Blast from the past

Andrew Cornell looks back at Blues’ games on October 4th


In our last Isthmian League season we had a good win on this day against old rivals Billericay Town. Both teams had made a poor start to the season being placed 20th and 23rd respectively after 12 games. This made it an important game for Blues to win, you don’t get away from the bottom of the table if you can’t win home games against those below you and Martin Hayes acknowledged that it was a “6 pointer”. There was a Spurs-Arsenal flavour too with Billericay managed by ex-Spur Justin Edinburgh.


The first chance came early on as Bunn’s volley from a corner was saved at full stretch by Jerome John for Billericay. Stortford keeper Desborough was also in action saving from Ansell. Mid-way through the first half Stortford took the lead. Gareth Gwillim took a corner which was cleared straight back to him. At the second go he found Grant Cooper who headed the first goal. On the half hour mark the lead looked much more secure as Blues won a free kick 25 yards out. This was taken by Cooper who brilliantly bent the ball round the wall and into the far corner to make it 2-0. This was how the score remained at half-time.


Early in the second half there was a warning for Blues when Dormer hit a powerful header against the bar to remind us that Billericay had not given up yet. Blues returned the favour as some neat passing football ended in a shot by Southam that hit the Billericay bar. Blues controlled the game now but without being able to add to their lead. Late in the second half they thought they had made it 3-0 when Neill’s shot was deflected in but the “goal” was disallowed for a foul by Renner. Finally in the 89th minute the game was killed off when a great through ball from Langer found Southam who made no mistake to wrap up the points.


The only other game on this date in the last 10 years was in 2008 when we played Welling United in a Conference South game here. Both teams were around mid-table, us just below, Wings just above so you might expect a close game. That’s how it proved with Welling taking the points thanks to a freak goal in the 73rd minute when Andrew’s cross caught the wind and floated over Nicky Eyre and into the goal via the underside of the bar.


Finally today was also the date of the first ever game at Rhodes Avenue a 2-1 win over Ware in the East Herts League all of 92 years ago.


2014 Hayes & Yeading United 2 BSFC 1 – Conference South

Wright, Miller, Herd, Tabiri, Allen, Fitzsimons, Auger, Church, Suarez, McCall, Melaugh

Subs: Sellears, Young, Shulton   Unused: Sykes, Anderson Scorer: Miller


2008 BSFC 0 Welling United 1 – Conference South

Eyre, Jones, Taylor, Champion, Goodacre, King, Howell, Edwards, Wixon, Harris, Dean Subs: Mason, Okojie, Essandoh   Unused: Koko Hasler


2003 BSFC 3 Billericay Town 0 – Isthmian League Premier Division

Desborough, Allman, Gwillim, Rainford, Wiltshire, Cooper, Langer, Southam, Bunn, McKeown, Neill Subs: Renner, Beale   Unused: Black, Hayes Addai Scorer: Bunn


1998 BSFC 0 Aldershot Town 2 – FA Cup 2nd Round Qualifying (At Boreham Wood)

King, Comerford, Campbell, Cooksey, Clifford, Edwards, Ikazoboh, Gammons, Greene, Conroy, Forbes Subs: Cooper, Goksel Unused: Winger, McCarthy, Collier


1997 Enfield 4 BSFC 1 – Isthmian League Premier Division

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


1988 Enfield 3 BSFC 4 – Clubcall Cup 1st Round

Taylor, Jackman Sherwood, Moore, Boyce, Hoddle, Ryan, Weddell, English, Barker, Cowley Subs: Zacchau Not Used: Milbourne Scorers: Hoddle, English (3)


1986 Wycombe Wanderers 0 BSFC 0 – Isthmian League Premier Division

Taylor, Wickenden, Templeton, Hopkins, Hull, Cassidy, Nunn, Fergusson, Hardy, Weddell, Newbury Subs: Fletcher Unused: Staunton


1983 BSFC 2 Barking 2 – Isthmian League Premier Division

Jacobs, Wickenden, Brown, Brooks, Elley, Smith, Avery, Hopkins, Robb, Jennings, Lawrence Subs: Armsby Scorer: Jennings (2)


1980 BSFC 1 Hertford Town 1 – Isthmian League Division 1

Moore, Smith, Brown, Blackman, Bradford, Avery, Mitchell, Knapman, Radford, Simmonds, Sullivan Sub: Worrell Scorer: Mitchell


1977 Boreham Wood 1 BSFC 1 – Isthmian League Premier Division

Dickinson, Chattaway, Searey, Millar, Tuddenham, Moore, Coe, Jenkins, Oakley, Melvin, Thake Sub: Barker Scorer: Jenkins


1975 Leatherhead 1 BSFC 1 – Isthmian League Division 1

Kitson, Harris, Davis, Flack, V Clarke, Mulkern, Watson, Vickers, MacKenzie, Twigg, Gaine

Sub Unused: C Clarke Scorer: Vickers


1969 BSFC 3 Boreham Wood 2 London Senior Cup 2nd Round Quali

Cherry, Mitchell, King, Gough, Neeves, Hewitt, Whyte, C Duggan, Devaux, Moss, P Duggan

Sub Unused: Maley Scorer: C Duggan (3)


1967 BSFC 3 West Ham United 2 Friendly (Floodlight Inauguration)

Cherry, Durham, Abbott, Atkinson, Neeves, Duley, Duggan, Chappell, Nisbett, Phillips, Brown

Sub: Battram Scorers: ???


1958 BSFC 5 Aylesbury United 2 – Delphian League

Fox, Lloyd, Atkinson, Hanley, Newman, Williams, Adamson, Yates, Horton, Rapson, Wacey Scorers: Adamson, Yates (2), Horton, Wacey


1952 Epping Town 1 BSFC 4 – FA Amateur Cup 2nd Round Qualifyin

Kerridge, Bayford, Watts, Lambert, Hubbuck, Halladay, Whittaker, Massett, Brown Johnson, Giles Scorers: Whittaker (2), Brown, Giles


1947 Briggs Sports 6 BSFC 3 – Spartan League Premier Division

Sullivan, Thurgood, Bradford, Graham, Hubbuck, Douglas, Giles, Lambert, Shimmons, Yates, Turner Scorers: Yates, Shimmons, ???


1941 BSFC 8 RAF XI 2 – Friendly


1930 BSFC 6 Lyons Club Res 0 – Spartan League Division 2 East

Vasey, Spring, Freeman, Lawrence, Chapman, Mayes, Vealey, Haylock, Badcock, Piper, Deemer   Scorers: Badcock (3), Piper (2), Deemer


1924 Hitchin Athletic BSFC 3 – Herts County League

Jeary, Whiffen, Piper, Osborne, Chapman, Brown, Skeggs, Wright, Clarke, Hayward, Brazier Scorers: Wright (2), Hayward


1919 BSFC 2 Ware 1 – East Herts League Division 1

Boxer. Smith, Walker, Rogers, Holland, Chapman. Clarke, Leader, Pettit, Brazier, Newey Scorers: Smith, Pettit


1913 BSFC 6 Sawston Church Institute 1 – Saffron Walden & District League

Day. Champion, Rogers, Cocks, Flux, Newey, Brace. Golder, Crockford, Wallace, Langley Scorers: Flux, Golder (2), Crockford (3)


1902 Ware 4 BSFC 2 – East Herts & District League Division 1

Fuller, Mardon, Dalley, Markwell, Reeve, Tebbutt, Atkinson, Armstrong, Adams, Tyson, Alderton Scorers: ???