Stevenage: 1998-9 Season Details

If the 1998-9 season tells us anything, it’s that football can be a harsh old beast; one where a gaffer can get the sack for doing little wrong. That’s how things turned out for club legend Paul Fairclough in December 1998, at least.

OK, so Boro’ had just been routed in the FA Cup Second Round; Lincoln City brushing us aside 4-1. Victor Green’s decision, however, to axe Cloughie came as a huge shock. We were still third in the division at that point. It’s still a difficult call to explain, even to this day. We are over it, though. Honest.

In his place came Richard Hill. He had a platform on which to build from what he’d been left, but he didn’t. Boro’ ended up finishing sixth. It’s worth noting, however, that we only lost two fewer games than eventual champions Cheltenham Town. And it was them who put us out of the FA Trophy too; Boro’ losing 5-4 on penalties.

Full 1998-9 Details:

Most Appearances: Mark Smith - 51
Top Goalscorer: Carl Alford – 33

Saturday 15 August 1998

Monday 17 August 1998

Saturday 22 August 1998

Tuesday 25 August 1998

Saturday 29 August 1998

Monday 31 August 1998

Saturday 05 September 1998

Tuesday 08 September 1998

Saturday 12 September 1998

Monday 14 September 1998

Saturday 19 September 1998

Saturday 26 September 1998

Monday 28 September 1998

Saturday 03 October 1998

Tuesday 06 October 1998

Saturday 10 October 1998

Sunday 18 October 1998

Saturday 24 October 1998

Wednesday 04 November 1998

Saturday 07 November 1998

Saturday 14 November 1998

Saturday 21 November 1998

Monday 23 November 1998

Saturday 28 November 1998

Tuesday 01 December 1998

Saturday 05 December 1998

Saturday 12 December 1998

Saturday 19 December 1998

Saturday 26 December 1998

Monday 28 December 1998

Saturday 09 January 1999

Saturday 16 January 1999

Saturday 23 January 1999

Saturday 30 January 1999

Saturday 06 February 1999

Saturday 13 February 1999

Tuesday 16 February 1999

Saturday 20 February 1999

Tuesday 23 February 1999

Saturday 06 March 1999

Tuesday 09 March 1999

Saturday 13 March 1999

Tuesday 16 March 1999

Saturday 20 March 1999

Friday 26 March 1999

Saturday 03 April 1999

Monday 05 April 1999

Saturday 10 April 1999

Monday 12 April 1999

Saturday 17 April 1999

Monday 19 April 1999

Saturday 24 April 1999

Saturday 01 May 1999

1998-9 Boro' Rollcall

Sort Players By:

 

Pld Gls YC RC US
Carl Alford49 (1)33 100
Jamie Barnwell15 (0)4 001
Gordon Barr1 (0)0 000
Stuart Beevor26 (6)4 002
Steve Berry35 (1)0 001
Noel Blackwell0 (0)0 001
Paul Brooker10 (0)1 000
Steve Butler6 (3)3 000
Owen Coll1 (0)0 002
James Dillnutt7 (0)0 007
Steve Flain1 (0)0 000
Des Gallagher6 (1)0 002
Phil Gridelet1 (0)0 000
Ross Harrison14 (0)1 001
Lee Harvey46 (0)0 100
Bobby Highton0 (1)0 000
Lee Howarth36 (3)1 001
Elliott Jackson7 (0)0 000
Robert Kean4 (4)1 002
Ryan Kirby19 (1)0 001
Richard Leadbeater11 (1)4 000
Michael Love42 (5)7 101
Paul Mahorn2 (4)0 002
Rodney McAree3 (0)0 000
Jeran Meah3 (1)1 001
Jamie Mitchell1 (1)0 000
Dominic Naylor22 (6)0 0012
Chris Pearson13 (8)5 002
Nathan Peel2 (3)0 000
Steve Perkins4 (2)2 005
Dwayne Plummer21 (5)2 100
Robbie Reinelt13 (5)1 001
Darren Rogers11 (4)0 003
Dean Samuels9 (7)1 002
Mark Smith51 (0)0 000
Brian Statham3 (0)0 010
Jimmy Strouts17 (1)5 000
Ross Taylor1 (0)0 000
Chris Taylor40 (0)0 010
Errol Telemaque1 (7)1 004
Paul Thompson5 (13)2 0010
Robin Trott23 (3)2 104
Darren Twidell1 (0)0 000

Key:

  • Apps = Appearances (Substitute Appearances)
  • Gls = Goals Scored
  • YC = Yellow Cards
  • RC = Red Cards
  • US = Unused Subs

1998-9 Football Conference Table

Pl W D L F A GD Pts
Cheltenham Town
2Kettering Town4222101058372176
3Hayes422281263501374
4Rushden & Diamonds4220121071422972
5Yeovil Town4220111168541471
6Stevenage Borough421717862451768
7Northwich Victoria42199146051966
8Kingstonian421713125145664
9Woking42189155145663
10Hednesford Town421516114944561
11Dover Athletic421513145448658
12Forest Green Rovers421513145550558
13Hereford United421510174946355
14Morecambe42158196076-1653
15Kidderminster Harriers42149195652451
16Doncaster Rovers421212185155-448
17Telford United421016164460-1646
18Southport421015174759-1245
19Barrow421110214063-2343
20Welling United42914194465-2141
21Leek Town4288264876-2832
22Farnborough42711244189-4832