"An underachiever, proud of it." -Bart Simpson
In 1996, Stevenage Borough won the Conference, and promotion to the Football League. They were refused entry. Their stadium and facilities weren't good enough so Boro stayed put. Over ten years on, and they've made huge strides.
Broadhall Way is now good enough for league football. The problem is, despite their reasonable resources, Stevenage have an underachieving problem.
They are not the biggest non-league club by any means—Oxford have that honour—but given the players and managers they've had they should be in the Football League by now.
The club that brought such talent as Barry Hayles and George Boyd just can't make that jump.
So how do they look for this season? They've got a real gem in Steve Morison—a burly striker who can run, head, and finish better than most in League Two.
In Tommy Black they have a winger with real pedigree, Mitchell Cole is a tasty winger, and Ronnie Henry is a very consistent midfielder.
Stevenage have the quality for a play-off place. Will it happen? Maybe not, boss Graham Westley has struggled to enforce much change from the disappointment under Peter Taylor last season.
For now, Stevenage will have to settle for the perennial underachievers tag.
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