On behalf of Hitchin Town Football Club, we would like to thank the Hitchin public, the club’s loyal fans, the non-league community and football fans from all over the world for their tremendous support for the Save Top Field march on December 6, 2014.
There is no doubt that the day was an enormous success. Not only was the march and the game well supported, but the goodwill that was generated was very moving for everyone connected with our much-loved club.
We sent a very clear message to the landlords that the club, indeed the town, will not lay down and accept what many people are calling “dire plans”.
While this march achieved its objectives, we also recognise that this is merely the start of a protracted campaign that will require dedication and resolve. We are firmly committed to winning the battle and to securing the long-term future of Hitchin Town Football Club.
Once more, thank you to everyone who took part or offered their support in other ways. We are extremely grateful.
Terry Barratt Andy Melvin
They came from far and wide: Australia, Doncaster, Bedford, Stevenage…and the Hertfordshire village of Ickleford. There were different agendas: saving a football ground; protecting the local economy; and conserving the countryside. Saturday morning was a nervous time for the organisers of a campaign aimed at saving the development of a football ground. Would the town of Hitchin respond to the call for support of a protest march intended to make a point to a group of now demonised trustees known as the Cow Commoners? To see the full story, click here
The objective of the march is to conduct a peaceful, good-natured and forceful event that is very visible and effective in making its point. Bad behavior or verbal abuse will only undermine the purpose of the march.
The following is not permitted:
- Bad language – this is a walk that includes all ages and genders
- Politically incorrect chanting – sexist, racist, homophobia etc
- Personal abuse of individuals – i.e. Cow Commoners, councillers, politicians, Hitchin Town officials
- Aggressive behavior
- Chanting that includes the name of any corporate – i.e. Tesco
- Personal crusades not linked to the cause – no politics
Marchers are invited to express their feelings on the following issues:
- No supermarket at Top Field
- Save Top Field
- Save Hitchin Town Football Club
- Preserve the heritage of the game of football
- Save Green Belt land
- Save the local economy
- Support local businesses
Anyone attempting to compromise the walk will not be admitted into the ground for the game against Poole Town at 3pm.
Top Field played host to Arsenal’s first team for a training session in the late 1990s.
Pictured here are Patrick Vieira and Ian Wright in action.
Arsenal have been regular visitors down the years to the club and on this occasion, Arsene
Wenger was in attendance.
Throughout the centuries, the concept of the “march” has played its part in shaping history. There’s the Jarrow March, the Chinese Red Army’s Long March, the March of the Hebrew Slaves, Gandhi’s Salt March and the Aldermaston Marches, to name but a few. On December 6, 2014 in Hitchin, a quiet, unassuming town in Hertfordshire, a procession will take place to protest about the possible loss of the club’s historic Top Field football stadium – for the die-hards of the Canaries, it is the most important step-out they are ever likely to participate in.
To see the article, click here
Following discussions with the local police, Hitchin Town’s march in support of the Save HTFC campaign will go ahead on Saturday December 6, 2014 at 1pm.
The route has changed from original plans and will now be as follows:
12.30pm gathering on Butts Close where the club expects to have guest speakers in support of the campaign
1pm March begins and proceeds:
3.00pm Hitchin Town v Poole Town – free entry match in support of campaign
The club is appealing to all corners of the community to join this march in order to maximise the impact of the campaign.
Further details will be released in due course.
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