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Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Family Reunited With Former Hereford Player's Medal


After the end of the second world war football restarted and one of the Hereford United players at the time was Charlie Thompson.

Between 1945 and 1955 he scored 180 goals and became known as 'Mr Hereford United'.

Probably his best known season was 1947/48.

He scored three first half hat-tricks that season against Gravesend, Cheltenham and Thynnes Athletic in the FA Cup.

He also scored a hat-trick in four minutes against Thynnes and altogether eight goals in Hereford 's 11-0 victory. It was, and still is, the most number of goals scored by a Hereford player in a competitive game. 

Worse for Thynnes was that their goalkeeper Wood broke his wrist saving one of Thompson's shots. 

In the 1949/50 season Thompson was awarded a champions medal when Hereford reserves won the Birmingham League. And later that season Thompson's was awarded a benefit match against a League XI which attracted a crowd of 8000 to Edgar Street.

Thompson died in 1997 and his medal was lost. 

However YourHerefordshire's Matt Healey has helped return the medal to Thompson's family after it was found during a house clearance.

"I collect Hereford United memorabilia and Andrew Wood from Herefordshire Community recycling got in touch and told me that during a house clearance he had some books and programme’s of the football club and asked if I was interested in having them. I said I would and met him a few weeks ago. Included in the find was a medal named C Thompson.” 

Matt tracked down the family.

"I put out a post on the Hereford United Facebook group and Charlie’s daughter in law Margaret got in contact, we were able to arrange a day to meet up and I was able to reunite the medal to Charlie’s son Roger."

Roger didn't know the medal existed.

"It’s fantastic it’s been reunited with the family after all these years away, we will make sure its looked after."

Read more at: https://yourherefordshire.co.uk/all/news/news-family-of-hereford-united-player-charlie-thompson-reunited-with-his-winners-medal-70-years-after-it-went-missing/

We're Ready To Go Said Grimes

 

Hereford defender Jamie Grimes has been to Wembley before but has never played at the venue.

The first time he went was as a 19 year old with Swansea City when they won a play-off final. Since then his ambition has been to play there.

"I was sat there in the crowd and thought I want to do this in my career," Grimes told BBC Hereford and Worcester.

"I'm so happy that I'll get a chance to forfill that."

Grimes has also spoken to YourHerefordshire. He was asked about the last two weeks.

"It's been good," he said.

"We've had a tough few weeks with the Gaffer doing a lot of training on the training pitch, lots of fitnees work. We feel fit and ready to go.

"It will be the first time I've played at Wembley. I'm really excited about it.

"I've been there in a squad before and have always wanted to go back there and play myself so it will be nice to get on the pitch. Excited."

How do you find Josh Gowling's modern approach to management?

"I love it. I've said to him, I've said to other people that he is very good at what he does. He makes you feel involved. It's like a joint effort. He's at the top but everyone gets involved. We're really organised and I really enjoy my time with him.

"We've done our work now. Our last friendly was Saturday and now we are just focusing on that game on Saturday.

"Two good training sessions to come and, yes, we're ready to go."

Is Butlin A Doubt For Saturday?

Hereford FC manager Josh Gowling has told BBC Hereford and Worcester that striker Joey Butlin is a slight doubt for Saturday's FA Trophy final.

Gowling said that they had concerns over Butlin who, he said, has a calf injury. The striker may have a scan on Thursday to see if he can play.

"Joey has been struggling with his calf," said Gowling.

"He hasn't been involved so he is touch and go for Saturday.

"We will get him accessed. 

"We'll probably take him for a scan on Thursday to see if he is going to be able to play or not."

However in an interview recorded yesterday with YourHereford's Matt Healey, there was no mention of any injury.

Butlin said that he can't wait for Saturday.

"I'm buzzing for it.

"But as soon as we get on the pitch it's just another game."

Butlin was full of praise for manager Josh Gowling.

"He's won us most of the games. Mostly it comes down to his tactics and his game plan.

"He probably doesn't get enough credit for it."

Monday, May 17, 2021

Butroid And Mooney Released By Scunthorpe

Both Lewis Butroid and Kelsey Mooney were released by Scunthorpe last week.

Butroid is currently with Hereford whilst Mooney came to Edgar Street on loan for part of the season having moved to Scunthorpe pre-season

Left back Butroid joined the Bulls on loan in late February just ahead of the FA Trophy tie at Aldershot. 

Butroid is expected to be in Josh Gowling's squad for Wembley next Saturday.

The Lads Are Bouncing Said Gowling


Hereford FC manager Josh Gowling spoke to YourHerefordshire director Matt Healey at the club's media day.

JG: “We are focused, the lads are bouncing, we are focusing on our game plan and are going train hard the next few days.”

MH: “The winners of Saturday’s game will earn £60,000 in prize money, which in the current financial climate would be very welcome?”

JG: “Finances have been tough on the club and also for the players who had to take pay cuts, if we can get the victory the money will go a long way.”

MH: “Hornchurch are managed by Mark Stimson who was your former boss at Gillingham. Does that make the final a bit tastier?”

JG: “It’s like anything if you play against your old club you want to beat them that little bit more. He’s got a lot of experience, the pressure is on them and we are the underdogs, he’s won the competition a few times and has got a good pedigree of players in the squad, they have beaten some good teams to get this far.

“We will finish our training this week and then head down and get prepared for the game.”

Under 18 Football Returns To Hereford FC

Under 18 football is to return to Hereford FC. A team is to be set up to play in the Sporting Touch Midland Junior Premier League starting this coming season.

First team manager Josh Gowling has welcomed the news.

"I’m delighted that we have an U18s back at the Football Club," he said.

"It is vital for the future of the Club that we have systems in place that allow young and hungry players to play football."

Chairman Rob Crawford said it was an excellent opportunity to extend our Community Football Family. 

"Although it isn’t necessarily a pathway to the first team, if any player was good enough and made the first team, what a bonus this would be to the Club, Player and Herefordshire."

Jon Nash is Hereford's Community Engagement Manager. He is looking to recruit a Community U18s Team Manager and Assistant Coach for the new venture.

More details at: https://www.herefordfc.co.uk/hereford-fc-community-launch-community-football-team/

MY HEREFORD UNITED STORY | Stuart Fleetwood - 2006-2007 & 2010-2011

Continuing the series of players who featured in the Play Off Final win against Halifax on the 20th May 2006. Stuart Fleetwood is todays guest and he also played with current Hereford FC midfielder James McQuilkin.

Click to read -> MY HEREFORD UNITED STORY | Stuart Fleetwood | Herefordshire’s Independent Source of News & Information (yourherefordshire.co.uk)


Photo supplied by Andy Compton

Haines Makes Hereford Move Permanent

 

Luke Haines has signed for Hereford FC until the end of next season.

'Delighted to announce that I have signed for Hereford FC for the upcoming season. Now time to concentrate on Saturday.'

Haines had been with the Bulls on loan from Swindon.

However last Saturday Haines revealed that he had left Swindon in February.

'I took the brave step away from the club that I’d played for since I was 5 years on on February the 12, felt as though my time at Swindon Town FC was finished and it was the best thing to do for myself and my future!'

Bulls prepare for Wembley trip | Hear what Josh Gowling has to say

Hereford FC hosted a media day this morning at their training base.

Interviews with Josh Gowling, Jamie Grimes, Ben Pollock and Joey Butlin can be found by clicking this link ->  FOOTBALL | Bulls prepare for Wembley trip – Hear what the gaffer has to say | Herefordshire’s Independent Source of News & Information (yourherefordshire.co.uk)




Hereford FC Media Day

It's Hereford FC's media day ahead of their visit to Wembley for the FA Trophy final at Wembley on Saturday.

The media day is taking place at Warwick University, where the club currently trains.

Meanwhile the club's VIP Day at Wembley competition closes at 12noon today. More details at: http://bullsnews.blogspot.com/2021/05/win-vip-day-at-wembley.html

Sunday, May 16, 2021

Win A VIP Day At Wembley


Entries to win a VIP Day at Wembley next Saturday close tomorrow (Monday) at noon.

Here's a reminder of the competition:

Purchase a ticket for our Wembley VIP competition for your chance to win a VIP money can’t buy trip to Wembley.

You’ll need to answer the following question to enter.

Q) Who scored the winning goal that fired The Bulls into the Buildbase FA Trophy Final.

a) Jamie Grimes
b) Joey Butlin
c) Tom Owen-Evans

HOW TO ENTER

Visit our online Wembley shop to purchase your ticket.

Once you have added your ticket(s) into your shopping cart, you’ll need to add your answer (a, b or c) into the Special instructions for seller’ box on the next screen!

The first prize gives the winner and a chosen guest the following amazing money-can’t-buy prize!

– Stay in the team hotel the night before the game (twin room)
– Eat with the players (evening meal & breakfast and lunch on the day of the game)
– x2 complimentary tickets in the Royal Box seating area as a guest of Hereford FC
– Free parking at Wembley Stadium
– You’ll need to make your way to the hotel and then from the hotel to Wembley on the day of the game
– Over 18s only

Second Prize

2021/22 Hereford FC season ticket

Third Prize

Meal for two in hospitality for a Hereford FC home game during the 2021/22 season

Competition closes at 12noon on Monday 17th May. The winner will be selected at random and notified on Monday.

WEMBLEY NEWS | Hereford to open club shop for fans to buy merchandise

Hereford's Club Shop is to be open in the days leading up to Saturday's FA Trophy Final at Wembley.

To allow for social distancing, it will be in Addison's Bar, which will be accessible via the main entrance.

The club have taken delivery of more medium and large replica shirts, as well as FA Trophy T-Shirts, face masks, scarves and a limited quantity of 'Road to Wembley' mugs.

There will also be non-Wembley merchandise to purchase.

The shop will be open from 10am to 7pm on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and 10am to 4pm on Friday.

Anyone who is still waiting for merchandise bought online will receive their goods before the weekend, say the club, with the last date for guaranteed delivery being 3pm on Monday (May 17).

Meanwhile, Hereford were hoping that a dedicated Fan Zone could be in place at Edgar Street for supporters to watch the match especially as the government will be further easing Covid restrictions. However, despite a lot of consultation between the club and Herefordshire Council, the event will not be able to be provided.

Anyone who has been unable to purchase a match ticket (successful ballot applicant must buy theirs by 11.59pm on Sunday, May 16) can still watch the game on BT Sport. Last year's Non-League Finals Day was broadcast 'free to air' due to both games being behind closed doors. However, it hasn't been confirmed yet what the cost will be for this years'.

Club Shop Opening Times

Hereford FC's club shop will be open this week for the sale of, in particular, Wembley Merchandise.

It will be located In Addison's Bar. Face masks must be worn.

Opening Times:

Tuesday: 10am – 7pm  
Wednesday: 10am – 7pm 
Thursday: 10am-7pm 
Friday: 10am-4pm 

Meanwhile the last date for Wembley Online Orders is tomorrow (Monday) at 3pm.

I Want To Learn My Trade At Hereford

 

Josh Gowling has been in the spotlight recently with several newspaper features about him and also being on BT Sport as a pundit. And next Saturday he will be at Wembley. But he has told BBC Hereford and Worcester that he sees his job at Hereford as an opportunity to learn his trade.

"I took over and there was a project. I've done nothing yet, let's be real about it," said Gowling.

"Yes we were 12th in the league with games, three points off the play-offs with five games in hand but I've done nothing yet.

"I'm new, I still have a lot to prove, I'm sure I've got a lot to prove to a lot of the fans, I've got to a lot to prove to myself. That takes time.

"This is a big football club. I don't want to be here for five games and jump and go to another football club.

"I want to learn my trade here. I want to be in an environment that enables me to learn and progress to be a better manager. 

"I want to have a project where I can build a football club not just on the pitch but off the pitch and so help build the business as well. 

"And Hereford has enabled me to do that."

Hereford feature in double page spread in NLP


Hereford feature in a double page spread in today's Non-League Paper as the Bulls prepare to face Hornchurch in the FA Trophy Final at Wembley.

Manager Josh Gowling talks about his psychology course and how he was inspired by Richard O'Kelly and Sean O'Driscoll, while captain Jared Hodgkiss hopes it's third time lucky after losing two previous finals at Wembley when he was 'the 19th man' at West Bromwich Albion.

Meanwhile, there is a candid interview with goalkeeper Brandon Hall, who opens up about how he has bounced back with impressive performances after being told he wasn't needed in the summer.


Gowling Talks About His New Contract

 

Hereford manager Josh Gowling and assistant Steve Burr recently signed new two year contracts at the club.

Last week Gowling spoke to BBC Hereford and Worcester about his contract and his thoughts for the future at Edgar Street.

"I've got to prove myself, I've still got to prove myself more," said Gowling.

"This football club is building itself back to where it needs to be.

"Speaking to the Chairman and the board, they agree with me with that.

"So I'm committed to the project and this gives us time to build it back to where it should be.

"You've got to have the same vision (as the board) and I think it helps when you win games of football.

"Sitting down speaking to everyone at the club we've made mistakes this season and in the past.

"One thing we've got to do now is stop making decisions based on fear, and understand that, the past is the past. Things have happened. Money has been wasted. The club folded.

"Now those things have happened and we can make better decisions because we've been through that.

"From my point of view we need to start building, we need to start getting the community back involved with the football club especially now the Covid lockdown is stopping.

"We need to get the youth team back at the football club and engage with the community as a whole.

"I think the last couple of years the football club at this level has not been respected, obviously there have been a few relegation battles. We need to put that right for a start.

"When we reformed, we were a massive football club, when we reformed three or four leagues below where we were you had the biggest budget in every league you were in and obviously the old manager (Peter Beadle) did really well with back to back promotions.

"Then you get to this point and you've got York, you've got Chester and Boston. You've got big clubs at this level who have got money, probably bigger budgets that what you have and then you have to consolidate, rebuild.

"I think sometimes that when you've gone through a period of success you probably don't build the infrastructure because it's just working. And then you get to a point when you take stock and think we need to start building a better infrastructure to go to the next level. I think we are at that period now.

"There have been a lot of changes at the club this year and I'm sure there will be more to come. But I would like to think we are on a good period and we've got to keep pushing forward."

New Suits For Wembley


Several weeks ago Hereford FC manager Josh Gowling was asked if the players would have new suits for their trip to Wembley for the FA Trophy final.

It appears that Gowling managed to persuade the club to find the funds required as the above picture tweeted by Steve Burr shows.

The picture features Burr being kitted out in Calandras Mensware of Church Street in Hereford.

Hereford beat Hednesford in practice match

Hereford beat Hednesford Town 1-0 in a behind-closed doors friendly at Edgar Street as the Bulls prepare for the FA Trophy Final.

Michael Bakare scored the only goal of the game in the 83rd minute.

Afterwards, both sides practiced penalties, with Hednesford winning 10-9 in sudden death.

Saturday, May 15, 2021

HUST Nominate Mike Langford For Club Board

 

HUST have nominated Mike Langford for the vacant HFC Nominated Director position on the Hereford FC Board.

Langford was appointed as a director of the new club in July 2015 but resigned from the board in January 2018.

The vacant position arose after former club chairman Andrew Graham stepped down last November.

This from HUST:

HUST is pleased to update members on the outcome of the recent interviews for the vacant HFC Nominated Director position. There was one application for the post.

After careful consideration, HUST have selected Mike Langford as the successful candidate, and nominate that he should join the Hereford FC board for a period of 3 years. As per the HUST Nominated Director Policy (8.5), HUST members are now invited to put forward any well-founded objections to this nomination.

HUST welcomes member feedback on this decision. Any members with any views or valid objections are invited to provide evidence to HUST’s Independent Secretary, Sarah Hudd, via email to
secretary@hufctrust.co.uk before 23.59 on Saturday 22nd May 2021

HFA Cup Finals Next Week At Edgar Street

The HFA have released details of their Cup Finals which are set to take place at Edgar Street next week. A limited number of spectators will be allowed to watch.

Herefordshire FA are delighted to confirm that Hereford FC have once again agreed to host the County Challenge, Women’s County and Giantkillers Cups at their famous Edgar Street ground.

Jamie Griffiths, General Manager at Hereford FC stated;

"We’re delighted that Edgar Street will once again be playing host to a number of HFA Finals and we’re looking forward to welcoming all six teams involved throughout the week.

"We want to give as many players as possible the chance to experience playing at Edgar Street, whilst at the same time continue to grow our relationships with our neighbouring teams and Herefordshire FA.”

"We’d like to wish all those who have reached the finals the very best of luck."

Alan Darfi, CEO at Herefordshire FA added;

"It is fantastic that we’re able to once again host a number of our cup competition finals at Edgar Street and huge thanks go to Hereford FC for making this possible, despite the challenges of Covid. Playing at Edgar Street is a highlight for many players and the Club could not have been more helpful in terms of making this possible."

Edgar Street   

Following the release of the latest FA guidance and discussions with Hereford FC and Hereford City Council, we are pleased to confirm spectators will be permitted at all cup finals. A Limit of 250 fans will be in place with tickets available through the competing clubs/HFA and needing to be purchased in advance. Due to COVID restrictions there will be no tickets available on the day or hospitality, food or drink available in the stadium.

Tickets: £3 adults, £2 OAPS and children

Giantkillers Cup Final 18th May 7:45pm: Kidderminster Harriers U18 vs Cinderford Town U18
Women’s County Cup 19th May 7:45pm: Bartestree vs Hereford Pegasus
County Challenge Cup 20th May 7:45pm: Westfields vs Hereford Lads Club

Please email info@herefordshirefa.com or competing clubs to purchase tickets for finals at Edgar Street.

News Round Up

Burnley have signed Spennymoor youth keeper Harry Moss who is just 17.

Radio Hereford FC will broadcast a pre-Wembley programme this afternoon from 2.45pm.

Telford United have signed 24 year old 'attacking' forward Kai Williams from Barwell FC.

BT Sport are set to show all five National League play-off games starting on June 5th. The promotion final is on June 20th.

 

Supporters Receive Wembley Tickets

Hereford FC supporters, who purchased priority tickets, should have received their tickets for Wembley this morning.

They were sent out first class from Hereford yesterday.

Hereford supporters will be in the yellow zone.

Car Parking for Hereford supporters At Wembley is in the Pink zone and costs £30.

Post Code: HA9 0HX 

More details: https://www.wembleyofficialparking.com/event/eventdetail/829 

Update: 'Blue Badge' Car parking is available in the Yellow (Hornchurch) area at £15.  

 

WEMBLEY NEWS | Just over 650 ballot tickets available

Just over 650 tickets are available in the Wembley ballot for next week's FA Trophy Final, with Hereford receiving over 4,000 unique entries.

Successful applicants will be emailed this morning, who will have until 11.59pm on Sunday evening to purchase their tickets.

All tickets bought during the first priority sales window were posted on Friday evening via Royal Mail First Class Signed For Delivery.


ON THIS DAY 1996 | Darlington 2-1 Hereford United - Play Offs

On this day 25 years ago Hereford were knocked out of the 3rd Division Play Offs by Darlington. The game was a bad tempered affair up at Feethams. This was to by the last Hereford appearances by Tony James (the 1st), Steve White, Neil Lyne, Nicky Cross, Richard Wilkins, Stuart Watkiss and Tony Pounder.

Click to view -> Darlington 2-1 Hereford United | 15th May 1996 - Play Off Semi Final 2nd Leg - YouTube




Friday, May 14, 2021

MY HEREFORD UNITED STORY | Simon Travis - 2004-2007

Counting down to the 15 year anniversary of promotion to the Football League. Simon Travis is the next player featured.




Photo supplied by Ellie Woolstenholmes

Harry Pell Goes North

Harry Pell At Edgar Street In 2012

Former Hereford United midfielder Harry Pell is joining Accrington Stanley.

Now 29, Pell has agreed a three year deal at the League One club.

Previously he was with Colchester.

Pell played against Accrington whilst with Hereford.

"Every time I have come here, I have hated playing here, coming up against the gaffer’s teams," said Pell in an interview with Accrington's OS.

"They are high energy, horrible to play against, loads of enthusiasm and I think that’s why I will get on here.

"I have seen the way the team have played and I am looking to come in here and stamp a bit of my own authority on it and looking to add to what the gaffer has going on here.

"When I knew Accrington Stanley was interested, I came down here and was blown away by what the club is trying to do, the way they are trying to do it and the togetherness is key for me.

"It’s something I have taken time to think about as it’s a big move for me and my family, it’s one I am really excited about."

Noon Today Deadline For Wembley Ticket Ballot

Hereford FC supporters who haven't got a ticket for the FA Trophy final at Wembley on May 22nd are reminded that the ballot for the remaining tickets closes at mid-day today (Friday).

Go to: forms.office.com/r/EZnPrACgiw

HFC Wembley Badges At The Oxford Arms On Sunday

Official HFC F.A. Trophy Final 2021 badges will be on sale @ £3.00 each on Sunday 16th May between 12 noon and 3pm. ( subject to stock )
The pub at 111 Widemarsh Street Hereford has a large garden at the rear with plenty of cover if raining and easy parking.
An opportunity to purchase these collectible items before the Wembley trip .


Thursday, May 13, 2021

MY HEREFORD UNITED STORY | Ryan Green - 2003-2006 & 2009-2012

Counting down to the 15 year anniversary of promotion at Leicester. Ryan Green scored the winning goal.

Click to read -> MY HEREFORD STORY | Ryan Green | Herefordshire’s Independent Source of News & Information (yourherefordshire.co.uk)


Photo supplied by Andy Compton

WEMBLEY NEWS | Hornchurch sell their 3k allocation

Hornchurch have sold all of their 3,000 tickets for the FA Trophy Final against Hereford.

A total of 400 went on general sale in person at 4pm, which were soon snapped up.

It is understood that members were able to buy up to four tickets each before they went on general sale.

In contrast, Hereford have set a strict 'one ticket per person' rule and have a ballot system in place for general sale tickets.