Stevenage chairman expects more success

Phil Wallace
Wallace has rebuilt Stevenage's finances since buying a 90% stake in 1999

Stevenage chairman Phil Wallace has said promotion to the Championship next term is not a "ridiculous" prospect.

Boro have already climbed from the Blue Square Premier to League One in consecutive seasons.

And Wallace has called on supporters to back his side's bid for a third successive promotion.

"If we can get our gates up to 7,000 we've really got a chance of pushing on for the Championship," he told BBC Three Counties Radio.

"That might seem to be ridiculous to some but it's how our mindset will be.

"We'll be after one of the top six places and we'll be doing everything we can.

"You need people coming through the gates, they'll never see this opportunity again."

The League Two play-off winners averaged 2,898 spectators at Broadhall Way in the 2010/11 campaign, and will hope to bolster the crowds to boost their funds next season.

But the Hertfordshire side could be due an injection of cash from the potential sale of Steve Morison from Millwall to Norwich.

The striker was sold to the Lions two years ago with a sell-on clause - reported to be 25% - included.

"If he goes we'll benefit from a sell-on clause, the money is payable over a couple of years so it's not an instantaneous fix," said Wallace.

"We had some welcome boosts last season with cup runs and it's about investing it well."

The club's first signing of the summer has been the completion of a deal to buy land in Bragbury End to create a new training facility.

"It's the old British Aerospace site, 40 acres, just a couple of miles from the ground, which is a truly magnificent site," Wallace added.

"We've got plans to bring it back into use for all the football we do."

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