12:32 15 February 2012
By Stevenage FC
Graham Westley – Manager
Graham Westley entered his third managerial spell with Stevenage Football Club in March 2013, hoping to emulate the success he had enjoyed in both spells previous.
Westley will go down in Stevenage FC history, and it was actually ten years before beginning his third reign that he first came into contact with the club.
Back in 2003 he took over as manager of then-named Stevenage Borough, who languished at the lower reaches of the Conference and were six points adrift of safety – relegation to the Conference South loomed. His appointment sparked a remarkable turn in fortunes though, and a string of good results – including six consecutive victories – helped Borough to a 12th placed finish. The positive progress continued and within two season they made the Play-off Final, but were beaten by Carlisle United at the Britannia Stadium and missed out on a Football League place.
He left the club in 2006 and had spells with Rushden & Diamonds and Kettering Town before being re-appointed in May 2008. If his last spell with the club could be described as ‘remarkable’, then this would be nothing short of meteoric. On his arrival he stated that he had returned to “finish the job he started”, by which he meant gaining promotion to the Football League.
He made the Play-offs in his first season, but every Stevenage fan will try to forget the events of the Semi-Final against Cambridge United, which ended in devastating defeat. A positive note to the end of season came at the Wembley Stadium though, as Boro won their second FA Trophy in three seasons.
The following season brought the dream that had been long-awaited. Stevenage were Champions of the Blue Square Premier League. Alongside league success Boro made it to Wembley again but were defeated in the FA Trophy Final.
The following season the fairytale continued – not only did Westley guide Boro to victory over Newcastle United in the FA Cup, but a late surge into the Play-offs ended with victory at Old Trafford and consecutives promotions. Boro reached League One.
In the club’s first League One campaign the successful momentum seemed to continue and memorable nights for the Boro faithful were summed up by a fantastic 5-1 win over Sheffield United at the Lamex Stadium. In January 2012 Westley was offered the chance to replace Phil Brown at Preston North End and moved onto Deepdale with his management team.
His time with North End had ups and downs and tasked with the job of drastically slashing the wage bill, as well as managing the side proved difficult. The season began well but after injuries to key players it slipped away in the middle third. Westley parted company with the club and soon after was reappointed Stevenage boss after Gary Smith’s sacking.
Dino Maamria – Assistant Manager
Dino Maamria returned to Stevenage in March 2013 after the reappointment of Graham Westley as manager.
Maamria and Stevenage go way back, the Tunisian born coach was a striker for the side in their non-league days, first joining Stevenage Borough in 2003.
In total he made over 100 appearances as a player and scored more than 30 goals in that time, his passion for the shirt was clear and he was loved by the Boro faithful.
When Westley began his second spell in charge of the club he brought in Maamria to his coaching staff, whilst also registering him as a player. He made only one first team appearance alongside his coaching duties but was a key players in the club’s Herts Senior Cup success.
Under Westley and Maamria, Stevenage were crowned Champions of the Blue Square Premier League and the following season won the League Two Play offs to secure a League One place.
In January 2012 Maamria moved to Preston North End with Westley but even at the time spoke of his difficulty in leaving the club where he had spent such a long period of his career.
These sentiments were echoed in an honest and passionate interview with the club’s official website upon his return to Stevenage in 2013 – a club he explained had his heart.
Jason Goodliffe - Coach
Jason Goodliffe joined the Stevenage FC backroom staff prior to the beginning of the 2013/14 season, coming in as a coach.
The former club captain and favourite on the terrace, Goodliffe is one of Boro’s longest serving players – for six years he plied his trade at Braodhall Way as a tough tackling, no-nonsense central defender. He led the club to the Conference Play-off Final in 2005 and was twice voted Supporters' Player of the Season.
Prior to pulling on the Stevenage shirt – which he donned more than 150 times after making his debut in 2001 at home to Stalybridge Celtic – he represented Hayes and Brentford. In 2006 he had a loan spell with York City and later played for Rushden and Diamonds, AFC Wimbledon and Sutton United.
His move from the field to the bench came in 2010 as Assistant Manager ar Boreham Wood and before moving returning to Stevenage he was most recently with Harrow Borough.
Paul Dando - Physiotherapist
Paul Dando first began working with Stevenage in September 2008.
He graduated from Chichester University in 2005 with a BSC in Sports Theraphy. His previous work in football include spells with Hitchin Town and Northampton Town.
Did you know: When Paul was a youngster he had a trial with Arsenal Under 12s side!
Mitchell Jones - Performance Analyst
Mitchell Jones moved over to the football staff prior to the 2013/14 season, after spending two years working in the media department.
After training on the club’s Prozone Analysis system and completing the League Football Education’s ‘Performance Analysis in Sport’ qualification with Northumbria University, Mitch moved to the full-time role of Performance Analyst.
Did you know: Mitch is a former Boro season ticket holder in the East Terrace.
Rob Robertson - Kit Manager
Rob Robertson began working with Stevenage prior to the start of the 2012/13 season.
He is qualified in Sport and Recreation Management and was given the chance to step up to League One after spending 8 years as kit man at Barnet.
Did you know: Rob has represented London in both Javelin and Shot Put.