17 August, 2005

Top Field Action

Tuesday night saw Hitchin Town clump Northwood 4-2 thanks to a hat-trick from new boy, Thomas Hayes. Hitchin, long time members of the Isthmian League - step 3 on the non-league pyramid - switched to the Southern League Premier Division last season. What an awful season that was. The club, always living hand to mouth, nearly dropped out of the Premier Division. It took a late season run to retain their place.

Back in the mid-90s, I was able to follow the Canaries week-in week-out, having moved back to Hitchin after a 25 year gap. Those were great days as the club - teetering on the brink of bankruptcy - had two fantastic runs in the FA Cup, reaching the second round claiming two Football League scalps - Hereford United and Bristol Rovers - in successive years. That paid the bills for a few years.

Times have been even leaner since I left Hitchin in '97. But, they've gone the independent supporters trust route to secure the financial future and they've got a good web site.


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