Blast from the past

Andrew Cornell looks back at Blues’ games on April 11th

A big day back in 1981 on this date as we played the second leg of our FA Trophy semi-final against Dartford. With the scores level from the first leg and 3000 fans in the ground, mostly supporting the home team things looked good. Even the weather was good with the sun shining. Dartford hadn’t read the script however and took the lead early on. With this the team and the crowd seemed to feel the tension of the occasion and for a while we looked more likely to go further behind than equalise. However Blues showed some character and got to half time with the score at 1-0. In the second half Stortford had more of the play but still seemed to lack penetration until on 70 minutes a great shot from Terry Sullivan brought us level. Now Stortford were definitely on top but with only 20 minutes to go Dartford still defended well and extra time looked likely. The final act of the drama was the award of the penalty to Blues in the 82nd minute. With a calmness belying his 20 years Joe Simmonds stepped up and sent Bishop’s Stortford FC to Wembley for the second time.


Eight years later we played Barnet at Rhodes Avenue in the Clubcall Cup Semi-Final. This was a competition designed for sponsors and not terribly important to the club or fans, but playing local rivals who were challenging for a place in the old 4th Division added interest and there was a crowd of just over 1000 at the game. Carl Zacchau gave us a first half lead but this was cancelled out by Gary Bull’s equaliser in the 68th minute. We then had the drama of a penalty save by Martin Taylor to send the game into extra time. During the added on period Tommy English hit the cross bar but we couldn’t force a winner. In the replay at Underhill Barnet were too strong for us winning 4-1.


We have also played three Herts Senior Cup Finals on this date, unfortunately losing all three. Most recently in 2017 we played Hitchin Town at Hemel Hempstead. After being level at half time we went on to lose 2-1 in our relegation season. Back in 1977 we went to Hertford to face Hitchin Town as holders. We were in danger of relegation that season as well, although it was avoided, and it showed in a rather limp performance as we surrendered the cup to Hitchin losing 2-0. Twenty two years earlier we played St Albans at Barnet. In those days St Albans were several leagues above us so a 1-0 defeat was no disgrace although it was a disappointment not to win our second final.


2017 BSFC 1 Hitchin Town 2 – Herts Senior Cup Final (At Hemel Hempstead)

Voss, Richefond, Williams, Taiwo, Adebowale, Rodgers, Davidson, Hickford, Callandar, Kouassi, Greene Subs: Ford, Kabeya, Ronto Unused: Harris Scorer: Davidson


2016 Sutton United 2 BSFC 0 – Conference South

Lovelock, Vanderhyde, Herd, Ekim, Allen, Furlonge, Moore, Church, Buchanan, Wilmott,

Fortnam-Tomlinson Subs: Abdullahi, Merrifield Unused: Lee, Humphrey, Smith


2015 Hemel Hempstead Town 0 BSFC 3 – Conference South

Bransgrove, Miller, Taylor, Tabiri, Lee, Hayles, Sellears, Church, Pearson, Merrifield, Edgar   Subs: Walker Unused: Barrington, Peters, Marlow, Larkins Scorers: Taylor, Edgar (2)


2009 BSFC 0 Hayes & Yeading United 0 – Conference South

Eyre, M Jones, Patterson, Lettejallow, Angus, Cooper, D Green, Champion, Lindie, Smith, Harris   Subs: R Jones, Prestedge, Hill Unused: D J Green, Wright


2007 BSFC 0 Braintreee Town 2 – Conference South

Young, Collis, Gwillim, Porter, Goodacre, Gillman, Langer, Edwards, Essandoh, Morgan, Midson   Subs: Martin, Mason, Pearson Unused: Champion, Wright


2005 BSFC 2 Carshalton Athletic 0 – Conference South

Young, Thanda, Gwillim, Robson, Lewis, Riches, Howell, Forbes, Morison, Hakim, Martin   Subs: Jackman, Cracknell, Langer Unused: Gillman, Horne Scorer: Hakim (2)


2000 BSFC 0 Bognor Regis Town 0 – Isthmian League Division 1

Tucker, Leary, Kimble, Sedgwick, Bowen, Foot, Comerford, Williams, John, Paul, Winger   Subs: Braham, Hayes Unused: Langer


1998 Yeading 0 BSFC 2 – Isthmian League Premier Division

King, Wardley, Edwards, Barrett, Campbell, Van der Velden, Gammons, Jordan, Conroy, Adekola, Forbes Sub: Antoine, Taylor, Comerford Scorers: Conroy, Comerford


1995 Marlow 3 BSFC 1 – Isthmian League Premier Division

Mallett, Jackman, Edmonds, Claridge, Moore, Parratt, Lee, Cooper, Hollamby, Burns, Luque Sub: Comerford Unused: Das, King Scorer: Hollamby


1992 Woking 3 BSFC 0 – Isthmian League Premier Division

Taylor, Sailsman, Smith, Harrigan, Bedford, Edmonds, N White, McInerney, English, Gayle, Parnwell Subs: Petrou, Pritchard


1989 BSFC 1 Barnet 1 – Clubcall Cup Semi-Final

Taylor, Jackman, Ryan, Harrigan, McCayna, Hoddle, Milbourne, Weddell, English, Zacchau, Cowley Sub: Gayle Unused:, Hopkins Scorer: English


1987 Tooting & Mitcham United 0 BSFC 1 – Isthmian League Premier Division

Taylor, Wickenden, Goodchild, Hopkins, Hull, Cassidy, Ferguson, Silkman, Hardy, Wood, Nunn Subs: Weddell, McCaig Scorer: Hardy


1981 BSFC 2 Dartford 1 – FA Trophy Semi-Final 2nd Leg

Moore, Blackman, Brame, Smith, Bradford, Avery, Sullivan, Knapman, Radford, Simmonds, Mitchell Sub: Worrell Scorers: Sullivan, Simmonds


1977 BSFC 0 Hitchin Town 2 – Herts Senior Cup Final (At Hertford)

Alcorn, Chattaway, Davis, Flack, Clarke, Massey, Gough, Smith, MacKenzie, Gaine, Twigg

Sub Unused: Tucker


1972 BSFC 2 Hendon 0 – Isthmian League

Moore, Sedgeley, Lawrence, Smith, Still, Sharkey, Mitchell, Merrifield, Devaux, Francis, Whyte

Sub: ???? Scorers: Merrifield, Francis


1966 BSFC 3 Tilbury 2 – Athenian League Division 1

Stooks, Rolph, Atkinson, Belger, Neeves, Duley, Powell, C Duggan, Baker, Gough, P Duggan

Scorers: Neeves, Gough (2)


1964 BSFC 2 Histon 1 – Athenian League Division 2

Cherry, Rolph, Atkinson, Pope, Neeves, Wilson, Taylor, Duley, Gough, Smith, Miller

Scorers: Smith, Gough


1959 Ware 1 BSFC 1 – Delphian League

D Cook, Lloyd, Atkinson, P Cook, Newman, Wilson, Adamson, Wacey, Phelan, Horton, Francis Scorer: Phelan


1955 BSFC 0 St Albans City 1 – Herts Senior Cup Final (At Barnet)

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


1953 Rainham Town 1 BSFC 0 – Delphian League

Fraser, Lloyd, Bradford, Hanley, Giles, Lambert, Perry, Yates, Whitaker, Johnson, Ewers


1952 BSFC 5 Catford Wanderers 2 – Friendly


1931 Callender Athletic 3 BSFC 0 – Spartan League Division 2 East

Vasey, Spring, Freeman, Wright, Chapman, Mayes, Robertson, Haylock, Badcock, H Lawrence, Bass


1914 Ware 1 BSFC 2 – East Herts League Division 1

Day, Champion, Rogers, Cocks, Newey, Crockford, Brace, Chapman, Cooper-Smith, Matthews, Carter Scorers: Cooper-Smith, Carter


1903 BSFC 2 Rye Park 0 – East Herts & District League Division 1