Blast from the past

Andrew Cornell looks back at Blues’ games on September 8th


In the present century this has been a good date for Bishop’s Stortford FC. The last three games have seen two away wins with 9 goals scored. In 2009 we visited Hampton for a Conference South game and came away with a comfortable win. After losing 5-1 at home to Bath City the previous Saturday Mark Simpson made several changes to the side and was vindicated as Blues bounced back.


The home side made a good start with Wells, from a free kick and Charles from open play both shooting over the bar. Both sides had early penalty appeals turned down before Blues took the lead on the quarter hour from a counter attack. Nicholls and Bowditch played a good one two before a good cross found Sheringham at the far post to score. Only 10 minutes later Nicholls and Bowditch combined again to set up Sheringham for the second. It was comfortable from then till half time until Matt Jones was injured in a clash of heads and had to go off giving Ben Nunn his league debut. Hampton seized the chance to put some pressure on and Eyre had to make a great save to keep the lead intact at half time.


The second half saw Hampton make a sustained attempt to get back into the game and both Nunn and Cooper had to make goalmouth clearances from free kicks. Stortford weathered the storm though and a great move between Nunn and Harris almost set up Nicholls on the edge of the area. With only 15 minutes to go Sheringham got his hat trick. When Brayley crossed from the left the Stortford striker lobbed Lovett in the Hampton goal from the edge of the area. The game was over as a contest now and Champion had the ball in the net for a 4th time from a free kick only to see it disallowed for offside. In the 80th minute Hampton scrambled a consolation goal through Braithwaite with Eyre disputing whether the ball had crossed the line. The Stortford goalkeeper made a good save from a long range free kick to preserve the two goal lead and the visitors went home with the 3 points.


There was an even more emphatic win at Barking & East Ham United in 2001 as Blues started their promotion push from the Isthmian Division 1. There was another hat trick – this time from Vinnie John with 1 in the first half and 2 in the second which, along with a Phil Gridelet goal gave Stortford a 4-0 win.


Younger supporters may be puzzled by the 2-2 draw at Hayes in the GMAC Cup. Suffice it to say that this was a sponsored competition which didn’t last long after we won it in 1990 and on paper it looks like an entertaining game I’m not sure how seriously either side took the game.


2012 BSFC 2 Vauxhall Motors 2 – Conference North

Chambers, Sinclair-Furlonge, Herd, Abdullahi, Anderson, Francis, Johnson, Cawley, Sappleton, Marriott, Prestedge Subs: Waller-Lassen, Spence, Brayley Unused: Obaze, Redgrave

Scorers: Sinclair-Furlonge, Marriott


2009 Hampton & Richmond Borough 1 BSFC 3 – Conference South

Eyre, Jones, Patterson, Champion, Goodacre, Cooper, Bowditch, Harris, Brayley, Sheringham, Nicholls Subs: Jackman, Essandoh, Nunn Unused: Wright, Dayton Scorer: Sheringham (3)


2001 Barking & East Ham United 0 BSFC 4 – Isthmian League Division 1

Desborough, Risley, Riches, Taylor, Gridelet, Kyriacou, Wolf, Moody, John, Gentle, Braham Subs: Hayes, Fannon, Langer Scorers: Gridelet, John (3)


1990 BSFC 0 St Albans City 1– Isthmian League Premier Division

Taylor, Jackman, Tamblyn-Jones, Hopkins, Harrigan, Went, Ryan, Young, Bedford, Gayle, Manderson, Subs: Sullivan, Parnwell


1987 Hayes 2 BSFC 2 – GMAC Cup Qualifying Round

Taylor, Nunn, Goodchild, Hull, McCayna, Hoddle, Cassidy, Weddell, Gayle, Zacchau, Wood Subs: Smith Unused: Barker Scorers: Gayle, Zacchau


1984 BSFC 3 Carshalton Athletic 1 – Isthmian League Premier Division

Welsh, Wickenden, John Simmonds, Avery, Hull, Smith, Hopkins, Joe Simmonds, Harris, Cardines, Mercer Sub Unused: Scarth Scorers: Joe Simmonds (2), Mercer


1982 Hertford Town 1 BSFC 3 – Herts Charity Cup Semi-Final

Welsh, Wickenden, Brown, Smith, Elley, Brooks, Prosser, Hull, Worrell, Sullivan, Simmonds Sub: Lynch Scorers: Prosser, Hull, Lynch


1981 Walthamstow Avenue 3 BSFC 2 – Isthmian League Premier Division

Moore, Brame, Brown, Smith, Baldry, Clarke, Sullivan, Knapman, Fishenden, Simmonds, Mitchell Sub: Worrell Scorers: Clarke, Fishenden


1979 Harwich & Parkeston 0 BSFC 2 – Isthmian League Division 1

Carrick, Blackman, Bradford, M Smith, Brame, Knapman, Coakley, Eason, Worrell, Ferry, Coote Sub: I Smith Scorers: Worrell, Ferry


1973 BSFC 0 Leatherhead 3 – Isthmian League Division 1

Moore, Scott, Lawrence, Payne, Still, Tone, Leakey, Greene, Bass, Dear, Merrifield

Sub Unused: Brooks


1970 BSFC 1 Boreham Wood 2 – Athenian League Premier Division

Mollison, Lawrence, Mitchell, Gough, Neeves, Ryan, Whyte, Allaway, Devaux, Pettipheer, Chappell Sub Unused: Kemp Scorer: Neeves



1962 BSFC 1 Ware 0 – FA Cup 1st Round Qualifying

Cherry, Yell, Atkinson, Rankin, Neeves, Wilson, Harkness, Gough, Welch, Smith, Francis Scorer: Harkness


1956 BSFC 3 Enfield 0 – FA Cup Preliminary Round

Fox, Duncan, Stone, Lloyd, Carter, Hanley, Neal, Yates, Hussey, Horton, Scott

Scorers: Horton, Scott (2)


1954 BSFC 3 Stevenage Town 3 – Delphian League

Scorers: Baird (2), Giles


1951 Wembley 5 BSFC 3 – Delphian League

Richardson, Wilkins, Bradford, Dellow, Cox, Giles, Whitaker, Yates, Bentley, Haggerwood, Turner Scorers: Giles, Bentley (2)


1948 BSFC 0 Cambridge Town 4 Spartan League Premier Division

Pitteway, F Brooks, Bradford, Lambert, Cook, Giles, Jordan, Yates, T Brooks, Verimiglio, Dutch


1945 Hoddesdon Town 0 BSFC 0 FA Cup Preliminary Round

Peters, Springham, Shotter, Swain, Howlett, Hickman, Kitchener, Holdgate, Perry, Mumford, Thurgood


1934 BSFC 1 Finchley 2 Friendly


1923 Stevenage Town 1 BSFC 1 Herts County League

Boxall, Peters, Raybould, Punter, Brown, de Boltz, Clarke. Wright, Watson, Neale, Freeborn Scorer: Wright