Blast from the past

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Andrew Cornell looks back on Blues’ games on February 7

There was a rare event in 1931 when our home Spartan League game with Waltham Comrades was abandoned on 83 minutes due to fog – we were losing 1-0 at the time. According to the Herts & Essex Observer report at the time the fog developed during the second half and the game was abandoned only two minutes after the only goal. The game was replayed on Easter Monday when we lost 3-2.

More recently back in 2004 we faced old rivals Kingstonian on this ground in an Isthmian League Premier Division match. Blues had won 4 of their previous 5 games and were looking to continue the good form.

They couldn’t have asked for a better start as a lob from Carl Drew hit the visitor’s post before James Bunn scored from the rebound. Kingstonian responded well to the setback although they wasted an early freekick. In the 16th minute they scored an equaliser when following a free kick mark Pattison scored from a shot that Micky Desborough should probably have saved. Minutes later and Blues had a free kick from which they nearly took the lead again. Alex Martin took the kick and Grant Cooper’s header was somehow cleared. Two minutes later and a cross from Martin found Glen Southam who was inches away from regaining the lead.

At the other end Mark Pattison put a pass through to Grant Payne whose shot from eight yards was saved by Desborough’s feet. Just before the half hour mark Blues regained the lead. A great move saw Rainford, Bunn and Southam swap passes before Southam took his chance to score. However 7 minutes before half-time Kingstonian should have been level. Cooper fouled Bashiru Alimi and the referee awarded a penalty. K’s captain Scott Steele took the penalty but hit the post with Desborough beaten and Blues went in at half-time 2-1 up.

The second half was a bit of an anti-climax with K’s not threatening again. In fact chances from Rainford, Southam and Cooper from a free kick should all have increased Stortford’s lead but in the end 2-1 was sufficient to take the points and move them up to 9th place in the table with a top 13 place necessary to guarantee a place in the new Conference South.

Finally in 2017 we played an entertaining Herts Senior Cup semi-final, winning 7-3 at Ware with no fewer than six Stortford players on the score sheet.


2017 Ware 3 BSFC 7 – Herts Senior Cup Sem

Voss, Rodgers, Stephenson, Lazzari, Walsh, Adebowale, Davidson, Hickford, Callandar, Barnwell, Greene Subs: Ronto, Akurang, Ford

Scorers: Rodgers, Stephenson, Walsh, Callandar, Barnwell (2), Greene


2004 BSFC 2 Kingstonian 1 – Isthmian League Premier Division

Desborough, Kyriacou, Wiltshire, Rainford, Cooper, Barnett, Martin, Southam, Drew, Bunn, McKeown Subs: Howell, Renner, Langer Unused: Abass, Hayward Scorers: Bunn, Southam


1998 Walton & Hersham 3 BSFC 0 – Isthmian League Premier Division

King, Wardley, Sedgwick, Jordan, Day, Greaves, Edwards, Walker, Adekola, De Luca, Forbes   Subs: Dean, Joyce, Campbell


1995 St Albans City 3 BSFC 2 – Herts Charity Cup Semi-Final

King, Jackman, P Munn, Claridge, Moore, Parratt, Luque, Cooper, Hollamby, Burns, Walker   Subs: Comerford Unused: Mallett, R Munn Scorers: Cooper, Hollamby


1987 Hayes 0 BSFC 0 – Isthmian League Premier Division

Taylor, Glozier, Goodchild, Hopkins, Hull, Nunn, Fergusson, Cassidy, Wood, Weddell, Newbury Subs: Hardy Unused: Templeton


1985 BSFC 3 Stevenage Borough 0 – Eastern Floodlight Competition

Welsh, Wickenden, Brown, Cardines, Baker, Hopkins, Avery, Harris, Walsh, Staunton, Smith Subs Unused: Simmonds, Hull Scorers: Baker, Walsh, Staunton


1984 Wembley 1 BSFC 0 – Isthmian League Cup 4th Round

Jacobs, Wickenden, Brown, Hull, Elley, Brooks, Avery, Lynch, Robb, Jennings, Smith

Sub Unused: Lawrence


1983 Croydon 2 BSFC 1 – Isthmian League Premier Division

Markwick, Wickenden, Brown, Levy, Elley, Hull, Avery, Lynch, Robb, Simmonds, Sullivan

Sub: Brooks Scorer: Robb


1981 St Albans City 0 BSFC 2 – Herts Senior Cup 2nd Round

Moore, Blackman, Brame, Smith, Bradford, Avery, Mitchell, Knapman, Worrell, Clarke, Sullivan Sub: Gallagher Scorers: Smith, Worrell


1976 Southall & Ealing Borough 2 BSFC 3 – Isthmian League Division 1

Wolstenholme, Harris, Davis, Flack, Clarke, Mulkern, Leakey, Gaine, McKenzie, Twigg, Watson Sub Unused: Vickers Scorers: Davis, Gaine, McKenzie


1970 BSFC 6 Eastbourne United 0 – Athenian League Premier Division

Cherry, Ryan, King, Gough, Neeves, Hill, Whyte, Duggan, Allaway, Chappell, Slater

Sub: ?????? Scorers: Whyte (3), Duggan (2), Allaway


1959 Tuffnell Park Edmonton 2 BSFC 2 – Delphian League

D Cook, Lloyd, Atkinson, P Cook, Newman, Hanley, Wacey, Yates, Phelan, Horton, Francis Scorers: Wacey, Francis


1953 BSFC 3 Brentwood & Warley 2 – Delphian League

Fraser, Dady, Bradford, Sullivan, Cox, Atkinson, Giles, Perry, Yates, Johnson, Dann

Scorers: Giles, Perry, Yates


1948 BSFC 1 Cheshunt 2 – Herts Senior Cup 3rd Round

Sullivan, Brooks, Cook, Lambert, Hubbuck, Giles, Broom, Beatty, Jordan, Shakespeare, Yates Scorer: Broom


1931 BSFC 0 Waltham Comrades 1 – Spartan League Division 2 E (Abandoned Fog 83 mins)

Vasey, Wright, Freeman, I Lawrence, Piper, Mayes, Underdown, Haylock, Badcock,

H Lawrence, Robinson


1925 BSFC 5 Hertford Town Res 2 – Herts County League

Jeary, Piper, Chapman, Osborne, Brown, de Boltz, Bavin, Wright, Raybould, Hayward, Brazier Scorers: Bavin (2), Raybould, Brazier (2)


1920 Hertford Town 1 BSFC 0 – Herts Senior Cup 1st Round Replay

Boxall. Smith, Walker, Chapman, Flux, Newey, Clarke, Wright, Pettit, Brazier, Kelsey



Author: Dave Ryan