A Short History of Bishop’s Stortford FC – Plus Things I Bet You Didn’t Know About the ‘Blue Brazil’

Bishop’s Stortford Football Club, was founded in 1874 and currently play in the Blue Square Conference South.

Nicknamed ‘The Blues’ they currently play at Woodside Park which is situated on the outskirts of the town on a small industrial park near J8 of the M11. The ground, which has a current capacity of 4,000, was opened in 1999 with a match against Norwich City. This followed the controversial sale of the fans beloved Rhodes Avenue ground and a couple of nomadic years spent playing their home games at other stadiums.

The club has a proud history, being the last ever winners of the F.A. Amateur Cup at Wembley in 1974, followed by their F.A. Trophy triumph in 1981, again at Wembley. Amazingly they were the first team from outside the top level of non-league football to win the F.A. Trophy.

The season after in 1982, the ‘Blues’ made it through to ufabet สมัครผ่านมือถือ the 3rd Round of the FA.Cup where after trailing 2-0 at half time to Malcolm Allison’s Middlesbrough at Ayresome Park, they fought back to secure a 2-2 draw. In the replay on the following Tuesday, in front of a packed crowd of 6,000 at the old Rhodes Avenue Stadium, they lost 2-1, despite having a 1-0 lead at half time.

Until recently, the former Arsenal and Celtic player had been in charge for seven years, guiding them to a play-off place three years ago and to the semi-final of the FA Trophy in 2005. With Blues languishing in the relegation zone, Hayes was replaced in November 2008 by Mark Simpson who guided them to an excellent second half of the season, finishing a respectable ninth.