Blast from the past
Andrew Cornell looks back at Blues’ games on March 25th
In 2016 we had a rare Good Friday game away to Dartford. In the days before floodlights when we could only play on Saturdays most of the year it was common to play Good Friday, Easter Saturday and Easter Monday. The novelty was lost on the Stortford players however as we lost by 3-1.
A year later it wasn’t any better as we went down 2-0 at home against high-flying Maidenhead United.
Back in 2006 we hosted vistors from Wales in the form of Newport County We were just below mid-table at the time while Newport were in serious danger of relegation being placed 21st on match day.
On the face of it we should have been favourites but Newport had more to play for and we were without the injured Jack Midson and the suspended Dave Rainford which evened things up a little. It wasn’t a great game for the neutral with just 4 shots on target from both teams. It took only 6 minutes for County to register their first as Craig Hughes headed straight at James Hussey. Soon after Tom Ward put a cross in from which Roy Essandoh headed wide. Just before halfway in the first half Hughes was given another chance as a throw in by Paul Cochlin was headed across the 6 yard box by Jason Bowen. Hughes found space and headed his 10th goal of the season to give the visitors the lead. On the half hour Steve Morison almost made a goal out of nothing when his shot from the edge of the area was turned round the post by Tony Pennock. Duane Jackman almost equalised for Blues only for his header to come off the top of the bar while Blues were frustrated by the County offside trap for the remainder of the first half.
Blues didn’t exactly come out all guns blazing in the second half and on the hour Danny Morgan came on for his debut. He almost immediately beat the offside trap and just failed to connect with a Morison cross. Danny Mitchell then had a shot blocked while Matt Jones, although first to the rebound could only shoot weakly at goal. A rare attack by County saw Bowen shoot wide from a long throw before an uneventful second half saw a toothless Blues last chance as a free kick was awarded on the edge of the area. Gareth Gwillim took the kick and was not far wide of the top left hand corner of the County goal but the game ended in a disappointing defeat for Stortford.
Apart from Danny Morgan the only other Blues player to make his debut on this date was Ben Robb in 1978 at Tooting & Mitcham in the Isthmian League. Ben only played a few games that season but came back for another spell in the early 80s.
2017 BSFC 0 Maidenhead United 2 – Conference South
Walton, Rodgers, Williams, Hickford, Bray, Purse, Kouassi, Everitt, Callandar, Ford, Greene
Subs Unused: Adebowale, Kabeya Ronto, Taiwo, Davidson
2016 Dartford 3 BSFC 1 – Conference South
King, Miller, Herd, Abdullahi, Lee, Allen, Moore, Church, Buchanan, Fortnam-Tomlinson, Wilmott Subs: Fowler, Suarez, Ekim Not Used: Lawal, Merrifield Scorer: og Vint
2014 BSFC 1 Whitehawk 2 – Conference South
Wright, Richens, Herd, Allen, Francis, McNaughton, Johnson, Church, Woodall, Akurang, Prestedge Subs: Baker, Fagbohun, Hall Not Used: Brown, Melaugh Scorer: Prestedge
2006 BSFC 0 Newport County 1 – Conference South
Hussey, Jones, Gwillim, Mitchell, Champion, Gillman, Ward, Jackman, Essandoh, Morison, Martin Subs: Maxwell, Morgan Not Used: Thanda, Simpson, Young
2000 BSFC 0 Romford 0 – Isthmian League Division 1
Suckling, Fannon, Kimble, Wolf, Bowen, Foot, Comerford, Hayes, Leary, Paul, Braham
Subs: Waldron Not Used: Gibson, Winger
1997 St Albans City 1 BSFC 1 – Isthmian League Premier Division
King, Fox, Burns, Jordan, Honeyball, Quinn, Walker, Wardley, Blake, Riley, Cooper
Subs: Hollamby Not Used: Crate, Thomas Scorer: Cooper
1995 BSFC 1 Sutton United 1 – Isthmian League Premier Division
Mallett, Jackman, Jordan, Claridge, Moore, Parratt, Comerford, Cooper, Hollamby, Burns, Das Subs: Lee, Edmonds Not Used: King Scorer: Hollamby
1989 BSFC 0 Barking 1 – Isthmian League Premier Division
Taylor, Jackman, Martin, Moore, McCayna, Hoddle, Milbourne, Weddell, English, Zacchau, Cowley Subs: Greene Not Used: Ryan
1981 Chatham Town 6 BSFC 2 – Eastern Floodlight Competition Semi-Final
1978 Tooting & Mitcham United 1 BSFC 0 – Isthmian League Premier Division
Carrick, Perry, Tuddenham, Smith, Chattaway, Neill, Rayner, Simmons, Blacktin, Dear, Dillsworth Sub: Robb
1975 BSFC 2 Slough Town 1 – Isthmian League Division 1
Moore, Martin, Johnson, Rufus, Blacktin, Lawrence, Little, Watson, MacKenzie, Smith, Mulkern Sub Not Used: Theodotu Scorers: MacKenzie, Smith
1972 BSFC 2 Corinthian Casuals 0 – Isthmian League
Moore, Sedgeley, Lawrence, Smith, Still, Sharkey, Mitchell, Merrifield, Devaux, Duggan, Francis Sub Not Used: King Scorer: Smith (2)
1967 BSFC 0 Harwich & Parkeston 0 – Athenian League Premier Division
Cherry, Atkinson, Abbott, Duley, Neeves, Pettipher, Gladwin, C Duggan, Nisbet, Ferguson,
P Duggan Sub: ?????
1961 Stevenage Town 5 BSFC 1 – Delphian League
Cook, Rolph, Atkinson, Pope, Neeves, Wilson, Hollow, Yates, Horton, Thomas, Francis
1950 BSFC 3 Hatfield Town 2 – Herts Charity Shield Semi-Final
Wardell, Earl, Bradford, Lambert, Hubbuck, Dixon, Whittaker, Milton, Brown, Beatty, Giles Scorers: Milton, Giles (2)
1939 Hitchin Town 11 BSFC 4 – Herts Charity Cup 2nd Round
Turnbull, Woods, Hill, Polybank, Wood, Lowe, Clark, Knee, Allen, Myers, Ward
Scorers: Clark (3), Myers
1933 BSFC 2 Berkhamsted Town 2 – Spartan League Division 1
Vasey, Spring, Chapman, Burt, Lawrence, Little, Badcock, Braithwaite, Harknett, Mayes, Underdown Scorer: Braithwaite (2)
1932 BSFC 5 Welwyn Garden City 0 – Spartan League Division 2 East
Vasey, Spring, Piper, Little, Chapman, Mayes, Robertson, Braithwaite, Badcock, Harknett, Pratt Scorers: Braithwaite, Badcock (4)
1922 Welwyn 0 BSFC 1 – Herts County League
Boxall, Smith, Walker, T Wright, L Chapman, J Chapman, Clarke, P Wright, Tregenza, Freeborn, Punter Scorer: Clarke
1921 Clacton Town 2 BSFC 3 – Friendly