There isn’t much we can add to what has already been said about Mitchell Cole in the past couple of days, except to offer our extreme sadness upon hearing the news of his untimely passing. In his three years at Stevenage, Cole frequently demonstrated an awesome ability to terrorise and humiliate opposition defenders with speed and agility; contributing much to Boro’s recent on-field successes.
Mark Stimson was the man who brought Cole to Broadhall Way in January 2007; forming part of an exciting forward line with a penchant for free-flowing, attacking football. It was not long before Cole etched his name into Boro’ folklore – and indeed helped the club write its name into history – with the first of three goals at the new Wembley Stadium to turn the 2007 FA Trophy final on its head.
There were so many other moments too. Inspiring Stevenage to victory against Grays (see below) and Mansfield in the 2007/8 season; driving a playoff push with performances like the one at Salisbury City in 2008/9; and taking just eight minutes to net a hattrick at Eastbourne as Boro’ marched towards the Blue Square Premier title in 2009/10. There was a second FA Trophy in there too.
We won’t forget those memories, nor his role in getting us where we are today. RIP Mitchell Cole.