2009–10 Stevenage Borough F.C. season

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Stevenage Borough
2009–10 season
Chairman Phil Wallace
Manager Graham Westley
Conference National 1st (Champions)
FA Cup First round
FA Trophy Runners-up
Top goalscorer League: Yemi Odubade (14)
All: Yemi Odubade (16)
Highest home attendance 7,024 (v Luton Town, Conference National, 3 April 2010)
Lowest home attendance 678 (v Vauxhall Motors, FA Trophy, 19 January 2010)

The 2009–10 season was Stevenage Borough F.C.'s 16th 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 fifth-place finish and subsequent play-off semi-final defeat in the 2008–09 season meant it was their sixteenth successive season of playing in the Conference National. It also marked the second year in charge for manager Graham Westley during his second spell at the club;[1] having previously managed the Hertfordshire side from 2003 to 2006.[2]

The majority of the squad that performed so well in the second half of the club's 2008–09 campaign were retained, with very little transfer activity in comparison to previous seasons. Steve Morison, the club's top goalscorer for the past three seasons, moved to Millwall for a fee of £130,000,[3] while both John Martin and Calum Willock were released in late May 2009. Midfielder Gary Mills was the last departure of the close season; rejecting a contract and instead opting to join fellow Conference rivals Mansfield Town.[4] Five players joined the club during the close season. Charlie Griffin was the first signing of the season, joining Stevenage from Salisbury City on a free transfer. Yemi Odubade, Chris Beardsley, and Joel Byrom signed for the club shortly after; the latter commanding a transfer fee of £15,000.[5][6] The last signing of pre-season was Stacy Long; who joined the club on a free transfer from Ebbsfleet United. No players departed the club during the season, with Tim Sills the only addition – signing for an undisclosed fee from Torquay United in January 2010.

Stevenage's league campaign got off to a patchy start; with the side recording just one win from their first five games of the season. Following a 2–1 defeat to Oxford United in August 2009, the team went on a 17-game unbeaten run that stretched four months from August to December 2009, propelling the club into the top two. A 4–1 victory against Cambridge United on New Year's Day ultimately meant that Stevenage hit top-spot for the first time in the season.[7] However, two defeats on the road within the space of a week in February meant that rivals Oxford United had an eight–point lead going into March 2010. The team responded well, winning eight games on the bounce; including an important 1–0 victory over Oxford United in late March, subsequently replacing Oxford at the top of the table. Borough brushed aside a late challenge from Luton Town, securing promotion to the Football League with two games to spare following a 2–0 win against Kidderminster Harriers at Aggborough.[8] The team won their last six games of the league campaign without conceding a single goal, and recorded 42 points from a possible 45 from their last fifteen league fixtures. Stevenage finished the season having amassed a total of 99 points from 44 games, winning the league by 11 points.[9]

The club also featured in the final of the FA Trophy against Barrow – losing 2–1 after extra–time; it was Stevenage's third visit to Wembley Stadium in four seasons. Yemi Odubade finished as the club's top goalscorer for the season after scoring 16 goals, 14 of which came in the league and two in the FA Trophy. Scott Laird, who played a total of 53 games throughout the season, more than any other player in the squad, was named as Player of the Year.[10]

Squad details[edit]

Last updated on 18 April 2010. The squad at the end of the season.[11]

Players information[edit]

No. Name Nationality Position Date Of Birth (Age) Signed From Notes
Goalkeepers
1 Ashley Bayes England GK (1972-04-19) 19 April 1972 (age 44) Crawley Town
[12]
16 Chris Day England GK (1975-07-28) 28 July 1975 (age 41) Millwall
[13]
Defenders
3 Scott Laird England LB (1988-05-15) 15 May 1988 (age 28) Plymouth Argyle
[14]
4 Eddie Odhiambo Tanzania RB (1983-09-15) 15 September 1983 (age 32) Oxford United
[12]
5 Jon Ashton England CB (1982-10-04) 4 October 1982 (age 33) Grays Athletic
[15]
6 Mark Albrighton England CB (1976-03-06) 6 March 1976 (age 40) Cambridge United
[16]
14 Mark Roberts (c) England CB (1983-10-16) 16 October 1983 (age 32) Northwich Victoria
[17]
25 Ronnie Henry England RB (1984-01-20) 20 January 1984 (age 32) Dublin City
[18]
Midfielders
2 Lawrie Wilson England RM (1987-02-11) 11 February 1987 (age 29) Colchester United [19]
7 Darren Murphy Republic of Ireland CM (1985-07-28) 28 July 1985 (age 31) Cork City
[20]
8 Stacy Long England CM (1985-01-11) 11 January 1985 (age 31) Ebbsfleet United
[21]
13 Joel Byrom England CM (1986-09-14) 14 September 1986 (age 29) Northwich Victoria
[6]
18 David Bridges England CM (1982-09-22) 22 September 1982 (age 33) Kettering Town
[12]
21 Mitchell Cole England LM (1985-10-06) 6 October 1985 (age 30) Southend United
[22]
23 Andy Drury England RM (1983-08-12) 12 August 1983 (age 32) Lewes
[23]
24 Michael Bostwick England CM (1988-05-17) 17 May 1988 (age 28) Ebbsfleet United [24]
30 Peter Vincenti England CM (1986-07-07) 7 July 1986 (age 30) Millwall
[25]
Forwards
9 Charlie Griffin England FW (1979-06-25) 25 June 1979 (age 37) Salisbury City
[26]
10 Lee Boylan England FW (1978-09-02) 2 September 1978 (age 37) Cambridge United
[27]
11 Yemi Odubade Nigeria FW (1984-07-04) 4 July 1984 (age 32) Oxford United
[5]
17 Tim Sills England FW (1979-09-10) 10 September 1979 (age 36) Torquay United
[28]
20 Chris Beardsley England FW (1984-02-28) 28 February 1984 (age 32) Kettering Town
[29]

Management[edit]

Match results[edit]

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

Pre-season[edit]

On 3 June, Stevenage Borough announced that their pre-season campaign would consist of seven friendlies to open the 2009–10 season.[21] Stevenage Borough began their pre-season schedule on 15 July with a trip to Melbourne Stadium in Essex to play Chelmsford City. All five of Graham Westley's summer signings featured in the match, with both Charlie Griffin and Chris Beardsley getting on the scoresheet in a 2–1 victory. Three days later Borough hosted League One outfit Brighton & Hove Albion in their first pre-season friendly at Broadhall Way. Stevenage won the game 2–1 despite trailing at the half-time interval. Second-half goals from Mitchell Cole and Stacy Long secured the turn-around and a second pre-season victory. With their pre-season schedule well underway, Stevenage then travelled to Southern League Premier Division side Cambridge City for their third pre-season friendly on 21 July. The game ended 1–1, with both sides scoring a penalty a-piece; Lee Boylan successfully converting after David Bridges was adjudged to have been fouled in the penalty area.

Stevenage then hosted three Football League sides at Broadhall Way within the space of six days. Firstly, Borough entertained Millwall on 25 July as part of the £130,000 deal that took ex-Stevenage striker Steve Morison to The Den in May 2009.[30] Stevenage lost the game 2–1, with a goal from Mitchell Cole sandwiched in between two from Morison for Millwall. Borough then hosted Peterborough United, who annually visit Broadhall Way as part of the deal that took winger George Boyd to the Cambridgeshire based club in January 2007.[31] Stevenage lost the game 2–0, with Shaun Batt, who came through the youth system at Stevenage, scoring one of the goals. Borough midfielder Mitchell Cole was also stretchered off with an ankle injury in the first-half of the same game.[32] Later that week, it was announced that utility player Peter Vincenti had gone on a three-month loan deal to recently relegated Conference South side Woking.[33] On 31 July, Stevenage played League One club Southend United. Stevenage won the game 2–1, with two first half goals from Joel Byrom and Darren Murphy. The following day, Stevenage played out a 0–0 draw with Conference South side Woking in their final pre-season fixture. Despite joining Woking on-loan, Peter Vincenti featured for his parent club, whilst former Mansfield Town winger Nathan Arnold also played a part in the match. However, it was announced that Vincenti's loan deal to Woking had fallen through after Borough boss Graham Westley decided he wants to keep the player as cover.[33] On 3 August, Championship side Peterborough United announced that left-back Danny Blanchett would start a two-day trial at Broadhall Way.[34] On 5 August, just three days before the start of the new Conference National campaign, striker Jerome Anderson joined Southern League Premier Division outfit Brackley Town on loan.[35] On 7 August, Westley announced that Stevenage had signed Danny Blanchett on loan from Peterborough United.

Game Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers Notes
1
15 July 2009
Chelmsford City
Away
2–1
391
Griffin, Beardsley
2
18 July 2009
Brighton & Hove Albion
Home
2–1
839
Cole (pen), Long
3
21 July 2009
Cambridge City
Away
1–1
168
Boylan (pen)
4
25 July 2009
Millwall
Home
1–2
1,087
Cole (pen)
5
28 July 2009
Peterborough United
Home
0–2
1,012
6
31 July 2009
Southend United
Home
2–1
720
Byrom, Murphy
7 1 August 2009
Woking
Away
0–0
488

Conference National[edit]

The 2009–10 Conference National fixtures were released on 3 July 2009, with Stevenage Borough to open their campaign against Conference North champions Tamworth on 8 August 2009.[36] The game ended 1–1, with Stevenage taking the lead early on in the first-half thanks to a Lee Boylan penalty after Scott Laird was adjudged to have been fouled in the box. Tamworth equalised before the interval courtesy of a Bradley Pritchard strike. Manager Graham Westley handed debuts to Stacy Long, Charlie Griffin, Yemi Odubade and Joel Byrom during the game, with the latter being sent-off after receiving a second caution in the closing stages of the match.[37]

This was followed up with another 1–1 draw at newly promoted Conference South play-off winners Hayes and Yeading on 11 August. Stevenage opened the scoring in the second-half through midfielder Andy Drury, but were pegged back ten minutes later following good work from ex-Borough winger Dale Binns, who set-up Danny Allen-Page to finish from close range. Stevenage then drew their third game within the space of a week, playing out a 0-0 stalemate with Barrow at Holker Street. Three days later, Borough recorded their first win of the 2009–10 season, with a 3–0 victory over Ebbsfleet United at Broadhall Way. Chris Beardsley scored on his debut after just 10 minutes, with Joel Byrom and Lawrie Wilson adding to Stevenage's tally courtesy of two second-half goals.[38] Stevenage lost their first game of the season on 22 August, losing 2–1 against Oxford United at the Kassam Stadium, with Yemi Odubade scoring his first goal for Borough deep into injury-time. A week later, Stevenage beat Rushden & Diamonds 2–1, with goals from Lee Boylan and Michael Bostwick after Cliff Akurang had equalised for the away side. The visitors played the majority of the game with 10-men, having had Michael Corcoran sent-off for a tackle on Lawrie Wilson, which resulted in the latter suffering a dislocated ankle and broken leg in three places.[39][40] The Hertfordshire side then gained their first away win of the season two days later, with a 2–0 victory against Histon despite playing the majority of the game with ten men after Peter Vincenti was sent-off in the sixth minute for violent conduct. However, goals from both Scott Laird and Eddie Odhiambo secured the three points. Daniel Wright also missed a penalty for the home side late on.[41] This was followed up with a third successive victory against Eastbourne Borough at Broadhall Way eight days later. Jon Ashton scored his first goal in Stevenage colours, heading in from Joel Byrom's corner. Ronnie Henry then doubled the home side's lead in the second-half following good work from Mitchell Cole.[42]

A fourth successive victory followed four days later as Stevenage ran out 3–2 winners at Field Mill against Mansfield Town, ending Mansfield's unbeaten home record in 2009.[43] The home side went 2–0 up thanks to two goals from Kyle Perry in the first fifteen minutes. Perry was then sent-off for violent conduct just before half-time; stamping on Stevenage striker Lee Boylan ultimately resulting in the latter having to be substituted. Chris Beardsley pulled a goal back for the visitors in first-half injury time, before substitutes Yemi Odubade and Charlie Griffin scored second-half strikes to complete the comeback.[44] A week later, a fifth successive win followed as a Michael Bostwick strike seven minutes into the game was enough to ensure Stevenage beat Chester City 1–0 at the Deva Stadium.[45] The following Tuesday, Stevenage drew 1–1 with Essex outfit Grays Athletic. Petar Rnkovic gave the visitors the lead fifteen minutes into the match, with Lee Boylan equalising later on in the first-half.[46] Another home draw followed, as Stevenage drew 1–1 with Altrincham. New signing Michael Brough started, after joining the club on a month's loan.[47] Robbie Williams gave the away side the lead in the first half before Michael Bostwick scored an injury-time equaliser following good work down the left-hand side from Scott Laird to ensure Stevenage stretched their unbeaten home record to 23 games.[48] After two successive draws, Stevenage beat Luton Town 1–0 at Kenilworth Road thanks to an 85th-minute strike from Scott Laird, who fired into the top right hand corner of the net on the over-lap.[49] Stevenage made it nine games unbeaten with a hard-fought 1–1 draw against York City at Bootham Crescent. Borough took the lead through a Danny Parslow own goal in the first-half, before the home side equalised late on in the second period through Djoumin Sangaré.

The Hertfordshire outfit made it 10 games unbeaten with a 4–0 victory over Hayes & Yeading. Striker Charlie Griffin scored twice in the first-half, and completed his hat-trick from the penalty spot in the 70th minute. Michael Bostwick added a fourth in injury-time.[50] Another victory followed a week later, as Stevenage beat Salisbury City 3–1 at Broadhall Way. Mark Roberts scored his first goal of the season on his 50th appearance for the club just before the interval, before the visitors levelled through substitute Chris Flood after half-time. Charlie Griffin scored his fourth goal in two games to give the Hertfordshire outfit the lead, before Chris Beardsley added a third with his first touch after good work from Yemi Odubade.[51] Three days later, the side drew 0–0 with Wrexham at Broadhall Way.[52] Another draw followed 10 days later, as Stevenage drew 1–1 with Kettering Town at Rockingham Road. Joel Byrom gave Borough the lead courtesy of a second-minute free-kick. The home side equalised in the latter stages of the first-half through Moses Ashikodi to ensure a share of the spoils.[53] After a two-week break from the league, Stevenage got back to winning ways with a 5–3 win over Gateshead at Broadhall Way. The visitors took the lead seven minutes before half-time, Charlie Griffin heading into his own net following Craig Baxter's dangerous free-kick. Two minutes later Griffin atoned for his error by finishing neatly over Paul Farman. Stevenage took the lead five minutes later; Mitchell Cole providing Yemi Odubade with a simple tap-in; his first goal at Broadhall Way. On the stroke of half-time Griffin headed in Scott Laird's inviting cross to ensure a two-goal lead going into the break. However, the away side pulled a goal back through Daryl Clare, before Griffin completed his hat-trick with a drilled free-kick that went in off the post. Clare pounced on a fumbled free-kick to make it 4–3, before Michael Bostwick scored his fifth goal of the season to make it 5–3.[54] Stevenage then travelled to The New Lawn to face Forest Green Rovers a week later. Lee Boylan's fourth-minute goal ultimately proved to be the winner as Borough ran out 1–0 winners.[55]

This was followed up with a 2–0 mid-week victory over Chester City at Broadhall Way. In what was a comfortable, but unspectactular, game, Stevenage took the lead through Yemi Odubade, who fired in following Mark Roberts' knock down just before half-time. Borough doubled their lead on the hour mark, with Mark Roberts firing home with his back to goal in the box.[56] Four days later, Stevenage won their fourth consecutive league game with a 1–0 win away at Salisbury City, with Charlie Griffin scoring just before half-time.[57] Borough suffered a second league defeat at the hands of Ebbsfleet United at Stonebridge Road. Stevenage took the lead through a deflected effort from Yemi Odubade, but two second-half strikes from Stefan Bailey secured the home side a valuable victory.[58] Four days later, Stevenage returned to winning ways with a 2–0 victory over Kidderminster Harriers at Broadhall Way, with goals from Jon Ashton and Mitchell Cole.[59]

As a result of a postponed league fixture at home to Barrow due to snow, which was originally scheduled to be played on 19 December, Borough did not play again in the league again until Boxing Day, away at Cambridge United. Despite going a goal behind early on, Stevenage won the match 3–1. A Danny Crow penalty in the sixth minute put the hosts in front after Mark Albrighton was deemed to have tugged Chris Holroyd's shirt in the box. Borough responded well and, twenty minutes later, earned a penalty of their own when Yemi Odubade was sliced down in the box. The striker dusted himself down and duly tucked away the spot-kick to draw the visitors level. A minute later, Cambridge were reduced to ten men, when Wayne Hatswell was sent-off for a two-footed lunge on Chris Beardsley. Stevenage took the lead ten minutes into the second-half when Charlie Griffin slotted home from an acute angle, before Chris Beardsley added a third with a neat finish after good work from Ronnie Henry.[60] Two days later, the side drew 0–0 with AFC Wimbledon at Broadhall Way.[61]

On 1 January 2010, Borough entertained Cambridge United in the reverse fixture from Boxing Day. The game ended 4–1 to Stevenage, with Yemi Odubade, Chris Beardsley and a Lee Boylan brace ensuring the home side earned a comfortable win.[7] Three weeks later, Stevenage beat Kettering Town 2–0 at Broadhall Way. Borough took the lead just after the hour mark when substitute Tim Sills headed the ball into the path of Stacy Long, who rifled the ball past Nathan Abbey from just outside the area. Long doubled his tally in injury-time, rounding Abbey to slide the ball home.[62] Stevenage lost their third league match of the season at The Lamb Ground; a 1–0 defeat to Tamworth, a game in which both Ronnie Henry and Darren Murphy were sent-off.[63] Three days later, Borough bounced back with a 3–1 victory over Mansfield Town at Broadhall Way. Stevenage trailed at the interval thanks to a Jon Shaw strike just before half-time. But Yemi Odubade, who also missed a late penalty, fired Borough level from 15 yards after the break and his low drive from the edge of the box gave Borough the lead. Substitute Andy Drury's strike sealed the win and Mansfield's misery was complete when Luke Jones was sent off.[64] Stevenage lost their second successive away game, losing 1–0 at Rushden & Diamonds.[65] Ten days later, Borough picked up a 1–0 win in North Wales against Wrexham thanks to a goal from David Bridges just before the interval.[66]

A week later, at the beginning of March, Stevenage won their second away game on the bounce; beating Eastbourne Borough 6–0. Captain Mark Roberts gave Stevenage the lead just before the break, following a well-worked free-kick involving both Joel Byrom and Scott Laird. After the interval, Stevenage doubled their lead when David Bridges headed in Joel Byrom's cross. It was three shortly after following a mistake from Eastbourne goalkeeper Danny Knowles, Chris Beardsley blocked the goalkeepers clearance and slid the ball into an empty net. It got worse for the home side ten minutes from time when Beardsley chased a long through ball and was hauled down by Darren Baker just inside the area - the defender being shown a straight red. Substitute Mitchell Cole slotted the penalty home, before adding another after good work from Eddie Odhiambo. Cole completed his hat-trick moments later slotting home Stacy Long's through ball.[67] A third successive victory followed in a 2–0 win at home to Crawley Town. In a tight game, Stevenage took the lead just after the interval thanks to a rasping effort from Michael Bostwick after a well-worked corner. A second goal came deep into injury-time, Chris Beardsley countering and setting up Lee Boylan to slide the ball into the net.[68] Three days later, Stevenage beat Barrow 4–0 to ensure a fourth consecutive win. In a tight first half, the home side took the lead through Yemi Odubade. Borough doubled their lead shortly before the interval; left-back Scott Laird firing the ball home. Odubade then scored his second after countering a Barrow corner, and subsequently completed his hat-trick late on with an effort drilled high into the net.[69] Stevenage recorded their fifth straight win, beating Histon 1–0 at Broadhall Way. Jon Ashton scored the only goal of the game when he swept home Stacy Long's corner.[70]

A week later, Stevenage travelled to Essex to play Grays Athletic. The game ended 2–1 to Stevenage, despite the home side leading at the interval through a Jamie Guy strike. Stevenage turned it around in the second half, with goals from Michael Bostwick and Charlie Griffin.[71] Stevenage followed this up with another away win four days later at Crawley Town; winning the match 3–0. Stevenage started brightly and scored within the first five minutes; Yemi Odubade latching onto David Bridges through ball to slot home. The visitors doubled their lead on the half hour mark, this time Tim Sills was the provider, as Odubade scored his second. Joel Byrom scored Stevenage's third in the second half, picking up the ball a yard inside the Crawley half and chipped Simon Rayner in goal.[72] Stevenage then followed this up with an eighth consecutive victory, beating Oxford United 1–0 at Broadhall Way. The only goal of the game came seven minutes into the second half, David Bridges was fouled in the area by Chris Hargreaves; Scott Laird stepped up and subsequently scored to ensure the home side earned three points.[73] Four days later, Stevenage lost 1–0 to Luton Town thanks to a Matthew Barnes-Homer goal in the second half.[74] Stevenage bounced back just two days later on Easter Monday, with a 3–0 victory over AFC Wimbledon at Kingsmeadow. The away side took the lead in the ninth minute; Mark Roberts bundling home a Joel Byrom corner after Tim Sills had knocked the ball down. Just two minutes later, Stevenage doubled their lead, again Byrom was the provider, and his lofted ball was met on the half-volley by Lawrie Wilson, who lashed the ball home - making his first start since breaking his leg in August. Stevenage rounded off the victory in injury-time, substitute Eddie Odhiambo slotting the ball home from Charlie Griffin's cross.[75] Stevenage then faced Forest Green Rovers at Broadhall Way five days later; the game ended 2–0 to Stevenage. The home side took the lead in the tenth minute; Tim Sills broke the offside trap and set up Joel Byrom to lash the ball home. Stevenage doubled their lead in the second half when substitute David Bridges was brought down in the area. Scott Laird calmly stepped up and stroked the ball into the net.[76] A third win followed four days later, when Stevenage beat Altrincham 1–0 in a tight encounter at Moss Lane. Substitute Charlie Griffin scored the only goal of the game in the 83rd minute; Altrincham goalkeeper Russell Saunders fumbled the ball into the path of Griffin who placed his shot in-between the goalkeeper and the post to ensure a valuable three points to the visitors.[77]

Three days later, Stevenage secured promotion to the Football League for the first time in their history with victory against Kidderminster Harriers at Aggborough. Borough won the game 2–0, and took the lead within the space of 70 seconds when Charlie Griffin fired a free-kick past Kidderminster goalkeeper Jasbir Singh. Joel Byrom scored the second 15 minutes into the second half; winning the ball in midfield before cutting inside and curling his effort past the goalkeeper.[8] A fifth straight win, and clean sheet, followed just three days later as Stevenage travelled up to Tyne and Wear and picked up all three points against Gateshead. The only goal of the game was scored from the penalty spot by Scott Laird after Gateshead's Phil Turnbull was deemed to have handballed in the area.[78] The club bowed out of the Conference National with a 1–0 win against York City; the team's sixth win on the bounce without conceding a goal. The only goal of the game came ten minutes before the interval when Chris Beardsley's high cross evaded the York defence and David Bridges was on hand to head the ball into the net.[79] The win means that Stevenage amassed a total of 99 points from 44 games; finishing 11 points clear at the top of the league table. Had Stevenage's two victories against Chester City not been expunged, the club would have ended the season with 105 points – a Conference National record for the number of points accumulated.[80]

Game Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers Notes
1
8 August 2009
Tamworth
Home
1–1
2,130
Boylan (pen)
[37]
2
11 August 2009
Hayes & Yeading
Away
1–1
681
Drury
[81]
3
15 August 2009
Barrow
Away
0–0
1,254
[82]
4
18 August 2009
Ebbsfleet United
Home
3–0
1,704
Beardsley, Byrom, Wilson
[38]
5
22 August 2009
Oxford United
Away
1–2
5,775
Odubade
[83]
6
29 August 2009
Rushden & Diamonds
Home
2–1
1,704
Boylan (pen), Bostwick
[39]
7
31 August 2009
Histon
Away
2–0
1,159
Laird, Odhiambo
[41]
8
8 September 2009
Eastbourne Borough
Home
2–0
1,660
Ashton, Henry
[42]
9
12 September 2009
Mansfield Town
Away
3–2
3,251
Beardsley, Odubade, Griffin
[43]
10
19 September 2009
Chester City
Away
1–0*
1,089
Bostwick
[45]
11
22 September 2009
Grays Athletic
Home
1–1
1,803
Boylan
[46]
12
26 September 2009
Altrincham
Home
1–1
2,093
Bostwick
[48]
13
29 September 2009
Luton Town
Away
1–0
8,223
Laird
[49]
14
3 October 2009
York City
Away
1–1
2,644
Parslow (o.g)
[84]
15
10 October 2009
Hayes & Yeading
Home
4–0
2,120
Griffin (3), Bostwick
[50]
16
17 October 2009
Salisbury City
Home
3–1
2,009
Roberts, Griffin, Beardsley
[51]
17
20 October 2009
Wrexham
Home
0–0
1,763
[52]
18
31 October 2009
Kettering Town
Away
1–1
1,844
Byrom
[53]
19
14 November 2009
Gateshead
Home
5–3
2,203
Griffin (3), Odubade, Bostwick
[54]
20
21 November 2009
Forest Green Rovers
Away
1–0
757
Boylan
[55]
21
24 November 2009
Chester City
Home
2–0*
1,487
Odubade, Roberts
[56]
22
28 November 2009
Salisbury City
Away
1–0
851
Griffin
[57]
23
1 December 2009
Ebbsfleet United
Away
1–2
836
Odubade
[58]
24
5 December 2009
Kidderminster Harriers
Home
2–0
1,809
Ashton, Cole
[59]
25
26 December 2009
Cambridge United
Away
3–1
4,439
Odubade (pen), Griffin, Beardsley
[60]
26
28 December 2009
AFC Wimbledon
Home
0–0
3,033
[61]
27
1 January 2010
Cambridge United
Home
4–1
3,406
Odubade, Boylan (2), Beardsley
[7]
28
23 January 2010
Kettering Town
Home
2–0
2,136
Long (2)
[62]
29
6 February 2010
Tamworth
Away
0–1
841
[63]
30
9 February 2010
Mansfield Town
Home
3–1
1,753
Odubade (2), Drury
[64]
31
13 February 2010
Rushden & Diamonds
Away
0–1
1,923
[65]
32
24 February 2010
Wrexham
Away
1–0
2,319
Bridges
[66]
33
2 March 2010
Eastbourne Borough
Away
6–0
903
Roberts, Bridges, Beardsley, Cole (3)
[67]
34
6 March 2010
Crawley Town
Home
2–0
2,230
Bostwick, Boylan
[68]
35
9 March 2010
Barrow
Home
4–0
1,538
Odubade (3), Laird
[69]
36
16 March 2010
Histon
Home
1–0
2,407
Ashton
[70]
37
23 March 2010
Grays Athletic
Away
2–1
515
Bostwick, Griffin
[71]
38
27 March 2010
Crawley Town
Away
3–0
1,229
Odubade (2), Byrom
[72]
39
30 March 2010
Oxford United
Home
1–0
5,744
Laird (pen)
[73]
40
3 April 2010
Luton Town
Home
0–1
7,024
[74]
41
5 April 2010
AFC Wimbledon
Away
3–0
3,840
Roberts, Wilson, Odhiambo
[85]
42
10 April 2010
Forest Green Rovers
Home
2–0
2,524
Byrom, Laird (pen)
[76]
43
14 April 2010
Altrincham
Away
1–0
907
Griffin
[77]
44
17 April 2010
Kidderminster Harriers
Away
2–0
2,564
Griffin, Byrom
[8]
45
20 April 2010
Gateshead
Away
1–0
702
Laird (pen)
[78]
46
24 April 2010
York City
Home
1–0
5,068
Bridges
[79]
  • Note: Stevenage Borough goals come first.
  • *Chester City were expelled from the league on 26 February 2010 and their results were expunged on 8 March.[86] Therefore, Stevenage's 1–0 and 2–0 victories over them were removed from the records.[87]

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 2009–10 FA Cup

The draw for the 2009–10 FA Cup Fourth Round Qualifying was made on 12 October, with Stevenage Borough being drawn away to Conference South outfit Chelmsford City.[88] The game ended 2–1 to Stevenage, despite the visitors trailing for the majority of the game thanks to Rob Edmans goal in the first-half. Charlie Griffin equalised on the hour mark, heading in Scott Laird's cross, before substitute Peter Vincenti scored a 93rd-minute winner after neat work from Yemi Odubade to ensure that Borough progress to the First Round proper.[89][90] The following day, the draw for the First Round of the FA Cup was made, with Stevenage facing another away trip, this time at League Two outfit Port Vale.[91] The game ended 1–1, with Charlie Griffin scoring an injury-time equaliser to take the game to a replay. Adam Yates had given the League Two side the lead just before half-time, before Griffin converted Mitchell Cole's cross one minute into the added-on time.[92] The replay was played at Broadhall Way on 17 November, which Port Vale won 1–0 thanks to a Louis Dodds header in the first-half.[93]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers Notes
Q4
24 October 2009
Chelmsford City
Away
2–1
1,762
Griffin, Vincenti
[90]
1
7 November 2009
Port Vale
Away
1–1
3,999
Griffin
[92]
1R
17 November 2009
Port Vale
Home
0–1
2,894
[93]

FA Trophy[edit]

Main article: 2009–10 FA Trophy

The FA Trophy First Round draw was made on 23 November; with Stevenage being handed a home tie against fellow Conference National outfit Ebbsfleet United.[94] The game was played on 12 December 2009, with Stevenage winning the game 2–0 to progress into the second round. Borough took the lead after just thirteen minutes, a Stacy Long free-kick was played short to Mitchell Cole, who in-turn squared the ball across to Chris Beardsley to side foot home. The home side doubled their lead through David Bridges late on after good work from substitute Yemi Odubade.[95]

The draw for the second round of the FA Trophy was made on 14 December 2009, with Stevenage being handed another home tie, this time against Conference North side Vauxhall Motors. Stevenage won the match 6–0. First half goals from Mark Roberts and Lee Boylan gave Borough a two-goal lead going into the interval. After the break, David Bridges scored twice in quick succession, before Andy Drury hit a swerving drive from 25 yards and Stacy Long scored his first goal in Borough colours with a neat chip.[96] The victory means Stevenage face Conference South outfit Dover Athletic at Broadhall Way on 30 January. Stevenage won the match 4–1. The visitors took the lead mid-way through the first-half courtesy of Shaun Welford's close range effort. Shortly after, Borough equalised through Tim Sills, his first goal for the Hertfordshire side, who threw himself at Chris Beardsley's cross to restore parity. Just before half-time, Stevenage were ahead; Chris Beardsley slotting home after a mistake from Dover's Ollie Schulz. Michael Bostwick made it three just after, before substitute Yemi Odubade added a fourth; volleying home Stacy Long's cross.[97]

On 1 February 2010, Stevenage were drawn at home to Conference North outfit Workington, with the game to be played on 20 February. Stevenage won the match 2–1; two goals from Stacy Long ensuring Borough come from a goal behind to progress into the two legged semi-final of the competition - where they faced Kidderminster Harriers.[98]

On 13 March, the first leg at Aggborough ended 5–1 to Stevenage. Borough took the lead half way into the first half when David Bridges latched onto a Michael Bostwick cross. Kidderminster equalised shortly after through defender Gavin Caines who drove the ball home from the edge of the area. However, it was not level for long, Mitchell Cole beat his full-back for pace and squared the ball to Yemi Odubade, who bundled the ball home. It was three before the interval; Bridges scoring again, heading in a perfectly weighted Joel Byrom cross. Chris Beardsley scored a second half brace to ensure a four-goal cushion for the Hertfordshire side going into the second leg at Broadhall Way. His first came when he met an Andy Drury delivery; his initial effort cannoned off the crossbar, but he was on hand to head in the rebound. His second came when he dispossessed Martin Riley on the touchline, cut in and curled the ball into the corner of the net.[99] The second leg took place a week later at Broadhall Way, which ended 0–0 - ultimately meaning Stevenage progressed to the final at Wembley Stadium after winning 5–1 on aggregate over the two legs.[100]

Stevenage faced Barrow in the final on 8 May 2010. Stevenage lost the match 2–1 after extra–time. Despite taking an early lead through Andy Drury's curling effort, Stevenage were faced with an uphill task after having David Bridges sent–off mid-way through the first half. Barrow pressed for an equaliser; and subsequently scored ten minutes from time – substitute Lee McEvilly heading the ball home unmarked in the area. Jason Walker scored the winner in extra–time with a curling strike.[101]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers Notes
1
12 December 2009
Ebbsfleet United
Home
2–0
890
Beardsley, Bridges
[95]
2
19 January 2010
Vauxhall Motors
Home
6–0
678
Roberts, Boylan, Bridges (2), Drury, Long
[96]
3
30 January 2010
Dover Athletic
Home
4–1
1,203
Sills, Beardsley, Bostwick, Odubade
[97]
4
20 February 2010
Workington
Home
2–1
1,510
Long (2)
[98]
SF1
13 March 2010
Kidderminster Harriers
Away
5–1
2,433
Bridges (2), Odubade, Beardsley (2)
[99]
SF2
20 March 2010
Kidderminster Harriers
Home
0–0
1,622
[100]
F
8 May 2010
Barrow
Neutral
1–2
21,223
Drury
[101]

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Stevenage Borough (C) (P) 44 30 9 5 79 24 +55 99 Promotion to 2010–11 Football League Two
2 Luton Town 44 26 10 8 84 40 +44 88 Qualification to Conference National playoffs
3 Oxford United (P) 44 25 11 8 64 31 +33 86
4 Rushden & Diamonds 44 22 13 9 77 39 +38 79
5 York City 44 22 12 10 62 35 +27 78
6 Kettering Town 44 18 12 14 51 41 +10 66
7 Crawley Town 44 19 9 16 50 57 −7 66
8 AFC Wimbledon 44 18 10 16 61 47 +14 64
9 Mansfield Town 44 17 11 16 69 60 +9 62
10 Cambridge United 44 15 14 15 65 53 +12 59
11 Wrexham 44 15 13 16 45 39 +6 58
12 Salisbury City 44 21 5 18 58 63 −5 058*
13 Kidderminster Harriers 44 15 12 17 57 52 +5 57
14 Altrincham 44 13 15 16 53 51 +2 54
15 Barrow 44 13 13 18 50 67 −17 52
16 Tamworth 44 11 16 17 42 52 −10 49
17 Hayes & Yeading United 44 12 12 20 59 85 −26 48
18 Histon 44 11 13 20 44 67 −23 46
19 Eastbourne Borough 44 11 13 20 42 72 −30 46
20 Gateshead 44 13 7 24 46 69 −23 045
21 Forest Green Rovers (R) 44 12 9 23 50 76 −26 45 Relegation to Conference North/Conference South
22 Ebbsfleet United (R) 44 12 7 25 49 82 −33 43
23 Grays Athletic (R) 44 5 13 26 35 91 −56 026
24 Chester 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 00 Club expelled, record expunged

Source: Football Conference
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
(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; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.
*Salisbury City were docked 10 points for entering administration.[102]
Chester City were initially docked 25 points for entering administration and insolvency, but were later expelled on 26 February 2010 and their record (P28 W5 D7 L16 GF23 GA42 Pts-3) was expunged on 8 March 2010.[103]
Gateshead deducted one point for failing to fulfil a fixture.[104]
Grays Athletic were docked two points for fielding ineligible players.

Season statistics[edit]

[citation needed]

Starts and goals[edit]

No. Pos Nat Player Total Conference National FA Cup FA Trophy
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1
GK England Ashley Bayes 5 0 4 0 0 0 0+1 0
2
DF England Lawrie Wilson 13 2 7+5 2 0 0 0+1 0
3
DF England Scott Laird 53 6 44 6 3 0 6 0
4
DF Tanzania Eddie Odhiambo 21 2 6+12 2 1+1 0 1 0
5
DF England Jon Ashton 47 3 33+4 3 3 0 7 0
6
DF England Mark Albrighton 19 0 8+7 0 0 0 0+4 0
7
MF Republic of Ireland Darren Murphy 25 0 21 0 0+1 0 3 0
8
MF England Stacy Long 26 5 14+7 2 0 0 5 3
9
FW England Charlie Griffin 33 15 18+9 13 3 2 1+2 0
10
FW England Lee Boylan 26 8 15+8 7 0 0 1+2 1
11
FW Nigeria Yemi Odubade 47 16 25+12 14 3 0 5+2 2
13
MF England Joel Byrom 48 5 30+11 5 1+2 0 3+1 0
14
DF England Mark Roberts 49 5 40 4 3 0 6 1
16
GK England Chris Day 52 0 42 0 3 0 7 0
17
FW England Tim Sills 19 1 9+8 0 0 0 1+1 1
18
MF England David Bridges 38 8 24+4 3 2+1 0 7 5
19
FW Tunisia Dino Maamria 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
20
FW England Chris Beardsley 47 10 33+7 6 0 0 7 4
21
MF England Mitchell Cole 43 4 20+14 4 2+1 0 4+2 0
23
MF England Andy Drury 38 4 22+9 2 3 0 2+2 2
24
MF England Michael Bostwick 52 8 44 7 3 0 5 1
25
DF England Ronnie Henry 48 1 39 1 3 0 6 0
30
MF England Peter Vincenti 26 1 2+19 0 0+3 1 0+2 0
Players who left the club before the end of the season
17
MF Wales Michael Brough 6 0 6 0 0 0 0 0

End of Season Awards[edit]

Award Player
Supporters Association Player of the Year Scott Laird[10]
Players' Player of the Year Michael Bostwick[10]
The Comet Player of the Year Chris Beardsley[105]

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Pos Player From Fee Date Notes
FW
England Charlie Griffin
Salisbury City
Free Transfer
9 May 2009
[26]
FW
Nigeria Yemi Odubade
Oxford United
Free Transfer
14 May 2009
[5]
MF
England Joel Byrom
Northwich Victoria
£15,000
15 May 2009
[6]
FW
England Chris Beardsley
Kettering Town
Free Transfer
27 May 2009
[29]
MF
England Stacy Long
Ebbsfleet United
Free Transfer
5 June 2009
[21]
FW
England Tim Sills
Torquay United
Undisclosed
15 January 2010
[28]

Out[edit]

Pos Player To Fee Date Notes
FW
England Steve Morison
Millwall
£130,000
15 May 2009
[3]
MF
England John Martin
Chelmsford City
Released
20 May 2009
[106]
FW
Saint Kitts and Nevis Calum Willock
Crawley Town
Released
21 May 2009
[106]
MF
England Gary Mills
Mansfield Town
Free Transfer
26 May 2009
[4]

Loans in[edit]

Pos Player From Date End date Notes
DF
England Danny Blanchett
Peterborough United
7 August 2009
16 September 2009
[107]
MF
Wales Michael Brough
Torquay United
25 September 2009
25 October 2009
[47]

Loans out[edit]

Pos Player To Date End date Notes
FW
England Jerome Anderson
Brackley Town
5 August 2009
24 April 2010
[35]

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