A warm Wednesday welcome to you. Now the formalities are out of the way, let’s get down to business – and, more importantly, how you can give us a helping hand. Quite simply, do you have any old Stevenage programmes lying around your home that are needing some care, attention and a purpose in life? If you do, you’re exactly the kind of person that we want to hear from.
Why old Stevenage programmes?
We’d like to think that we’re closing in on the last few missing Boro’ line-ups that have, so far, continued to avoid our capture in much the same way as an errant fly continues to miss the open window you’ve left for it. At last count, we had just 216 Boro’ line-ups out of the 1,970-odd games in our database to find – but we’ve also started to hit a bit of difficulty on the final bend.
Most of our information has come from repeated trips to the British Library, raiding old copies of The Comet, The Gazette and a small spattering of other newspapers. Now, however, we’ve almost got all we can from these because not every match report had the Boro’ line-up; some midweek games fell down the publishing gaps; and some issues, well, just aren’t available on record.
And that’s where old Stevenage programmes come in. Maybe not so much in the very early years, but throughout the 1980s and into the 90s, programmes would carry reports of previous games and fill in the occasional gap in our data along the way. We are hoping these programmes can come to our rescue, but – obviously – they’re not ten-a-penny these days. Not even on eBay.
What are we looking for?
Quite simply, we’re looking for the Boro’ line-ups from all the matches listed on our Missing Stevenage Match Information page – a list that you can filter by season. In a bit of a paradox, it’s home programmes from the games after those listed that’ll have the details, but we’re sure you worked that out. And the timeframe we’re working with is 1980 through to 1993.
How can you help?
If you have old Stevenage programmes from this period, you can help in a couple of ways.
- You could trawl the pages of your programmes on our behalf; picking out any team line-ups you can find and ping them to us by email – scans, Excel spreadsheets, text lists, whatever…
- You could give us a lend of your programmes. If you’re local, we could swing by your place and pick them up, use them and then drop them back
- If you’re looking to get rid full stop, we might be in a position to take them off your hands – just let us know
Got any questions? Able to help us? Feel free to drop us a line by emailing editor[at]boroguide.co.uk if you want to find out more or ask us what we’re up to. If you can come to our rescue, you’ll have our eternal gratitude (no cash value) and your name will get added to our rollcall of thanks on our About Us page too. Look forward to hearing from you…