Blast from the past

Andrew Cornell looks back at Blues’ games on September 9th

On this day in 2014 we had a short trip to Canvey Island to play Concord Rangers in a Conference South game that was full of action. Both sides played at a hectic pace for the whole 90 minutes at the Aspect Arena and, with plenty of goals, any neutrals in the crowd were well pleased with the entertainment.

Cawley, for the hosts, was well off target with an early volley and it was Stortford who took an early lead in the third minute from the spot. Sheldon Sellears collected the ball on the left and tormented Rangers’ defenders on that flank before being fouled by Alex Woodyard running into the box. Although scuffing his shot from the resulting penalty George Sykes beat keeper Jamie Butler sending him the wrong way.


The hosts retaliated straightaway and after the Blues defence had failed to clear an attack a Steve Cawley deflected shot was held low down by Joe Wright and shortly afterwards the Blues stopper had to react quickly to prevent another goal.


The Blues produced the perfect answer in the 40th minute when their lead was doubled. Ashley Miller, close to the half-way line found Sheldon Sellears with a fine pass and when the midfielder cut inside from the left he finished with a great effort from at least 25 yards that flew over Butler in the Concord goal and under the bar.


Once again after conceding the hosts retaliated strongly. A snap shot from Chiedozie through a number of players was saved by Wright a minute later but in their next attack in the 42nd minute Rangers reduced Blues’ lead. Alex Woodyard cross from the right reached Steve Cawley whose shot hit the bar but when he received the ball back in front of goal seconds later he slotted into the net from close range.


There was little to choose between the sides on the restart although the Blues went close in the 55th minute as an attack up the left involving Anthony Church and Sheldon Sellears ended with Rod Young firing in an acute angled attempt that Jamie Butler held low at his near post.

However, the Beachboys then hit two goals in eight minutes to take the lead. In the 63rd minute, after a long build-up on the right, Lewis Taaffe crossed strongly into the box and Jordan Chiedozoe powered a header into the top corner from eight yards to equalise.

Anthony Church saw his free-kick in the 67th minute parried down under the bar by Butler before Chiedozie, in the 70th minute, headed in his second goal of the night. After Stortford had failed to clear a free-kick another cross from the right was whipped in, this time by Alex Woodyard, and Chiedozie climbed to head in from close range. Wright did manage to get a hand on the ball but could help it into the roof of the net as Concord took the lead for the first time.

There was still time for a final twist as Young scored an equaliser for Stortford to give the final score an even and fair appearance as the points were shared.


2017 Merthyr Town 0 BSFC 0 – Southern League Premier Division

McCarthy, Casey, Tumwa, Hughes, M Ekpiteta, Robinson, Maybanks, Hatton, Akinyemi, Richefond, Foxley Subs: C Ekpiteta, Westcott, Unused: Owusu, Thomas

2014 Concord Rangers 3 BSFC 3 – Conference South

Wright, Miller, Herd, Tabiri, Allen, Fitzsimons, Sellears, Church, Young, Sykes, Auger

Subs: Melaugh, McCall, Unused: Baker, Anderson, Baxter Scorers: Sellears, Young, Sykes


2008 BSFC 2 Bromley 1 – Setanta Shield

Hasler, Hopkins, Koko, Mason, Goodacre, King, Okojie, Champion, Essandoh, Dean, Jermy

Subs: Wixon, Edwards, Harris Unused: Howell, Taylor Scorers: Dean, Wixon


2006 BSFC 3 Hayes 1 – Conference South

Young, Collis, Gwillim, Porter, Goodacre, Champion, Lockett, Fowler, Innocent, Midson, Fuller Subs: Martin, Mason Unused: Stewart, Hayes, Wright Scorers: Lockett, Midson, Fuller


2003 Hornchurch 2 BSFC 0 – Isthmian League Premier Division

Desborough, Allman, Gwillim, Rainford, Cooper, Barnett, Langer, Southam, Essandoh, Black, McKeown Subs: Renner, Williamson Unused: Wiltshire, Parker, Addai


2000 Oxford City 2 BSFC 2 – Isthmian League Division 1

Tucker, Foot, Kimble, Sedgwick, Bowen, Hercules, Hayes, Southam, John, Gunn, Williams

Subs: Paul, Braham, Unused: Fannon Scorers: Hercules, Gunn


1998 Molesey 1 BSFC 2 – Isthmian League Cup 1st Round

King, Winger, Campbell, Clark, Clifford, Gammons, Forbes, Greene, Neufville, Cooper, McCarthy Subs: Deleon, Unused: Smith, Conroy Scorer: Cooper (2)


1997 Bromley 3 BSFC 1 – Isthmian League Cup 1st Round

King, Fox, Comerford, Jordan, Shuttlewood, Wardley, Walker, Greaves, Adekola, Cooper, Thomas Subs: Dean, Sedgwick Unused: Riley Scorer: Cooper


1995 BSFC 2 Boston Town 2 – FA Cup 1st Round Qualifying

King, Wardley, Jordan, Claridge, Moore, Parratt, Hollamby, Walker, Braithwaite, Cooper, Parkyn Subs: Hoddle, Unused: Forbes, Paxton Scorers: Hollamby, Cooper


1989 BSFC 1 Basingstoke Town 0 – Isthmian League Premier Division

Taylor, Jackman, Harrigan, Hopkins, Tamblyn-Jones, Hardwick, Bedford, Ryan, Barnett, Gayle, Young Subs: Went Unused: Petrou Scorer: Bedford


1978 Horsham 2 BSFC 1 – Isthmian League Division 1

Carrick, Coakley, Bradford, Smith, Chattaway, Eason, Carvill, Holden, Worrell, Ferry, Neill

Sub: Doyle Scorer: Holden


1975 BSFC 1 Walthamstow Avenue 0 – Isthmian League Division 1

Kitson, Harris, Davis, Flack, Clarke, Mulkern, Leakey, Vickers, MacKenzie, Twigg, Gaine

Sub Unused: Brown Scorer: MacKenzie


1972 Dulwich Hamlet 1 BSFC 1 Isthmian League

Moore, Davenport, Lawrence, Smith, Still, Hounsell, Leakey, Merrifield, Dear, Bunker, Francis Sub Unused: Mitchell Scorer: Francis


1969 BSFC 5 Grays Athletic 2 Athenian League Premier Division

Mollison, Mitchell, King, Gough, Neeves, Hill, Petchey, C Duggan, Devaux, Moss, P Duggan

Sub: ?????? Scorers: Petchey (2), C Duggan (3)


1967 Redhill 2 BSFC 3 – Athenian League Premier Division

Cherry, Durham, Mitchell, Duley, Neeves, Chappell, Battram, Phillips, Nisbet, Gough, Brown Sub Unused: Pettipher Scorers: Chappell, Nisbet (2)


1964 Ware 0 BSFC 0 – East Anglian Cup 2nd Round

Cherry, Rolph, Atkinson, Gough, Neeves, Mitchell, Baker, Welsby, Smith, Saggers, Brown

Scorers: Neeves, Baker, Welsby, Smith


1961 Harrow Town 7 BSFC 1 – FA Cup 1st Round Qualifying

Fox, Bye, Rolph, Pope, Neeves, Atkinson, Harkness, Thomas, Horton, Wilson, Garrett

Scorer: Horton


1953 Cheshunt 3 BSFC 1 – Herts Charity Shield 1st Round


1950 BSFC 1 Stevenage Town 1 – Herts Charity Shield 1st Round

Wardell, Wilkins, ??????, Lambert, Clancy, ??????, Whittaker, MacLauglan, Brown Hayes, Giles Scorer: Brown


1933 Marlow 2 BSFC 0 – Spartan League Division 1

Vasey, Johnson, Spring, Burt, Northcote, Little, King, Braithwaite, Beard, Elliott, Synott


1922 Hatfield United 1 BSFC 0 – Herts County League

Boxall, Whiffen, Smith, Thurgood, Clarke, Chapman, Brazier, Bavin, Wright, Freeborn, Punter