It has been decided that our league game with Barwell on Saturday 1 December, the Canaries Derby, will be the latest of our pay what you want games. Pay what you want has proved to be a popular concept and has led to bigger attendances than would otherwise have been expected, so it’s back again for this Southern League Premier clash.

The reason for selecting this fixture is to reward the 3,148 supporters who provided such great support at the Solihull Moors FA Cup game. We would like as many supporters as possible who may have been attending their first Hitchin game to return to Top Field so hopefully making the Barwell game pay what you want will give them that incentive. It was great to see so many family groups against Solihull and again pay what you want will hopefully encourage them to return. It is important we build on the momentum the FA Cup has provided and reach out to all our new followers.

It was great to see Top Field full against Solihull and hopefully we can get another bumper gate against Barwell. The atmosphere is so much better with a decent sized crowd and it can inspire the team.

We would also like to make a contribution to charity from the donations that are made on the day and our chosen charity is Young Minds. This organisation is fighting for young people’s mental health and offers support and help to young people with all manner of mental health issues. Young Minds say they are ‘’leading the fight for a future where all young minds are supported and empowered, whatever the challenges’’. At a time when the football world is beginning to take mental health issues very seriously Young Minds seems a very appropriate charity to support. Ruth Fox, who is speaking on mental health issues at Canary Club on 13th December works with Young Minds so again it all fits in very well.

Our social media team will be getting behind the pay what you want game with Barwell to ensure maximum publicity. I hope you will attend and please bring a friend.

ROY IZZARD