Blast from the past

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Andrew Cornell looks back at Blues’ games on May 1

Until the introduction of playoffs widely in non-league football in 2004-05 we regularly played league games in early May, either by design – our last Isthmian League game v Heybridge Swifts was played on this date, or due to fixture congestion. Additionally cup finals were also often played at this time – the prime example being the Isthmian League Cup Final played at Church Road, Hayes on Spring Bank Holiday Monday in 1989.

There was a crowd of 826 to see a game which was close fought and taken very seriously by both sides as their only chance of a trophy that season. The game started at a fast and furious pace with an early chance for the 52 goal Farnborough striker Simon Read. Fortunately Pat Ryan was on hand to deflect the shot wide. Ten minutes later Roddy Braithwaite got on to the end of a long ball for Farnborough but fired his shot wide from 15 yards. Farnborough had the better of the first half with Read always looking dangerous but against the run of play it was Blues who scored in the 39th minute.

Terry Milbourne angled a great cross in from the left and Andy Weddell charged into the area and without hesitating hit a first time volley past the Farnborough keeper. That gave Blues more confidence and they had no problems holding the lead to half time.

The second half saw Stortford giving as good as they get, although 10 minutes in it was Farnborough who created the first serious chance. Jim Wigmore put in a accurate cross but Jamie Horton could only head it straight at Martin Taylor in the Stortford goal. Farnborough’s frustrations boiled over a few minutes later as Wigmore was booked for a foul on Weddell. For the last quarter hour Devon Gayle came on and Tommy English dropped back to counter Read as Blues looked to protect their lead. Without much drama from a tiring Farnborough Blues did just that and won the cup over the league runners up to the delight of a large band of travelling supporters.

 2004 Heybridge Swifts 1 BSFC 0 – Isthmian League Premier Division

Tillotson, Allman, Gwillim, Rainford, Cooper, Barnett, Kyriacou, Southam, Renner, Riches, Martin Subs: Wiltshire, Haniff Not Used: Desborough

2003 Aylesbury United 1 BSFC 2 – Isthmian League Premier Division

Desborough, Parker, Wolf, Riches, Gould, Southam, Haniff, French, Aransiba, Rainford, Williamson Subs: Howell, Langer Not Used: Renner, Hayes, O’Neill Scorers: Gould, Aransiba

2001 Barton Rovers 0 BSFC 1 – Isthmian League Division 1

Hart, Risley, Kimble, R Taylor, Hayes, Kyriacou, Hercules, Southam, John, Paul, Braham

Subs: Endersby, Wolf Not Used: S Taylor Scorer: Braham

2000 BSFC 3 Chertsey Town 1 – Isthmian League Division 1

Tucker, Leary, Kimble, Paxton, Bowen, Fannon, Langer, Braham, Hayes, Paul, Winger Subs: John, Waldron, Williams Scorers: Hayes, John, og (Evans)

1999 BSFC 1 Carshalton Athletic 2 – Isthmian League Premier Division

King, McDonald, Paxton, Benstock, Snowden, Quinton, Braham, Woolley, Willock, Hayes, Comerford Subs: Cooksey, Adamson, Winger Scorer: Hayes

1993 BSFC 0 Wembley 1 – Isthmian League Division 1

King, Jordan, Harrigan, Edmonds, Hopkins, T Burns, Das, Comerford, Walker, L Burns, Ingielewicz Subs: White Not Used: Baxter

1989 BSFC 1 Farnborough Town 0 – Isthmian League Cup Final (At Hayes FC)

Taylor, Jackman, Ryan, Harrigan, McCayna, Hoddle, Milbourne, Weddell, English, Hopkins, Cowley Subs: Gayle Unused: Moore Scorer: Weddell

1986 Carshalton Athletic 1 BSFC 2 – Isthmian League Premier Division

Coe, Wickenden, Nicholas, Tomkins, Hull, Hill, Fletcher, Flynn, Hardy, Taylor, Newbury

Sub Unused: Nunn Scorers: Hardy, Taylor

1982 Carshalton Athletic 2 BSFC 0 – Isthmian League Premier Division

Markwick, Blackman, Baldry, Smith, Gunn, Avery, Worrell, Knapman, Lynch, Bailey, Sullivan Sub: Benjamin

1978 Enfield 3 BSFC 1 – Isthmian League Premier Division

Carrick, Perry, Brame, Smith, Blacktin, Tuddenham, Neill, Dillsworth, Simmons, Dear, Rayner Sub Unused: Jackson Scorer: Simmons

1975 BSFC 0 Letchworth Town 0 – Herts Charity Cup 1st Round

Smelt, Martin, Johnson, Mears, Lawrence, Leakey, Little, Watson, MacKenzie, Smith, Cramphorn Sub: Mulkern

1973 BSFC 2 Hendon 1 – Isthmian League

Wiseman, Davenport, Coombes, Davidson, Smith, Lawrence, Merrifield, Bunker, Dear, Lee, Scott Sub: ????? Scorers: Smith, Scott

1971 BSFC 0 Leatherhead 2 – Athenian League Premier Division

Cherry, Lawrence, T King, Argent, Neeves, Sharkey, Whyte, Duffett, Devaux, Chappell, S King

Sub: Mitchell

1965 Herne Bay 4 BSFC 2 – Athenian League Division 2

Cherry, Rolph, Atkinson, Gough, Neeves, Duley, Taylor, Baker, Smith, Ferguson, Francis

Scorers: Gough, Duley

1957 BSFC 0 Brentwood & Warley 1 – Delphian League

Fox, Duncan, Hardy, Lloyd, ??????, ??????, Adamson, ??????, Yates, Burridge, ??????


1948 Wolverton Town & BR 4 BSFC 4 – Spartan League Premier Division

Sullivan, ??????, ??????, ??????, ??????, ??????, Jordan, Yates, Verimiglio, ??????, Page Scorers: Page (2), Verimiglio, Jordan

1939 Hounslow 1 BSFC 2 – Spartan League Division 1

Scorers: Clark, Ward

1937 BSFC 2 RAF Henslow 1 – Spartan League Division 1

Parker, Day, Brooks, Polybank, Ship, Woods, Clark, Haylock, Mytton, Frost, Hanratty

Scorers: Frost, Clark

1929 BSFC 3 Sawbridgeworth Town 2 – East Herts Challenge Cup Final (At Stansted)

Beale, Piper, Childs, Raybould, Mayes, Chapman, Elliott, Vealey, Haylock, Wright, Bass

Scorers: Mayes, Elliott, Vealey

1926 BSFC 5 Blackheath Wanderers 1 – Bishop’s Stortford Hospital Cup

1920 BSFC 4 Stansted & District League 1 – Challenge Match

Boxall, Mills, Flux, Newey, Pettit, Chapman, Clarke, Thurgood, Wright, Walker, Brazier

Scorers: ??????

Author: Dave Ryan