Blast from the past

Andrew Cornell looks back at Blues’ games October 1st  

We have twice before played FA Cup second qualifying round games on this date. In 2011 we travelled to Essex to play Canvey Island in a very tight and eventful game.

Jordan Archer made his debut in this game and proved to be very popular, spending most of the season with us on loan from Spurs. Stortford started slowly and Heale had a free header in the second minute which fortunately went straight at Archer. King mishit a shot and then Game’s shot skimmed the crossbar from the edge of the area – all in the first quarter hour. Blues had their first chance when Cole put Bakared through on the keeper in the 17th minute but Russell got their first. On the half hour Gaisie forced a good save from Russell as Blues gained a succession of corners. Canvey Island retaliated with a long range effort from Dumas before Gayle had the last chance of the half – 0-0 at half time.


Both sides had further chances in the first five minutes of the second half before Archer had to make his best save of the game from a very relieved Sean Francis. Just before the hour mark came the only goal of the game when Gayle used his speed to get on the end of a long ball and cross to Bakare who ran on to the ball and shot first time past two defenders. The Essex side came straight back and forced successive corners during which Francis collided with a post and sustained a head injury. Shortly after Gaisie pushed Heale who went down and suddenly Blues were down to 10 men. The final half hour was eventful and Stortford were up against it, but it was not all one way and they could have increased their lead through Gayle or Prestedge. After 5 miutes of stoppage time it was Blues who booked a hard won passage to the next round.


There was another FA Cup win in Essex back in 1988 when we beat Witham Town in another close game by 3-2 thanks to goals from English (2) and Barker.


2011 Canvey Island 0 BSFC 1 – FA Cup 2nd Round Qualifying

Archer, Jones, Dunbar, Shulton, Francis, Anderson, Cole, Prestedge, Gayle, Bakare, Dadson

Subs: Abdullahi, Gaisie, Jeffries Unused: Whiteley, Subuola Scorer: Bakare

2005 Cambridge City 1 BSFC 1 – Conference South

Gay, Thanda, Gwillim, Rainford, Lewis, Gillman, Howell, Midson, Essandoh, Evans, Martin

Subs: Jackman Unused: Hodges, Adejokun, Forbes, Hussey Scorer: Jackman


1994 St Albans City 5 BSFC 0 – Isthmian League Premier Division

Mallett, Jordan, Edmonds, Omogbehin, Jackman, Quinell, Lee, Le Bihan, Fortune-West, Close,

Scott Subs: Burns, Nunn Unused: King


1991 BSFC 4 Hitchin Town 1 – Herts Senior Cup 1st Round

Taylor, Bedford, Forey, Petrou, Harrigan, Went, Sailsman, Milbourne, Stewart, Lawford, Fearey

Subs: White Unused: Smith Scorers: Petrou, Lawford (3)


1988 Witham Town 2 BSFC 3 – FA Cup 2nd Round Qualifying

Taylor, Jackman, Sherwood, Moore, Hopkins, Hoddle, Ryan, Weddell, English, Barker, Cowley Subs Unused: Milbourne, Boyce Scorers: English (2), Barker


1985 BSFC 4 Stansted 0 – Friendly


1983 Sutton United 3 BSFC 2 – Isthmian League Premier Division

Jacobs, Wickenden, Brown, Brooks, Elley, Smith, Avery, Hopkins, Robb, Jennings, Lawrence

Sub Unused: Armsby Scorers: Smith, Hopkins


1977 BSFC 1 Hayes 1 – Isthmian League Premier Division

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


1974 BSFC 2 Ruislip Manor 0 – London Senior Cup 1st Round Replay

Moore, Martin, Gibson, Newman, Still, Lawrence, Leakey, Dear, Bass, Smith, Giggle Sub Unused: Scott Scorers: Smith, Giggle


1968 BSFC 1 Stevenage Athletic 2 – East Anglian Cup 1st Round Replay

Mollison, Atkinson, Mitchell, Hammond, Gough, Hill, Duggan, Nisbet, Gigg, Chappell, Phillips Sub: ???? Scorer: Gigg


1966 Southall 1 BSFC 2 – Athenian League Premier Division

Cherry, Smart, Moffatt, Gough, Atkinson, Belger, Powell, C Duggan, Nisbet, Batttram,

P Duggan Sub: ???? Scorers: Powell, Nisbet


1960 Histon 1 BSFC 2 – Delphian League

D Cook, P Cook, Rolph, Pope, Atkinson, Wilson, Miller, Yates, Horton, Nettle, Gunn

Scorer: Yates


1955 BSFC 5 Welwyn GC 1 – FA Amateur Cup Preliminary Round

Sullivan, Duncan, Hardy, Lloyd, Carter, Hanley, Adamson, Yates, Horton, Hussey, Burridge

Scorers: Adamson, Yates, Horton (2), Hussey, Burridge


1949 BSFC 2 Welwyn GC 3 – Spartan League Division 1

Wardell, Hubbuck, Bradford, Lambert, Search, Beatty, Cropper, Bayford, Cook, King, Giles Scorer: Giles (2)


1938 Leighton United 1 BSFC 3 – Spartan League Division 1

Turnbull, Day, Hill, Lowe, Ship, Scorer, Millar, Polybank, Mytton, Allen, Ward

Scorers: Millar, Mytton, Allen


1932 Leavesden Mental Hospital 4 BSFC 1 – FA Cup 1st Round Qualifying

Vasey, Johnson, Spring, Burt, Lawrence, Chapman, Little, Braithwaite, Badcock, Sparrow, Underdown Scorer: Badcock


1927 Hatfield United 1 BSFC 6 – Herts County League

Boxall, Wright, Piper, Osbourne, Brown, Chapman, Patmore, Welch, Thurley, Thurgood, Bass Scorers: Patmore, Thurley, Bass (3), ????


1921 BSFC 1 Hatfield United 1 – Herts County League

Boxall, Whiffen, Scotney, Chapman, Witcher, Thurgood, Freeborn, Brazier, P Wright, D Wright, Watson Scorers: Brazier