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View from the Boardroom: Phil Wallace ahead of Stevenage v Wycombe

8 December 2017

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Excerpts from the Chairman's programme notes...

  • On the FA Cup win and draw…

"The match last Saturday was one of the best games I have seen at The Lamex for a long, long time. It was made that way by both teams playing to win, as you would expect in the FA Cup. The open end-to-end game was tremendous entertainment and value for money.

"We are now in the Third Round and a great draw at home to Championship side Reading. As long as we are at home, we don’t care if it’s Man City, Reading or Rochdale."

  • On today’s game…

"Back to league action – we have Wycombe here and they have started the season very well. No better than we did really, but whilst we lost our way in October and November, they kept the pressure on the top three and consequently sit with seven points more than us.

"We have five league games (three of them away) before we say goodbye to 2017 and we have already set our points targets for that run of games.

"With your support here today and on Saturday 23rd, we hope to deliver the same level of entertainment that you saw on Saturday with, of course, the same result!"

  • On the North Stand…

"Around the stadium, we are making preparations now for the demo of the North Stand and finalising the build project. I met with four contractors and our architects in individual sessions last Tuesday to refine the hundreds of options available in a build this size.

"We made a lot of progress and I am very positive about the project. I want to give the contractors another week or so to re-tender to ensure we get the absolute best value for our money. We must remember too, that this is phase one of two parts.

"We held the project back a little after the FA Cup First Round win, to see whether we could reach the Third Round and, if so, whether the draw would give us a money spinner.

"It is just the luck of the draw, but a Man United away would have meant we could have built the full scheme and added all the income streams we have planned, in one go!

"But, who is to say that still might not happen – that is the wonderful thing about the FA Cup, you just never know."


Read the Chairman's full programme notes in Saturday's Stevenage v Wycombe programme, available around the ground for just £3.

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