Hitchin Town Supporters Trust hailed for incredible £150K contribution towards playing budgets

PUBLISHED: 15:13 27 November 2017

Rupert Russell, trust secretary, Ian Murrell, trust treasurer, Mark Burke, Hitchin Town FC boss and David Tudball, trust chairman. Picture Peter Else

Rupert Russell, trust secretary, Ian Murrell, trust treasurer, Mark Burke, Hitchin Town FC boss and David Tudball, trust chairman. Picture Peter Else

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The brilliant Hitchin Town Supporters Trust have been helping to contribute hard-earned funds to the playing budget for more than 13 years.

Read on for an article which appeared in a recent Top Field match programme hailing their incredible, ceaseless and unsung work, vital to a non-league club such as the Canaries.

Hitchin Town Supporters’ Trust

When the idea of getting Hitchin Town supporters to contribute towards the playing budget was floated in May 2005, I wonder how many people would have imagined that the Hitchin Town Supporters’ Trust would still be going strong thirteen years and over £150,000 later?

Not many I imagine, so how has it kept going? Chairman Terry Barratt has a view on the reason “The Hitchin Town Supporters’ Trust has been an outstanding success over very many years. The biggest plus factor is that you know if you contribute that all the money goes into the players wages. Other clubs have tried to copy us over the years, but all have failed for one main reason. When a club is running short of money the easiest solution is to go to the Trust and ask for some money. This has not happened at Hitchin and will not, whilst I am around. Yes, there have been times when we needed to pay a bill, but the Trust money is sacrosanct. The committee who run the Trust are all supporters who want to see us succeed. Without the Trust income we would probably be playing in Division One. Long may it continue to prosper”.

An increasing number of supporters have enjoyed the success and progress of the team under manager Mark Burke, reaching the play-offs for the last two seasons, culminating with getting to within touching distance of winning the Play-Off final last May. Would we have achieved that success without the contribution of the Trust? We can never know for sure, but take away some of the players from the squad that we couldn’t have afforded without the Trust money and I think it unlikely.

Mark’s thoughts on the Trust touched on this “I would like to thank all members and former members of the Supporters’ Trust for supporting the team with the contributions they have made now and in the past. These contributions have proved invaluable to me and my predecessors in boosting the player budget and allowed us to bring players to the club that we ordinarily would not have been able to. The longevity of the Trust and the enthusiasm emanated by those that have and do administer it, demonstrates how passionate and caring Hitchin Town supporters are and they are a real credit to the club which is very proud of them”.

The Trust committee is fully aware that supporters already contribute financially in many ways to the club, but perhaps you could manage to chip in and make a small contribution to the Trust too? The current number of Trust members make up a very small percentage of our average gate, so it would be great to think that there are quite a few people reading this who would like to join. Donations of any size are welcome and are kept confidential.

Please don’t think you couldn’t afford very much so it wouldn’t help – there may be a hundred others thinking the same, but put all those hundred small contributions together and they make a much larger sum.

Contributions can be made weekly, monthly or as one-off payments, by standing order, cheque, cash or on-line, so hopefully a way to suit everyone.

If you would like to join the HTFC Supporters’ Trust, there are further details here: http://hitchintownfc.club/supporters/Supporters_Trust.shtml

or contact Trust Secretary Rupert Russell at: rupert.russell@hitchintownfc.club

With apologies to the family of JFK (I’m sure they are reading), in tweaking his words, but ask not what HTFC can do for you – ask what you can do for HTFC, so how about joining the Trust?

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