4129 days, 22 hours and 15 minutes since our last home league game. We think you’ve waited long enough.
Tomorrow, for the first time in 11 years, we will host a league fixture inside our own ground, and, as is natural for hornets, we’re buzzing for you to join us.
Since our departure from Queen Street, we’ve seen ups, downs, consolidation and rejection. However, the loyalty of the dedicated many, and the hard work of the dedicated few, will finally be rewarded when we kick-off our 2019/20 BetVictor Premier Division campaign against Leatherhead.
After last season passed all expectations, we head into territory only ever explored once before.
This is Dom Di Paola’s fifth season as Horsham manager but, with a new league, a new ground, and a handful of new players, it’s never felt so good.
And Dom is honest with how he expects the season to pan out.
“This year is a case of going into the unknown a bit and I expect it to be a bit like the first season we came into the Isthmian League,” accepts Dom.
“We weren’t sure what to expect and struggled for a bit before we found our feet and I would imagine it will be something similar this time.
“This season is a totally new challenge for us, and I think that’s really exciting. One thing I can guarantee is that this group of players will give it their all so my message to everyone is to enjoy the good days when they come and not get too downhearted if we lose a few,” he adds.
Tomorrow’s opponents Leatherhead represent one such challenge. Having missed out on the play-offs on the final day last season, the Tanners will be a formidable opening day test for the Hornets.
The two sides’ most recent match came in 2014 when, despite taking the lead through Jamie Cade, the Hornets conceded two goals in four second-half minutes to leave Fetcham Grove empty-handed.
Ahead of tomorrow’s game Dom has confirmed that Harry Mills is the only absentee after picking up a hamstring injury in our draw at Wimborne Town a fortnight ago. With the exception of Harry, a fully fit squad will be in action.
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As well as the main event, we are serving a footballing feast with the clubhouse opening from 12pm where supporters will be can choose to watch either West Ham v Man City, or see our near neighbours Broadbridge Heath take on Punjab United in the FA Cup live on the BBC.
Supporters are also free to stick around following the match to watch the National League encounter between Notts County and Barnet.
Due to an anticipated large crowd, supporters attending tomorrow’s landmark game are reminded to park at the RSPCA car park, Wilberforce Way, Southwater, RH13 9RS. From 1pm, a free shuttle bus service will take you to and from the ground.
If you are unable to make the match, you can keep up to date with our live Twitter and Facebook coverage, and, brand new for 2019, follow our Instagram account @horsham_fc where we’ll also be covering the game on Instagram Stories.
So, this is it, the return. We can’t predict the outcome of tomorrow’s match, or the season for that matter, but one thing is certain:
This is ours. This is home. This is Horsham FC.