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4 August 2014

Focus on Stevenage in the build-up to 2014/15

It’s just five days until 2014/15 gets underway for Wimbledon and we continue our countdown by focusing on another club who will be aiming to transform their fortunes after relegation.

Manager Graham Westley unsurprisingly decided that wholesale changes were needed after Stevenage finished rock-bottom in League 1 last season.

 campaign.Wall of ColourThey will be one of the sides aiming to make a fast start when the season gets underway this weekend and the Football League is working with clubs all around the country to celebrate the start of 2014/15 with the 

Steve Arnold, Matt Ball, Jordan Burrow, Anthony Furlonge, Michael Thalassitis, Oumare Tounkara, Francois Zoko, Dani Lopez, Craig Reid, Simon Heslop, James Dunne, Lucas Akins, Luke Jones. Players out:

Charlie Lee, Chris Beardsley, Adam Marriott, Tom Pett, Andy Bond, Ronnie Henry, Simon Walton, Chris Whelpdale, Dean Wells, Calvin Zola. Players in:

39 miles Distance between two clubs:

Saturday, 30 August (h), Saturday, 10 January (a) When we meet:

24th in League 1 Finishing position last season:

Though Graham Westley has brought Chris Beardsley and Ronnie Henry back to the club this summer, the man who started Stevenage’s rise has certainly not played it safe in his summer overhaul. Adam Marriott, who scored 45 goals in 42 games for Southern League side Cambridge City last season is one of a crop of players signed from non league clubs, along with Tom Pett (Wealdstone) and Andy Bond (Chester). However, convincing dependable defender Henry (pictured) to return after he helped Luton Town to promotion could be Westley’s best move.

 With so many summer arrivals, it might take time for Stevenage to click into gear, but Westley appears to have assembled a powerful squad for next season and they are well equipped to compete at the right end of League 2.

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