FA CUP FEATURE: Big-hearted Hitchin Town stalwart Roy Izzard still finds time for Canaries lucky mascot
PUBLISHED: 11:45 11 November 2018 | UPDATED: 11:45 11 November 2018
Roy Izzard is Hitchin Town secretary, treasurer and much-loved stalwart. And it's safe to say no-one else on the planet has seen as many Canaries games as he has, writes Layth Yousif.
Roy is one of the unsung – and selfless – heroes clubs like the Canaries need.
While having 101 things to do in terms of off-the-field organisation in order to ensure Sunday’s eagerly-awaited match against Solihull Moors goes ahead without a glitch, kind-hearted Roy still had time to finalise the Top Field outfit’s mascot arrangements.
The well-respected figure said: “Our lead mascot is three-year-old Teddy Donnelly. Teddy has been a Hitchin fan since birth. Indeed he was a Hitchin mascot on his first birthday.
“It’s fair to say Teddy’s family background meant he really had no choice but to support Hitchin. All three of his uncles have played for Hitchin – Brett Donnelly and Callum Donnelly have only recently left, while Josh Bickerstaff is a regular member of the current side.”
His father Luke Donnelly also played for Hitchin eight years ago, while his grandfather Gordon Bickerstaff is one of the club’s main sponsors.
Izzard added with a smile: “Let us hope Teddy will follow in the family tradition and play for Hitchin in the years to come.”
The club are also having 11 representatives of their youth teams as mascots to represent the various age groups of the youth section. The youth teams have cancelled their normal Sunday fixtures so the players can attend the big match.
Chairman Paul Males added: “All of us from Hitchin Town Youth would like to wish Hitchin Town FC the very best for Sunday’s FA Cup match. We shall be there in numbers cheering them on.
“We hope that our youth players watching on the day will one day be in the position of the players on the pitch, playing for Hitchin in the first round of the FA Cup – and beyond.
“We would also like to thank the leagues which our teams play in – the EJA, the Mid Herts Rural Minors League and the Royston Crow League for allowing our teams to cancel fixtures this Sunday to allow our players and their parents the chance to watch the match.”