We continue our 2019/20 season preview by featuring our old rivals, Stevenage -
Nickname : The Boro'
Stadium : The Lamex Stadium
Capacity : 6,722
Round Trip From The Moss Rose : 303.2 miles
Last Season : 10th
There is a real feel-good factor infiltrating The Lamex Stadium as the new season gets underway and much of this is derived from an impressive end to the last campaign.
The Hertfordshire outfit came within a point of the play-offs and their agony was exemplified with reference to the fact that they commanded a superior goal difference to seventh-placed Newport County.
A glorious run which saw them defeat just once in the last ten games and pick up fifteen points from the last six encounters meant that although the season finale was tinged with frustration, the momentum gained has elicited much optimism ahead of the new campaign.
The Gaffer - Dino Maamria
Dino Maamria has been in charge of Stevenage for just over a year, having re-joined the club he retired with as a player.
Since joining the club from Nuneaton Town last year, the Tunisian coach has led Stevenage to a sixteenth place in 2018 and took them to within a point of the play-offs last term.
Maamria also has previous coaching experience at Stevenage, as he was installed as a Graham Westley's assistant during his previous playing spell at the Lamex Stadium.
He oversaw eighty-six matches alongside former Boro' boss Westley, before following him to Preston North End where he also took up the number two position.
Dino then took on his first managerial position at Conference North side Southport in November 2015 - a club that he had enjoyed three spells with during his playing days, before leaving that role after just nineteen matches.
Maamria was then re-united with Westley once again in October 2016, as he signed on at Newport County. Yet after Graham was relieved of his duties in March 2017, Dino tried his hand at management once again.
As Manager of Nuneaton Borough Maamria enjoyed a far more productive spell, before leaving to take over at Stevenage in March last year.
Since then he has won nineteen of his fifty-one matches in charge, drawing nine, and losing the remaining 23; averaging 1.29 points per match during his year long spell.
Before his foray into coaching, Dino started his playing career at Doncaster Rovers before moving to Southport on a free transfer in the summer of 2000.
After a year with The Sandgrounders, the Tunisian moved on once more - this time to Leigh RMI, before making his first switch to Stevenage in the winter of 2003.
A temporary spell at American side Charleston Battery followed, before he resumed life at Stevenage shortly after - amassing a further eighty-four appearances before heading back to Southport in the summer of 2006.
Dino was on the move again in January of 2007 as he signed for Northamptonshire side Rushton and Diamonds; but he was loaned back to Southport in March of the same year, as he enjoyed a third spell in Merseyside.
A summer move to Northwich Victoria ensued, before a final move back to Stevenage - where he officially retired as a player in January 2012.
Out - Jamal Campbell-Ryce, Michael Timlin, Luke Wilkinson, Joe Martin, Johnny Hunt, Joel Byrom, Ronnie Henry, Mark McKee, Will Appleyard, Oliver Byrne.
In - Jamie Fleming, Jason Cowley, Jamie Fielding, Chris Stokes, Charlie Carter, Paul Digby, Tyler Denton
Our Last Meeting
The Boro' visited the Moss Rose on 23rd March and it proved to be another enthralling encounter in our EFL survival story.
Elliott Durrell opened the scoring with a clinical finish in the 42nd minute, yet our lead wasn't to last long as Ben Nugent's header restored parity just over a minute later.
The visitors would claim the ascendancy in the 54th minute, when Dan Newton rifled home from close range.
Macc laid siege to the Stevenage goal and would gain their reward deep into injury-time when magic man Danny Whitaker fired the ball across the face of goal and into the back of the net.
Our Next Meetings
Home - Monday 13th April
Away - Saturday 31st August