We take a look at some of the players who have represented both Stevenage and Crawley Town ahead this evening’s Sky Bet League Two contest…
Before recently re-signing, Michael Bostwick had an illustrious first spell at Stevenage. After joining in 2008, Bostwick played in the heart of Boro’s midfield for four years, appearing over two hundred times and scoring twenty-one goals. Some of his most notable moments in a Stevenage shirt were being a part of both the 2009/10 title winning campaign and the 2010/11 play-off winning season, as well as scoring in the victory over Newcastle United in the FA Cup. Bostwick also had two loan spells at Crawley Town as a youngster, appearing thirty-two times in total, netting five goals.
Defender Jon Ashton signed for Stevenage in 2009 before spending six years at the club. In his first campaign, Boro earned promotion to The Football League and Ashton contributed to the side keeping an impressive twenty-seven clean sheets. The following season, the defender was voted as the club’s Player of the Year for his efforts in the 2010/11 promotion campaign. During his six years at Stevenage, Ashton made 234 appearances, which ranks him in ninth as the club’s all-time appearance records. Following his departure from Hertfordshire, Ashton joined Crawley Town, spending one season at the club and appearing thirty times.
Dannie Bulman signed for Stevenage in 2004 and soon became a popular player at The Lamex. In the two seasons he appeared for Boro, he made just shy of 100 appearances, scoring three times. Bulman first signed on loan from Stevenage to Crawley in 2006 before making the move permanent. Over his five separate spells at Crawley, he became a club legend, making roughly four hundred appearances before recently taking a player-coach role.
Attacking Midfielder Jimmy Smith joined Boro ahead of the 2013/14 campaign in which he made forty-seven appearances in all competitions and scored three goals. At the end of the season, Smith signed Crawley and would go on to become club captain and make over 160 appearances.
Andy Drury spent two years at Stevenage from 2008-2009, helping his side win the FA Trophy and Football League Promotion. In total he appeared over sixty times, scoring twelve goals. In 2011, Drury signed for Crawley Town on loan before signing permanently two years later. He appeared fifty-four times for The Reds, scoring eight times.
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