Football History

When the Gunners paid a visit to a football heritage site

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Hitchin Town are in a struggle with their landlords over the future of their Top Field stadium. On Saturday December 6, a march takes place to protest about the development of Top Field. In many ways, it is a football heritage site. The club started playing there in the early 20th century and returned in 1928 when it was reformed. It is one of the oldest football venues still remaining in Britain, possibly the world. It is one of the oldest football venues still remaining in Britain, possibly the world. Hitchin Town played in the first FA Cup in 1871-72 and have hosted many Football League and Premier League clubs down the years including: Aldershot, Arsenal, Barnet, Brentford, Bristol Rovers, Cambridge United, Charlton, Chelsea, Colchester, Coventry, Crystal Palace, Dagenham, Fulham, Gillingham, Hereford United, Ipswich, Leicester, Luton Town, Millwall, MK Dons, Northampton, Norwich, Orient, Peterborough, QPR, Reading, Southend, Stevenage, Swindon Town, Tottenham, Watford, West Ham, Wycombe Wanderers, Yeovil.

The above photograph records the occasion when  Arsenal, under current manager Arsene Wenger, visited Top Field for a training session in the late 1990s. Patrick Vieira and Ian Wright are pictured.

Game of the People is pleased to back the SaveHTFC campaign.

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