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Stat Attack: Notts County vs. Stevenage, Saturday 13 August 2016

Joe Jones

Notts County and Stevenage FC have only ever met nine times, the first meeting coming on 17 September 2011 at Broadhall Way (known as the Lamex Stadium) - the result on that day was 2-0 to the Magpies.

Our head-to-head record is pretty simple: five wins for Notts, four wins for Stevenage, no draws.

Stevenage in their current form have only been in existence since 1976, but there have been numerous incarnations of the club that stretch back over a century.

A club called Stevenage FC was formed in 1894, but they soon adopted the name Stevenage Town.

In 1951 the club were founder members of the Delphian League. In 1956 they merged with Stevenage Rangers to form Stevenage FC, before reverting to Stevenage Town four years later.

They had some success in the Southern League but folded in 1967, after which Stevenage Athletic were created in their place a year later. This incarnation again knocked about in the Southern League but went bankrupt in 1976.

This brings us to Stevenage Borough, formed shortly after Athletic's demise, and this time they managed to prosper and work their way up the leagues until finally reaching the Football League in 2010, at which point they took the whole thing full circle by dropping the Borough from their name and becoming Stevenage FC.

Despite their relatively short history, Stevenage have won a number of trophies and competitions, including two FA Trophy cups in 2007 and 2009.

The Lamex Stadium holds 6,722 people, 3,142 of which can be seated. To put it into perspective, three full houses at Stevenage could fit into the Meadow Lane stands with 45 seats to spare.

The highest attendance recorded at the stadium was 8,040 for a match against Newcastle United in the FA Cup fourth round on 25 January 1998. A temporary stand was erected behind the away end to increase the stadium capacity to 8,100, enough to satisfy FA requirements.

Two films were set in and around Stevenage: "Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush" and "Boston Kickout". "Spy Game" was partly filmed in Stevenage but set in Washington DC.

A number of famous sporting figures were born in Stevenage, the most notable of which are Lewis Hamilton, Jack Wilshere, Ashley Young, Ian Poulter, Kevin Phillips and Jason Shackell.


Michael O'Connor is expected to be included in the Notts County squad for the first time this season when Stevenage visit Meadow Lane.

The midfielder, signed from Port Vale in June, has been nursing a hamstring injury but Magpies manager John Sheridan said at his pre-match press conference on Thursday that O'Connor is now fit.

Stevenage boss Darren Sarll could keep the starting XI who shocked Ipswich Town in the cup in midweek.

Ben Kennedy, who scored the winner at Portman Road, started his side's opening-day defeat to Crewe Alexandra on the bench but could now be rewarded with a starting spot on Saturday.

New signing Rowan Liburd should keep his place in attack after making his debut on Tuesday night.

Dean Wells was taken off at Ipswich with a tight hamstring but should be fit to start while Ronnie Henry is questionable for the trip.

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