We have now finalised our mascot arrangements for Sunday’s Emirates FA Cup First Round match with Solihull Moors. Our lead mascot is 3-year-old Teddy Donnelly. Teddy has been a Hitchin Town fan since birth. Indeed he was also a Hitchin mascot on his first birthday.

Teddy’s family background meant he really had no choice but to support the Club. All three of his uncles have played for Hitchin – Brett Donnelly and Callum Donnelly have only recently left while Josh Bickerstaff is a regular member of the current side. His father Luke Donnelly also played for Hitchin eight years ago while his grandfather Gordon Bickerstaff is one of the club’s main sponsors. Let us hope Teddy will follow in the family tradition and play for the Canaries in years to come.

Teddy will be ably assisted by another Hitchin Town fan-favourite in the form of Elvis the dog. Elvis made the big time earlier in the season when he was refused entry at the Lowestoft Town ground and became a social media star. He attends matches home and away with his owner Chris and is a familiar sight wearing his Hitchin scarf.

Finally, we are also having eleven representatives of our youth teams as additional mascots. They will represent the various age groups of the youth section. The various youth teams have cancelled their normal Sunday fixtures so the players can attend the big match and we appreciate their support. Chairman Paul Males sent the following message:

”All of us from Hitchin Town Youth would like to wish Hitchin Town FC the very best for Sunday’s FA Cup match. We shall be there in numbers cheering them on. We hope that our youth players watching on the day will one day be in the position of the players on the pitch, playing for Hitchin Town FC in the 1st round of the FA Cup (and beyond). We would also like to thank the leagues which our teams play in, The EJA, The Mid Herts Rural Minors League and the Royston Crow League for allowing our teams to cancel fixtures this Sunday to allow our players and their parents the chance to watch the match.”