Michael Bostwick Player Profile
Debut: Wrexham (A, 0-5), 09/08/2008
A utility player (in the sense that he can play midfield and defence) by description, Michael Bostwick signed for Stevenage Borough in the summer of 2008. It followed his decision to leave Ebbsfleet United, where he was part of the 2008 FA Trophy winning squad. At just 20 years old when he moved to Broadhall Way, the path was clear for Bossie to make a name for himself and become one of lower league’s hottest properties.
During the 2008/9 season, Bostwick exerted himself both across the back and midfield lines. Although he gave manager Graham Westley an additional option, it was the centre midfield berth in which the player led by example throughout Boro’s 2009/10 title-winning campaign. It was little wonder that Football League clubs had started sniffing around before Boro’ made the jump into League Two themselves.
So often a valuable player for Boro’, Bostwick had an ability to make the tough tackles and to chip in with goals through his venomous strike; indeed, it was a tracer bullet of a shot that cannoned off the post that was Boro’s stand-out goal when Newcastle United were defeated in the 2010/1 FA Cup at the Lamex. It is also a testament to his stamina that you very rarely saw Bostwick miss successive games, if one game at all.
Bossie continued to contribute goals during the 2011/2 League One season, all of which seemed to be from in excess of 25 yards. The fact that Boro’ had held onto his services for so long was to the club’s undoubted benefit. However, it came as no surprise in summer 2012 when Boro’ finally relinquished their grasp on a player who has now moved into the list of the most club appearances. At more than 200, it’s no mean feat…
Stats do not include expunged Chester City fixtures in 2009/10.