Fans’ memories on 40th anniversary of Bishop’s Stortford’s historic Wembley cup final win

Lynn Imbier

There was no pleasure for the Blues at Wembley on Saturday, as Chelsea have been beaten 1- in the FA Cup ultimate by Leicester Town – but it was a distinct story at the popular stadium on this weekend in 1981 for a different Blues side.

Sunday (May possibly 16) marks the 40th anniversary of arguably Bishop’s Stortford FC’s greatest achievement: successful the FA Trophy.

In beating Sutton United 1- as a result of a last-minute winner by Terry Sullivan, the Blues turned the very first club ever to earn the two the FA Trophy and the FA Newbie Cup – owning come to be the last ever club to earn the latter cup, beating Ilford four-1 at Wembley in 1974.

Jubilant followers stick to the Bishop’s Stortford workforce mentor together South Avenue. Photograph: George Francis

Some Blues followers have vivid reminiscences of the ’81 ultimate and the publish-match celebrations back again in Stortford.

Andy Traces, the Day by day Mirror‘s main reporter who life in Stortford and hails from Hatfield Heath, stated: “As the last-minute winner went in at the significantly conclusion we jumped up to rejoice and the wooden bench seat underneath us snapped in two. We went sprawling to the flooring but we did not treatment – Stortford have been about to earn the FA Trophy,

“For the twelve or so a long time later on when I went to England games I generally looked more than wistfully at the bench – which had been replaced and was a a little bit distinct colour – and immediately remembered the amazing Stortford victory.

“The Hatfield Heath FC boys had collected en masse for the ultimate. We acquired on the bus outside the house the White Horse and the singing begun. Most of us have been only fifteen and 16 a long time old but we had smuggled some beer onboard.

“Present Stortford chairman Ian Kettridge was there together with Heath legends Andy Clayden, Mike Bamber, Ian ‘Brains’ Barnett and my brother Richard ‘Rabbit’ Traces.

“When we acquired into Wembley we fulfilled up with Richard Banks – who performs at Kain Knight in the city – who was waving a ‘Terry’s All Gold’ banner manufactured by his mum Mary.

“It was in honour of his favorite player Terry Sullivan. When Sullivan’s goal went in we all went berserk.

“Just after the match we headed back again to Stortford and I keep in mind cheering the workforce bus as it edged as a result of the crowds earlier the Bridge Property.

“You can find nothing at all like viewing your home-city club successful at Wembley.”

Shane McCormick – “I keep in mind receiving on the mentor and stating to Keith Coleman, who ran the club’s store: ‘Keith, we won the Trophy!’ His reply was epic: ‘Yes, but what a s*** sport.’ The two ’74 and the Trophy ultimate have been wonderful days, but ’74 edged it.”

Rachel Susan Armitage – “When they scored we all jumped up and my uncle dropped his wrong teeth beneath the bench seating.”

The late Vernon Woodcock with the FA Trophy at post-match celebrations in the clubhouse at Bishop's Stortford's old Rhodes Avenue ground. Picture: Bill Sibson
The late Vernon Woodcock with the FA Trophy at publish-match celebrations in the clubhouse at Bishop’s Stortford’s old Rhodes Avenue ground. Photograph: Bill Sibson

Tony Claxton – “A amazing day, our second stop by to Wembley. Very first in 1974 was as epic. The wonderful goal at the conclusion of the sport by my favorite Blues player of all time, Terry Sullivan. Again home and leaping in our automobiles, hooting our horns all over the city, then observing the workforce get there home. Just after that, perfectly, best held to myself… apart from ending up at a friend’s home slumped in the corner with a targeted visitors cone on my head.”

Garry Hale – “The second as soon as-in-a-life time stop by to Wembley. Lived in Rhodes Avenue at the time. A spectacular outcome and an even much better celebration.”

Phil Wooden – “I was at the two finals at Wembley. Excellent days and amazing achievements.”

Rod Catton – “What a wonderful cup run, and to earn was a amazing day – will never forget about.”

A £4 matchday ticket for the final at Wembley. Picture: George Francis
A £4 matchday ticket for the ultimate at Wembley. Photograph: George Francis

Pamela Edwards – “I was there but a pair of a long time later on moved to Sutton, so my loyalties turned divided.”

Barry Freeman – “Finest round was the semi finals towards Dartford home and away – it was a war zone!

Mike Ord – “What a day that was, keep in mind it perfectly. I went with my aunt and uncle. My uncle was Bunny Francis. At the time he worked with Brookway engineers. They had a mentor laid on for staff and households to go. I also keep in mind the semi finals with Dartford home and away. We had a great deal of our coach’s windows smashed in more than there in the very first leg. I can not keep in mind who it was now, but another person climbed up the flagpole at Mann Egerton car or truck great deal and took the flag more than to Dartford that day lol.”

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