Friday, May 06, 2016

JPL U15 Cup Final At Lilleshall

Under 15 Squad For The Semi Final Against Newport County - BN Pic
Junior Premier League U15 National Cup Final

Hereford FC U15s vs Worcester City U15s
Saturday 14th May
Kick Off - 1:00pm
Venue - Lilleshall National Sports Centre

On Saturday 14th, Hereford U15s will travel to Lilleshall to face Worcester City in the JPL Cup final. The U15s have played 11 fixtures to reach the final, beating Bristol Rovers, Evesham United and Gloucester City in the group stages before defeating Birmingham City in the last 16, Wimborne Town in the Quarter finals then Newport County in the semi-final last Saturday.

Hereford have already played Worcester City twice this season, drawing 2-2 away then losing at home in a tight game that finished 4-3 to the visitors. Worcester City are an excellent side and this will certainly be an exciting final and it's great to see two clubs from the midlands in a national final!

Any support for our young bulls would be really appreciated! for further details, contact

Venue details are:
Lilleshall National Sports and Conferencing Centre
Near Newport
United Kingdom
TF10 9AT

If travelling to the centre using Satellite Navigation please use the alternative postcode TF10 9LQ

It's Solihull On Tuesday For MFL Cup Final

Next Tuesday Hereford FC travel to Solihull's Automated Technology Group Stadium for the Midland Football League Cup Final against Walsall Wood.

It's pay on the night, no advance tickets. Please note the kick-off is at 7.30pm.

Adults £5, Concessions £3

The capacity of the ground is reported to be 3,050 with 280 seats.

What's it like for visiting fans (taken from the Football Ground Guide)

The Damson Lane ground is sandwiched in-between Birmingham Airport on one side and the Jaguar Land Rover plant on the other. Consequently there is not much around in the local area, so once at the Damson Lane Ground, you tend to be a bit marooned. Still if you get to the ground reasonably early then you will find that free parking is available and the Clubhouse Bar sizeable and friendly. However if you arrive close to kick off time and there is a healthy support in attendance, then don't be surprised to find the car park full (and you then having to try and find some street parking) and the scrum four deep at the bar. For most matches segregation is not in force, but if it is put in place then away fans are one side of the Damson Lane End (towards the east side), which has a mixture of covered seating and terrace. For these segregated games with both sets of fans using the same end and under cover then this can make for a lively atmosphere. If demand requires it then part of the open East side of the ground can also be given to away fans. Refreshments are chiefly provided by the obligatory burger van, although there is a small tea hut at the back of the Damson Lane End, but this only offers hot and cold drinks, plus confectionery. If fans are segregated then this means that away supporters can't access the Clubhouse Bar at half time.
Ground Directions

Solihull Moors Football Club
The Automated Technology Group Stadium,
Damson Parkway,
West Midlands
B91 2PP

For 'SatNav' purposes use postcode; B92 9EJ

From The North;
Leave the M42 at Junction 6 and follow the A45 for 2 miles towards Birmingham.
Go past Birmingham Airport on your right and then past the Allen Kia Garage on your left.
At the traffic lights, take the left hand filter lane onto Damson Parkway.
Continue for approximately 1 mile until you reach the roundabout at the entrance to the Jaguar Land Rover Works.
Go around the roundabout and back down the other side of the dual carriageway for 100 yards to the ground

From The South and West;
Leave M42 at junction 5.
Take first exit at the roundabout towards Solihull, A41,
Stay on the by-pass (dual carriageway) until you reach two sets of traffic lights close together.
Turn right at the second set of traffic lights onto Yew Tree Lane which leads onto Damson Parkway.
Go past BUPA Spires Parkway Hospital on your left and follow Damson Parkway for just over 1 mile to the roundabout at the Jaguar Land Rover Works.
Turn right at the roundabout and the ground entrance is 100 yards on your left.

By Train;
Both Solihull Station and Birmingham International Station are located within 3 miles of the ground.
The ‘966’ bus service runs directly from/to Birmingham International Station.
Solihull Station is located just 0.5 miles from Solihull Town centre where the aforementioned bus services can be used.

Morpeth Getting Back To Form

After reaching the FA Vase Final, Morpeth Town suffered a loss of form which ended their hopes of the Northern League title, but manager Nick Gray claims they are now getting back to where they were at the turn of the year according to the Sunderland Echo

“We’ve had a really gruelling six or seven weeks because of a backlog of fixtures,” said Gray. 

James Novak and Michael Chilton are out injured but should recover in time for the May 22 Wembley date against Hereford, but, disappointingly, neither David Hiftle nor Matteus Hambiec will have recovered in time for the biggest day in Morpeth’s history.

News Round-Up

Former Bulls defender Matt Gardiner has been named as Head of Coaching at Kidderminster, joining ex-Bull John Eustace's management team. Ex-Bulls James McQuilkin and Keith Lowe have been offered new deals by Harriers. The pair are amongst five being offered terms for the coming season alongside 13 who were either under contract or had clauses exercised for new deals.

Ex-Bull duo Richard Brodie and Micah Evans have been released by Stockport at the end of their National North season. The Hatters finished 9th, 12 points short of the play-off spots. Another Cup final has been switched from Walsall's Bescot Stadium, causing one of the finalists to withdraw from the competition. Litchfield City have quit the Walsall Senior Cup leaving Rushall Olympic without an opponent for the final on Monday that was moved to Chasetown.

Josh O'Keefe is one of nine players released by new Altrincham manager Neil Young following the club's relegation from the National League. Michael Rankine is one of four more to hold contract talks with Young for next season.

Thursday, May 05, 2016

Alvechurch Finish With 101 Points

Alvechurch finished their Midland Premier League fixtures this evening with a 2-1 victory at home against Bardon Hill.

They have amassed 101 points this season some seven less than Hereford.

Just one game remains to complete the League fixtures, that is Dunkirk v Westfields on Saturday.

Final table for The Midland Premier League down to position 15:

1 Hereford 42 35 3 4 138 33 105 108
2 Alvechurch 42 32 5 5 99 30 69 101
3 Sporting Khalsa 42 25 8 9 90 49 41 83
4 Shepshed Dynamo 42 24 5 13 86 58 28 77
5 Coleshill Town 42 23 5 14 108 73 35 74
6 Heanor Town 42 22 7 13 99 77 22 73
7 Walsall Wood 42 21 7 14 76 66 10 70
8 Lye Town 42 22 3 17 86 58 28 69
9 Highgate United 42 19 10 13 75 60 15 67
10 Stourport Swifts 42 17 8 17 57 57 0 59
11 Boldmere St Michaels 42 18 5 19 70 81 -11 59
12 Rocester 42 17 7 18 67 82 -15 58
13 AFC Wulfrunians 42 16 9 17 70 74 -4 57
14 Loughborough University 42 16 6 20 79 83 -4 54
15 Brocton 42 15 8 19 75 88 -13 53

Club Confirms Executive Club Move

Hereford FC have confirmed the news that the Executive Club is to move to the former VP Rooms.

This from Hereford FC:

Early last week refurbishment work commenced in the former Vice Presidents’ (VP) Club premises at Edgar Street after Hereford FC’s Board of Directors took the decision to relocate the Executive Club to that facility from the start of the 2016/17 season.
The decision was due in part to the great success of the club’s corporate hospitality offerings in its first season which has meant that on several occasions the ‘RE Resource Group Lounge’ – formerly known as the Starlite Room – was very close to being full to capacity and therefore not as relaxing for our guests as we hoped it should be.
Therefore, by relocating the Executive Club to the former VP Club from the start of next season, Hereford FC will be able to create additional space for hospitality tables to be sold in the RE Resource Group Lounge.
These hospitality packages are an integral source of income for Hereford FC on matchdays, and hosting as many dining guests as possible at games is a key part of ensuring Hereford FC remains sustainable.
Speaking about this decision, Hereford FC Chairman, Jon Hale, said:
‘We have been delighted by the success of our corporate hospitality programme in our first season and we have regularly hosted more than 50 diners at our home games. In fact, on three occasions we have entertained more than 100 guests on a matchday.
‘By moving the Executive Club – and its growing membership of Season Ticket holders and sponsors – into the former VP Club we will create more space to host tables upstairs and therefore grow our hospitality business still further.
‘We also feel it is vitally important that we look after our sponsors and all of our customers as well as we possibly can on a match day, and the refurbishment of this facility will offer them an environment where business continues to mix well with pleasure.
‘However, to relocate the Executive Club we have had to commit to making a significant capital investment in terms of the refurbishment work, as there is a large amount of asbestos removal work. This is work that simply has to be done to ever make this part of the stadium usable again.
‘The asbestos removal is in addition to the general renovation work which has to be done – work which will require new mechanical and electrical installations and structural improvements forming part of this extensive package.
‘On top of these initial project elements, there are also the usual ‘fit out’ requirements to accommodate – all of which must be done during a very tight timeline and with a stringent budget.
‘Everyone at Hereford FC is committed to ensuring we utilise all our assets to the very best advantage of the football club and this project fits with these objectives and disciplines. It is a hugely important part of our updated business and commercial plan moving forward.
‘Finally, whilst talking about the Executive Club, I’d just like to remind all of our supporters that anyone can become a member and then enjoy the refurbished and improved facility.
‘Season tickets do cost more than standard prices, but Executive Season Tickets include admission and executive seats to every single Hereford FC home game during the season, and also access to a dedicated bar for pre and post-match entertainment, as well as at half time.
‘In the near future we will be releasing all season ticket prices for the 2016/17 season and rates for the Executive Club will be included in that announcement.’

Dickov Remembers Hereford

As part of an article in today's Daily Mail about Leicester City, Paul Dickov remembers playing at Hereford.

April 11, 2009 - Hereford United 1 Leicester City 3

This is an iconic fixture in Foxes’ fans memory. 
There were only 4,389 inside Edgar Street but all there remember this as the day Leicester were leaving League One behind.
‘It was red hot, the sun beating down, it was a tight pitch and we had massive support,’ recalls striker Paul Dickov. 
‘The club had been through a transitional period and it didn’t stabilise until Nigel Pearson came in. 
'We went down the night before to Hereford, there were other matches on and we were watching the scores.’ 
Promotion rivals Peterborough drew with Cheltenham; third-placed Millwall lost at Yeovil. This was the company Leicester were keeping.
‘Then a couple of games later we were promoted at Southend,’ adds Dickov. ‘Little did we know what a turning point it was.
‘Look at them now, where Hereford are and where Leicester are. 
'It got us back into the Championship. Now Leicester are in the Champions League.’

Auction For John Mills's Boots

Hereford FC's John Mills is auctioning his boots that he used when scoring the majority of his 52 goals this season. John wishes to support the local MS Therapy Centre in Abingdon where one of his pupils receives care and support. John has promised to clean the boots, polish them, sign them and hand them over in person to the winning recipient. All monies raised will go directly to the charity.

Also available are 2 limited edition signed prints in aid of matchday equipment.

The online auctions can be found here