Blast from the past

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Andrew Cornell looks back at Blues’ games on March 19th

In 2005 on this date we hosted Cambridge City in an M11 derby match. City were in second place in the league while Blues were in the middle of a run to the FA Trophy semi-finals. This had led to a backlog of fixtures and we had fallen down the league but still had a chance of a play-off place.


The first half was little more than a stroll in the spring sunshine with no urgency from either side, although to be fair Stortford did most of the pressing. Dave Rainford fired over on 13 minutes before Blues did force one good save from Duncan Roberts in the Cambridge goal when Dean Cracknell put in a good shot to his right. Cambridge had their chances as Dale Binns scuffed a golden chance on 20 minutes and towards half time Carl Williams shot off target when well placed.


Just after the interval Dave Sadler clipped the Stortford post and Cambridge were to rue that missed chance. After this things started to go downhill for City as their midfielder Josh Simpson (remember him?) had to be stretchered off before the hour mark.


This was followed by Blues opening goal as an exchange between Abraham and Cracknell saw Abraham finish the move. Shortly afterwards Sadler was clean through on goal, only to be thwarted by the quick thinking Andy Young.


In the 78th minute Blues doubled their lead as Tim Langer ran at the defence, cut inside, and with his weaker left foot, sent a great drive past Roberts. With time running out Stortford put the result beyond doubt as Martin found Morison with a great pass and the home striker finished clinically to give a 3-0 scoreline which not many would have predicted at half time.


We also played on this date two years ago as two Elliott Buchanan goals helped us return from Bath City with a point.


2016 Bath City 2 BSFC 2 – Conference South

King, Vanderhyde, Allen, Lee, Herd, Abdullahi, Moore, Church, Merrifield, Wilmott, Buchanan Subs: Lawrence, Fortnam-Tomlinson, Eikim Unused: Fowler, Lovelock Scorer: Buchanan (2)


2013 BSFC 0 Harrogate Town 2 – Conference North

Pentney, Vanderhyde, Herd, Bailey-Dennis, Francis, Baker, Johnson, Abdullahi, Woodall, Wilson, Prestedge Subs: Webb, Cawley, Sappleton Unused: Waller-Lassen, Green


2011 Havant & Waterlooville 4 BSFC 1 – Conference South

Kitteridge, Habu, Palmer, Lettejallow, O’Cearuill, Anderson, Ming, Prestedge, Morris, Hahn, Bakare Subs: Gaisie, Mason, Adesioye Unused: Francis, Dawson Scorer: Hahn


2005 BSFC 3 Cambridge City 0 – Conference South

Young, Allman, Gwillim, Rainford, Stewart, Riches, Langer, Cracknell, Jackman, Abraham, Martin Subs: Parmenter, Hakim, Morison Unused: Lewis, Horne Scorers: Langer, Abraham, Morison


1996 Carshalton Athletic 2 BSFC 0 – Isthmian League Full Members Cup Semi-Final

King, Wardley, Parkyn, Claridge, Shuttlewood, Cooper, Barnaby, Walker, Hollamby, Roberts, Jackman Subs: Jordan, Paxton Unused: Wickenden


1994 Ruislip Manor 1 BSFC 1 – Isthmian League Division 1

King, Jordan, Gunn, Edmonds, Hopkins, Walker, Das, T Burns, Fortune-West, Comerford, Harrigan Subs: Ingielewicz, Adamson Scorer: Fortune-West


1991 St Albans City 2 BSFC 3 – Isthmian League Premier Division

Taylor, Jackman, Risley, Harrigan, Went, Hopkins, Ryan, Bedford, Joseph, Hardwick, Miles SubsUnused: Parnwell, Boyce Scorers: Bedford, Hardwick, Miles


1990 Bognor Regis Town 2 BSFC 3 – Isthmian League Premier Division

Taylor, Jackman, Tamblyn-Jones, Hopkins, Harrigan, Went, Risley, Ryan, Young, Neale, Manderson Subs: Keune, Spence Scorers: Ryan, Young Neale


1988 BSFC 0 Tooting & Mitcham United 1 – Isthmian League Premier Division

Taylor, Hopkins, Jackman, Hull, McCayna, Nunn, Hoddle, Weddell, Gayle, Sorrell, Wood

Subs Unused: Cassidy, Saggers


1985 Barnet 1 BSFC 1 – Herts Senior Cup 2nd Round Replay (Lost on pens)

Welsh, Wickenden, Staunton, Baker, Hull, Hopkins, Avery, Harding, Walsh, Harper, Smith

Sub: Cardines Scorer: Avery


1983 BSFC 4 Leatherhead 2 – Isthmian League Premier Division

Welsh, Wickenden, Brown, Smith, Elley, Hull, Avery, Brooks, Sullivan, Simmonds, Lynch

Sub: Liddle Scorers: Brooks, Sullivan, Simmonds


1981 Tooting & Mitcham United 4 BSFC 5 – Isthmian League Cup 4th Round Replay

Moore, Blackman, Brame, Gallagher, Bradford, Avery, Sullivan, Knapman, Clarke, Simmonds, Mitchell Sub: Brown Scorers: Knapman, Sullivan, Simmonds (2), og


1979 BSFC 3 Southall 1 – Isthmian League Division 1

Carrick, Coakley, Bradford, Smith, Droy, Blackman, Reading, Eason, Ferry, Doyle, Todd

Sub Unused: Carvill Scorers: Droy, Reading, Doyle


1977 BSFC 1 Wycombe Wanderers 1 – Isthmian League Division 1

Kitson, Chattaway, Davis, Flack, Clarke, Tucker, Melvin, Smith, Gaine, Bailey, Twigg

Sub Unused: Gough Scorer: Bailey


1966 BSFC 3 Wokingham Town 2 – Athenian League Division 1

Stooks, Rolph, Atkinson, Gough, Neeves, Duley, Taylor, C Duggan, Haywood, Saggers,

P Duggan Scorers: Haywood, Saggers


1960 BSFC 2 Hitchin Town 0 – Herts Charity Cup Semi-Final

D Cook, P Cook, Rolph, Pope, Newman, Wilson, Ewers, Yates, Phelan, Butler, Francis

Scorers: Wilson, Phelan


1955 BSFC 5 Berkhamsted Town 0 – Herts Senior Cup Semi-Final

Sullivan, Duncan, Hardy, Lloyd, Carter, Hanley, Giles, Yates, Scott, Horton, Burridge

Scorers: Giles, Scott, Horton, Burridge (2)


1949 Vauxhall Motors 2 BSFC 1 – Spartan League Premier Division

Richardson, Brooks, Bradford, Lambert, Hubbuck, Giles, Cropper, Mather, Bayford, Greenhalgh, Page Scorer: Bayford


1938 Saffron Walden Town 1 BSFC 2– Spartan League Division 1

Turnbull, Day, Hill, Polybank, Ship, Lowe, Millar, Mytton, Woods, Elliott, Herrington

Scorer: Mytton (2)


1932 Polytechnic 0 BSFC 2– Spartan League Division 2 East

Vasey, Spring, Piper, Little, Chapman, Mayes, Harknett, Braithwaite, Free, Badcock, Pratt

Scorers: Harknett, Badcock


1920 BSFC 4 Sawbridgeworth Town 0 – East Herts League Division 1

Boxall, Smith, Walker, Thurgood, Witcher, Chapman, Clarke, Wright, Golder, Freeborn, Brazier Scorers: Witcher, Clarke, Golder, ???



Author: Dave Ryan