FA CUP DRAW ON MONDAY
Understandably we have been asked whether the general public will be allowed to watch the draw in the clubhouse on Monday evening. Unfortunately this is not possible as we have to abide by the BBC guidelines. There are only a limited number of guests who are invited. These include Football Association representatives, guests from clubs who will be in the draw for the First Round, BBC staff and a limited number of representatives from Hitchin Town including players and officials. The Hitchin contingent will be issued with an official invitation.
The programme will start on BBC2 and BT Sport at 7:00pm with the draw taking place at 7:10pm. Rehearsals take place during the afternoon and it is surprising just how many staff are required to make the programme happen. Mark Chapman and Dion Dublin will be joined by Dennis Wise in hosting the draw, who actually played at Top Field during manager Mark Burke’s testimonial back in May 1996.
There is no doubt that hosting the draw will increase our profile and I feel very proud we have been chosen as few clubs ever get such an opportunity.
LEATHERHEAD ON WEDNESDAY
The coach will leave at 3:30pm on Wednesday.
The game will kick off at 7:45pm. Admission prices are adults £10, concessions (over 65 and full time students) £7 and children under 16 £4. Hitchin will be playing in an all yellow kit with Leatherhead having green and white shirts, green shorts and green socks.
Leatherhead play at Fetcham Grove, Guildford Road, Leatherhead KT22 9AS. The ground phone number is 01372 360151. There is parking in the car park at Leatherhead Leisure Centre which is just past the ground.
Many thanks to everyone who turned up on Saturday. I must pay tribute to our social media team led by Stewart Curtis who promoted the game so brilliantly. An attendance of 1,278 was beyond my wildest dreams and it was great to see Top Field so full. The number of young supporters present was particularly pleasing. This is why we had the protest march to save our ground! Congratulations are also due to the ground staff for producing such an excellent playing surface.