THESE past two years, Game of the People has been working on a celebratory book looking back at the long history of Hitchin Town Football Club. The book – all proceeds to Hitchin Town – was published just before the … Continue reading “Tales of the Town” – a century and a half of association football in Hitchin
TWENTY-THREE years ago, almost to the day, Hitchin Town travelled to Edgar Street, home of Hereford United, who were then in the fourth tier of the English game. Although Hereford were no great shakes, Hitchin were languishing near the foot … Continue reading Edgar Street blues
SINCE NON-LEAGUE DAY was introduced some years ago, sceptics suggested that it would fizzle-out and no longer benefit from the “novelty factor”. Not so, for increasingly people are discovering their local non-league club for the first time through NLD. It … Continue reading NLD, the new Boxing Day?
NON-LEAGUE football likes to think of itself as “one big family”, although the romantic idea of fans mingling and back-slapping is often just that. Only last season, I witnessed some rather ugly jostling as two sets of fans passed each … Continue reading The Donnelly factor
EVERYONE loves it when a non-league club builds a vibrant, young team that promises much and provides an admirable example of bringing together players of potential on a modest budget. The problem is, unless the team is successful, its lifespan … Continue reading Dealing with the pitfalls of successful team-building
AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL is inviting football clubs across Britain to mark the 80th anniversary of the first refugees to play football in the country. The “Football Welcomes” initiative will take place on the weekend of April 22/23. The youngsters arrived from Spain, following the bombing of Guernica during the Spanish Civil War, which took place on April 26, 1937. The bombing, which was carried out at the behest of the Spanish nationalist government by its allies, the German Luftwaffe, was one of the first examples of a civilian population coming under attack from the air. It set the scene for the … Continue reading Hitchin Town had its own Guernica refugee