The name ‘Thrapston Venturas’ could easily be that of a mid-2010s indie band, don’t you think? But they’re actually someone we’ve played against! No foolin’! Of course, you would’ve needed to have been around during the very early times of Stevenage Borough Football Club to know it. To be honest, we’re not even sure that we could point to Thrapston on a map either. So, you can consider this as much a learning experience for us as it is for you…
Formed in 1960, the Thrapo made their debut in the Kettering Amateur League and – within 10 years – were running away with the thing. On five separate occasions in eight seasons, the club topped the pile. And such success called for a well-earned promotion. So, that came in 1978; a place in the United Counties League Division Two opening up for them.
Why do we know the Thrapo?
The Thrapo took to their new surroundings rather nicely; coming third in only their second time out. It was enough to secure promotion to Division One. But how much of a promotion was it? A reorganisation of the league structure meant there was no Division Two anymore. In addition to the nine sides that had seen Division One football in 1979-80, the Thrapo were one of eight new additions. And another one of them was a fledgling Stevenage Borough.
How to get to Thrapston Venturas – Travel Information – Distance: 49 miles
Head up the A1(M) and A1 towards Peterborough; switching to the A14 for the Midlands. You’ll want to exit at Junction 13, which takes you onto the A45 for Wellingborough. Take the fourth exit at the roundabout and join the A605 for 0.3 miles. At the next roundabout, however, take the first exit and go left onto Huntingdon Road.
Continue onto High Street for a short while, before turning right for Chancery Lane. You can find the ground on the left at the junction with Meadow Lane.
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