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 INTRODUCTION

Welcome to the official web site of the Hitchin Sunday Football League, and thank you for taking the time to click on and have a look. The league primarily was set up to serve the towns of Hitchin, Letchworth and Baldock. It now covers the surrounding areas, within a 15-mile radius from Hitchin. The league comprises of four divisions, premier and divisions one, two and three. League games commence at 10.30 am, and all cup fixtures kick off at 10.00 am and are finished to a conclusion on the day. Within membership clubs are affiliated to either Hertfordshire or Bedfordshire F.A. Current membership stands at 38 teams, with over 30 registered fully qualified referees. So please enjoy the site and have a browse through – I think that you will find it very informative.
HISTORY

The league was born in 1977 and was originally known as the Ickleford Sunday League. It was created by its founders, brothers “Malcolm and Martin Brown”. In those days the league consisted of ten clubs competing in one division. These teams mainly came from a works basis or from one of the many local public houses. Matches were played in the mornings and afternoons due to the availability of pitches, and at that time had four registered referees. Teams were invited to apply for membership provided they were within a 15-mile radius of Hitchin. This criterion still remains to date. In the early year’s teams known as Angels Reply, Two Chimneys and Singh Sabha Hitchin were a recognised force.

During the late seventies and early eighties the league expanded with more divisions with more clubs competing. The refereeing area also developed to a strong list which now provides. The league has had four chairmen in Derek Clews, Alan Brown, Ian Watters and currently in office is Richard Hunt. Andy Eely is the current league president.

In 1990-91 season the Hitchin Sunday League won the Herts Sunday Inter-League Trophy, this remains its only success. Offley Social remains the only club to win the Herts Sunday Senior Cup in 1996-97 season. The Herts Sunday Intermediate Cup has seen two successes in Green Man in 1990-91 and Ashwell in 1997-98. The only success to date in the Herts Sunday Junior Cup was achieved by Offley Social in 1988-89. Across the border, Bedfordshire has seen two successes in Meppershall winning the 1996-97 Beds Sunday Centenary Cup and Engineers Henlow winning the Bedfordshire Sunday Lower Junior Cup in 2004-05.

Over the years the league has carried various sponsors in its name such as The Comet and Gazette Newspapers, Polcaros and Tiernay Metals. To date, it trades under its current name, bearing four divisions with six knock-out cup competitions. 38 teams are currently in membership, affiliated to either Hertfordshire or Bedfordshire Football Association. Three awards carry the name of a previous league officer, Lynn Pennie, George John and Kevin Sharp, sadly who are no longer with us.

Bob Cleverly is the current General Secretary and longest serving member of council, and currently acts as the league representative to the Hertfordshire Football Association. Each department has its own officer, League Treasurer is Andy Eely, and Competitions is headed by Alan Lowe, Referees by Theo Peters. Player Registrations by Roger Pennie, who also handles Discipline. The council has its own publication department fronted by Dave Lewis, and the Referees Representative currently to date is vacant. The council year by year, elects club representatives to the council.

The league council meet once a month, with a new club interview evening in May, League Constitution Meeting in June and the Annual General Meeting in August.

INTRODUCING THE LEAGUE OFFICERS

PRESIDENT

ANDY EELY
36 The Mixies, Stotfold, Herts. SG5 4LF
Tel: 01462 639173 Work: 01707 366047
Email: [email protected]

LIFE VICE PRESIDENTS

DEREK BROWN
6 Townley, Letchworth, Herts. SG6 2RP
Tel: 01462 480323

DEREK CLEWS
44 Bolingbroke Road, Luton, Beds
LU1 5JD
Tel: 01582 23128

RICHARD DOWDEN
50 Dryden Crescent, Stevenage
Herts. SG2 0JG
Tel: 01438 313929

MALCOLM SPARROW
75 Beverley Road, North Earlham, Norwich
Norfolk, NR5 5AP
Tel: 01603 503791

ALAN BROWN
8 Mill Close, Hitchin, Herts.
SG4 0NS
Tel: 01462 634754

KEVIN LOWE
73 Kennedy Court, Whinbush Road
Hitchin Herts. SG5 1PY
Tel: 01462 436269

SEAN DOYLE
36 Saxon Avenue, Stotfold, Herts. SG5 4DD
Tel: 01462 731020

MARTIN BRITTANY
4 Town Meadow Drive, Shefford
Beds. SG17 5EF
Tel: 01462 814384

ROGER PENNIE
21 Thatchers End, Hitchin, Herts. SG4 0PD
Tel: 01462 454961
Email: [email protected]

CHAIRMAN

RICHARD HUNT
4 Walnut Close, Biggleswade, Beds, SG18 OHF
Tel: 01767 314228
Email: [email protected]

VICE CHAIRMAN

BOB CLEVERLY
6 Bowmans Avenue, Hitchin, Herts. SG4 9QD
Tel: 01462 622371 Mobile: 07966 237256
Email: [email protected]

HON GENERAL SECRETARY

BOB CLEVERLY
6 Bowmans Avenue, Hitchin, Herts. SG4 9QD
Tel: 01462 622371 Mobile: 07966 237256
Email: [email protected]

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