Blast from the past

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Andrew Cornell looks back at Blues’ games on May 3rd

Back in 1986 on this date Blues faced Bognor Regis Town at Rhodes Avenue in our last game of the season. Stortford signed off with style as they achieved a 4-0 win, their biggest of the season to seal a place in the top half of the table.

The first half was fairly forgettable and gave no hints of the goal feast to come. This started in the 48th minute when Duncan Hardy scored with a simple tap in to give Blues the lead. Just on the hour mark Alistair Sterring in the Bognor goal misjudged Ray Wickenden’s cross and Hardy was their again to seize the loose ball for his and Stortford’s second. Keith Fletcher then put a long ball through to Martin Taylor, the long serving Blues keeper here playing in an outfield role. His shot beat Sterring but may have been touched into his own goal by defender Neil Turnbull. The rout was finished soon after when Fletcher found Hardy with a great pass and the Stortford striker completed his hat trick with his 25th goal of the season.

The most recent game on this date was the last game of the 2002-03 season when we visited Hayes to end our first Isthmian Premier Division season for 4 years. It was the fourth game in a week for Blues and they finished 13th after goals by Jon Case in the first half and James Shipperley in the last minutes gave the Middlesex side a 2-0 win.

 2003 Hayes 2 BSFC 0 – Isthmian League Premier Division

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

1997 Carshalton Athletic 1 BSFC 0 – Isthmian League Premier Division

King, Fox, Forbes, Jordan, Shuttlewood, Dean, Wardley, Barnaby, Thomas, Riley, Cooper

Subs: Walker, Burns, Blake

1986 BSFC 4 Bognor Regis Town 0 – Isthmian League Premier Division

Coe, Wickenden, Goodchild, Tomkins, Hull, Hill, Fletcher, Flynn, Hardy, Taylor, Newbury         Sub Unused: Nicholas Scorers: Hardy (3), Taylor

1977 BSFC 1 Hertford Town 2 – Friendly

1972 Walthamstow Avenue 0 BSFC 1 – Isthmian League

Cherry, Sedgeley, King, Lawrence, Still, Sharkey, Mitchell, Merrifield, Devaux, Duggan, Francis Sub Unused: Ryan Scorer: Still

1961 BSFC 1 Edmonton 4 – Delphian League

??????, Rolph, Atkinson, ??????, ??????, Horton, ??????, ??????, ??????, ??????, Francis

Scorer: Francis

1958 Letchworth Town 3 BSFC 3 – Delphian League

Cook, Lloyd, Booker, Pope, Newman, Atkinson, Adamson, Rapson, Horton, Rolph, Francis

Scorers: Adamson, Horton, Rolph

1952 Leatherhead 1 BSFC 1 – Delphian League

Fraser, McLauglan, Wilkins, Lambert, Hubbuck, Atkinson, Whittaker, Yates, Dady, Brown, Dann Scorer: Dann

1947 Harrow Town 2 BSFC 0 – Spartan League Premier Division

Sullivan, Thurgood, Day, Johnson, ??????, ??????, ??????, ??????, ??????, Lambert, Gile

1930 BSFC 6 The Old Crocks 3 – Friendly

1924 BSFC 0 Cheshunt Res 6 – Herts County League

 

Author: Dave Ryan