Tuesday, 5 May 2015


Hatfield Social FC were only formed two years ago as Hatfield Blues joining the Hertfordshire Senior County League Division One. After a mid-table finish in 2012/13 they ran away with the Division One title in 2013/14 and finish in a respectable fourth place in the Premier Division for this season. In the league's prestigious Aubery Cup they had reached the semi-final in both seasons eventually losing out in extra-time on each occasion.

They went one better this season and faced current holder's Standon and Puckeridge in the final held at Colney Heath on Bank Holiday Monday 4th May 2015.

Defence's were on top in the first half with little goalmouth action of note right up until the 45th minute when Standon's keeper made a great save from a shot outside of the box only for Social to make it 1-0 from a header from close range from the resulting corner kick.

Standon put the pressure on and equalised only for Social to make it 2-1 from a close range shot following another corner. With the game looking at ending that way and the Hatfield team with one hand on the famous trophy Standon punted the ball long on 89 minutes causing a mix up between Hatfield's keeper and his defence which allowed Standon to equalise and take the game to extra time.

It was looking like going to kicks from the penalty mark with extra-time largely uneventful only for Social to score in the 119th minute. From another set-piece which was a looping high free kick into the box the Social player got his head to the ball first and it hit the back of the net to much celebration on the pitch and in the crowd.

Hatfield Social FC's name will now be engraved on the famous trophy which also includes the names of Hadley (2006), Oxhey Jets (2002 and 2003), Colney Heath (1999), Wingate (1986) and Rolls Royce Engines, who won four times in a row between 1973 and 1976, amongst other teams.

Social's promotion in 2014 was dedicated to the their player Jamie McVeigh who very tragically died in March of that year. Social's shirts has "JM" initials proudly displayed on the arm so a great friend of many of the players is remembered always.


It wasn't just Hatfield Social who were celebrating in the Hertfordshire town yesterday as Division One AFC Hatfield won the Bingham-Cox Cup with a 1-0 victory over Sandridge Rovers Reserves at Clarence Park in the morning.


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