262, coming back from two goals down to win courtesy of three second-half goals.[5] Kidderminster took a two-goal lead into the interval, both of the club's goals coming from James Constable. Six minutes into the second-half, Mitchell Cole scored from just inside the area after Steve Morison had headed the ball down. Substitute Craig Dobson levelled the scores with fifteen minutes remaining when he toe poked the ball past onrushing keeper Scott Bevan. The comeback was complete with just two minutes left; Morison's initial volley was saved by Bevan, but he reacted fastest to score the rebound and ultimately ensure Stevenage won the FA Trophy for the first time in their history.[5] The victory over Kidderminster in the final meant that Stevenage were the first team to win a competitive trophy at the new Wembley Stadium, with Ronnie Henry the first captain to lift a trophy at the stadium.[6]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers Notes
1
16 December 2006
Merthyr Tydfil
Home
7–0
882
Boyd (4), Morison, Guppy, Dobson
[58]
2
13 January 2007
Leigh RMI
Home
3–1
1,184
Slabber, Morison (2)
[60]
3
2 February 2007
Morecambe
Away
1–1
1,131
Morison
[61]
3R
6 February 2007
Morecambe
Home
3–0
1,056
Morison, Nurse, Miller
[62]
4
24 February 2007
Salisbury City
Home
3–0
2,184
McMahon, Morison, Nurse
[63]
SF1
10 March 2007
Grays Athletic
Away
1–0
1,918
Gaia
[65]
SF2
17 March 2007
Grays Athletic
Home
2–1
3,008
Hughes, Morison
[66]
F
12 May 2007
Kidderminster Harriers
Neutral
3–2
53,262
Cole, Dobson, Morison
[68]

Season statistics[edit]

Starts and goals[edit]

[69][70]

No. Nat Pos Player Total Conference National FA Cup FA Trophy
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1
Northern Ireland GK Alan Julian 53 0 42+1 0 2 0 8 0
2
England DF Barry Fuller 47 1 37 1 2 0 8 0
3
England DF John Nutter 56 6 46 6 2 0 8 0
4
England DF Luke Oliver 31 2 18+8 2 0+1 0 2+2 0
5
England DF Damian Batt 8 0 5+3 0 0 0 0 0
6
Brazil DF Santos Gaia 47 1 37+1 0 2 0 7 1
7
England FW Jamie Slabber 8 1 2+2 0 0 0 1+3 1
8
England FW Paul Hakim 12 2 5+7 2 0 0 0 0
9
Barbados FW Jon Nurse 38 10 23+7 8 2 0 6 2
10
England MF Adam Miller 36 7 23+5 5 2 1 5+1 1
11
England MF Mitchell Cole 25 3 14+5 2 0 0 2+4 1
16
England GK Danny Potter 3 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
17
England MF Sam Hatton 1 0 0+1 0 0 0 0 0
18
England MF Chris Sullivan 5 0 0+5 0 0 0 0 0
19
England MF Stuart Lewis 8 0 3+5 0 0 0 0 0
20
England FW Steve Morison 53 34 42+1 24 2 2 8 8
21
England MF Steve Guppy 31 2 25+2 1 0 0 4 1
22
Jamaica MF Craig Dobson 42 6 22+14 4 0+2 0 1+3 2
23
England MF Dale Binns 15 2 3+6 2 2 0 2+2 0
24
Republic of Ireland MF Daryl McMahon 17 1 12 0 0 0 5 1
25
England DF Ronnie Henry 45 1 36+3 1 1 0 5 0
26
England MF Mark Beard 49 3 37+2 3 2 0 8 0
27
The Gambia DF Hasim Deen 9 0 2+5 0 0+1 0 0+1 0
28
Northern Ireland MF Mark Hughes 13 3 8+2 2 0 0 3 1
30
England MF Tyron Sealey 2 0 0+1 0 0+1 0 0 0
31
England DF Jack Bradshaw 2 0 0+1 0 0 0 0+1 0
Players who left the club before the end of the season
5
England DF Jason Goodliffe 8 0 7+1 0 0 0 0 0
7
England MF Dannie Bulman 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
8
England FW Tony Thorpe 3 0 1+2 0 0 0 0 0
11
Scotland MF George Boyd 27 15 24 10 2 1 1 4
12
England MF Bradley Johnson 5 0 4 0 0 0 1 0
12
England MF Dwane Lee 12 1 10+2 1 0 0 0 0
15
England MF David Hicks 4 0 4 0 0 0 0 0
24
England FW Darryn Stamp 3 0 0+3 0 0 0 0 0

End of Season Awards[edit]

Award Player
Supporters Association Player of the Year Ronnie Henry[71]

See also[edit]

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