Date: Tuesday 14th August 2018
KO Time: 19:45pm
Venue: - London Colney FC Cotlandswick Playing Fields, London Colney, Herts AL2 1DW
Referee: Kevin Moore
Assistant 1: Lennard Francis
Assistant 2: Alan Morehouse
Shirts: Royal Blue
Shorts: Royal Blue
Socks: Royal Blue
Shirts: Black and White
1 Bradley Heaps
2 Kiefer Shuttleworth
3 Brogan Townsend
4 Alex Mawhinney
5 Dean Sadler
6 Dan Dixon
7 James Millard
8 Tom Ryan
9 Danny Burrows
10 Lious Frederick
11 Milo Keane
12 Wade Smith
14 Sam Stephenson
15 James Taylor
16 Matt Drinkall
17 Jimmy Talbott
Hatfield Town Football Club
vs Bedford FC
Message from the Chairman
I would extend a warm welcome to the supporters of St Neots, and Players Committee to London Colney today. I look forward to an entertaining and fun filled match.
Once again the new season is here and I find myself again pondering over the possible success that we might achieve this time around.
It would be great to start this season with three points, but it almost feels more important that we start with a good performance that will set the benchmark for the matches to come (I am sure that the lads won’t let me down!)
So lets all get behind the boys and show our support.
Come on you Blue Boys!
Program compiled and edited by Stephen Cooper
Hatfield Town Club history
Hatfield Football Club was founded in 1886 by members of Hatfield Cricket Club and played their matches in Lord Salisbury's Hatfield Park.
In the 1906/07 season Hatfield FC merged with Dagmar House School Old Boys to form Hatfield United FC. The merger was driven by there being only one pitch available, namely Showfield, later known as Stonecross Road, as the other was taken up by the extension of the town cemetery.
The club began their league campaigns in the Mid Herts League in the 1890s and then moved to the Herts County League. In the 1920s there was another merger, this time with Hatfield Cricket and Athletic Clubs to form Hatfield United Athletic Club.
Moving up to the senior amateur Spartan League, their first season was cut short by the outbreak of war and they managed to complete only one fixture. The club reformed after the war and three years later the merger with the cricket section was undone with the cricketers returning to Hatfield Park and the football section continuing to compete in the Spartan League as Hatfield Town FC.
After several seasons they were not re-elected and moved to the Parthenon and London League before entering the Metropolitan League in the mid-1960s as a semi-professional club with a number of permit players on their books. In the late 1970s when, once again, finances were inadequate the limited company was wound up in the High Court.
The football club continued to play at Stonecross Road until 1980 when the land was sold for housing, forcing a move to Angerland Common until 1984 when the club folded due to lack of finances and a committee to run the club.
Reforming in 1989 Hatfield Town played on the council run Roe Hill Playing Fields pitch and entered the Herts Senior County League where they won three divisional championships in successive seasons. Promotion to the South Midlands League prompted a move to Gosling Sports Park in neighbouring Welwyn Garden City before yet another collapse into dissolution in 1996. The club reformed once again in 1999, re-joining the Herts Senior County League.
Ahead of the 2007/08 season and with a change in management personnel, the club experienced an influx of players and hence a third team was registered that will play their home games at Roe Hill Playing Fields.
The end of the 2007/08 season saw the club promoted back into the Spartan South Midlands League after winning both the Herts Senior County Premier Division and the Reserve Division One. What was the A Team for the 2007/08 campaign went on to become a splinter group who formed AFC Hatfield and who aim to keep the Hatfield flag flying in the Herts Senior County League.
Town lost a "six pointer" at Kings Langley 0-2 late in the campaign which all but gifted the West Herts club second place. Luck did turn in the close-season though as Kings Langley's ground wasn't up to the standard required, third placed Hatfield Town gratefully accepted the offer of promotion.
In 2010 Hatfield Town made a semi-permanent move to the Gosling Sports Stadium in Welwyn Garden City. Much work was required to bring the ground up to the sufficient standard, but the opportunity to have their own ground more than compensated the effort.
Hatfield cemented their position in the Premier Division during the 2009/10 season finishing a creditable 12th in the league table. However, during the 2010/11 season Hatfield were to see many changes in the coaching staff. First Trevor Lloyd, long time manager of Hatfield Town, chose to take time out of football. His replacement, Andy Prutton, was to last only a few months at the helm before deciding to ply his trade elsewhere. Adam Parker was to step in, and despite some attractive football being played, the results were not good enough for Adam to want to remain at the club, and towards the end of the season he decided to leave. Regardless of the managerial changes, Hatfield still managed to improve their league position with an 11th placed finish, and the reserve team beat London Lions 3 – 1 to win the challenge trophy final.
For the 2011/12 season the club appointed joint managers Darryn Stewart and Kevin Pearman to take on the challenge. The season started successfully, with the club reaching the second qualifying round of the FA Cup, equalling the furthest the club has ever achieved in the competition. During the season the Chairmanship was to change twice, with current Chairman Chris Maloney stepping in to the position towards the end of the season. Despite the success in the cup, the team slowly started to slip down the table, and even after tinkering with the management team Hatfield finished bottom of the league and were relegated. However, due to events elsewhere, the club was invited to remain in the premier division which they gladly accepted.
After a brief stint as manager, Mike Hollister left the club and Micky Nathan took over for the 2012/13 season and the majority of the 2013/14 season. Many youth teams joined the club, including a disabled team. The club were relegated when they ended second bottom of the Premier league.
Ashley Purser took up the reins for the 2014/15 season in Division One, and an exciting campaign ended in a respectable 4th position in the league.
In the 2015/16 season, Kevin Pearman returned to the club, this time as manager, bringing many Hatfield-based players with him.
Hatfield Town are an ambitious club whose plans for the future include the building of their own ground and advancement within the pyramid. Chairman Chris Maloney aims to make the club a credit to the town it represents and a positive influence on the youth of Hatfield.
Our earliest records date back to the season 1913/14 when Codicote joined the
Hertfordshire County League Eastern division, where we remained until the league
was reorganised in 1921 moving Codicote into the North & East division. In 1923 the
league was reduced to a single league and at the end of 1924/25 season the Herts
League was disbanded. The league reformed once again but only for one season in
1926/27 before disbanding again. Codicote then joined the North Herts League and
remained there until 1993 when the present Chairman Jim Bundy and then Manager
took Codicote once again back into the Herts Senior County League. At the end of
2009 after promotion to the Herts Premier League (03) and winning the Herts
Centenary Trophy (06) Jim moved upstairs and handed the reins over, with the aim to
progress the side into the Spartan South Midlands League. The Club invested in two
ground sharing agreements firstly 2 seasons at Hertford Town and a further 3 seasons
at Gosling Sports Park enabling the Club to achieve the facilities required by Step 6
clubs. Subsequent Managers Dan Kennoy (ex Bedford Town) and Adam Fisher (now
Welwyn Gdn City) just failed in getting the club promoted but in 2011/12 under the
management of Liam Errington and Jim Mullen the Club finally saw the team achieve
promotion to their current position in the Spartan League. The club extending the
ground share at Gosling and in the Clubs first season in the Spartan South Midlands
League they reach the Challenge Cup Final and virtue of their League position gained
entry into the Herts Charity Cup and the FA Cup. 2013/14-15 Liam remained in
charge once again pushing the Club toward those Promotion spots. In 2014/15 Jim
Mullen left the Club and was replaced by Keith Coughlin as joint manager of the 1st
Team from Southern League side Arlesey Town and the Club moved the Reserves side
from the Herts County League into the Spartan South Midlands League for one season.
Liam retired from management at the end of 2015 and the Club brought in Steve
Young , Hendy Manning and Roy Ryall (ex Stotfold) to join Keith. In October Keith
left the Club after a poor start leaving the Ex Stotfold boys in full charge. The club
pulled itself away from relegation into a top 10 position whilst reaching the Challenge
Cup semi final. The club made the final steps in moving back to the village with
£110K ground improvements with new floodlight and a new spectators stand all in
keeping with the £500,000 new Club house for the 2016/17 season. The first season
back was a major success off the field and we increased our home support by over
70% unfortunately on the park we failed to achieve what we were capable of and work
commitments meant an end to the reign of Youngie, Hendy and Roy but not before
coach James Tizard had joined the Club. Codicote then were delighted to introduce the
management of James Tizard and ex Watford, Burnley and Stoke Pro Gifton Noel-
Williams for 2017/18. Gifton a UEFA A coach will look to blend those current players
with an influx of new whilst also overseeing the development of the Youth coaches at
Codicote. The team were soon joined by Jimmy Martin a UEFA B coach from
Stevenage FC whilst James Tizard left to rekindle his playing career. Jimmy will also
manage Codicote’s new U18 side in the Southern Counties Floodlit League giving
those players a direct link into first team football. In Nov Codicote parted company
with Gifton Noel Williams after only 1 win and introduced a new management Team
of Finlay Jonson and Chas Roberts. Fin and Chas will join Tony Armitage currently at
Codicote who had assisted Gifton since early October.
Fin and Chas guided the Club away from a regulation spot s Tony moved to Ampthill
Town with the introduction of several players from Step 4 and 5. Fin and Chas then
decided not to continue at Codicote as Fin moved to Hendon and Chas took up private
coaching opportunities. Codicote then approached Elliot Smith, James Smithson and
Kevin Cahill previously with London Colney and Harpenden Town to take up the
position at Codicote. Once again, an influx of players has begun with the return of
some of Codicote’s old favourites and new enthusiasm for the game finally returning