Blast from the past

Andrew Cornell looks back on Blues’ games on October 7th  

A recent game on this date was in 2003 in our last Isthmian League season when we visited Bedford Town. It was exactly a quarter of the way through the season and the home side had started better than us. The Eagles were seventh in the table while Blues were in 18th place, needing to pick up some points to get into the qualification positions for the first Conference South season.

Blues were unbeaten in three games though, so better form was clearly on the way. The home team started stronger though as an early poor clearance from Gareth Gwillim went to French who fortunately shot straight at Micky Desborough. There was another chance for Folds shortly after but he shot wide as Stortford weathered the storm. Blues came into the game without looking dangerous as the half went on but almost had a nasty shock when Roberts found French on 35 minutes. Once again the Bedford striker’s shot was straight at Desborough. As half time arrived at 0-0 the visitors, although not outplayed would have been happier with the scoreline.


Stortford looked more confident after the break and had early chances through James Bunn which came to nothing. Their defence was looking solid now with Darren Wiltshire playing well and Bedford were either shooting wide or getting nowhere in the air. With the score at 0-0 approaching the last quarter of an hour a draw was looking likely when Blues scored the goal their improving performance deserved. Bunn took the ball off Bedford captain Howarth before finding Glen Southam in the box. Southam made no mistake with his shot to put Stortford in the lead. Soon after the lead was doubled when a half clearance was returned to the box by Tim Langer and Bunn got to it first to score his first goal for Blues. Lynch wasted a chance for Bedford before Langer scored the third goal in the 85th minute from a Gwillim corner. A flattering scoreline but a deserved result from a Blues team who improved as the game went on.


The previous game on this date saw us beat Boreham Wood 4-0 at home in 2000, so we can but hope that the run continues. The most notable debut on this date was Lincoln Manderson who played 98 games for Blues starting with a home game against Aylesbury United on this date.


2014 BSFC 1 Bromley 1 – Conference South

Gregory, Miller, Herd, Tabiri, Allen, Fitzsimons, Sellears, Church, Sykes, McCall, Melaugh Subs: Auger, Young, Anderson Unused: Suarez, Wright Scorer: Church


2003 Bedford Town 0 BSFC 3 – Isthmian League Premier Division

Desborough, Allman, Gwillim, Rainford, Wiltshire, Cooper, Langer, Southam, Burn, McKeown, Neill Subs Unused: Black, Beale, Parker, Hayes, Barnett Scorers: Langer, Southam, Bunn


2000 BSFC 4 Boreham Wood 0 – Isthmian League Division 1

Ashdown, Yeoman, Kimble, Sedgwick, Foot, Williams, Hayes, Southam, John, Paul, Hercules Subs: Comerford, Langer Unused: Bowen Scorers: John (3), Paul


1995 Molesey 2 BSFC 1 – Isthmian League Premier Division

King, Edmonds, Jordan, Paxton, Moore, Parratt, Barnaby, Walker, Braithwaite, Cooper, Parkyn Subs: Forbes, Hollamby Unused: Moylette Scorer: Cooper


1989 BSFC 0 Aylesbury United 3 – Isthmian League Premier Division

Taylor, Boyce, Fearey, Quane, Went, Petrou, Bedford, Ryan, Young, Manderson, English

Sub: Dobson Unused: McLean


1986 BSFC 2 Ware 2 – Friendly


1980 BSFC 5 Clapton 2 – Isthmian League Division 1

Moore, Smith, Brown, Blackman, Bradford, Avery, Mitchell, Knapman, Radford, Sullivan, Simmonds Sub Unused: Worrell Scorers: Mitchell, Radford (2), Simmonds, og


1978 BSFC 1 Hertford Town 1 – Isthmian League Division 1

Carrick, Coakley, Bradford, Smith, Elkins, Doyle, Neill, Eason, Ferry, Chattaway, Worrell

Sub: Holden Scorer: Doyle


1975 Hitchin Town 0 BSFC 1 – Isthmian League Division 1

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

Sub: C Clarke Scorer: Gaine


1972 BSFC 4 Hitchin Town 1 FA Cup 2nd Round Qualifying

Moore, Davenport, Lawrence, Hill, Still, Smith, Leakey, Francis, Dear, Mitchell, Bunker

Sub Unused: Merrifield Scorers: Lawrence, Still, Bunker (2)


1967 BSFC 5 Hayes 0 – Athenian League Premier Division

Cherry, Durham, Abbott, Hammond, Neeves, Gough, Powell, Duggan, Nisbet, Chappell, Brown Sub: ???? Scorers: Chappell, Nisbet, Powell, Duggan, Brown


1961 Windsor & Eton 4 BSFC 1 – Delphian League

Fox, Atkinson, Rolph, Pope, Neeves, Wilson, Harkness, Horton, Welch, Jones, Francis

Scorer: Francis


1950 Epping Town 1 BSFC 3 – FA Amateur Cup, 3rd Round Qualifying

Wardell, Wilkins, Clancy, Lambert, Hubbuck, Dixon, Whittaker, Yates, Brown, Hayes, Giles Scorers: Whittaker, Yates, Giles

1939 BSFC 4 Army XI 1 Friendly


1933 BSFC 6 London Labour Club 0 – FA Amateur Cup 1st Round Qualifying

Hasseldine, Johnson, Spring, Burt, Wood, Little, Braithwaite, Sedgley, Beard, Abslom, Underdown Scorers: Beard (3), Abslom, Underdown (2)


1922 BSFC 1 Hitchin Athletic 1 – Herts County League

Boxall, Smith, Walker, Thurgood, L Chapman, J Chapman, Marsh, Clarke, P Wright, Freeborn, Punter Scorer: Punter