Blast from the past

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Andrew Cornell looks back at Blues’ games on – April 19th


There have been a lot of games played on this date as traditionally fixture congestion kicks in and even in the days before floodlights it was possible to play early evening midweek games. However when we complain about fixture congestion today spare a thought for the Stortford team of 1934-35 who had to play two games on the same day. By late April we still had two games left to play against Staines Town in the Spartan League and they were played as two 70 minute games at Rhodes Avenue, back to back. Stortford won both and played the same XI in both games. Who says players nowadays are fitter and more professional?


Our most recent opponents on this date were Sutton United and in 2005 we also faced the Surrey side as we were chasing a fast disappearing chance of a play off place after the FA Trophy semi-final. Sutton were (successfully) fighting relegation that year while Blues were to play 11 games in April. It was a closely fought game with Blues starting off well on top, with Paul Hakim hitting the bar very early on. We did take the lead in the 22nd minute when a Gareth Gwillim cross was only punched out as far as Steve Parmenter who found the net with a looping header. Sutton came back into the game after this and forced some saves from Andy Young but the first half ended at 1-0.


Stortford started the second half well and soon doubled their lead with Steve Morison beating two men before providing Alex Martin with a great chance to score which was well taken. Against the run of play Sutton then pulled a goal back through a Jeff Vansittart header before Stortford restored their advantage a few minutes later, Steve Morison again the provider for Paul Hakim. After this Stortford controlled the game well, only conceding a very later goal to Brake but confidently taking the points.


Most games played on this date have been league games as the season comes to a climax but the most recent game was a Herts Charity Cup final three years ago against Cheshunt when we won on penalties and in 1989 we played the Herts Senior Cup Final at Rhodes Avenue against a strong Watford side. We held our own for the first half hour or so thanks to a Francis Cowley goal but on a heavy pitch Watford eventually ran away with the game winning 5-1. Within a few weeks John Radford had resigned as manager and some of the best players in a promising side had been sold due to budget cutbacks.


2016 BSFC 2 Wealdstone 1 – Conference South

Lovelock, Wilmott, Herd, Ekim, Allen, Vanderhyde, Moore, Church, Buchanan, Fortnam-Tomlinson, Merrifield Subs: Abudllahi, Lawrence Not Used: Miller, Humphrey, Furlonge Scorers: Church, Buchanan


2014 BSFC 1 Sutton United 2 – Conference South

Wright, Richens, Herd, Miller, McNaughton, Brown, Johnson, Cutler, Woodall, Church, Prestedge Subs: Baker Not Used: Akurang, Fagbohun, Milbourne, Cowler Scorer: Prestedge


2011 BSFC 2 Cheshunt 2 – Herts Charity Cup Final (At Letchworth)

Eyre, Lettejallow, Palmer, Bowditch, Habu, Dean, Ming, Prestedge, D Mason, Morgan, Querry Subs: Hahn, Morris, Eberendu Not Used: J Mason, Kitteridge Scorers: Bowditch, Ming


2008 BSFC 1 Fisher Athletic 2 – Conference South

Welch, Jones, Deen, Edwards, Champion, Gillman, Yao, Mason, Pearson, Higgins, Fazackerley Subs: Williamson, Essandoh, Harris Not Used: Lunan, Young Scorer: Essandoh


2005 BSFC 3 Sutton United 2 – Conference South

Young, Thanda, Gwillim, Robson, Lewis, Okuonghae, Howell, Parmenter, Morison, Hakim, Martin Subs: Jackman, Langer, Forbes Not Used: Riches, Horne Scorers: Parmenter, Hakim, Martin


2003 Boreham Wood 1 BSFC 1 – Isthmian League Premier Division

Desborough, Parker, Gwillim, Riches, Gould, Southam, Langer, French, Howell, Rainford, Williamson Subs: Aransiba Not Used: Wolf, Beale, Hayes, O’Neill Scorer: Gould


2001 Romford 1 BSFC 2 – Isthmian League Division 1

Desborough, Risley, Kimble, Wolf, Fannon, Kyriacou, Hercules, Southam, John, Hayes, Langer Subs: Braham, Gunn Not Used: Taylor   Scorers: Risley, Wolf


1997 Staines Town 0 BSFC 0 – Isthmian League Premier Division

King, Fox, Forbes, Jordan, Shuttlewood, Wardley, Walker, Barnaby, Thomas, Adekola, Cooper Subs Not Used: Riley, Blake, Moss


1994 Uxbridge 0 BSFC 1 – Isthmian League Division 1

King, Jordan, Claridge, Edmonds, Harrigan, Walker, Das, T Burns, Fortune-West, Comerford, Ingielewicz Subs: L Burns Not Used: Adamson Scorer: Edmonds


1989 BSFC 1 Watford 5 – Herts Senior Cup Final

Taylor, Jackman, Ryan, Moore, McCayna, Hoddle, Milbourne, Weddell, English, Zacchau, Cowley Subs: Hopkins, Greene Scorer: Cowley


1988 Hayes 2 BSFC 0 – Isthmian League Premier Division

Taylor, Jackman, Hopkins, Hull, McCayna, Hoddle, Cassidy, Weddell, Barker, Wood, Nunn

Subs Not Used: Sorrell, Saggers


1986 Croydon 2 BSFC 0 – Isthmian League Premier Division

Taylor, Wickenden, Goodchild, Tomkins, Hull, Bright, Nunn, Flynn, Hardy, Reading, Newbury Sub: Robinson


1983 Ware 0 BSFC 2 – East Anglian Cup Semi-Final

Welsh, Levy, Brown, Smith, Elley, Hull, Avery, Brooks, Worrell, Robb, Lawrence

Sub: Lynch Scorers: Elley, own goal


1980 Farnborough Town 2 BSFC 1 – Isthmian League Division 1

Moore, I Smith, Bradford, M Smith, Knapman, Blackman, Coakley, Cooper, Bass, Worrell, Mitchell Sub Not Used: Coote Scorer: Blackman


1979 BSFC 3 Wokingham Town 2 – Isthmian League Division 1

Carrick, Coakley, Carvill, Smith, Brame, Blackman, Eason, Reading, Ferry, Smith, Doyle

Sub Not Used: Bradford Scorers: Coakley, Smith, Reading


1976 Kingstonian 2 BSFC 2 – Isthmian League Division 1

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

Sub Not Used: Brown Scorers: Clarke, MacKenzie


1975 Sutton United 0 BSFC 1 – Isthmian League Division 1

Moore, Martin, Johnson, Mears, Blacktin, Lawrence, Leakey, Little, MacKenzie, Smith, Woodrow Sub: Watson Scorer: Leakey


1969 BSFC 0 Wembley 2 – Athenian League Premier Division

Cherry, Haggar, King, Hill, Gough, Nisbet, Duggan, Hammond, Battram, Chappell, Phillips

Sub: Brown


1968 Slough Town 4 BSFC 0 – Athenian League Premier Division

Cherry, Abbott, Mitchell, Hammond, Hewitt, Atkinson, Battram, Duggan, Neeves, Chappell, Gough Sub: ???


1965 BSFC 1 Ware 1 – Athenian League Division 2

Cherry, Rolph, Atkinson, Gough, Neeves, Duley, Smith, Baker, Haywood, Saggers, Francis, Scorer: Haywood


1958 Aveley 2 BSFC 1 – Delphian League

Cook, Lloyd, Booker, Pope, Newman, Atkinson, Adamson, Yates, Horton, Rolph, Francis Scorer: Pope


1954 BSFC 2 Cheshunt 3 – Delphian League

S Sullivan, Lloyd, Hardy, T Sullivan, W Carter, Atkinson, Ewers, Giles, E Carter, Yates, Burridge Scorers: Giles, Carter


1952 BSFC 2 Dagenham 1 – Delphian League

Fraser, Dady, Wilkins, Lambert, Hubbuck, Atkinson, Whittaker, Yates, Brown, Harvey, Giles Scorers: Yates (2)


1947 Wood Green Town 1 BSFC 1 – Spartan League Premier Division

Sullivan, Thurgood, Day, Johnson, Brooks, Chandler, Bentley, Yates, Arnold, Jackson, ???

Scorer: Yates


1946 BSFC 1 Saffron Walden Town 2 – Friendly

Harding, Springham, Swan, Hoy, Corbett, Wright, Crome, Elliott, Bayford, Holgate, Browning

Scorer: Browning


1935 Staines Town 0 BSFC 3 – Spartan League Division 1 (At Bishop’s Stortford)

Knight, Peck, Springham, Ship, Sharp, Hurst, Riches, Christmas, Watkins, Myers, Pike

Scorer: Christmas (2), Pike


1935 BSFC 2 Staines Town 1 – Spartan League Division 1

Knight, Peck, Springham, Ship, Sharp, Hurst, Riches, Christmas, Watkins, Myers, Pike

Scorer: Watkins (2)

1930 Lyons Club Res 1 BSFC 3 – Spartan League Division 2 East

Vasey, Spring, Freeman, I Lawrence, Chapman, Smith, H Lawrence, Haylock, Fulton, Hepburn, Chipperfield Scorers: Haylock, Fulton, Chipperfield


1913 Cambridge United A 1 BSFC 3 – Saffron Walden & District League

Day, Flux, Rogers, Cocks, MacKenzie, Newey, Brace, Golder, Champion, Reckitt, Langley Scorer: MacKenzie


Author: Dave Ryan