The 2008-9 campaign ushered in the second coming of Graham Westley as Boro’ manager; not that it was a universally popular call at the time. Our opening games did little to help that either. That said, our fortunes picked up and (unsurprisingly) so did the mood. It’s amazing what climbing the table can do, isn’t it?
Not only did we win 10 games on the spin in January and February, we went a record 24 matches unbeaten between December and April. At the business end of the campaign, it was looking good for Boro’. A last day defeat at Mansfield Town didn’t stop Boro’ making the playoffs. After the first leg of our semi-final against Cambridge, things were looking good. A horror show of a second leg, however, and the promotion dream was over.
In the FA Trophy, meanwhile, some solace; Graham Westley doing what Mark Stimson had done two years before and ensuring we didn’t finish the campaign empty-handed. It also proved to be Steve Morison‘s last game in Boro’s red and white.