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Away Days: Northampton Town

4 August 2023

Stevenage kick off their highly anticipated Sky Bet League One campaign on Saturday against fellow newcomers Northampton Town…

Boro have enjoyed a productive pre-season, which included victories against Championship side Ipswich Town and a Tottenham Hotspur XI, as they now look ahead to their first clash of the 2023/24 Sky Bet League One campaign.

Steve Evans has made some strong additions to his squad this summer, many of which have plenty of League One and Championship experience.

The two latest players to link up with the squad are centre-back Finley Burns and target man forward Aaron Pressley. The latter signed on a permanent deal from Brentford after two spells on loan in Sky Bet League One. Twenty-year-old Burns arrives on loan from European Champions Manchester City and has had Championship experience, spending some time on loan at Swansea City. Both could feature for the first time in a Stevenage shirt this weekend.

Opposition Lowdown

Northampton Town finished third in Sky Bet League Two last campaign, just two points behind Boro, and were subsequently promoted to the third tier for the second time in four seasons. The Cobblers have retained a large portion of last season’s squad, with a couple of new additions in centre-back Manny Monthe, left-back Patrick Brough and striker Tyreece Simpson being brought in.

Kieron Bowie and Marc Leonard have re-joined the club for a second loan spell, with both having played over forty games each for the Cobblers last campaign. Northampton’s dangerman Sam Hoskins is likely to feature in the starting eleven this weekend and will undoubtedly look to cause havoc for Stevenage’s left-sided defenders. The threatening forward scored an outstanding twenty-two goals last season, grabbing seven assists.

Northampton have a spectacular record against Stevenage, winning thirteen of the previous seventeen contests. They have fallen to defeat just once in the past, when Graham Westley’s men picked up a 2-1 victory at The Lamex Stadium in 2015. Boro will be looking for their first ever win at Sixfields this weekend.

The Manager

The Cobblers’ boss Jon Brady is a familiar face to the Stevenage faithful, having worn the Boro shirt on sixty-four occasions in the mid-2000s, scoring five goals from midfield. The Australian spent six years in charge of non-league Brackley Town before becoming an academy coach for Northampton. In February 2021, he was placed in temporary charge of the first team, and despite being relegated from Sky Bet League One, he was offered the permanent job.

Two consecutive top four finishes in the fourth tier culminated in automatic promotion back to League One. Brady now looks forward to his first full managerial season in the third tier of English Football.

The Stadium

Northampton Town play their home games at Sixfields Stadium, which has a capacity of 7,798. Boro supporters have been allocated the South Stand behind the goal which holds a capacity of 972. If travelling by car, leave the M1 and Junction 15A and take the A43 towards Northampton. Continue straight on and the stadium will appear on the right.


Lewis Smith has been appointed Match Referee for Saturday’s fixture, with Richard Morris and Samuel Fudge as Assistants, and Darren Drysdale as Fourth Official. Smith dished out 107 yellow cards and just one red in thirty-four fixtures last campaign.


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Match Reports

Report: Northampton Town 0-1 Stevenage

5 August 2023

Stevenage return to Sky Bet League One with a hard-earned victory in Northampton...

Stevenage kicked off life in Sky Bet League One, after nine years away from the third tier, with a short trip to fellow newcomers Northampton Town. Boro’s Two newest recruits Finley Burns and Aaron Pressley made the starting eleven at centre back and centre forward respectively after signing earlier in the week.

Taye Ashby-Hammond made his first start in goal as a permanent Stevenage player behind a back three of Carl Piergianni, Nathan Thompson and Finley Burns. Luther James-Wildin and debutant Dan Butler occupied the wing-back roles either side of a Thompson midfield duo of Louis and Ben. Jordan Roberts floated behind the strike partnership of Jamie Reid and Aaron Pressley.

The atmosphere from all four sides of the ground was electric at kick-off, including the away end behind the goal which consisted of around a thousand noisy Boro fans.

The first ten minutes were very open, but it was Stevenage who earned themselves the first effort on target. Dan Butler carefully watched the ball fall from the sky before unleashing a powerful volley which was calmly collected by Lee Burge.

Northampton’s first real chance could’ve easily found the back of the net after ten minutes as Patrick Brough rushed through on goal, but his effort was superbly pushed onto the crossbar by Taye Ashby-Hammond.

First the crossbar, then it was the post that denied Northampton the lead. Tyreece Simpson found himself in a shooting position on the right-hand side of the area before placing it past Ashby-Hammond, but his effort ricocheted off the woodwork.

The action had quietened down by the half hour mark and Stevenage were fortunate that the scoring remained level. They did enjoy a brief attacking phase as Louis Thompson found Ben Thompson in the area, but his shot was fired wide.

Boro were really growing into the game in the later stages of the half as they looked to unpick the Cobblers’ defence. Jamie Reid whipped in a cross from the right wing, with Aaron Pressley tapping it wide.

Northampton went back to being on the front foot shortly after though, with Stevenage having to defend for their lives and make some crucial blocks. An astonishining eight minutes of added time were held up by the fourth official at the end of the first forty-five.

Boro withstood the pressure from the Cobblers and eventually the referee blew his whistle for half-time.

The heavens opened during the interval as Northampton made an attacking half-time change with striker Louis Appere replacing wing-back Akin Odimayo. No changes were made by Stevenage.

Taye Ashby-Hammond was called into action on several occasions in the first fifteen minutes of the half, but collected everything that came his way to keep the score line goalless.

Steve Evans made his first change of the afternoon on the hour mark as Ben Thompson made way for Nick Freeman making his debut in a like-for-like swap.

Boro showed glimpses in the attacking third soon after as they looked to take the lead. Aaron Pressley, Louis Thompson and Jamie Reid all saw chances fall wide.

A second change was made with twenty minutes of the ninety remaining as Jake Forster-Caskey slotted into midfield, replacing Jamie Reid with Jordan Roberts stepping up top.

Stevenage looked more in control as the game progressed with Northampton on the back foot. Jordan Roberts cut in on his favoured left foot and had his effort blocked.

On the eightieth minute, Stevenage broke the deadlock and scored their first goal in League One for over nine years. Forster-Caskey’s delightful ball into the area caused all sorts of problems for Northampton’s defence as Carl Piergianni tapped in at the back post, despite a clearance behind the line. Boro had to be patient, but they got their goal.

When the game appeared to be coming to an end, the fourth official held up fourteen minutes of additional time. Stevenage had to do everything in their power to keep their one goal advantage. Josh March was brought on for Aaron Pressley.

Stevenage looked reasonably comfortable in additional time with Taye Ashby-Hammond hardly being tested. Northampton failed to push for an equaliser as finally the referee blew his whistle for full-time.

Boro worked incredibly hard all afternoon and it paid off as they picked up their first victory at Sixfields Stadium after eleven attempts. Attention now turns to Tuesday as Steve Evans’ men welcome Watford to The Lamex Stadium in the Carabao Cup.

Attendance: 7,049 including 961 away supporters.

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Ticket News

Northampton Town (A) SOLD OUT

4 August 2023

Match tickets for Boro’s Sky Bet League One opener at Northampton Town on Saturday 5th August have now SOLD OUT...

Kicking off at 3pm, Steve Evans’ men make the short trip up the M1 to take on the fellow promotion winning Cobblers in the 2023/24 season curtain-raiser.

Thanks to your tremendous support, we have sold out our allocation of away tickets at Sixfields.

However, Northampton Town have kindly provided us with a limited number of extra tickets to purchase tomorrow at Sixfields.
Tickets will be sold on first come, first served basis from the Away Ticket Cabin (opens 1pm). 

Match tickets are to be collected at Sixfields Stadium from the Away Ticket Cabin too. 

There will be NO MATCH TICKET SALES on the day of the game.

Travel by Coach

The Stevenage FC Supporters Association coach 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 SA members and £25 for non-members.

To book a seat, visit and book online.

Travel by Train

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

For more travel information to Sixfields, click here.


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