Blast from the past

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Andrew Cornell looks back at Blues’ games on March 5th

Due to the vagaries of the fixture list we have only played one home game on this date since 1960 and only one home league game since 1938. Half a century ago a 3-1 win over St Albans City saw us through to our second successive Herts Senior Cup Final. The Herts Senior Cup was a bigger deal in those days with no professional teams in Herts except Watford and all the amateur teams took it very seriously.

Stortford were holders of the cup, but although there was no pyramid in those days there was no doubt that Isthmian League St Albans were a higher status than Delphian League Stortford. There was a crowd of over 2000 for what was the biggest game of the season for Stortford whos team included cousins Dennis Cook in goal and Phillip Cook in defence as well as record scorer Ken Yates and Essex county cricketer Paddy Phelan up front.

Saints attacked first and Dennis Cook saved bravely at the feet of Wood. This was to be a rare event as the Stortford defence settled and kept Saints at bay well for most of the game. After only 8 minutes Yates was fouled in the box and Phillip Cook scored from the penalty at the Thorley end. Despite several chances from Yates and Phelan there was no more score in the first half, with St Albans becoming frustrated and resorting to a long ball game.

The second half started off all action as Stortford scored after 3 minutes when Saints centre half Darby, under pressure, put through his own goal. On 54 minutes Wood scored for St Albans with a superb solo run to put the visitors back into the game. On the hour however there was a second penalty for the home side as Butler was brought down. This time Yates took it and coolly score to give Stortford a 2 goal cushion once again. St Albans attacked and never gave up but became increasingly desperate and resorted to long range shots which went high and wide. Stortford absorbed the pressure and won the right to meet Barnet in the final.

2016 Whitehawk 2 BSFC 3 – Conference South
King, Vanderhyde, Allen, Lee, Herd, Abdullahi, Church, Lawrence, Moore, Wilmott, Buchanan Subs: Ekim Not Used: Fowler, Lovelock, M’Boungou, Merrifield Scorers: Wilmott, Buchanan (2)

2011 BSFC 0 Welling United 4 – Conference South
Kitteridge, Ming, Palmer, Bowditch, O’Cearuill, Habu, Hahn, Lettejallow, Jarrod, Prestedge, Bakare Subs: Francis, Gaisie, Jones Not Used: Mason, Querry

1996 Hayes 3 BSFC 1 – Isthmian League Premier Division
King, Wardley, Parkyn, Shuttlewood, Paxton, Parratt, Barnaby, Walker, Cooper, Roberts, Jackman Subs: Hollamby Not Used: Jordan, Claridge Scorer: Wardley

1994 Boreham Wood 0 BSFC 0 – Isthmian League Division 1
King, Jordan, Gunn, Edmonds, Harrigan, Walker, Das, T Burns, Fortune-West, Adamson, Comerford Subs: L Burns Unused: Ingielewicz

1991 Dover Athletic 2 BSFC 1 – Premier Inter-League Cup 4th Round
Taylor, Jackman, Risley, Harrigan, Went, Hopkins, Ryan, Parker, Hardwick, Miles, Manderson Subs: Parnwell, Fortune-West Scorer: Hardwick

1988 Bognor Regis Town 1 BSFC 0 – Isthmian League Premier Division
Taylor, Hopkins, Jackman, Hull, McCayna, Hoddle, Barker, Weddell, Gayle, Sorrell, Wood
Subs Not Used: Fleming, Moore

1985 Hitchin Town 1 BSFC 1 – Isthmian League Premier Division
Welsh, Wickenden, Brown, Harper, Hull, Hopkins, Powell, Staunton, Walsh, Cardines, Smith
Sub Not Used: Simmonds Scorer: Hopkins

1983 Walthamstow Avenue 0 BSFC 1 – Isthmian League Premier Division
Welsh, Levy, Brown, Smith, Elley, Hull, Avery, Brooks, Lynch, Simmonds, Liddle
Sub Not Used: Bradford Scorer: Simmonds

1977 Croydon 4 BSFC 0 – Isthmian League Premier Division
Kitson, Smith, Davis, Flack, Clarke, Massey, Melvin, Gaine, MacKenzie, Twigg, Gough
Sub Not Used: ??? Scorer: MacKenzie

1966 Boreham Wood 2 BSFC 2 – Herts Charity Cup Semi-Final
Stooks, Smart, Atkinson, Gough, Neeves, Duley, Taylor, C Duggan, Haywood, Saggers, P Duggan Scorers: Neeves, Haywood

1960 BSFC 3 St Albans City 1 – Herts Senior Cup Semi-Final
D Cook, P Cook, Rolph, Pope, Newman, Wilson, Ewers, Yates, Phelan, Butler, Francis
Scorers: P Cook, Yates, og

1955 BSFC 5 Barnet 3 – Herts Senior Cup 4th Round
Sullivan, Duncan, Hardy, Lloyd, Carter, Hanley, Giles, Yates, Scott, Horton, Burridge
Scorers: Yates (2), Scott, Burridge (2)

1949 Hoddesdon Town 2 BSFC 1 – Herts Charity Shield 1st Round Replay
Richardson, Murray, Brooks, Lambert, Hubbuck, Giles, Cropper, Mather, Thurgood, Greenhalgh, Page Scorer: Mather

1938 BSFC 1 Saffron Walden Town 0– Spartan League Division 1
Turnbull, Day, Hill, Polybank, Ship, Lowe, Myers, Miller, Mytton, Elliott, Woods
Scorer: Myers

1932 Hertford Town Res 0 BSFC 4 – Spartan League Division 2 East
Vasey, Spring, Piper, Burt, Chapman, Lawrence, Harknett, Braithwaite, Badcock, Free, Mayes Scorers: Chapman, Harknett, Badcock (2)

1927 Saffron Walden Town 1 BSFC 0 – Herts & Essex Border League
Boxall, Wright, Chapman, Osborne, Thurley, Raybould, de Boltz, Bass, Patmore, Vealey, Hayward

1910 BSFC 8 Newport 0 – Friendly

1902 BSFC 1 Cheshunt College 3 – Friendly

Author: Dave Ryan