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 Ware stand in the grand scheme of things?
Yes folks, it’s Ware – and the who, the why, the what and the how too. Not only are we talking about one of our nearest neighbours off the pitch, but a side that we came to know well enough on the pitch too. The Blues date back to 1892, so Stevenage teams are nothing new to them. The Wodson Park outfit might well be one of the few clubs to claim a unique treble. That’s because we doubt there are too many others who can say they’ve played Town, Athletic and Borough. The Blues can. But we’re only here to talk about the latter of that trio.
Ware: Us And Them
It’s fair to say that Boro’ and Ware saw a lot of each other during the 1980s. The first meeting between the sides came in November 1981; them outclassing us in a 3-1 Herts County Cup win. After two more cup ties, however, we found ourselves in the same league as them. For us, Servowarm League Division 2 North was a well-deserved step up from the United Counties League. For them, it was like shifting deckchairs on the Titanic. After all, Division Two North was formed to expand the competition and didn’t affect Ware much.
It could be that Ware were at a low ebb at this point in time, but Boro’ were beginning to exert a hold over our pals from down the A602. The Blues had won our first two meetings by the same scoreline, the second coming in the East Anglian Cup in December 1982. It was, however, be almost seven years before they would manage to overcome us again. The 1984-5 season was the first time we met in the league. Boro’ won 2-0 (H) and 4-1 (A). The following season, we came up against them in the FA Vase. And put another six past them.
Ware were very firmly rooted in Division Two North. Boro’, however, weren’t. In 1986, promotion to Division One put a stop to our league meetings. Until 1988, obviously. But a second promotion in 1991 was the start of the end as far as this tale goes. Funnily enough, it was during that 1990-1 title-winning campaign that Ware registered what probably remains their only “meaningful” win against a Boro’ team. And, by that, we do mean a league game. Not a county cup tie or some other competition. We’re talking the bread and butter here.
Ware: Us And Them (Addendum)
Our life together started in cup competitions. Our life together ended in cup competitions. Overall, Boro’ and Ware have met on 21 occasions. It’s not enough for them to be ranked among the top 10 on our club records list, but the 11 times we did battle in a cup competition is. And there are few teams that we been so good to us over an extended period of time as Ware either. Our overall win rate against them is 71%, scoring an average of 2.24 goals-per-game. And since we last met? Well, you can find them pretty much ‘ware’ we left them…
BoroGuide’s Ware club profile – for old time’s sake…