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 Wootton Blue Cross stand in the grand scheme of things?
This one takes us right back – well, near enough – to the start of life as we know it at Stevenage. After our storming debut season in the United Counties League Division One, the next step was the Premier Division. There, waiting for us (though not consciously) were the Blue Cross. They had been promoted from the old ‘Div Two’ in 1970, and – in 1980-1 – had enjoyed their best campaign yet, coming second in the table. Such stature and experience didn’t daunt Boro’, of course; the first ever crossing of paths convincingly going in our favour.
Wootton Blue Cross: Us And Them
That 4-1 win in November 1981, however, was as good as it got for us. Not one of the five other meetings that took place between then and our 1984 move into the Servowarm League are much to write home about. We drew the next two 1-1, before Wootton Blue Cross gained a sense of revenge with their very own 4-1 victory in December 1982. It was also the last time the Blue Cross, to date, conceded against us; the remaining two head-to-head entries ending 0-2 and 0-0 respectively. We then went off to play bigger boys, while they stayed put.
And stayed put. And stayed put. In fact, the club remained a UCL Premier Division side until relegation in 2008. In 2014, the Blue Cross left the UCL altogether for the Bedfordshire County League. Oddly, it seems they didn’t play during the 2015-6 season (says Wikipedia, at least) – but records do show they are very much alive, well and kicking. We’re not sure why there was a one-season hiatus, but we sadly don’t have all the answers. It’s a burden that can sometimes weigh heavy on us. For now, though, that’s the story of us and the Blue Cross.
BoroGuide’s Wootton Blue Cross club profile – for old time’s sake…