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Stevenage Cult Hero: Mark Roberts

Stevenage Cult Hero: Mark Roberts

FourFourTwo is probably the best magazine for all things football in the UK. A couple of weeks ago, their editorial team gave us a buzz to share our wisdom – no laughing back there, please. We were asked to nominate the definitive Stevenage Cult Hero – a man who holds a special place in all our hearts and will do until the end of time. Here’s who we voted for and here’s what we said…


Stevenage Cult Hero: Mark Roberts

(Centre-back, 2008 and 2009-13)

Chelsea fans can wax lyrical about John Terry being ‘Captain, Leader, Legend’ all they want, but he doesn’t even come close to matching the impact that Mark Roberts had during his time at Stevenage. It’s no coincidence that Boro’s rise towards the top of League One came during the time that Robbo was the mainstay of our defence.

Robbo led by example, the vanguard of our march into the promised land of the Football League and up further still. Hell, he’s even been our caretaker gaffer on two separate occasions – and not many managers can say they’ve started off with a 5-1 win away from home.

Quite simply, Robbo was (and still is) the physical embodiment of what that Stevenage side were all about. And my word how we’ve missed it since…

• For the full rundown of all 92 Football League Cult Heroes as voted for by supporters, visit

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BoroGuide runs the show around here, and has done since that glorious summer of 2002. We're not sure why it was so glorious; maybe it's the delirum of reliving David Seaman watching Ronald Eeeeenyo's lob drift over him. That and Boro' reaching the FAT final at Villa Park – not Wembley.


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