1980-1989

There were six new faces for the 1979/80 season. A five match unbeaten run ended at home to Barnstaple in the F.A cup going down 2v0. Back in the league, form was good and they were involved in a battle with Newquay for the leadership. A 5v1 defeat at fourth from bottom was a big setback, and there followed some arguments amongst the players.

St Blazey were censored by the South Western league for giving a nil mark to a referee. Hargreaves had made a heat of the moment comment after the match in question., and was charged and later fined on a disrepute charge. Defending the mark, Secretary Brian Saunders, asked who was being honest? ‘How many times did they hear a referee severely criticised, and then heard people say, Oh give him six’

A fifth place league finish was a good reward, but the Senior cup gave the best hope of honours. They had struggled to defeat Foxhole 3v2. Twice behind, goals from Colin Riches, Hargreaves and Salmon got them home. Then in the quarter finals they put seven past Saltash W.M.C.

In the semi final, Plymouth and District team Gunnislake gave them a terrific battle, with Riches match winning goal coming twenty minutes from the end of a dour struggle.

Wadebridge started as favourites in the final, before 2,000 spectators at Bodmin, and were awarded a penalty in the first few minutes. John Horne saved the spot kick. Soon afterwards, from another penalty award, Mike Pearce made no mistake for Wadebridge. St Blazey lacked the ability to unlock the ‘Bridgers’ rear guard, and Colin Smith redeemed his penalty miss with their second goal.

To be continued…