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As with every football club currently playing professional football in England’s top four divisions, Stevenage odds have increased in popularity with bettors over recent years. Currently playing in League Two, Stevenage betting odds can be difficult to judge because of the division’s well deserved reputation for being an unpredictable league. Teams challenging to get promoted one season can be struggling against relegation the next and as such Stevenage relegation odds can be just as commonly bet on as odds on Stevenage to get promoted.

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There are a huge range of odds available on the possible events during the matches Stevenage play, but many bookmakers also offer odds on what happens behind the scenes. Stevenage manager odds or Stevenage transfer odds for instance are particularly popular, increasing the opportunities to make profits when betting on football.

History

Stevenage FC are a professional football club located in the town of Stevenage in the county of Hertfordshire. Previously known as Stevenage Borough Football Club, the club didn’t join the Football League until 2010. Having played in each of the bottom two tiers of the Football League system, Stevenage are currently members of the English fourth tier, League Two

The history of Stevenage Football Club begins in 1976. Following the disbandment of Stevenage Athletic, Stevenage Borough were formed.

Stevenage Borough played in a number of non competitive matches before joining the United Counties League First Division in time for the 1980/1981 campaign. The club achieved instant success in this division, winning the league title in its first season. Stevenage Borough also won the United Counties League Cup, making their first competitive season a double title winning campaign.

With their league title, Stevenage Borough were promoted to the United Counties League Premier Division. After three seasons in this division, the club moved to the Isthmian League Second Division North, winning another league title in the 1985/1986 campaign.

This led to promotion to the Isthmian League First Division. However, unfortunately for Stevenage Borough, the club suffered its first ever relegation after just two seasons, and returned to the Isthmian League Second Division North.

The 1990/1991 campaign saw the first of two successive title wins. The club won the Isthmian League Second Division North title, gaining 107 points that season, and followed this up with a successive title in the Isthmian League First Division. This earned the club a place in the Isthmian League Premier Division for the first time in Stevenage Borough history.

The club’s rise up the English divisions continued, with Stevenage Borough winning the Isthmian League Premier Division title in the 1993/1994 season. This earned the club promotion to the Football Conference, just one tier below the Football League system.

In the 1995/1996 season, Stevenage Borough won the Football Conference title. Ordinarily, this would lead to the club being promoted to the Football League. However, the Football League refused the club a place in their bottom tier due to the Stevenage Borough stadium having inadequate facilities. This led to Torquay United, the club who Stevenage Borough would have replaced, retain their Football League status.

Eight seasons passed on the club remained a Football Conference side. Never in danger of relegation, but also never challenging for promotion, this changed in the 2004/2005 season. Stevenage Borough reached the Football Conference playoffs, reaching the final. Up against Carlisle United, Stevenage Borough were defeated and so remained in the Football Conference.

Playoff heartbreak hit the club once more four years later. Reaching the Football Conference playoffs, Stevenage Borough face Cambridge United in the semi final. Unfortunately for Stevenage Borough, the club lost a close two legged encounter 4-3, and once again missed out on a place in the Football League. The club did win the FA Trophy this season, following up their win in the competition two years earlier.

The club didn’t have to wait too long to achieve their Football League dream though. A season after the playoff final defeat to Cambridge United, Stevenage Borough won the Football Conference title. Following ground improvements, the Football League allowed the club their promotion, and they entered the Football League for the first time in Stevenage Borough history.

To tie in with the club reaching the Football League, Phil Wallace, the Stevenage Borough chairman, declared the club would drop the ‘Borough’ from the club name, and from 2010 the club has been known as Stevenage Football Club.

The club’s first season in Football League was a successful one, as Stevenage reached the League Two playoffs.  Meeting Torquay United in the playoff final, Stevenage won the game 1-0, ensuring promotion to the third tier of English football, the highest level the club have played at.

Stevenage came ever so close to achieving two straight promotions. Reaching the League One playoffs, the club came up against Sheffield United in the semi final. This game ended in defeat for Stevenage, and the club remained in the third tier.

Two seasons later, the club were relegated. Finishing bottom of the League One table, Stevenage returned to the fourth tier. 

The club almost achieved an immediate return after reaching the League Two playoffs, but Stevenage were defeated at the semi final stage.

Since the 2014/2015 season, Stevenage have been a member of League Two.

Crest

The Stevenage crest is based on the Borough of Stevenage coat of arms. The current Stevenage football crest was introduced in 2010, to coincide with the club reaching the Football League for the first time in Stevenage history.

The Stevenage football badge features an image of a stag on top of a shield coloured in red and white stripes. Part of the coat of arms of the borough of Stevenage features above this image, with a banner below containing the club name.

Colours

The Stevenage colours are red and white. These Stevenage kit colours have been worn since the club was formed in 1976.

The first Stevenage kit consisted of a red and white striped shirt, worn with red shorts with a white trim and red shorts. This kit was changed in 1980, and this new strip featured a plain red shirt, worn with white shorts and red socks.

This Stevenage kit was worn until 1986, with red shorts being worn in the 1983/1984 season. 

In 1988, the club reintroduced a red and white striped shirt. This shirt was first worn with white shorts and white socks, before changing to red shorts and red socks in 1990.

Red and white striped shirts were worn until 1996. Between 1996 and 1998, the Stevenage players wore white shirts with diagonal red stripes, white shorts and white socks. The Stevenage strip changed again to a red shirt with thin white stripes worn with black shorts and white socks, before the reintroduction of red and white stripes.

Between 2008 and 2014, the Stevenage shirt was white but featured red stripes, either as a horizontal or vertical feature. Red and white stripes were then brought back in 2014.

The 2018/2019 Stevenage kit consists of a red and white shirt, red shorts and white socks with red hoops.

Stevenage Stadium

The Stevenage stadium is Broadhall Way. This ground was home to previous Stevenage sides Stevenage Town Football Club and Stevenage Athletic Football Club before the current club took over the stadium.

Broadhall Way is also known as the Lamex Stadium for sponsorship reasons. The Stevenage stadium capacity currently stands at 6,722 and features both seating and standing areas.

The Stevenage stadium layout features four main stands. These are the East Terrace, the North Terrace, the West Stand, also known as the Main Stand, and the Buildbase Stand, also called the South Stand.

Supporters

The majority of Stevenage supporters hail from the town of Stevenage and other parts of the county of Hertfordshire. There are a number of Stevenage supporters clubs up and down the country, including the Stevenage Football Club Supporters Association.

The Stevenage supporters enjoy rivalries with many clubs. In particular, the Stevenage supporters have a dislike of Milton Keynes Dons, Barnet and Dagenham & Redbridge.

Ownership

The Stevenage owner is Phil Wallace. Wallace is also the Stevenage chairman.

Phil Wallace became Stevenage owner in 1990. Wallace bought 90% of the Stevenage shares with the club’s future in serious doubt. Phil Wallace has invested heavily in Stevenage Football Club, rebuilding the club’s finances which led to the Stevenage stadium facilities improved with a new stand, and a new Stevenage training facility.

Phil Wallace is joined on the Stevenage board of directors by Mike Shortland and Marcus Taverner.

Stats

The list of Stevenage stats start with the club’s all time leading appearance maker. The holder of that record is Mark Smith. Smith made 466 appearances for the club across two spells as a Stevenage player, firstly between 1992 and 2001 and then between 2003 and 2004.

No other Stevenage player has made more than 400 appearances for the club, but a number of Stevenage players have played for the club over 200 times. These are Martin Gittings (397); Ricky Marshall (202); Des Gallagher (387); Denny Tyler (236); Noel Blackwell (255); Shaun Marshall (207); Ronnie Henry (329); Scott Laird (230); Michael Bostwick (207); Chris Day (238 to date); Mark Roberts (239); and Jon Ashton (215).

The club’s all time record goalscorer is  Martin Gittings. Gittings scored 209 goals in his 397 appearances for the club between 1980 and 1995.

No other Stevenage player comes close to Gittings’ record, but a number have scored over 50 goals for the club. These are Shaun Marshall (52 goals in 207 appearances); Barry Hayles (68 goals in 129 appearances); Anthony Elding (56 goals in 124 appearances); and Steve Morison (89 goals in 152 appearances).

Stevenage Players

The current Stevenage players list consists of 26 members of the first team squad, supported by the Stevenage youth team and academy.

Notable ex Stevenage players include those voted for as the Stevenage player of the year during their careers at the club. These are, amongst others, James Dunne, Luke Freeman, Jon Ashton, Mark Roberts; who won the award on two occasions and captained the Stevenage side during their first ever season in the Football League, Scott Laird, Steve Morison, who captained the side to the FA Trophy in 2009, and has since become a full Wales international; Alan Julian, and Ronnie Henry, who led the side to their first FA Trophy in 2007, meaning Henry became the first ever Stevenage player to appear at the new Wembley Stadium and lift a trophy.

This list continues with Dannie Bulman, Lionel Perez, George Boyd, who is the subject of the highest transfer fee the club has ever received for a player when he was sold to Peterborough United for £260,000 in 2007; Jason Goodliffe, who won the award in consecutive seasons in 2002 and 2003; Chris Taylor, Lee Harvey, Robin Trott, Paul Barrowcliff,  Barry Hayles and Mark Smith.

Other notable ex Stevenage players include Efe Sodje, who represented Nigeria at a World Cup, and Sam Sodje who has also played international football for Nigeria.

Stevenage Manager

The current Stevenage manager is Dino Maamria. Maamria took the Stevenage manager job in March 2018, replacing Darren Sarll.

The longest serving man in Stevenage manager history is Paul Fairclough. Fairclough managed the club for 358 matches between 1990 and 1998.

Paul Fairclough is also the Stevenage manager with the highest win percentage. Fairclough won 208 of his 358 games in charge of the club, giving him a win percentage of 58.1%.

Honours

The Stevenage honours list consists of one fourth tier playoff win (2011); two Football Conference titles (1996, 2010); two FA Trophy wins (2007, 2009); one Herts Senior Cup win (2009); one Isthmian League Premier Division title (1994); one Isthmian League First Division title (1992); two Isthmian League Second Division North titles (1986, 1991); one United Counties League First Division title (1981); and one United Counties League Cup win (1981).

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