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31 December 2014

Our review of 2014 concludes with a look at events on and off the pitch at Stevenage FC from October through to December...

On the pitch...
5,236 fans pile into The Lamex to see Luton win a tight derby 2-1. Tom Pett cancelled out Luke Wilkinson’s opener only for sub Alex Wall’s 82nd minute strike to take all three points. A disappointing 3-0 defeat at Carlisle followed however Boro bounced back with a 2-1 home win against Accrington.

A superb performance at Portsmouth saw Stevenage return home pointless after an entertaining yet ultimately frustrating 3-2 defeat. Dean Wells put Boro ahead and Chris Beardsley scored his first goal of the season to bring it back to 2-2 after Pompey had battled back, only for Joe Devera to win it from distance with 15 minutes remaining.

Stevenage’s topsy-turvy form continues with a late 1-0 win over high-flying Burton thanks to an 84th minute own goal from Ian Sharps.

Off the pitch...
- BBC Sport revealed the results of its annual Price of Football Survey with Stevenage's continued commitment to attracting the next generation of fans highlighted in its League Two round-up. Included within the League Two article was the success of Boro's Under-12 season tickets for £25, which at the time of submitting had seen a 197% increase in attendance at The Lamex Stadium by this age group this season compared to last season. That number continues to rise.
- Jack Jebb and Dave McAllister sign on loan from Arsenal and Shrewsbury respectively. Two days later Josh Clarke and Charlie Adams sign on loan from Brentford.
- Ryan Johnson and Connor Calcutt join Boreham Wood and Wealdstone on loan.
- The Stevenage Under-18s took a break from training to help open the new Footgolf course at Stevenage Golf and Conference Centre. With the first team preparing for the game at Portsmouth, the Boro scholars partnered up with Year 9 PE students from The Barclay School to play the first ever rounds of FootGolf on the course.

Video of the Month
Who would Chris Beardsley snog, marry and avoid? Beardo answers the fans' questions

Photos of the Month

Boro do battle with Luton at The Lamex Stadium

Whelpdale scores again, this time in the 2-1 win over Accrington

On the pitch...
There’s another late goal at Tranmere but this time for the hosts as they battle from 2-0 down to draw 2-2. Lee Barnard scores on his debut after signing on loan from Southend.

A goalless draw at home to Ryman Premier League Maidstone the following weekend means Boro face a replay in the FA Cup first round and they warm up for this with a comprehensive 5-1 home win over Cheltenham, with goals from Barnard (2), Beardsley (2) and Lee.

Goals in the 2nd and 87th minute knock Stevenage out of the FA Cup in a televised replay at the Gallagher Stadium with a 1-0 defeat at Northampton following less than 48 hours later.

A Simon Walton penalty then puts Boro 1-0 up against Morecambe only for another late goal, this time an 85th minute header from Padraig Amond, to salvage a point for the Shrimpers.

Stevenage also advance in the Herts Senior Cup with a 3-1 win at Colney Heath thanks to goals from Pett (2) and Deacon. Round 2 sees a comfortable 2-0 home win against Bishop’s Stortford with goals from Jebb and Deacon.

Meanwhile the U18s progress in the FA Youth Cup with a 4-3 win against Needham Market. A comprehensive 6-0 win against Wealdstone then sees Boro’s youngsters progress to a third round meeting against Everton.

Off the pitch...
- Lee Barnard joins from Southend on loan for a month and the loan moves of Jebb, McAllister and Adams are extended.
- At the end of the month Ryan Brunt becomes the latest loan addition, arriving from Bristol Rovers
- Jon Ashton, Chris Day and other first team players led inspirational sessions at nine schools in Stevenage and surrounding towns and villages about being role models, whilst also answering questions from pupils and signing items for the excited youngsters.
- Fans young and old took the opportunity to play FIFA15 prior to the Morecambe game in the EA Sports Dugout. Dean Parrett, Adam Marriott and Tom Conlon all came along to have a go too!

Video of the Month

Photos of the Month

Simon Walton and Charlie Adams congratulate Lee Barnard as he scores a brace in a 5-1 win against Cheltenham

Ed Jackson scores as the U18s put six past Wealdstone in the FA Youth Cup 2nd round

Jon Ashton speaks to youngsters at Martins Wood Primary School

On the pitch...
With no FA Cup participation Stevenage begin December on Saturday 13th with a 2-0 defeat at Newport, however form improved with three straight wins over the Christmas period.

Charlie Lee wins a tight game against Exeter with a late goal before the midfielder puts Boro 1-0 up at Dagenham on Boxing Day and Chris Whelpdale seals the points to record a first away win since AFC Wimbledon in August.

2015 concludes with an entertaining 3-2 derby win over Cambridge United. Goals from Lee, Pett and Parrett do the damage and mean Boro pick up nine points in nine days to end the year on a high.

Off the pitch...
- Stevenage FC's recent achievements on the pitch over the past few years were 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 with the club's Wembley wins and promotions all included.
- Fans of all ages took advantage of an open training session at Bragbury End on Saturday 6th to come and watch the squad train before interacting with the players and management. With no official first team fixture we threw the gates open and invited fans to the 42 acre facility. Here they were able to watch Graham Westley put his side through their paces in a training game and the gaffer even gave two pairs of fans the chance to control the two teams for the final 15 minutes!
- Members of the first team along with Boro Bear spent some time at the Lister Hospital last night as they gave out Christmas gifts to children. Organised by the Supporters Association, Chris Day, Simon Walton, Charlie Lee, Chris Beardsley, Darius Charles and Dean Parrett visited the Bluebell Ward where they thrilled youngsters with the surprise visit.

Video of the Month
Stevenage beat Cambridge 3-2 at The Lamex Stadium

Photos of the Month

Players make their annual Christmas visit to the children's ward at the Lister Hospital

The new Stevenage FC panel in the Leisure Centre walkway

Fans were invited to an open training session at Bragbury End

Tom Pett is congratuated on his goal in the 3-2 win over Cambridge

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