Hatfield Town chairman O’Connor pays a special tribute

PUBLISHED: 08:58 01 October 2011

Hatfield Town chairman Chris O'Connor has saluted the players' and managers' efforts in the FA Cup

Hatfield Town chairman Chris O'Connor has saluted the players' and managers' efforts in the FA Cup

Simon Jacobs

CHAIRMAN Chris O’Connor has paid tribute to Hatfield Town’s players and management following their breaking of a long-standing club FA Cup record.

The Blueboys are into the Second Qualifying Round of the famous cup competition for the first time since the 1949/50 season.

Today [Saturday] they travel to take on Leighton Town, who play one step higher than Hatfield in the Evo-Stik Southern League Division One Central.

O’Connor said: “I would like to say what a fantastic result it was [last] Tuesday [Hatfield defeated Barton Rovers 2-1 in a First Round Qualifying replay] and I would like to personally thank every player and the management staff for all being committed as a team to bring success to the club.

“The spirit throughout the club is excellent and let’s hope it continues throughout this season.

“I would also like to thank the supporters who came to watch on Tuesday. We had over 150 spectators, we would like this support to continue on to this Saturday in the next round of the cup.”

O’Connor is hoping his club’s exploits in the FA Cup can not only bring more fans to the home games, which are played at Gosling Sports Park, but also enable the council’s decision-makers to get the search for a permanent home for Hatfield Town FC back on the agenda.

He added: “With achievements on the pitch like this and with the team being all local lads leads to the reasons why it is essential that Hatfield Town FC has it’s own ground in Hatfield.

“We have the supporters, the stability of a well-run club and our own financial backing to develop a ground but we just need a pitch to be allocated to us.

“So I urge the local council and the university to work with us to find a solution before it’s too late.”

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