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Andrew Cornell looks back on Blues games on November 8th

This date has been very eventful in our history, although the last three games have been Herts Senior Cup games won at home to Colney Heath in 2016 and Watford in 2011 and away to Berkhamsted  in 2005.

Prior to that in 2003 we played the biggest game on this date when we faced Mansfield Town in the FA Cup first round. This was the first time we had reached this stage for almost 20 years and there were hopes of a giant killing. Unfortunately Blues did not do themselves justice, looking nervous from the start and going a goal down after 13 minutes. Three minutes later it was 2-0 and by half-time we were four goals down. On the hour mark a hard task turned hopeless as Gwillim conceded a penalty and was sent off. The bright spot was that Desborough redeemed an earlier error by saving the penalty but Blues struggled with 10 men and eventually lost 6-0, a harsh scoreline but a fair result.


Two FA Trophy games on this date, in 1997 a good win away to then Southern League Crawley Town in their new Broadfield Stadium and in 1980 a win away to Kingstonian in the 2nd Qualifying Round. Six months later we were lifting the Trophy at Wembley Stadium.


Perhaps the outstanding result was in 1972 when we played Dagenham in the FA Cup 4th Round Qualifying. We were strong rivals in those days, especially as we had poached the Daggers manager Ted Hardy and several players. The first match had seen a draw at Rhodes Avenue and a close game was expected at Victoria Road in the replay. Dagenham started well on top in front of a 1700 crowd and came at Stortford from the off. However on the quarter hour against the run of play Blues took the lead through John Dear. On the half hour Dear doubled the lead with a shot from 20 yards and now Blues had the upper hand. Merrifield scored from even further out on the stroke of half time to give Stortford a 3-0 lead and Francis finished the scoring in the 62nd minute as Blues gained a 4-0 win, one of their best against Dagenham and the right to visit Enfield in the 1st Round.


We also played two wartime friendlies on this date, as the club struggled to keep going dueing World War 2, facing an RAF XI in 1939 when the war was just a few weeks old and an Army XI in 1941 shortly before the attack on Pearl Harbour


2016 BSFC 3 Colney Heath 0 – Herts Senior Cup 1st Round

Wright, Rodgers, Herd, Allen, Fagan, Richens, Kouassi, Moncur, Ronto, Slabber, Akinwande

Subs: Ekim, Auger, Gordon Unused: Lovelock, Greene Scorers: Kouassi, Slabber, Akinwande


2011 BSFC 4 Watford 1 – Herts Senior Cup 1st Round

Dawson, Jones, Dunbar, Whiteley, Francis, Jeffries, Craig, Prestedge, Gayle, Shulton, Subuola

Subs: Gill, Gaisie, Dadson Unused: Abdullahi, Hahn Scorers: Prestedge, Gayle (2), Subuola


2005 Berkhamsted Town 1 BSFC 2 – Herts Senior Cup 1st Round

Hussey, Jones, Gwillim, Rainford, Lewis, Hodges, Champion, Midson, Morison, Evans, Jackman Subs: Essandoh, Edwards, Thanda Unused: Forbes, Martin Scorer: Evans (2)


2003 Mansfield Town 6 BSFC 0 – FA Cup 1st Round

Desborough, Allman, Gwillim, Rainford, Wiltshire, Barnett, Renner, Southam, Essandoh, McKeown, Beale Subs: Bunn, Lewis, Parker Unused: Hayes, Addai


1997 Crawley Town 1 BSFC 2 – FA Trophy 2nd Round Qualifying

King, Hall, Sedgwick, Jordan, Shuttlewood, Wardley, Walker, Comerford, Adekola, Cooper, Thomas   Subs: Riley Unused: Dean, Silenti Scorers: Shuttlwood, Thomas


1988 Windsor & Eton 1 BSFC 2 – Isthmian League Premier Division

Taylor, Boyce, Ryan, Harrigan, Hopkins, Hoddle, Barker, Weddell, Gravette, Gayle, Cowley Sub: Milbourne Scorers: Barker, Weddell


1986 BSFC 1 Dulwich Hamlet 0 – Isthmian League Premier Division

Taylor, Wickenden, Goodchild, Hopkins, Hull, Cassidy, Nunn, Fergusson, Hardy, Johnson, Weddell Subs: Newbury, Staunton Scorer: Newbury


1983 Carshalton Athletic 0 BSFC 2 – Isthmian League Premier Division

Jacobs, Wickenden, Brown, Baines, Elley, Smith, Avery, Hopkins, Robb, Armsby, Mercer

Sub Unused: Brookes Scorers: Jacobs, Robb


1980 Kingstonian 0 BSFC 2 – FA Trophy 2nd Round Qualifying

Moore, Blackman, Brown, Smith, Bradford, Avery, Mitchell, Knapman, Radford, Simmonds, Sullivan Sub Unused: Clarke Scorers: Sullivan, Simmonds


1975 Sutton United 2 BSFC 2 – Isthmian League Division 1

Kitson, Harris, Davis, Flack, V Clarke, Mulkern, Leakey, Vickers, Watson, Twigg, MacKenzie

Sub: Gaine Scorer: Watson (2)


1972 Dagenham 0 BSFC 4 – FA Cup 4th Round Qualifying Replay

Moore, Davenport, Lawrence, Mitchell, Still, Smith, Leakey, Merrifield, Dear, Francis, Bunker

Sub: ????? Scorers: Merrifield, Dear (2), Francis


1969 Harrow Borough 1 BSFC 2 London Senior Cup 3rd Round Qualifying

Cherry, Mitchell, King, Clarey, Neeves, Hill, Gough, Duggan, Devaux, Hewitt, Garofall

Sub: ??? Scorers: Gough, Garofall


1958 BSFC 3 Ware 2 – FA Amateur Cup 3rd Round Qualifying

Cook, Lloyd, Atkinson, Hanley, Newman, Williams, Wacey, Yates, Horton, Rapson, Francis Scorer: Horton (3)


1952 BSFC 2 Aylesbury United 4 – Delphian League

Kerridge, Bayford, Watts, Lambert, Hubbuck, Halladay, Whittaker, Massett, Giles Johnson, Dann


1947 BSFC 2 Letchworth Town 3 – FA Amateur Cup 3rd Round Qualifying

Sullivan, Hubbuck, Bradford, Lambert, Cook, Brooks, Shimmons, Yates, Broom, Shakespeare, Turner Scorers: Broom, Turner


1941 BSFC 4 Army XI 3 – Friendly


1939 BSFC 2 RAF XI 2 – Friendly


1930 Hitchin Town 2 BSFC 0 – FA Amateur Cup 3rd Round Qualifying

Vasey, Spring, Freeman, Lawrence, Chapman, Mayes, Wright, Haylock, Badcock, Piper, Deemer


1924 Codicote 4 BSFC 2 – Herts County League

Jeary, Whiffen, Piper, Bavin, Chapman, Osborne, Clarke, Wright, Raybould, Hayward, Bennett Scorer: Clarke (2)


1919 Stansted Rovers 1 BSFC 4 – Stansted & District League

Boxall. Smith, Walker, Newey, Pettit, Chapman. Clarke, Whiffen, Wright, Brazier, Thurgood Scorers: Pettit, Brazier (2)

Author: Dave Ryan