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Saturday, March 28, 2015

First Friendly To Take Place Away At Malvern


Hereford FC's first game will be a trip to Malvern Town on July 7th.

The game will take place at the Langland Stadium, where over 800 watched the Fans Team last August.

The first home match will be the following Saturday.


First Home Friendly At Edgar Street On July 11th


Hereford FC have announced that they hope to stage their first home friendly on Saturday July 11th.

It's thought that pre-season matches will include some friendlies against League or even Premiership teams.

Possible opponents include Swansea City and Merthyr Tydfil. Swnasea allowede Hereford supporters to stage a bucket collection last season and Merthyr invited members of HUST to look around their ground recently.

Hale Relieved To Get Lease


Hereford FC chairman Jon Hale has expressed his relief at getting the lease to Edgar Street. Full article at: http://www.herefordfc.co.uk/2015/03/28/hereford-fc-chairman-jon-hale-reflects-on-recent-events/

‘Alongside the obvious delight, the over-riding feeling this morning is one of relief as there have been several times in the last two or three weeks when we felt this deal would not get done, let alone in the last few months.
‘The lease deal has been agreed by two parties fighting very hard in the best interests of their own needs and a number of people on both sides have gone above and beyond the call of duty to get this agreement done.
‘On a personal level, I will never forget how hard a small band of committed people have worked in the last few weeks to ensure Herefordshire Council had the reassurance and confidence they needed to grant us the Edgar Street lease.
‘Without their efforts, and the financial credibility provided by the four individuals who are providing our start up capital, this deal would simply not have been completed in the timescales we faced.
‘Having said all that, it is not lost on any of us how big a part supporters played in actually making the launch of Hereford FC possible. Had fans not stood up for what they felt was right and fought hard for what they believed in, Hereford FC would not have had the chance to secure this deal and in my opinion it is almost certain we would have lost Edgar Street forever.
‘I would like place on record the fact that I am grateful to every single person who has played any part – no matter how small – in influencing events and giving Hereford’s football fans hope for the future.
‘We are completely aware the eyes of supporters are quite rightly on us and we are going to do all we can to make every single one proud. As a board we cannot guarantee we will get every decision right, but I can guarantee that every decision will be taken with the best interests of the club and its supporters right at its heart.’

As for the future:

‘We have a number of things we need to sort immediately around the stadium, but that will not stop us looking at longer-term plans. We are aiming to get Season Tickets on sale within the next week or so and hope to announce details in the next few days.
‘We also hope to set up a temporary office at Edgar Street as quickly as possible so that we have a presence on site and a place for fans to visit if they want to pop in.
‘As we plan a schedule of work at Edgar Street we also look forward to meeting those people who have kindly volunteered to help us in any way they can. Our Volunteers’ Co-ordinator, Ken Kinnersley, has a compiled a comprehensive database of everyone who has made contact and I’ve no doubt he will be in touch with an update soon.
‘Moving forward, be in no doubt that we are absolutely determined to build a club that we can all be proud of and everyone involved wants to be able to walk the streets of their home city with their head held high in years to come.
‘We all – and I mean all – have a fantastic opportunity to make Hereford FC the club we deserve and that we’ve always wanted to support – it is now time for everyone to focus on the journey that lies ahead and no longer dwell on the disappointments of the past.
‘We’ve all made this happen – now we all need to make this club as special as we all should believe it can be.’

It Was A Team Effort Said Watson


Martin Watson has been at the fore-front of setting up Hereford FC. Yesterday the club were given the keys to Edgar Street and Watson spoke to BBC Hereford and Worcester about how pleased he was.

This morning he has commented further.

"I cannot thank Phil Pratt enough for the work he did in securing the leases. That man is a genius. He's not a Hereford fan (despite his recently acquired Bulls News obsession) but he's worked above and beyond the call of duty to secure the stadium on good terms using his vast knowledge. I also must thank Matt Hayes and the team of Harrison Clarke Rickerby for their assistance over the last few weeks in pulling the leases together and preparing contracts for our new manager and staff. I must also thank the person that put Phil and Matt our way, being able to be told "go to him" and getting the best is invaluable.

"I have constantly said that this is a team effort. Andy Morris was on H&W about 5pm calling Edgar Street "the Wembley of Herefordshire" in his delight at the news of the securing of the leases. I must also thank Andy for his substantial insight into what we are to expect next season and the challenges we are to face. And, indeed, the entire Westfields committee. Every one I have spoken to has admitted to being a Hereford fan and wanting the best for the club, and they have all given me the opportunity to ask them anything I need to know.

"The same goes for Wellington, Pegasus, and Malvern. They have been incredibly welcoming this season and have provided valuable tales and insight. They all - and Westfields - wrote letters to the Council to support the bid for the stadium. There is no envy there, they all want a Football League club at Edgar Street as we do.

"And the HFA. Jim Lambert and the whole team there have been incredibly supportive despite having been lambasted by previous regimes. Without Jim's substantial knowledge we wouldn't have been in a position to be able to tick off the boxes on the FA application. We've still work to do to get across the line, which is why I'm up at 5am on a Saturday morning, but the whole of Herefordshire football is supporting us to make Hereford FC kick off a league match in August.

"And, indeed, Herefordshire Council. They have wanted this deal to go through but have had to jump through their own local Government hoops. But there are plenty of staff there are also Hereford fans and, sometimes, those little unseen nudges in the right places do wonders to push the process along. I can't name them, they've asked me not to, but there are several people in HC that all Bulls fans have to be thankful for their role in proceedings.

"We wouldn't be where we are today without everyone's effort. But this small group of people highlighted above deserve a special mention right now."

News Round-Up


Former Bull Jake Harris has joined the ex-Edgar Street ranks at Merthyr Town. Harris joined Frome Town in January, playing only twice, before joining Yate Town. Lyle Taylor made his international debut for Montserrat, scoring as the 172nd best side in the world lost their World Cup 2018 qualifier to 160th ranked Curacao 2-1.

Southend are back in Court on Monday to face another winding-up petition. The serial visitors say that the case, brought by law firm Dechert LLP, has been settled and will be a formality. Mathieu Manset missed Cheltenham's home loss to Exeter last weekend due to being stuck in traffic. The M5 was closed for 14 hours between Tewkesbury and Cheltenham after a crash, causing Walsall based Manset to miss the game.

Mansfield's debt is to be reduced by £1m after a deal with former Director Steve Hymas was reached. Hymas will convert loans to shares and return to the club's board after a stand-off with owner John Radford that has lasted for three years. Radford will also convert some of his loans to shares, with Hymas resuming his former remit of youth development at the club.

Bedford Town have announced that a two year long legal battle against them has been dismissed. Former player Nick Beasant was being sued by former Weymouth striker Jamie Skinner for £150,000 in damages after a tackle. Bedford faced liquidation if they lost the case, with a further £200,000 in legal fees expected but the case was dismissed yesterday.

Chester are set to finalise a new 50 year lease on their Council owned stadium. Their original five year lease was set to expire this summer. Kidderminster have signed striker Gurjit Singh on non-contract terms from Midland League Premier side Tipton Town. Singh, 24, will continue to play for the Step 5 side while training with the Harriers as they look to slash their wage bill next season.

Bristol Rovers fans are mulling over moves to protest at Sainsbury stores over their attempted withdrawal from the plan to build a new stadium for the club. The club and supermarket face court in May over the dispute, with the club calling on any protest to be 'lawful and peaceful'. It has been revealed that the club has taken out a £2m loan at more than 15% interest rate after their bank refused to extend credit terms, with the full sum and interest due at the end of the year.


Friday, March 27, 2015

HFA 'Delighted' For Hereford FC


The Herefordshire Football Association were delighted to hear that Hereford FC signed the leases to Edgar Street this afternoon.   Later Roger Goodwin, HFA Football Strategy Manager, was on hand to have a look around the ground as it was unlocked for the first time by Jon Hale, chairman of Hereford FC.

The HFA have worked closely with Hereford FC over the past few months to support them in various aspects of setting up the new club and look forward to continuing to work closely with the new regime.

Roger Goodwin commented "The HFA are delighted to see that football will return to Edgar Street.  Hereford United supporters have had a tough time over the past 12 months and we are very pleased to hear that Hereford FC have signed the leases.

"The HFA have worked closely with Hereford FC over the past few months to support their application for entry into the National League System.  The HFA would like to wish Hereford FC and their fans every success as they look forward to playing football at Edgar Street again."

Jon Hale Tries The Keys To Edgar Street



Pictures Taken By Roger Goodwin  www.rogergoodwin.co.uk
Hereford FC chairman Jon Hale was given the keys to Edgar Street this afternoon.

"Absolutely chuffed to bits for every single Hereford supporter," said Hale.

"We've got our ground back everyone!"

The Stadium Was Everything Says Watson


Martin Watson was one of the first Hereford FC supporters to look around Edgar Street late this afternoon after the new club was given the keys to the ground.

Watson is club secretary of Hereford FC and also vice-chairman of the Supporters Trust.

After his visit to the ground he spoke to BBC Hereford and Worcester.

"The stadium was everything," said Watson.

"If we didn't have the stadium we couldn't do it anywhere else in Herefordshire, it was the only place.

"To finally get hold of the stadium after all these months is absolutely fantastic.

"I've just popped down the stadium and I'm about to drive away with a box of keys.


"There are a lot of electrics to deal with, there's some sewage works that need to be done.

"One of the things we need to do to satisfy the FA is to do a test on the floodlights to make sure they are strong for the league we are going in.

"Beyond that we've got to find a manager, we've got three interviews on Sunday, another one on Monday, we've already done one.

"And he's got to find a squad.

"The hard work starts here, but it's not just going to be the six or seven on the board and the dozen or so people that have helped us get to this position.

"We've got 180 volunteers now and it will be the sum total of those 200 people who will get the football back at Edgar Street in July and kick-off the new season in August.

"The indication from the FA is that it will be step five which will be most likely the Midlands Football League, the same level as Westfields which would make an interesting pair of derbies.

"The possibility is step four which would be the Southern League South and West. If we have to start at step five then we start at step five."


Edgar Street Lease Deal Formally Completed


This from Hereford FC:

Hereford FC is delighted to announce that earlier today a deal was formally completed with Herefordshire Council that will see the club become the new tenant at Edgar Street.

The lease has been signed after four weeks of intense, detailed negotiations between Hereford FC and the local authority. It begins immediately and will run for five seasons until the end of the 2019/20 campaign.

Speaking about finalising the deal this afternoon, Hereford FC Chairman Jon Hale said:

‘We are absolutely delighted to have reached a point where we have formally secured a home for Hereford FC.

‘Edgar Street has a special place in the hearts of so many football fans – both locally and nationally – and we now look forward to Hereford FC creating more memories to add to those of the past.

‘As you would expect, the lease negotiations have been thorough and lengthy, but in the end we have reached an agreement that both Hereford FC and Herefordshire Council are satisfied with.

‘Although we have been handed the keys today, it will be some time before we can allow public access to the stadium as there is a significant amount of electrical repair work that needs to be completed. Furthermore, as part of its commitment to this deal, the local authority has major works to undertake too.

‘I’d just like to place on record my thanks to Herefordshire Council and its legal team, and Matt Hayes from Harrison Clark Rickerbys who has acted on the club’s behalf, for the hard work they have done to ensure this deal was completed prior to the Football Association’s deadline to enter a league in 2015/16.

‘I’d also like to thank the Hereford United Supporters Trust (HUST) membership for their support and for giving us the mandate to go ahead and complete this deal.

‘Most all though, I’d like to express my gratitude to the individuals from the Hereford FC group and HUST who have worked tirelessly over many months to secure today’s deal.

‘Without the incredible commitment shown by these people – and the four individuals who are providing a solid financial base of £200,000 for the club to build from –  quite simply there would be no football team playing at Edgar Street to support next season.’

Over the course of the next few days we will endeavour to release a detailed update of our initial plans now we have the keys to Edgar Street.


Thursday, March 26, 2015

Mor Diop Moves To Redditch


Serge Mor-Diop who played for Hereford United during the Agombar/Lonsdale era has moved to Redditch.

The former Darlington player had been at Gloucester City since leaving Edgar Street but the striker will be able to turn out for his new club on Saturday.

"He was at Hereford United earlier in the season and, at 6ft 4in, can offer us a physical presence up front and play with his back to goal, which is something we have been lacking," said Redditch manager Liam McDonald.

News Round-Up


Former Bull Josh Gowling has left Kidderminster for Grimsby on loan for the remainder of the season. The player-coach refused a reduced contract earlier in the season, and has told his Twitter followers he had little choice in the move. Grimsby are looking for investors to plug a funding hole in plans for a new £22m stadium for the club. The club have not revealed how large the hole is, but have called it an 'ever-moving target'.

Kidderminster chairman Ken Rae and the club's board has apologised for mistakes they have made. Rae, who was previously chairman at Redditch when their finances collapsed in 2011, says the appointment of Andy Thorn was a mistake with the former Coventry boss being sacked less than two months into the job with current boss Gary Whild placed on gardening leave during Thorn's reign.

Chester boss Steve Burr has signed a new deal with the club to take him up to the end of the 2016/17 season. The Blues are 11th in the Conference this term after being reprieved from relegation last summer.


Leases Could Be Signed Today


Negotiations are ongoing over Edgar Street, with the lease possibly being able to be signed today.

Jon Hale told the Hereford Times: "It's a legal contract and is a big thing for both sides. We fully understand that the council want to get this right, especially after what has happened in the last nine to 12 months.

"They are under scrutiny as much as everyone. They have certainly listened to us and worked with us to ensure the tenancy is on the right platform.

"Frustration has certainly been there but once we get them signed, we can put it firmly behind us and get on with things."

Season tickets could be announced within days of the lease deal:

"We are then hoping to have the old club shop open as an office and perhaps as a small shop so supporters can go to the ground and buy their tickets and engage with the stadium again."

Negotiations for pre-season friendlies are already underway, with a trip to Malvern already pencilled in.


Success For Former Bulls With Hartpury


Last night Hartpury University First team became British National University Champions beating Stirling University in the final 1-0 at Loughborough University Stadium.
 
Former Bulls Jamie Edge (currently Weston Super Mare) and ex youth Team keeper Harvey Rivers (Gloucester City) played in the final with the Hartpury team made up of Step 2 to 5 players.
 
Over the years there have been close links between Hereford United and Hartpury and it could be that the university will become a possible source of players for Hereford FC.

London Bulls At Clapton On Saturday


This from the London Bulls:

London Bulls call on South East supporters to join them at Clapton game this Saturday.
For those of you coming to the Clapton FC v Enfield match this Saturday we’re all meeting in the Fox and Hounds pub at 1pm for a few beers.

Full address is:
Fox & Hounds
178 Forest Lane
Forest Gate
London
E7 9BB

It’s been recommended by locals and is frequented by the Clapton Ultras. Its right next door to Forest Gate Station (13 mins from London Liverpool Street) and then it’s a 15 min walk to the ground from there with kick off at 3pm.

We’ve been starved of live football all season so we hope to see as many of you there as possible!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Youth Team Back To Winning Ways


UITC's youth team secured a 3-1 win over Bury this afternoon at Victoria Park.

All UITC's goals came in the second half.

Scorers were Simon Morgan, Carlos Moreira and Tom Gameson.

Meanwhile Hereford FC have confirmed that they have made an application for the new club to field a side in the FA Youth Cup next season. 
 

No Interview For Harvey


Former Hereford United player Jimmy Harvey has confirmed that he is not on the short-list for the Hereford FC manager job.

“I didn’t make the short list and am not going to be interviewed,” Harvey told the Hereford Times.
“I am really disappointed with it.
“They said I had a lack of experience at level five, so I am very disappointed.
“People have mentioned my health and re-location issues, but that wasn’t a problem."

Jimmy Harvey initially joined Hereford United on-loan from Arsenal in Spring 1980 under Frank Lord. He signed that summer, become a fans' favourite and featured several times in the Division Four Team of the Season. In 1987, Harvey broke Hereford hearts and joined Bristol City for £20,000.

Meanwhile it's understood several other potential managers were told yesterday that they would not get an interview.

The shortlist is now thought to be down to five or six candidates. 

Fear Of Relegation Drives Robins To Ground Share Deal


The fear of being relegated out of the Football League has seen Cheltenham Town agree to an extension of their ground share deal with Gloucester City.

Robins' chief Paul Baker told the press: ‘This was a very difficult decision for us. In an ideal world we would not have agreed to extend the arrangement due to the impact it is having on the pitch which frankly looks well past its sell by date when compared to the fantastic award winning playing surfaces of the past.

But we are not in an ideal world, Gloucester City need to have an arrangement in place for next season by the 31st March, if we were assured of our Football League status by now it is highly unlikely that the arrangement would have been extended, be we are not and as we all know the financial consequences of relegation are dramatic, we therefore have to maximise all our revenue streams to cater for the worst case scenario.'

The new deal includes an increase in rent on the current deal, and limits Gloucester to only one pre-season game on the Whaddon Road pitch.


Blackpool Interested In Marley Watkins


Blackpool are interested in former Hereford United winger Marley Watkins who is out of contract at Inverness Carley Thistle this summer.

Also watching Watkins, according to the Express, are Hearts and Polish side Slask Wroclaw.

Watkins left Edgar Street at the end of the 2012/13 season but Hereford did not receive any fee for the player.


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

All New Talking Bull


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The re-launch of Talking Bull is one stage nearer with the release of the header.

Meanwhile Talking Bull are looking for sellers for the fanzine on match days. Anyone able to help is asked to get in touch editor@talkingbull.org


News Round-Up


Torquay boss Chris Hargreaves says the side he fielded at the weekend had an average wage of £375 a week. They beat Kidderminster 2-1 to end a run of six games without a win. Cardiff side Grange Quins have withdrawn from the Welsh League. They were a Welsh Premier side in 2006 but finances since had seen then drop down to the fourth tier.

Darlington's plans to return to the town have been boosted after they raised the money needed to bring Darlington RFC's ground up to scratch. The funding includes a £150,000 grant from the Football Foundation to bring the ground up to the C grading for the Northern Premier League, with the club hoping to raise a further £75,000 for the summer works to increase grading to B for Conf North standard.

Northern League side Celtic Nation are on the brink of collapse after their financial backers pulled out. Millionaire Frank Lynch left last summer after paying Football League wages to attract players, but gates have dropped from 1,000 to 50 leaving the club facing an end of month deadline to find a new backer. Near neighbours Carlisle City have already taken over the lease to their Gillford Park home.

Carlisle's Supporters Trust has been asked to cut it's shareholding in the club from 25.4% to 10%. The proposal comes from a local businessman who says he has investors ready to put £800,000 into the club, but for whom the Trust's holding bars investment. Carlisle's Trust has 300 members but proposals are on the table to enrol all the club's season ticket holders as members in future.

Former Bull Adam Bartlett will be out for a length of time due to an unspecified 'internal injury' picked up in Gateshead's weekend game with Dover at the weekend. The Heed have signed Sunderland youngster Joel Dixon as cover for the rest of the season as a result.


The Whites Are Going Up



There are a small number of The Whites Are Going Up book for sale signed by most players on Sunday. Costs is £15 + £5 postage. Please email steve@nibbo.co.uk to secure a copy.

Prize Bull Draw 44


This from HUST:

Prize Bull draw No.44 took place on Monday night. The winning numbers are 2, 9, 19, and 24. Should you have the winning combination, please contact liaison@hufctrust.co.uk to claim the jackpot.

More details on the Prize Bull Lottery and entry forms are on the Prize Bull Lottery page.


Monday, March 23, 2015

Interviews For New Manager Start On Wednesday


Interviews for the new manager of Hereford FC are set to start on Wednesday.

Originally there were around 40 potential candidates for the job but it's thought the list is down to around ten.

Interviews should be completed by late Sunday.

However it's not expected that any appointment will be announced for several weeks. 

The 'Auction' For Children With Cancer.


Westfields chief exceutive Andy Morris auctioned several shirts after yesterdays friendly game had finished.

Former Hereford United Player Jarrod Bowen Gave This Shirt To The Auction

£250 For Hazard's Shirt

A Guinan Shirt

Another Guinan Shirt

£180 For The Carl Froch Boxing Glove Purchased By Lewis Van Poetsch

A Fantastic Day


This from HUST:

The HUST board would like to thank everyone that came to Westfields FC’s allpay.park yesterday to support Steve Guinan’s fundraising for Children With Cancer UK.

Between the gate receipts and post match auction, over £3,000 was raised for the charity, smashing Steve’s target for his London Marathon run.
You can still donate to his run on his fundraising page – http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/SteveGuinan
Another £675 was raised for the Adam Stansfield Foundation through their stall, the penalty shootout, and the half time draw.
Over 700 supporters contributed to a fantastic atmosphere that helps to demonstrate the support for Hereford FC going forward.

On the pitch, the two sides had an entertaining 2-2 draw. The Fans Team next outing is on April 25th, when they travel to Hitchin Town in a Pay What You Want game with the revenue split between Hitchin and HUST.


Sunday, March 22, 2015

Fundraising Target Has Been Smashed Says Guinan


Steve Guinan has said that his fundraising target of £3,000 for Children with Cancer has been smashed after over 700 people watched this afternoon's charity match at Westfields this afternoon.

As at 9.30pm this evening he has raised £5135 with about £3375 including gift aid coming from this afternoon's game.

On top of that £675 was raised for the Adam Stansfield Foundation.

Below are a few pictures of Guinan 'in action'







Second Half Pictures From Westfields


A selection of pictures from the second half at Westfields this afternoon.

Kris Taylor
Rob Purdie
Ben Smith
Matt Clarke And Luke Graham Replacing Jamie Pitman And John Brough
 
Jamie Pitman

Simon Johnson



First Half Pictures From Westfields


Pictures from the first half of this afternoon's charity game at Westfields.





 

Selection Of Pictures From Westfields


This is the first of several selections of pictures taken at Westfields this afternoon.
A Packed Stand Watched The Game In Bright Sunlight

Steve Guinan, The Match Referee, Matchball Sponsor Roger Goodwin and Chris Oleksy

 
The Legends
The Future Legends (Also Known As The Fans Team)
Managers Graham Turner And Peter Beadle
 
Matt Clarke Followed By Rob Purdie And Jamie Pitman

Hale Very Pleased With Support For Charity Game


Jon Hale, Second From Left, Watching The Game
Jon Hale, chairman of Hereford FC, was very pleased with the turnout of over 700 for this afternoon's charity match at Westfields.

"Absolutely amazing, over 700 people and a lot of talk about the new club here today," Hale told BN.

"Fantastic to see everyone enjoying a game of football and a beautiful afternoon as well."

The interview then turned to the subject of the leases of Edgar Street and whether they will be signed on or by next Friday.

"That's the plan. Both sets of solicitors are pushing on so we think we might be signed maybe Thursday or certainly Friday.

"Then we can push on and hopefully get the season tickets selling and do a bit of commercial stuff as well.

"There are problems with the electrics at the ground. There's quite a bit of work to do before we can open the ground in its full state but certainly to start with we're hoping to get the club shop open so that we can use it as an office and a shop at the same time.

"We are in no great rush for the rest of the ground as football won't take place until July.

"We know what we problems are and we've just got to work through them stage by stage. Hopefully we'll get the Starlite and Addisons open as the next stage after doing the shop.

"And at some stage in June hopefully have the whole stadium open.

"It's a case of working through things but the most important thing at the moment is to get the leases signed so that we can get season tickets on sale."

How do you keep the momentum going given there's still several months until the first game of the season?

"We've got to manage expectations and there's a lot of things going on in the background that we haven't been able to say anything about because everything was coming back to getting these leases firstly agreed and then signed off.

"So there's a lot of things we are holding back with at the moment, season ticket prices being one of them, kit deals, kit sponsorship.

"All of those things will come out over the next couple of months.

"It is absolutely key to get the momentum of the supporters up and then try and keep it up as we want to sell season tickets.

"There is a great atmosphere about the place, you can see that hear today."

Would the price of season tickets depend which league Hereford FC are in?

"We've basically taken a decision whether we are in step five or step four we've decided on the level. Maybe a bit of tinkering to do. Hopefully we'll announce season ticket prices sometime in the next few weeks.

"If they decide to put us in step four we wouldn't change the season ticket prices."