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Away Days: Aston Villa vs Stevenage

7 January 2023

Stevenage make the trip to Villa Park tomorrow for the long-awaited FA Cup tie with former English and European Champions Aston Villa…

After an incredible first half of the league campaign, Steve Evans’ side have been rewarded with a huge away day to one of the most iconic stadiums in the country. Victories against non-league sides Gateshead and King’s Lynn Town meant that Stevenage made the third round of the FA Cup for the eighth time in the club’s history.

Earlier in the week, Evans made his first two signings of the January transfer window as Jake Forster-Caskey and Daryl Horgan were brought in, but both are unfortunately cup-tied ahead of this fixture.

The Opposition

Aston Villa currently sit eleventh in The Premier League meaning there are fifty-nine league places between tomorrow’s two sides. The Villains have a rich history which puts them amongst the elite clubs in England, having won seven top-tier titles, seven FA Cups, five League Cups and the European Cup and European Super Cup once.

Villa’s only ever relegation from the top flight was in 2016 but after just three campaigns in the Championship, the side returned to The Premier League under Manager Dean Smith. In 2020, The Villains made the Carabao Cup final but fell short to Manchester City.

This season has produced a mixed bag of results for Villa as they sit in the mid-table section. The side have played eighteen league matches, winning six, drawing four and losing eight. On New Year’s Day, The Villains travelled to The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and won 2-0, thanks to second-half goals from Emi Buendia and Douglas Luiz.

Then, on Wednesday, Villa welcomed local-rivals Wolves to Villa Park and picked up a crucial point through Danny Ings’ equaliser. Aston Villa have some huge names in their squad such as recent World Cup Winner Emi Martinez and the Stevenage-born Ashley Young. However, Boro can expect their opponents to make changes.

The Manager

Villa began the season with Steven Gerrard as boss, but after winning just two of their opening twelve league matches, he was relieved of his duties. His replacement was a famous name and face to all fans of The Premier League. Unai Emery made his return to the top tier of English Football after enjoying an eighteen-month spell with Arsenal a couple years prior.

Emery has managed some other European giants in the past, such as PSG, Villareal, Sevilla and Valencia. The Spaniard has some huge accolades to his name, such as three consecutive Europa Leagues with Sevilla, alongside a fourth, five years later with Villareal. He won Ligue 1 with PSG and was a runner-up in the 2018/19 Europa League with Arsenal.

The Stadium

Villa Park has been home to Aston Villa since 1897 and is widely considered one of the most iconic stadiums in The UK. Three 1966 World Cup matches were played there aswell as four matches during Euro 1996.

The stadium, which holds a capacity of 42,682, has played host to 55 FA Cup semi-finals, the most of any other stadium. Almost 3,000 Boro fans will be witnessing tomorrow’s match from ‘The Doug Ellis Stand’.

The Officials

Premier League referee, Graham Scott has been appointed Match Referee for tomorrow’s fixture, with Bhupinder Singh Gill and Sam Lewis as Assistants, and Matthew Donohue as Fourth Official.

VAR will be in play for this fixture, which will be overseen by Thomas Bramall and Derek Eaton.


Match tickets for Stevenage vs Leyton Orient start at £18 Adults, £15 Concessions, £10 Under 18s and £5 Under 12s.

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Report: Aston Villa 1-2 Stevenage

8 January 2023

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Stevenage stun Premier League side Aston Villa in the FA Cup after two late goals from Jamie Reid and Dean Campbell...

Stevenage made the trip to the famous Villa Park as Premier League opposition, Aston Villa, stood in the way of a place in the Fourth Round of the FA Cup. Steve Evans made just one change from the last league match as Jake Taylor replaced Alex Gilbey.

Boro lined up with the usual back three of Sweeney, Vancooten and Piergianni in front of Ashby-Hammond between the sticks. James-Wildin and Clark occupied the wing-back roles either side of a midfield duo of Reeves and Taylor. Roberts played in an advanced midfield position behind the strike partnership of Norris and Rose.

Boro held their own in the first ten minutes with Villa unable to carve out a clear-cut chance. Philippe Coutinho tried his luck from outside the area, but his effort sailed way wide of the post.

The Premier League side saw the majority of the ball, as expected, with the first shot on-target going their way. Douglas Luiz rifled in a low drilled effort, but Taye Ashby-Hammond caught it superbly to deny.

After seventeen minutes, Boro caught the entirety of Villa Park by surprise as Danny Rose had the ball in the back of the net, before the linesman raised his flag for offside. After a VAR check, it was clear that Luke Norris was in an offside position before crossing to Rose.

Boro had a decent spell of possession after the offside goal, but it was Villa who created the next chance. Philippe Coutinho cut in on his favoured right foot, but his effort was deflected by Jake Taylor and into the hands of Taye Ashby-Hammond.

Just after the half-hour mark, the hosts took the lead. The pressure was building in and around the Stevenage area as Danny Ings played in Morgan Sanson who calmly slotted the ball past Ashby-Hammond to open the scoring.

Seven minutes later, there were huge appeals for a penalty to Stevenage as Luke Norris appeared to have been tripped up in the area, but the referee quickly dismissed these appeals.

Just moments later, Norris produced a bit of magic and was almost able to celebrate a wonder-goal. The number nine cut in on his right foot before trying his luck from outside the box, but his curling effort clipped the crossbar and went over.

Although Stevenage went into the break a goal down, there could be very little complaints from the League Two side after a competitive first half.

Villa came flying out the blocks after the interval and immediately put Stevenage under some real pressure. Douglas Luiz and Philippe Coutinho both tried their luck from outside the box, but neither could get their shot on target.

Ten minutes into the second half, Stevenage began to see more of the ball as they dreamed of an equaliser. Luther James-Wildin skipped past two men as he laid it off to Jordan Roberts who cut the ball onto his left, but his effort was deflected out for a corner.

Just after the hour mark, Steve Evans introduced his first substitutions of the match as Jamie Reid and Dean Campbell replaced Danny Rose and Max Clark. Then, Villa had a golden chance to double their lead as Callum Chambers was lurking at the back post but tapped his shot wide from point-blank range.

Two more substitutions were brought on soon after, with David Amoo and Kane Smith replacing Jake Taylor and Luke Norris. Jake Reeves had a chance to shoot moments after, but his effort from the edge of the box was drilled just wide of the mark.

Boro had managed to get to the closing stages of the match just one goal down, and with a glimmer of hope against their Premier League opponents. With five minutes to go, Boro were awarded a penalty to the delight of the incredible travelling support. Dendoncker received a red card for tripping Dean Campbell inside the box.

Jamie Reid stepped up to take in front of a noisy Villa crowd and calmly sent the goalkeeper the wrong way to equalise late on for the underdogs. The Stevenage supporters were having the time of their lives as just a few minutes remained.

The match was far from over as Stevenage won themselves a corner just before additional time. Instead of whipping in a cross, Jake Reeves played it short to Dean Campbell who moved the ball forward and blasted the ball low and hard into the back of the net to send the away end into mayhem. League Two Stevenage had stunned the whole of English Football with a miraculous comeback against former European Champions.

Celebrations continued long after the final whistle as Boro had pulled off one of the best results in not just the club’s history, but the FA Cup’s history.

Stevenage will travel to Stoke City in the Fourth Round.

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Tickets & Travel: Aston Villa

6 January 2023

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Match tickets are now on sale for Boro’s trip to Premier League Aston Villa in the Emirates FA Cup Third Round…

Kicking off at 4.30pm on Sunday 8th January 2023, Steve Evans’ men travel to Birmingham to take on Unai Emery’s Villains in the world’s oldest domestic cup competition.

Match tickets are available online at and from the Stevenage FC Club Shop (click here for Christmas opening hours).

Match tickets for collection are to be collected from the Club Shop before 4pm on Friday 6th January 2023.

Any tickets not collected will be taken to Villa Park for collection from our Supporters Liaison Officer Carl Rutherford outside the away turnstiles, approximately 90 minutes before kick-off. 

Stevenage supporters will be situated in the Doug Ellis Stand, with tickets priced at the following:

Disabled supporters are charged at the full price for their age category and are entitled to bring a carer free of charge.

Due to postal delays and disruptions over the festive period, we are encouraging supporters to collect their tickets from the Stevenage FC Club Shop where possible.

If you have opted for you tickets to be posted and they have not been delivered by midday on Friday 6th January 2023, please ring 01438 223 223 and the Ticket Office to arrange a duplicate for collection at Villa Park. 

Match tickets will be available for collection from the Club Shop on Monday 19th December 2022.

For disabled supporter parking, please call 01438 223223 during the Club Shop’s opening hours. Please note, these are sold on a first come, first served basis.

Travel by Coach

The Stevenage FC Supporters Association coaches will be departing The Lamex Stadium at midday on the day of the game, so please ensure to arrive with time to spare in order to confirm a scheduled departure. Tickets cost £20 for both SA members & non-members.

To book a seat, visit and book online.

Travel by Train

Purchase your train ticket to Aston Villa at and keep up-to-date with latest travel info by following @nationalrailenq.

For more travel information to Villa Park, click here.


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