On Tuesday night, Stevenage will face Crawley for the 30th time across all competitions, the joint fifth most in the Club’s history…
A win for Boro would make it 15 victories against the Reds. Stevenage have only beaten Royston Town and Morecambe on more occasions.
Across the 29 games already played, Stevenage have won 14 times, drawn five and losT 10.
The first meeting between the two sides came in the prestigious Knights Floodlit League at the Quarter Final stage in 1988, when the home side Reds prevailed 1-0 before bowing out of the competition in the Semi-Finals to Dover Athletic.
From 2004, the two clubs would become regular opponents in the Conference, in which Stevenage won the first four meetings. Sandwiched in-between those victories though was an FA Trophy defeat, the year before Boro would go on to win the competition.
Overall, Stevenage dominated Crawley during the Conference-years, winning eight, losing three and drawing just once.
The first time the sides met in the EFL was in League One, in which four games were played with nothing between the teams, with two draws and a win for each side.
For the past five years, Stevenage and Crawley have played each other twice a season in Sky Bet League Two and again it is an even record heading into Tuesday’s match, with four wins for either side and two draws.
Recent memorable victories for Stevenage include the 2-1 win at Broadfield Stadium in 2017, when Matty Godden scored a brace including a last-minute winner, and the last time Boro won away against Crawley, in August 2018, when Alex Revell scored two late goals to help seal a 3-1 win.
Events weren’t as positive for Stevenage last season, as a goalless draw at home was followed up by a 2-0 away defeat, but with Alex Revell’s men just one point shy of last season’s overall points total, it is clear that the 2020/21 Stevenage team is very different to the one in 2019/20.