A personal plea from our Chairman

This season we have obtained a lease for 40 years on the ground from the East Herts District Council and are now in a position to apply for grants to refurbish and improve the facilities.

See the pictures in this news item from circa 1960 (thanks to Elaine Waumsley), which shows how the stadium looked when it was first built.

Hertford FC

Unfortunately, due to a lack of funds and maintenance it is now a shell of its former self, although we annually spend thousands of pounds on its upkeep, which is merely scratching the surface.

I have been assured that in time the ground was far better than a lot of the clubs in the old Division Four of the Football League and everyone cast an envious look at our facilities. Gone are the days in the early 60’s when we had 10,000 supporters and gates of 2,000!

The main aim on the incumbent committee (who are all unpaid volunteers), is to rebuild the clubhouse, which in its heyday was open seven days a week for a variety of functions. Why it was never rebuilt after the fire in 1991 is beyond me!

Hertford town fire

We want to have the new clubhouse as a community centre for young and old. Playgroups for the youngsters, a centre for the OAPs, a youth club for teenagers etc, as well as sporting facilities for all; but without financial help this cannot happen. We do not get any help from the East Herts District Council (our landlords), nor the Government. So if you would like to have a centre for every age group in the vicinity we will need funding. This is the goal of the committee, we realise it will take a lot of time, effort and money, but we will not rest until this is accomplished.

We need people who are prepared to help us. Are you an architect, solicitor, financial director, builder, electrician, plumber, gardener or DIY enthusiast? Any form of assistance would be welcome.

If you can help us fulfil our goal and want to be of assistance, in any way, please use our Contact Us page to send a message.

Let us try and build something together for the community to make the town and surrounding areas of Hertford proud.

Thank you

Peter Sinclair

Hertford Town FC Chairman

Below are some photos looking back in time

Gates

Both gates open for business

stand

Main stand showing dressing rooms on left hand side, press box window in middle and players’ tunnel front centre. Glass sides are of Armour Plate Glass

press box

View from the press box

toilets

Typical spectators’ bathroom

stable end

The Stable End

hallway

Inside the stadium with the original steps to the press box

physio

The medical treatment room

officials

Visiting officials’ reception room and club boardroom

One response to “Ye Olde Hertford Town”

  1. Steve King says:

    I’m afraid I have nothing of worth to offer although I do wish the club well. I was spurred to respond to the article because I enjoy football history and felt I ought to point out that there may have been a crowd or two of 2,000 in the early sixties (more likely the fifties) but certainly not on a regular basis as might be taken from the article. Also the ground could never have been compared to that of a fourth division side (at least not favourably). It was a long way from anything of that standard.

    If that all sounds negative let me say that nevertheless it was a great ground for the level of football played and the fund raising carried out by the then chairman, Gerry Hawes, enabled the club to build it, lay a good pitch and ultimately install floodlights before most others in the area. And of course it also enabled the building of a very successful team under Alex Massie.

    Gerry Hawes told me that he went round the crowd at reserve games, thinking that these were the really dedicated supporters, and convinced a number to become agents for the clubs lottery. This was where the money came from and at one time Hertford could actually afford an office in the town near the bus station from which to conduct business and maintain their fund raising.

    There was a real buzz associated with the club at that time and one might have thought it would go on to achieve the level of success that Bishop’s Stortford started on only a little while later and have maintained up to the present time. Quite why the club hasn’t is not in my ken but I wish it well in its attempts to regain past glories.

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