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19th May 1945 Herts Charity Cup (Wartime) Final

Barnet 2 (W. T. Weightman, Denis Kelleher) Hitchin Town 1 (Jose Bilbao)
Weightman and Kelleher were a real pain, scoring many goals against The Canaries in county cup finals.

Barnet's first professional player? Barry King, signed from Hitchin in 1965.



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20th May 1974 Isthmian League

Walton & Hersham 1 (Willie Smith) Hitchin Town 2 (Howard Kettleborough, Paul Giggle)

The mysterious 'P. Stack' at sub for The Canaries.

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Thursday 21st May 1970 Isthmian League

Enfield 3 (Paddy Betson, Ray Hill 2) Hitchin Town 1 (Roy Cutler)

ENFIELD HAT-TRICK
Enfield the Amateur Cup winners, beat Hitchin 3-1 last night with goals from Ray Hill (2) and Paddy Bettson, to become Isthmian League Champions for the third successive year.
Coventry Evening Telegraph Friday 22nd May 1970

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22nd May 1973 London Senior Cup Final (at Lower Mead)

Enfield 3 (John Butterfield, John Brooks, Tony Turley) Hitchin Town 1 (Tony Martin)

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Blimey, you just nudged my memory there, Tony Martin, what a good player he was.

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LTFC wrote:
Fri May 22, 2020 5:37 pm
Blimey, you just nudged my memory there, Tony Martin, what a good player he was.
Coached the team in the late 90's and was a teacher at the school up the road from the ground.

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23rd May 1968 Hitchin Centenary Cup Final 2nd Leg

Banbury 3 (Tony Jacques 30, 50, 61) Hitchin Town 1 (Bernie Gogan 111)

Aggregate score 4-3 to the Canaries. Tony Jacques scored 62 goals for Banbury in 67/68.

The view from Banbury:

LET CUP SLIP
After pulling back three goals they conceded in the first leg of the final of the Hitchin Centenary Cup, Banbury United let the game slip in extra time. The 818 fans would prefer to remember the first 90 minutes in which Banbury hit the visitors with everything they had in a bid to wipe out that 3-0 deficit. It was left to top scorer Tony Jacques to do the damage - and he performed his task with the air of a man enjoying his job. It took Banbury 30 minutes to get the ball in the net. Up until then Hitchin had easily withstood the flood of attacks. Haynes moved up into the attack and nodded the ball on to Jacques who hit it into the corner of the net. Banbury piled on the pressure and Jacques was again on the spot to score after Holder had pulled the ball back from the by-line after 50 minutes. Jacques had the hat-trick presented to him when Hitchin goalkeeper Turner dropped the ball after a clash with Holder. Banbury had many chances to snatch the winner but were taken into extra time by their poor finishing. It was all Hitchin in the extra 30 minutes and Gogan clinched the Cup for Hitchin with a goal after 21 minutes.
Coventry Evening Telegraph Friday 24th May 1968

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24th May 1967 Herts Floodlight Cup Final

Hertford Town 1 (J. Higgs) Hitchin Town 0

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25th May 1940 Herts Senior Cup (Wartime) Final

Barnet 4 (Denis Kelleher, W. T. Weightman 3) Hitchin Town 2 (Harry Brown, Les Clarke)

Barnet's 'terrible twins' strike again........................

Denis Kelleher (20th November 1918 - 20th February 2002) was an Irish footballer (born Dungarvan, County Waterford) who represented Great Britain at the 1948 Summer Olympics. During WW2, he served as a lieutenant in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, and was captured at Tobruk, later escaping from a POW camp in Germany. Reaching home after his escape he rested for just 3 days before leading his team to a 2-1 victory against Grays Athletic on March 25th 1944. His wartime exploits are well worth googling. He later became a respected GP. (Sources: various)

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Unrelated but were there two Ketttleborough brothers played for Hitchin in the 70’s? I remember Howard? Is my memory playing tricks on me?

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