So, again, we start the season with a great degree of optimism, having witnessed an exciting end to last season’s adventures. A trophy win at Wembley and a place in the play-off’s. Congratulations to Graham and his team on what must be considered a successful season..
With Woking being relegated, Stevenage are now the longest serving club in the Blue Square Premier.

Clarion Call: Let’s make sure that we all get behind the club this season so that we too can exit the Conference – into the Football League…

AGM

Buoyed by the exciting season we’ve just had, Graham Westley and Michael Bostwick were good enough to attend the Supporter’s Association AGM last month and answer some questions from the attendant members. For more than an hour, the audience of fifty or so were kept amused, entertained, and above all, informed about what goes on at the club behind the scenes. My grateful thanks to Graham for coming and talking to us once again.

Setanta

Those of you who read the local press, and the club’s website, will be as concerned as I was when learning that Phil Wallace was forced to cut short a business trip in America in order to address the collapse of Setanta. The financial implications and the impact upon the club are somewhat evident, but I was especially relieved to hear that it wouldn’t affect the club’s ambitions on the pitch for the coming season.
Phil Wallace has asked for the help and support from the fans through the turnstiles.

In accordance with our Constitution, the SA will consider all of the resources available to it, in order to respond to Phil Wallace’s request. We know that this is what our members will want.

Statistics

Those of you who read my annual report at the SA’s AGM recently, will have noted some statistics which I quoted from the Football League’s Supporter’s Survey for 2008.

Whilst on this theme, I was curious to note some of the surveys which had been carried out by the Football Supporters’ Federation recently. For example, did you know that:

– 88% of supporters polled are against the idea of playing FA Cup semi-finals at Wembley

– 57% of fans are opposed to the notion of a football Team GB for the Olympics in 2012

– 83% of supporters are genuinely concerned about the amount of debt which their clubs are in

Question: Should the SA start canvassing opinion from Boro fans regarding statistics of this nature?

Lets start a debate.

Lloyd Briscoe
Chairman of Stevenage Borough Supporters Association

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