Hitchin Town Weekly News Bulletin Sunday June 19 2011
|Published: 20th June 2011 11:54|
Dunstable to visit Hitchin
Hitchin Town will play host to Dunstable Town during their pre-season programme on Tuesday July 19, 7.45pm. The South Beds side finished seventh in the Spartan South Midlands League last season and included former Canaries Jon Barnett, Grant Carney, Nathan Frater and Dean Whittaker in their squad.
Hitchin scoop hat-trick of accolades
Hitchin Town were among the most celebrated clubs at this year’s Southern League Dinner, held in Torquay this weekend. The Canaries picked up no less than three awards at the dinner: Play-off winners; top goalscorer for John Frendo; and Fair-Play trophy winners. A small group of players accompanied Chairman Terry Barratt to Torquay. Before departing, Barratt said: “It’s a long way to go, but when you come back with silverware, it makes the journey seem shorter. It’s also a great opportunity to recognise our achievements and meet up with friends from other clubs.”
Rushden on Hitchin’s fixture list?
Hitchin could face former Football League club Rushden & Diamonds next season if their proposed move to the Zamaretto League goes ahead. Rushden, who have been expelled from the Conference. Rushden may have to drop two divisions owing to their financial situation, although the club that once boasted the finest ground and set-up in non-league football – Nene Park - are appealing. A spokesman for the Football Association told the media that Diamonds are likely to be placed in the Zamaretto Premier Division. Subsequently, it has been revealed this would mean a 23-team Zamaretto Premier for the 2011-12 season. Rushden, formed from a merger of Rushden Town and Irthlingborough Diamonds in 1992, spent five years in the Football League between 2001 and 2006. The club was heavily backed by Max Griggs until 2005 when he handed it to a Supporters’ Trust. Hitchin and Rushden & Diamonds have never met in competitive football.
FA award for Hitchin
Hitchin Town has received the FA’s Charter Standard accreditation for the adult club for the first time. The accreditation is awarded in recognition of a wide range of activities and standards, including appropriate coaching, screening and overall quality assurance. “It basically underlines that we are running the club properly,” says Community Officer Mark Burke. The next stage for the club is to receive the FA Charter Community Award. “We are working on that,” adds Burke.
Annual memorial match at Hitchin
Hitchin Town is to hold an annual memorial match to mark the passing of supporters, former players and officials. The game, which will be played at the end of each season, will be a Past v Present match, in keeping with a discarded tradition at the club. The Past v Present games were a popular feature of the Hitchin season in the 1950s and 1960s. Part, if not all, of the proceeds from the game will go to the club’s chosen charity. Each season, the club receives requests about hosting a game in memory of a former player or supporter. By inaugurating the “Hitchin Memorial Match”, the club will be able to provide a game that remembers those that have passed away during the season.