Looking back – Blues v Kings Lynn

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There will be no rewriting of history here, Blues have never met Tuesday’s first visitors to the ProKit (UK) Stadium for an Evo-Stik South game.

However we did meet Kings Lynn Town’s predecessors on a few occasions, and Andrew Bubien has chosen the programme from the 1982 East Anglian Cup as this week’s chosen game.

While the Anglian Cup didn’t have quite the kudos of the FA Trophy (which we’d won the previous year) it had around 60 entrants, including Norwich City reserves who had dominated the competition over the previous few years, and Blues had fought through four games to reach the final.

Braintree Town were beaten 5-1 in the second round, Hoddesdon Town 2-1 in the third round, Billericay Town 3-2 in the last eight and Sudbury Town 4-3 in the semi-final.

The game was played at Rhodes Avenue on 8th May 1982 and Stortford won the match 2-1 to add another cup to the Herts Charity Cup which we’d won the previous week.

Blues reached the final again the following season, losing 1-0 at Gorleston, and we also lost – this time on penalties – the 1988 final in 1988. We dropped out of the East Anglian Cup about a decade ago and the competition ceased after the 2007/8 season, Leiston beating Brentwood Town on penalties after a 2-2 draw.

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Author: Dave Ryan