Blast from the past
Andrew Cornell looks back on Blues’ games on May 12
The 1962-63 season was the longest we ever played and one of the worst winters in the last century. Due to snow and ice Blues didn’t play a single game home or away in January or February 1963. There were so many postponements that the normal Delphian League programme was abandoned and an Emergency Competition started. The league was split into East and West sections with each team playing the others in their section once. Even then due to cup commitments Stortford didn’t start their Emergency Competition fixtures until April. Thus the game against Hertford Town on this date was vital with both teams in the running for the championship.
Such was the fixture congestion that having lost at home to Harlow Town on the Saturday we also had to play Hertford Town on the Sunday at Rhodes Avenue. For the first twenty minutes both teams, having played the previous day seemed unwilling to press the game. However after Don Whyte had a good chance for the visitors but only managed to shoot straight at Alan Cherry Blues seemed to rouse themselves and had the better of the first half without creating clear cut chances. Gough forced a save out of Adamson with a header while in return Garrod had a long range shot that went narrowly over the bar but half time arrived with no score.
Stortford went straight on the attack in the second half with Gough’s shot hitting the post and rebounding straight to Adamson and they deservedly scored in the 55th minute when Barry Francis seized a loose ball in the penalty area and found the net. A tired Stortford team were unable to capitalise though and Hertford pulled themselves back into the game, finally equalising in the 85th minute. Williams was through on goal and the home defence stopped, believing there was a handball which the referee did not give, making it easy for the Hertford player to score the equaliser. The draw ended Stortford’s league chances and Hertford Town went on to a playoff with the winners of the Western Division.
1963 BSFC 1 Hertford Town 1 – Delphian League Emergency Competition
Cherry, Yell, Atkinson, Pope, Neeves, Wilson, Harkness, McGeechan, Gough, Rolph, Francis
1956 St Albans City 2 BSFC 1 – Herts Charity Cup Final
Fox, Duncan, Hardy, Lloyd, Carter, Hanley, Seeley, Yates, Hussey, Horton, Burridge