Blast from the past

Andrew Cornell looks back at Blues’ games on April 17th

In 2014 we won the Herts Charity Cup on this date beating Hitchin Town on penalties but our last league game on this dated was away to Eastleigh in 2010. This was our penultimate game of the season and neither team had much to play for, we were 17th in the table while Eastleigh were 10th and only a remote chance of relegation for Blues.


On a bright and sunny afternoon in Hampshire the home team gave debuts to a couple of youngters, while Mark Simpson was able to recall Duane Jackman as a lone striker.


The home side’s leading goalscorer, Richard Gillespie, should have opened his account on 6 minutes. A neat through ball played by Taggart was collected by Gillespie, but his shot was straight at Nicky Morgan in the Blues’ goal.


Taggart himself was thwarted by Morgan on the quarter hour mark with a fine low save. Blues’ best chance in the opening exhanges came from a corner. Lynvall Duncan was afforded a free header at the back post, but he directed the ball narrowly wide of the Eastleigh goal.


A second chance for the visitors proved to be their best of the half. Ritchie Jones, fresh from a goal at Letchworth in midweek, came close to scoring another with a superb shot that just shaded the top left hand corner of Toomer’s goal.


Eastleigh’s players appealed for a penalty when Duncan and Gillespie collided in the box, but to no avail, but a goal soon followed. Alex Easton chipped Morgan only to see the ball cleared off the line. But Sam Butler was first to the ball to followup and score his fourth goal of the season to give Eastleigh the lead at halftime.


The second half saw the home side start strongly. Sam Butler’s free kick seemed destined for the far corner until Morgan dived well across his goal to push the ball on to the post and out to safety. Eastleigh’s keeper was forced into his first save of the match when diving to hold onto Reece Prestedge’s flicked shot on 54 minutes.


Eastleigh thought they had doubled their lead just past the hour. Taggart and Easton combined well to set up Riviere to fire home, but an offside flag denied the goal. The same man forced a good save from Morgan, but the imposing keeper pulled off a great reaction save to tip the ball round the post and out for a corner.


There was a sense that perhaps the home side had missed their chance to put the result beyond doubt, and Stortford began to edge into the game. Duane Jackman was denied on 74 minutes. Set up by Charlie Simpson’s cross, the striker shot wide when under pressure on 74 minutes. At the other end, Gillespie missed a golden opportunity, heading Taggart’s cross wide when it seemed easier to score.


Riviere shot straight at Morgan before Danny Morgan’s free header should have equalized the score. But the Stortford substitute made no mistake on 86 minutes when poking the ball through the legs of the oncoming Toomer and into the Eastleigh goal.

Gillespie missed two half chances to regain the lead in the closing minutes before the final whistle confirmed Blues’ place in Blue Square South.


2017 Wealdstone 5 BSFC 0 – Conference South

Walton, Rodgers, Rogers, Bray, Adebowale, Everitt, Taiwo, Hickford, Ford, Kouassi, Richefond Sub: Ronto


2014 BSFC 2 Hitchin Town 2 – Herts Charity Cup Final

Wright, Miller, Brown, Allen, McNaughton, Richens, Johnson, Church, Woodall,

Akurang, Costa Subs: Fagbohun, Hall, Baker Not Used: Milbourne, Cowler

Scorers: Woodall, Hall


2010 Eastleigh 1 BSFC 1 – Conference South

N Morgan, R Jones, M Jones, Chick, Duncan, Angus, Hahn, Shulton, Prestedge,

Jackman, Simpson Subs: D Morgan, Llewellyn, Docker Not Used: Abdullahi, Sellears

Scorer: D Morgan


2006 BSFC 4 Eastleigh 1 – Conference South

Young, M Jones, Gwillim, Rainford, Dolman, Gillman, Ward, Forbes, Morgan, Morison, Martin Subs: Essandoh, Evans, Mitchell Not Used: Thanda, Hussey

Scorers: Rainford, Morison (2), Evans


2004 BSFC 1 Grays Athletic 2 – Isthmian League Premier Division

Desborough, Allman, Gwillim, Rainford, Cooper, Barnett, Howell, Southam, Kyriacou, Bunn, Martin Subs: Wiltshire, Renner Not Used: Haniff, Tillotson, Hayes Scorer: Bunn


1999 BSFC 1 Walton & Hersham 0 – Isthmian League Premier Division – at Hitchin

King, Woolley, Williams, Benstock, Snowden, Fannon, Braham, Winger, Cooksey, Hayes, Comerford Subs: Willock, Blake, Baillie Scorer: Winger


1995 BSFC 1 Hitchin Town 0 – Isthmian League Premier Division

Mallett, Jackman, Edmonds, Claridge, Moore, Parratt, Lee, Cooper, Hollamby, Burns, Walker Subs Not Used: Comerford. Fenton, King Scorer: Claridge


1993 Hitchin Town 2 BSFC 3 – Isthmian League Division 1

King, Jordan, Claridge, Edmonds, Hopkins, T Burns, Das, Comerford, Walker, L Burns, Ingielewicz Subs: Baxter Not Used: Whyte Scorers: L Burns (2), Das


1986 Tootiing & Mitcham United 1 BSFC 2 – Isthmian League Premier Division

Coe, Wickenden, Goodchild, Tomkins, Hull, Bright, Fletcher, Newbury, Hardy, Nicholas, Flynn,         Sub: Robinson Scorer: Hardy (2)


1984 BSFC 0 Hayes 3 – Isthmian League Premier Division

Welsh, White, Smith, Hull, Elley, Luque, Avery, Hopkins, Cardines, Brooks, Mercer

Sub: ??????


1982 Leatherhead 1 BSFC 2 – Isthmian League Premier Division

Moore, Brame, Brown, Smith, Bradford, Avery, Blackman, Knapman, Lynch, Simmonds, Sullivan Sub: Worrell Scorers: Lynch, Simmonds


1976 BSFC 2 Oxford City 0 – Isthmian League Division 1

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

Sub: Brown Scorers: Clarke, MacKenzie


1973 BSFC 0 Dulwich Hamlet 3 – Isthmian League

Wiseman, Davenport, Coombes, Scott, Still, Lawrence, Mitchell, Francis, Dear, Smith, Bunker

Sub: ??????


1971 BSFC 2 Maidenhead United 0 – Athenian League Premier Division

Cherry, Lawrence, T King, Pannell, Neeves, Sharkey, Whyte, Duffett,

Chappell, Devaux, S King Sub Not Used: Argent Scorers: Chappell, S King


1965 Wingate 0 BSFC 2 – Athenian League Division 2

Cherry, Rolph, Atkinson, Gough, Neeves, Duley, Wacey, Baker, Haywood, Smith, Francis

Scorer: Haywood (2)


1954 BSFC 4 Ealing Association 2 – Friendly


1948 BSFC 2 Aylesbury United 3 – Spartan League Premier Division

Sullivan, Jordan, Cook, Elliott, Hubbuck, Giles, Stewart, Yates, Verimiglio, Shakespeare, Page Scorers: Yates, Verimiglio


1937 Marlow 7 BSFC 2 – Spartan League Division 1

Turnbull, Springham, Day, Polybank, Ship, Woods, Clark, Haylock, Mytton, Hanratty, Haynes Scorers: Haylock, Haynes


1933 BSFC 2 Waterlows (Dunstable) 3 – Spartan League Division 1

Vasey, Spring, Chapman, Peck, Lawrence, Little, Badcock, Braithwaite, Johnson, Harknett, Underdown Scorer: Johnson (2)


1926 BSFC 0 London City Police 2 – Friendly


1922 BSFC 2 Baldock Town 0 – Herts County League

Boxall, Smith, Walker, ??????, ??????, Brazier, Clarke, Wright, ??????, Freeborn, Punter Scorers: Wright, ??????


1920 Hertford Town 2 BSFC 4 – East Herts League Division1

Boxall, Mills, Smith, Thurgood, Flux, Newey, Clarke, Wright, Golder, Walker, Brazier

Scorers: Wright, Golder (2),Walker