Hatfield Football Club
By Carolyn Palmer
Hatfield Football Club was originally formed by members of the cricket club around 1886. Meetings were held in the One Bell public house. My grandfather, William Groom was first involved on the Club’s committee around 1889, and probably played football for them, as he did later for the Hatfield United Football Club after the amalgamation of the Old Dagmarians and Hatfield Football Club.
His four brothers, John, William (Jack), Alfred and Ted were also involved in the team before and after the War either as players, linesmen or committee members. Prior to the war Frank was playing, referee and linesman for the club!
In 1919/20 season Frank was club referee and Jack retired from football after captaining the team for several seasons. In 1920 the Hatfield Town Cricket field site, known as “the Oval” became the new football ground and Hatfield Tennis Club’s old pavilion was rebuilt as the ground’s club pavilion.