Blast from the past

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Andrew Cornell looks back on Blues’ games on January 10th

Last season saw Blues progress in the Herts Senior Cup as we defeated Hoddesdon Town on penalties after a 2-2 draw, and this date has been kind to us in the past. In 2012 we achieved one of our best results during our stay in Conference North when we played Boston United away. We were in 19th place to Boston’s 10th, but we were to have a good second half of the season and move well up the table.


The first half of the game saw a good performance from Blues but no goals, the closet being when a clearance bizarrely rebounded off Reece Prestedge 25 yards out and ended up stopping at the foot of a post in the 24th minute. Within two minutes of the restart we were ahead as Gayle found Prestedge in space and his 22 yard shot dipped just under the bar. A good, organised defensive performance saw Blues blunt the edge of the home side’s attacks and in the 4th minute of added on time Dwight Gayle sealed the win with a confidently taken penalty.


In 1989 on this day Blues achieved one of their biggest ever wins. OK, it was only the East Anglian Cup and the opposition was only Arlesy Town but to score 10 has to be some achievement. This may also be the only time we have had three players get a hat trick in the same game! Blues were very impressive in the first half and ran up a 4-0 half-time lead. Many times we have seen Stortford do this and then ease off in the second half and even let the other team come back at us. Not that night, Andy Weddell was the first to complete his hat-trick, followed by Tom English and Carl Zacchau. Then, at 9-0 Arlesy scored and got back into the game. English killed them off with his fourth goal.


More recently in 2004 we faced Aldershot Town in an FA Trophy 3rd Round game, the equivalent of the 1st Round today. Aldershot were a division above us and the difference showed on the day. Roscoe D’Sane put the Shots ahead after only 10 minutes and for most of the rest of the first half Blues were under the cosh but managed to keep the deficit to one. Coming back into it at the end of the first half Richard Howell was cut down by the last Aldershot defender but Stortford got only a free kick and the defender only a yellow card. After that Stortford had another couple of chances but went in still 1-0 down.


That was Blues best chance of getting back into the game as just before the hour D’Sane dummied Barnett and scored again. Five minutes later it was 3-0 as Miller scored on a quick counter attack. Almost immediately Cooper headed in Blues first but Aldershot restored their 3 goal lead 10 minutes later through sub Nutter. It only remained for Southam to score in the last minute to make the score look respectable but Stortford were well beaten on the day.


In 1981 and 1976 Stortford played home FA Trophy 1st Round matches that ended 1-1. To continue the co-incidence, both resulted in long journeys for replays – in 1981 to Bridgend for a win, and in 1976 to Enderby in Leicestershire, again for a win after a 2nd replay.


2017 BSFC 2 Hoddesdon Town 2 – Herts Senior Cup 3rd Round (won on pens)

Voss, Furlonge, Herd, Fagan, Ngassa, Adebowale, Ronto, Wiltshire, Barnwell, Cundle, Kouassi

Subs: Elsom, Greene, Hickford Unused: Ekpiteta. Janilonis Scorers: Ngassa, Cundle


2015 BSFC 2 Hayes & Yeading United 2 – Conference South

Phillips, Miller, Herd, Tabiri, Bailey-Dennis, Hayles, Sellears, Church, Walker, Simmonds, Merrifield Subs: Auger, Davies Unused: Anderson. McCall, Allen Scorers: Sellears, Merrifield


2012 Boston United 0 BSFC 2 – Conference North

Archer, Jones, Milton, Abdullahi, Francis, Anderson, Gayle, Shulton, Subuola, Prestedge, Dunbar Subs: Dadson, James-Lewis Unused: Lettejallow. Artemi, Davison Scorers: Gayle, Prestedge


2004 BSFC 2 Aldershot Town 4 – FA Trophy 3rd Round

Desborough, Allman, Kyriacou, Riches, Cooper, Barnett, Howell, Southam, Essandoh, Bunn, McKeown Subs: Beale, Lewis, Hayes Unused: Renner. Hayward Scorers: Cooper, Southam


1995 BSFC 1 Braintree Town 1 – Eastern Floodlight Competition

G King, Edmonds, Munn, Claridge, Jackman, Parratt, Das, Gunn, Cooper, Burns, Comerford   Subs: Hollamby, Lambe Unused: P King Scorer: Claridge


1989 BSFC 10 Arlesy Town 1 – East Anglian Cup 1st Round

Mason, More, Tamblyn-Jones, Harrigan, McCayna, Hoddle, Jackman, Weddell, English, Zacchau, Cowley Subs: Barker, Forey Scorers: Weddell (3), English (4), Zacchau (3)


1984 Harrow Borough 1 BSFC 1 – Isthmian League Premier Division

Jacobs, Mercer, Brown, Brooks, Elley, Smith, Avery, Hopkins, Robb, Armsby, Jennings

Sub Unused: Hull Scorer: Jennings


1981 BSFC 1 Bridgend Town 1 – FA Trophy 1st Round

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


1976 BSFC 1 Enderby Town 1 – FA Trophy 1st Round

Kitson, Vickers, Davis, Flack, Clarke, Mulkern, Leakey, Gaine, MacKenzie, Twigg, Watson

Sub Unused: Harris Scorer: MacKenzie


1953 BSFC 0 Woodford Town 7 – Delphian League

Fraser, Giles, Bradford, Lambert, Hubbuck, Halladay, Whittaker, Yates, Hobson, Atkinson, King


1948 Harrow Town 3 BSFC 1 – Spartan League Premier Division

Sullivan, T Brooks, F Brooks, Lambert, Hubbuck, Beatty, Jordan, Giles, Broom, Bradford, ???? Scorer: Bradford


1931 Hoddesdon Town 2 BSFC 0 – Spartan League Division 2 East

Vasey, Wright, Spring, I Lawrence, Chapman, Mayes, Deemer, Haylock, Badcock, Piper, Robinson


1925 BSFC 0 City of London Police 3 – Friendly


1920 Harlow Town 1 BSFC 4 – Stansted & District League

Boxall. Smith, Walker, Newey, Pettit, Chapman, Clarke, Wright, Golder. Ford, Kelsey

Scorers: Golder (3), Ford


1902 Cambridge St Marys 2 BSFC 0 – Friendly

Author: Dave Ryan