Boro’ have taken on their fare share of opponents over the years and some of those teams have simply been no more than passing acquaintances. Meanwhile, there are also those others that became – well – annoyingly familiar, right? For all the many times that we’ve faced the likes of W*king, for example, there are no shortage of rare match-ups either. So, it makes sense for us to look back through our archives to see how many you can remember. For example, where do Corby Gainsborough stand in the grand scheme of things?
Well, we’re off back to the beginning with this one. And, by that, we don’t mean the Big Bang or anything scientific like that. No, it is the 1980-1 United Counties League campaign and Stevenage Borough’s debut season in senior football. The love that we shared with Corby Gainsborough Football Club was short-lived. It doesn’t look as if they’ve stayed around long enough to share their side of the story either. Even the all-seeing, all-knowing bods at Google are coming up short here – so you know we’re onto something a bit nostalgic.
Corby Gainsborough: Us And Them
Corby Gainsborough are Number 15 in the list of clubs we took on in competitive circles. You couldn’t separate us in our first meeting back in November 1980, with the Northants side leaving Broadhall Way with a point after a 2-2 draw. Our second – and last – meeting came in April 1981. It was, obviously, the reverse fixture from that season. Danny Dance and Tim Jolly grabbing a brace each as Boro’ ran out comfortable 5-2 winners. And, by the by, that’s one of the few remaining games we don’t have the full line-up for. Yet.
So, there you go. Two games. Seven goals (for us). Four goals (for them). That ain’t bad if you’re looking for your money’s worth, is it? But the telling thing is that it took Boro’ one season to achieve what Corby Gainsborough failed to do in the 16 seasons that we could find records for (thanks FCHD!). All we know is that Corby G can claim to be a member of the United Counties League between 1969 and 1985. Before? After? You’ll have to ask someone else that. And preferably someone who was around to see that all happen.
Mainly ‘cos their exit from the UCL predates our editorial team by a few months. Oh, but Wikipedia tells us that they did win the Northants Junior Cup in 1968, however.
But, like we say, we have less to go on than a household that’s been robbed by the toilet thief of Thaxton.
And now we’re simply filling space.
So, Corby G ladies and gentle dandies. We barely knew ye…
BoroGuide’s Corby Gainsborough club profile – for old time’s sake…