New lease means landlords cannot sell stadium to supermarket
20 March ~ Hitchin Town have secured their future at Top Field, signing a 25-year lease that keeps them at the ground that has stood since 1865. The new lease no longer includes a break clause allowing Tesco to build a superstore on the site of the ground, as had previously been suggested by landlords the Hitchin Cow Commoners Trust by way of a non-negotiable offer. Subsequently, the club organised the Save Top Field Campaign, including a march involving almost 1,500 participants, as was covered in WSC 334. The club announced in a statement, which can be found here, that the campaign had been successful and that they can concentrate on much-needed upgrades to the ground.