Welcome. This is a community web site for the market town of Hatherleigh in Devon, England, along with the nearby villages of Meeth, Highampton, Exbourne and Jacobstowe. Anything related to these places can find a home here free of charge, thanks to our sponsors. Please take time to read their pages (left, or see home)
Hatherleigh Town v Seaton Town
Hatherleigh 3 v 3 Seaton Town
Ground Hoppers from around the country attended this match (because it was one of the few being played anywhere on Good Friday!) and were rewarded with a special match programme produced by Roy Smith, some excellent hospitality and an entertaining game as well.
Hoppers travel the country 'collecting' matches and seeking out memorabilia such as shirts, programmes and even pictures of themselves standing by corner flags. "So, how many grounds have you visited," we asked several. "About 2500," was the highest reply we got! 'Nuts' is how Gloria Burt described them, though we could not possibly comment.
Organiser Mike Burt said he'd rarely been treated so well at a Hoppers' match, and complimented Hatherleigh on the high standard of the ground and its amenities. Honours were even at the final whistle, keeping relegation threats in the air for a short while longer.
To keep in with the spirit of Ground Hopping, here are some 'fax and info' about those who attended:
In case you're wondering, the group found us on the web, organised accomodation locally via this web site and attended several other Devon matches over the weekend too. Thanks for coming lads. See you again next year?
The special match programme can be found here (it's a small pdf).
For more on Ground Hoppers, just Google the term. For a really happy five minutes browsing try this page. The site has no home page so you just keep going round and round, which is appropriate we think. We particularly enjoyed the stand photos and their captions, which display a certain 'je ne sais quoi' in terms of architectural critique.
ADDENDUM May 9th: Brian sent us the story he will publish in the Hopper mag. Download it here (it's a tiny pdf).
Match Reporter wrote:
1 Hatherleigh Town 3 VS 2 Seaton Town 3
(Reynolds, O.G, Millington)
"Not a classic, but a thoroughly enjoyable game for the 100+ crowd, with healthy support from the world famous Ground Hoppers who travel all over the UK to watch and see football and grounds. Their main party, however, was in the Midlands watching games in the Harvey World Travel Midland Alliance League, in which Oadby Town play with their commercial manager being ex Leicester City wing half and renowned Okehampton manager Ollie Burton!!!
"One thing the spectators did see was goals, 3 a piece being a fair result. A pitch which had seen childrens' football early in the day was not at its best, with the ball bobbling around so control was difficult at times but as time progressed better passing showed the players getting used to the conditions.
"The first half was end to end with not much flowing football but Town did go into the lead on 22 minutes with an excellent through ball from Millington which Reynolds slotted home. Two bad mistakes by the usual reliable keeper Toop put Seaton 2-1 u p at half time.
"Hatherleigh came out with all guns blazing, and as supporters were still coming out pressure by Town ensured a goal which went in off a Seaton defender. With time running out John Hayman brought off Reynolds and Endacott, to be replaced with James and Bedford. Then the youngster Davis hit a sweet through ball for Millington to score a header.
"With the minutes running away and full time approaching Seaton went up and scored. Justice? or Extra time? Your guess is as good as mine. But at least the tea lady did a roaring trade.
"A point apiece in this six pointer. League leaders Heavitree away tomorrow
"Team : Toop, Wonnacott, Moore, Endacott, Wollacott, Gillespie,
Bruce, Davies, Reynolds, Millington, Dymond
"With John Hayman retiring at the end of the season, who will get his job? Some keen onlookers were there! "
Hatherleigh Town AFC is sponsored by
Editorial material herein is protected under International Copyright Laws. Strictly no reproduction of any material in this site is allowed by any means whatever, whether by reprographic copying, printing, photographic reproduction or photocopying or by any electronic means except with prior written permission of the site operator or copyright owner. Copyright infringements are theft and will be challenged accordingly. All Trademarks acknowledged.