List of Stevenage F.C. seasons

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Stevenage Football Club is an English association football club based in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, which currently plays in League Two, the fourth tier of English football. This list details the club's achievements in senior league and cup competitions, as well as the club's top scorers for each season.

Stevenage Borough were formed in 1976 following the demise of the town's former club, Stevenage Athletic.[1] The club took on senior status and joined the United Counties Football League in 1980,[2] and their first competitive match was a 3–1 victory over ON Chenecks on 16 August 1980, played in front of 421 people.[3] In their first season as a senior club, the side won the United Counties League Division One championship, as well as the United Counties League Cup.[1] In 1984, the club joined Division Two North of the Isthmian League, and the following season finished earned promotion to Division One. However, two years later the club was relegated after finishing second bottom of the division.[4] After two fourth-placed finishes, the club won Division Two North in 1990–91, winning 34 of their 42 games, including every match played at home, scoring 122 goals and amassing 107 points. In 1993–94 the club won the Premier Division, and were promoted to the Football Conference.[1] Two seasons later they won the Conference,[5] but were denied promotion to the Football League due to insufficient ground facilities,[2] thus reprieving Torquay United, who had finished bottom of the league.[6] The 1996–97 season witnessed the club progress to the third round of the FA Cup for the first time after a 2–1 win against Leyton Orient at Brisbane Road.[7] The side were drawn against Birmingham City at Broadhall Way, but ground issues saw the tie switched to St Andrew's; Birmingham won the match 2–0.[8] The following season, the club went one better, reaching the fourth round, where they drew Premier League club Newcastle United, drawing 1–1 at Broadhall Way,[9] before losing the replay 2–1 at St James' Park.[10]

In 2001–02 season the club reached the FA Trophy final for the first time, but lost 2–0 to Yeovil Town at Villa Park.[11] Two years later, during the 2004–05 season, Boro' managed to make the play-offs after finishing fifth under the guidance of manager Graham Westley.[12] After beating second-placed Hereford United over two-legs in the semi-final,[13][14] the side lost the final 1–0 to Carlisle United at the Britannia Stadium.[15] The 2006–07 campaign saw the club reach the FA Trophy final again,[16] where they came back from 2–0 down to beat Kidderminster Harriers 3–2 in front of a record FA Trophy crowd of 53,262 at the new Wembley Stadium.[17] The team reached the final again two years later, and beat York City 2–0.[18] The club's 2009–10 campaign witnessed Stevenage securing promotion to the Football League, finishing as league champions with two games to spare.[19] The team went on to amass a total of 99 points for the season; finishing 11 points clear at the top of the table. Had the club's two wins against Chester City counted, Stevenage would have broken the record for the number of points any club has accumulated over any Conference National season, recording a total of 105 points.[20]

The club's promotion during the 2009–10 season meant that Stevenage would be competing in League Two for the first time in their history.[19] Stevenage finished sixth in their first ever Football League campaign,[21] reaching the play-offs, beating fifth placed Accrington Stanley in the semi-finals by a 3–0 aggregate scoreline.[22][23] Stevenage beat Torquay United 1–0 in the Final at Old Trafford in May 2011, meaning the club had earned back-to-back promotions to League One.[24] During the same season, Stevenage reached the Fourth Round of the FA Cup, defeating Newcastle United 3–1 at Broadhall Way, before eventually losing to Reading in the following round.[25][26][27] In the club's first season in League One during the 2011–12 campaign, the side continued to overachieve, reaching the play-offs, although went on to lose by a 1–0 aggregate scoreline to Sheffield United in the semi-final.[28][29] Stevenage also reached the Fifth Round of the FA Cup for the first time in their history during the campaign, eventually losing 3–1 to Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur in a replay at White Hart Lane,[30] after the two teams drew at Broadhall Way.[31] The club suffered relegation back to League Two during the 2013–14 campaign, finishing in last place in League One. That season, Stevenage reached the Fourth Round of the FA Cup, bowing out to Premier League club Everton at Broadhall Way.[32] It was almost an immediate return back to League One the following year as the club reached the play-offs courtesy of a sixth placed finish, although ultimately fell short at the semi-final stage.[33][34]

Seasons[edit]

Season League FA Cup FA Trophy Other competitions Top scorer[A]
Division P W D L F A Pts Pos
1980–81 UCL-1[B] (promoted) 32 23 7 2 106 35 53 1st N/A[C] N/A[C] United Counties League Cup W
1981–82 UCL-P 36 12 9 15 50 49 33 12th N/A N/A
1982–83 UCL-P 34 10 10 14 51 56 30 12th N/A N/A FA Vase PRER
1983–84 UCL-P 36 16 9 11 52 46 41 6th QR1 N/A FA Vase R2
1984–85 Isth-2N[D] 38 23 6 9 79 49 75[E] 4th QR2 N/A FA Vase R2
1985–86 Isth-2N (promoted) 38 26 6 6 71 24 84 1st QR1 N/A FA Vase QF
1986–87 Isth-1 42 12 11 19 61 67 47 16th QR3 QR2
1987–88 Isth-1 (relegated) 42 11 9 22 36 64 42 21st QR1 QR3 Adrian Taylor 9
1988–89 Isth-2N 42 20 13 9 84 55 73 4th QR2 N/A FA Vase PRER Martin Gittings 24
1989–90 Isth-2N 42 21 16 5 70 31 79 4th QR1 N/A FA Vase R3 Rob McComb 23
1990–91 Isth-2N (promoted) 42 34 5 3 122 29 107 1st QR1 N/A FA Vase R1 Jimmy Hughes 30
1991–92 Isth-1 (promoted) 40 30 6 4 95 37 96 1st QR1 QR1 Martin Gittings 40
1992–93 Isth-P 42 18 8 16 62 60 62 7th QR3 R2 Martin Gittings 34
1993–94 Isth-P (promoted) 42 31 4 7 88 39 97 1st QR4 R1 Martin Gittings 34
1994–95 Conf 42 20 7 15 68 49 67 5th QR2 R3 Barry Hayles 12
1995–96 Conf 42 27 10 5 101 44 91 1st[F] R1[G] QF Barry Hayles 34 ♦
1996–97 Conf 42 24 10 8 87 53 82 3rd R3 SF Corey Browne 19
1997–98 Conf 42 13 12 17 59 63 51 15th R4 QF Gary Crawshaw 15
1998–99 Conf 42 17 17 8 62 45 68 6th R2 R4 Carl Alford 32
1999–2000 Conf 42 16 9 17 60 54 57 10th QR4 R3 Carl Alford 25
2000–01 Conf 42 15 18 9 71 61 63 7th QR4 R5 Neil Illman 19
2001–02 Conf 42 15 10 17 57 60 55 11th QR4 RU Football League Trophy R1S Jean-Michel Sigere 12
2002–03 Conf 42 14 10 18 61 55 52 12th R2 R4 Football League Trophy R2S Anthony Elding 7
2003–04 Conf 42 18 9 15 58 52 63 8th R2 R4 Football League Trophy R1S Anthony Elding 19
2004–05 Conf 42 22 6 14 65 52 72 5th[H] R2 R3 Conference League Cup SFS Anthony Elding 22
Football League Trophy R1S
2005–06 Conf 42 19 12 11 62 47 69 6th R2 R1 Football League Trophy R1S Darryn Stamp 13
2006–07 Conf 46 20 10 16 76 66 70 8th R1 W Steve Morison 34
2007–08 Conf 46 24 7 15 82 55 79 6th R1 R1 Conference League Cup R1S Steve Morison 22
2008–09 Conf 46 23 12 11 73 54 81 5th[I] R1 W Conference League Cup R4S Steve Morison 30
2009–10 Conf (promoted) 44[J] 30 9 5 79 24 99 1st R1 RU Yemi Odubade 16
2010–11 L2 (promoted) 46 18 15 13 62 45 69 6th[K] R4 N/A Football League Cup R1 Byron Harrison
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Football League Trophy R1S
2011–12 L1 46 18 19 9 69 44 73 6th[L] R5 N/A Football League Cup R1 Chris Beardsley 10
Football League Trophy R2S
2012–13 L1 46 15 9 22 47 64 54 18th R1 N/A Football League Cup R2 Lucas Akins 10
Football League Trophy R1S
2013–14 L1 (relegated) 46 11 9 26 46 72 42 24th R4 N/A Football League Cup R2 François Zoko 16
Football League Trophy SFS
2014–15 L2 46 20 12 14 62 54 72 6th[M] R1 N/A Football League Cup R1 Charlie Lee 9
Football League Trophy R1S
2015–16 L2 46 11 15 20 52 67 48 18th R2 N/A Football League Cup R1 Chris Whelpdale 9
Football League Trophy R2S
2016–17 L2 46 20 7 19 67 63 67 10th R1 N/A Football League Cup R2 Matt Godden 21
Football League Trophy R1S
2017–18 L2 46 14 13 19 60 65 55 16th R3 N/A Football League Cup R1 Danny Newton 16
Football League Trophy R1S
2018–19 L2 N/A Football League Cup
Football League Trophy

Key[edit]

Key to colours and symbols:

Champions Runners-up Promoted promoted Relegated relegated Top league scorer in Stevenage's division ♦

Footnotes[edit]

A. ^ : Includes goals scored in the FA Cup, FA Vase, Football League Trophy, Conference National (including playoffs), Football League (including playoffs), Football League Cup, FA Trophy and Conference League Cup.
B. ^ : Stevenage joined the United Counties League Division One league before the start of the 1980–81 campaign.
C. ^ : Stevenage did not enter the FA Cup until the 1983–84 season. The club were also ineligible to enter the FA Trophy until the club reached the Isthmian Division One in the 1986–87 season. As a result of the club's relegation back to the Isthmian Division 2 North in 1988, Stevenage were again ineligible to enter the FA Trophy until 1991.
D. ^ : Stevenage joined the Isthmian Division 2 North for the 1984–85 season as a result of a re-structuring of the National League System.
E. ^ : The 1984–85 season saw the introduction of three points for a win. Although this rule came into play for the Football League in 1981, it was not introduced in the Isthmian League until 1984.
F. ^ : After winning the Football Conference in the 1995–96 season, Stevenage were denied promotion to the Football League due to insufficient ground facilities.[2]
G. ^ : The first time the club reached the FA Cup first round proper.
H. ^ : Lost in the play-off final to Carlisle United 1–0 at the Britannia Stadium.[15]
I. ^ : Lost in the play-off semi-final to Cambridge United 4–3 on aggregate.[35][36]
J. ^ : Chester City were expelled from the league on 26 February 2010 and their results were expunged on 8 March.[37] Therefore, Stevenage's 1–0 and 2–0 victories over them were removed from the records. Consequently, there were 44 Conference National fixtures during the 2009–10 season, as opposed to the usual 46.[38]
K. ^ : Stevenage beat Torquay United 1–0 in the 2010–11 play-off final at Old Trafford, meaning the club were promoted to League One.[24]
L. ^ : Lost in the play-off semi-final to Sheffield United 1–0 on aggregate.[39][40]
M. ^ : Lost in the play-off semi-final to Southend United 4–2 on aggregate.[33][34]

References[edit]

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