Diocesan’s Stortford Football Club, was established in 1874 and at present play in the Blue Square Conference South.
Nicknamed ‘The Blues’ they presently play at Woodside Park which is arranged on the edges of the town on a little modern park close to J8 of the M11. The ground, which has a current limit of 4,000, was opened in 1999 with a match against Norwich City. This followed the disputable offer of the fans cherished Rhodes Avenue ground and two or three itinerant years spent playing their home games at other arenas.
The club has a glad history, being the last ever champs of the F.A. Novice Cup at Wembley in 1974, trailed by their F.A. Prize victory in 1981, again at Wembley. Incredibly they were the main group from outside the high degree of non-association football to win the F.A. Prize.
The season after in 1982, the ‘Blues’ endured to the third Round of the FA.Cup where subsequent to following 2-0 at half an ideal opportunity to Malcolm Allison’s Middlesbrough at Ayresome Park, they retaliated to get a 2-2 draw. In the replay on the next Tuesday, before a stuffed horde of 6,000 at the old Rhodes Avenue Stadium, they lost 2-1, notwithstanding having a 1-0 lead at half time. Livescore
As of not long ago, the previous Arsenal and Celtic player had been in control for a considerable length of time, directing them to a play-off place three years prior and to the semi-last of the FA Trophy in 2005. With Blues moping in the assignment zone, Hayes was supplanted in November 2008 by Mark Simpson who directed them to a brilliant second 50% of the period, completing a good 10th.
Diocesan’s Stortford Football Club – Did you Know?
The last Association Football League match in the twentieth Century played in England was between Bishop’s Stortford and Chertsey Town. On 30th December 1999, the Blues won 5-3 in the Ryman League.
Diocesan’s Stortford’s record triumph was 19-0 against Newtown Rovers back in 1892.
The first club tones were dark red and olive green.