Blast from the past – one of our most famous moments
By Andrew Cornell
Today marks 35th anniversary of one of the most famous days in Blues’ 143 year history.
Wins against local minnows Harlow Town, Third Division club Reading and fellow Isthmian League side Slough Town set an FA Cup third round tie at second division Middlesbrough.
Former Manchester City manager and TV pundit Malcolm Allison was in charge at Ayrsome Park which helped the publicity somewhat and Stortford made the long trip to the North East for the first time since their Amateur Cup Days.
The first half went according to the script as the Second Division (Championship now) side seemed to find everything all too easy. Elley was the best Stortford player at this time but he was having his hands full coping with Ray Hankin. Advice he’d had from John Radford helped though and he gained confidence as the match went on. Early in the game there was a warning as Otto beat Simmonds and crossed for Hankin to head goalwards but on this occasion Wickenden deflected the ball over. Unfortunately Wickenden went from hero to villain as he underhit a back pass allowing Bell to seize the ball. Welsh blocked the shot but a cruel rebound off Bell gave Boro the lead. Bell scored again after a great run beating 3 defenders and Blues began to fall apart. Lynch was booed, Simonds wasted a corner and Boro had more chances from Otto, Sugrue and Shearer but then fight back began.
Having made it to half time still in the game Blues came out to take the game to Boro in the second half. In the 48th minute Worrell headed the ball to Bradford who on the ground scooped the ball over Platt. Within 2 minutes the ball came to Bradford again via Worrell and a cross from Sullivan and suddenly Stortford were level. Now it was Middlesbrough who seemed nervous although they were still able to threaten as Hankin failed to earn a penalty with a blatant dive. There followed a point blank save from Welsh and Elley stole the ball from Hankin practically under the Stortford bar and the non-leaguers had won a replay. The replay was lost but in the meantime Ayresome Park gave very generous applause to the Stortford team.
Other games on this date
2013 Stalybridge Celtic 3 BSFC 1 – Conference North
Carter, Burns, Melaugh, Prestedge, Bailey-Dennis, Francis, Johnson, Abdullahi, Sturrock, Cawley, Baker
Subs: Sappleton, Thalassitis Not Used: Livings, Waller-Lassen, Lettejallow Scorer: Francis
2011 BSFC 2 Boreham Wood 0 – Conference South
Kitteridge, Jones, Bakare, Bowditch, McNaughton, Essam, Hahn, Eberendu, White, Norville, Prestedge
Subs: Mason, Gaisie, Ming Not Used: Matata, Duncan Scorers: Hahn, Norville
2008 BSFC 4 Havant & Waterlooville 1 – Conference South
Welch, Jones, Taylor, Edwards, Gillman, Stanbrook, Fazackerley, Mason, Pearson, Midson, Dean
Subs: Williamson, Gaisie Not Used: Patten, Martin, Young Scorers: Stanbrook, Fazackerley, Pearson, Deen
2002 BSFC 2 London Colney 3 – Herts Senior Cup 2nd Round
Desborough, Hannigan, Riches, Bowen, Allison, Kyriacou, Beale, Hyatt, Hayes, Paul, Hercules Subs: John, Braham, Taylor Not Used: Risley, Double Scorers: Hayes, Paul
2000 Bedford Town 1 BSFC 0 – Isthmian League Division 1
Day, Foot, Risley, Paxton, Bowen, Pitcher, Comerford, Waldron, John, Paul, Braham
Subs: Hayes, Leary, Winger
1991 BSFC 1 Grays Athletic 1 – Isthmian League Premier Division
Taylor, Jackman, Bedford, Hopkins, Harrigan, Went, Ryan, Parker, Joseph, Gayle, Manderson Subs: Fortune-West, Parnwell Scorer: Gayle
1983 Middlesbrough 2 BSFC 2 – FA Cup 3rd Round
Welsh, Wickenden, Brown, Bradford, Elley, Hull, Avery, Lynch, Worrell, Simmonds, Sullivan Sub: ??? Scorer: Bradford (2)
1977 Slough Town 2 BSFC 1 – Isthmian League Division 1
Alcorn, Tucker, Gough, Flack, Clarke, Melvin, Smith, Dillsworth, MacKenzie, Twigg, Gaine Sub: Bailey Scorer: ???
1972 Ruislip Manor 2 BSFC 2 – FA Amateur Cup 1st Round
Moore, Sedgeley, King, Wilson, Still, Sharkey, Whyte, Lawrence, Devaux, Smith, Francis
Sub Not Used: Merrifield Scorers: Smith, Francis
1966 Tilbury 2 BSFC 3– Athenian League Division 1
Cherry, Rolph, Atkinson, Gough, Neeves, Duley, P Duggan, C Duggan, Haywood, Saggers, Francis Scorers: C Duggan, Haywood, Saggers
1955 BSFC ? Romford ? – Friendly
1949 BSFC 4 Ware 3 – Herts Senior Cup 1st Round
Richardson, Brooks, Bradford, Lambert, Cook, Hubbuck, O’Sullivan, Jones, Giles, Yates, Page Scorers: O’Sullivan, Yates (2), Page
1938 Hoddesdon Town 4 BSFC 0 – Spartan League Division 1
Turnbull, Lowe, Wooten, Polybank, Gardner, Ship, Myers, Pilbeam, Haylock, Elliott, Hanratty
1927 BSFC 3 Stansted 2 – Stansted & District League
Boxall, Wright, ???, ???, Thurley, Raybould, ???, ???, Patmore, Gillis, Hayward
Scorers: Raybould, Patmore, Hayward
1921 Allenburys 1 BSFC 1 – East Herts League Division 1
Boxall, Smith, Walker, Thurgood, Chapman, Newey, Golder, Clarke, Wright, Brazier, Sheldrake Scorer: Clarke