Friday, January 28, 2022

Gowling Wants Next Season's Budget Confirmed

Ryan Mclean Is Signed For Next Season

Hereford FC manager Josh Gowling has told the Hereford Times that he wants next season's budget confirmed so he can start to offer new deals to players he would like to keep at Edgar Street.

Just two players are already signed for next season, Ryan Mclean and Harry Pinchard.

"I’ve had the conversation with the board and said really we need to start knowing what our budget is for next season asap," said Gowling.

Unfortunately setting next season's budget may be easier said than done.

The club is expected to lose money this current season. With little income from both the FA Cup and FA Trophy and average gates below expectations, the board are in a difficult situation.

Of course if performances on the pitch keep improving as they have done recently and the club are challenging for a play-off place then gates, and therefore income, should improve. But that can't be taken for granted as yet.

And the effects of Covid are still being felt.

So even if the club does set a budget for next season it's unlikely to be more than the current season which has been described as 'competitive'. It was somewhat less than the previous season.

In the year ending May 2020 the club lost £283,208 and in the year ending May 2021 the club lost £68,738.

And with another loss likely this season, there isn't too much money left in the club kitty.

Tomorrow's National North League Fixtures

Here's a list of tomorrow's fixtures in the National North League.

AFC Fylde v Curzon Ashton

AFC Telford v Bradford PA

Alfreton v Spennymoor

Boston v Chester

Brackley v Farsley Celtic

Chorley v Hereford

Darlington v Kettering

Kidderminster v Gloucester

Leamington v Blyth Spartans

Southport v Guiseley

York v Gateshead

Hereford Will Be A 'Difficult Task' Says Chorley Manager


Chorley manager Jamie Vermiglio feels that Hereford will be a 'difficult task' when the two teams meet at Victoria Park tomorrow afternoon.

Chorley have been on a good run of form recently. Indeed the last time they lost a National North league fixture was at Hereford in November, Miles Storey chipping the keeper with ten minutes to go.

Currently they are nine games unbeaten.

"Hereford have been on a good run of late," said Vermiglio.

"They are one of the better teams we've come up against this season.

"It was a tight game down there in November.

"We're expecting the same difficult task this weekend."

IN MEMORY | Photographs and videos of former Hereford United Chairman Peter Hill who has passed away

A look back with photographs and videos of Peter Hill during his time as Hereford United Chairman.

Click for more -> IN MEMORY | Peter Hill – Photographs and Videos of his time at Hereford United | Herefordshire’s Independent Source of News & Information (

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NEWS | Former Hereford United Chairman Peter Hill has passed away

Former Hereford United Chairman Peter Hill has passed away.

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Darlington Record Profit Of £103K Last Season

Darlington FC made an operating profit of £103,637 last season. The figure was boosted by runs in both the FA Trophy and FA Cup.

The fan-owned club managed to keep their expenses under control despite Covid problems.

Revenue was up at £828,123 and the Balance Sheet stands at £219,177.

This from Darlington:

2020/21 was a unique year in the history of Darlington FC with zero home games played in front of supporters. On the pitch under Alun Armstrong’s management, we reached the FA Cup 2nd round going one round better than the previous season and the Quarter Finals of the FA Trophy.

Costs were reduced versus the prior year primarily due to the early curtailment of the season. Turnover was up marginally assisted by the tailwinds of football fortune income and grant funding, alongside Quaker TV revenues. The overall effect was to more than offset the loss of our matchday income streams.  The net result is an operating profit of £103,637. This was an exceptional outcome aided by several one-off factors. Without these one-off items the out-turn for the year would have been materially worse.

Our fan-owners continued support of the club financially was fundamental to our progress. Boost The Budget investment exceeded £130,000 and an overwhelming majority of supporters chose to either gift back or roll over their 20/21 season tickets into the current season. This is reflected in the significant improvement in our balance sheet.

Our FA Cup and Trophy runs generated over £100,000 of un-forecast revenue whilst the government furlough scheme and National Lottery grant funding also provided substantial support at various points across the year.

Without the early curtailment of the season, we would have incurred substantially higher costs in the final five months of the year. If we’d continued to play whilst receiving no in-person matchday income or grant funding, we would have had a particularly challenging period with significant financial losses forecast.

Thursday, January 27, 2022

Gloucester To Go Part-Time

Reports this evening that Gloucester City are to go to being part-time after being full-time for the last two seasons.

According to Jon Palmer of GloucestershireLive, the budget at the club is to be reduced next season.

The club are currently training four mornings a week.

Next season they are set to move to two evening training sessions and one morning session per week.

Last Tuesday Gloucester lost their National North League fixture at Hereford. They have gained just four points from their last five games and are 20th in the table. 

Gates have averaged 1237 so far this campaign.

Hereford 18/5 To Win At Chorley On Saturday

The bookmakers are offering prices of around 18/5 for a Hereford victory at Chorley on Saturday.

Both clubs are going well at present. Hereford (8th) defeated Gloucester (20th) last Tuesday and have won their last three games,

Chorley (5th) drew with AFC Fylde (3rd) also last Tuesday and are unbeaten in their last five.

Chorley: WWWDD

Hereford: LLWWW

Chorley 8/11  Draw 45/17  Hereford 18/5

Escape to Victory (Park)

Hereford FC hit the road for Lancashire this Saturday, as they lock horns with Chorley in what promises to be a rip-roaring crackerjack of a National League North encounter between two in-form teams.

It’s that time of the season when everyone’s played everyone once, and now it’s time for the return fixtures, which means that Hereford travel north with the opportunity to do the double over the Magpies, having won 1-0 at Edgar Street in November courtesy of a tidy looping finish from Miles Storey, to start a run of five league wins in November, which propelled them into mid-table. It won’t be an easy double to achieve as the hosts have only lost one of 11 at home this season. They’re also unbeaten in nine league games going into this one.

The Magpies have had an eventful few years, getting promoted from National League North three seasons ago via the play-offs, only to then finish bottom of the National League in 2019/20. In 2020/21’s 18-game season they started sluggishly but finished like an express train, and have carried that form into this season. They sit fifth in the table courtesy of that long unbeaten run, and look like play-off certainties.

Harry Cardwell and Connor Hall have seven goals each for the club so far this season, although Cardwell has now left for Southend. Ex-Bull Harvey Smith should be in the Chorley squad, but he didn’t start last time against Fylde. A crowd of 1800 were at Victory Park for that Lancashire derby, in which a 95th minute equaliser rescued a point for the home side.

There’s no doubt that the Magpies are among the toughest opponents in the division, and recent defeats to high-flying Gateshead and Brackley suggested that the Bulls had some way to go before being able to be bracketed in that same category, but everything’s gone well since those defeats, and this match offers an opportunity for the squad to show just how good it has become.

Hereford bounce into this one on the back of three consecutive wins, although Tuesday’s victory over Gloucester showed similarities to the draw with Curzon Ashton earlier in the season, in that the opposition were allowed a way back into the game when it should have already been put to bed. It was therefore a little more nervy than it should have been. However, if I’m quibbling about the way in which Hereford win football matches rather than bemoaning defeats things can’t be too bad. And they’re not. Eighth place, now just two points behind Boston who sit in the final play-off place, and eight wins in the last 12 matches is none too shabby.

Maz Kouhyar is currently playing his best football in a Hereford shirt, and along with Ryan McLean should offer just the sort of threat to the Chorley back four that they won’t appreciate, being attacked at pace on the floor, rather than being able to mop up an aerial approach, which they’d be happy to do all afternoon. And if left-back Seb Revan continues his rate of progress, with his confidence levels almost visibly rising by the minute during matches, the Chorley defenders will have their hands full all afternoon from a variety of Hereford attacking options. Yes, I know, weird huh?

There were signs perhaps that Tom Owen-Evans was feeling the effects of the Saturday-midweek-Saturday-midweek fixture slog towards the end of the match on Tuesday, but if he makes the mistake of continuing to score a goal a game it’ll be difficult to rest him. Maybe lots of coffee at half-time is the answer?   

Mo Touray could come in for Janaai Gordon here, with the latter limping off against Gloucester with a reported ‘thigh issue’. The new striker, shortly after coming on in that same match, slightly alarmingly ran at full pelt into a very offside position during a Hereford break, with the defensive line clearly visible right in front of him, meaning that he couldn’t be passed to. It’s difficult to figure out what happened there, and I’m not sure I’ve ever seen it before, but it was hopefully a blip brought on by youthful enthusiasm.

A slight concern is that increasingly influential James Vincent also picked up a thigh niggle on Tuesday, and supporters will be hoping it was nothing major and that he can start in this one to give a bit of a steadying presence in midfield.

Finally, hearty congratulations to veteran head coach Josh Gowling, reportedly (and quite ludicrously) now one of the longest serving managers in the NLN. Football eh? Bloody hell.

The Bulls must bring their ‘A’ game for the full 90+ minutes on Saturday, as to do otherwise would result in defeat. That ‘A’ game can be very easy on the eye, and is more than good enough to get another win here and issue a statement of intent to the clubs above them in the league.


Highlights From Hereford's Victory Over Gloucester


Highlights from Hereford's 2-1 victory over Gloucester last Tuesday are now available to watch.

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Farsley Celtic Sack Manager

Farsley Celtic are the latest National North League club to sack their manager. Neil Ross  was only appointed last November.

Last Saturday Hereford defeated Farsley 4-0.

Meanwhile Hereford's Josh Gowling is now one of the longest serving managers in the league

'Farsley Celtic can confirm that Neil Ross has left his role as First Team Manager with immediate effect.

The club would like to place on record its thanks to Neil for his efforts over the past few months, and wish him all the best for the future.

We will be making no further comments at this time.'


Raison Joins Bromsgrove

Toby Raison has joined Bromsgrove on a one month loan deal.

Bromsgrove Sporting are pleased to announce the signing of defender Toby Raison, on a month’s long loan from Hereford.

19 year old, 6ft 5in centre back Toby has recent Southern League experience, having been on loan at Southern League Premier Division South side Merthyr Tydfil this season.

Manager Gavin Hurren commented: “I’m really happy to get Toby in. He’s a strong, hungry centre half who will add strength to the squad.

“With Joel Kettle and Tom Taylor being suspended and Cody Fisher out with a knee injury, for which we don’t know how long that will be, we’ve had to strengthen the squad defensively.”

We thank Hereford for their co-operation with this and we hope you will join us in welcoming Toby to the Victoria Ground!


Raison Expected To Go Out On Loan Again


Hereford FC's Toby Raison is expected to go out on loan again.

The versatile youngster recently completed a spell with Merthyr.

"We're just sorting out Toby," said manager Josh Gowling.

"Hopefully we are going to get him a loan move to the League below of the League below that in the next few days."

Best Goal Difference And Not Promoted - Hereford United

A question in the Guardian asks what is the best goal difference a team has had and not been promoted?

It arises because of Fulham being top of the Championship with a goal difference of +48 at present.

'Brentford finished third in the 2019-20 Championship with a goal difference of +42, they were not promoted.

But in the old Third Division North, where only the winner was promoted to the Second Division, Stockport County finished runners-up in 1929-30 with a goal difference of +62.


Second Half Pictures From Hereford's Win Over Gloucester

A selection of second half pictures from Hereford's 2-1 victory over Gloucester last Tuesday evening.

£15 To Watch The Bulls At Chorley

Harry White Clears For Hereford At Chorley In August 2018

Hereford's next National North League fixture is at Chorley, Lancashire on Saturday afternoon.

Tickets for the game can be purchased from Chorley in advance. Go to: 

Adults £15

Concessions: £12

18 to 21: £7

12 to 17: £5

Under 12: Free 

Hereford are running coach travel to the game. The cost is £20. To book go to:

For those going by car to the game the Sat Nav for the ground is  PR7 3DU

There is only limited parking at Victoria Park. However there is parking close by just off Pilling Lane which costs £3.

THROWBACK THURSDAY | Hereford United 0-1 Manchester United - 28th January 1990

32 years ago tomorrow. Extended highlights of the FA Cup 4th round action at Edgar Street. Clayton Blackmore breaks Hereford hearts with a late winner.

Click to view -> Hereford United 0-1 Manchester United. 28th January 1990, Extended Highlights - FA Cup 4th Round - YouTube

Teams Teams: Hereford United: Tony Elliott, Mark A Jones, Steve Devine, Chris Hemming, Darren Peacock, Mel Pejic, Mark Jones, Jon Narbett, Colin Robinson,Ian Benbow, Paul Tester. Man Utd: Jim Leighton, Viv Anderson, Lee Martin,Mal Donaghy, Mike Duxberry,Gary Pallister, Clayton Blackmore, Paul Ince (Russell Beardsmore), Brian McClair, Mark Hughes, Danny Wallace

Attendance 13,777

Wednesday, January 26, 2022

ON THIS DAY 1992 | Nottingham Forest 2-0 Hereford United - FA Cup 4th Round

On this day 30 years ago Hereford United faced Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup 4th Round. Forest were managed by the legendary Brian Clough and included Roy Keane, Teddy Sheringham and Stuart Pearce in their line up that afternoon.

The below post includes contributions from Tony Elliott, Meshach Wade, Peter Heritage, Jon Narbett and Andy Theodosiou. Plus photographs and videos from the game.

Click to read -> MEMORIES | Nottingham Forest 2-0 Hereford United – FA Cup 4th Round – 26th January 1992 | Herefordshire’s Independent Source of News & Information (

Photo supplied by Ron Parrott

First Half Pictures From Edgar Street

A selection of pictures from the first half of last night's National North League fixture between Hereford and Gloucester.

Before And After At Edgar Street Last Night

A selection of pictures from before and after the game between Hereford and Gloucester.

Patchy Hereford Pinch Win

Son of Eric watched Hereford defeat Gloucester 2-1 at Edgar Street last night. Here are his thoughts on the game.

Pushing for a play off position it was hail to the chief with Krystian Pearce returning to the defence replacing the impressive Jamie Egan who dropped to the bench. Captain Hodgkiss returned at right back with Gillella a substitute, Pollock and Revan completing the left half of the defence with Hall in goal.

Gowling has found a better structure with dynamic defensive duo Lloyd and Vincent guarding the rear allowing Kouhyar, Owen-Evans and McLean to provide the ammunition for Gordon. Gloucester featured former Bulls Leadbitter at right back, O’Sullivan in the middle of the park and taking most dead balls, and former loanee Ollie Hulbert playing just off veteran striker Matt Green making his debut up front for City.

1,790 braved a cold, dry, still night with an immaculate pitch for mid-winter Hereford started brightly but when Gloucester broke down the left the Bulls were exposed. The ball was worked down the left to Green who outmuscled Lloyd and found Hulbert on the edge of the box in space. As he pulled the trigger Vincent appeared out of nowhere for a lunging block, a demonstration of the outstanding form Jamie is showing at present.

Gordon chased down a long ball and pulled back to TOE who shot over the bar. Kouhyar broke down the right and heading towards the box his shirt was pulled and he stumbled over when clear and ready to cross. Referee Pratt waved game on but as for much of the evening he was too far away, clinging to running his diagonal rather than adapting to play. He then gave a similar challenge as a foul to Green. From the free kick on the left edge of the box O’Sullivan whistled it just wide of the top left corner.

A veteran fan had looked at the Grimsby fan sites to assess Sebastian Revan, and the consensus was that he was a quality player but not yet ready for men’s football. Another interpretation could be that Paul Hurst as manager of the Codheads did not set up to get the best out of the young man, as they fade out of the National League promotion race despite having one of the best budgets and some of the largest crowds in the division. Grimbarian Gowling has assigned Lloyd to act as a minder so that when the full back pushes forward Ryan drops in to cover allowing Revan to rampage. Throughout the game he was a constant menace rightly winning man of the match. He surges forward like a sports car, with smooth acceleration, gripping close control and balance with game intelligence beyond his years. Seb reminded me of young Tom Barkhuizen and can go on and have a similarly successful career. If you have not seen him in the flesh, come on down to Edgar Street, he will make a memory or two for you.  

Kouhyar as so often found space with ease and another long perfect pass in behind the full back allowed Revan to race on to the ball on the left. Before the Gloucester defence could organise themselves, he put in a crisp cross, curling in behind the centre backs inviting centre forward Gordon to head down hard and the ball bounced up and into the top netting. Cross of the season so far. Is there a term for a headed tap in? Whatever it is that’s what Revan created for the Bulls to take the lead.


Gloucester did not learn and Owen-Evans and Kouhyar combined to set up Revan racing into the left corner of the box and his shot was tipped over by Cole for a corner. Gloucester tried to get to grips with Hereford’s movement with some fouls and a late challenge on Pearce by Dawson saw him booked. McLean had been relatively quiet, but he caught out Leadbitter pressing high up the pitch. He ran to the by-line and as he went towards the box looked up and pulled back an inviting ball to Tom on the edge of the box. Owen-Evans is in fine form and struck the ball hard across keeper Cole giving hm no chance so that the Bulls went in two up.

Gloucester were sent out early by their manager and made more of a fist of the game in the second half as Hereford tired a little with their third game in a week. Kouhyar was showing his fast feet and although his dead balls were not quite to his high standards, he was Hereford’s most creative player. He made space down the right and into the box he was taken down and referee Pratt was again too far away from the challenge to see that a penalty was warranted. Gloucester brought on Sheaf for King who had made a limited contribution. Hereford replaced McLean with Storey.

There was then a manic minute with Owen-Evans having a shot well saved by Cole, Revan followed up, but his shot was blocked and with the third attempt Gordon pulled his shot wide when he should have hit the target from within the box. Gowling promptly took Jaanai off and brought Touray on for his home debut. Hereford were regularly working Revan into their attacks, and he beat two players on the left before shooting and working Cole in the goal. O’Sullivan taking most of Gloucester’s dead balls clipped a cross into Mensah who shot but Pollock blocked it. The ball was not cleared, and another free kick was conceded. Hereford were tiring and giving Gloucester chances to get back into the game.

Another free kick saw Green shoot just over the bar and City were building up a head of steam. Vincent had been the best midfielder on the park with much fine defensive work, but also quick use of the ball to get attacks going. He picked up a strain and Forsyth came on. Gloucester got another free kick on the right and O’Sullivan curled in a ball behind the line of defenders who pushed up for offside but did not get the timing right allowing unmarked Green to stab home an easy opportunity.

Gloucester now scented the chance to get something out of the game and Hereford were hanging on a little. Sheaf had a shot well saved by Hall and fortunately Hulbert did not make the most of the rebound. Hereford broke away through Owen-Evans on the right and he beat the full back looked up and saw Storey had burst a lung to get up to the far post. Tom swung over an excellent high ball which was dropping for Miles rising ready to nod in. Cole sprung superbly and finger tipped the ball away from Storey’s head, quality goalkeeping.

Storey got clear down the right and Touray was yards offside. Storey saw this and held up waiting for Touray to realise but the new striker was oblivious. He waited again and still Touray did not check back to get onside. This was a shocking lack of awareness from a professional who seemed more concerned as to why he had not received a pass. Storey stopped and pulled back a deeper ball, but Touray’s misjudgement had allowed Gloucester to get back and reorganise. The new striker looked good at Farsley, but this was a disappointing cameo. Storey had his usual chance where his pace gets him clear, but he fails to work the keeper and his conversion rate is frustrating when his talent and ability is clear.

Gloucester brought on Thompson for Robert as four minutes were added. Hereford gradually faded through the match and had patches of their recent form but were a little way short. However, they are finally scoring when they are on top and Revan is an outstanding creative force, a full back in the Cancelo or Alexander-Arnold mould. Owen-Evans had yet another good game and must be catching the eye of scouts. A good side wins when they are not playing at their best.

However, one of the best players on the pitch was veteran striker Matt Green brought in to keep Gloucester up. He was a handful all night long and when he realised, he could take advantage of a weak referee he was swinging arms and physically challenging like Mike Symons of old and fully deserved his goal. Green would be more expensive than Touray who was poor in comparison. 

In the Premiership teams like Manchester City, Wolves and Liverpool which have taken a strong line on Covid and vaccinations are doing better than those like Arsenal and Chelsea which have taken a more relaxed laissez-faire approach.

It is deeply regrettable that Hereford had a widespread Covid outbreak before Xmas when they were in form and lost tens of thousands of pounds of revenue from the Christmas games. If they had that bit of extra budget to get a player like Green, it may be the difference at the end of the season between making the play offs or not.