Bishops Stortford

Bishops Stortford face life at Step 3 after relegation from the National League South at the end of last season.

While the Canaries have not faced the Blues in league action since we went our separate ways in 2004 following league restructuring, we have faced them regularly in county cup competitions. 

Following the restructuring, we moved to the Southern League but Stortford were placed in the newly created Conference South. Their first season at the higher level saw them finish 10th and also reach the FA Trophy semi-finals only to lose out on aggregate to Hucknall Town.  (Stortford had previously won the Trophy back in 1981 when they defeated Sutton United at Wembley, as well as winning the Amateur Cup in 1974.)

In all their seasons at Step 2 - including two when they were switched to the Conference North - their best finish was in 5th place in 2006-07, when they lost to Salisbury City in the play-offs. Until last season they had not finished lower than 18th but last term struggled from the start and only a 4-0 win against Truro on the final day prevented them finishing rock bottom.

The season saw regular changes in the hot seat with Gordon Boateng shown the door during October. A replacement team of Steve Smith, Mark Hawkes and ex-Canary Cliff Akurang was appointed but Hawkes and Akurang left in March. Kevin Watson (ex Spurs) was appointed as boss but could not halt the decline. 

Our last league game was in April 2004 at Top Field and an early goal by Stortford's player-boss, and ex-Arsenal star, Martin Hayes set us on the path to a 2-0 defeat. Earlier in the season, we lost the reverse fixture 3-0 with two goals from subsequent Stevenage and Millwall striker Steve Morison.

We have since played 4 cup games including the Herts Charity Cup Final in 2014, when we forced a 2-2 draw (Lewis Rolfe, Sam Barker) only to lose 3-4 on penalties. The record was set straight last season with a 2-1 win (Will Wright 2) in the Senior Cup Final played at Hemel Hempstead's ground, days after Stortford's relegation had been confirmed.

Colours: Blue and white shirts, blue shorts and socks; Change colours: Red & black stripes, black shorts and socks

Nickname: The Blues


5 season record 
2012-13: Conference North 17th 
2013-14: Conference South 15th
2014-15: Conference South 16th
2015-16: National League South 11th
2016-17: National League South 21st
Recent encounters with Hitchin Town 
(Hitchin's score first in each case, click scores for match reports) 

Herts Snr Cup Final

Herts Charity Cup Final

2-2 (3-4 pens)
Herts Charity Cup 1st round

0-0 (4-5 pens)
2006-07 Herts Senior Cup 2nd round0-1

2003-04 League0-20-3

A full list of fixtures between the Canaries and the Blues can be found here on Fishponder's statistics site.

Page last updated by admin on Sunday, June 4 2017

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