Blast from the past

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Andrew Cornell looks back at Blues’ games on May 4th

Although amateur football was abolished in 1974, hence Blues being the last winners of the FA Amateur Cup it took a while for the new format of non-league football to settle down. However in the 1975-76 season the Herts FA agreed that the Herts Senior Cup would go open and invited Watford FC to take part. At that time Watford were in the old Football League Division Four but were still far and away the strongest club in Hertfordshire with Barnet and Stevenage (not the current club) both just average Southern League clubs.

As it happened Stortford made the final and faced Watford at neutral Hitchin. Watford put out enough of an experienced side to be considered favourites as Blues were rebuilding with only Peter Leakey still left from the Amateur Cup winning side.

Stortford started well though and in the 10th minute Peter Twigg’s header forced a great save from Rankin, the former Everton goalkeeper. Just after the half hour another scare for Watford asa Kevin Mulkern shot from 20 yards into the top corner, only for the effort to be disallowed for offside. This stung Watford into action and Mercer shot just over the bar with a spectacular overhead kick but in the 39th minute it was Blues who deservedly took the lead. A great corner from captain Peter Leakey was met with a glancing header by John MacKenzie for the first goal. Stortford held the lead until half time but must have expected Watford to come back at them in the second half.

Watford switched their centre half Horsfield to a strikers role and the ploy worked as he got on the end of a long ball down the middle and hammered an equaliser past Paul Kitson. For the next 15 minutes it was all Watford but Blues weathered the storm with some good defending and then regained the lead in the 70th minute when a great move ended with Peter Watson lobbing Rankin. From then on it was all Stortford with Gough and Watson having chances before MacKenzie scored the third goal from a Leakey free kick to wrap up the win.


1996 Yeading 2 BSFC 4 – Isthmian League Premier Division

King, Wardley, Parkyn, Jordan, Shuttlewood, Moore, Forbes, Walker, Claridge, Roberts, Cooper Subs: Jackman, Barnaby Not Used: Wickenden Scorers: Forbes, Walker, Cooper (2)


1991 BSFC 3 Staines Town 0 – Isthmian League Premier Division

King, Jackman, Boyce, Harrigan, Went, Hopkins, Saggers, Adebowale, Fortune-West, Bedford, Manderson Subs: Dobson, Sim Scorers: Adebowale, Fortune-West


1989 BSFC 1 Baldock Town 1 – East Anglian Cup Area Final Replay

Taylor, Jackman, Ryan, Harrigan, McCayna, Hoddle, Barnett, Gayle, English, Hopkins, Barker Subs: Moore, Young Scorer: English


1985 Worthing 0 BSFC 0 – Isthmian League Premier Division

Taylor, Wickenden, Staunton, John Simmonds, Smith, Hopkins, Avery, Marshall, Harper,

Joe Simmonds, Walsh Sub Not Used: Harding


1983 Harrow Borough 4 BSFC 0 – Isthmian League Premier Division

Welsh, Wickenden, Brown, Smith, Elley, Gunn, Avery, Brooks, Lynch, Robb, Worrell

Sub Not Used: Levy


1982 BSFC 4 St Albans City 0 – Herts Charity Cup Final

Moore, Benjamin, Baldry, Smith, Gunn, Avery, Bailey, Knapman, Lynch, Worrell, Sullivan

Sub Not Used: Oliver Scorers: Lynch, Bailey, Worrell (2)


1981 BSFC 1 Farnborough Town 0 – Isthmian League Division 1

Moore, Blackman, Brown, Smith, Burton, Avery, Sullivan, Knapman, Worrell, Simmonds, Fox

Sub Not Used: Clarke Scorer: Sullivan


1978 Woking 4 BSFC 1 – Isthmian League Premier Division

Carrick, Chattaway, Tuddenham, Smith, Blacktin, Brame, Dillsworth, Simmons, Jackson, Dear, Neill Sub Not Used: Rayner Scorer: ??????


1976 BSFC 3 Watford 1 – Herts Senior Cup Final (At Hitchin)

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

Sub Not Used: Gaine Scorers: Watson, MacKenzie (2)


1974 BSFC 3 Oxford City 1 – Isthmian League Division 1

Moore, Gibson, Coombes, Lawrence, Still, Payne, Leakey, Dear, Bass, Smith, Scott

Sub: Mitchell Scorers: Still, Dear, Mitchell


1969 BSFC 1 Hitchin Town 0 – Herts Charity Cup Semi-Final Replay

Mollison, Mitchell, King, Hill, Gough, Nisbett, Duggan, Hammond, Haywood, Chappell, Petchey Sub: ?????? Scorer: ??????


1968 Hayes 1 BSFC 0 – Athenian League Premier Division

Cherry, Atkinson, Mitchell, Hammond, Neeves, Hewitt, Battram, Duggan, Jones, Chappell, Gough Sub Not Used: Davenport


1966 BSFC 0 Leyton 2 – Friendly


1963 Histon 1 BSFC 2 – Delphian League Emergency Competition

Cherry, Yell, Atkinson, Pope, Neeves, Wilson, Harkness, McGeechan, Gough, Smith, Francis

Scorers: Gough, Harkness


1957 BSFC 9 Leatherhead 3 – Delphian League

Chipperfield, Duncan, Hanley, Lloyd, G Atkinson, Rolph, D Atkinson, Yates, Wilson, Burridge, Francis Scorers: Rolph, D Atkinson (3), Yates, Burridge (4)


1946 BSFC 1 Bedford Avenue 7 – Friendly


1940 BSFC 8 Albury & District 1 – Friendly


1935 Lyons Club 5 BSFC 1 – Spartan League Division 1

Dixon, Chapman, Springham, Byatt, Ship, Sharp, Riches, Peck, Watson, Christmas, Johnson Scorer: Christmas


1927 BSFC 5 Saffron Walden Town 4 – Stansted & District League

??????, ??????, ??????, ??????, Thurley, ??????, ??????, Wright, Patmore, ??????, ?????? Scorers: Thurley, Wright, Patmore (3)

Author: Dave Ryan