Stevenage FC ‘legends’ Paul Fairclough and Martin Gittings have signed up to share their memories and experiences of the club as part of an Oral History project organised by historians at the University of Hertfordshire. This will capture both audio and video memories of supporters, officials and star payers of the past.
‘Boro Memories Day’ will take place on Saturday 29 October. A team of University of Hertfordshire students and staff will ‘parachute’ into the club’s Lamex Stadium for the one-day format, which will see as many interviews recorded as can be fitted into eight hours. Fans can also bring along their treasured memorabilia for scanning.
Andrew Green, Research Fellow at the University of Hertfordshire said:
“What’s special about this is the idea of creating an instant oral history of the club in just one day. Through fans’ memories we’ll chart the exciting story of Stevenage FC’s rise to the point where they’re now in nPower League One, following a celebrated double promotion.
“It’s a fantastic opportunity for the local community to come down and contribute to a unique history project….and meet a few legends along the way.”
Martin Gittings, SFC forward 1980-95 and record goal scorer, said:
“The event is a great tribute to not only the players and managers of the past, but also recognition of the dedication and passion of those who formed the club.”
The event will be filmed and the oral history recordings will be archived by the University and Stevenage FC, with plans to make them available to the public.
Any memorabilia that is brought to the day will also be photographed for an exhibition following the event. Fans of all ages interested in sharing their memories and contributing to this unique project can register their interest by phoning the Boro Memories Hotline at the University of Hertfordshire on 01707 285648 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.