Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Pictures From Malvern

A selection of pictures from Hereford FC's first ever friendly at Malvern.

BBC's Dan Pallet Interviewing Jon Hale for Hereford And Chris Pender For Malvern

Hereford FC's Media Men Jamie Griffiths And Steve Niblett

Joel Edwards Leading Out Hereford FC

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Hereford FC Start Life With A Win

The First Half Line Up

The reformed Bulls played their first preseason friendly of their inaugural season this evening away at Malvern Town. In front of a record crowd of over 2000, boss Peter Beadle took the opportunity to take a look at a number trialists alongside the 7 players already signed up for next season.

With Hereford kicking off following a minutes silence in remembrance of the 7/7 attacks 10 years ago today, it was a fairly slow start for both sides. However, in the 17th minute it was the Bulls who broke the deadlock. Sam Pearson, who played for Pegasus Juniors towards the end of last season, had a goal-bound shot which was handled on the line by the last man. Rather than award a penalty and send the player off, the referee took the sensible option for a friendly game by awarding Hereford their first ever goal without the ball actually crossing the line.

The Malvern Keeper Kept The Ball Out Of The Goal After It Was Handled By A Malvern Defender
Malvern equalised in the 39th minute when a corner was met by Sam Reynolds who sent the ball into the bottom left hand corner of the net with a smart swivelling volley.

Before the break though it was Hereford who were next to score from a set piece. Purdie’s inswinging corner was met by ex-Westfields man Joel Edwards at the far post; he made no mistake in sending the ball across the line.

Joel Edwards Beats The Keeper
HT: Malvern 1 – Hereford 2

Line-up: Harvey Rivers, Max Kontic-Caveney, Joel Edwards, Matt James, Tony James, Nathan Summers, Ben Miller, Rob Purdie, Sam Pearson, Dylan Bonella, Soloman Whitley.

At half time, manager Peter Beadle completely changed his line-up, with only Harvey Rivers retaining his place. He was called upon quickly though as within seconds of the restart he denied Malvern their second. Both Sam Rathbone and Matt Turner saw the subsequent efforts saved by Hereford’s stopper.

A corner for the Whites flicked off a Hereford head to the left hand corner of the 18-yard box, where Dale Hodge was on hand to control the ball and exquisitely curl the ball into the top right hand corner past the static Malvern keeper. Up until last season Hodge was playing at WMRL Division 2 side Kington Town.

Dale Hodge About To Score Hereford's Third Goal
UITC Youth Team goalkeeper Jamez Aurelius was named in tonight’s squad and came on for Harvey Rivers midway through the second half.
Malvern got a goal back with a nice lob over the new keeper. In the closing stages of the game Aurelius denied Malvern an equaliser when he just got his fingertips to a shot to divert the ball just wide of the upright. The resulting corner proved fruitless for Malvern with the ball being well caught by the youth teamer.

FT: Malvern 2 – Hereford 3

Line-up: Harvey Rivers, Will Haines, Adam Newbury, Jamie Gregory, Tom Moxam, Dale Hodge, Ryan Shaw, Nathan Hughes, Josh Emery, Sam Hunt. 
Att: A record breaking 2,006.

Fantastic Workout Said Beadle

Peter Beadle In Deep Conversation Before Kick-Off
After this evening's friendly at Malvern, Hereford FC manager Peter Beadle spoke to BN.

"Fantastic workout, really pleased with it," said Beadle.

"We were thinking that perhaps it had come too early because we've only had three days together.

"But the lads have worked really hard through the sessions we've had.

"I think tonight we saw the very young ebbings of a new football club and a new era and some good young talent and local talent as well which is nice.

"Sam Pearson who scored is from Pegasus, Dale Hodges scored in the second half is another local lad.

"When I say local we're talking within twenty miles of Hereford.

"The talent is out there, as they have proved tonight, and if we can work with it and keep progressing with it then we should have, hopefully, a tidy side.

"We've put two different teams out tonight and I think the average age of the second team that finished was probably 18 or 19.

"The young boy that went in goal towards the end was 16. He's earned his chance to have a go. He's trained with Harvey and worked really hard.

"The first half team were older as we had one or two senior players in their but they were still quite a young group.

"They shown a great start, lots of positives, there are a few bits we've got to work on and it wasn't the finished article.

"They showed a real desire to wear the shirt tonight which I'm delighted with."

Beadle was asked if there would be any signings before Saturday.

"I don't think so, I want to give these boys the best chance. There will be some boys from tonight not involved on Saturday, but will be next Tuesday.

"We want the boys to get a bit more game time, rather than half a game every week.

"We will give them a fair chance and then as we go through the week we will look to add to the group.

"At the moment nobody else is coming in for Saturday. We are still talking to one or two people and there are still a few things going on.

"We've still got four weeks to go so we've got plenty of time."


Hereford FC Win Opening Match

Hereford FC beat Malvern Town 3-2 in their first friendly match.

Sam Pearson opened the scoring when the referee decided to award the goal despite a blatant handball on the line stopping the effort. Joel Edwards netted the Bulls' second, with Dale Hodge netting the third.

The crowd was announced as 2006, with lengthy queues at the bars and BBQ throughout the evening.

Parrott's Programme Subscription Service


With thanks for the help of Club Secretary Martin Watson, Ron Parrott is re-launching the programme subscription service for those living away from Hereford or simply for those who just want guaranteed supply and delivery of home and/or away programmes.

How does it work?
You pay a subscription rate up front at the beginning of the season and this guarantees your copy of the matchday programme for every home and/or away league game for the 2015/16 season. You no longer have to worry about missing out on a programme or about collecting it from the Club Shop, they will be despatched to you by post, in batches, after the game.

The subscription covers league games only. All “specials” (i.e. Friendlies, Cup matches etc.) are still supplied but they are to be paid for separately and a bill is sent out at the end of the season.

If you wish to take advantage of this service, please email or fill in the details on the PDF form and return the form direct to Ron Parrott at:
6, The Courtyard
Hereford HR1 3JX

Please ensure that any cheques are made payable to Hereford FC

HOMES: £90   (+£27 extra for overseas clients)*

AWAYS: £75   (+£27 extra for overseas clients)*

Hereford Supporters Praised In House Of Commons

Hereford Football Supporters have been mentioned in the House of Commons as a bill was introduced designed to give football fans a greater say in running their clubs.

The measure if passed would give supporters the right to buy at least 10% of the club's shares if the club changed ownership. They would also be able to elect at least a quarter of the board members.

Labour's sports spokesperson Clive Effold, who sponsored the bill, praised the work of Hereford United fans who kept the club alive when it was wound-up last year.

"We think of Hereford who’ve currently been resurrected by fans,  Portsmouth, Swansea, the remarkable story of AFC Wimbledon," said Effold.
"They all have one thing in common that football fans have had to step in and save their local club when the owners have destroyed it.”

News Round-Up

Ex-Bull Jordan Fitzpatrick has rejoined Rushall Olympic from Stourbridge. The midfielder had a previous spell with the Pics in 2012. Former Bulls loanee Lyle Taylor has been offered a contract by Partick Thistle after failing to settle at Scunthorpe. The 25 year old made just 11 League starts for the Iron, ending the season on loan at Partick.

Former Bulls defender Rod McDonald trialled for Northampton in their opening pre-season friendly on Sunday. The Cobblers have former Bulls boss Martin Foyle as their Head of Recruitment. Former Bull Jose Veiga has left Worcester City. The 38 year old keeper has received an offer from an unnamed club and told the Conf North side over the weekend he would not return.

Lincoln have denied claims they need to find £200,000 by the end of the month to settle a winding-up petition from HMRC. The say the petition, issued in May, was a mistake by the taxman and had already been withdrawn. Chester have rejected a bid for ex-Bull Kingsley James from Halifax. It is the second bid from the Shaymen for the England C man.

Prize Bull Lottery Draw

The HUST Prize Bull Lottery draw No. 59 took place on Monday night.

The winning numbers are:- 2 - 9 - 10 - 14

Should you have the winning combination, please contact to claim the jackpot.

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

Matchday Ticket Collection Info

This from Hereford FC:

The ticket windows next to the players entrance will open – for the collection of pre-purchased tickets only – at 10:30am on Saturday.
Home supporters can also collect pre-purchased tickets from the club office on Wednesday between 10am-4pm.
Tickets for FC United of Manchester fans will be on sale from the main office doors directly adjacent to the Addison’s Bar entrance from 10:30am. The ticket office will be clearly signposted as Away Ticket Sales. Ticket prices are £6 adults, £4 concession £1 U16s.

Share Information Memorandum Sent Out

As promised Hereford FC have sent details of how to apply for shares in the new club to all those who expressed an interest.

The club says that 50,000 £1 shares are available, that's just 10% of share capital.

The minimum purchase is 1000 shares. So, in effect, only a maximum of 50 people can purchase shares. The allocation of shares should the issue be over-subscribed will be decided by the directors.

No dividends will be paid on any shares purchased.

Meadow End Sells Out For Saturday

There are no tickets left for the Meadow End for next Saturday's friendly at Edgar Street.

However the club report that there is still room in most other areas of the ground.

They also say that the phone line is very busy this morning.

Radio Hereford FC Set To Broadcast Saturday's Friendly

Radio Hereford FC are set to broadcast live from Edgar Street on Saturday for the new club's first home friendly.

They have a 'stadium trial' tomorrow just to check everything works.

The 'station' will not be covering tonight's friendly at Malvern.

Meanwhile BBC Midlands Today are set to broadcast from Malvern during their 6.30pm news programme.

Hereford FC Start The Ball Rolling At Malvern This Evening

Hereford FC, the club formed just last December after Andy Lonsdale failed to come up with any money to keep Hereford United afloat, play their first ever friendly this evening at Malvern (WR14 2EQ) kick-off 7.45pm.

Whilst there's no doubt that plans for a new Hereford club were in place months before the old one went bust, nothing was for certain until an agreement with the owners of Edgar Street, Herefordshire Council, had been signed.

Before that lease deal went through, Hereford FC had to prove to the Council they had enough capital and business acumen to ensure Hereford FC was viable. 

So the four supporters who backed the new club with £50K each so that it had some working capital deserve our thanks.

And even more importantly, chairman Jon Hale and his three business partners, later joined by Chris Williams and Martin Watson from HUST, who have got us to where we are today.

However the directors couldn't have achieved everything without the help of Chris Ammonds, Ken Kinnersley, Jamie Griffiths, the army of volunteers, the companies who have helped spruce up Edgar Street, but probably most of all the supporters of the new club.

Because without supporters you can't have a club. And the way supporters have got behind Hereford FC before a ball has even been kicked shows their appetite for the new club.

Manager Peter Beadle has a difficult task putting a 'new' squad together on a cautious budget. No doubt some of the younger trialists will be quite nervous this evening playing in front of what could be a 1500 plus gate.

However they perform, whatever the result, perhaps supporters should not expect too much this evening.

But at least we now have a club to follow. It may have a different name but it will still be a Hereford club, the Whites or the Bulls and its home is still at Edgar Street.

Monday, July 06, 2015

HUST – Vacancies – Membership Secretary, Communications Director.

This from HUST:

The forthcoming elections will see HUST have a number of vacancies on the Board for the coming year. Two vital roles that need to be filled are:

Membership Secretary
The Membership Secretary is responsible for processing membership applications and renewals, mailing out cards and merchandise orders, responding to member queries, and maintaining the member databases.
The position will typically take 6-8 hours per week, although a peak time for renewals around the AGM in September will see the workload increase temporarily.
Anyone wishing to take up the position will need to be computer literate, with a basic knowledge of spreadsheets. Training will be given in the role.
The position does not need the holder to be based in Hereford, although attendance at the monthly Board meetings will be required.

Expenses (postage, stationery) will be paid.

Communications Director
The Communications Director is responsible for the output of news to members and the press via our website and mailing list, as well as to the HUST page in the Hereford FC matchday programme.
News and information will be gathered from other Board members for circulation. The position will typically take 4-6 hours per week.
Anyone wishing to take up the position will need to be computer literate with experience of WordPress, although training can be given in both that and Mailchimp.
The position does not need the holder to be based in Hereford, although attendance at the monthly Board meetings will be required.

The Membership Secretary role has been vacated by Chris Oleksy, who is to remain as the Fans Team Co-ordinator in a non-board role. The Communications Director role is a new one created out of work currently undertaken by Vice Chairman Martin Watson, whose expanding role as Club Secretary of Hereford FC has seen his time to perform the task severely limited.
Current Treasurer Mike Langford and Prize Bull Lottery co-ordinator Andy Swift are both standing for election in September having previously been co-opted onto the Board after the last election. Chairman Chris Williams, Vice Chairman Martin Watson, and Board member Tony Clifford-Jones will remain in place for the second year of their elected terms.
Mick Loader, who assisted Chris Oleksy in the Membership Secretary role, has stepped down after being appointed as Commercial Manager at UITC, while Paul Stevens’ election as a Hereford City Councillor has also necessitated his departure. Paul is still continuing to assist HUST in a number of ways including arranging bands and liaising with James Smith for the HUST party at the club on July 11th. Due to his commitments to Hereford FC on nights when HUST meetings are usually held, Rob Purdie has also chosen to stand down at the coming election.

Manic Monday For 'Manchester' Ticket Sales

The phones hardly stopped ringing today at Hereford FC Headquarters as more and more supporters purchased tickets for next Saturday's first ever home friendly which is against FC United of Manchester.

The club reports that total tickets sales are now 3016 which means that 229 have been sold today.

The Meadow End Could Be Full Next Saturday
Only just over 100 tickets remain available for the Meadow End.

With only one phone line currently available, some supporters have found it difficult to get through but telephone sales start again at 10am tomorrow and the 'shop' will be open for personal callers from 10am Wednesday.

The 3016 number doesn't include any sales to FCUM supporters.

Currently the outlook for Saturday is dry and quite warm so it now looks possible that the gate could be close to 4,000. If so, that would be a tremendous achievement for the 'new' club.

Blind European Championships In Hereford

Hereford will hold the The IBSA European Blind Football Championships at the Point4 facility from August 22 to 29th.

During the championships UITC, United in the Community, will be exhibiting in the Spectator Village for the duration of the tournament with their new inflatable football pitch and speed cage.

Tickets start at £5

More details about the championship at:

Supporters Await Fixture List

Hereford FC supporters will have to wait another two to three weeks before the Midland League fixtures are released.

However it already looks as though the new club may be without a fixture on the second Saturday, August 15th, as there are FA Cup ties on that date.

Only Highgate United are, other than Hereford FC, not involved in the FA Cup so it's possible the two clubs could meet that afternoon.

Two weeks later, August 29th, sees another round of FA Cup ties and so it's likely that Hereford FC could be without a game that afternoon unless something can be arranged.

The following Saturday, September 5th, sees the first round of the FA Vase. As Hereford FC have a bye, that's possibly another Saturday without a fixture although several other Midland clubs also have byes.

So, as it looks at present, there could be three Saturday's the new club may not have games in the first five weeks of the season.

Hereford FC Fixture Dates:

August 8th - League
August 11th - League
August 15th -Possibly No Fixture (FA Cup - Hereford FC not involved)
August 18th - League
August 22nd - League
August 29th - Possibly No Fixture (FA Cup)
August 31st - League
September 5th - Possibly No Fixture (FA Vase - Bye for Hereford FC)

Given Hereford FC will want to capitalise on the current level of support, there's little doubt football secretary Martin Watson will do his best to ensure there are as few blank dates as possible especially when the weather is good.

BN would like to thank 'Onlooker' for his help with this article.

Sunday, July 05, 2015

Second FCUM Coach For Hereford Friendly

FC United of Manchester are now taking bookings for a second supporters’ coach to the Hereford friendly match next Saturday 11 July 2015, after all the seats sold out on the first coach that was booked.

FCUM report that 'the match is proving extremely popular and Hereford FC have already sold close to 3,000 tickets for the home end so the atmosphere promises to be cracking for what will be Hereford’s first game at Edgar Street since the club reformed.'

FCUM supporters can purchase their tickets on the day at Edgar Street. They will have half the Len Weston stand, around 600 places.

First League Game At Home?

Speculation that Hereford FC's first league game will be at Edgar Street continues.

It's been fueled by the fact that a 2,000 plus gate is expected, which will probably be higher than the rest of the fixtures in the Midland League put together.

"We are pushing quite strongly for a steer on where we are going to be on August 8th, the first day of the season," said Hereford FC's Chris Ammonds.

"There is speculation. You would like to think that speculation is correct because there are supporters looking to book flights and accomodation and all sorts of things.

"We have spoken to the Midland Football League and advised them that it would be helpful to give us notice for that game and we think they understand our position and we are slightly different.

"Fingers crossed in the next couple of weeks we will be able to confirm whether we are at home on August 8th."  

It's Really Good To Be Back Says Jamie Griffiths

For most of his life Jamie Griffiths' second home has been at Edgar Street. But last year when Tommy Agombar and Andrew Lonsdale were 'in control' he left the club he loves because promises to pay him were continually broken.

Griffiths took a media job with Newport County but when the call came a few weeks ago to ask if he would join Hereford FC there was no doubt in his mind.

"It's really good to be back, home from home isn't it, feel comfortable, just get on with it,"Griffiths told BN.

"I'm doing the website, YouTube, the programme, the office.

"At the minute it's tickets, tickets, and a few more tickets.

"When that all calms down it will be setting up the office and then on a matchday managing anything that arises, just being there and then legging it up and sitting with Keith.

"I'll be meeting and greeting along with Chris.

"We are trying to be a friendly club and a welcoming club so there will be big smiles and hand-shakes."

BN asked Griffiths about his time at Newport.

"There were things I learnt and probably some things I can bring here. 

"A great club, Lewis Richards the secretary there works day and night for that club.

"I enjoyed it down at Newport but when the phone call came to come back here, it was a quick decision.

"We always joked I might be back in five years time or something. Five months was a bit quicker than anyone imagined."

BN: The stadium looks cleaner, fresher than it has been for years?

"At the end of Graham's time or the beginning of David's time they did do a bit of a paint job but this time they've stripped everything back.

"If you are going to do it, do it properly and I think that is evident all around the place.

"I think supporters whether they were here last season or the season before they will notice a massive difference. The Meadow End, the cladding from Met-Clad, and the volunteers who have painted it today. Just little touches like that brighten the whole place up."

BN: Next Saturday could be the biggest gate for a friendly for a long time.

"Ron Parrott, the club historian, e-mailed some friendly attendances.I think Manchester United in the 90's was 4500. We're probably not going to get to that but we are 2787 today without any FCUM sales. It's going to be well over 3,000.

"So the advice for Saturday is to get here early, get the tickets from the ticket office and then go and sit in Addisons, have a couple of pints and enjoy the day."

Saturday, July 04, 2015

One Week To The First Home Friendly

The Green Green Grass Of Edgar Street
Hereford FC hold their first ever home friendly next Saturday against FC United of Manchester and everyone involved with the club can't wait for the teams to run out onto the green turf of Edgar Street just befor 3pm.

"It will be fantastic just to get back into this stadium after all that's gone on and enjoy a game of football with the boys in white shirts running around kicking a ball," spokesman Chris Ammonds told BN.

"There's still a lot of work to be done, carpets to be laid in the hospitality rooms.

"The little details to bring things up to where we want them.

"Once that's sorted hopefully by close of play Wednesday then after that there will be a deep-cleaning job to be done. 

"A company are coming in to do that for us.

"I'm advised it's a 'builders clean' which will include all the dust, masonary and stuff.

"That will make a huge difference.

"But there are still lots of jobs that volunteers can help with so if anyone has a few hours to spare anytime before the FCUM game, please drop Ken (Kinnersley) a line or ring the club.

"I believe there are people coming in tomorrow (Sunday). Ken is in tomorrow and I know there's still some paint here. And there's still some clearing up to do."

BN: With a gate expected to be well above 3,000 are you fully prepared for next Saturday?

"Yes, we hope so.

"We wanted to sell tickets in advance and make it all-ticket to get a sense of how many people we might have to deal with.

"The goodwill was clearly there, there was a lot of interest that was obvious, but the last thing you wanted is to not be prepared for the amount of people arriving.

"At least now we've got a real sense of the interest with 2787 tickets sold and that's without including those available for FCUM.

"They can buy their tickets here on the day and they are having half the Len Weston Stand."

BN: How late can Hereford FC supporters buying tickets?

"Right up to Friday 4pm as it stands.

"The last day the office will be open is Wednesday but people can buy tickets over the phone any day after 10am. 

"They can collect them before or on the day."

1036 Season Tickets Sold To Date

Volunteer Rob Bullock Sells Another Season Ticket
With five weeks to go before the first 'League' game of their first campaign, Hereford FC have now sold 1036 season tickets.

The number is understood to be greater than Hereford United sold in any recent season and is proof of the renewed interest in football at Edgar Street.

Meanwhile sales of merchandise continue and some stock has run out.

"We do seem to be out of some of the largest sizes," said Hereford FC's Chris Ammonds.

"We've put in a new order and we hope to have more in by next Saturday.

"We should have a 'polo' shirt delivery in the next few days as well.

"We will have a merchandise stand at Malvern on Tuesday which be cash only."

Volunteers 'Paint' Meadow End Exterior

A group of about eight volunteers have spent much of today painting the exterior of the Meadow End at Hereford FC's Edgar Street stadium.

Some of the walls haven't been painted for sometime and when they were it's appears an incorrect type of paint was used.

The handrails were also painted after being wire-brushed.

Ideally there is more work to do, but it looks so much better than it has done for many years.

Hereford FC's Chris Ammonds was full of praise.

"We've just been looking at the Meadow End externally.

"When you approach the Meadow End you see the outside first and to have that tidied up now and repainted is fantastic.

"With the cladding it's almost like a completely different end.

"I think people will walk up there now and get a smile on their face before they even enter the ground."

Later chairman Jon Hale tweeted: 'Once again thank you to everyone who has been helping at the club today in any capacity. Beyond the call of duty.'

2787 Sold For FCUM Game

This from Hereford FC:

At the close of play today, the current total of tickets sold for the FC United of Manchester game now stand at 2,787.
There are currently just 217 tickets available for the Meadow End, less than 100 remain for A Block and B Block respectively, whilst C Block is sold out.
There are plenty of tickets available for the Len Weston Terrace and Len Weston Seating.
Ticket sales continue over the phone on Monday and Tuesday 10am-4pm, whilst the club is open on Wednesday 10am-4pm for ticket sales in person. Phone orders will also be accepted on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

News Round-Up

Rocester have signed Dominic Allen from Long Eaton. The defender managed only 12 appearances for the third place MFL side last term. He is the Romans third summer signing. Eastleigh owner Stuart Donald has bought a 10% stake in Oxford United. The Oxford fan says he will continue to have the fifth tier side as his main focus, but will sponsor Oxford's womens academy.

Coventry Sphinx have announced the signing of Lewis McBride for the coming season. The 24 year old former MK Dons trainee is claimed to have been a target of a number of Step 4 sides. Aldershot's board have called on their Supporters Trust to concentrate on fundraising for the club for the short term after they raised £15,000 in a year towards their long term aim to buy the club, cutting their investment into the club from £12,100 in 2013 to just £100.

David Cornell looks set to join Crewe or Oldham in League One. The former loanee keeper at Hereford was released by Swansea in May after a brief loan spell at Portsmouth.

Message For Hereford FC Stewards

This from Hereford FC:

Ahead of our fixture at Edgar Street on Saturday 11 July 2015, when the visitors will be FC United of Manchester, Safety Officer Paul Jones has sent out a request to all available match day stewards and trainee stewards to please notify the club of their availability for both that fixture -starting at 1.30pm, and also the Tuesday evening game on 14 July when we host a West Brom XI.
Stewards who have not already notified the club of their availability are requested to do so by midnight on Sunday 5 July, by email or by any other means available to them.
The safety of fans at all matches is paramount, therefore Hereford FC have to make contingency plans based on the number of fans attending and in this regard the co-operation of all our stewards is essential to our success.
It is appreciated that making a firm commitment at this early stage may be difficult, but to assist with the club’s forward planning knowing the availability of stewards is essential.

Volunteers Wanted At Edgar Street Today

Volunteers are wanted at Edgar Street today as there is still an amount of work that needs doing before next Saturday's friendly.

If you have a spare hour or two, please call in and ask for Ken Kinnersley.

Meanwhile the club 'shop' will be open from 10am for the sale of tickets for the FCUM friendly and season tickets. Various items of merchandise, including home shirts, will also be available.

Friday, July 03, 2015

Big Crowd Expected At Malvern On Tuesday

Malvern Town Last August
A big crowd is expected to watch next Tuesday evening's friendly at Malvern where Hereford FC are the visitors.

Chris Pinder, Malvern's managing director, is reported to have suggested it could be the club's biggest gate for at least ten years.

"I was expecting about 1,000 but the police tell us it could even be up to 2,000," Pinder told the Malvern Gazette.

"We're having to take steps to potentially accommodate those people in terms of stewarding and ordering more refreshments.

"It will be a great occasion for both clubs and gives us a good financial start to the season. Hereford fans are desperate to see their new team play and they have beaten some Football League clubs in season-ticket sales. It should be an enthusiastic atmosphere. 

"There have been changes at our ground. We've fenced the pitch off to make it more contained, refurbished the floodlights and reseeded the pitch. We will be improving the clubhouse as the season goes on.

"We're just happy Hereford have chosen to play us first. Their chairman (Jon Hale) used to be my Sunday league manager at Anchor Falcons."

Hereford FC Get Bye To Second Qualifying Round Of Vase

Hereford FC will travel to either Coventry Copsewood or Bardon Hill in the Second Qualifying Round of the FA Vase.

Having been given a bye in the First Qualifying Round, The Bulls will face either the MFL Division One Coventry Copsewood, or Bardon Hill of the MFL Premier on Saturday, October 3rd as one of 572 sides in the competition.

The youth side will travel to face Dudley Sports in the Preliminary Round of the FA Youth Cup in the week commencing September 7th. They could then face a local derby at Pegasus Juniors if their city rivals can beat Bilston in their Preliminary Round tie.

Of the other sides, Westfields enter the FA Vase at the First Qualifying Round stage at home to Atherstone Town. Pegasus Juniors entertain Stourport Swifts also in 1QR, and Wellington get a bye to 2QR with a trip to Dudley Town or Sporting Khalsa.

Away Match Reporter For Bulls News

Bulls News is looking for an away match reporter for the coming season.

Reports from Hereford FC's away matches will be an important part of BN's coverage of the new club so we need someone who can attend most, if not all, of the games.

Obviously the person appointed must to be able to write a reasonably detailed report on the match itself but it's also important to include a paragraph or two about the ground. Most BN readers will not have visited many, if any, of this coming season's away venues.

Whenever possible match reports should be uploaded within a couple of hours after the final whistle.

No-one who contributes to BN gets paid, however reporting for one of non-league football's best known websites is something that can be included on a CV and therefore the post may be of particular interest to someone thinking of a career in football or the media.

There again the post may be equally as exciting for anyone who takes an interest in football or writing in general.

Anyone interested please contact