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The Complete History Of Our Trips To Stevenage

30 August 2019

The Silkmen have made the journey down to Hertfordshire to face Stevenage on six previous occasions and ahead of tomorrow's seventh visit, we take a look back at each of these.
 
The first time that we visited Stevenage was back on 17th September 1994, as Sammy McIlroy's side faced the GM Vauxhall Conference newcomers.
 
After falling behind in the game, skipper Neil Howarth struck eleven minutes into the second period to give Macc a share of the spoils in what proved to be our first-ever Conference championship season.
 
The second meeting proved to be a disappointing one for the Silkmen faithful, as The Boro made a firm statement on the way to their own Conference title by putting four goals past us without reply.
 
Stevenage's championship success, coupled with our FA Trophy victory meant that the third time that we travelled down to Hertfordshire was to contest the JC Thompson Shield in October 1996.
 
Trailing by one goal to nil deep into injury-time, defender Cec Edey popped up with a rare goal to send the tie into an additional thirty-minute period.
 
During which, striker Marc Coates fired home the winner in the 108th minute to complete what represented a stunning comeback.
 
This very much set the tone for our fourth visit, which went down in Silkmen folklore.
 
Two-nil down and reduced to ten men, Sammy's heroes launched the most mesmerising of comebacks and you can read much more about it here.
 
Our elevation to the Football League in 1997 meant that we would not make the journey back down to Hertfordshire for another thirteen years - and when we did, it was to play our part in Stevenage's first-ever game as an EFL side.
 
Future Silkman Peter Vincenti wrote his name into the history books that day, as his seventh minute header represented the club's first EFL goal.
 
This was cancelled out by defender Nat Brown five minutes later however and Macc would go on to claim the lead in the 53rd minute when Tyrone Barnett's low drive flew into the back of the net.
 
Eager to avoid defeat on such an historic occasion, the hosts laid siege to the Macc goal and they would get their reward a minute from time when Charlie Griffin restored parity with a venomous drive.
 
Our most recent meeting down in Hertfordshire was last September, when Mark Yates' side were defeated by a solitary Danny Newton strike in the 41st minute.
 
All this means that our complete record at Stevenage is as follows -
 
Played 6. Won 2. Drawn 2. Lost 2.

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