Wednesday, July 17
Royston, Hertfordshire


Hitchin Town FC profile

Who Are Ya! Hitchin Town FC profile

Hitchin Town FC profile

Hitchin Town are our first visitors to Garden Walk in 2019. We take a closer look at our New Years Day opponents and delve into their recent and deeper history in the latest Who Are Ya! profile…

  • They were founded in 1928 although they can claim lineage from Hitchin FC who were formed in 1865 and liquidated in 1911
  • Hitchin FC participated in the very first FA Cup in the 1871-72 season
  • In 1905, Hitchin defeated Chelsea 3–2 to become the first a.way team to win at Stamford Bridge.
  • Their nickname is the Canaries and play in yellow and green although initially they wore yellow and blue. As Hitchin FC they played in white and magenta.
  • The Canaries have been based at their Top Field ground since their inception

Top Field

  • In the 1958-59 FA Cup Hitchin Town met League opposition for the first time. They held Millwall to a 1–1 draw at Top Field but lost the replay 2–1.
  • In the 1960-61 FA Cup the Canaries travelled to Crystal Palace in the First round but lost 6–2.
  • Floodlights were installed at Top Field in 1962, and were inaugurated by a friendly match against Arsenal. In 2016 new floodlights were installed and once again they were inaugurated in a friendly against Arsenal
  • During the 1970s, Hitchin Town reached the FA Cup first round an impressive four times: 1973–74, 1974–75, 1976–77 and 1978–79. In their 73-74 run they actually reached the Second round.
  • They have since reached the FA Cup first round in the 1994-95 competition, the second round in 1995-96 and this season they once again reached the First round.
  • In the 2016-17 season the Canaries took on Leamington in the Play-Off final for a place in the National League South and they came within a minute of promotion in normal time before conceding a 90th minute penalty equaliser, and then suffering a winning goal from Leamington six minutes from the end of extra time.
  • Notable former players include: Dave Kitson and John Frendo