The club were deeply saddened to hear of the recent passing of former manager Ted Hardy. Club Statistician Graeme Auger pays tribute;
Ted Hardy was almost certainly Stortford’s greatest manager. He was manager from the summer of 1971 until January 1975.
In his first season, 1971/72, the club finished 5th in the Isthmian Premier Division and the following term the club reached the 2nd round of the FA Cup before going out after a replay to Peterborough United. The Semi-Final of the FA Amateur Cup was also reached whilst the Herts Senior Cup was won.
The 1973/74 season was the club’s centenary season and they celebrated in style at Wembley winning the last ever Amateur Cup beating Ilford 4-1. They again won the Herts Senior Cup and also lifted the London Senior Cup.
During the season Stortford went from the beginning of November 1973 to the beginning of May unbeaten and despite having so many matches to play towards the end of that season almost won the Isthmian League Championship but had to be satisfied with 3rd place. He resigned midway through the following season.
Ted Hardy was successful as a manager at other Clubs particularly Dagenham. There is quite a lot of information on him on the Dagenham & Redbridge website. I’ve seen it written that he was regarded as an inspiration to the Stortford players and supporters alike. He was 91.