Blast from the past

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Andrew Cornell looks back at Blues games on December 27th

The majority of games on this date occurred when it fell on a Saturday but in 2006 our Boxing Day visit to Thurrock was scheduled for a Wednesday evening. We were in 2nd place in the table at the time but playing our first league game in two weeks and looking to make up ground on leaders Histon.

Ashley Fuller made way for Sam Taylor on the right of midfield while Michael Stanbrook’s flu meant an automatic return for Rob Gilman following the injury that kept him out of the defeat of St Albans City.

Blues arrived at The Hotel without a win over their rivals since 1997, spanning some 12 games. Thurrock had strung together 6 home games in the league without defeat and had scored in 13 consecutive matches. Despite starting the game in 17th position, the omens were not with the Blues.

However some prolific finishing from Essandoh and an out of sorts performance from the home side gave Blues possibly their most comfortable win of the season. In front of goal, Thurrock were, at their worst, comical. Gone are the days of tormentors such as Georgiou, Cobb, Kandol and Akurang. Instead, Leon McKenzie set the blueprint for the evening with a poor effort on 6 minutes from inside the box that flew dismally over Andy Young’s crossbar.

It was a fairly even first half hour, although Blues looked the liveliest. Main threat was Dave Collis from any set piece. Following a flurry of corners for Stortford, Roy Essandoh finally met one with absolute precision to head the ball like a bullet into the empty Thurrock net. With 4 minutes of the first half remaining, the tall striker again headed into the goal, this time Danny Morgan, who enjoyed an excellent game, was the provider.


Blues put the result beyond any doubt when Jack Midson danced his way through the Thurrock half. Once in the penalty box, he slid a perfectly-weighted ball for the oncoming Essandoh to blast past the hapless Max Aneke in goal and bag his hat-trick and Stortford’s third.


Essandoh was in unstoppable form and could have claimed two more. On 75 minutes he was denied by Aneke’s outstretched leg from an acute angle and before the end he was denied by the linesman’s flag having shot into the goal from close range. In between, Danny Morgan came close to claiming the goal that his endeavour deserved. Meanwhile, at the other end, Andy Young was woken from his slumber to make a tremendous double save that would have flattered Thurrock had a goal been scored.


2006 Thurrock 0 BSFC 3 – Conference South

Young, Collis, Gwillim, Porter, Goodacre, Gillman, Howell, Essandoh, Morgan, Midson, Taylor Subs: Fuller, Fowler, Mason Unused: Lockett, Wright Scorer: Essandoh (3)


2004 BSFC 3 Hornchurch 1 – Conference South

Elliott, Allman, Gwillim, Rainford, Lewis, Gillman, Howell, Goodwin, Morison, Hakim, Martin Subs: Abraham, Jackman Unused: Parmenter, Fenton, Young

Scorers: Howell, Morison, Jackman


2003 BSFC 3 Hitchin Town 0 – Isthmian League Division 1

Desborough, Allman, Kyriacou, Rainford, Cooper, Barnett, Howell, Southam, Morison, Roach, McKeown Subs: Riches, Bunn Unused: Beale, Case, Hayward Scorers: Rainford, Morison (2)


1999 Harlow Town 2 BSFC 2 – Isthmian League Division 1

Day, Comerford, Risley, Paxton, Bowen, Winger, Leary, Hayes, John, Paul, Braham

Subs: Waldron Unused: Kraja, Hoy Scorers: Comerford. Hayes


1997 Heybridge Swifts 1 BSFC 0 – Isthmian League Premier Division

King, Day, Edwards, Jordan, Shuttlewood, Greaves, Antoine, Dillnut, Adekola, Cooper, Greene Subs: Walker Unused: Thomas, Sedgwick


1993 Heybridge Swifts 2 BSFC 3 – Isthmian League Division 1

King, Jordan, Harrigan, Edmonds, Hopkins, Walker, Das, T Burns, Fortune-West, L Burns, Ingielewicz Subs: Comerford Not Used: Scott Scorers: Das, Fotune-West, Ingielewicz


1988 BSFC 3 Hayes 2– Isthmian League Premier Division

Taylor, Moore, Tamblyn-Jones, Harrigan, McCayna, Hoddle, Young, Barker, English, Milbourne, Cowley Subs: Zacchau Not Used: Ray Scorers: McCayna (2), English


1986 Dulwich Hamlet 2 BSFC 4– Isthmian League Premier Division

Taylor, Wickenden, Templeton, Glozier, Hull, Hopkins, Nunn, Fergusson, Hardy, Wood, Weddell Subs: Johnson, Newbury Scorers: Nunn, Weddell, Wood (2)


1982 BSFC 2 Hitchin Town 1– Isthmian League Premier Division

Welsh, Levy, Brown, Smith, Elley, Hull,Avery, Lynch, Worrell, Simmonds, Sullivan

Sub: Brooks Scorers: Avery, Simmonds


1980 Billericay Town 0 BSFC 1 – Isthmian League Division 1

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


1975 BSFC 2 Welwyn GC – Herts Senior Cup 2nd Round

Kitson, Harris, Davis, Flack, Clarke, Mulkern, Leakey, Twigg. MacKenzie, Watson, Gaine

Sub: Mottram Scorers: Clarke, MacKenzie


1972 BSFC 2 Letchworth Town 1 – Herts Charity Cup 1st Round

Moore, Davenport, Coombes, Mitchell, Still, Lawrence, Leakey, Davidson, Scott, Smith, Bunker

Sub Not Used: Hill Scorer: Leakey (2)


1969 BSFC 2 Cheshunt 0 – Athenian League Premier Division

Cherry, Mitchell, King, Gough, Neeves, Hill, Whyte, Duggan, Devaux, Chappell, Moss

Sub: Ryan Scorers: Devaux, Chappell


1965 Harwich & Parkeston 0 BSFC 1 – Athenian League Division 1

Cherry, Rolph, Atkinson, Gough, Neeves, Duley, Powell, C Duggan, Ferguson, P Duggan, Francis Scorer: Duley


1958 Hornchurch & Upminster 2 BSFC 1 – Delphian League

Cook, Lloyd, Atkinson, Hanley, Newman, Williams, Adamson, Yates, Horton, Rapson, Francis Scorer: og (Lewell)


1954 Cheshunt 1 BSFC 2 – Delphian League

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

Scorers: Yates, Horton


1948 Hoddesdon Town 2 BSFC 2 – Spartan League Premier Division

Graham, Cox, Bradford, Lambert, Cook, ??????, O’Sullivan, Mather, Giles, Greenhalgh, Page Scorer: Page (2)


1947 BSFC 0 Vauxhall Motors 1 – Spartan League Premier Division

Sullivan, Este, Bradford, Lambert, Hubbock, Beatty, Jordan, Yates, Broom, Shakespeare, Giles


1932 BSFC 0 Leavesden Mental Hospital 1Friendly


1930 BSFC 4 Apsley Res 3 – Spartan League Division 2 East

Vasey, Wright, Spring, I Lawrence, Chapman, Mayes, H Lawrence, A Haylock, Underdown, Piper, Robinson Scorers: A Haylock, Underdown, Piper (2)


1926 BSFC 5 Dunmow 0 – Stansted & District League

Akers, Wright, Fenn, Vealey, Chapman, Raybould, Hayward, Bass, Patmore, Thurley, Brazier Scorers: Hayward, Bass (2), Patmore, Brazier


1921 BSFC 0 Hitchin Athletic 0 – Herts County League

Boxall, Whiffen, Smith, Thurgood, Witcher, Chapman, Freeborn, Wright, Clarke, Brazier, Punter


1919 BSFC 4 London Fire Brigade 0 – Friendly



Author: Dave Ryan