Blue Square Premier

English football

Non-league Histon take no away fans to Wrexham. Zero. Zilch.

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You're not singing... well, at all as it happens Blue Square Premier outfit Histon have entered the record books for unwanted reasons by becoming the first club ever in the top five tiers of English football to take no supporters to an away match. The visitors seats (the blue block in the photo above) for [.

Non-league Histon take no away fans to Wrexham. Zero. Zilch.

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You're not singing... well, at all as it happens Blue Square Premier outfit Histon have entered the record books for unwanted reasons by becoming the first club ever in the top five tiers of English football to take no supporters to an away match. The visitors seats (the blue block in the photo above) for [.

Standing Up for Football

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We've all been there. It's the last minute and your team is clinging on to a vital, undeserved win away from home. You stand and bellow support for your lads with their backs against the walls, frantically throwing themselves in front of every ball headed toward the goal to break your heart.

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Boro 1-0 York: Bridges goal enough to see off York

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A David Bridges goal in the first half was enough to see off York and finish Boro's last season in the Conference on a winning note. The goal came courtesy of a mix up between Josh Mimms and Danny Parslow and Bridges was there to head the ball in the empty goal. There was a party atmosphere in and around the ground and that seemed to get to the players on the pitch as the game lacked any real intensity or competitiveness.

York Preview: It’s party time!

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It's nearly 14 years to the day when a late Corey Browne header earned Boro the point they needed against Morecambe to win the Vauxhall Conference title. As everyone knows back then promotion was denied, so the title party at the next home game against Dagenham was a little muted. However, tomorrow we will not only be celebrating ending a fantastic season with the Conference title, but we'll also be looking forward to league football for the first time in the club's short, but successful history.

How will Boro fare in the football league?

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With Stevenage securing promotion to the football league for the first time last Saturday I thought I would have a look and see how I think we will do in League 2.

There is no doubt that it is a tough division and will be a step up, but promoted clubs rarely find themselves fighting for relegation and usually end up sitting comfortably in mid-table.

Gateshead 0-1 Boro: 7 changes, same result

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Stevenage would have been forgiven for taking their foot off the pedal after sealing the title on Saturday and maybe in some ways they did against Gateshead, but they still won the game thanks to Scott Laird's 21st minute penalty. I didn't actually travel to Gateshead, so can't comment on the performance, but it's the sort of win that sums up what this season's team is all about.

Stevenage Borough FC are Champions

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I still can't believe it. It hasn't really sunk in yet, but Stevenage Borough have won the Blue Square Premier and been promoted to the football league. In some ways I'm still waiting for someone to wake me up or for our promotion to be denied because we have a seat missing in the away end or something!

Kidderminster Preview

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April 17th 2010 may be a date that Boro supporters will remember for a very long time. It could be the day that Stevenage Borough finally seal promotion to the football league, 14 long years after being denied the first time. Kidderminster Harriers are the opposition and Boro travel to Aggborough knowing that 3 points will be enough for them to win the Blue Square Premier title and clinch promotion to League 2 for next season.

Lopo’s View

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It's been a season that no Stevenage fan will ever forget and it seems that destiny is finally taking over as we only require 3 more points to win the league. 14 years ago when I was 6, I remember the last day of the season when Steve Berry, Smudger and co lifted the title. 14 years on and my desire has grown and after years of mid table obscurity it has made me feel proud to finally see my hometown club so close to being promoted into the football league.

Altrincham Preview

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Saturday's win against Forest Green, plus Luton's failure to beat Tamworth means that Stevenage will clinch promotion from the BSP if they collect maximum points from their next two games. It's fitting that those games are against two sides that have been in and around the Conference for as long as we have.

Boro 2-0 Forest Green: Just 6 points are needed

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Two wins from the next four games is all that is needed to win Stevenage promotion to the football league. Boro's 2-0 win against Forest Green, plus Luton's failure to beat Tamworth means that if Graham Westley's side beat both Altrincham and Kidderminster away from home this week, they will be confirmed as Blue Square Premier Champions for 2009/2010 with 2 games still left to play.

AFC Wimbledon 0-3 Boro: Bouncebacktastic

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If Luton thought that their win at Broadhall Way on Saturday was enough to knock Boro's confidence and secure the Hatters promotion back to the football league then they can think again. Stevenage showed exactly why they are top of the Blue Square Premier as they bounced back in style yesterday afternoon with a professional, efficient performance that was too much for AFC Wimbledon to cope with in front of nearly 4,000 fans at Kingsmeadow.

AFC Wimbledon Preview

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After the disappointment of Saturday's defeat to Luton Town, Boro return to action with a tricky looking away trip to AFC Wimbledon on Easter Monday. With the Hatters now breathing down our necks, the Wimbledon game is now all the more important. Boro need to bounce back after being beaten at the weekend and show that they have the mental strength to go on and win the title.

Boro 0-1 Luton: It’s not over just yet

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Luton beat Stevenage at a packed Broadhall Way for the first time in 18 months yesterday afternoon as they kept their title hopes alive. Matthew Barnes-Homer's fortunate strike a minute after coming on decided the game and left Boro knowing there is still a lot of work to do to clinch promotion.

Luton Preview

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So, here it is. Boro vs Luton. It's a game that has been talked about for months now and it finally kick's off at 1pm tomorrow afternoon. Both sides go into the game full of confidence after recent results. Boro are on a 8 match winning run which has propelled them to the top of the Blue Square Premier.

1 down, 1 to go

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Scott Laird was the hero again last night as Stevenage beat Oxford 1-0 at Broadhall Way. Laird, who scored Boro's only goal in their victory at Luton back in September, stepped up and scored the second half penalty that was enough to win the game. That result puts Graham Westley's side 8 points clear of the U's and keeps the gap between ourselves and Luton to 5 points.

Oxford Preview

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Oxford United make the trip to Hertfordshire tomorrow evening to face Stevenage in a top of the table clash, which could go a long way into deciding the destination of the Conference title. Boro go into the game 5 points clear of Oxford at the summit and are in fine form having won 7 games on the bounce, the latest being the 3-0 victory away at Crawley.

Boro go top with win over Cambridge

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Sorry it's a bit late, but it's a story that is definately worth mentioning. New Year's Day saw Stevenage go top of the Blue Square Premier after they beat Cambridge United 4-1 at Broadhall Way. Boro took the place of Oxford United who didn't play because their game against Rushden was postponed due to the recent poor weather.

Christmas 2009: Reviewed

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As usual, it has been a busy festive period for Stevenage Borough. Graham Westley's side had not played a league game since the 5th December before they visited Cambridge United on Boxing Day and then hosted AFC Wimbledon 2 days later at Broadhall Way. It's not over yet either with Cambridge visiting again on New Years Day.

A year unbeaten at home

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It was a year ago yesterday that Stevenage were last beat at Broadhall Way in the league. That 2-1 defeat by Wrexham now feels like a very long time ago and the team has come a long way since then.

Boro could find themselves top of the Blue Square Premier tomorrow night if they win away at Ebbsfleet and Oxford lose against Crawley at the Broadfield Stadium.

Griffin scores only goal as Boro close the gap

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Stevenage carried on their unbeaten run in the Blue Square Premier as they recorded a 1-0 win away at Salisbury City thanks to a Charlie Griffin strike just before half-time. Boro are now just 2 points away from Oxford United, who were held at home against Barrow today in the FA Cup 2nd round.

Salisbury Preview

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Boro travel down to Salisbury this weekend as they continue their pursuit of top spot in the Blue Square Premier. With leaders Oxford playing in the FA Cup against Barrow tomorrow afternoon, Stevenage have the perfect opportunity to close the gap ahead of the midweek fixtures in the Blue Square Premier.

Chester Preview

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Tomorrow night see's the league's bottom club, Chester City visit Broadhall Way for the first time since the opening day of the 2003/2004 season. Chester won the Conference that season after finishing 1 point clear of Hereford United, who were arguably the better side. Stevenage, with Westley at the helm, finished in 8th position, but took 4 points off the eventual champions which included a 2-1 win at the Deva Stadium.

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The Sweeper: Mansfield Town do a Radiohead

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Alright, so some of us might not pay very much to watch Mansfield Town, but here is an interesting promotion by the club for their game this weekend against Gateshead, as they let supporters set their own ticket price:

Blue Square Premier side Mansfield Town are offering fans the chance to pay whatever they want to see their home game against Gateshead on Saturday.

Bicycle Kicks: A Season In The Saddle

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I may as well get this out in the open straight away: I'm a York City fan. One who is aiming to get to every single one of our Conference league matches next season, starting on Saturday. Those two sickening revelations out of the way, it's only fair to tell you that I'm planning to do the whole thing on my pushbike.

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SPAIN: Jermaine Pennant latest; Former Chelsea and West Ham United men turn up

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Pennant playing for struggling Zaragoza...Smith injured with Real Union...Ex-Chelsea man Simmonds continues exodus from Hoddle's Academy...Ex-Hammers legend Tommy Taylor joins Torry Army... Spain has been a favourite haunt of English footballers and coaches over the years but those present this season have experienced some indifferent fortunes over the course of the first half of the season.

Me & My Team: A Non-League Story

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Fact of the Day…

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Yesterdays giant killers Crawley Town, of the Blue Square Premier, humbled Championship side Derby 2-1 at their home ground just outside London. Crawley itself is retentively a new club, the town was only created after the second World War...anyway, here is a fact.


The FA cup can be important for small clubs: On their run there home gate has doubled to 1,200 and continues to increase while the club has made current total revenue of £273,000.

Photo Daily: Barrow AFC vs. AFC Wimbledon

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Barrow AFC's home ground, Hoker Street, after a match against AFC Wimbledon in the Blue Square Premier. November 14th, 2009.

Photo credit: Chalfont Don on Flickr, via the Pitch Invasion Photo Pool.


Ebbsfleet United: Members Disappear, Club Failing, No-One Shocked

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Well, no-one saw this coming: Ebbsfleet United, the "world's first web community owned club", has lost most of its community in its second year of operation and the club is spiralling towards disaster on and off the field.

It's hard to say just how unsurprising this is.