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Remembering Delvin Stevens: 1948-2022

22 June 2022

All at Stevenage Football Club were saddened to learn of the sudden passing of Delvin Stevens on Saturday 18th June 2022...

Born New Year’s Day 1948, Delvin grew up in Knebworth and played for the Barclavian Football Club, the youth section of Stevenage Town FC. He went on to play for the reserves, breaking into the 1st team in 1966 at the age of 18, displacing fan’s favourite, John Mills.

When Stevenage Town ceased playing in 1968, Delvin accompanied Colin (Paddy) Powell to Barnet. After a while, Delvin soon re-joined the bulk of the original Stevenage Town squad who at this time were the mainstay of Tommy Bickerstaff’s Cambridge City. A successful sojourn at Cambridge was followed by a move to Arlesey and then on to Stotfold.

During the mid-1970’s Delvin ‘came home’ to Stevenage, signing on with the Athletic. It was with ‘the Stripes’ that he took up the reigns with the youth team, successfully leading them to winning the East Anglia trophy and the Herts County cup.

In 1982-83 season, Delvin played under Derek Montgomery for Stevenage Borough on 26 occasions and he even went on to act as the club’s care-taker manager before the appointment of John Bailey in 1987. Delvin’s proud boast was six games in charge of the Boro 1st XI - undefeated!

During his time with the Boro’, Delvin also spent a considerable amount of time as the manager of our reserves, continuing his passion of promoting and developing our youngsters.

Delvin Stevens was one of a kind. How many other players can say that they played first-team football for Stevenage Town, Stevenage Athletic and Stevenage Borough?

Despite having his home in Norfolk, Delvin was often seen frequenting the East Terrace at Stevenage in recent seasons.

A true and loyal servant to the club, his loss was a shock to all who knew him.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Delvin’s family at this time.

- Lloyd Briscoe, Stevenage FC Historian


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