Good evening, and welcome to you all. FA Cup time is here once more, and I’ll be wearing my lucky t-shirt once again. It doesn’t really seem to work, as we have lost in every single year to date. Incidentally, I haven’t missed an FA Cup tie since 1971, on which occasion (while Town were being giant-killed by Wigan), I was being attacked by a lion. Not bad, as far as excuses go!
It struck me recently that I haven’t given an update on the Supporters Club “Player of the Month” of late. Following Ben Tomlinson’s August award, it pleases me to report that the awards for both September and October went to Jacob Hanson. Well done Jacob!
These notes are written prior to our annual Night at the Dogs last Saturday, but I trust we’ll all have had a good time. Coming fairly soon is our sponsored match against Ebbsfleet on March 9th. Should you wish to join us for the pre-match meal, please let us know. Prices are still being negotiated, but once we have confirmation we will approach those of you who have supported us in the past. It is always a fantastic day out, so please consider joining us if you can.
Alternative pre-match hospitality can be found at the Old Post Office pub on Winding Road. Just a reminder that special pictures and other artefacts are displayed here before each home match, and that we have an arrangement with the pub that benefits the Supporters Club, and therefore FCHT if you attend. Food is available when required.
Finally, more from our “Halifax Town AFC Official History 1892 to 1922/23” booklet. Following on from the last programme, this is again from the section entitled “Growing Popularity”:
As may well be imagined, the (local League) ship was not yet in smooth seas, and many difficulties had to be contended with, chief of which was the constant dropping out of the officers. Eventually Mr HH Cattell was approached, and undertook to bring his experience to bear upon the task of placing the League on a firm footing. He and his associates began the herculean task of building up a sound combination. A cup was obtained, and the first final played on the Beech ground, Sowerby Bridge, between Sowerby Bridge and Halifax Western, the score being 3 – 1 in favour of Sowerby Bridge. Mr Cattell, at the request of both teams, acted as referee, and the gate receipts amounted to £6 6s, which in those days (1900-01) was considered magnificent.
I certainly can’t disagree! See you soon, Kit.
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