Blast from the past

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Thirteen years ago on this date we played one time regular rivals Billericay Town in an Isthmian League Cup game. This should have been our second game against our Essex rivals in 3 days but the Saturday league game had been postponed. Blues were having a very difficult season back in the Isthmian Premier Division being placed second from bottom and struggling against relegation but – a familiar story this – were having much more success in cup games.

We started well and could have taken the lead in the fifth minute. Mark Fay, the 17-year-old Billericay keeper seemed nervous and dropped a cross but Trevor Paul was unable to capitalise and put the ball over the bar. We could have regretted that miss when Chris Moore “scored” for the vistors but the referee had spotted a foul on Shaun O’Neill and the “goal” was disallowed. Apart from that scare Stortford had the better of the first half creating plenty of chances but missing the final touch – Troy Braham being the worst culprit.

Braham was the provider though as the second half started, following a good run down the left with a cross that Paul could not quite turn into the goal. On the hour James Parker started a move from the right back position with a ball to Russell Williamson. His cross found Paul who headed past Fay to put Blues 1-0 up. O’Neill then had to make a good save from Richard Graham to preserve the home lead, which was then extended on 70 minutes. Rob French cut in from the left wing and as the Billericay defence retreated hit a shot from the edge of the penalty area which Fay could not reach – 2-0. Following a penalty appeal against Colin Wall Blues finished off their win with a third goal when Williamson seized a poor back pass and unselfishly gave the ball to Paul to wrap up the win. Not the most important win of the season but a good boost to confidence which Blues took into their next league game.

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Wright, Richens, Miller, Allen, McNaughton, Hall, Johnson, Church, Woodall, Enver-Marum, Prestedge Subs: Fagbohun Unused: Baker, Lockie, Costa, Milbourne Scorer: Johnson

2003 BSFC 3 Billericay Town 0 – Isthmian League Cup 3rd Round Replay

O’Neill, Parker, Gwillim, Riches, Wall, Southam, Williamson, French, Langer, Paul, Braham

Subs: John Unused: Wolf, Dorrian, Hyatt, Desborough Scorers: French, Paul (2)

1995 Purfleet 3 BSFC 3 – Isthmian League Premier Division

King, Jackman, Jordan, Claridge, Moore, Parratt, Comerford, Cooper, Hollamby, Burns, Walker

Subs Unused: Munn, Yeoman, Mallett Scorers: Hollamby (2), Walker

1992 Hertford Town 2 BSFC 4 – Herts Senior Cup 2nd Round

Taylor, Boyce, Smith, Bedford, Harrigan, Brownjohn, Milbourne, Stewart, Pritchard, Petrou, White Subs Unused: Sedgwick, Jackman Scorers: Pritchard (2), Petrou (2)

1989 Harrow Borough 1 BSFC 2 – Isthmian League Premier Division

Taylor, Moore, Martin, Harrigan, McCayna, Hoddle, Milbourne, Weddell, English, Zacchau, Cowley Subs: Young, Unused: Jackman Scorers: Zacchau, Cowley

1975 BSFC 1 Histon 3 – East Anglian Cup 3rd Round

Moore, Martin, Mears, Lawrence, Rufus, Newman, Mulkern, Childs, Gunderson, Smith, MacKenzie Sub: ????? Scorer: Smith

1969 BSFC 3 Harlow Town 1 – Essex Floodlight Competition

Mollison, Haggar, King, Hill, Gough, Nisbett, Duggan, Hammond, Battram, Chappell, Phillips Sub: ????? Scorers: Gough, Battram, Chappell

1967 BSFC 1 Dagenham 0 – Athenian League Premier Division

Cherry, Durham, Abbott, Duley, Neeves, Atkinson, Powell, Duggan, Nisbet, Haywood, Brown Sub Unused: Baker Scorer: Duggan

1961 BSFC 0 Hertford Town 3 – Delphian League

D Cook, P Cook, Rolph, Bye, Neeves, Atkinson, Nettle, Pope, Horton, Gunn, Francis

1950 Upminster 5 BSFC 4 – Spartan League Division 1

Wardell, Earl, Bradford, Lambert, Hubbuck, Dixon, Whittaker, Yates, Brown, Giles, Beatty

Scorers: Brown (2), Whittaker, Beatty

1939 BSFC 1 Saffron Walden Town 1 – Spartan League Division 1

Turnbull, Woods, Hill, Polybank, Wood, Lowe, Clarke, Lewin, Myers, Hanratty, Ward

Scorer: ??????

1933 BSFC 4 Staines Town 2 – Spartan League Division 1

Vaaey, Johnson, Chapman, Burt, Lawrence, Harknett, Badcock, Braithwaite, Little, Sparrow, Underdown Scorers: Badcock, Braithwaite, Underdown (2)

1922 BSFC 8 Stanstead Abbotts 0 – Herts County League

Boxall, Smith, Walker, Wright, Chapman, Clarke, Tregenza, Freeborn, Punter, ??????, ?????? Scorers: Smith, Wright, Chapman, Tregenza (2), Freeborn (2), ??????


Author: Dave Ryan