Sky Sports’ Jim White and Tony Cascarino show support for Hitchin’s Top Field at Biggleswade fundraiser

Show of solidarity: (l-r) Andy Melvin, Guillem Balague, Mark Burke, Jim White, Tony Cascarino and Ro

Show of solidarity: (l-r) Andy Melvin, Guillem Balague, Mark Burke, Jim White, Tony Cascarino and Roy Izzard. - Credit: Archant

In a week when the Premiership giants saw billions more set to flow into their coffers, a heartwarming tale of non-league solidarity played out on Tuesday night – aided by some well known football faces.

Hitchin Town’s Save Top Field campaign was further boosted by fellow non league side Biggleswade United who hosted the Save Top Field Cup to raise money to aid the Canaries’ fight to keep their historic Top Field ground.

Biggleswade chairman Chris Lewis, who was instrumental in arranging the match said: “Our patron is Sky Sports’ Guillem Balague, who also has close links with Hitchin Town.

“He kindly persuaded colleague Jim White and former Republic of Ireland forward Tony Cascarino to come along to the game.

“Jim and Tony were great, absolute gentlemen. They really got into the whole night and were really positive about the Save Hitchin Town campaign, too.

“They were happy to chat to fans and were really down to earth. I can’t speak highly enough of them.

“They even signed a match ball which managed to raise a further £100 for Hitchin’s cause, which was great.

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“We are really pleased Biggleswade United can help the Canaries in some way, and hopefully the entire match receipts we are donating will help towards the Save Top Field campaign.

“I can also confirm plans are well under way to arrange a pre-season fixture between our two teams to further cement the great relationship both clubs have.”

The face of the Premier League’s transfer deadline day, Sky Sports broadcaster Jim White told the Comet: “I have had a brilliant night. I am right behind the Save Hitchin Town campaign, and you can see how much the club means to so many people.

“I had a mad dash to get here from presenting Sky Sports News and it has been incredibly worthwhile.

“I have also been impressed by the set up here and wish both clubs all the best. I’ll certainly be keeping an eye out for both clubs.

“Now I’ve ticked off visiting Second Meadow I hope to get down to much-loved Top Field at some stage – although as a Scotsman I still won’t be buying a round in Canary Corner!”

Guillem Balague, who lives in Hitchin and is a keen supporter of both clubs, added: “It was a great night.

“I’d like to say thanks to Jim and Tony for taking time out from their busy schedules to come here and show their support for the Save Hitchin Town campaign.

“It was also a tremendous show of solidarity by Biggleswade United to not only host the game but to donate match receipts to the campaign.”

Canaries chief executive Andy Melvin added: “It was great to see such well-known names support the cause – our fight goes on.”

Two late goals from the Canaries Town sealed a 2-0 away win in an even match in front of nearly 200 fans, including a sizeable travelling away support from Hitchin.

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