Blast from the past

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Andrew Cornell looks back at Blues’ games on May 10th


This date has seen a handful of league games, mostly from the 70s when with no play offs fixture congestion often meant there were a few straggling league games to be tidied up in May.


One such was in 1973 when we faced Leatherhead. Stortford had had a good season, reaching the FA Amateur Cup semi-final and winning the Herts Senior Cup but were finishing in mid-table in the Isthmian League while Leatherhead still had a chance of finishing as runners up – Hendon having run away with the league title that year.


Leatherhead started the game at a pace and it was clearly they had more to play for as they piled the pressure on Blues. However John Still was having a great game at the heart of the defence and frustrated the Leatherhead attack for the whole of the first half. Meanwhile on break aways John Dear, Paul Scott and Len Merrifield all had chances.


The second half saw Blues taking more control as Leatherhead tired and Martin Smith had the best chance in this period. Ironically against the run of play Leatherhead took the lead as Tony Wiseman came off his line but failed to collect a high ball and Peter Lavers was on hand to score. Only a few minutes later John Dear headed the ball into the path of Neil Bunker who scored the equaliser. Further excitement followed when Barry Davidson handled following a push in the back and to protests the referee awarded a Leatherhead penalty. However Wiseman brilliantly saved and despite the sending off of Len Merrifield in the 83rd minute Blues achieved a well deserved 1-1 draw.


1977 BSFC2 Croydon 2 – Isthmian League Division 1

Alcorn, Tucker, Gaine, Flack, Clarke, Melvin, Smith, Chattaway, Bailey, Gough, Twigg

Sub Unused: Davis Scorers: Chattaway, Twigg


1975 BSFC 1 Walton & Hersham 0 – Isthmian League Division 1

Martin, Johnson, Mears, Woodrow, Blacktin, Lawrence, Leakey, Watson, MacKenzie, Smith, Mulkern Sub Unused: Cramphorn Scorer: Mulkern


1973 Leatherhead 1 BSFC 1 – Isthmian League

Wiseman, Davenport, Lawrence, Smith, Still, Davidson, Leakey, Merrifield, Dear, Scott, Bunker Sub Unused: Francis Scorer: Bunker


1971 Dagenham 0 BSFC 3 – Athenian League Premier Division

Cherry, Mitchell, T King, Lawrence, Neeves, Sharkey, Whyte, Duffett, Devaux, Chappell,

S King Sub: Ryan Scorers: Devaux (2), og (Still)


1947 Aylesbury United 3 BSFC 0 – Spartan League Premier Division

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1941 BSFC 3 Army XI 3 – Friendly

Author: Dave Ryan