Blast from the past

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Andrew Cornell looks back at the Blue Brazil’s previous games on January 1st

Our last three game on New Year’s Day have all been at home and have resulted in exactly zero points and a goal difference of 1-11. So maybe it was best that we didn’t play today.

But we’ll ignore those games and look back at out 3-1 win against Histon in 2013,

 This was the furthest South and shortest away trip in our second and last season in Conference North and we were looking for revenge after a loss to the same opponents on Boxing Day. This was also Reece Prestedge’s 150th game for Stortford, he would eventually pass 200. Histon almost took the lead on 4 minutes as a free kick was put over the bar from 8 yards by Fitzsimons, while at the other end a cross from Prestedge was almost put in his own goal by Hawkins. After 10 minutes Francis uncharacteristically lost possesion just in his own half to Hoban who advanced on the goal and beat Carter from the edge of the box – 1-0 to Histon. There were more goal chances in the first quarter hour for Spence and Francis, while at the other end Mills forced a save from Carter. For the rest of the first half there were few chances until with half time approaching Prestedge volleyed just over from 25 yards.

Blues came out looking determined to get back into the game and within the first 5 minutes Baker shot into the side netting and Cawley forced a save from 12 yards. Bad luck then as Johnson’s shot was deflected on to the bar before Sappleton forced a save on 54 minutes. For all Stortford’s pressure Histon still looked dangerous on the counter but the equaliser came with 10 minutes to go via a Sturrock header from a Johnson cross. Further goals from Baker and Melaugh gave us a 3-1 win over a shell shocked Histon who played well, although it could not be said the win was undeserved.

New Years Day has only been a Bank Holiday since the 70s but there were plenty of times before that when it fell on a Saturday or other match day. It seems strange now to think that cup rounds were often scheduled on this day as it was just another Saturday. In 1972 we played Walthamstow Avenue in the 1st Round of the London Senior Cup. This was when the London Senior Cup was a prestigious competition and Walthamstow Avenue were strong opponents so a 1-0 win through a Dennis Francis goal was a most satisfactory result. A few years earlier in the mid 60s we faced Herne Bay in the FA Amateur Cup 1st Round. At the time Stortford were charging through the ranks of amateur football being in the running for promotion to the Athenian League Premier Division while Herne Bay were having a good season themselves, topping the league one division below. Blues were favourites entering the competition at this stage while the Kent side had come through the qualifying rounds but it was a close game with Stortford happy to go through with a single goal from Pat Duggan.

2018 BSFC 0 Royston Town 3 – Southern League Premier Division

McCarthy, Casey, Foxley, Simpson, Ekpiteta, Robinson, Westcott, Thomas, Williams, Cureton, Ager Subs: Taylor, Hughes Unused: Brassington, Rogers, Mason

2017 BSFC 1 Chelmsford City 3 – Conference South

Voss, Rodgers, Richens, Hickford, Lazzari, Adebowale, Kouassi, Fagan, Barnwell, Moncur, Greene Subs: Morgan, Herd, Cundle Unused: Wiltshire, Ngassa Scorer: Greene

2015 BSFC 0 Boreham Wood 5 – Conference South

Wright, Miller, Herd, Tabiri, Bailey-Dennis, Hayles, Sellears, Merrifield, Walker, Church, Simmonds Subs: Anderson, Sykes, Auger Unused: ?????, ?????

2013 BSFC 3 Histon 1 – Conference North

Carter, Burns, Herd, Prestedge, Bailey-Dennis, Francis, Johnson, Spence, Sappleton, Cawley, Baker Subs: Melaugh, Sturrock, Abdullahi Unused: Waller-Lassen, Anderson Scorers:  Baker, Melaugh, Sturrock

2012 Histon 2 BSFC 3 – Conference North

Archer, Jones, Dunbar, Abdullahi, Francis, Anderson, Gayle, Wickham, Subuola, Prestedge, Shulton Subs: Dadson, James-Lewis Unused: Artemi, Lettejallow, Hahn Scorers:  Francis, Prestedge (2)

2011 BSFC 1 Braintree Town 2 – Conference South

Kitteridge, Jones, Bakare, Bowditch, McNaughton, O’Cearuill, Ming, Prestedge, Jackman, Morgan, Gaisie Subs: Vernazza, Matata, Hahn Unused: Mason, Duncan Scorer:  O’Cearuill

2010 Braintree Town 2 BSFC 0 – Conference South

Eyre, Nunn, Palmer, Lettejallow, Angus, Champion, Lathrope, Southam, Brayley, Sheringham, Riddle Subs: Essandoh, Shulton Unused: M Jones, Sulaiman, R Jones

2009 BSFC 0 Braintree Town 3 – Conference South

Eyre, Jones, Mason, Cooper, Goodacre, Champion, Green, Deen, Essandoh, Smith, Dean

Subs: King, Higgins, Harris Unused: Hyem, Hasler

2008 Braintree Town 2 BSFC 1 – Conference South

Welch, Jones, Lunan, Williamson, Goodacre, Gillman, Harris, Champion, Pearson, Midson, Deen Subs: Fazackerley, Evans Unused: Taylor, Mason, Martin, Young Scorer: Pearson

2005 Hornchurch 3 BSFC 1 – Conference South

Elliott, Allman, Gwillim, Rainford, Lewis, Gillman, Howell, Goodwin, Morison, Hakim, Martin Subs: Langer, Jackman, Parmenter Unused: Riches, Young Scorer: Rainford

2004 Carshalton Athletic 2 BSFC 1 – Isthmian League Premier Division

Desborough, Allman, Kyruacou, Rainford, Cooper, Barnett, Howell, Southam, Morison, Bunn, McKeown Subs: Riches, Drew Unused: Roach, Beale, Hayward Scorer: Howell

1994 BSFC 1 Uxbridge 2 – Isthmian League Division 1

King, Jordan, Harrigan, Comerford, Hopkins. Walker, Das, T Burns, Fortune-West, L Burns, Ingielewicz Subs Not Used: White, Scott  Scorer: T Burns

1990 BSFC 1 Dagenham 0 – Isthmian League Premier Division

Taylor, Jackman, Tamblyn-Jones, Hopkins, Harrigan, Ryan, Bedford, Risley, Young, Gayle, Quane Sub: Adebowale Not Used: Stapleton Scorer: Gayle

1987 BSFC 0 Hitchin Town 4– Isthmian League Premier Division

Taylor, Mayes, Nunn, Glozier, Hull, Hopkins, Cassidy, Fergusson, Weddell, Wood, Johnson

Subs: Hardy Not Used: Tomkins

1986 Hendon 1 BSFC 1 – Isthmian League Premier Division

Taylor, Wickenden, Tomkins, Bright, Hull, Whitton, Hopkins, Nunn, Hardy, Taylor, Newbury

Subs: Flynn Scorer: Hardy

1983 Hitchin Town 0 BSFC 2– Isthmian League Premier Division

Welsh, Wickenden, Brown, Smith, Elley, Hull, Avery, Lynch, Worrell, Simmonds, Sullivan

Sub Not Used: Bradford  Scorers: Lynch, Worrell

1981 BSFC 0 Billericay Town 1– Isthmian League Division 1

Moore, Blackman, Brown, Smith, Bradford, Avery, Sullivan, Knapman, Radford, Simmonds, Clarke   Sub:  Worrell

1977 BSFC 1 Woking 2– Isthmian League Division 1

Kitson, Tucker, Davis, Flack, Clarke, Melvin, Smith, Dillsworth, Gough, Twigg, Gaine

Sub:  MacKenzie  Scorer: Dillsworth

1972 BSFC 1 Walthamstow Avenue 0 – London Senior Cup 2nd Round

Moore, Sedgley, King, Smith, Still, Sharkey, Whyte, Lawrence, Devaux, Merrifield, Francis

Sub Not Used:  Mitchell  Scorer: Francis

1966 BSFC 1 Herne Bay 0 – FA Amateur Cup 1st Round

Cherry, Rolph, Atkinson, Gough, Neeves, Duley, Saggers, C Duggan, Hayward, P Duggan, Francis  Scorer: P Duggan

1955 BSFC 4  Hornchurch & Upminster– Delphian League

Sullivan, Duncan, Hardy, Lloyd, Carter, Hanley, Bow, Yates, Horton, Giles, Burridge

Scorers: Horton (3), Burridge

1949 BSFC 1  Letchworth Town 3 – Spartan League Premier Division

Richardson, Cox, Bradford, Lambert, Cook, ??????, O’Sullivan, Giles, Mather, Jones, Page  Scorer: Giles

1938 BSFC 1  Hertford Town 0 – Spartan League Division 1

Turnbull, Lowe, Wooten, Polybank, Ship, Gardener, Myers, Haylock, Millar, Elliott, Hanratty Scorer: Myers

1927  Stansted 1 BSFC 0 – Herts & Essex Border League

Boxall, Wright, Bennett, Osbourne, Bass, Raybould, Hayward, Clarke, Patmore, Gillis, Thurley

1910 Broxbourne Rovers v BSFC  – Friendly – lost


Author: Dave Ryan