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Saturday, November 01, 2014

Apologies to Harry Meadmore

In the Youth team report from our draw at Birmingham this week, I misspelt Harry's name. I apologise for this and put it down to poor man management (and blame Steve Brotherwood for not telling me I had it wrong)

Hopefully Harry can feature for us again this season, build on a good appearance against Blues and have his name spelled correctly on the report!!!

Taylor On Jay Knight


Hereford United manager Jon Taylor has spoken to the Western Daily Press about recent signing Jay Knight who came on as a substitute at Banbury on Tuesday evening.

"Jay's a young lad from the London area," said Taylor.

"He's had a few pro clubs over the years, although he hasn't been at an academy.

"What I liked about him at Banbury was that as soon as he laid the ball off, he got in the box – if you get bodies in the box then you are going to score goals."

With Taylor missing several players, Knight is expected to feature at some stage this afternoon in the FA Trophy tie at Totton..

Meanwhile Taylor has admitted he does know much about the opposition.

“I don’t know a lot about Totton" Taylor told the Worcester News.

“I’ll speak to a couple of managers in the division below to see if we can find out at least how they set up.

“But today we have to worry about how we are going to play, rather than what they are going to do.”

Edge Completes Move As Watkiss Goes Indian


Former Bulls midfielder Jamie Edge has finally signed for Weston-Super-Mare.

The 21 year old has joined ahead of today's Conf South match at Concord Rangers having started the season with Cirencester. He was due to move earlier in the month but finally completed the move on Friday with Cirencester assistant Jody Bevan telling the Western Daily Press: 

"Jamie is a good footballer with an excellent education in the game. He needs a break and to be settled and to play a run of games. Having Arsenal on his CV is something which can weigh heavy and people sometimes expect too much. He has joined a good club in Weston and I think it is a move which can benefit both parties."

Edge added: "Weston are a young exciting side. They play good football and I can't wait to get started."

Meanwhile former Bulls defender Stuart Watkiss has left Grimsby Town's youth structure to move to the Indian I-League. The former Wolves man is reported to be set to manage a team based in Pune, telling Grimsby's official site:

“The chance to go to India and set a club up from scratch – It's a great project and one I’m looking forward to being involved with.”


More Players Than Ever Used By Hereford?


Hereford United have already used 43 players this season, almost certainly more than at this stage of any season ever before.

Contrast with the whole of last season when 33 different players played for the Bulls and the previous season when it was 36.

So in the name of 'research'  here's a list of this season's players:

Sheridan Martinez - former clubs: Solihull and Bedworth

Luke Williams - former club: Aldershot

Will Viner (player/GK Coach)- Former clubs: Barnet, Hendon, Harrow, Woking, Borehamwood, St Albans, Cheshunt, Dereham, Lowestoft, Thurrock, APEP, Biggleswade, Billericay and Farnborough

Leandro Browne - Former clubs: Burton Albion, Oatby, Stamford and Loughborough Dynamo

Paxton Ballard - Former clubs: College of Saint Rose and Real Boston Rams

Delroy Gordon - Former clubs: Banbury, Rushden & Diamonds, Stamford, Rugby, Kettering, Oxford City, Corby and Nuneaton

Marti Farmer - Former club: Stevenage (youth)

Bradley Fortnam-Tomlinson - Former clubs: Leicester (youth), Sheff Weds (youth) and St Johnstone (und 20's). Northern Ireland youth international

Jonah Gregory - Former clubs: Waltham Abbey, Debden Knights, Debden Sports and Buckhurst Hill

Paul Mahony - Former clubs: Elche, Nottm Forest and Torrevieja. Republic of Ireland youth international.

Jordan Jivanda - Former clubs: Hamilton

Luis Morrrison - Former Clubs: Arsenal, Stevenage, YPA, Umea and Farnborough. Also trialled with Newcastle, Derby and Leeds in last couple of years.

Daniel O'Reilly - Former club: Fulham and also Republic of Ireland youth international

Adrian Barrientos (also known as Adrian Polako) - Won a footballing reality tv show in Spain. He has also won the 2010 'Mr Handsome of Spain. Had a trial with Morton in 2012 but another who has had spells in Spain and he has been with a football academy based in Madrid with links with Zidane. Has also had a spell with a lower league side in Denmark and unsuccessful trial at Castilla (Real Madrid C).

Obi Onyeike - Former club: Dordrecht

Bilal Yafai - Former clubs: Chasetown and Solihull

Aboubakar Kone - Former club: Maccabi

Louis Cutajar - Former clubs: Norwich (youth), Diss, Lowestoft, Norwich United, Hibernians (Malta) and Naxxar Lions. Has also played for Malta Under-21s

Javia Roberts - Former clubs: Shrewsbury and Solihull. Also a Jamaican youth international

Sam Bobes-Gilroy - recently been playing trial games with Elite Football Academy. Did have a trial with Colchester in 2011 but mainly playing lower league football in Spain.

Josh Hawker - Former clubs: Birmingham and Leamington

Jake Hall - Former clubs: Dagenham, Bromley, Bishops Stortford, Boston United and Grays

Kyle Knott - Former clubs: Bishops Cleeve, Bunbury. Dulwich Hill, Redditch, Midwestern State, Evesham, Stratford and Malvern. Now at Slimbridge?

Gary O'Neill - Former clubs: Wolves, Port Vale and Southport. Also represented Rep of Ireland at youth level.

Joshua Oyibo - Former clubs: AFC Wimbledon and Grays

Brad Gascoigne - Former clubs: Birmingham (youth), Ilkeston Town, Shepshed, Corby, Boston United, Greenock Morton and Worksop

Iakob Apkhazava - Former clubs: Kolkheti Poti and Leonesa

Salvador (Salvi) Ramirez - Former clubs: Malagueno and other lower Spanish sides

Aliou Traore - Former clubs: Amicale, Stockport and Angoulême

Aaron Opoku - Former clubs: Leicester City (Youth), Coventry Sphinx, Tresham Academy of Sport and Gemeg academy

Blake Thompson - Former clubs: Brisbane, Gold Coast Academy, Maitland

Serigne Diop - Former clubs: Leicester (Youth), Metalurh Donetsk, Stal Alchevsk, Germinal Beerschot, Apollon Limassol, PAEEK, Eivissa-Ibiza, Darlington and UJA Maccabi

Steve Vetier - Former clubs: Alfortville, Vitré, Orleans, Rungis, and UJA Maccabi

Sam Akinde - Former clubs: Ebbsfleet, Dover, Kingstonian and Alfreton

Danny Sullivan - on loan from Torquay United and had previous loan spell with Bideford.

Leroy Griffiths - dual registration with Grays, former clubs: Sutton United, Hampton & Richmond, QPR, Farnborough, Margate, Fisher, Aldershot, Havant, Corinthian, Lewes, Gillingham , Eastleigh, Staines, Redhill, Thurrock, Harrow, Leatherhead and Grays

Deqwon Lee Ebanks - Former clubs: Birmingham, Kettering and Tamworth

Nathaniel Lewars - Former clubs: Bedworth and Evesham

Aaron Wickham - Former clubs: Peterborough, Bishop Stortford, Crawley, Hayes, Lewes, Braintree and Aldershot

Jay Knight - Former club: Grays Athletic

Amick Ciani - Former Clubs: Sporting Charleroi, La Louvière Centre, Raith, Ross County, Dundee, Eordaikos, Ronse, Eupen, Doxa Katokopias, Persebaya and Union St Gilloise

Friday, October 31, 2014

Featherstone Joins The Other HUFC


Former Bulls midfielder Nicky Featherstone has joined Hartlepool United.

The Monkey Hangers are currently bottom of League Two, with Featherstone signing for new Victoria Park boss Paul Murray after four weeks with Conf North side Harrogate Town.

The 26 year old former Hull trainee left Walsall in the summer after two years, having left Edgar Street following the drop to the Conference.

Meanwhile, Daniel Lloyd-Weston has been made available for loan by Southport. Boss Gary Brabin says the club is currently £1,000 a week over budget and he needs to 'wheel and deal'. 

Lloyd-Weston, who won England C honours while at Edgar Street, has not played since Martin Foyle brought Blackburn youngster David Raya to the Sandgrounders on loan.


Taylor Adds Another Striker


Hereford United manager Jon Taylor has added another striker, with Frenchman Amick/Amik Ciani receiving international clearance.

The 32 year old has spent time in Scotland with Ross County, Greece, Belgium, and Cyprus. 

Torquay loanee Dan Sullivan has also extended his loan at Edgar Street until January.


Beer Festival This Weekend


HUST Corporate Member and Supporters team away kit sponsor Beer in Hand are having a North v South beer festival this weekend. 

They are donating the profits from one of the 20 cask ales on offer to HUST. The beer chosen by Mitchell (A beer man) Landlord and leaseholder of Beer in Hand is from the Crouch Vale brewery. ESSEX BOYS BITTER will be served (All day long) while stock lasts. 


Mitchell was dismayed by Chairman Andy Lonsdale suggesting on BBC Hereford and Worcester  Bulls fans disliked "Laandaners" however to show he is not "Bitter" decided the profits from an ale from Andys manor, rather than one of his own, would be given to HUST. 

The Supporters teams first trophy of the season has been engraved and will be put on display with a team shirt emblazed with the Beer in Hand logo in the pub this weekend.



Meanwhile, on Sunday, the Horror Bulls take on Birmingham Blitz Dames in their final home Roller Derby match of the season at the Leisure Centre. 


The Horror Bulls are one of the top rated teams in the country and are unbeaten so far this season. 


£2,700 For Winners Of Trophy Tie


Hereford United 'owners' could have their biggest pay-day of the season so far if they defeat Totton tomorrow afternoon in the FA Trophy.

The prize money for a win is £2,700, almost certainly more than the net gate money taken at most home games recently.

And Totton manager Steve Riley realises that Hereford will provide stiff opposition. 

“I’ve done a bit of homework on them, they’re full-time, they’re going to be quality and we’re expecting a tough match,” Riley told the Daily Echo.
  
“We will prepare to the best of our ability.

“Tuesday’s 1-1 draw with Larkhall was hard work against a really strong, physical side. But our boys stood up to it and we didn’t have anyone hiding.

“For us to bounce back like that after the 4-0 defeat at Merthyr was pleasing and it’s given us confidence going into a massive game.
“Hopefully we’ll get a decent crowd in and it will be a fantastic day for the club financially.” 

As regards Hereford, manager Jon Taylor will need to make a few changes.

Sam Akinde is suspended, Dan Sullivan is cup-ties, Obi Onyeike is currently in Holland and Gary O'Neill is to be 'rested'.


Favourites For Trophy Tie


Hereford United are favourites to win Saturday's FA Trophy tie in the first game in weeks to be covered by a bookmaker.

Victor Chandler offer 5/4 on Jon Taylor's side to win the game against lower graded AFC Totton, who are 7/4 to win with the draw 13/5.

The Stags, who play at the four year old Testwood Stadium, are probably best known recently for their FA Cup run in 2011/12 that saw them reach the Second Round to face Bristol Rovers in front of the ITV cameras. 

Since then their fortunes have reversed, being relegated from the Southern League Premier last season having been play-off candidates just two years before, with financial mismanagement blamed for their troubles. 

A new management committee is now in place, that has stabilised the ship, with the club owned by it's members. They agreed to sell their ground to two local businessmen earlier in the season to wipe out the vast majority of their historic debt leaving them with a 15 year lease on the site.

Chairman Andy Straker said, at the time of the sale: “We no longer have creditors screaming at the door for money. This has to be a season we can all look forward to.”

The Stags currently lie eighth in Division One South and West, having beaten Cinderford Town - winners at Edgar Street in the Red Insure Cup - 3-1 in the replay of the previous FA Trophy round.


Thursday, October 30, 2014

HUST - No Response To Statement Calling For Clarity


This from HUST:

Membership Renewals

Discounted Membership renewal offer ends Friday at Midnight

Members whose membership numbers are between 345 and 698 inclusive that joined after January 31st can renew for £5 instead of £10 by renewing in person, or through the Online shop on the website - http://www.hufctrust.co.uk/shop/product-category/mem-renew/
The £5 renewal offer will expire at Midnight on October 31st, so anyone renewing after that date will pay full price.

Members that joined up before January 31st, and Junior members, can renew on the website through the Membership form link
http://www.hufctrust.co.uk/membership-form/

The 2014/15 Membership form is also available to download as a PDF file - http://www.hufctrust.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/HUST-Membership-Form-1415.pdf

All monies collected through membership fees are put, after minimal admin costs, towards HUST's Aims and Objectives. Each member gets a say on what HUST ultimately does, so the membership fees are used to meet the desires of the membership.

Should you have any queries on renewals please do not hesitate to contact us.

No response to clarity call

Ten days ago HUST called on the club to make a clear public statement about the ownership of the club, and declare a firm timetable for investment and for matters to move forwards. HUST also offered to meet the owner of the club once they were publicly identified.

HUST has not received any communication from the Owner or Directors since this statement, and we reiterate the call for clarity from the club's owners as to who is in charge, and demand a clear statement of intent towards the future of the club that has been in limbo for the six months since the win at Aldershot.
 
HUST

30th October 2014.


Salisbury Set For Rebirth


The group that have attempted to wrest control of Salisbury from Moroccan owner Otail M Touzar says it has dropped legal action to gain control of the club after it went into Administration. 

They say the club, with no league to play in and continued doubt over it's future, is not salvageable and they prefer to put their efforts and money into forming a new club that will likely start in the Wessex League. 

The move for a new club cannot start until the Administration process completes, with the group warning that it could be some time before they can move forwards and secure the Ray McEnhill stadium.

Touzar is expected to be declared bankrupt after failing to pay a £1,752 Court bill.

Meanwhile former Wrexham and Chester boardroom menace Mark Guterman has been declared bankrupt by Manchester County Court. Guterman was listed as unemployed on the notice, having previously resided in Monaco.


Youth Team To Play Chelsea


It doesn't get much better than this, UITC's youth team are to play Chelsea.

'Youth Team have drawn Chelsea FC away in the PLFL National Cup 2nd Round to be played on Weds 3rd December.'

The venue is yet to be confirmed.

The tie comes two days after Hereford United's next appearance at the High Court.

Johnson Thanks Real Fans And Taxpayers


Council leader Tony Johnson has written an open letter on the subject of Hereford United:

My thanks to the many real fans and taxpayers who sent messages in support of recent action by the council. The position is not yet fully resolved but we have received £52k of outstanding amounts owed as a result of that action. 

There is however another group out there who care little about football and even less about the fans and seek merely to make political mischief of anything. The mindless  tweets and e mails say much about those who write them. Their purpose is to damage the council, not to support the club. So, self publicists jump in front of every camera they see.  They ring the HT with every rumour they hear or concoct and, incidentally, came close to damaging our defence of your interests last week. (it’s election time again!). True fans are rightly angry and anxious about the club and can be assured that we will do everything legally possible to keep football at Edgar Street. 

 To keep you informed we have published a range of material about HUFC on the Council website along with the development agreement. You will see from this information that we have responded, as we must, to enquiries from people with an interest in running the club in the event that HUFC is wound up. This information should be read in conjunction with the development agreement, which includes a number of restrictions.

We are of course obliged to conduct HUFC matters within the law, but that will not prevent us acting vigorously to protect your interests, which is our sole motivation. We are always happy to answer questions from real fans and taxpayers, but ask for your patience as we work towards the winding up petition on 1st December.

Tony Johnson     
Leader   
Herefordshire Council      


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Club Headlines HT For 32 Straight Weeks


Hereford Times reporter Paul Rogers says the paper will again focus on Hereford United as it's lead story in tomorrow's edition - for the 32nd consecutive week.

Meanwhile, player no. 42 of the season is Jay Knight - who is understood to be a former Grays Athletic u21 man, where one of the coaches was new Edgar Street coach Jeff Wheeler.

Knight made his debut as a late sub on Tuesday night.


Timeline Of Events


There is a new page on the menu above. A timeline has been added detailing events since Tommy Agombar's takeover at Edgar Street.

The timeline has been put together by Lexington.


Young Bulls draw at Blues

Today we travelled to Birmingham City's training ground in our first away league fixture and came back with our first draw

The game was played on 4G which although gave a good surface to pass on, also made the game very slow and so naturally defenders came out on top. The first half was controlled by us, we played some good football but never penetrated their defence. This was due to poor final balls and sloppy play. The pleasing thing was our work rate, winning the ball back quickly in the opponents half on numerous occasions but again creating very little. The half finished with no real goalmouth action.

The half time team talk was easy, an extra 5-10% from everyone around the pitch and the game would become comfortable for us! unfortunately it went the other way. Birmingham had the better of the second half as our sloppy passing continued. Our defence stood firm with Joe Davies and Chris May performing extremely well with our young 15yr old keeper James Aurelius vocal behind them. Even though we were under pressure for most of the second half we kept them at bay enough that James only had 1 decent save to make. The match finished in a 'bore all' draw!

After the game I asked why there was so much difference from the first half to the second, the answer was easy. Our full backs in the first period played 7/8 balls in behind to stretch the game which allowed our midfielders to get on the ball when their defence started to drop. Neither full back played one of these balls in the second half, alone with the midfielders and centre halves. We are a passing team, but you can only pass the ball when you have the space to play and to get the space you need to push the defenders back. In the second half the Birmingham defenders held a line 5-10 yards in their half and still we tried to find the strikers feet, a simple ball over the top a willing runner would immediately push that line back 5 yards, the next ball over them would create another 10 yards and so you now have the space to pass the ball. We have worked on this in training, but we have to do it more in games.

I have learnt a lot of how I manage from my time under Graham Turner. When I played under him we were a passing team but the strikers had to work hard in the channels for those first 10 minutes to allow us to play. Willing runners in Steve Guinan, DCB and the loved and missed Adam Stansfield to name a few, were needed to play passing football, and at the level we are at we will need to continue that trend.

Aside from that a draw away at a strong Blues side is a good result, especially when it comes with a clean sheet. Plenty to work to do next week when we entertain Exeter City at home, I'm confident we can improve on today and I am proud of the boys. A note aswell for James Aurelius and Harry Needmore. Both under 15s got game time today and did themselves no harm against 18/19 year olds!


Team: James Aurelius, Liam Taylor, Chris May, Joe Davies, Simon Morgan, Lewis Fletcher, Tom Jenkins, Alex Lilwall, Matty Owen, Robbie Trumper, Tom Gameson 
Subs: Harry Needmore, Benn Pugh

UITC Youth Draw At Birmingham


UITC youth team drew 0-0 away against Birmingham City this afternoon.

More details when available.

More From MP Norman On Meeting With FA


Jesse Norman MP for Hereford has given BBC H&W more information about his meeting with the FA earlier today.

"This was the second meeting I've had with the FA so I had several goals," said Norman.

"The first was to really communicate in absolutely unmistakable terms the anger of fans and the very clear unassailable facts in Hereford United so there can be no doubt about where their obligations as the FA should lie.

"The second thing I wanted to do was to put a whole series of issues in front of them.

"One - Outstanding debt which the club owes to people who have helped and supported it in and around Edgar Street over the last months and years.

"Secondly - The status of the owners and directors test which is not transparant and not properly enforced.

"Thirdly - What is actually happening with some of the people around the club now, Mr Gambrill, Mr Agombar, people who has failed the ODT and yet still seem to be exercising a powerful influence over the club.

"Fourthly - The situation with Mr McCarthy, the man to whom the shares have now been transferred. He is technically the 57% owner of the club and against whom the FA have just brought an enforcement action.

"And finally the Southern League which I don't think has covered itself in glory.

"After covering all that I did come away feeling they have got the message.

"I also think they understand.

"It is not easy matter for the FA but I hope they will come back to us relatively soon and annouce some concrete progress.

"I am pretty determined about it."

Asked how he felt the FA had handled the whole thing, Norman said that they are trying to hold the line.

"It's not a straight forward process say the FA. Hereford United is a very complex situation. Some of the submissions that have been made require court certification and other public bodies to respond. It's not realistic to have that done in 14 days.

"Frankly I thought that was a sensible arguement, I wasn't happy about it but I can understand where they are coming from."


MP Norman Speaks To FA On ODT


MP Jesse Norman has met with the FA today to discuss the ODT rules:

Norman has repeatedly pushed the FA for action, with the second reading of the Football Governance Bill set to be done next week. The Bill, sponsored by Hereford educated MP Damian Collins, is listed as being:

A Bill to require professional and semi-professional football clubs in England to disclose the identity of their owners; to give the Football Association powers to block the ownership of a club by anyone whom they consider is not a fit and proper person; to require all creditors of a football club to be compensated equally should the club go into administration; to facilitate the raising by supporters’ organisations of the finance required to acquire a controlling stake in a football club; and for connected purposes.

Meanwhile, Hereford United have made a brief response to the FA charges over the failure to submit ODT forms for Alpha Choice Finance owner Alan McCarthy.

The statement reads:

The Club are investigating these issues and preparing a response.


Pell Joins Mariners On Loan


Former Bull Harry Pell has joined Grimsby on loan from AFC Wimbledon.

The former Bristol Rovers trainee, 23, has made only five sub appearances for the Dons in the League this term after being a regular feature last season. Boss Neal Ardley told the local press:

“He has had limited chances to date and all parties feel a month of competitive football would help Harry get back to his best.”

Pell joined AFC Wimbledon from Edgar Street in January 2013, and has made 59 appearances since.


Council To Scrutinize Lease Granting


Herefordshire Council say their Overview and Scrutiny Committee will review the process which saw the new Edgar Street leases granted, but not 'until all pending legal actions against the club have concluded'.

A statement reads:

As previously stated, Councillor Sebastian Bowen chairman of the council’s General Overview and Scrutiny Committee has confirmed that the committee will undertake a full and thorough review of the process through which Herefordshire Council and Hereford United Football Club (1939) Limited concluded the three leases and development agreement relating to the Edgar Street ground.

This however will not take place until all pending legal actions against the club have concluded.


Photos From Banbury


A small selection of photographs from last night's Southern League match at Banbury which Hereford United won 5-1.

Samuel Bobes-Gilroy Scoring Hereford's First Goal

Players Surround Bobes-Gilroy After His Goal
Joshua Hawker Thanked For His Goal
Bilal Yafai (On Left) Scored Hereford's Fourth Goal Of The Evening
The first three photos were taken for BN by Phil Britt of Phil Britt Photos. More photos from the game can be found at:
 www.philbrittphotos.zenfolio.com/p650355375

FA Cup Round-Up


Dan Walker netted twice as Braintree beat Weymouth 5-3 in their FA Cup replay last night. Midfielder Anthony Howell played in goal for Alfreton as they lost 5-1 at Lincoln in their replay, with Karl Hawley being sent off for the Reds. Southport beat Tamworth on penalties after a 1-1 draw in which Richard Brodie got the Sandgrounders goal. Dan Preston was sent off for the Lambs in extra time.


A Disaffected Fan


The Big Cheese has been waiting for good news:

Having sat patiently awaiting any glimmer of good news and reassurance to come from Hereford United over the last 6 months, I feel that it is time to put across the views of a disaffected fan. 

It is plain that Hereford United were in financial difficulties at the end of last season, but the miracle of Aldershot is now a distant memory, and the hope of a new investor who would offer us salvation has well and truly been shattered. The new owners came in with bold claims that we would remain in the Conference but duly had us relegated to the Southern League, claimed they had the funds but yet seemed incapable of paying a bond, let alone the rent as evidenced by last week’s Council actions to reclaim the leases!

The issue of the financial predicament seems to be one which the previous chairman must take a lot of responsibility for but cannot be used by the current owners as a get out on their part. Andy Lonsdale is quick to refer to the level of debt they inherited, but my simple question to him is, where was your due diligence? The Supporters Trust was able to guestimate the black hole in the finances even without being given access to the books, but for some reason the new owners either failed to look at the books as there was greater prize to be had, or were in fact complicit in their own misfortune, by not doing due diligence? If there were indeed all these unpaid creditors coming for their money, then his recourse should be with either their advisors or the previous owner!

The Club are also rattling on about the failed CVA, claiming that if it had been accepted then the financial problems would not exist, to this I would suggest that the CVA was rebuked because the creditors did not believe it was realistic, and have been proven right given the falling attendances and reduced revenue, not wholly due to the boycott but also attributable to the failed promises of Andy Lonsdale and that of the enthusiastic supporter (former unfit owner Tommy Agombar). This regime have offered nothing to the fans that have shown their frustration at the situation created by the owners and boycotted the games, no matter how difficult it is to turn your back on your club, but see it as the only way to show their disapproval of the way the club is being mismanaged.

We now find ourselves again awaiting another court date on 1st December, only after a last ditch promise that investment is coming to pay off the £1.5 million debt (this is interesting as Lonsdale claims that the owners have invested £500 - £600k into the club, so one can presume they are creditors as well?). There is also a promise of a blue chip sponsor. However, I would ask any perspective sponsor do you really want your company associated with this football club at present? I for one will not be supporting Hereford United whilst the current regime remain. Furthermore, given Andy Lonsdale was only supposedly to be doing his mate Tommy Agombar a favour for a few weeks, why is he still here now that Tommy is not allowed to have any dealings with the club?

Finally, I refer to Andy Lonsdale’s recent radio interview whereby he asked if the fans were against the new owners because they were from London. Where you come from has no bearing on the situation, our actions are due to your constant broken promises and treatment of the fans that have seen their club taken away from them and humiliated by your regime. Out of interest Andy, did you think that because we came from ‘sleepy little Herefordshire’, that we would simply roll over and be grateful of the next set of owners who rode in claiming to be our saviours? Unfortunately for you this county’s people are very bright and protective of their own communities, so you and your paymasters are in for for a long battle with your continued actions. We will be here watching and waiting for you to fail, as we are going nowhere, this is OUR HOME, OUR COMMUNITY, OUR CLUB!

I had planned on finishing this here, but it now appears that Hereford United have breached the FA’s Owner and Directors Test by failing to supply details for the current owner  Alan McCarthy to be assessed.

How far can we keep falling!!!



Kenyon Calls For Public Enquiry


Cllr Jim Kenyon has called for a public enquiry into Herefordshire Council's dealing with Hereford United.

"We need a full public enquiry because if we have an internal enquiry there will still be questions as to what's been going on," Kenyon told BBC Hereford and Worcester this morning.

"Historically Herefordshire Futures was set up and it was at arms reach. It was an organisation that made a lot of decisions about Hereford.

"There was no accountability, there was no minuteing, there was nothing.

"People need to know what what's going on.

"By having a public enquiry, the public will know what is going on and will realise we are doing things properly for a change.

"What we need to do is learn lessons.

"Way back last year when the (Hereford United) leases were first looked at being changed I went to a meeting at Plough Lane and I was assured this was going to be done correctly.

"And they weren't done correctly.

"We've had external solicitors look at the leases and I don't think they were done properly.

"We don't want this to happen again.

"We lost the Racecourse, but this was a new lease that was done recently.

"You would have thought they would have learnt from the Racecourse that safeguards should be in place.

"But there are chinks in the armour and that what has been exposed by the current owners.

"There's something there that is keeping them there."


Purdie Out For Up To Six Weeks


Former Hereford United player and current manager of UITC's youth team Rob Purdie, now with Tamworth, faces a spell out of the game after suffering an injury last week.

He missed Saturday's FA Cup-Tie.

"It looks like medial ligament damage and so he could be out for up to six weeks," said Tamworth boss Andy Morrell.

"It's a big blow for us as we have not got that many bodies as it it right now."


FOI Response Leaves Supporter Confused


Recently several Hereford United supporters have sent Freedom of Information requests to Herefordshire Council.

Here's what a Leominster based supporter requested and the Council's response.

While the majority of Hereford United fans are grateful for the Council's recent interventions in the excruciating debacle unfolding at Edgar Street, recent emails procured by a well timed FOI by a fan have left him feeling terribly confused.

Recently he sent off an email to the council's official channel for directing questions to meetings, who can be reached at the address councilservices@herefordshire.gov.uk. His original question was phrased this way:

Councillor Johnson:

Can the Council comment on the seeming habit of discussing vital community issues such as the freehold of the Edgar Street Leases in un-minuted meetings with out of town businessmen of questionable background, and will the Council commit to minuteing all future meetings on these subjects?

After a few tweaks, back and forth, redactions and elocution lessons, the question was allowed into the council chambers.




"What a relief", he thought.

Then this came out:


So, hang on, has the Council lied in response to his question in an official (minuted) meeting? Is there any other way of looking at this?

Perhaps the council took the decision to enter into negotiations over the 999 year freehold with a figure from Evesham-based (the home town of Jed McRory, no less) enterprise " alcester.com" entirely without discussion?

He feels some more questions may need to be answered here.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Banbury Swept Aside


The Main Stand At Banbury This Evening
Hereford United beat Banbury Town 5-1 in today's Southern League Premier match.

Jon Taylor made one change to his starting eleven with the return of Louis Cutajar in defence, which allowed Obi Onyeike to move forward. Bilal Yafai was dropped to the bench.

Both Sam Akinde and Aboubakar Kone were missing but there was a place on the bench for Jay Knight who was the 42nd player listed by Hereford this season to date. 

Two of Hereford Scorers - Bilal Yafal and Samuel Bobes-Gilroy
After conceding within 45 seconds, Jon Taylor's men equalised three minutes later through Sam Bobes-Gilroy.

Josh Hawker gave them a half time lead. 

Fourteen minutes after the break Steve Vetier made it 3-1.

Afterwards it was nearly all one way traffic although it wasn't until added time that Hereford scored again. 

Bilal Yafai made it 4-1, and then with the last action in the game Obi Onyeike sealed the victory.

Delroy Gordon Applauding The Travelling Supporters With Harry Agombar In the Background
344 watched the game including about 30 following Hereford. However there was no sign of chairman Andy Lonsdale, the two directors, or 'owner' Tommy Agombar.

With the three points from the win, Hereford have moved up one place to 16th with 20 points from 19 games.

Hereford: Williams, Roberts, Cutajar, Hawker, Lee-Gascoigne, Gordon, Onyeike, Bones-Gilroy, Mor Diop, Sullivan, Vetier.

Subs: O'Neil, O'Reilly, Knight, Yafal, Farmer


It's Our County Call For Public Enquiry Into Hereford United Dealings


It's Our County have called for a Public Enquiry into the matters between Herefordshire Council and Hereford United.

Cllr Jim Kenyon will be on BBC Hereford and Worcester tomorrow morning at around 7.40am to speak about the club and their call for an enquiry.


Prize Bull Draw 23


This from HUST:

Prize Bull draw No.23 took place on Monday night. The winning numbers are 1, 3, 10, and 19. Should you have the winning combination, please contact liaison@hufctrust.co.uk to claim the jackpot.