Royalty Tours USA

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Royalty goes to see a football match in Hitchin, England!‏

Me by National Rail Ticket Office
Train to Hitchin 17:10PM Platform 11
Great Northern Train
After I finished looking around London back on Monday October 5th‎, I went to the St. Pancras/Kings Cross train station which is where you can get commuter & international trains in & out of London. I told my pal Sean MacDonald that I would meet him there at 5PM. I got there around 4:45PM. I waited for a short time by the National Rail ticket office then Sean spotted me. We were taking a ride to Hitchin which is about 35 miles north of London in Hertfordshire. We wound up taking the Great Northern train that left Kings Cross at 17:10PM. We arrived at the Hitchin station around 17:45PM which gave us plenty of time to get to a football match we planned to attend that was starting at 19:45PM that evening. When we arrived we had to walk a mile to get to the grounds they were playing at called Top Field, home of Hitchin Town FC. They were hosting Leamington FC who were one of the best teams in the Southern Premier League, the semi pro 7th level in the English soccer pyramid.
Hitchin England
Traffic in Hitchin
Victoria Pub
Monday Night Supper
On our way towards the ground, we were surprised to see so much traffic in the area. It was rush hour but we didn't think we were going to a major town but a suburb of London. As we got closer to the ground, we stopped off at the Victoria Pub to have dinner. Sean had told me he wanted to go to this place. I had done research online. I noticed they had a great looking menu. I told him, I'll join him. Since it was Monday, we were able to take advantage of their Monday Night Supper. As a result, I had a lemon butter chicken breast that came along with mac & cheese bake & green beans to go along with some English ale. In addition, I had a chocolate brownie with vanilla ice cream & fudge sauce for dessert. When we finished, we continued on our way over to Top Field. Shortly thereafter, we noticed a gentleman who was wearing a Hitchin FC scarf. He was obviously going there as well. We walked & talked with him. He told us he's been going to their matches for 55 years. He also told us that the ground was in danger of being torn down in favor of a supermarket but thankfully the local community got together to prevent this from happening. When we got to the box office, we parted ways.

Top Field in Hitchin
Sean & I proceeded to buy tickets for the match for 10 pounds which is roughly 15 US dollars. We were given a small ticket stub that just said adult on it. There was no detailed information on it not even the date. ‎We proceeded to walk inside. It was a damp rainy night. The grounds had wooden stands on both sides of the pitch that were covered so we didn't have to worry about getting wet. We wound up sitting by midfield on the far side. They also had an area called the Canary Club which is a bar that's open to all supporters during the match.  The team was referred to as the Canaries when they were founded back in 1928. 

Live action from the match
‎As for the match we saw, Leamington FC scored twice to take a 2-0 lead in the first half. In the second half, Hitchin FC came roaring back as they managed to tied the score at two. They wound up getting a hard fought draw in front of a crowd of 311 people. After the match, Sean & I walked back to the train station. We got lucky as we were able to catch an express train that left just after ten. We got back to Kings Cross around 10:45PM. We said our goodbyes as we headed back to get some sleep.

Stay tuned for a special post that will go into detail about another adventurous & exciting day I had that Tuesday.

Thank you for reading & following along.

Yours truly,

Gary Herman

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