Next Game: FA Cup Replay - Fleetwood Town at Home on Thursday 14th December at 7.45pm
(Live on BT Sport)

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Now It's Over To Us Said Beadle

Hereford FC manager Peter Beadle has praised the efforts of everyone involved in clearing the snow off the Edgar Street pitch and said that it's up to players and staff to complete the effort.

Hereford play Fleetwood in the FA Cup second round replay tomorrow evening.

"Wow what a monumental effort." tweeted Beadle.

"Been keeping up with progress all day, finished training and checked again and to now see the pitch completely clear of snow I'm lost for words, in awe of the best supporters ever. Would like to say a big thank you to everyone who has helped out.

"In whatever way they could today. It is appreciated more than I could ever show you. Now it's over to us to complete the effort. COYB"  

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Extra Tickets For Cup Replay Online Tomorrow

Hereford FC have announced that they will have 200 extra tickets for Thursday's FA Cup replay on sale tomorrow.

They are seated tickets for the Len Weston F Block.

Online sales only from 10am.

Whilst the club haven't confirmed this, it is thought these are tickets returned by Fleetwood.

Club Needs Help Tomorrow

Whilst most of the snow has been removed from the Edgar Street pitch itself there is still some to move from around the pitch and the stands.

This from Hereford FC:

'The job tonight is almost complete, but we still need help to clear snow from around the pitch and stands tomorrow, to ensure the game can go ahead. The help today has been nothing short of amazing. We can't thank the volunteers enough.' 

Meanwhile BBC Hereford and Worcester have posted a video of the work going on at Edgar Street this evening. 

And also one from the club:

Rosler Admits Hereford Will Be A Battle

Fleetwood manager Uwe Rosler spoke about the FA Cup replay at Hereford this afternoon.

"It's a big game for us like it is for Hereford, big prize on the end of it," he said.

"At Highbury they played like we expected them to play.

"I don't think the television cameras will make it more difficult for us, I think they will inspire us.

"It will be a battle.

"It will be a hostile atmosphere, they will pack the stadium, they will probably sell out. For those things we need to be prepared.

"When we go to Hereford we should be mentally prepared for a game we want to win.

"It helps that we've played them before.

"It's a big prize at the end, the chairman reminds me every day and I remind the players."

News Round Up

After manager Tim Harris quit Gloucester City two weeks ago, chairman of 27-years Mike Dunstan has also resigned. In a statement, Dunstan said it was a 'heartbreaking' decision, but it's been a 'an honour and a privilege' to chair the club.

Fleetwood Town's game against Peterborough United has been moved back a day due to the FA Cup replay at Hereford on Thursday 14th. Hereford also moved their fixture from the Saturday.

Salisbury and Bideford are facing an investigation after their league game was abandoned last Saturday after 43 minutes. With both sides down to ten men, a 'disturbance' occurred and continued as Bideford's Billy Tucker left the field. The referee subsequently abandoned the match.

Former Hereford United defender Rod McDonald is facing interest from League One clubs MK Dons and Shrewsbury Town. The 25-year old is currently with Coventry City, with the Daily Mail claiming: "Championship sides are also following his progress as they ponder a January bid for the defender."

Kings Langley have parted company with manager Paul Hobbs and his assistant Andy Stratford. Until a successor is found, head coach Steve Conroy will take charge of first team matters.  

Bulls Battle To Get Cup Replay On

BBC Sport spent some time at Edgar Street this morning watching volunteers removing snow from the pitch in advance of tomorrow's FA Cup replay.

"There's a lot riding on it," said Hereford spokesman Jamie Griffiths.

"The game was massive anyway then along came the Leicester City draw and the news that, if we won, that would be on TV too.

"The battle is now to get the game on. The pitch itself is in great condition underneath the blanket, but there's a tremendous amount of snow on top.

"Had it been Tuesday night, when the game should have been played, we'd have had no chance.

"But we had an army of fans literally banging on the door at 10 this morning. The volunteers are doing a terrific job. And there's a JCB at the Blackfriars End piling the snow to one side.

"We'll get the floodlights on tonight and we'll be working on it through the night get it on."

Kinnersley Praises Snow Volunteers

Since around 10am this morning Hereford FC supporters have been removing snow off the Edgar Street in an effort to ensure Thursday's FA Cup replay against Fleetwood can go ahead.

Chairman Ken Kinnersley has praised the effort.

'Herculean effort by volunteers and everyone for the replay - unbelievable turnout - proof if it was needed just how much you all care. Awe inspiring - words are not enough. Just “thank you” to staff, volunteers, passers by - everyone.' 

Meanwhile there's a short BBC video about the snow clearing at Edgar Street:

Everybody Wants The Favourities To Fail Admits Rosler

Fleetwood manager Uwe Rosler gave a press conference earlier this afternoon in advance of Thursday's FA Cup replay at Hereford.
“We know what is coming against Hereford,” said Rosler.

“Everybody needs to get themselves mentally ready in the next two days. It is a big game for us, and for Hereford, as there is a big prize at the end of it.

“We are going into this game as professionals, we are playing a team who are a few leagues below us and it’s always David vs. Goliath.

“Everybody wants the favourites to fail, and like I said, we need to be strong as a team and come out winners.

“We need to handle the pressure as it’s on us. Hereford have been buzzing all week for this game, and I have highlighted that to my players.

"On Thursday it will be a hostile atmosphere.

“The stadium will be packed and it will probably be a sell out. We need to be prepared and not turn up surprised. 

“I don’t know what the pitch is like but from what I have seen, there is a lot of snow on the pitch; but I have been told the pitch is generally good.

“We need to see what the conditions will be like but in the end we need to win the tie, and it doesn’t matter how."

All Tonight's Southern Prem Games Called Off

All four of tonight's games in the Southern Premier League have been postponed.

They are:

Basingstoke v Stratford
Gosport v King's Lynn
Kettering v Royston
Redditch v Banbury

Tonnes Of Snow To Move From Edgar Street Pitch

Hereford FC have asked for volunteers to remove the snow from the Edgar Stret pitch in advance of Thursday's FA Cup replay against Fleetwood.

There's quite a lot of snow to move.

One contributer to the HFC forum, White Lightening, has posted that there could be 70 tonnes of snow to move based on a depth of 10cms.

Obviously if the snow is say 8cms deep that figure falls to 56 tonnes.

Whatever the figure it all needs to be moved.

The club hope that volunteers will start to arrive at the club from 10am this morning, if possible armed with snow shovels.

Any help at any time today would be appreciated. May be even tomorrow as well.

Hereford 9/2 To Defeat Fleetwood In FA Cup Replay

Hereford are 9/2 to defeat Fleetwood in the FA Cup second round replay set to take place at Edgar Street on Thursday evening.

Hereford 9/2  Draw 16/5  Fleetwood 11/17

Meanwhile the odds available for Hereford to win the Southern Premier League have dropped.

Hereford 5/2
King's Lynn 27/10
Kettering 11/4
Slough 24/5

Monday, December 11, 2017

Club Needs Help To Remove Snow From Pitch

The Pitch Looked In Excellent Condition Last Saturday As Frost Covers Were Laid
Hereford FC are looking for help to remove snow from the Edgar Street pitch so it can be prepared for Thursday's FA Cup replay.

'We need a large amount of volunteers from 10am Tuesday to help remove snow from the Edgar Street pitch in order to get Thursday evening’s game on!

The pitch is currently covered in 8-10cms of snow, beneath the snow the pitch is in good condition, and tonight the snow is acting as a blanket, stopping the pitch from freezing on the coldest night of the year so far. However from tomorrow the process of removing the snow begins so that the team from Highground can prepare the playing surface.

We are looking for a large amount of volunteers to help remove the snow from the pitch starting on Tuesday and continuing into the evening and on Wednesday morning if required.

We will be sourcing a number of snow shovels, but supporters are also asked to bring their own if they have access to them. Please note, they must be snow shovels, and not spades so as to protect the pitch from damage.

Anyone who can help are asked to report to the main Addison’s Bar Reception from 10am onwards tomorrow, this job is likely to last all day, and volunteers are welcome to arrive whenever they are available.'

McIndoe Wishes Hereford Best Of Luck For Thursday

Last week former Hereford United player Michael McIndoe had some good news but the vast majority of the press failed to mention it.

After several years fighting allegations of fraud, he has been completely cleared by Scotland Yard.

"I took to Twitter last week to announce the news that my name has been completely cleared," McIndoe told BN.

"As you can imagine I am very pleased with the news I received from Scotland Yard. I always said from day one there was no wrongdoing on my part, which is one of the reasons I wrote my book.

"I am now looking to put all this behind me, focus on the future and of course get back into football.

"More importantly I am looking forward to seeing if Hereford can beat Fleetwood on Thursday night. It is a massive opportunity for them, not only from a revenue perspective but also for the fans.

"Hereford is the club that got me back on the footballing ladder and I will always hold it dear to my heart because of this. I wish the team the very best of luck for Thursday night!"

McIndoe's book is available at:

Hereford Are Team Of The Month

Hereford are the team of the month for November in the Southern Premier League.

Unbeaten in six games, the only blemish on their record was a draw against Potters Bar in the FA Trophy. 

They will be presented with an engraved glass memento to mark their success at a home game in due course.

Fleetwood Expected To Be Without Dempsey For Hereford Tie

Fleetwood are expected to be without mid-fielder Kyle Dempsey for the FA Cup replay at Hereford on Thursday.

He had to leave the pitch with concussion at Wigan last Saturday.

Manager Uwe Rosler will also be without another mid-fielder Aiden O'Neil, Conor McAleny and Bobby Grant.

"We are not the team of last year, definitely not at this moment in time when we have key players out and some key players who have not even kicked a ball for the whole season," said Rosler.
We are not the team of last year, definitely not at this moment in time, when we have key players out and some key players who have not even kicked a ball for the whole season.

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Conor McAleny (ankle) and Bobby Grant (knee)

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Hereford's AGM Postponed

Hereford FC's Annual General Meeting, which was due to take place tonight, has been postponed due to the weather conditions.

A new date will be set in due course.

Five Mid-Week Southern Prem Games

Five games in the Southern Premier League are set to take place this week, however it looks as though most, if not all, could be subject to pitch inspections given the weather.

Three of the top six teams have matches. Hereford were due to have a game but this has been postponed because of the FA Cup replay on Thursday evening.

This evening Hitchin (7th) play Slough (6th). Slough lost their game last Saturday and it would suit Hereford if they lose again.

Update 11am: The match at Hitchin has been postponed.

On Tuesday:

Basingstoke v Stratford
Gosport v King's Lynn
Kettering v Royston
Redditch v Banbury 

Top of the League:

King's Lynn 23/51
Kettering 21/47
Weymouth 22/44
Tiverton 23/44
Hereford 18/42
Slough 17/38
Hitchin 22/37

Toshack Scouted Ashley Williams At Edgar Street

Former Wales manager John Toshack, who is set to be honoured by the PFA next Thursday for being in the dug-out over 1000 times in his career, has revealed where he first watched Ashley Williams who later captained Wales. 

Williams was playing for Stockport County at the time and Toshack's assistant Brian Flynn had suggested he looked at the defender.

So Tosh decided to go to Edgar Street for a 12noon kick off between Hereford and Stockport in League Two. It was Sunday March 1st 2008.

“I look back to when we were first made aware of Ashley,” said Toshack

 “I remember watching him at Hereford, still playing for Stockport in League Two.

"It was a noon kick-off and I’d quickly seen enough to convince me about Ash.

“I can remember thinking the pace of the game wasn’t the greatest, but that he could still be a useful option for us and would be worth a closer look.

“And he’s come in and never let us down."

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Hereford FC Require Volunteers For Snow Clearing

This from Hereford FC:

We need help to clear snow from outside and inside the ground tomorrow (Monday) to make sure it's safe for everyone. If you can help please arrive from 8:45am - but please, don't travel unless it is safe to do so! Thank you!

Fleetwood Tickets On General Sale From Mid-day Monday

Hereford FC have confirmed that tickets for Thursday's FA Cup replay against Fleetwood will go on general sale from mid-day tomorrow (Monday).

The club says that given they need to clear snow from outside Addison's Bar, from where the tickets will be sold, they can't start selling tickets before 12noon.

Tickets for the game will also be available online from 12noon. The club will not take phone bookings.

Please note that the Main Stand is sold out.

Southern Prem Weekend Review

In general results went Hereford's way in the Southern Premier League yesterday.

Here's a review written by Steve Whitney.

King`s Lynn Town still lead the table by four points, but suffered a 5-2 hammering at a Farnborough side who were beaten at home by bottom-markers Gosport Borough last Wednesday!
And all that came after the Linnets took a first-minute lead through Ryan Hawkins!
But it was Nic Ciardini`s day as he helped himself to four goals – equalising in the 6th minute and then giving Boro a 35th minute lead that veteran Jamie Cureton added to right on the stroke of half-time.
Lynn then lost Ryan Fryatt to a straight red card for conceding a penalty immediately after the break which Ciardini converted for his hat-trick
And he made it a nap hand for Spencer Day`s side in the 73rd minute, with the Linnets netting a second consolation 3 minutes from time.
That, and Weymouth`s game at Dunstable being off, allowed Kettering Town to return to second spot – and with two games in hand on King`s Lynn – after beating mid-table Stratford Town 2-0 at Latimer Park.
A crowd of 508 saw Matt Stevens give the Poppies a great start with a goal in the 4th minute.
However, it wasn`t until the 88th minute that they were able to breath easily when Rene Howe doubled their advantage.
Fourth-placed Tiverton Town suffered a 4-0 hammering at the Carlsberg Stadium by inconsistent Biggleswade Town.
The impressive Liam Brooks was the Waders` hat-trick hero, making it 2-0 at half-time with goals in the 13th and 17th minutes and then converting a 65th minute penalty.
Gavin Hoyte completed the scoring in the 67th minute.

Hereford FC are fifth and now just two points behind Tivvy with no less than FIVE games in hand on them and most above them.
A crowd of 2,794 saw the Bulls win comfortably 4-1 at Edgar Street against youthful Basingstoke Town, who took a 4th minute lead through Dan Bayliss.
Jack Deaman equalised in the 17th minute and Keyon Reffell put the Bulls ahead on 31 minutes, with top scorer John Mills adding a third just before half-time.
Mills made it 4-1 with his 16th league goal of the season to date in the 73rd minute.

Slough Town also have plenty of games in hand after their cup exploits, but looked to be suffering a hangover from their defeat to Rochdale when losing 4-2 at Arbour Park in front of 551 to a Bishop`s Stortford side who are now seventeenth.
It was a day when little went right for the Rebels, who conceded an early 6th minute Sean Fraser own goal.
James Dobson equalised 5 minutes before the break, only for Jason Williams to restore the Blues lead 2 minutes after it.
Tom Clifford made it 3-1 just past the hour-mark after Slough`s Nathan Smart had been sent-off for bringing down a Stortford striker on the break.
Clifford inadevertedly scored at the other end 13 minutes from time, but Williams added a fourth for the visitors in the first minute of time added on at the end of the game.
Frome Town were delayed en-route to Kings Langley and the kick-off was delayed 15 minutes.
But that seemed to affect the home side rather than the visitors, who ran out 7-2 winners!
After Mitchell Weiss had given Kings a 12th minute lead, it was 3-1 by the time he scored his second on 55 minutes, thanks to Ollie Knight, Jon Davies and Chas Hemmings.
Joe Raynes made it 4-1 after 71 minutes and Darren Jefferies immediately made it a nap hand, with Marcus Mapstone on 82 minutes and a penalty in stoppage time from Jake Jackson accounting for Frome`s other goals.
And Kings Langley`s next game? They play Premier League Watford in the county cup on Tuesday!
St Neots Town were another side to enjoy a goal fest on Saturday as they beat troubled Merthyr Town 5-2 at home.
Lewis Irwin and Luke Knight both bagged braces for the Saints, with Dion Sembie-Ferris adding the other – Kerry Morgan and Matt Harris replying.
Hitchin Town are seventh after they won 4-1 at the Avenue Stadium against lowly Dorchester Town.
Josh Bickerstaff gave the Canaries a great start with a goal inside the opening 4 minutes.
Lucas Kirkpatrick from the spot after 16 minutes and then Elliot Bailey 20 minuets later gave them a 3-0 interval lead.
Jon McNamara added a fourth 10 minutes after the break, with Mo Baghdadi netting an 82nd minute consolation for the Magpies.
Banbury United had second half goals from Conor McDonagh, Leam Howards and Jefferson Louis to thank for a convincing 3-0 win over Royston Town at the Spencer Stadium.

Snow Causes Junior Bulls Party To Be Postponed

Snow has caused the postponement of today's Junior Bulls party at Edgar Street.

It's now expected to be held early in the New Year.

Up to six inches of snow has fallen in some parts of Herefordshire.

Meanwhile some tickets for Thursday's FA Cup Replay against Fleetwood remain available. 

They are set to go on general sale tomorrow. 

Also set for tomorrow is the club AGM.

Around The Ground

A few pictures from half-time and after the final whistle from yesterday at Edgar Street.

Matt Healey Interviewing Karl Broadhurst
And Then Simon Johnson
Putting The Front Covers On After The Game

Around 1000 Fleetwood Tickets Were Sold After The Game

Hereford 4 - Basingstoke Town 1

Beadle Versus Brown
Hereford returned to league action on Saturday after their recent cup games, comfortably seeing off Basingstoke Town 4-1.

Despite falling behind with just six minutes on the clock, the Bulls scored three goals before the break thanks to Jack Deaman, Keyon Reffell and John Mills. Mills then added a fourth midway through the second half to complete the scoring.

For the game, Eliot Richards was handed his debut after joining the club from Merthyr Town last month, starting in favour of Lance Smith. Garyn Preen, who didn't make the match day sixteen, made way for Adam Page.

Onto the match itself, Basingstoke kicked off attacking the Meadow End in the first half and we first to threaten. Martin Horsell was quickly called into action to deny Callum Bunting, diving low down to his right to save a shot at the near post.

It wasn't long until the visitors took the lead, as in the sixth minute Don Bayliss rifled a shot home. A corner was floated into Hereford's box, and despite Horsell punching the ball clear, it fell nicely for Bayliss. Through a congested penalty area, his shot somehow found a route to the back of the net.

The early setback seemed to spur Hereford on as they livened up in front of goal. Firstly, Jimmy Oates crossed the ball into the box from the left, but Keyon Reffell couldn't get enough on the ball to head home, before Jack Deaman levelled the score.

In the 16th minute, Eliot Richards' corner was met by the head of Deaman, who had little difficulty in nodding the ball past the static keeper to cancel out Bunting's opener.

The remainder of the half was dominated by the hosts, with a number of good chances from Hereford. Richards went close two minutes after the equaliser, but his shot took a deflection before sailing behind for a fruitless corner. John Mills then stung the hands of 19-year old goalkeeper Colm McAdden, but the defence quickly cleared the danger.

Goal number two came on the half hour mark courtesy of Keyon Reffell. There was some good play in the build up as the ball was worked out to Jimmy Oates on the left flank. Hereford's captain picked out Reffell with a cross who headed the ball firmly past the keeper.

The Whites had a two goal cushion going into the break as John Mills made it 3-1. Dara O'Shea won possession on the edge of Basingstoke's box, and after finding John Mills with a neat pass, the marksman's trademark 'chop' worked a treat to deceive the keeper and slot home.

Dinsley Celebrating Mills's Goal
HT: Hereford 3 - Basingstoke Town 1

After the interval, Adam Page was first to test the keeper, but after bursting forward his left-footed strike was well-saved by McAdden.
A couple of chances for John Mills followed, his first effort flashed across the face of goal before a snapshot in the 61st minute whistled just wide of the far post.

Mills did get a second goal 11 minutes later after intercepting a sloppy back pass. After George Bennett attempted to play the ball back to the keeper, Mills cut out the pass before easily rounding McAdden and rolling the ball home.

Substitute Mike Symons was close to getting his name on the scoresheet, but after some good buildup play, he couldn't stretch far enough to get onto the end of Reffell's cross.

Reffell continued to look bright going forward, creating a chance for Pablo Haysham, who'd replaced Adam Page in the 79th minute. Despite some good work by Reffell, Haysham's scuffed shot was an easy save for the keeper.

Into stoppage time, and a final chance for Hereford saw Haysham head the ball over the crossbar after getting on the end of Billy Murphy's free kick from the right.

FT: Hereford 4 - Basingstoke Town 1
Att: 2,796 with 43 in the away enclosure
Sponsors' MotM: Captain Jimmy Oates.

Hereford: Horsell, Oates (c), O'Shea, Murphy, Green, Deaman, Page (Haysham - 79'), Dinsley, Mills (Symons - 74'), Reffell, Richards (Smith - 74').

Subs not used: Preston, Harris.

Basingstoke: McAdden, Wohifel, Bennett (Goater), Collier (Atkinson), Demuria, Bayliss, McKnight, Hollamby, Bunting, Argent, Smart.

Subs not used: Zabotti, Kennedy.

Next Game: FA Cup Replay - Fleetwood Town at Home on Thursday 14th December at 7.45pm (Live on BT Sport)

Karl Broadhurst & Simon Johnson Interviews

Due to work commitments this evening I wasn't able to interview the Basingstoke manager Terry Brown after the game. I did though speak to former players Karl Broadhurst and Simon Johnson who were special guests at Edgar Street when they arrived at 1pm.

Simon Johnson Reveals

**How he ended up turning down Bradford City to sign for Graham Turner.
**How he bided his time to break into the starting eleven.
**His memorable goal against Shrewsbury in January 2008.
**The disappointment of the League One Season of 2008/2009.
**Which players he still speaks too.
**What he is up to 2017.

Karl Broadhurst Reveals
** His worry at the start of the 2007/2008 season.
** How the squad would bounce back from adversity.
**  His assessment of Gary Hooper.
** The frustration with the League One season of 2008/2009.
**  His delight in seeing his former club Bournemouth do well in the Premier League.
** What he does away from football after retiring from the game.

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Saturday, December 09, 2017

Eliot Richards Debuts For Hereford

Eliot Richards made his first start for Hereford this afternoon. BN tracked his progress through the game.



League Is Our Priority Says Deaman

Defender Jack Deaman scored one of Hereford's four goals this afternoon. Afterwards he spoke to BBC Hereford and Worcester.

"We've obviously had a lot of Cup games recently but the League is still our main priority," said Deaman.

"It was important after that little break that we came back and got a win on the board."

Several top sides lost today so Hereford have made up some ground on the leaders.

"Some of the boys said as we came in that there had been some defeats for the teams around us so with us winning today that's good news going forward.

"I think as a team we are very much a squad so we know that people will come in and out but I think whoever comes in obviously fits in straight away because we have that unity which is what we need.

"It was a bit of a slow start from us today, disappointing that they got a goal as our platform is to keep clean sheets especially as defenders but I felt as a team we knew we would be able to get back into it and get some goals and push on to win the game.

"Everyone knows that Fleetwood is around the corner but the League is our main priority and everyone is switched on and knew that was what we had to do today.

"I don't think people expected us to do as well in the Cup so that is an added bonus. It's great for the fans, it's great for the players.

"The fans were brilliant away at Fleetwood and I'm sure they will be on Thursday but the League is our main priority. We want to get out of this league, get another promotion under our belts and what comes with the Cup comes with the Cup."

As well as the FA Cup replay next Thursday, there the FA Trophy the following Sunday.

"You look at the Trophy as a better competition in the terms of where we can progress with it. The FA Cup is a magical competition so that's everyones focus now with Thursday but we want to progress in the FA Trophy as well."

Second Half Pictures From Hereford's 4-1 Win Over Basingstoke

A selection of pictures from the second half of this afternoon's 4-1 victory by Hereford over Basingstoke.