Blast from the past

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Andrew Cornell looks back on Blues’ games on January 15th

Back in 2005 we travelled to Victoria Road to play Dagenham & Redbridge in the FA Trophy third round (equivalent of first round now). Daggers were managed by ex-Blue John Still but did not include Glen Southam in the team due to a clause preventing him playing against his former club. On the day though they were more than matched by Stortford and a couple of goals by Steve Morison put us on the way to the semis.

Blues took the lead after only eight minutes when Morison turned in a Gareth Gwillim cross from 12 yards. Dagenham responded and went close after 20 minutes when Paul Bruce shot narrowly wide but a minute later Stortford had a second. Alex Martin fed the ball to Gwillim who put in another good cross. The ball was nodded on by Duane Jackman and Morison headed his second goal.

After the break Dagenham looked sharper and had a goal disallowed in the 51st minute due to pushing on Stortford keeper Elliott. Minutes later Gwillim had to block a shot on the goal line. Stortford showed they were still a danger forcing three consecutive corners around the hour mark but without adding to their lead. Blues then had a goal disallowed themselves before Craig Mackail-Smith shot just wide. Eventually Dagenham got a goal throuh Anwar Uddin in injury time but it was too little too late and Blues held on for the win.

We have only ever played two home games on this date and never at Woodside Park. The most recent was in 1972 when a single goal from John Still was enough to see off determined opposition from Ruislip Manor in an FA Amateur Cup 1st Round Replay. As one of the favourites to win the competition at this time it was a disappointing performance.

The only other home game on this date was way back in 1938 when we lost 4-2 at home to Baldock Town in the Herts Charity Shield. “Blues” played in black and white in those days and with no floodlights the kick off time was 2.30. The clubs headquarters at the time was the Chequers Hotel and an ad in the programme invited fans to call after the match and see “The Landlord of the Chequers and his famous academy picture”.

2011 Staines Town 3 BSFC 0 – Conference South
Kitteridge, Jones, Bakare, Bowditch, McNaughton, O’Cearuill, Ming, Prestedge, Jackman, Norville, White Subs: Eberendu, Jones, Mason Not Used: Duncan, Gaisie

2005 Dagenham & Redbridge 0 BSFC 2 – FA Trophy 3rd Round
Elliott, Allman, Gwillim, Rainford, Lewis, Gillman, Langer, Goodwin, Morison, Jackman, Martin Subs: Abraham, Parmenter Not Used: Howell, Riches, Young Scorer: Morison (2)

2000 Worthing 3 BSFC 2 – Isthmian League Division 1
Day, Foot, Risley, Paxton, Bowen, Fannon, Leary, Hayes, John, Paul, Willock Subs: Winger, Waldron, Gibson Scorers: John, Leary

1994 Barking 3 BSFC 2 – Isthmian League Division 1
King, Jordan, Harrigan, Edmonds, Hopkins, Walker, Das, T Burns, Fortune-West, L Burns, , Ingielewicz Subs Not Used: Hollamby, Scott Scorers: Edmonds, Das

1991 Harrow Borough 0 BSFC 2 – Isthmian League Full Members Cup
Taylor, Jackman, Risley, Hopkins, Harrigan, Went, Bedford, Parker, Joseph, Gayle, Manderson Sub: Fortune-West Not Used: Miles Scorer: Manderson (2)

1983 Enfield 2 BSFC 1 – FA Trophy 1st Round
Welsh, Wickenden, Brown, Smith, Elley, Hull, Avery, Robb, Worrell, Simmonds, Sullivan
Sub: Bradford Scorer: Robb

1972 BSFC 1 Ruislip Manor 0 – FA Amateur Cup 1st Round Replay
Moore, Sedgley, Lawrence, Smith, Still, Wilson, Mitchell, Francis, Devaux, Merrifield, Whyte Sub Not Used: King Scorer: Still

1949 Harlow Town 5 BSFC 0 – Spartan League Premier Division
Richardson, Brooks, Bradford, Lambert, Cook, Hubbuck, O’Sullivan, ??, Giles, Greenhalgh, Page

1938 BSFC 2 Baldock Town 4 – Herts Charity Shield 2nd Round
Turnbull, Lowe, Wooten, Polybank, Ship, Gardner, Herrington, Avery, Halls, Elliott, Woods
Scorers: Herrington, Halls

1921 Hertford Town Res0 BSFC 1 – East Herts League Division 1
Boxall, Smith, Walker, Thurgood, Chapman, Newey, Golder Clarke, Wright Brazier, Sheldrake

1901 Cambridge St Marys 3 BSFC 0 – Friendly

Author: Dave Ryan