This hashtag has annoyed a few...
Lost again #WeAreStevenage.
Bottom of the league #WeAreStevenage
But I am Stevenage. You are Stevenage.
So what makes Stevenage, Stevenage, to you?
We have never been better than others by being more skillful, technically better, more talented. We've done it through hard work, commitment, attitude, fight.
That resonates with how I achieve things in my own life, not because I am smarter, more talented or better than others, but because I make sacrifices, I work harder, I am committed and loyal to the cause.
They aren't Stevenage, WE are Stevenage
Edited by Sev at 20:49:28 on 7th October 2019
The way I coach is highly influenced by the mantra "attitude is more important than ability". I often champion hard work, being fitter than other teams, and putting teams under a lot of pressure high up the pitch... all influenced by our once great leader.
Since then, I don't know what Stevenage has become. I don't know what our identity is anymore. Just another League Two club with no direction or strong culture.
Fire off your CV to Wallace.
I honestly dont see how I could do any worse than Sampson.
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We haven't won a game yet so... I quite literally couldn't do any worse.
But it was actually a joke, anyway, so...
Football is very, very serious. Coming on here being light-hearted about sport, have a word with yourself.
It's all to with the naff badge. It's undermining our confidence.
#WeAreStevenage is my favourite
Slight aside, but I've noticed this hashtag so many times now, it's really grating. They should give it a rest.
Agreed. It’s the ‘We go again’ phrase.
"it starts here #WeAreStevenage"
Make it stop!
Keep it simple, repeat it enough.
People will believe in it.
Since #WeAreStevenage has been a thing we just simply haven’t been the Stevenage that a lot of us identify with.
In short that’s Westley and his ethos. Players who want to play for the club, run themselves through brick walls while wearing our shirt (or any other similar platitude you may wish to use instead). Attitude is more important than ability in my book. If we lose a game and the players look like they give a toss then it’s an easier pill to swallow.
Giving a toss isn’t demonstrated by half heartedly clapping the fans at the end of the game either. There are lots of players at the club at the moment that in my opinion don’t have the Stevenage DNA, even if they are technically better players than we have had in successful squads in the past. Give me a Beardo over a Guthrie or a Wilson over a Kennedy any day of the week.
Off the top of my head I think I’d only be truly sad to see Byrom, Newton or Cuthbert (and potentially Cowley too) leave from this squad because the rest aren’t what I would consider “Stevenage” players.
I’d add Stokes and Carter
Farman, Cuthbert, Nugent, Stokes, Carter, Newton, Cowley, Taylor are all players that could fit the Westley mound.
Byrom mentally, but probably not physically.
Timlin physically, but probably not mentally.
TVC and Wildin probably.
Given it's a Dino squad of players you would think that a lot would be suitable to GW too. Just a case of getting rid of any bad apples and making the players understand the importance of what they're being asked to do.
“making the players understand the importance of what they're being asked to do.”
I think this is the key part. I’m a GW fan, would have him back in a heartbeat, but he isn’t the only man who could give us a “Stevenage” team again. He probably isn’t the man that we need now to come in and get instant results either. His successes have come when he has had a prolonged period of time to assemble a squad and impart his mentality on to it. Farnborough, MK1 and MK2 here he was in the job for over two years at a time.
I think sometimes we fall into the trap of thinking Dino is GW in a different form but I honestly couldn’t see many of the current squad cutting the mustard for GW.
I see Dino as a drill sargeant, hammering home fitness and lots of physical work.
GW just demanded high standards and, as touched on before, he either brought in players who believed in the importance of what he was trying to achieve, or used his motivational skills to help players understand the importance of what he was trying to achieve.
The important part is that it was obvious what he was trying to achieve, so it's easier to sell it to others. I honestly have no idea what any of the managers after him have tried to achieve, and have no idea what Mark Sampson's style is. Absolutely no clue.
GW isn't the only person who can do this, but we need someone who puts team culture and identity at the forefront of their mantra. That being said, the Whitecaps brought in a coach who had a strong ethos and made it clear what he was trying to achieve, but when it came down to it, it isn't obvious that the team are working towards that ethos. So I don't know that it's easy, and I don't know that it's common at this level of football.
That's why I would welcome GW back, because he does things that others at this level don't seem capable of doing. And I don't just mean at Stevenage, but I mean at this level in general. If you asked me what the identity was of any other team in League Two, I'd have no idea, but I'm certain that everyone in the Division knew what our identity was under GW.
I'm from Leeds and had a season ticket there for 11 years, now I have my first Stevenage season ticket. So am I allowed to use the hashtag or do I need my own?
Would look great on the shirt!
Can you manage a football team.
what is all this hashtag thing about anyway ? I don't get why it's used.
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With my piss taking threads this week being the worst, got to say Sev that's got to be one of the best threads I've seen. Great question.
Past all the positivity and silliness that people portray me as, yes a lot is unessesary positivity, it's just the way that I am as a person, I hate to be negative, but I really do love the football club. I haven't been going as long as a lot of the fellas on here, although I think 16 years of support isn't too bad, I look upon My Stevenage as a unique club. A football club that has desire, resilience and has a massive connection with the fans. I'm so proud to say I was apart of the successful era. The memories of the promotions, The FA cup wins and being involved in the Football League will always have a soft spot in my heart. That day at Kidderminster and also Old Trafford were two of the most amazing days in my life. Growing up and being able to support the club home and away has been a hobby I will do for many years. But more than the football, I have met a bunch of people through the football club that I actually call friends and enjoy socialising with. A football club which has given me and my dad some great memories, memories which we will always remember and talk about. Our club isn't just a football club, it's a community. To be a part of this community is one in extremely proud of and only want the football club to succeed going into the future.
P.S Richie I'm only just pissing about. We always get things wrong and correct in life. We're only human. I'm sure you've done things wrong or said things incorrect, or changed an opinion.
Edited by Boromatt at 23:19:11 on 7th October 2019
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Stevenage to me means together.
I may be young but I’ve struggled at times and despite me being a cocky twat on twitter. Stevenage is the only thing that keeps me going through hard times. Because it’s not just a club, it’s a community
It was us against the world almost. Siege mentality as others have mentioned. It is pride in our club, that makes us travel to all over the country. It was pride in our club that carried us as a club to Robbo lifting that Champions trophy, then the play off trophy. Pride that got us beating Newcastle, scoring past spurs.
It was a given that every player that stood on the turf in a boro shirt. every fan that walked through the turnstile, every staff member on that touchline would give blood sweat and tears for this little club to fight against everyone. Maybe this has been lost but I believe this club still holds that togetherness some clubs don’t have
It’s a whole community fighting together, home, away, willing from elsewhere, on social media to make it special to all that are part of it. That comes from any fan to any director, manager, player.
I just don’t believe there is a club quite like ours in that aspect
Together. With hard work. With passion. With our heart on our sleeves. Against all odds. However small a club we may be. We will succeed.
That is my Stevenage #WeAreStevenage
What makes Stevenage to me?
In truth I don't really know how to define it
I lived in the town most of my life until 1978 and then moved eventually to Lincolnshire.
But I know the first result I have always looked for in those 41 years and that has been Boro.
I watched hundreds of games when I lived in the town since they joined the Southern League and in all their guises, through promotions, relegations and liquidations, in good and absolutely dire times.
OK I can't get to many games these days - the last one was Ronnie's Testimonial - so cannot comment meaningfully on performances of the team or individuals.
But Sev is right, if we truly believe in the Club then we must fight to survive and to progress on and off the pitch because no one else will do it for us. We can have our differences on the Forum but in the end we have to be united in our desire for the Club to succeed, something surely everyone who says they are a fan wants.
So IMHO wherever I might be now - I too am Stevenage.
‘ We've done it through hard work, commitment, attitude, fight.
That resonates with how I achieve things in my own life, not because I am smarter, more talented or better than others, but because I make sacrifices, I work harder, I am committed and loyal to the cause.’
This is exactly why Westley was so effective at our club. He resonates this and that’s why I identify with him.
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Stevenage has never had many friends, maybe due to the way we played "our" successful brand of football during those heady years.
There was a siege mentality at Broadhall Way where teams were scared stiff to play us....we were so intimidating.
The Town is perceived, by the outside world, as the basement end of Hertfordshire. We as fans all thrived on it.
We knew we could make our Town something off the back of football where nobody else in our area could.
Stevenage was raw, had a crappy ground but was a cauldron inside.
That is my Stevenage.
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"the basement end" Nice euphemism!
Reading that with Classic FM on in the background has absolutely ruined me.
Poetry in motion!
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Great Post Sev
In the early days it was that we had a vision and an absolute belief that was always what we aspired to be. It was simple , it started right from the off and it was that Stevenage should have a football league club. Even when playing at king George’s by grandad promised me that if I stuck with my local team , my Stevenage that I would see then go all the way to the football league , he never doubted it , it was the clubs and us as fans purpose to Make that happen. It was why I cried and looked to the heavens that day at Kidderminster , the life long goal had been achieved and it felt like I as a fan had achieved it as much as the team did , because we are Stevenage.
I actually believe that was the moment a part of me died to , the purpose , the goal , was achieved and nothing would ever compare to all those years of having a dream and achieving it . Ultimately that’s when the decline kind of started the togetherness came to an end . Yes we went on and did amazing things but I never quite felt part of it like I did in the risee through non league to the holy grail .
Edited by Richie Rich C at 22:16:59 on 7th October 2019
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