With a first season now under their belt, there was a change in gaffer for the 1977-8 season with Martin Lacey taking charge. He stepped into the shoes of Vic Folbigg. Why? Because Boro’s first-ever manager decided to change his role and become trainer-physio for the club. There were no other major personnel changes going into the season. Derek Montgomery retained his role as coach and overage player. Monty did, however, also sign up to play senior football with the South Midlands League’s Pirton for the season.
One of the big issues for the club in the 1977-8 season was an ongoing lack of home ground. It meant that all fixtures still had to be played on the road. Stevenage Borough Council did help out the situation, however. They provided a ground that Boro’ could at least call home. At the same time, efforts were ongoing to secure Broadhall Way for use. So, the club’s first home match at King George V Playing Fields would be on 1 October against Bedford Town.
It’s pure coincidence that, less than a month later, Boro’s 100% record in the league would be surrendered; defeated at home to Harlow Town on 29 October. And we’re sure it’s also coincidence that, by the end of 1977, Lacey had resigned as boss. In light of that decision, first team duties were picked up by general manager Ted Kent.
Info from Lloyd Briscoe/matchday programme (2014-5) via stevenagefootballarchive.com