Blast from the past

Andrew Cornell looks back at Blues’ games on January 1st


In 2017 we had a derby with Chelmsford here, losing 3-1, while in 2015 we had a very forgettable thrashing by Boreham Wood. In 2012 and 2013 after several years losing to Braintree on New Years Day it was a change for two years to play and beat Histon on the first day of the year. This was the furthest south and shortest away trip in our second and last season in Conference North and we were looking for revenge after a loss to the same opponents on Boxing Day. This was also Reece Prestedge’s 150th game for Stortford, he would eventually pass 200. Histon almost took the lead on 4 minutes as a free kick was put over the bar from 8 yards by Fitzsimons, while at the other end a cross from Prestedge was almost put in his own goal by Hawkins. After 10 minutes Francis uncharacteristically lost posession just in his own half to Hoban who advanced on the goal and beat Carter from the edge of the box – 1-0 to Histon. There were more goal chances in the first quarter hour for Spence and Francis, while at the other end Mills forced a save from Carter. For the rest of the first half there were few chances until with half time approaching Prestedge volleyed just over from 25 yards.


Blues came out looking determined to get back into the game and within the first 5 minutes Baker shot into the side netting and Cawley forced a save from 12 yards. Bad luck then as Johnson’s shot was deflected on to the bar before Sappleton forced a save on 54 minutes. For all Stortford’s pressure Histon still looked dangerous on the counter but the equaliser came with 10 minutes to go via a Sturrock header from a Johnson cross. Further goals from Baker and Melaugh gave us a 3-1 win over a shell shocked Histon who played well, although it could not be said the win was undeserved.

New Year’s Day has only been a Bank Holiday since the 70s but there were plenty of times before that when it fell on a Saturday or other match day. It seems strange now to think that Cup Rounds were often scheduled on this day as it was just another Saturday. In 1972 we played Walthamstow Avenue in the first round of the London Senior Cup. This was when the London Senior Cup was a prestigious competition and Avenue were strong opponents so a 1-0 win through a Dennis Francis goal was a most satisfactory result.

A few years earlier in the mid 60s we faced Herne Bay in the FA Amateur Cup first round. At the time Stortford were charging through the ranks of amateur football being in the running for promotion to the Athenian League Premier Division while Herne Bay were having a good season themselves, topping the league one division below. Blues were favourites entering the competition at this stage while the Kent side had come through the qualifying rounds but it was a close game with Stortford happy to go through with a single goal from Pat Duggan.


2017 BSFC 1 Chelmsford City 3 – Conference South

Voss, Rodgers, Richens, Hickford, Lazzari, Adebowale, Kouassi, Fagan, Barnwell, Moncur, Greene Subs: Morgan, Herd, Cundle Unused: Wiltshire, Ngassa Scorer: Greene


2015 BSFC 0 Boreham Wood 5 – Conference South

Wright, Miller, Herd, Tabiri, Bailey-Dennis, Hayles, Sellears, Merrifield, Walker, Church, Simmonds Subs: Anderson, Sykes, Auger Unused: ?????, ?????


2013 BSFC 3 Histon 1 – Conference North

Carter, Burns, Herd, Prestedge, Bailey-Dennis, Francis, Johnson, Spence, Sappleton, Cawley, Baker Subs: Melaugh, Sturrock, Abdullahi Unused: Waller-Lassen, Anderson Scorers: Baker, Melaugh, Sturrock


2012 Histon 2 BSFC 3 – Conference North

Archer, Jones, Dunbar, Abdullahi, Francis, Anderson, Gayle, Wickham, Subuola, Prestedge, Shulton Subs: Dadson, James-Lewis Unused: Artemi, Lettejallow, Hahn Scorers: Francis, Prestedge (2)


2011 BSFC 1 Braintree Town 2 – Conference South

Kitteridge, Jones, Bakare, Bowditch, McNaughton, O’Cearuill, Ming, Prestedge, Jackman, Morgan, Gaisie Subs: Vernazza, Matata, Hahn Unused: Mason, Duncan Scorer: O’Cearuill


2010 Braintree Town 2 BSFC 0 – Conference South

Eyre, Nunn, Palmer, Lettejallow, Angus, Champion, Lathrope, Southam, Brayley, Sheringham, Riddle Subs: Essandoh, Shulton Unused: M Jones, Sulaiman, R Jones


2009 BSFC 0 Braintree Town 3 – Conference South

Eyre, Jones, Mason, Cooper, Goodacre, Champion, Green, Deen, Essandoh, Smith, Dean

Subs: King, Higgins, Harris Unused: Hyem, Hasler


2008 Braintree Town 2 BSFC 1 – Conference South

Welch, Jones, Lunan, Williamson, Goodacre, Gillman, Harris, Champion, Pearson, Midson, Deen Subs: Fazackerley, Evans Unused: Taylor, Mason, Martin, Young Scorer: Pearson


2005 Hornchurch 3 BSFC 1 – Conference South

Elliott, Allman, Gwillim, Rainford, Lewis, Gillman, Howell, Goodwin, Morison, Hakim, Martin Subs: Langer, Jackman, Parmenter Unused: Riches, Young Scorer: Rainford


2004 Carshalton Athletic 2 BSFC 1 – Isthmian League Premier Division

Desborough, Allman, Kyruacou, Rainford, Cooper, Barnett, Howell, Southam, Morison, Bunn, McKeown Subs: Riches, Drew Unused: Roach, Beale, Hayward Scorer: Howell


1994 BSFC 1 Uxbridge 2 – Isthmian League Division 1

King, Jordan, Harrigan, Comerford, Hopkins. Walker, Das, T Burns, Fortune-West, L Burns, Ingielewicz Subs Not Used: White, Scott Scorer: T Burns


1990 BSFC 1 Dagenham 0 – Isthmian League Premier Division

Taylor, Jackman, Tamblyn-Jones, Hopkins, Harrigan, Ryan, Bedford, Risley, Young, Gayle, Quane Sub: Adebowale Not Used: Stapleton Scorer: Gayle


1987 BSFC 0 Hitchin Town 4– Isthmian League Premier Division

Taylor, Mayes, Nunn, Glozier, Hull, Hopkins, Cassidy, Fergusson, Weddell, Wood, Johnson

Subs: Hardy Not Used: Tomkins


1986 Hendon 1 BSFC 1 – Isthmian League Premier Division

Taylor, Wickenden, Tomkins, Bright, Hull, Whitton, Hopkins, Nunn, Hardy, Taylor, Newbury

Subs: Flynn Scorer: Hardy


1983 Hitchin Town 0 BSFC 2– Isthmian League Premier Division

Welsh, Wickenden, Brown, Smith, Elley, Hull, Avery, Lynch, Worrell, Simmonds, Sullivan

Sub Not Used: Bradford Scorers: Lynch, Worrell


1981 BSFC 0 Billericay Town 1– Isthmian League Division 1

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


1977 BSFC 1 Woking 2– Isthmian League Division 1

Kitson, Tucker, Davis, Flack, Clarke, Melvin, Smith, Dillsworth, Gough, Twigg, Gaine

Sub: MacKenzie Scorer: Dillsworth


1972 BSFC 1 Walthamstow Avenue 0 – London Senior Cup 2nd Round

Moore, Sedgley, King, Smith, Still, Sharkey, Whyte, Lawrence, Devaux, Merrifield, Francis

Sub Not Used: Mitchell Scorer: Francis


1966 BSFC 1 Herne Bay 0 – FA Amateur Cup 1st Round

Cherry, Rolph, Atkinson, Gough, Neeves, Duley, Saggers, C Duggan, Hayward, P Duggan, Francis Scorer: P Duggan


1955 BSFC 4 Hornchurch & Upminster– Delphian League

Sullivan, Duncan, Hardy, Lloyd, Carter, Hanley, Bow, Yates, Horton, Giles, Burridge

Scorers: Horton (3), Burridge


1949 BSFC 1 Letchworth Town 3 – Spartan League Premier Division

Richardson, Cox, Bradford, Lambert, Cook, ??????, O’Sullivan, Giles, Mather, Jones, Page Scorer: Giles


1938 BSFC 1 Hertford Town 0 – Spartan League Division 1

Turnbull, Lowe, Wooten, Polybank, Ship, Gardener, Myers, Haylock, Millar, Elliott, Hanratty Scorer: Myers


1927 Stansted 1 BSFC 0 – Herts & Essex Border League

Boxall, Wright, Bennett, Osbourne, Bass, Raybould, Hayward, Clarke, Patmore, Gillis, Thurley


1910 Broxbourne Rovers v BSFC – Friendly – lost