FA CUP: We don’t want Hitchin Town’s cup run to end say talented young broadcasters

PUBLISHED: 21:53 09 November 2018 | UPDATED: 21:53 09 November 2018

Supporters of Hitchin Town Football Club at Top Field in the lead up to the FA Cup 1st round tie between Hitchin Town and Solihull Moors. Picture: MARTYN HAWORTH

Supporters of Hitchin Town Football Club at Top Field in the lead up to the FA Cup 1st round tie between Hitchin Town and Solihull Moors. Picture: MARTYN HAWORTH

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Hitchin Town FC aren’t the only team in North Herts to have played a blinder during the Canaries memorable FA Cup run this season.

Build up to Hitchin Town Vs Solihull Moors in the FA Cup 1st round at Top Field. Picture: MARTYN HAWORTHBuild up to Hitchin Town Vs Solihull Moors in the FA Cup 1st round at Top Field. Picture: MARTYN HAWORTH

North Herts FM have only been on the air for nine months but are already making waves among football fans – through the expert commentary from Canaries games from very talented teenagers from the town.

Three youngsters from the town have been winning critical acclaim for their superb commentary from Hitchin games – which stemmed from huge fan Kate Deller getting in touch with station manager Becky Phillips to ask if they were interested in broadcasting Canaries matches. The rest, they say, is history.

Commentator Freddie Cardy, 14, told CometSport: “I memorise facts about the players. I got a notebook together to keep on top of things with player profiles.

“I’ve always wanted to do commentary and it’s a future ambition. I used to get nerves but it’s fine now and I’m really enjoying it.

Supporters of Hitchin Town Football Club at Top Field in the lead up to the FA Cup 1st round tie between Hitchin Town and Solihull Moors. Picture: MARTYN HAWORTHSupporters of Hitchin Town Football Club at Top Field in the lead up to the FA Cup 1st round tie between Hitchin Town and Solihull Moors. Picture: MARTYN HAWORTH

“I met Mark Chapman at the FA Cup draw and he was great. He gave me his notes. I spoke to him to get a few tips. It felt very surreal to have the BBC film the draw from the Canary Club.

“I went home and watched it again and my head made an appearance. I’m really looking forward to it. I’ve been studying Solihull and they drew 0-0 with Boreham Wood which is former Canary Kane Smith’s club. They look like a good side but I’m sure we’ll be ready for them.”

With the side winning through to the first round proper for the first time in 23 years excitement is in the air and the club are expecting a 3,500 sell-out at grand old Top Field.

Fellow commentator Annie Barnes, a student at Hitchin Girls School, added: “Kate told me about the opportunity and I said I’d love to do it. It’s feels so amazing to be doing this. Some of my schoolfriends are now Hitchin fans. I won’t be able to sleep before the match.”

Supporters of Hitchin Town Football Club at Top Field in the lead up to the FA Cup 1st round tie between Hitchin Town and Solihull Moors. Picture: MARTYN HAWORTHSupporters of Hitchin Town Football Club at Top Field in the lead up to the FA Cup 1st round tie between Hitchin Town and Solihull Moors. Picture: MARTYN HAWORTH

The third young commentator, Patrick Sloan, said: “I don’t want this cup run to end. Schoolfriends who support Premier League teams used to take the mickey about only having 150 fans at Top Field. Well, there will be 3,500 there on Sunday.”

Station manager Becky added: “We’re so proud of them. They’re fantastic. enthusisatic, professional young commentators.”

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