Stevenage Football Club's recent achievements on the pitch over the past few years have been recognised as part of a new pictorial tribute to the town’s sports superstars in Stevenage town centre.
As part of Stevenage Borough Council’s aesthetic improvements to the town centre, the pedestrian walkway through the Arts and Leisure Centre is being refurbished. One wall now features a frieze of photographs of sports personalities - past and present - linked to Stevenage including double F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton, Manchester United's Ashley Young and golfer Ian Poulter.
The football club has a panel dedicated to its successful Wembley FA Trophy finals, its promotion to the Football League and subsequent success at Old Trafford. This features photos of many of the squads, manager Graham Westley and the 2007 Trophy goalscorers: Steve Morison, Craig Dobson and of course Mitchell Cole.
Its prominent location means the Stevenage FC panel is the first you come across as you head into the town centre from the train station.
The final sports panel was recently unveiled by Ashley Young at a ceremony hosted by Mayor Cllr Sherma Batson MBE and attended by club representatives and a whole host of the town's sporting heroes.
Speaking to Stevenage Borough Council, Cllr Howard Burrell, Executive Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport, said, “This pictorial celebration demonstrates our pride in our townspeople and we hope it will inspire other Stevenage people to go on to great things. As well as helping to improve the experience of visitors to our town centre, the pictures will be a great talking point, history lesson and stir up some fond memories for people.”
Stevenage FC would like to thank photographers Kevin Coleman and Matt Ranson for their help in supplying the images for this project.