Blast from the past

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Andrew Cornell looks back at Blues’ games on March 16th


On this date in 2002 we had a crucial promotion clash away to Uxbridge in Isthmian Division 1. We were well placed for promotion but couldn’t afford to drop points.


Blues got the perfect start when the unmarked Thompson headed home from a Freddie Hyatt corner after just two minutes played. Stortford continued playing crisp football on an excellent pitch despite the rainy conditions. Carl Fannon came close to extending the lead, but Nore Gabbion pushed out his diving header.


Lee Tunnell fired wide as Uxbridge rallied briefly, but Blues responded and Trevor Paul fired wide when provided with a good chance. Then Hyatt struck a 25-yard free kick wide of the goal. Vinnie John was shoved to the ground in the penalty box by his marker as Blues pressurised, but lenient referee Mr Evamy did not award a spot kick. Uxbridge then levelled matters when a Danny Yeoman free kick went wide of the wall and despite Micky Desborough getting both hands to the ball crept in at the far post.


Blues immediately restored their lead when a long throw from Hyatt fell to Paul to smash past Gabbion from close range. Stortford came out for the second half in similar determined mood and Glen Southam fired an early shot wide of the goal, but Uxbridge began to take a stranglehold of the game.


The Reds dominated possession for long periods, but with Blues’ defence again expertly organised by captain Al-James Hannigan, Desborough was untroubled. Blues eventually clinched the three points deep into stoppage time, when a corner was played short and then a ball across the face of goal was smacked into the top corner by Hyatt from 20 yards.


2013 Gainsborough Trinity 2 BSFC 2 – Conference North

Pentney, Baker, Herd, Bailey-Dennis, Ujah, Francis, Johnson, Abdullahi, Sappleton, Woodall, Prestedge Subs: Cawley, Webb Not Used: Waller-Lassen, Greene, Barra Scorers: Woodal, Webb


2010 BSFC 0 Dover Athletic 2 – Conference South

N Morgan, Nunn, Jones, Lettejallow, Duncan, Angus, Pavett, Shulton, Antoine, Erskine, Docker Subs: Abdullahi, D Morgan, Muir Not Used: Sargent, Sackey


2002 Uxbridge 1 BSFC 3 – Isthmian League Division 1

Desborough, Hannigan, Riches, McGibbon, Fannon, Taylor, Hyatt, Southam, John, Paul, Thompson Subs: Allison Not Used: Bowen, Langer Scorers: Paul, Hyatt, Thompson


1999 BSFC 1 Heybridge Swifts 3 – Isthmian League Premier Division

King, Snowden, Winger, Williams, Baillie, Honeyball, Fannon, Quinton, Witney, Hayes, Braham Subs: Blake, Willock, Waldron Scorer: Witney


1996 BSFC 4 Molesey 0 – Isthmian League Premier Division

King, Wardley, Parkyn, Claridge, Shuttlewood, Parratt, Barnaby, Waler, Cooper, Roberts, Jackman Subs: Hollamby Not Used: Jordan, Paxton Scorers: Wardley, Cooper (2), Roberts


1993 BSFC 2 Watford 3 – Herts Senior Cup Semi-Final

King, Jordan, Claridge, Edmonds, Hopkins, Harrigan, Das, L Burns, Walker, White, Ingielewicz Subs: Dance Not Used: T Burns Scorers: Das, White


1991 BSFC 2 Woking 0 – Isthmian League Premier Division

Taylor, Jackman, Parker, Harrigan, Went, Hopkins, Ryan, Bedford, Joseph, Hardwick, Miles Subs Unused: Parnwell, Boyce Scorer: Miles (2)


1985 Croydon 0 BSFC 0 – Isthmian League Premier Division

Welsh, Wickenden, Avery, Baker, Hull, Hopkins, Staunton, Harding, Walsh, Harper, Smith

Sub Unused: Simmonds


1981 BSFC 1 Hayes 2 – London Senior Cup 3rd Round Replay

Moore, Blackman, Brame, Smith, Bradford, Avery, Brown, Knapman, Worrell, Simmonds, Clarke Sub: Gallagher Scorer: Brown


1974 BSFC 3 Hounslow 0 – London Senior Cup 3rd Round

Moore, Gibson, Coombes, Lawrence, Still, Payne, Leakey, Dear, Bass, Smith, Scott

Sub Not Used: Mitchell Scorers: Scott, Bass (2)


1968 BSFC 1 Redhill 0 – Athenian League Premier Division

Cherry, Abbott, Mitchell, Hammond, Neeves, Atkinson, Battram, Duggan, Nisbett, Chappell, Haywood Sub Unused: Gough Scorer: Battram


1965 Cheshunt 0 BSFC 0 – Athenian League Division 2

Cherry, Rolph, Tucker, Pope, Neeves, Duley, Taylor, Smith, Baker, Saggers, Brown


1963 BSFC 0 Barnet 2 – Herts Senior Cup 3rd Round

Cherry, Yell, Atkinson, Pope, Neeves, Wilson, Harkness, Collett, Gough, Smith, Francis


1957 Berkhamsted Town 0 BSFC 3 – Delphian League

Fox, Hanley, Hardy, Lloyd, Atkinson, Horton, Adamson, Yates, Hussey, Burridge, Francis Scorers: Burridge, Francis (2)


1946 Luton Amateurs 1 BSFC 1 – Spartan League Eastern Section

Harding, Springhamr, Shotter, Tones, Search, Wright, Crome, Hockley, Jones, Holgate, McLean Scorer: Holgate


1935 Marlow 0 BSFC 0 – Spartan League Division 1

Knight, Peck, Springham, Byatt, Sharp, Pike, Riches, Christmas, Watkins, Spring, Johnson


1929 BSFC 2 Harlow Town 0 – Stansted & District League

Beale, Piper, Childs, Raybould, Mayes, Chapman, Elliott, Vealey, Haylock, Hayward, Bass Scorers: Hayward, Bass

Author: Dave Ryan