Mick's Football Memories

Mick’s Football Memories – part 27

No longer able to play football I contented myself with watching local teams as I gradually started to recover my health. This meant watching Hitchin Town, Letchworth Town and Knebworth on a regular basis. Stevenage Athletic were in a very unstable state and I did not find the prospect of watching matches at Broadhall Way very appealing.

During the 1974/75 season I probably watched Hitchin Town more than any other club and saw them again reach the FA Cup First Round Proper, where they were drawn against league opposition in local rivals Cambridge United. I attended the match at Top Field where Hitchin played extremely well and drew 0-0. Cambridge United won the replay 3-0. Hitchin would again finish in a comfortable mid table position in the Isthmian League.

I also watched more matches at Letchworth Town where they won the Athenian League Division One title. This was the top division as the Athenian League had named its divisions One and Two when it reduced to two divisions after the Isthmian League had created a second division at the start of the 1973/74 season. This emulated their feat of 1957/58 when they won the Delphian League title.

Knebworth’s season in the Herts. County League was an anti-climax after their success of the previous season as they finished in lower mid table in the Premier Division, with the reserves finishing in mid table in Division One. Rolls-Royce Engines won the Premier Division and completed the double defeating Leavesden Hospital 3-0 in the Aubrey Cup Final. Chipperfield won Division one, Hatfield School Old Boys Division Two and Welwyn Garden United Division Three.

Stevenage Athletic finished in mid table in the Southern League Division One (North) in what was to be their penultimate season in the league as the club would fold and leave the Southern League in the most bizarre of circumstances.

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