Blast from the past

Andrew Cornell looks back at Blues’ games on March 31st

Our most recent game on this date was a 5-0 defeat at Hyde who were on their way to the Conference North Championship – this was the second time we had played them in a week due to a postponement.

However the outstanding game on this date was a derby match against Harlow Town back in 2001. Blues were aiming for promotion from Isthmian Division 1 while Harlow were mid-table with only local pride to play for – however noone should under estimate the power of local pride.

Stortford got off to a great start in front of a crowd of 624 with a goal on 11 minutes. Good build up play involving Trevor Paul and Vinnie John set up Lee Endersby to drive in a fierce shot giving Harlow keeper James Hassell no chance.

Blues kept up the pressure and increased their lead from the penalty spot in the 22nd minute when John was felled in the box by David Gray. The referee was unforgiving and John despatched the penalty easily as Hassell was rooted to the spot. By the 25th minute it was 3-0. A cross from the right was headed home by John and Stortford were threatening to inflict an embarrassing scoreline on their neighbours. It was particularly pleasing for John who had been taunted by the visiting fans from the outset but to his credit he hurt them in the right way by scoring two goals.

Harlow reduced the deficit almost immediately when a Jon Hooker free kick was deflected off John Coley following confusion in the Stortford penalty area. Blues were then rocked by the departure of Lee Endersby with a groin strain and he was replaced by Tyrone Hercules on the right wing. It was ironic then that Blues most recent transfer target for the right wing berth, Marc Salmon should further reduce the deficit before half time. Salmon powerfully drove home following some poor defending at a corner making it 3-2 at half time.

The visitors introduced Andy Purcell after the interval replacing Nicholson in midfield. It was Purcell who scored the inevitable equaliser as Stortford had a slow start to the second half, smashing the ball home from 18 yards.

After the equaliser Stortford came back into the game again and two chances fell to John, the first being claimed by Hassell, the second when he miscued a shot when it seemed easier to score. But it would be John that was involved in the winning goal as he was again felled by Gray in the penalty box in the 77th minute.

This time the penalty responsibility was with Garry Kimble and the Stortford veteran duly sent Hassell the wrong way to spark celebrations from the Blues fans. Stortford held out for the win without being duly stretched and Harlow’s misery was further compounded by the dismissal of John Coley at the death. A cracking atmosphere and a super day for the fans. Unfortunately Blues had to wait another year for promotion as they missed out in 2001.

2012 Hyde 5 BSFC 0 – Conference North
Archer, Lampe, Milton, Craig, Francis, Anderson, Shulton, Johnson, Gayle, Prestedge, Melaugh Subs: Lettejallow, Hunt Not Used: Dadson, Abdullahi, Dunbar

2007 Fisher Athletic 0 BSFC 1 – Conference South
Young, Patten, Jones, Porter, Goodacre, Gillman, Mason, Edwards, Essandoh, Morgan, Fuller Subs: Midson, Pearson, Turner Not Used: Collis, Wright Scorer: Essandoh

2001 BSFC 4 Harlow Town 3 – Isthmian League Division 1
Desborough, Risley, Kimble, Taylor, Fannon, Kyriacou, Endersby, Southam, John, Paul, Braham Subs: Hayes, Hercules Not Used: Wolf Scorers: Kimble, Endersby, John

1997 BSFC 0 Boreham Wood 0 – Isthmian League Division 1
King, Fox, Thomas, Jordan, Shuttlewood, Barnaby, Walker, Wardley, Blake, Adekola, Cooper Subs: Hollamby, Riley, Burns

1994 BSFC 1 Stevenage Borough 2 – Eastern Floodlight Compe
Mallett, Quinn, P Munn, Salmon, Baxter, R Munn, Scott, White, Hollamby, Raraty, Macciochi Subs: Sedgwick Not Used: Downing Scorer: Macciochi

1992 BSFC 1 Wivenhoe Town 2 – Isthmian League Premier Division
Taylor, Sailsman, Smith, Brownjohn, C White, Edmonds, Bedford, McInerney, N White, English, Gayle Subs: Pritchard, Petrou Scorer: English

1990 BSFC 3 St Albans City 2 – Isthmian League Premier Division
Taylor, Jackman, Tamblyn-Jones, Keune, Harrigan, Went, Bedford, Ryan, Young, Gayle, Neale Subs: Spence, Risley Scorers: Gayle, Tamblyn-Jones, Neale

1986 Epsom & Ewell 0 BSFC 2 – Isthmian League Premier Division
Coe, Wickenden, Goodchild, Tomkins, Hopkins, Bright, Nunn, Flynn, Hardy, Nicholas, Newbury Sub Unused: Taylor Scorers: Nunn, Flynn

1984 Bognor Regis Town 0 BSFC 2 – Isthmian League Premier Division
Welsh, Wickenden, Smith, Elley, Hull, Cardines, Avery, Hopkins, Luque, Brooks, Robb
Sub Sanderson Scorer: Robb (2)

1981 Slough Town 2 BSFC 1 – Isthmian League Cup Semi-Final 2nd Leg
Moore, Blackman, Brame, I Smith, Bradford, Avery, Sullivan, Knapman, Worrell, Simmonds, Mitchell, Sub Unused: Brown, Scorer: Worrell

1980 BSFC 2 Harwich & Parkeston 0 – Isthmian League Division 1
Henry, I Smith, Bradford, M Smith, Reading, Blackman, Coakley, Knapman, Worrell, Simmonds, Mitchell Sub: Ferry Scorers: Worrell, Ferry

1975 BSFC 3 Kingstonian 1 – Isthmian League Division 1
Moore, Martin, Johnson, Rufus, Blacktin, Lawrence, Little, Watson, MacKenzie, Smith, Mulkern
Sub Unused: Woodrow Scorers: Lawrence, Little, MacKenzie

1973 BSFC 1 Wycombe Wanderers 5 – Isthmian League
Wiseman, Davenport, Combes, Mitchell, Scott, Lawrence, Leakey, Francis, Davidson, Smith, Dear Sub Unused: Bunker Scorer: Francis

1965 BSFC 3 Histon 2 – Athenian League Division 2
Cherry, Rolph, Baker, Gough, Neeves, Duley, Taylor, Smith, Haywood, Saggers, Francis Scorers: Haywood (2), Saggers

1962 Hertford Town 3 BSFC 2 – Delphian League
Fox, Yell, Atkinson, Rankin, Neeves, Wilson, Harkness, Welch, Gough, Smith, Francis
Scorer: Gough, Welch, og

1956 Hornchurch & Upminster 1 BSFC 0 – Delphian League
Sullivan, Duncan, Hardy, Lloyd, Carter, Hanley, Simmonds, Scott, Horton, Hussey, Burridge

1951 Welwyn Garden City 3 BSFC 3 – Spartan League Division 1
Wardell, Wilkins, Bradford, Lambert, Hubbuck, Giles, Ewers, Yates, Brown, Barker, Ellis Scorers: Lambert, Yates (2)

1928 BSFC 4 Welwyn 0 – Herts County League
Beale, Piper, Smith, Wright, Bass, Patmore, Chapman, Johns, Fordham, Thurgood, Runacres Scorers: Johns, Fordham (2), Runacres

1923 BSFC 0 London Fire Brigade 2 – Friendly