It’s been a long old break. Unless you have a thing for the Confederations Cup or perhaps even the League of Ireland, the summer has offered slim pickings as far as a football fix is concerned. You’ll be glad to know, then, that we’re now just three weeks out from the brand new season. And, given how we rocketed up League Two in the second half of the last campaign, it’s fair enough to be upbeat this time around. We reckon so, at least. Not that we want to wish away the new term before it’s even started, mind. Next May is still a long time away.
The New Season. And Things…
The 11 men that line up for Boro’ in the Lamex curtain raiser against Newport remains to be seen. There are, after all, still seven friendlies left to play. And you can’t necessarily rule out seven new fellas coming into the club as well (as unlikely as it seems). The bookies are confident enough in our chances for the opening day at the moment; the folks at William Hill Mobile have us 10/11 to pick up three points. No doubt those odds will fluctuate between now and 5 August, but it might well end up being as close to the best price you’ll get.
Tasty enough from a Stevenage point of view could be the Promotion and/or Title markets. Boro’ are firmly in Dark Horse territory at Will Hill; an each way punt at 25/1 for the top prize, or a reasonable 6/1 for any one of the four promotion spots. We admit we haven’t been paying that much attention to other clubs lately, so if it’s possible to tell us why Mansfield are the early favourites, it’ll be appreciated. If you’re of a more morbid lilt at the moment, we’re nines for the drop. We, however, won’t be concerning ourselves with that market.
Of course, we should point out that other bookmaker flavours are available and having a punt is meant to be fun – so please do be responsible with it.
What say yourself then? Is it going to be a memorable eighth season in the Football League for Darren Sarll’s lads? Or one to forget. Or one that’s neither and fits neatly into the bog standard pile? Our opening game at home to the Exiles will tell just us a little more than we know right now. And the wait won’t be a long one. It’s already a shorter wait having read this far. It’s time you won’t be getting back sadly. But, sure, if you’ve been waiting for the new season to arrive, why would you want that time back?