Charlie Griffin arrived at Stevenage Borough in summer 2009; the departure of scoring sensation Steve Morison leaving some big shoes to fill. It just so happens that Griffin himself comes with a pedigree for scoring goals himself, however. Well, that’s based on his performance during the 2008-9 campaign anyway. Despite being part of a struggling Salisbury City side, he notched more than 20 league goals over the course of the season. And he was a player who could plug a gap that would otherwise be tough to fill.
If a man can score freely at the wrong end of the table, then what can he achieve with a team with greater resources and greater aspirations? Going into the 2009-10 season, we found out; Griffin delivering a healthy return – even if circumstances didn’t always let him play as regularly as he may have wished. A sickening injury in the 2010 FA Trophy final ended his Championship-winning season slightly earlier than intended too. But he made a full recovery to be part of our first steps into the Football League.
Charlie Griffin: After Boro’
Was the Football League a step too far? Not necessarily, but chances were limited and he moved to Newport County on loan in January 2011. When summer rolled around, it wasn’t clear if Griffin would be retained after Boro’s promotion to League One. A combination of factors was to ultimately determine Griffin’s next move; a switch to Forest Green Rovers and one closer to his family.
Stats do not include expunged Chester City fixtures in 2009-10.