Hitchin go into Europe after county cup win

SADLY, cup competitions have been sent down most clubs’ list of priorities, a trend that seems to now include the devaluation of the FA Cup and even the Europa League. The Herts Senior Cup may not be very high on any manager’s wish list, but in a county as footballingly diverse as Hertfordshire, finishing top of the pile in a competition that includes Watford, Barnet and Stevenage is no mean feat. Admittedly, Colney Heath, Sun Sports, Sawbridgeworth, Eton Manor and St. Margaretsbury represents the other end of the scale, but you’ve still got to beat them. Hertfordshire’s senior competition dates … Continue reading Hitchin go into Europe after county cup win

No screen classic for Elstree: Boreham Wood v Chester

THE LAST time I visited Meadow Park, it was on the evening of September 11, 2001. Hitchin were playing Enfield there and I had been delayed owing to the terrorist attacks in New York. Now, just a few hours after a similarly devastating attack, this time on Paris, I was returning to Boreham Wood Football Club. It was a sombre afternoon – the weather was symbolically awful, as if in response to the dreadful events in France, and somehow you felt you shouldn’t be out enjoying yourself in the aftermath of a shocking night in Paris. Boreham Wood have come … Continue reading No screen classic for Elstree: Boreham Wood v Chester

Calling in on…Ebbsfleet United – High speed to the national league

I always thought that Ebbsfleet was a manufactured name conjured-up by chin-stroking marketing people with a bunch of tiles left over from a game of Scrabble. Not so – the Ebbsfleet Valley is a big redevelopment area in the Kent hinterland and it’s named after the river Ebbsfleet. This in itself is a manufactured moniker, invented by beard-tugging 17th century antiquaries. It does sound like someone’s idea of a post-WW2 social project of a new town. Somebody decided that it was a good idea to change the local football team’s name from Gravesend & Northfleet to Ebbsfleet to align the … Continue reading Calling in on…Ebbsfleet United – High speed to the national league