Here is the latest excerpt from the club’s first minute book from 1928:

Meeting held on 24 December
The Spartan League game on 22 December saw Hitchin beat Hoddesdon 7-1 scorers Womwell 4, Thomson, Evans and Davy. Gate receipts were £15 11s 6d and match cards realised £1 14s 1d.

The secretary reported that we would meet Walsworth in the Hitchin Hospital Cup on 12 January. It was agreed notices be posted on the door of the home dressing room saying “players and officials only by order.”

The secretary reported that he had received an invitation from Mr Harry Clifford manager of the company at Blakes Theatre for our own team and that of Metropolitan Police to attend the performance on Boxing Day night. It was agreed to accept and to thank Mr Clifford.

Meeting held on 31 December
The result of the friendly match against Watford Old Boys on Christmas Day morning was a 3-1 victory scorers A S Furr, French and Thomson. Gate receipts were £18 9s 11d and match cards realised £2 1s 8d.

The Beds League game on Boxing Day morning saw a 2-0 defeat at Letchworth. The Boxing Day Spartan League game with Metropolitan Police was a 1-1 draw with Davy scoring. Gate receipts were £51 12s 8d and match cards realised £4 3s 4d. The ball fund for all holiday games was £6 10s 1d.

The Beds League game with Baldock on 29 December saw a 4-2 victory scorers J Muncey 2 and H Muncey 2. Gate receipts were £16 9s. 9d, match cards £1 1s and ball fund £1 4s. 9d.

The secretary reported that due to the gate taken at the final of the Benevolent Shield being somewhat smaller than anticipated he had agreed with some of the committee that the club pay the printing and posting expenses incurred together with the groundsman’s fee. The committee endorsed this action.

A letter was read from Mr E Burgess thanking the club for the table presented to him as a wedding present. A letter was read from the newly formed North Herts Referees Association giving the club an invitation to appoint a representative to become an associate member.

It was agreed that a new bag be purchased for use of the Beds League team.

Meeting held on 7 January 1929
The result of the Spartan League game with Welwyn Garden City was a 4-2 victory scorers Womwell, Davey, Thomson and Tasker. Gate receipts £14 13s.8d, match cards £1 10s 8d. and ball fund £2 4s 5d. The Beds League game with Bedford Town resulted in a 7-0 defeat.

It was resolved that the team manager be empowered to keep the dressing room entirely to players at half time.

A request was received for use of the ground for the schoolboy match Hitchin British v Barnet on 19 January. The application was granted.

Meeting held on 14 January
The Spartan League game at Waltham Comrades on 12 January resulted in a 9-2 victory scorers Bullard 4, Furr 2, Barker, Tasker and Muncey. The friendly match with London Callies on the same date resulted in a 2-1 victory scorer Muncey 2. Gate receipts were £9 1s. 7d., match cards £1 0s. 10d and ball fund £1 12s 3d.

It was agreed that G Pateman be appointed to clear up the ground and that the groundsman be informed that he must clear up litter himself after every home game.

The representative game between the Spartan League and the RAF was confirmed for 15 January. Messrs Duller, Foster and Grimes consented to help as gatemen etc. It was agreed that 750 match cards be printed and also 100 souvenir match cards to be presented to the officials and players.

As a result of a collection taken on the ground on 12 January the sum of 13s. was raised for the Miners Relief Fund.

More next week.

BY ROY IZZARD