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RETRO MEMORIES: STEVENAGE REACH 2002 FA TROPHY FINAL

31 March 2015

In the build-up to Retro Day against Tranmere this Good Friday, we'll be looking back at some of the most high profile Stevenage games over the past 20 years with the help of photos from Action Images which we've been given permission to use. Next up it's our first FA Trophy Final back in 2002...

Wayne Turner’s Stevenage Borough reached their first ever FA Trophy Final in 2002 after negotiating the first five rounds with relative ease, including a two-legged semi-final against a decent Morecambe side.


Oooh ahhh! Super Sam McMahon puts Boro 1-0 up at Morecambe


Matt Fisher and Simon Wormull celebrate reaching the FA Trophy Final


Jude Stirling celebrates with Boro fans

Stevenage’s run to the FA Trophy Final
Round 3 – Stevenage 5, Dover 1  (Clarke 2, Jackson 2, Sigere)
Round 4 – Stevenage 1, Bashley 0 (Jackson)
Round 5 – Stevenage 3, Forest Green 2 (OG, Wormull, Clarke)
Quarter Final – Stevenage 1, Stalybridge 0 (DJ Campbell)
Semi-Final – Morecambe 1, Stevenage 2 (McMahon, Hamsher)
Semi Final – Stevenage 2, Morecambe 0 (McMahon, DJ Campbell) - Boro won 4-1 on aggregate


Stevenage fans travelled in their numbers to Villa Park


Kirk Jackson, Jean-Michel Sigere and Simon Wormull line-up for Boro at Villa Park

Stevenage fans travelled in their thousands to Villa Park for the final against a talented Yeovil Town side who finished third that season but would later romp to the Conference title the following year.

Boro’s first and probably best chance of the game came with just over a minute on the clock. Jean-Michel Sigere delivered a ball from the right, Kirk Jackson rose highest and saw his powerful header turned over the bar by Chris Weale. 


Kirk Jackson went close in the opening minutes

It was an early let-off for the Glovers, who then went 1-0 up thanks to an overhead kick from former Boro hotshot Carl Alford.


Carl Alford puts Yeovil 1-0 up with an overhead kick


Yeovil celebrate big Carl's goal


Simon Wormull in action for Boro


Stevenage Borough manager Wayne Turner watches on from the sidelines

Stevenage continued to plug away and created a few half chances but failed to trouble Weale. In the second half Adam Stansfield ran clear to score Yeovil’s second and take the FA Trophy back to Somerset amid celebratory scenes from Glovers fans, who made up two-thirds of the crowd.


Yeovil celebrate winning the 2002 FA Trophy Final

Stevenage: Wilkerson, Hamsher, Trott, Goodliffe, Fraser, Evers (Williams 56), Wormull (Stirling 71), Fisher, Clarke, Jackson, Sigere (J.Campbell 74)

Subs not used: Greygoose, DJ Campbell

Yeovil: Weale, Lockwood, Pluck (White 51), Skiverton, Tonkin, Crittendon (Lindegaard 83), Johnson, Way, McIndoe, Stansfield, Alford (Giles 86)

Subs not used: O’Brien, Sheffield

Referee: Neale Barry

Attendance: 18,809


Full details of Retro Day activities this Good Friday against Tranmere Rovers can be found here. In advance tickets are available at www.borotickets.co.uk for this game, ranging from £3-£20. Family tickets are also available in advance only, priced at £30 for a family of three (1 adult, 2 U16s) and £40 for a family of four (2 adults, 2 U16s).

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