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WELCOME TO FISHPONDS ROAD

AT TOP FIELD TODAY:

So here we are, the final home league game of the

season and at the time of writing we still don’t

know for sure whether we are in the play-offs or

been pipped at the post? Will today settle it or just

add to the mayhem of the final Saturday fixtures?

One thing is for certain – the Waders, our friends

and rivals from up the A1 will be doing their best

to put a spoke in our wheel (to use the appropriate

vernacular for the town that can boast Dan Albone

as one of their own).

So for the final occasion this season I bid a warm

welcome to the Players, Officials and Supporters

of Biggleswade Town and trust that they enjoy

their brief stay in our company. Whatever happens

in the final few matches this month, few can argue

that both sides appearing today have had a good

season. The Waders form over the run in has been

excellent – better than our own, I might venture

and we are sure to witness a competitive contest.

MATCH SPONSOR:

Plumbase have been supporting our Matchball

Sponsorship opportunities for the last few seasons

and Rob Vroom and his party are once again our

welcome guests. The local outlet is based at Cooks

Way near the station and is the place to go for all

your plumbing requirements – domestic and

industrial. Thanks once again Rob – have a good

afternoon in our company.

TODAY’S MASCOTS

Hitchin Town Youth U7 teams are here this

afternoon to lend their support. More information

on these young lads at the start of their footballing

journeys appears on page8. Have a great

experience in the limelight lads.

A HUGE THANK YOU TO OUR FANS AND OUR

SPONSORS THIS SEASON:

As a Community Club, Hitchin Town FC makes

every effort to support other groups and charities

with like-minded intentions. As in previous seasons

we have proved our commitment to support local

and national bodies where possible and this has

been manifested by the number of different groups

that have benefited from the incredible generosity

of the Hitchin Town faithful. In terms of recipients

The Garden House Hospice are in the company

inter alia of MacMillan Cancer, the RAF Benevolent

Fund, Prostate Cancer Charity, Humanitas, Sands

and the Ovarian Cancer and Breast Cancer

Charities. Some £3,500 has, in total, been passed

over to deserving causes this season – Thanks

indeed.

Without Sponsors, Business Partners, Advertisers

or whatever parlance one chooses to use, this

Football Club would be in a significantly worse

place than it finds itself today. Of course this is only

one essential income stream, supplementing gate

receipts, Supporters’ Trust donations and bar

income, on the “receipts” side of the Club’s balance

sheet. It is always difficult to single out some

sponsors above the many, because believe me they

are all absolutely crucial whether they contribute

£50 or £2000, however, special thanks are due to

the following:

Screenbond of Baldock, Hitchin Audi, Hitchin

Swimming Centre, Mastercars, Ridgeons, Aztec

Logistics, Barry Bolton Windows, Optime,

FlipConnect and Taylors Coaches.

MATCH SUMMARIES:

Hitchin Town 1 Chippenham Tn 3

On a glorious afternoon, the Bluebirds, Champions

elect, arrived at Top Field in the form that had

produced a 22 game unbeaten run. Unfortunately

for us, we could do little to halt that sequence. An

end to end game during which we had more than

an even share of possession, once again

underlined the importance of that extra bit of

confidence. Even Chippenham’s defenders

clinically finished the chances that came their way

– whereas our efforts be they from front middle or

the back, were either wide or tame by comparison.

Aerially, we hardly won a ball all afternoon, be that

in defence or attack. Will Wright’s penalty was all

that we had to show for 90 minutes of endeavour

and good football which on the day, just came up

short.

ENJOY THE GAME – Mick Docking

NOTICE FROM THE MANAGEMENT

COMMITTEE OF HITCHIN TOWN

FOOTBALL CLUB

Any anti-social behaviour, excessive

swearing, racist, sexist or any other

language or chanting likely to cause offence

will not be tolerated within the ground and

the Club reserve the right to expel the

offenders

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DINE OUT IN

OUR SUNTRAP

GARDEN THIS

SUMMER


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IN TOWN – Biggleswade Town with Colin Ridgway

The season so far

The Waders are in with a

chance of achieving their

highest ever league position,

surpassing the 9th place in

2013-14. They put five past St

Neots and Cinderford while

going one better against Cirencester and Hayes

& Yeading. Unsurprisingly, Inih Effiong (before

his move to National League Barrow), Tony

Burnett and Rhys Hoenes have been amongst

the division’s top scorers. The Canaries have

already played the Waders 3 times this season

- the reverse league fixture saw a 3-1 away win

with goals from Kane Smith and Matt Lench (2)

and a reply from the spot by Effiong.

Last time at Top Field

The Waders visited Top Field this season for an

FA Trophy 3rd Qualifying Round replay on 14

November. After the sides had played out a 1-1

draw at Biggleswade, Hitchin wrapped up the

replay with a 3-2 win that saw them ultimately

get through to the 1st Round Proper. Goals just

before and after the interval by Lucas

Kirkpatrick and Robbie Burns gave the Canaries

the upper hand. Hall pulled one back from the

spot before Burns got his second on 70 minutes.

Burnett scored on 84 minutes for the Waders to

set up a nervy finale but Hitchin hung on.

TEAMS:

Hitchin Town - Johnson, Wright, Walster,

Bickerstaff, Webb, Rolfe, Smith, Callum

Donnelly, Brett Donnelly, Burns, Kirkpatrick

Biggleswade Town - Brown, Lewis, Perry, Key

(Effiong), Short, Hoyte, Daniel, Hall, Lucan

(Patrick), Burnett, Hoenes

History

Biggleswade Town were originally formed as

Biggleswade F.C. in 1874 and began by playing

friendlies. They became one of the founder

members of the Biggleswade and District

League in 1902/03 and won the championship

at the first attempt. The successful season was

climaxed by winning the Bedfordshire Senior

Cup - the first of eight victories so far in the

competition. The ‘Waders’, as the club are

known, first entered the FA Cup in 1904.

By the outbreak of the First World War,

Biggleswade had won the championship of

their own District League three times and the

Bedford League once. The club spent one more

season in the BDL after competitive football

resumed in 1919 before joining the strong

Northants League (now the United Counties

League) for 1920/21. The highest position the

club attained was 3rd place in 1935. After the

Second World War, the ‘Waders’ spent five

seasons in the Spartan League, before

re-joining the United Counties League in 1951,

and in 1955 joining the Eastern Counties

League. The club’s only successes in this

period came in the Beds Senior Cup and the

North Beds Charity Cup.

The ‘Waders’ reverted to the UCL in 1964,

where they remained until 1980. They left the

League and joined the South Midlands League

in the following season. After a few seasons in

Division 1, promotion to the Premier Division

was finally achieved in 1986/87. Despite

struggling in the first two seasons back in the

top flight, in 1989/90 the team reached the

Hinchingbrooke Cup Final, finished the league

in 5th place, and won the Diamond Jubilee Cup.

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The following season, they finished 3rd and

lifted the Premier Division Cup as well as the

North Beds Charity Cup for the first time in 20

years.

With the seeds of success already sown, 1992/3

provided the club with an amazing run of cup

success. They made an appearance in the Beds

Premier Cup final, losing narrowly over two

legs to Luton Town, but won four other

trophies, namely the SML Challenge Trophy,

the Hinchingbrooke Cup, the Hunts Premier

Cup and the Jesse Piggott Trophy. The club

finished 3rd in 1993/94 and keep a hold on the

Hunts Premier Cup, albeit shared, before

winning it again in 1994/95 along with the

North Beds Charity Cup. The following season

they won the South Midlands Floodlit Cup for

the first time.

The merger of the South Midlands and Spartan

Leagues in 1997 saw the Waders narrowly fail

to retain their Premier Division status but they

immediately bounced back into the top division

by gaining promotion at the end of the 1998-99

season. The season was also marked by

progress towards moving away from Fairfield

Road to a new home, although the actual move

wasn't to happen for another 5 years.

Chris Nunn was appointed as manager in

November 2006 after a very poor start to the

season. Safety was ensured only on the last

league day of the season but, with the NBC Cup

also secured, a corner had been turned. The

2007-08 season saw a 3rd place finish while

2008-09 was memorable on and off the field as

the club moved into the Carlsberg Stadium.

The season saw the Waders tucked in behind

leaders Harefield United while the team also

progressed in the FA Vase defeating

Berkhamsted Town, Kentish Town, Wivenhoe

Town, Croydon and Market Drayton Town

before losing 2-5 to eventual winners Whitley

Bay in the quarter final. Back in the league the

Waders reined in Harefield to take the title’s

destination into the final Saturday when 365

spectators saw Biggleswade Town win to

clinch the title on goal difference by one goal!

The Wader’s first season in the Southern

League (2009-10) saw them finish 12th but the

following season they reached the play-offs

only to lose to Daventry Town in the semi-final.

Daventry would then lose to the Canaries in the

final.

Promotion was eventually secured through the

play-offs in 2012-13 when Rugby Town and

Godalming Town were defeated. The following

season was the best ever season in the club’s

140 year history as the Waders finished 9th in

the Premier Division and also reached the First

Round Proper of the FA Cup - with Brett

Donnelly scoring the 4th Qualifying Round

winner - before losing to a well organised

Stourbridge side.

The last couple of seasons have been testing

for the Waders as Nunn rebuilt the side prior

to this season’s improved performance.

Pen Pictures

CHRIS NUNN (Manager) - This season Chris

has celebrated ten years at the helm at the

Carlsberg Stadium. Since arriving in 2006, he

has steered the Waders from the Spartan South

Midlands League into the Southern League, as

well as achieving an FA Vase quarter final and

a first ever appearance in the FA Cup 1st Round.

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CHIPPENHAM TOWN PEN PICS

IAN BROWN (Goalkeeper) – An experienced

keeper with over 400 games in this division.

Previously with Bedford Town.

CALLUM LEWIS (Defender) - A returning

Wader whose work commitments have

restricted his appearances. A solid defender

who started out with Bedford Town and has

shuttled between the two clubs.

GAVIN HOYTE (Defender) – A very experienced

tall centre half, commanding and loves set

pieces. Previously with Bedford Town, Grays

Athletic and St Neots

EVAN KEY (Defender) – A returning Wader who

can play in either midfield or as centre half

RUSSELL SHORT (Defender) - Re-joined the

Waders in February 2016, Russell is an

experienced defender who has played for

Hendon and Bury Town

JEFF WOODWARD (Defender) - Recent

signing, having been playing football in

Australia. Previously at Bedford Town at the

same time as Waders assistant Craig Adams.

LUCAS PERRY (Defender) - A skilful attacking

full back, Lucas began with Luton Town U18s.

After being released the 19-year-old spent last

season at Barton Rovers before signing for the

Waders.

CRAIG DANIEL (Midfielder) - Club Captain for

the last two campaigns. Craig provides goal

scoring opportunities and scores very special

goals himself. A firm favourite with the Green

Army, having played over 200 games for the

Waders.

CONNER HALL (Midfielder) - A strong

influence in midfield, early injury kept him out

of pre-season but now keen to make up lost

ground. Previously at Bury Town and St Neots

Town.

MICHAEL RICHENS (Midfielder) - Strong

tackling midfield player, recent signing making

an impression.

ROB PARKER (Midfielder) - A terrier in

midfield with a strong engine, Rob signed in

pre-season from Rugby Town where he had

previously played for Waders assistant Craig

Adams.

JOEL IVES (Midfielder) – Wader from our U18

squad stepping up to the first team squad.

IAN REES (Midfielder) - Wader’s Player of the

Season, who started at Luton Town. Played 19

games - scoring 4 goals - for the Canaries in

2014-15 while on loan from Kenilworth Road.

TONY BURNETT (Striker / Midfield) - Pacey

player, skilful strong runs with ball under

control. Eye for goal, with 15 this season by the

start of April. Previously at Dunstable Town.

CONNER VINCENT (Striker) - A young player

with a Wader future ahead of himself.

RHYS HOENES (Striker / Midfield) - A tricky

midfielder with pace who can operate on both

wings and has scored 14 goals so far this

campaign. Has also turned out for St Albans.

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MEET THE MASCOTS

THIS AFTERNOON - HITCHIN

TOWN YOUTH U7s

The mascots today, Hitchin Town Youth

under 7’s, want to welcome you all to

today’s match versus Biggleswade Town

The boys and girls are really excited to be

mascots, to walk out onto the pitch with the

1st team, and tread the hallowed turf.

Hopefully one day a few of our players will

be playing for the 1st team!

matches Saturday mornings. It is amazing

to have seen how far the players and teams

have come over the season - learning new

skills, improving co-ordination, being part

of a team and working together

It has also been a journey for the coaches.

We are just parents of some of the players,

who offered to help out and have enjoyed

creating fun, exciting practices for training.

3 of us are now FA Level 1 qualified and are

following the principles of the "England

DNA" to allow young players to try new

skills and express themselves without

limitations! We would like to thank all the

parents for their support over the season -

from helping with training, refereeing

home games, setting up the pitches before

games and getting the children to the

training sessions and matches on time.

The under 7’s are made up of 3 teams - the

Panthers, Tigers and Wanderers... 22

players at the last count! They are just

starting their journey in football - this is

the first season of playing games against

other local teams where the matches are 5

a side and last 40 minutes. The children

have loved the routine of training together

Tuesday evenings and playing competitive

When we move up to the under 8’s next

season we are looking to start a 4th team.

So if you know of a child who wants to play

football in a safe and friendly environment,

please contact the club - the details are on

the Hitchin Town website

COME ON THE CANARIES!

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SOMETHING ELSE ON 17 APRIL

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17 April 1960 - Touring in the UK, 21-year-old US singer Eddie

Cochran was killed when the taxi he was travelling in crashed

into a lamp post on Rowden Hill, Chippenham, Wiltshire,

Songwriter Sharon Sheeley and singer Gene Vincent survived

the crash, Cochran's current hit at the time was 'Three Steps

to Heaven'. The taxi driver, George Martin, was convicted of

dangerous driving, fined £50, disqualified from driving for 15

years, and sent to prison for six months.

17 April 1961 - American supported counter-revolutionary

forces try to overthrow Cuban leader, Fidel Castro. The main

Cochrane

landing point at the Bay of Pigs was a beach surrounded by a

mosquito-infested swamp and the fighting lasted just three days. The invasion force was

badly outnumbered and the mass defection of Cubans they had hoped for - their only

realistic hope of success - never materialised.

17 April 1970 - Six days after launch the ill-fated Apollo 13 returns safely back to earth.

Intended originally to have been the third moon landing, following the explosion of an

oxygen tank, the flight passed the far side of the moon and therefore the furthest humans

have ever travelled from earth.

17 April 1977 - BBC 1 at 20:05; The Good Life – Tom and Barbara are in desperate need

for manure and decide to approach

Margo’s pony club, it transpires she

hasn’t attended for months and when

they later see her entering a building

which appears to be a private flat they

conclude she’s having an affair. Then,

at 20:35; Roots - Kunta Kinte has

married Bell and for them and their

The Good Life

daughter Kizzy, now 16, life on Dr

William Reynolds's plantation seems

settled and happy.

17 April 1982 - My Camera Never Lies by Bucks Fizz replaces Seven Tears by Goombay

Dance Band at number one in the singles chart.

17 April 1984 - WPC Yvonne Fletcher was killed and ten people were injured after shots

were fired from the Libyan People’s Bureau in St James’ Square.

17 April 1986 - TV journalist, John McCarthy was abducted on his way to the airport in the

war-torn capital of Lebanon, Beirut. The same day the bodies of three other hostages

were found on the streets, including British teachers Leigh

Douglas and Philip Padfield.

17 April 1999 - Right-wing extremist David Copeland detonates

a nail bomb outside Iceland supermarket in Brixton. It was the

first of three attacks over successive weekends, killing three

people, including a pregnant woman, and injuring 140, four of

whom lost limbs.

17 April 2014 - Goals from Lewis Rolfe and Sam Barker are not

enough as Hitchin Town loose on penalties to Bishop’s Stortford

in the Herts Charity Cup final.

John McCarthy


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QUIZ OF THE WEEK

WHO AM I?

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Born 17 April 1959 in Sheffield

I was cock-a-hoop when the Blades won promotion last weekend

I am an actor and you may know me for my role as Boromir

I also played Ned Stark in Game of Thrones

Born 17 April 1957 in Redhill

I am a novelist and screenwriter

Hugh Grant starred in the film adaption of my book “About A Boy”

My second book was an autobiographical story detailing my support for

Arsenal FC

Born 17 April 1974 in Harlow

I’m a businesswoman, fashion designer, model and singer

Nine out of ten of our singles reached number one in the charts

I married a professional footballer and we have four children

Answers on page 38

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NEIL JENSEN’S GAME OF THE PEOPLE

In England, there are still some people

who care about internationals

THE reaction of some

England women to

being left out of the

squad for Euro 2017

was interesting,

mainly because it

demonstrated that

for some people,

international football

still has value and prestige.

Complaining about omissions and suggesting

that the manager has “favourites” is, to quote

Monty Python, “stating the bleedin’ obvious”.

All managers have favourites and players who

they place their trust in. Down the years, form

has never been the sole indicator for

selection. There have been countless players

who have been media favourites who were

never called upon for various reasons.

Just cast your mind back to the days when

Peter Osgood, Rodney Marsh, Charlie George,

Tony Currie, Alan Hudson, Jimmy Greaves,

Frank Worthington and others could not get a

look in. If the manager didn’t trust you, you

had no chance. Sir Alf Ramsey and Don Revie

were accused of it and now Mark Sampson,

manager of England women, has been tarred

with a somewhat similar brush.

One thing is almost certain, Eni Aluko is

unlikely to put on an England shirt again and

she probably knows it, hence she spoke out

about Sampson’s selection process. Her

supporters on social media are outraged

about her [expected] absence, despite the fact

she hasn’t played for England, or spoken to

the manager, for a year.

Given that a group of women are on central

contracts as members of the international

set-up, if you’re no longer part of that

Photo: James Boyes

exclusive circle, it will – presumably –

eventually mean reduced income. So, you can

understand some angst over being left out of

the squad. But, all things come to an end and

footballers of both sexes have to deal with the

inevitable passing of time. You have to go with

dignity and professionalism.

Just how important is international football,

though? It is clear that for the men’s game,

the UEFA Champions League has diluted the


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NEIL JENSEN’S GAME OF THE PEOPLE

value of the World Cup and European

Championship. International breaks are seen

as a hindrance these days not just for clubs,

but also for supporters, many of whom don’t

like the interruption of the domestic

programme. The bloated qualifying

competitions do become tedious.

It is arguable that international football is

currently more important for the women’s

game, not just to help develop talent, but also

to showcase the genre in the media. It is

always going to be tough to generate strong

support for the league competition, although

clearly it is slowly on the rise, but the best bet

for women’s football is to ensure that the very

top level receives the exposure it needs to

grow support and to extract better deals from

broadcasters.

The last two Women’s World Cups have

generated average crowds of 26,000 (2007

drew an average of 36,000 in China) and

domestically, the English Women’s Super

League is now attracting four figure gates,

although interest may have plateaued. In 2016

crowds in the WSL grew by just 1.5%, with

clubs like Notts County, Sunderland and

Liverpool all declining. The UEFA Women’s

Champions League is still only attracting

mediocre crowds.

Unlike the men’s game, the most likely avenue

to raise awareness and enthusiasm may be in

the England team. The FA seem to have done

a reasonable job in using the “Lionesses” tag

to good effect and the performance of the

women’s team in Canada two years ago

generated a lot of goodwill and media

coverage. The European Championship in the

Netherlands offers the opportunity to build on

the momentum of 2015 and inject some more

public interest in the women’s game.

Sampson has 19 of the squad still with him,

but he insists that the team will be more

robust and fitter. The competition is a classic

16-team affair, which could be very popular in

a summer with no World Cup or Euros.

England have Scotland, Spain and Portugal in

their group.

The England squad includes eight players

from WSL champions Manchester City.

Man.City (8): K.Bardsley, L.Bronze,

S.Houghton, D.Stokes, I.Christiansen, J.Scott,

T.Duggan, N.Parris

Liverpool (3): S. Chamberlain, A.Greenwood,

C.Stoney

Notts County (4): C.Telford, L.Bassett,

J.Potter, J.Moore

Arsenal (4): A.Scott, J.Nobbs, F.Williams,

J.Taylor

Chelsea (3): M.Bright, K.Carney, F.Kirby

Birmingham (1): E.White

One of the big positives that came out of the

2015 World Cup was the attitude and the

togetherness of the team – after a dreadful

World Cup 2014 in Brazil for England, it was a

breath of fresh air. The nation wept with Laura

Bassett after her last minute own goal against

Japan in the semi-final and the women

returned home as heroes. The Euros may not

be the World Cup, but another stirring display

by England will continue the evolution of

Women’s football in Britain, regardless of

controversies over Sampson’s squad

selection.

www.gameofthepeople.com

Twitter:@gameofthepeople

Thanks to Neil Jensen for allowing me free

access to the Game of the People articles this

season - Editor

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MATCH ACTION WITH PETER ELSE

New line markers required

Ambers triumphant

Canaries under pressure v Brakes

Liam at twilight

Macca upended by Leamings

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MATCH ACTION WITH PETER ELSE

Brett reduces the swelling

Kane effort v Chippenham ruled out

Jay wins this one

Cal gets caught

Matt's opener v Magpies


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FIXTURES & SCORERS

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Date Opposition H/A Comp Res Att 1 2 3 4 5 6

Sat 6 August CINDERFORD TOWN H SLP 4-3 334 BarrettWright(1) Payne Lench Webb Ro

Tues 9 August Hayes & Yeading United A SLP 0-2 341 Barrett Wright Walster Barker S Webb Ro

Sat 13 August Kettering Town A SLP 0-0 506 JohnsonWright Walster Lench Pearson Ro

Mon 15 August CHESHAM UNITED H SLP 1-1 362 JohnsonWright Walster LENCH Pearson Ro

Sat 20 August Stratford Town A SLP 2-3 176 JohnsonWright Rolfe Lench Webb Pears

Sat 27 August BANBURY UNITED H SLP 3-1 350 JohnsonSmith Bickerstaff Wright Webb Ro

Mon 29 August Dunstable Town A SLP 1-2 254 JohnsonSmith Bickerstaff Wright Webb Ro

Sat 3 Sept BIGGLESWADE UNITED H FAC1Q 4-2 708 JohnsonSmith Bickerstaff Wright Webb Ro

Mon 5 Sept POTTERS BAR TN H HCC 3-0 130 JohnsonSmith Walster Bickerstaff Webb(1) Ro

Sat 10 Sept BASINGSTOKE TOWN H SLP 1-0 303 JohnsonSmith Walster Bickerstaff Webb ROL

Mon 12 Sept Cambridge City A SLP 4-0 231 JohnsonSmith Walster(1) Bickerstaff Webb Ro

Sat 17 Sept Faversham Town A FAC2Q 2-2 295 JohnsonSmith Walster Barker S Webb Ro

Mon 19 Sept FAVERSHAM TOWN H FAC2Q 0-1 251 JohnsonSmith Walster Barker S Webb Ro

Sat 24 Sept MERTHYR TOWN H SLP 1-1 514 JohnsonSmith Walster Ann Webb Ro

Mon 26 Sept ST.NEOTS TOWN H SLP 4-1 346 JohnsonWright (1)Walster Ann Webb Ro

Sat 1 Oct Cirencester Town A SLP 0-0 98 JohnsonWright Walster Ann Webb Ro

Tues 4 Oct Royston Town A SLC 0-1 141 JohnsonSmith Walster Wright Pearson Ro

Sat 8 Oct WEYMOUTH H SLP 1-1 384 JohnsonSmith Walster (1) Wright Webb Pear

Tues 11 Oct Kings Langley A SLP 2-1 161 JohnsonSmith Walster Wright Webb Pear

Sat 15 Oct Frome Town A SLP 1-1 201 JohnsonSmith(1) Walster Wright Webb Pear

Mon 17 Oct CAMBRIDGE CITY H SLP 1-0 294 JohnsonSmith Walster Rolfe WEBB Pear

Sat 22 Oct ST.IVES TOWN H SLP 4-1 413 JohnsonWright (1)Walster Ann Webb (1) Ro

Tueday 25 Oct Kings Lynn Town A SLP 2-1 463 JohnsonWright Walster (1) Bickerstaff Webb Ro

Sat 29 Oct Hayes & Yeading United A FATQR1 1-0 127 JohnsonWright (1)Walster Bickerstaff Webb Ro

Sat 5 Nov Slough Town A SLP 1-0 646 JohnsonWright Walster(1) Bickerstaff Webb Ro

Sat 12 Nov Biggleswade Town A FATQR2 1-1 325 JohnsonWright Walster Bickerstaff(1) Webb Ro

Mon 14 Nov BIGGLESWADE TOWN H FATQR2 3-2 201 JohnsonWright Walster Bickerstaff Webb Ro

Sat 19 Nov KETTERING TOWN H SLP 0-0 451 Gooch Wright Walster Bickerstaff Webb Ro

Tues 22 Nov Chesham United A SLP 0-2 252 Gooch Wright Walster Bickerstaff Webb Ro

Sat 26 Nov Burgess Hill A FATQR3 3-0 243 JohnsonWright Walster(1) Bickerstaff Webb Ro

Mon 28 Nov HAYES & YEADING UTD H SLP 3-0 285 Gooch Wright Walster Bickerstaff (1) Webb Ro

Sat 3 Dec Leamington A SLP 2-1 504 JohnsonSmith Walster Bickerstaff Webb Ro

Wed 7th Dec Hadley A HSC(2) 3-0 61 Johnson Clark Walster (1) Bickerstaff Wright Spen

Sat 10 Dec Chelmsford City A FATR1 0-1 469 JohnsonSmith Walster Bickerstaff Webb Ro

Mon 12 Dec REDDITCH UNITED H SLP 4-2 233 JohnsonSmith Walster(1) Bickerstaff WEBB(1) Rolf

Sat 17 Dec Chippenham Town A SLP 0-1 307 JohnsonWright Walster Bickerstaff Webb Ro

Tues 20 Dec Cinderford Town A SLP 1-0 171 JohnsonSmith Clarke Bickerstaff Webb Wri

Mon 26 Dec DUNSTABLE TOWN H SLP 2-0 613 JohnsonSmith WALSTER(1)Bickerstaff Webb Wri

Mon 2 Jan Biggleswade Town A SLP 3-1 551 JohnsonSmith (1)Walster Bickerstaff Webb Wri

Sat 7 Jan STRATFORD TOWN H SLP 1-0 455 JohnsonSmith Walster Bickerstaff Webb Wri

Tues 10 Jan St Albans City A HSC(3) 7-5** 183 JohnsonSmith (1)Walster Rolfe Webb Wrig

Sat 28 Jan St.Neots Town A SLP 2-1 347 JohnsonSmith Bickerstaff Rolfe Webb Wri

Sat 4 Feb KINGS LANGLEY H SLP 2-0 690 JohnsonSmith Bickerstaff Rolfe Webb Wrig

Mon 6 Feb CHESHUNT H HSCS/F 3-1 162 JohnsonSpenceBickerstaff Rolfe Webb Wri

Sat 11 Feb Weymouth A SLP 2-0 400 JohnsonSmith Bickerstaff Rolfe Webb Wri

Tues 14 Feb St Albans City A HCCS/F 1-0 165 JohnsonSmith Walster Rolfe Webb Wri

Sat 18 Feb FROME TOWN H SLP 2-2 570 JohnsonSmith Bickerstaff Rolfe Webb (1) Wri

Tues 21 Feb Merthyr Town A SLP 2-2 535 JohnsonSmith Bickerstaff Rolfe Webb (1) Wri

Sat 25 Feb KING’S LYNN TOWN H SLP 5-0 517 JohnsonSmith Bickerstaff Rolfe Webb Wri

Mon 27 Feb DORCHESTER TOWN H SLP 0-1 318 JohnsonSmith Bickerstaff Rolfe Webb Wri

Mon 6 Mar CIRENCESTER TOWN H SLP 2-1 340 JohnsonSmith Clarke Rolfe Webb Wrig

Sat 11 Mar SLOUGH TOWN H SLP 2-3 828 JohnsonSMITH (1)Clarke Dowie Webb Wri

Sat 18 Mar Redditch United A SLP 2-1 258 JohnsonSmith Walster Dowie Webb (1) Wri

Tues 21 Mar St Ives A SLP 3-0 274 JohnsonSmith Walster Dowie Webb Wri

Sat 25 Mar LEAMINGTON H SLP 0-0 824 JohnsonSmith Walster Dowie Rolfe WRI

Tues 28 Mar Cheshunt N HCCF 0-1 271 JohnsonClarke Walster Rolfe Spence Wri

Sat 1 April Dorchester Town A SLP 2-2 407 JohnsonSmith Walster Dowie Rolfe Wri

Sat 8 April CHIPPENHAM TOWN H SLP 1-3 812 JohnsonSmith Walster Dowie Rolfe Wrig

Tues 11 Apr Bishops Stortford N HSCF

Sat 15 April Banbury United A SLP

Mon 17 April BIGGLESWADE TOWN H SLP

Sat 22 April Basingstoke Town A SLP

**2-2 after 90 mins. • Key: SLP = Evo-Stik League Southern Premier : FAC = Emirates FA Cup : FAT = FA Trophy: SLC - Southern League Cup: HSC = Hertfordshire Senior Cup: HCC = Hertf


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2016/17

6 7 8 9 10 11 S1 S2 S3 S4 S5

Rolfe Spence(1) Donnelly(1) Brooks Burns Kirkpatrick(1) Pearson Johnson Barnes* Coley* Barker A

Rolfe Spence Donnelly Kirkpatrick Burns Lench Pearson* Johnson Brooks* Coley* Barker A

Rolfe Spence Connelly Brooks Burns Kirkpatrick Coley Webb Barnes* Barker A McBride

Rolfe Spence Donnelly Brooks (1) Burns Kirkpatrick Coley* Barnes Barker A McBride Donnelly B

Pearson (1) Spence Donnelly Brooks (1) Burns Barnes Donnelly B* McBride* Coley Barker Smith*

Rolfe Lench(1) DonnellyDONNELLY B(1) Brooks Barnes Burns*(1) Coley* Barker* Riley Bryant

Rolfe Lench Donnelly Donnelly B Brooks Burns (1) Barnes* Payne Coley* Barker Riley

Rolfe Lench(1) DonnellyDONNELLY B(1) Burns Kirkpatrick(2) Barnes Hunt Coley* Walster* McBride

Rolfe McBride Kirkpatrick Coley Payne Barnes(1) Wright* Barker* Donnelly Lench*(1)

ROLFE Lench Donnelly Donnelly B(1) Burns Kirkpatrick Wright Barnes McBride* Pearson Barker S*

Rolfe Lench Donnelly(1) Donnelly B Burns(1) Kirkpatrick Wright Barnes*(1) McBride* Pearson Barker S*

Rolfe Lench Donnelly Donnelly B (2) Burns Kirkpartrick Wright McBride* Barnes Brooks * Hunt

Rolfe Lench Donnelly Donnelly B Burns Kirkpatrick Wright McBride Barnes * Pearson Ann *

Rolfe McBride Kirkpatrick Donnelly B BURNS (1) Lench Wright* Barnes* Pearson * Verney Coley

Rolfe McBride Kirkpatrick Donnelly B Burns (2) LENCH (1) Smith Barnes * Pearson Verney * Donnelly *

Rolfe Smith Kirkpatrick Donnelly B Burns Lench Donnelly* Barnes McBride Verney* Coley

Rolfe McBride Donnelly Verney Barnes Lench Coley * Burns Kirkpatrick Donnelly B Ann *

Pearson Kirkpatrick ANN Donnelly B Burns Lench Barnes Verney* McBridge Coley Barker S

Pearson Ann (1) Kirkpatrick Donnelly B Burns (1) Lench Rolfe Verney Coley * Barker S * Barnes

Pearson Ann Kirkpatrick Donnelly B Burns Lench Rolfe * Coley* Bickerstaff* Verney Barnes

Pearson Ann Kirkpatrick Donnelly B Burns Lench Wright Bickerstaff* Coley* Verney Donnelly* (1)

Rolfe Smith Donnelly Kirkpatrick BURNS (2) Lench Bickerstaff* Verney* Brooks * Coley Clarke

Rolfe Smith Donnelly Kirkpatrick Burns Lench (1) Ann Donnelly B* Verney Brooks Clarke*

Rolfe Smith Donnelly Kirkpatrick Burns Lench Donnelly B* Brooks* Verney Coley Clarke

Rolfe Smith Donnelly Kirkpatrick Burns Lench Donnelly B* Brooks* Coley Spence King

Rolfe Smith Donnelly Kirkpatrick Burns Lench Donnelly B* Spence* King Brooks* Clarke

Rolfe Smith Donnelly Donnelly B Burns (2) Kirkpatrick(1) Lench Brooks Spence King Clarke

Rolfe Smith Donnelly Donnelly B BURNS Kirkpatrick Lench * Brooks Spence King Clarke

Rolfe Lench Donnelly Donnelly B Burns Kirkpatrick Smith * Brooks * Spence King Barker S *

Rolfe Smith Brooks Donnelly B Burns(1) Kirkpatrick Donnelly *(1) Gooch Lench* King* Barker S

Rolfe Smith Donnelly BROOKS (1) Burns (1) Kirkpatrick Donnelly B Johnson Barker S* Spence Clarke

Rolfe Brooks Donnelly Donnelly B(2) Burns Kirkpatrick Wright Lench* Clarke King* Spence

Spence (2) Lench Brooks Donnelly B Burns King Payne Barker A* Smith* Kirkpatrick*

Rolfe Lench Donnelly Brooks King Kirkpatrick Wright* Spence* Hunt Clarke

Rolfe (1) Spence Donnelly Donnelly B Brooks Lench (1) Kirkpatrick* Wright * Burns * King Clarke

Rolfe Spence Kirkpatrick Donnelly B Burns Lench Smith* Brooks * Clarke King Riley

Wright Spence Kirkpatrick Brooks Burns Lench (1) King * Barnes Riley

Wright Spence Kirkpatrick Brooks Burns Lench Donnelly * Clarke King Barnes *(1) Coley

Wright Spence Kirkpatrick Brooks Burns Lench (2) Donnelly* Clarke King Barnes Donnelly B*

Wright Spence Donnelly KIRKPATRICK Burns (1) Lench Brooks * Donnelly B* Barnes Clarke Rolfe

Wright (1) Spence Donnelly Kirkpatrick Burns Lench Brooks * Barnes* Clarke Coley

Wright Spence Donnelly Kirkpatrick Burns (1) Lench Donnelly B*(1)McNamara* Brooks* Ann Bennett

Wright (2) McNamara Donnelly Donnelly B Burns KIRKPATRICK Lench* Bennett Spence * Brooks * Ann

Wright Lench (1) Donnelly Brooks Burns (2) Kirkpatrick Donnelly B* Bennett Smith King* Riley*

Wright Lench Donnelly Donnelly B(1) Burns (1) Kirkpatrick McNamara * Bennett Brooks * Spence * King

Wright McNamara (1) Spence Brooks Bickerstaff Kirkpatrick Donnelly* Bennett Donnelly B* Burns * Riley

Wright Lench Donnelly Donnelly B (1) Burns KIRKPATRICK McNamara * Bennett Spence * Brooks * Walster

Wright Brooks (1) Donnelly Donnelly B Burns Kirkpatrick Barnes Riley Decker Parker

Wright Spence Donnelly(1)KIRKPATRICK(1)Burns (2) Lench (1) Donnelly B* Bennett Brooks * Walster * Barnes

Wright Kirkpatrick Donnelly Donnelly B Brooks LENCH Burns* Bennett Spence* Walster Barnes

Wright(1) Spence Donnelly Kirkpatrick Burns LENCH Donnelly B* Bennett Brooks Dowie* Spring*(1)

Wright Spence Donnelly Donnelly B (1) Burns Kirkpatrick Brooks * Bennett McNamara Riley Ann

Wright McNamara KirkpatrickDonnelly B (1) Burns Lench Spence Bennett Brooks * Clarke Ann

Wright McNamara (1) Kirkpatrick Donnelly B Burns Lench (1) Brooks * Spence * Clarke Spring * Rolfe

WRIGHT McNamara Kirkpatrick Donnelly B Burns Lench Brooks* Bennett Spence* Donnelly Clarke

Wright McNamara Donnelly Donnelly B Kirkpatrick Lench Brooks * Bennett Spring* King Burns

Wright McNamara Donnelly Donnelly B Burns Lench(1) Kirkpatrick * Brooks * Spence * Clarke Coley

Wright (1) McNamara KIRKPATRICKDonnelly B Burns Lench Spence* Bennett King * Bickerstaff Webb *

C = Hertfordshire Charity Cup • Hitchin Scores are shown first - A number shown beside the players name is goal(s) scored * = Substituted

- HTFC Man of Match shown in Block Capitals

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FORTY–TWENTY-TEN

Kevin Parrott takes a look back at

1976/77, 1996/97 and 2006/07.

40 years ago

Manchester United fans provoke fights at

Norwich. Manager, Tommy Docherty, says that

the hooligans bring shame to the club and that

the birch should be reintroduced to punish

them sufficiently. Norwich end United’s long

unbeaten run winning 2-1.

Cardiff City plan to build a cage from the local

railway station to the ground to keep visiting

fans away from the local shopping area.

On Good Friday, Fulham beat Chelsea 3-1 in

the local derby (Warboys, Best, Mitchell;

Wilkins, R)

Aston Villa win the League Cup after a 2nd

replay against Everton (0-0 at Wembley; 1-1

(Kenyon og – Latchford) at Hillsborough; and

3-2 (Little 2, Nicholl – Latchford, Lyons) at Old

Trafford.

Kevin Beattie (see picture) of Ipswich Town is

out for the season. The defender is recovering

from burns suffered in a bonfire accident.

In the Isthmian League, Hitchin draw 2-2 at

Tilbury (Baker, Giggle). Dagenham, a power at

this level, are defeated 3-0 (Baker, Brimson,

Hammond) here at Top Field. Next here are

Leytonstone (who were later subsumed by

Dagenham) and a 2-1 win for the Canaries

(Watson 2, 1 pen).

20 years ago

Stevenage Borough, last season’s Conference

champions, are fined £25,000 for approaching

Torquay United with a proposal to help the 3rd

Division’s bottom club retain their League

status. Stevenage could not get promoted as

their ground was deemed unfit for promotion –

their proposal to Torquay was NOT to sell their

top scorer Barry Hayles in return for £30,000!

The thinking being that this would stop 2nd

placed Woking from overtaking Stevenage and

getting promotion and taking Torquay’s place!

In the FA Cup semi-finals, Chesterfield and

Middlesbrough draw 3-3 – Chesterfield are

deprived of a 3-1 lead when a Jonathan

Howard shot rebounds over the line with the

goal not given. Middlesbrough win the replay

3-0. Chelsea beat Wimbledon 3-0 in the other

semi.

Hitchin beat Yeading 3-1 (Burke, Parker,

Williams C – all members of the Hall of Fame)

at Top Field. This is followed by draws at

Dulwich

Karl Shreeve

Hamlet 2-2 (Bates, Parker) and

Dagenham & Redbridge 1-1 (Dellar).

10 years ago

Fulham sack Chris Coleman and assistant

Steve Kean. Lawrie Sanchez takes over for the

rest of the season.

Manchester United win the 1st leg of the FA

Youth Cup 2-1 in Liverpool with a crowd of

19,518 present.

Liverpool: Hanssen; Darby, Burns, Spearing,

Threlfall, Barnett, Ryan, Flynn, Lindfield,

Woodward (Eccleston 68), Putterill

Manchester United: Zieler; Eckersley, Evans,

Strickland, Chester, Drinkwater (Bryan 75),

Welbeck, Hewson, Brandy (James 90), Fagan,

Galbraith

Christiano Ronaldo wins the double of PFA

Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year.

A crowd of 189 witness Hitchin’s home loss to

Rugby Town. Charles scores in the 2-1 defeat.

A 1-0 loss at King’s Lynn is followed by a 4-2

home win over Yate Town. The scorers are

Standen and Stevenson 3.Standen scores from

the penalty spot in the 1-0 home victory over

Northwood.

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EVO-STIK LEAGUE SOUTHERN PREMIER DIVISION

Updated: As at 9th April 2017

Team Pld W D L F A GD Pts

1 Chippenham Town 43 29 10 4 90 45 +45 97

2 Leamington 43 26 11 6 73 26 +47 89

3 Hitchin Town 43 24 11 8 76 42 +34 83

4 Slough Town 43 26 5 12 82 52 +30 83

5 Merthyr Town 43 22 14 7 85 42 +43 80

6 Banbury United 43 24 7 12 65 36 +29 79

7 Frome Town 43 20 13 10 78 61 +17 73

8 Kettering Town 43 20 9 14 81 61 +20 69

9 Biggleswade Town 43 19 10 14 78 57 +21 67

10 Chesham United 43 18 9 16 65 56 +9 63

11 Weymouth 43 14 18 11 73 55 +18 60

12 Basingstoke Town 43 17 6 20 60 70 -10 57

13 King's Lynn Town 43 13 17 13 56 65 -9 56

14 St Ives Town 43 14 11 18 47 66 -19 53

15 Stratford Town 43 12 16 15 58 62 -4 52

16 Dunstable Town 43 15 6 22 44 61 -17 51

17 Redditch United 43 13 9 21 53 73 -20 48

18 Dorchester Town 43 12 10 21 50 77 -27 46

19 St Neots Town 43 12 6 25 62 97 -35 42

20 Kings Langley 43 9 13 21 54 72 -18 40

21 Hayes & Yeading United 43 9 11 23 46 75 -29 38

22 Cambridge City 42 9 10 23 41 72 -31 37

23 Cirencester Town 43 9 9 25 49 91 -42 36

R Cinderford Town 42 7 3 32 47 99 -52 24

OTHER EVO-STIK LEAGUE SOUTHERN PREMIER GAMES TODAY

Chesham United v Slough Town

Cinderford Town v Stratford Town

Cirencester Town v Weymouth

Dorchester Town v Basingstoke Town

Frome Town v Chippenham Town

Hayes & Yeading Utd v Kings Langley

Hitchin Town v Biggleswade Town

Kettering Town v Cambridge City

Leamington v Banbury United

Redditch United v Merthyr Town

St Ives Town v King's Lynn Town

St Neots Town v Dunstable Town

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APPEARANCES & GOALS

Apps (16/17) Used sub (16/17) Goals Career Games Career Goals

Alasan Ann 8 2 149 10

Ben Walster 42 2 8 117 11

Brett Donnelly 34 12 13 152 40

Callum Donnelly 39 7 5 309 44

Callum Riley 1 2

Charlie Payne 2 5

Conor Clarke 5 1 6

Dan Webb 50 1 6 225 24

Jay Dowie 6 1 7

Jonny McNamara 8 4 2 113 30

Josh Bickerstaff 33 3 2 187 5

Josh Coley 1 10 11

Kane Smith 47 4 4 120 10

Kieran Barnes 4 8 3 20 3

Lewis Rolfe 47 1 1 210 17

Liam Brooks 19 21 4 51 5

Lucas Kirkpatrick 51 3 5 146 20

Mason Spence 20 10 3 41 3

Matt Lench 48 5 12 179 35

Matt Spring 3 1 3 1

Michael Johnson 53 74

Michael King 2 5 62 13

Robbie Burns 50 4 20 154 53

Sam Barker 3 6 118 3

Stuart Pearson 8 2 1 74 3

Tom Bryant 1

Tyrone Mulholland 1

William Wright 48 4 8 79 8

Zac Barrett 2 2 Includes League,

Emirates FA Cup, FA Trophy, Southern League Cup, Herts Charity Cup & Herts Senior Cup

No longer at club

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HALF TIME HUMOUR

THREE HA'PENCE A FOOT

by Marriott Edgar (1932)

I'll tell you an old-fashioned story

That grandfather used to relate,

Of a joiner and building contractor;

'Is name, it were Sam Ogglethwaite.

In a shop on the banks of the Irwell,

Old Sam used to follow 'is trade,

In a place you'll 'ave 'eard of, called Bury;

You know, where black puddings is made.

One day, Sam were filling a knot 'ole

Wi' putty, when in thro' the door

Came an old 'feller', fair wreathed i'whiskers;

T'old chap said, "Good morning, I'm Noah."

Sam asked Noah what was 'is business,

And t'old chap went on to remark,

That not liking the look of the weather,

'E were thinking of building an Ark.

'E'd gotten the wood for the bulwarks,

And all t'other ship building junk,

And wanted some nice Bird's Eye Maple

To panel the sides of 'is bunk.

Now Maple was Sam's 'Mon-o-poly';

That means it were all 'is to cut,

And nobody else 'adn't got none;

So 'e asked Noah three ha'pence a foot.

"A ha'penny too much," replied Noah,

"A penny a foot's more the mark;

A penny a foot, and when rain comes,

I'll give you a ride in me Ark."

But neither would budge in the bargain;

The whole daft thing were kind of a jam,

So Sam put 'is tongue out at Noah,

And Noah made 'Long Bacon' at Sam.

In wrath and ill-feeling they parted,

Not knowing when they'd meet again,

And Sam had forgot all about it,

'Til one day it started to rain.

It rained and it rained for a fortnight,

And flooded the 'ole countryside.

It rained and it still kept on raining,

‘Til t'Irwell were fifty miles wide.

The 'ouses were soon under water,

As the folks to the roof 'ad to climb.

They said, " 'Twas the rottenest summer

That Bury 'ad 'ad for some time."

The rain showed no sign of abating,

And water rose hour by hour,

‘Til the only dry land were at Blackpool,

And that were on top of the tower.

So Sam stared swimming to Blackpool;

It took 'im best part of a week.

'Is clothes was wet through when 'e got there,

And 'is boots were beginning to leak.

'E stood to 'is watch-chain in t'water,

On Tower top, just before dark,

When who should come sailing towards 'im

But old Noah, steering 'is Ark.

They stared at each other in silence,

'Til Ark were alongside, all but,

Then Noah said, "What price 'yer' Maple ?"

Sam answered, "Three ha'pence a foot."

Noah said, "Nay, I'll make thee an offer,

Same as I did t'other day.

A Penny a foot and a free ride.

Now come on lad, what does tha' say ?"

"Three ha'pence a foot", came the answer.

So Noah 'is sail 'ad to hoist,

And sailed off again in a dudgeon,

While Sam stood determined, but moist.

Noah cruised around, flying 'is pigeons,

‘Til fortieth day of the wet,

And on 'is way back, passing Blackpool,

'E saw old Sam standing there yet.

'Is chin just stood out of the water;

A comical figure 'e cut.

Noah said, "Now what's the price of yer Maple ?"

Sam answered, "Three ha'pence a foot."

Said Noah, "You'd best take me offer;

It's last time I'll be here about.

And if water comes half an inch higher,

I'll happen get Maple for nowt."

"Three ha'pence a foot it'll cost yer.

And as for me," Sam said, "don't fret:

The sky's took a turn since this morning.

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PROGRAMME REVIEW Irvin Morgan takes a look at recent offerings

For the final article of the season, I have

completed a totally subjective “League

Table” for our division’s programmes,

based on the issue produced for our

League visit. My main criteria has been

how much of the content will be of interest

to the visiting supporter – essentially, how

long would it hold my interest on the

journey home, as well as general content,

presentation and layout.

Some Clubs clearly have a dedicated editor

backed up by a team of contributors, whilst

others give the impression that

programme production has been dumped

on somebody who already wears other hats within the Club.

Naturally this article has been written before our visits to Banbury and Basingstoke, so these Clubs do

not feature I the analysis. Within each section of the “League Table” Clubs appear in alphabetical order.

Champions

Runners-Up

In the Play-Offs

Just missed the Play-Offs

Upper Mid-Table

Lower Mid-Table

Relegation bound

Leamington

Kettering Town

Chippenham T., Merthyr T., Weymouth

St Ives T

Chesham Utd, Dorchester T., Frome T., Kings Lynn T., Slough T., Hitchin T

Cambridge C., Cirencester T., Dunstable T., Hayes & Yeading U., Redditch U.,

Stratford T

Biggleswade T., Cinderford T., Kings Langley., St Neots T

The opinions aired are those of the

reviewer, most certainly not those of

the Club

I have to take issue with Irvin’s

suggestion that some programme

editors are not dedicated – you have

to be to do it all. For the minority it

may be a labour of love, for most, it is

simply hard labour, irrespective of the

finished product. - Editor

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ANSWERS TO QUIZ

OF WEEK page 11

1.

Sean Bean

2.

Nick Hornby

3.

Victoria Beckham

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THE FINAL WORD with Chairman Terry Barratt

Today is the last League game of the 2016/17 Season. We

have made great strides both on and off the Pitch to

justify, potentially a place in the Playoffs. As our fans are

aware we need to finish 2nd, or 3rd. to secure a home

game in the Semi- final of the Play offs. Can we go one

better than last year to reach the Final?

We have a young team that Mark and Adam have kept

together for 3 Seasons. They are doubtless getting better

and our style of play is a joy to watch. Having played some

teams from the Conference, we have performed well and

will not be out of place if we gain promotion.

If successful, we know what we have to do to the ground. Obviously the lights are now at

Conference ‘A’ grade (minimum 250 lux) with the reading at 375 lux. We need another working

turnstile. We have 5, but need 6. The Bedford Road gate is the obvious site. Increasing the size of

the dressing rooms is the biggest problem. We need to be 18 square metres whereas we are

nearly 16 at present. This can be achieved, but, at a cost. Work is envisaged to start in the close

season.

We have agreed a budget for the pitch. 100 tons of sand and topsoil, 25 bags of grass seed,

verti-draining and fertilizing are all scheduled to start after May 5th. As you will appreciate we

will need to keep the pitch well watered and cut regularly.

Please cheer on the team today, they have all worked their socks off this Season.

Enjoy the game, Terry

HITCHIN TOWN FC : WHO’S WHO

CLUB INFORMATION

Address: Top Field Fishponds Road Hitchin Herts SG5 1NU – tel 01462 459028

Canary Club and Bar Manager : Ian and Jackie Mann tel 01462 421888

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Management Committee:

Terry Barratt (Chairman), Andy Melvin (Director), Roy Izzard (Secretary/Treasurer), Len Leroux

(Ground/Safety Officer), Fred Andrews & Mick Docking (Commercial), David Tudball (Supporters Trust Chair)

President - Tony Huckle

Club Administrator/Fixture Secretary - Chris Newbold

Ground Works – Andy Smith, Geoff Thomason, Steve Barker, Marek and Matt Malarowski, Gary Prutton,

Kevin Lowe, Paul Moon, Mark Mountney, Josh Silver, Frank King, Len Leroux

Physio - Connor Moran, Nadia Child, Nick Sopowski, Mark Whittle

Matchday Commercial & Supporters Club– Frank King, Irvin Morgan, John Gray, Peter Murrell, Ian Murrell,

Pete Chapman, Gemma Chapman, Len Leroux

Matchday Gates/Parking – Jan Ware, Roger Pennie, Chris Dodd

Media & Tannoy – Nick Sopowski, Colin Ridgway, Mick Docking, Andy Dennis

Supporters Trust – David Tudball. Rupert Russell, Ian Murrell

Photography – Peter Else

Programme – Mick Docking, Kevin Parrott, Peter Else, Colin Ridgway, Neil Jensen, Irvin Morgan

Canary Club – Ian and Jackie Mann

Health Safety/Social Club Liaison – Len Leroux

Sponsors Hospitality – Alan Roberts, Shirley Bennett, Paul & Dave Barratt

Boardroom Hospitality – Sue Leroux

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At T p Field today

Monday 1thth April 2017

Hitchin Town FC

Manager

Mark Burke

Assistant Manager Adam Parker

Shirts: Yellow, Shorts: Green, Socks: Green

Biggleswade Town FC

Manager

Chris Nunn

Shirts: Blue/White, Shorts: Blue, Socks: Black

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KANE SMITH

BEN WALSTER

JAY DOWIE

DAN WEBB

WILL WRIGHT

JONNIE MCNAMARA

LUCAS KIRKPATRICK

BRETT DONNELLY

ROBBIE BURNS

MATT LENCH

LIAM BROOKS

MASON SPENCE

CALLUM DONNELLY

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CRAIG DANIEL

MICHAEL RICHENS

TONY BURNETT

IAN REES

RHYS HOENESS

CONNOR HALL

JORDAN PATRICK

LUKE EMERY

CONNOR VINCENT

MATCH OFFICIALS

REFEREE

1st ASSISTANT

2nd ASSISTANT

A. WILSON

M. FLETCHER

S. BREWER

NEXT UP AT

TOP FIELD

NOW THERE’S A QUESTION!!??

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