A campaign group battling to bring Hatfield Town Football Club home has unveiled plans for a new ground.

The Hatfield Football Community Group is opposing plans for a new full size 3G football pitch at Birchwood, instead calling for a new football ground to be built, one which would allow Hatfield Town to return home and provide much-needed facilities for other clubs.

Now, the group has shown off their proposed new ground for the very first time, which includes modern grass pitch with drainage and modest stand with changing rooms and toilets behind.

The pitch would be surround by a fence with floodlights, a matchday clubhouse when funding is available, and space for a mobile catering van when required.

The group claim that the ground would be a community facility and not use by just one club, and that 100 games per season could be hosted there with "necessary drainage and maintenance".

Welwyn Hatfield Times: The plan include a grass pitch, stand (red), changing rooms and toilets (blue) and matchday clubhouse (light blue).The plan include a grass pitch, stand (red), changing rooms and toilets (blue) and matchday clubhouse (light blue). (Image: Hatfield Community Football Group)

"Unlike the town council’s plan, ours provides the foundations for football to progress now and for generations to come. It’s a base to build on," said a spokesperson for the Hatfield Football Community Group.

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"A plastic 3G pitch which will be simply a pay and play facility. Further to our detailed research, we know it will do nothing to promote football and is not required.

"But a community football ground with a bespoke grass pitch is the one sporting and social amenity that has been missing in Hatfield for the past 39 years.

"We have the support of the senior clubs and largest youth clubs in the town. To date, more 500 players and local fans have shown their support. 

"Coupled with this, several local ex-professionals, many past and present managers and notable club chairmen have endorsed our campaign.

"To spend the available £800,000 on a plastic 3G pitch would be a total waste of our money."

A new stadium would be an historic moment for Hatfield Town FC, which has not played on their own ground in the town for nearly 40 years.

In 1984, the club folded due to lack of finances and a committee to run the team, before reforming in 1989.

Hatfield Town has previously played games at Birchwood, but have been forced out of the town in recent years, playing at nearby grounds in Welwyn Garden City and Hertford.

For more information on the Birchwood plans, visit www.hatfield-herts.gov.uk/birchwood-sports-project-frequently-asked-questions/.