Football's coming home?

PUBLISHED: 09:16 22 February 2008 | UPDATED: 22:14 26 October 2009

THE wheels are in motion for a football club's dream to return home. Hatfield Town FC have put forward plans to the town council to move back to Birchwood with improved facilities.

THE wheels are in motion for a football club's dream to return home.

Hatfield Town FC have put forward plans to the town council to move back to Birchwood with improved facilities.

The club plan to install floodlights, build a stand and fence off the area.

Town currently play in the Herts Senior County League, and are chasing promotion to the Spartan South Midlands League.

To be promoted the club's ground must meet standards which the league set, including having floodlights.

Birchwood had been Town's home, but they have been forced to move away to a ground which is suitable for them to gain promotion.

They currently share WGC FC's Herns Lane ground.

Previous plans to build a new stadium at Angerland have been put on the back burner, as the club see this option as more affordable.

Club chairman Ted Collie said: "The Angerland option is a very good one, but the new Birchwood proposals are more within our budget.

"It is an exciting proposal because it means we are coming home. We are very thankful to WGC for offering us their pitch, but we really need to bring the football club back to Hatfield.

"We are also planning to start a new under-18s side and ladies side, who would also play at Birchwood.

"The aim is to make Birchwood the football centre of Hatfield."

Hatfield Town Council clerk Peter Clark said: "We are in very early discussions with the club about their proposals and we will have to wait and see how things pan out.

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