Horsham FC will be standing in solidarity with the players, fans and officials of Haringey Borough when we make the trip to North London for the FA Trophy first qualifying round this Saturday.
It will be the first of two visits to Coles Park in two weeks as the following weekend sees us make the same journey to contest an Isthmian League fixture.
The Hornets will be looking to emulate last season’s run to the third qualifying round, one shy of the competition proper, when we were knocked out by National League South side Bath City.
Saturday’s opponents meanwhile are no strangers to success in FA competitions having made the FA Cup first round proper last season and the Borough are in the mix again this time round.
Last week’s fourth qualifying round tie at home to Yeovil Town was overshadowed by shocking scenes which allegedly included racist abuse towards the Haringey players.
Drawing national media attention, the players walked off the pitch leaving the referee with little choice but to abandon the game.
With the game rearranged for next week, Saturday’s fixture will be Haringey’s first since the incidents that occurred seven days ago and Horsham FC are proud to confirm that we will be making a joint stand with the club at tomorrow’s game.
Players and fans alike will be uniting against all forms of abuse with the squad set to wear anti-racism shirts during the pre-match warm-ups while a number of the away supporters will also be wearing Kick It Out t-shirts to represent both club’s community values.
Commenting on last week’s incidents, Horsham manager Dom Di Paola made his views clear. He said: “It’s a ridiculous situation in this day and age.
“I don’t understand why anyone has the right to just pay a tenner to come in and just abuse someone, it’s ridiculous.
“And the racism aspect is even more disgusting. Obviously it’s all alleged, and I don’t know how much it’s been proven, but there’s no justification for it.”
Looking ahead to the 90 minutes, Dom appeared focused on the task ahead.
He added: “I’m feeling fine. It will be another really challenging game and they’re one of the sides again who have got a really good chance of being up there (in the league).
“It was a tough test this month and we’ve not done too bad. It’s been a really enjoyable season so far and hopefully we can continue that.”
There are still a number of spaces on the club-run coach. Leaving Hop Oast Park & Ride at 11am, supporters can make an effortless return journey up to White Hart Lane from just £13.
Book your place by either emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 01403 458854. We look forward to having you join us!