Blast from the past

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Andrew Cornell looks back at Blues’ games on March 4th

The most significant match on this day happened in 1972. At Clarence Park, St Albans we played the third round, third replay of the FA Amateur Cup against Hitchin Town. As far as I can tell this is the only time Stortford has been involved in a cup tie which has gone to four matches and of course it is never likely to happen again. This was the last 16 stage and with both teams in mid table in the Isthmian League it looked like an even tie. The sides had first met on February 19th at Rhodes Avenue and played out a 1-1 draw. The following Saturday the replay at Hitchin was drawn again when we shared 4 goals. Nowadays that would be the point where we would have penalties but that was not an option in 1972. Due to a strike by power workers the second replay had to take place in the afternoon on Wednesday 1st March at Hertford Town. In front of what was probably a small crowd the teams reached stalemate again with another 1-1 draw. So we had to go over to St Albans on Saturday 4th March for a 3rd replay. This was a Stortford team in transition between the 1970 Athenian League Championship team and the 1974 FA Amateur Cup winning team including such favourites as Terry Moore, Dave Lawrence and Martin Smith. On this particular day the team was below par and a Paul Giggle goal finally put Hitchin through to the Quarter-Finals after more than seven hours of football. Blues of course went on to the Semi-Final the following year and then to win the cup in 1974.

By coincidence we also played at Clarence Park in 2017 when we met St Albans City in a Conference South game. This was out first win of the season against a top half side and gave us hope of avoiding relegation as we moved closer to 20th placed Gosport Borough.

The first-half was goalless but shortly after the break Blues scored the decisive goal. Walsh broke through the home defence and fed the ball to Ford who superbly rifled home an angled shot from eight yards for his first goal for the Blues. We could have doubled the lead in the 73rd minute when a fine long Correy Davidson ball found Ford and he played it through to Greene but Saints just scrambled it clear. A good all round performance saw Blues comfortably hold on to their lead to take three very valuable points.


2017 St Albans City 0 BSFC 1 – Conference South

Voss, Rodgers, Everitt, Hickford, Walsh, Bray, Davidson, Taiwo, Callandar, Ford, Greene

Subs: Kouassi, Fagan Unused: Ronto, Adebowale, Harris Scorer: Callandar


2008 BSFC 1 Welling United 1 – Conference South

Young, Jones, Lunan, Mason, Gillman, Stanbrook, Fazackerley, Williamson, Pearson, Essandoh, Deen Subs: Martin, Goodacre, Yao Not Used: Taylor, Welch   Scorer: Pearson


2006 Sutton United 1 BSFC 1 – Conference South

Young, Jones, Gwillim, Rainford, Champion, Gillman, Mason, Maxwell, Essandoh, Morison, Martin Subs: Jackman, Thanda Not Used: Evans, Simpson, Hussey   Scorer: Morison


2000 Thame United 3 BSFC 2 – Isthmian League Division 1

Harman, Fannon, Kimble, Paxton, Bowen, Foot, Comerford, Hayes, John, Paul, Willock Subs: Waldron, Learey, Winger Scorers: Comerford, John


1997 BSFC 0 Harrow Borough 1 – Isthmian League Premier Division

King, Fox, Forbes, Jordan, Shuttlewood, Moss, Walker, Wardley, Blake, Hollamby, Cooper Subs: Riley, Burns Not Used: Quinn


1995 Bromley 0 BSFC 1 – Isthmian League Premier Division

Mallett, Jackman, Jordan, Claridge, Luque, Parratt, Comerford, Cooper, Hollamby, Burns, Walker Subs Not Used: Edmonds, Das, Quinn Scorer: Jordan


1989 BSFC 1 Marlow 1 – Isthmian League Premier Division

Taylor, Jackman, Martin, Harrigan, McCayna, Hoddle, Milbourne, Weddell, English, Zacchau, Cowley Subs: Gayle Not Used: Moore Scorer: English


1975 Walthamstow Avenue 4 BSFC 1 – Isthmian League Division 1

???, ???, Mears, ???, Blacktin, ???, ???, ???, ???, Mulkern, ???

Sub: ??? Scorer: Mulkern


1972 BSFC 0 Hitchin Town 1 – FA Amateur Cup 3rd Round 3rd Replay (At St Albans)

Moore, Sedgeley, Lawrence, Smith, Still, Wilson, Mitchell, Merrifield, Devaux, Francis, Whyte Sub: King Scorers: Neeves, Chappell, King


1967 Leyton 0 BSFC 2 – Athenian League Premier Division

Cherry, Atkinson, Abbott, Belger, Neeves, Duley, Gladwin, Battram, Nisbet, C Duggan, P Duggan Sub: ??? Scorers: Nisbet, P Duggan


1961 Edmonton 3 BSFC 3 – Delphian League Cup Semi-Final

Cook, Rolph, Atkinson, Pope, Neeves, Wilson, Wacey, Hollow, Horton, Thomas, Francis Scorers: Hollow (2), Francis


1950 BSFC 5 Upminster 3 – Spartan League Division 1

Kerridge, Watts, Halladay, Lambert, Cox, Murdock, Sutton, Whittaker, Walker, Johnson, Giles


1939 BSFC 4 Henley Town 4 – Spartan League Division 1

Turnbull, Woods, Hill, Polybank, Wood, Lowe, Clark, Myers, Allen, Hanratty, Ward

Scorers: Clark, Myers, Allen, Ward


1933 BSFC 5 RAF Uxbridge 2 – Spartan League Division 1

Vasey, Spring, Chapman, Burt, Johnson, Little, Badcock, Braithwaite, Mingay, Mayes, Underdown Scorers: Johnson, Badcock, Braithwaite, Mingay, Underdown


1922 BSFC 1 Welwyn 0 – Herts County League

Boxall, Smith, Walker, Thurgood, L Chapman, J Chapman, Clarke, Wright, Tregenza, Freeborn, Punter Scorer: Tregenza


1911 Saffron Walden Town 4 BSFC 0 – Stansted & District League

Sampford, Murphy, Rogers, Martin, Newey, Rayment, Reeve, Langley, Whybro, Golder, Silvester


1905 Hertfordingbury 3 BSFC 2 – East Herts & District League Division 1

Braugham, Adams, Matthews, Marshall, Markwell, Sargent, Sutton, Tyson, Langley, Lawrence, Marfleet Scorers: ???

Author: Dave Ryan