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Post by anthony.brown » Sun Jan 26, 2020 2:36 pm

26th January 1929 Spartan League

Hoddesdon Town 3 (W. H. Haynes, D. Donleavy, R. Langdon)
Hitchin Town 5 (Jack Davey, Charlie Evans, Albert Tasker, William Barker 2)

An early Spartan League game for Hitchin Town, in their first season.



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4th February 1950 Athenian League

Hitchin Town 1 (Johnny Mockler)
Tooting & Mitcham United 3 (Tommy Kerner 2, Frank Bennett)

Tooting lead the Athenian League for the first time on record. Two goals from Tommy Kerner and another by Fred Berry enable them to win at Hitchin 3-1, a fine achievement.

The People Sunday 5th February 1950 'Highlights of the Amateur game'

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Post by anthony.brown » Mon Feb 10, 2020 1:59 pm

10th February 1940 Herts & Middx Combination

Hitchin Town 4 (H. Borrett, Sam Hailey, Les Clarke, + o.g)
Tufnell Park 1 (A. Price)

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Post by anthony.brown » Thu Feb 13, 2020 12:21 pm

13th February 1932 Herts Senior Cup Round 3

Hitchin Town 9 (Ron Lynch, Jimmy Walker 2, Eddie Armitage 3, George Payne 3)
Watford Spartans 0

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Post by anthony.brown » Wed Feb 19, 2020 12:50 pm

19th February 1955 Athenian League

Hitchin Town 3 (Frank Penn, Peter Hammond, Dave Sayers)
Enfield 3 (Ron Phipps, D. Potter, Stan Cummings)

Another ding-dong battle against our regular foes (at the time) from Enfield.

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Post by Stuart » Wed Feb 19, 2020 4:34 pm

Just coming up to my 1st birthday when this was played :baby: , we certainly used to "bang 'em in" back in the day.

Going off at a slight tangent Anthony, I was watching a news reel clip during a tribute to Harry Gregg yesterday and in one clip he caught the ball quite cleanly and was then unceremoniously (and quite brutally it appeared to me) barged over the line and into the back of the net still holding the ball....and the goal stood !!! What VAR would have made of it back then is anyone's guess :warning2: :shock: :doah:
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Post by Geoff » Wed Feb 19, 2020 10:09 pm

Stuart wrote:
Wed Feb 19, 2020 4:34 pm
Just coming up to my 1st birthday when this was played :baby: , we certainly used to "bang 'em in" back in the day.

Going off at a slight tangent Anthony, I was watching a news reel clip during a tribute to Harry Gregg yesterday and in one clip he caught the ball quite cleanly and was then unceremoniously (and quite brutally it appeared to me) barged over the line and into the back of the net still holding the ball....and the goal stood !!! What VAR would have made of it back then is anyone's guess :warning2: :shock: :doah:
That was probably Nat Lofthouse in the Cup Final, back in the days when it was 'mens' football and not the 'non pc comment' who play now.
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Post by anthony.brown » Thu Feb 20, 2020 12:57 pm

20th February 1868

Hitchin Football Club 0 Wanderers 2 (C. W. Alcock & H. Emanuel)

On Thursday 20th February 1868 a well-contested match was played between the Hitchin Football Club and 'The Wanderers', on the Hitchin ground. The match was won by 'The Wanderers'.

Hertford Mercury & Reformer Saturday 22nd February 1868

Five times FA Cup winners The Wanderers included in their team Charles William Alcock and Arthur Fitzgerald Kinnaird, both of whom rose to the top of the Football Association, Alcock as FA Secretary for 25 years, and Kinnaird as FA President. The Honourable Thomas Henry William Pelham made his debut for The Wanderers in this game.

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21st February 1970 Herts Senior Cup Round 4 Attendance 750

Baldock Town 1 (Gordon Guile)
Hitchin Town 4 (Ian Reid, Charlie Townsend, Ken Fulkes, Bernie Gogan)

50 years since this win by perhaps one of the most successful squads in Canaries' history. Well worth listing the team, as recorded by Fishponder's stats:

Charlie Turner, Hugh Pratt, Ian Reid, Maurice Howkins, John Ashworth, Peter Robinson, Ken Fulkes, Roy Cutler, Bernie Gogan, Charlie Townsend, and Tony Harley.

It was in my first season watching the Canaries, albeit intermittently at the time; boozing sessions,darts, and Luton Town FC usually taking precedence over the footie at Top Field.

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Post by anthony.brown » Sun Feb 23, 2020 2:32 pm

Look! No hands!

Thursday 23rd February 1870

Football: Meeting of the Football Association.

As usual, the Freemasons' Tavern was the scene of the annual rendezvous of the members of the association, which took place on Wednesday last. Mr E. C. Morley, the president, occupied the chair. Mr C. W. Alcock (Wanderers) was elected secretary and treasurer in place of Mr R. G. Graham, and the following gentlemen were chosen on the committee: - Messrs W. J. Dixon (Crusaders), R. W. Willis and R. G. Graham (Barnes), A. F. Kinnaird (Old Etonians), J. Kirkpatrick (Civil Service), W. J. Cutbill (Crystal Palace), W. Chesterman (Sheffield), Vere Wright (Newark), A. A. Padley (Lincoln), and C. L. Rothers (Nottingham).
The principal subject for discussion was the question of handling the ball, and we are glad to state that the meeting resolved that in future 'handling the ball under any pretense whatever' was prohibited.
It was also decided that in the event of no goal having fallen to either side at the lapse of half time, ends shall be changed.
These are two very sensible rules, and in the event of the first one being strictly enforced, we shall see football carried on as it ought to be, and as it always has been at one of our principal public schools, made a game of the feet, and free from unscientific and brutal mauls.
The Wanderers, Clapham Rovers, Barnes, Brixton, Harrow Pilgrims, Hampstead Heathens, N.N's (No Names FC), Upton Park, Amateur Athletic, Lincoln, Nottingham, and Newark Clubs all sent representatives to the meeting, whose discussions were conducted in the most amicable way.

Sporting Life Saturday 26th February 1870

Note: The following year nominated goalkeepers were allowed to handle the ball.

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