VIDEO: Sky Sports’ broadcaster Jim White and pundit Tony Cascarino to support Hitchin Town campaign at Biggleswade United
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The face of the Premier League’s transfer deadline day as one of Sky Sports News’ leading presenters has lent his support to the Save Hitchin Town and Top Field campaign.
Sky Sports’ broadcaster Jim White will be making a dash from presenting live on air at their London studios to catch the friendly match between Hitchin Town and Biggleswade United on Tuesday night at Second Meadow.
Speaking exclusively to the Comet, anchorman Jim said: “I know of the plight of Hitchin Town from having discussions with my friend – and Hitchin resident – Guillem Balague.
“He has told me it is imperative we do all we can to save Hitchin Town and their historic Top Field ground. I am very happy to add my name to the campaign, and will be doing all I can to help this great little club which I know does so much in the local community.
“I know Guillem is so passionate about both clubs, and it’s a tremendous gesture by Biggleswade to contribute their gate money towards the Hitchin Town cause. It’s great to see such solidarity between teams.
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“I also know the Comet has been at the forefront in covering the story of the Save Top Field campaign.
“Non-league football, and grass roots football are so important to the fabric of the game in this country, and I am looking forward to coming down and watching Hitchin Town and Biggleswade United.
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“I’m used to pressure presenting ‘Deadline Day’ on Sky Sports News – but the pressure to save Hitchin Town is a different kind of pressure.
“I will be doing all I can to spread the word about the save Hitchin Town campaign – keep watching Sky Sports News to see if I can ad-lib a line about Hitchin Town!
“Like so many others in this country I love football. On my days off I normally go and watch a Premiership match. But now I’m aware of the Save Top Field campaign you may well see me down at Canary Corner having a pint – although being a Scotsman I won’t be buying a round!
“I wish both clubs all the best on Tuesday – I can’t wait for the match.”
Sky Sports pundit and former Republic of Ireland international Tony Cascarino will also be attending the match staged to raise awareness of the fight to save Top Field.
The former forward, who is revered in Ireland for his part in Jack Charlton’s successful national team performances at the World Cup in 1990 and 1994 and the 1988 European Championships, told the Comet: “I have heard about the campaign to Save Top Field and had to get involved.
“I hope Hitchin Town gets their way. I will be at the friendly against Biggleswade United and I hope everyone can join us.”
Hitchin resident and Sky Sports broadcaster Guillem Balague added: “It’s a tremendous gesture by Jim and Tony which is very much appreciated by both clubs. We hope to see as many fans as possible on Tuesday night in the ongoing fight to save Hitchin Town.”
Hitchin Town manager Mark Burke said: “It’s great to have the support of such high profile football people as Jim and Tony support the Hitchin Town cause, and it’s a great gesture by Biggleswade United in staging this match.”
Biggleswade United chairman Chris Lewis added: “Thanks to Guillem, Jim and Tony for showing their support for both clubs. We look forward to seeing as many fans as possible come to Tuesday night’s game.”
For more information on Tuesday’s friendly visit www.biggleswadeunited.com.