Hitchin Town news and updates including fixture changes

PUBLISHED: 14:57 03 November 2017 | UPDATED: 14:59 03 November 2017

Hitchin Town updates. Credit Peter Else

Hitchin Town updates. Credit Peter Else

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FIXTURES CHANGES:

Saturday 4 November home to Weymouth league kick off 3.00pm.

Tuesday 7 November away to Kings Langley Big FreeBet Cup kick off 7.45pm. There is no coach for this game.

Saturday 11 November --- the league game at Bishops Stortford is now replaced by our F A Trophy tie at Chesham United.

Saturday 25 November---the Chesham United league game will not take pace as one of the two clubs will be playing in the third round of the F A Trophy.

Tuesday 26 December--- the league game with Royston will have a 1.00pm kick off.

Saturday 30 December—we are now playing Kings Langley in a league game. This has been brought forward from New Year’s Day.

The league games with Bishops Stortford and Chesham have yet to be arranged.

SUPPORTERS’ TRUST

Saturday’s game with Weymouth will be used as a Supporters’ Trust Promotion Day. There will be a special programme article outlining the work of the Trust while a flyer will be handed out to all supporters at the game which will contain Trust information and Supporter’s Club information.

The Trust is one of the great success stories of Hitchin Town FC. Many clubs have tried to copy our scheme but few have succeeded. The idea started in May 2005 when a meeting was held in the boardroom to try and encourage supporters to contribute towards the club’s playing budget. It seemed an ambitious idea but it immediately took off. A committee was formed and unbelievably 12 years later the Trust is still going strong and making a vital contribution to the playing budget.

I well remember supporters saying to me in 2005 that they were joining the Trust because they had the confidence in me as treasurer to ensure that Trust money would only go to the playing budget and not be used to pay any other football club debts. I can truthfully say that in the intervening 12 years every single penny has gone to the playing budget and it always will. This is imperative if we are to keep the supporters who contribute on board.

The various Trust committee members have done a tremendous job over the years and not one penny has been taken out for administration costs. Their books are audited every year and there is absolute transparency.

Chairman Terry Barratt, manager Mark Burke and myself have no doubt at all that without the financial backing of the Trust we would not have enjoyed the same level of football and would probably not be in the premier division at all.

The Trust is obviously always looking for new members. It is a sad fact that some of the original members have passed away and new blood is always needed. The great thing about the Trust is that there is no minimum donation and any donation however small can make a difference. Twenty people paying £1 a week or month is the same as one person paying £20 a week or month. So however little you can afford will still help the playing budget.

It is incredible to think that over £100,000 has been raised in the 12 years and this is a great tribute to the Trust committee members and our loyal fans. On Saturday a ‘’symbolic’’ cheque will be presented to Mark by the Trust to highlight their incedible achievement.

If you are not already a member please consider joining. You should contact Trust secretary Rupert Russell at :rupert.russell@hitchintownfc.club.

HITCHIN TOWN LADIES FC

The Ladies are at home to Woburn & Wavedon Lionesses on Sunday 5 November at Swinburne Avenue Recreation Ground, Swinburne Avenue, Hitchin SG5 2QT. Kick off is 2.00pm.

HITCHIN VETS FC

Our Vets team are at home to Knebworth Vets on Sunday in the Herts Vets Cup. The game is at Top Field with a 2pm kick off.

PLAYER NEWS

Liam Brooks has been transferred to Biggleswade Town. Please see the full story on our website

Kieran McCaffrey has suffered a setback in his comeback and will not be available for some time.

COMMUNITY NEWS

We have agreed to display banners at both Top Field and the Arena on behalf of Hertfordshire County Council to help their campaign to recruit foster carers to care for Hertfordshire children. We are happy to help out and will not charge for this.

With thanks to Roy Izzard

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