RUFC - A Fans Interview - Stevenage
Rotherham United and Stevenage play each other this weekend for the first time in their history.
Matt, the editor of FC Boro website took time out to answer some of our questions.
How long have you been supporting Stevenage?
I've been a supporter of Stevenage since 1994, when the club were promoted to the Conference. I was only 7 at the time, but Stevenage were the first team I saw play when I saw them face Saffron Walden in the FA Cup.
Well when I first started following football I was an Arsenal supporter as my Dad supports them and they are the 'local' Premier League side to Stevenage. However, I can't really afford to go and watch them every week home and away so I started to watch Stevenage. I've been doing that now for 16 years so while I still support Arsenal, I also support Boro.
Have you noticed a difference from playing in the Conference to moving up into the League?
Yeah, not a huge difference though. The league is certainly more professional. I would also say that there is very little between the teams at the bottom to the teams in the play-offs. There are a few teams like Chesterfield, Shrewsbury and yourselves that will be challenging for automatic promotion, but most of the teams we have played so far all seem to be at a similar standard, apart from Wycombe, who were the best team we have played so far.
Realistically, what would be a good place for you to be in at the end of the season?
After seeing the first 10 games, I think we can push for a mid-table position. I don't think we will go down as there are some pretty poor teams at this level. The play-offs will be a step too far though.
Who is the player we will need to look out for?
Chris Holroyd is our most dangerous player. He arrived on loan from Brighton a couple of weeks ago and scored 4 goals in his first 2 games. He looks our most likely attacking threat. Other than that I don't think there is anyone who stands out in particular. We're a pretty solid team who do a job, more than a team full of individuals.
Is Graham Westley the best manager you have ever had?
I don't think so. He's done well second time around, but I still think that Paul Fairclough is the best manager we've ever had. He got us up from the lower, regional leagues in non-league football to the Conference and even won that division, although we were not allowed to be promoted that year.
What's the best and worst grounds you have ever visited?
Best - Emirates for the quality of stadia/facilities. Highbury for the atmosphere. It was very unique and unlike a lot of grounds I've been to before. I also think Old Trafford is a very good stadium. Schalke's Veltins Arena is also worth a shout.
Worst - Some of the non-league grounds around are woeful. Here's just a few. Farsley, Welling, Luton, Kettering etc.
When you see the name 'Rotherham United' what are your first thoughts?
I don't really know much about the club. To me they are one of those typical league sides that seem to yo-yo between the divisions. I know they now play in Sheffield, but the plan is to go back to Rotherham at some point.
Thanks a lot for this Matt and if you are coming to Don Valley on Saturday I hope you enjoy your day - though not the three points!