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Stat Attack: Stevenage FC v Notts County

Joe Jones

This edition of Pride of Nottingham's popular feature the "Stat Attack" focuses on the rise of Stevenage FC, formerly known as Stevenage Borough, are part of a “new guard” of Football League clubs that have risen up from the non-league in the last decade or so. As such, there haven’t been many fixtures between themselves and Notts County. All meetings between the two have come in the last three years. Stevenage have been a bit of a bogey team for the Magpies over the (three) years. They’ve won four of the six encounters, while Notts have won the other two.

The Boro were the first team to win a competitive final at the new Wembley Stadium in 2007, beating Kidderminster Harriers 3–2 to lift the FA Trophy in front of a competition record crowd of 53,262. They then went on to win the same trophy again just two years later and were runners up the following year. #NonLeagueBarcelona

Stevenage, after being promoted into the Football League in 2010, earned back-to-back promotions when they beat Torquay United 1–0 at Old Trafford in the 2010–11 League Two play-off final.

The Herts club was involved in a bitter spat with Premier League Newcastle United back in 1998, as they clashed in the FA Cup.


Stevenage should be unchanged after ending a seven-match winless run in midweek by beating Swindon Town.

Francois Zoko, ex-Magpie and scorer of 12 goals in 22 appearances for his new club, will start in attack against Notts, but defender Ben Chorley serves the second game of a three-match ban.

Notts County have no new injury or suspension problems.

And last but not least, Jack Grealish is available after extending his loan from Aston Villa!

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It's time we sort out this misfortune against Stevenage, although they have played fairly well when I have seen them but I also have to add how I didn't really like watching them falling down to the ground in our last encounter.

The game itself should be lively, however since we have peared this to be one of those classic encounters. I can see it being a repeat of Crawley Town!

However, I trust Derry to get the balance right. COYP! 2-0 Notts :)

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