Blast from the past
Andrew Cornell looks back at Blues’ (few) Christmas Eve games
The idea of playing on Christmas Eve is almost as unlikely as playing on Christmas Day nowadays and it has been almost as rare with only two post-war games and one from the 1920s found in the archives. Part of the reason for this is that unlike Boxing Day, Christmas Eve has never been a holiday and even when it does fall on a Saturday attendances would probably be low.
We have played some familiar names though,in 1927 facing Stansted for a 0-0 draw in the Saffron Walden & District League.
The other two games were both at home in the Delphian League. In 1955 we met Hornchurch & Upminster, later known as plain Hornchurch and won 5-2 with a hat trick from Dickie Horton. The Essex side were top of the league at the time and we were not too far behind with several games in hand so this was a good win with more than just local rivalry at stake.
Five years later there were even more goals as Histon made the trip down the A11 and were beaten 6-3. There was another goal from Horton and a hat trick from Wilson this time. Another famous name from our history, Ken Yates scored 3 goals over the two games. Once again both teams were towards the top of the table but whatever the reason the experiment of playing the day before Christmas has never been repeated for this footbal club. There was a possibility in the 1985-86 season as FA Trophy first round replays were scheduled for the eve of Christ’s (and Ladderman’s) birthday, but we avoided a trip to Wokingham with a 2-0 win.
1960 BSFC 6 Histon 3 – Delphian League
D Cook, P Cook, Atkinson, Pope, Rolph, Neeves, Nettle, Yates, Horton, Wilson, Francis
Scorers: Horton, Nettle, Yates, Wilson (3)
1955 BSFC 5 Hornchurch & Upminster 2 – Delphian League
Sullivan, Duncan, Hardy, Lloyd, Carter, Hanley, Scott, Yates, Horton, Hussey, Burridge
Scorer: Yates (2), Horton (3)
1927 BSFC 0 Stansted 0 – Saffron Walden & District League