Twitter awash with support ahead of Hornet’s Hop Oast hearing

HOR 190408 Horsham FC at Queen Street for the last time, against Billericay. DM
HOR 190408 Horsham FC at Queen Street for the last time, against Billericay. DM

Social media has been awash with unwavering messages of support ahead of Horsham FC’s planning hearing for a new ground at Hop Oast tonight.

Council officers backed the proposal by recommending that the plans be approved last week and tonight is set to be one of the biggest in the club’s 134-year history.

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HOR_200906_HOWIE THE HORNET_Matthew Haynes at Horsham FC Queen's Street__SC MAYOAK0003348462

Horsham District Council will discuss two applications this evening - one for the new ground off Worthing Road and the other for 57 homes at the Holbrook Club.

The club requires both to go through as the Holbrook development will fund the new facility at Hop Oast and hand them their first permanent home since leaving Queen Street in May 2008.

Messages of support have flooded in on Twitter over the past 24 hours from people from the town, other clubs, supporters, past players and the football community.

Below are a small selection of the many hundreds of Tweets online.

Neil Clarke (@HFCGoat68) tweeted: “Huge day for @HorshamFC Trust that Horsham District Councillors make the right decision for HFC, Holbrook Club and the town #home4horsham.”

Lewes Football Club (@Lewes_cfc) said: “Good luck to @HorshamFC today. Hope you get the new home ground.”

Former manager Hugo Langton (@baldy1974) said: “Best wishes to my old club @HorshamFC I hope you get the new ground news you want today especially for the amazing Lardy Army.”

The Sussex County Football Association (@SussexCountyFA) said: “Good luck to @HorshamFC who hope to get the go-ahead for their new stadium tomorrow #Home4Horsham.”

Club injury Therapist Andi Marfleet (@andima1) tweeted: “Tomorrow is a massive day for @HorshamFC with the decision on the new ground. HDC need to see sense and do the right thing #Home4Horsham.”

Brighton supporter James Bush (@Bushboy69) gave his support: “Good luck today @HorshamFC . Every club needs a proper home .... Been through it all over the years as a Brighton fan! #Home4Horsham.”

Former goalkeeper Michael Hunter (@MichaelHunts) added: “Good luck to everyone involved at @HorshamFC today! Hopefully today will make history for an excellent football club.”

The majority of well wishes started pouring in on social media on Monday with people using the hashtag #Home4Horsham to show their support.

Old Man Cyril (@CyrilHangles) said: “Good luck to @HorshamFC tomorrow. Hopefully the best result in the clubs history will arrive! #Home4Horsham.”

Badshot Lea Football Club (@blfccommunity) tweeted: “@HorshamFC @HISCTweets Good luck from a fellow groundshare club. We achieved planning approval in August for our new ground #keeptheFaith.”

Andy McDougall (@andymcd90) said: “Hopefully @HorshamFC get the decision they want tomorrow, it’s been too long since they had a place to call their own. #Home4Horsham.”

Lowood manager David Cocoracchio (@david_dpc050467) said: “@HorshamFC Good luck for tomorrow. Let’s all hope common sense prevails and you get the go ahead for your new home #Home4Horsham.”

Burgess Hill Football Club’s fan account (‏@BurgessHillFC) saud: “Really hope @HorshamFC get the right decision and get a ground of their own! #Home4Horsham

Martin Payne (@mdpayne87) added: “@HorshamFC Good luck tomorrow, hoping for the correct outcome. I may be far away these days but always a Hornet! #Home4Horsham.”

Rob McLeod (@robjmac68) said: “@HorshamFC sense must prevail in the council chambers tomorrow, it’s time for Horsham FC to have a home #home4horsham.

“Come on HDC - do the right thing and let’s bring HFC home. Enough is enough #homeforhorsham.”

Sean Bravery (@Sbravery) tweeted: “Good luck to @HorshamFC in tomorrow’s vital planning hearing, the time for the council to support the club is now #Home4Horsham.”

Leave you comments of support below, follow @OB_WSCT on Twitter for updates from tonight’s meetings and keep an eye on the website for the verdict.

For more details on tonight’s hearing click here.

For Horsham FC chief executive John Line’ thoughts ahead of what he called a key day in the club’s future click here.