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25th March 1995 Diadora League

Hitchin 0 Hayes 0

A clean sheet for 'Stretch'. 'Binman' at 4.



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anthony.brown wrote:
Wed Mar 25, 2020 11:31 am
25th March 1995 Diadora League

Hitchin 0 Hayes 0

A clean sheet for 'Stretch'. 'Binman' at 4.
Probably about 7 yellow cards for dirty Hayes?! :mrgreen:

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26th March 2011 Southern League

Hitchin Town 2 (Ieuan Lewis, Liam George)
AFC Hayes 0 (Four yellow cards)

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27th March 1869

Hitchin 2 Welwyn 0

This match was played on Saturday, March 27th, at Hitchin, and resulted in a victory for Hitchin by two goals to none, though not without a gallant struggle on the part of Welwyn. The latter lost the toss, in itself a great disadvantage on the Hitchin ground, and had to kick against a driving wind and storms of snow, which kept beating at intervals in their faces. However, they made a desperate resistance from 3.30 til 4.15, when Tuck scored the first goal for Hitchin, and just a quarter of a minute before time was called Hill kicked a second goal for them. Considering the Welwyn had quite a scratch team, they played a capital uphill game, as their opponents had collected all the available talent at their disposal. For Hitchin, Shillitoe, Hill, Tuck, and Layton showed best form, and Atkinson was very assiduous by his attentions to the ball, and for Welwyn, Wilkinson and the brothers Sharpe rendered valuable assistance. The latter were defeated, but by no means disgraced, and it is hoped they may have two equally good contests next year.

The sides were as follows:
Hitchin: F. Shillitoe (captain), W. Hill, Atkinson, A. J. Tuck, F. Baily, A. Radcliffe, Holgate, Layton, G. Ellard, J. Ellard, and Mainwaring.

Welwyn: C. F. Reid (captain), H. Wilkinson, T. G. Sharpe, W. H. Sharpe, C. Sharpe, J. Coleman, J. Brode, Dunn, Dunn, Baker, and Dawson.

The Sportsman Wednesday 31st March 1869

Note: The first game against Welwyn was played at Welwyn on 26th December 1868, another 2-0 win for Hitchin.

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Saturday 28th March 1970 London Senior Cup Semi-Final
Attendance 1159

Hitchin Town 2 (Ian Reed, Roy Cutler, pen)
Dagenham 1 (P.Leakey)

Charlie Turner, Hugh Pratt, Ian Reid, Maurice Howkins, John Ashworth, Charlie Townsend, Paul Giggle, Roy Cutler, Bernie Gogan, Tony Harley, Tony Brothers. Heroes all!

I missed the match as I chose to go to Kenilworth Road, where a Malcolm Macdonald hat trick, and goals from Mike Harrison and Viv Busby helped Luton beat Reading 5-0. Attendance 14401.

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29th March 1937 Spartan League

Hitchin Town 6 (Bill Westwood, Eric Broadbent, Ray Albone, Jock Watson 2, Phil Clarke)
Aylesbury United 2 (W. Brown 2)

29th March 1941 Herts & Middlesex League

Metropolitan Police 3 (H. Moore, A. Fuller 2)
Hitchin Town 6 (E. Flint, Sam Hailey 3, Jack Hoar 2)

(Sidney) Dennis Chapman at 3

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30th March 1940 Herts & Middlesex Combination
Finchley 1 (R. Fuller) Hitchin Town 1 (Jack Hoar)
Finchley report (below) has Colin Izzard at 2 and Phil Chamberlain at 3 for Hitchin. Fishponder records Phil Chamberlain at 2 and Reg Broadbent at 3.

Game of Changing Fortunes
HITCHIN SHARE THE POINTS
This game was one of changing fortunes at Summers Lane, where Finchley fought very hard to earn this Herts and Middlesex Combination point. At one stage Hitchin seemed to have a walk-over, so one-sided was the play, but Finchley retaliated and penned the Hitchin men in their own half for a long period. Finchley gave a trial to Fuller, the Metropolitan Police centre-forward, who, although missing two possible scoring chances, did get the home team's goal. The outstanding man of the match was Masters, the Finchley centre-half, who played brilliantly throughout.
The match opened on an exciting note, Hitchin making a quick thrust that nearly caught the Finchley defence unawares. Milne cleared and pushed the ball right down the middle. Fuller raced past Westwood and took the ball practically to the penalty spot, but his shot went wide. Hitchin took command after this and Ward nearly had the ball in the net when he ran it across the face of the goal, but he was unable to turn it. Hoar, the other winger, also needed careful watching, but generally speaking the Hitchin forwards were off the mark in their shooting. It was a good thing they were from the Finchley point of view, for they shot often enough. The brightest Finchley move in this half came from the two Sperrins who cleverly interpassed until the inside-right shot past. Cole also came near when he beat Jones with a drive, but the ball hit the post.
Half-time: Finchley 0 Hitchin 0
It was Finchley's turn in the second half to take the offensive. Cole and W. Sperrin did some good work in an attack, but Neary and Fuller had shots that went wide. Fuller ran clear of the opposition again but Jones tipped his shot round the post for a corner. After a quarter of an hour J. Sperrin centred and Fuller pushed the ball through to give Finchley the lead. This encouraged Finchley, and they tried to consolidate their position with another goal, but J. Sperrin, with a terrific shot, just grazed the crossbar. Then Fuller shot from a few yards out, but Jones saved brilliantly at the expense of a corner. Five minutes from time Hoar beat Wildman from close in to save a point for Hitchin.
Hendon and Finchley Times Friday 5th April 1940

30th March 1985 Division 1
Luton Town 3 (Mick Harford 2, Chuck Nwajiobi) Ipswich 1 (Eric Gates)
Ricky Hill at 7

Ipswich miss a hatful of chances early on but take a deserved lead when Eric Gates scores from 20 yards. Harford is again leading the line and scores twice as he runs rings around England centre-half Terry Butcher. The Hatters win two consecutive games for the first time this season.
Luton Town: The Modern Era. Published by Desert Island Books. Author Roger Wash (Hatters historian)

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31st March 1945 Herts & Middlesex Combination
Hitchin Town 1 (Bill Saunders) Wealdstone 0

WEALDSTONE FORWARDS IN TIMID MOOD
On the well-equipped ground of Hitchin Town, Wealdstone suffered a further Herts & Middlesex league reverse on Saturday, but rarely has a club secured two points more easily than Hitchin did on this occasion. Wealdstone have only themselves to blame for returning home pointless, as the forwards had many chances, which, had they been accepted, would have brought at least three or four goals.
The defence played resolutely throughout and time and again set the attack in motion, only for it to peter out through weak finishing. The visitors were undoubtedly handicapped in not having the services of Russell, Dyke, and Warner, whose presence would have added punch and thrust to the front line.
The Only Goal
Wealdstone did exceptionally well in keeping the Hitchin score sheet blank in the first half, but should have been leading at half-time, two goal opportunities going begging.
The solitary goal of the match was scored about midway through the second half when the inside-right, receiving the ball following a weak clearance, gave Hewlett no chance.
Edmonds and Hewlett were again the shining stars in the Wealdstone team, with the latter effecting his usual masterly saves. The redeeming feature of a poor display by the forwards was the skill of Harrison at outside-right. He led the Hitchin left-back a merry dance and got across some useful centres, more often than not, were frittered away. Hitchin were indeed fortunate to find the Wealdstone front line in such a timid mood.

Harrow Observer Thursday 5th April 1945

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1st April 1939 Herts Senior Cup Semi-final
Hitchin Town 2 (Bill Westwood, Les Clarke) St Albans City 0

HITCHIN AND LEAVESDEN AGAIN SENIOR CUP FINALISTS
Hitchin Town, the holders, and Leavesden will again contest the final of the Hertfordshire Senior Cup. On Saturday Hitchin defeated St Albans by two clear goals, while at Hatfield their Reserves were winning the Herts Charity Shield.
The trophy has been won by Hitchin on eleven previous occasions, and by Leavesden five times. The last occasion on which Leavesden were successful was in the 1936/37 season.
There is every prospect of Hitchin becoming the top team in Hertfordshire this season, for in addition to the Senior Cup final they are also in the Hertfordshire Charity Cup final, and are likely to win the championship of the Spartan League.


Hitchin Reserves 7 (Norman Clarke 2, Frank Kilby 3, W. Girling, Claude Brown) Redbourn 3 (Keen 2, Johnson) Herts Charity Shield Final
Hitchin Reserves and Redbourn met in the final of the Hertfordshire Charity Shield at Hatfield on Saturday (1st April 1939).
And Hitchin Reserves won in a most convincing manner, scoring seven goals to Redbourn's three.
For Redbourn even to reach the final, however, was a fine performance. Last season they competed in junior football, while their position in the Herts County League is a lowly one at the present time. However, the Hatfield ground should have been familiar to them, for it was there that they defeated Hatfield United, favourites for the competition.
On the other hand, Hitchin Reserves have had a successful season. They are amongst the leaders of the first division of the South Midlands League, and held an unbeaten record in the competition for a longer period than any other club.
Much of the success of the Reserves, as the score suggests was due to the forward line, where Kilby and Clarke shone. Kilby has once or twice played for the first team, and given really sound displays.
The Hertford Mercury Friday 7th April 1939

If anyone has read this far and would like me to post the match report of the Reserves' triumph, let me know. 'The Stiffs' rarely get their achievements recorded (at all levels of football) and as I've spent many happy evenings watching reserve matches, I thought I'd share this score.

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Hi Anthony - yes I'd like to see any info. re the Stiffs. Still on my Hitchin bucket list to research and record all results that I can find for Reserve Teams throughout the history of the Club.

I miss the Reserve team football.Used to love going up to Top Field around 2010/2011 in the Capital League - normally Monday evenings when First Team played on Tuesdays. Saw some good players then. Current first team players Dan Webb and Josh Bickerstaff cut their teeth as youngsters in our reserve team.

Such a loss to football that Reserve Team football is no longer considered viable.
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