“Tales of the Town” – a century and a half of association football in Hitchin

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 Christmas period and is available online here. There have always been a lot of myths […]

GOTP Non-League Special: Hitchin Town’s Top Field drama

NON-LEAGUE Hitchin Town’s battle to keep their ancient Top Field ground has taken many twists over the course of the past year. Game of the People has covered most of the main events, including a controversial interview with the club’s landlords. It seems to have gone quiet at the moment, but Game of the People […]

And the clock struck 13 at Top Field

In footballing terms, it was something of a second leg defeat for Hitchin Town’s owner, Andy Melvin and his acolytes. Having won the public vote over a year ago with a carefully choreographed protest march, Melvin slipped into North Hertfordshire’s version of  Animal Farm, transitioning  from “Four legs good, two legs bad” to “Four legs good, […]

Hitchin to ask people to add their voice to the pound of the crowd

It has been another week of intrigue in the great debate about Hitchin Town’s Top Field ground. After proudly announcing the club cannot be evicted for at least 25 years, documents have been strategically leaked that add to the general confusion about the whole saga. The Midweek Mercury reported this week that a “secret” plan […]

The Hitchin Town March: Days like these…

They came from far and wide: Australia, Doncaster, Bedford, Stevenage…and the Hertfordshire village of Ickleford. There were different agendas: saving a football ground; protecting the local economy; and conserving the countryside. Saturday morning was a nervous time for the organisers of a campaign aimed at saving the development of a football ground. Would the town […]