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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Stockport Could Sell Out Of Tickets For Game At Hereford

Stockport County could take up all their allocation of tickets for their visit to Edgar Street on April 6th.

Tickets for the game go on general sale at noon today.

Stockport report that they have around 150 tickets remaining out of their 700 or so allocation.

The game is all ticket so Hereford supporters who are not season ticket holders will need to purchase their tickets in advance. 

Planning A Testimonial Is Daunting Says Purdie

Rob Purdie At The Conference Play Off Final In 2006
A testimonial match for Rob Purdie, the former Hereford United and Hereford FC player, is being held at Edgar Street on May 12th. In this article Rob reveals how his testimonial came about and his amazement that so many former players are so keen to take part.

'I knew around December 2017 that it was going to be my last season as I had been accepted into the fire service. In the new year I spoke to some of the boys about it, Jimmy, Greeny, Symmo and talk started of "surely you'll get  testimonial". I made a joke about it to Martin Watson and it snow balled from there. I think it was the Kettering game when chairman Ken Kinnersley gave it the green light. I tried to get it done for July in pre season 2018 but it was too close so I had to look for another date.

Planning a testimonial is a daunting thing. Most teams will play a higher opposition but I didn't want that. I didn't see the point in HFC playing an U23 side that would be too good for us, so I thought what do I want.

I decided on a legends game, one which can be competitive and achieve 3 things:
1: I get to see the mates I had the best parts of my career with
2: Give some of those players their final game at Edgar Street, because you never know when it is your last game and sometimes you don't get the "goodbye" I got.
3: Let the fans see their favourite players. Do they want to see players they have never heard of or do they want to see John Mills and Guy Ipoua one last time??

I was worried about what players I could get. I wrote up a list of around 40 names for each side and then started messaging players, some who I haven't spoken to for 10ye ars. I was humbled and amazed that everyone wanted to come back and play. Wayne Brown, Paul Parry, Ben Smith, Steve Guinan without a hestitiaion said they'd love to play, 18 players for each team within 48hrs. I want fans to know that yes we had great times together but they aren't just coming back because it's my testimonial. They are coming back because they want to play at Edgar Street again infront of these fans, Hereford has always got a hold of players hearts and that's down to the town and its fans. The hardest part had become the easiest.

The initial plan was 45mins HFC V HUFC then a bit of a mix up free for all. But when I got the HUFC squad together I thought, they could win the game. So it changed to a 90 minute competitive match, fans can decide who to cheer for and who they think will win. My money is on Hereford United!!!'

From The Archives - Charlton's Men Draw With Hereford

Hereford Keeper Jim Blyth
Back in April 1975, Bobby Charlton was manager of Preston North End and John Sillett in charge at Hereford.

The two League Division Three teams met at Deepdale and the game finished 2-2.

Charlton had played for Preston for much of the season but retired a couple of weeks before the Hereford game.

Preston Striker Mel Holden But Who Is The Hereford Defender?
Preston took the lead through Francis Burns but Dixie McNeil close come to equalising when his header went inches over the bar. 

In the 34th minute McNeil opening the scoring for Hereford rising at the far post to meet a cross from Barry Silkman. 

However before half-time Steve Emery brought down Tony Morley in the box. Morley then scored from the spot.

Byth Gathers Safely
Interestingly the Hereford keeper Jim Blyth was on loan at Edgar Street from Coventry. Several seasons before he had played for Preston before being sold for £20,000.

Another McNeil header was tipped over the bar before, late in the game, Hereford were awarded a penalty after Silkman was tripped in the box.

McNeil took the penalty and whilst the Preston keeper got a hand to it he couldn't keep it out.

Final score: Preston N E 2 - Hereford 2

Hereford: Blyth, Emery, Byrne, Layton, Tucker, Gregory, Paine, Silkman, Gallery, McNeil, Deacy

Photos reproduced with permission from the Lancashire Post 

Update: The Hereford defender in one of the pictures is understood to be Billy Tucker.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Spennymoor Beaten By Bradford PA

In tonight's only National North League fixture Spennymoor were defeated by Bradford PA.

Final Score: Spennymoor 0 Bradford PA 2

Spennymoor had Scott Harrison sent off.

Top of the Table:

Chorley 35/70
Stockport 34/66
Spennymoor 34/60
Bradford PA 34/60

Meanwhile in the 'C' International England drew with Wales 2-2.

Alfreton Away Is Now On April 9th

 

Hereford FC'a away game at Alfreton is now set to take place on April 9th.

Kick off will be at 7.45pm.

The original fixture, due to have taken place last Saturday, was postponed because the pitch was waterlogged.

Joel Edwards Could Start For Wales This Evening

 

Former Hereford FC captain Joel Edwards could start for Wales against England when the two 'C' teams meet at Salford this evening.

Edwards is currently a regular starter for Cardiff Metropolitan.

Manager Mark Jones selects his players from the Welsh Premier League whereas Paul Fairclough who is in charge of the England squad selects from the National League and below

The 'international' kicks off at 7.30 and is being screened live by S4C.

Under 18's Take On Alvechurch On Thursday

Hereford FC's Under 18 team play Alvechurch on Thursday evening in a Midland Floodlit Youth League game.

Currently Hereford are 6th in the table with Alvechurch in 9th place.

The game will take place at Old School Lane, HR1 1EX and kick-off is at 7.30pm.

Next Thursday, March 28th, Hereford are again 'at home' with a game against Lye Town.

Bangor City Could Reform As 'Fan Owned'

Bangor City could reform as a fan owned club if supporters vote for the idea at an EGM which is set to take place on April 10th.

Currently the club is owned by VSM (Vaughan Sports Management). The Vaughan family has been involved with several clubs over the last 15 years or so including Chester City. Stephen Vaughan Junior returned to Bangor as chairman last month.

However all is not well at Bangor. The club was demoted from the Welsh Premier League at the end of last season. More recently there have been press reports that players have not been paid and the club's auditors have resigned. The club is said to be £100,000 in debt. 

Supporters Direct (SD) are expected to be at the EGM. The organisation helped Chester FC reform after they ran out of money during Stephen Vaughan Senior's time in charge.

Vaughan Junior recently told the Daily Post:

"If they want the club back - although it's not officially for sale - we would hand over the reins to the Association if they can confirm they can deal with the income and expenditure and all the bills until the end of the season.

"We won't convert our loans into shares, we will just leave them as loans. They can take it over tomorrow if they want, because it's toxic the way it is at the moment."

Back in 2014 after Hereford United was sold to Tommy Agombar,  Supporters Direct played a part in the formation of Hereford FC.

One Midweek Fixture

There is just one National North League fixture on this evening.

Spennymoor v Bradford PA 

Spennymoor (3rd) will be hoping to get their promotion challenge back on track after they were defeated by Kidderminster last Saturday. However Bradford PA (5th) didn't play last Saturday and are undefeated in their last five games.

Meanwhile Hereford's next game is on Saturday when they play Guiseley at Edgar Street.

Monday, March 18, 2019

UITC Easter Soccer Schools

United In The Community, in partnership with With The Ball, are pleased to announce that during the Easter holidays, Soccer Schools and Multisports Club will once again be taking place  at our Central Park facility in Hereford. 

Sessions will be led by Kyle Eaton and he will be assisted by fully qualified coaches who will be delivering fun filled sessions which will take place in the first week of the school holidays.

The sessions are open to children aged from 5 to 12.

Parents now have two options when booking. They can either enrol their child to attend between 8.45 am to 3.00 pm or from 8.45 am to 4.30 pm. 
Participants will need suitable footwear for grass, outdoor clothing, sun lotion and spare clothes. Children will also have the opportunity to take part in some Crafts, Games and Activities. Breakfast is included for all children who attend - please inform staff of any allergies during the signing up process.
Four days will cost £72.00 or £92.00 (depending on which option is selected) but customers who use the EARLY BIRD offer and book and pay online before 31/03/19 will pay just £60.00 or £80.00 (again depending on which option is selected) .
For more information and to book individual days please contact admin@uitc.uk.com and a member of staff will deal with your request. (Please note that individual days cannot be booked online.)
Where?
Central Park, Field Grove View, Hereford HR1 1AW
When?
Monday 15th to Thursday 18th April
How much?
Option 1 - 8.45 am to 3.00 pm
Full price - £72.00
Early Bird - £60.00 (payment before 31/03/19)
Individual day - £18.00 (Early BIrd - £15.00)
Book and pay online
Option 2 - 8.45 am to 4.30 pm
Full price - £92.00
Early Bird - £80.00 (payment before 31/03/19)
Individual day - £23.00 (Early BIrd - £20.00)
Book and pay online

News Round Up

Former Hereford United loanee Febian Brandy is involved with the launch of Skouted, the world's first mobile app that allows footballers of all levels - from Premier League academies to Sunday League - to showcase their talents to the networks of scouts employed by clubs to unearth the next gem. In 2009 Brandy was sent to Edgar Street on loan by Sir Alec Ferguson, manager of Manchester United.

The Daily Mail is suggesting that Spurs could be looking at former Hereford United youngster Jarrod Bowen who has scored 21 goals for Hull City this season to date.

Andy Tretton, the former Hereford United defender whom Rob Purdie had hoped would make an appearance at his testimonial on May 12th, has had to decline the invitation.

Two more acts have been announced for the Stadium Music Festival which is set to take place at Edgar Street in late May. They are Dappy and Ultrabeat. 

Finally Hereford FC midfielder Tom Owen-Evans is 22 today. Happy Birthday.

Guiseley Tickets Go On Sale This Morning

Chance For Jordan Cullinane-Liburd At Guiseley
Tickets for Saturday's game between Hereford FC and Guiseley go on sale this morning. When the two teams met on a cold Tuesday evening in January the result was a 1-1 draw.

As usual the tickets can be purchased from the club at:  https://herefordfc.cloudvenue.co.uk/

They will also be available from the club shop on Wednesday and Friday and from the ticket office from Saturday mid-day.

Also on sale are tickets for Rob Purdie's Testimonial which takes place on May 12th.

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Hereford Women Defeat Bartestree

Hereford's Women were in legaue action against Bartestree this afternoon at Old School Road. The only goal of the game came late in the second half.

Result: Hereford 1  Bartestree 0

Hereford Scorer: Elcox-bond

Starting XI: Reed, Francis, Lewis, Barr, Parfitt, Sullivan, E.Jones, Moreira, Dinescu, Elcox-bond, Holman

Subs: Varela, Brown, James, T.Jones, Layton

Ronnie Radford On TalkSPORT This Evening

Ronnie Radford is a guest of John Motson on TalkSPORT this evening at 8pm.

The former Hereford United striker talks about that wonder goal which helped defeat Newcastle United in the FA Cup in 1972.

“It could have gone anywhere, but it just happened that I hit it and it went in,” said Radford.

Two Former Hereford Players Join Halesowen

Jamie Molyneux Playing For The HFA Last Month
Two former Hereford FC players have joined Halesowen who are now managed by Lee Hughes.

Aaron Birch joined in mid-week and James Molyneux on Friday. Both started for their new club yesterday in their 0-0 draw at Rushall Olympic

Birch, 24, started his career at West Bromwich Albion and has enjoyed spells at Hereford FC, Sutton Coldfield Town, Nuneaton and Alvechurch.

The midfielder joined the Bulls in August 2015 and left in December 2016.

Molyneux decided to quit Westfields this week as he wasn't getting enough playing time. Since leaving Edgar Street he has played for several clubs including Highgate.

He featured in the HFA squad that played an FA 'C' side last month. 

Girls Training Session Goes Ahead

Hereford FC Academy have said that both the girls training session and the woman's fixture against Bartestree will go ahead today.

The pitch at Old School Lane, HR1 1EX has been declared fit.

The girls training session is for 11 to 18 year olds and will start at noon.

The womans game kicks off at 2pm.

Saturday, March 16, 2019

National North League Results

Only three games were played in the National North League this afternoon, six others were postponed.

Boston 0 Chorley 2
Kidderminster 2 Spennymoor 1
Leamington 1 Southport 0

Top of the Table:

Chorley 36/73
Stockport 34/66
Spennymoor 34/60 

Hereford are now in 17th position in the table.

Jarrod Bowen Breaks Hull Record

 

Former Hereford United player Jarrod Bowen has broken a Hull record when he score in their game against Queens Park Rangers this afternoon.

Bowen's goal in today's match saw him score in his 8th consecutive home match, a new club record, beating the record of 7 set by Bill Bradbury during the 1958/59 season.

He has now scored 20 goals this season.

If he moves from Hull before next season, what would he be valued at? 

Update 3.45pm: Bowen has scored a second goal in the game.

Jak Hickman At Edgar Street

A selection of pictures featuring Hereford's latest loan signing Jak Hickman when he played for Ashton against the Bulls at Edgar Street on September 15th last year.






Hickman Is 'Right Back/Wing Back'

Jak Hickman, who has joined Hereford FC on a one month loan deal, is a 'right back/wing back' according to his coach at Coventry Jason Farndon.

“He’s a right-back/wing-back.

“But look, in the modern game full-backs are attacking.

"Playing in different positions means he’s adaptable and if the manager needs him to play at right-back or right midfield then Jak can do that because he’s got that versatility."

Hickman joined Coventry from West Brom when he was 16.

“If anyone had told me back when I was released that I’d be here four years alter I would have laughed in disbelief,” he said last October.

“But I am here at Coventry and I am happy, and I just have to see where the rest of the season takes me."

Hickman was on loan at Ashton United earlier this season and played for them against Hereford on September 15th.

“I went away to Ashton for a month and enjoyed my time there in the Conference North, learned a few things but I have come back in now and my focus is trying to break into the first team.

“I played five full games of 90 minutes, four in the league and one in the FA Cup, which was good for me and another step up from last year in the EvoStik, so I just thought now was the right time for me to come back and try to push on here at Cov."

Hickman had been expected to play some part for Hereford in today's fixture at Alfreton. With that game being called off he could make his home debut against Guiseley next Saturday.
 


Weather Takes Its Toll Of National North Fixtures

With the news that Hereford's game at Alfreton, it's since emerged that several other National North fixtures have been postponed due to the weather.

At at 9.30 the list looks like this:

Alfreton v Hereford - Postponed
Altrincham v Brackley - Postponed
Blyth Spartans v Nuneaton - Postponed
Boston United v Chorley
Darlington v Chester - Postponed
FC United v York City
Guiseley v Curzon Ashton - Postponed
Kidderminster v Spennymoor
Leamington v Southport

Meanwhile even early this morning there was no indication from Alfreton that there was to be a pitch inspection. 

Hereford Football Director Martin Watson wasn't best pleased.

"I do love a bit of communication", he tweeted.

Don't we all.

Match Postponed

This afternoon’s National League North game against Alfreton Town has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

There was a pitch inspection at 8am at North Street.

Nine National North Fixtures This Afternoon

Their are nine National North League fixtures set to take place this afternoon. However that number may be reduced by the wet and windy weather.

As at 7.30am there are already three pitch inspections lined up to take place. They are at Altrincham, Darlington and FC United.

Alfreton v Hereford
Altrincham v Brackley
Blyth Spartans v Nuneaton
Boston United v Chorley
Darlington v Chester
FC United v York City
Guiseley v Curzon Ashton
Kidderminster v Spennymoor
Leamington v Southport

Chorley will stay top of the table this evening as Stockport (2nd) are without a game.

However Spennymoor (3rd) can close the gap if they can take at least a point from Kidderminster (8th).

The two teams just below Hereford, Darlington (17th) and Leamington (18th) have home games. Should the Bulls fail to win at Alfreton (11th) then either can move above them as long as they win their games.

16 - Hereford  33/39
17 - Darlington 34/37
18 - Leamington 34/37

Friday, March 15, 2019

Thomas Suspended For Two Fixtures

 

Hereford FC's Keiran Thomas will miss both tomorrow's game at Alfreton and next Saturday's home match against Guiseley.

Thomas is suspended as he has received ten yellow cards this season to date.

Meanwhile so far this season Hereford players have been red carded six times and received sixty seven yellow cards.

The red cards have been given to Eliot Richards, Danny Greenslade, Mike McGrath, Calvin Dinsley, Callum Sainty and James Waite.

Waite is available for tomorrow's game after serving a three match ban for his red card.

Jak Hickman Joins Bulls On Loan

Coventry City full back Jak Hickman has joined Hereford FC on loan until April 13th. It's seen as a move to fill the gap left since Jimmy Oates returned to Exeter.

20 year old Hickman made his first appreance for Coventry in a Checkatrade Trophy game against Forest Green Rovers earlier this season. 

The right back has been with Coventry's U18's and U23's since joining from West Bromwich Albion

He is expected to be in the squad to face Alfreton tomorrow.

Hickman is the second Coventry player to spend time with Hereford. Kyle Finn was a Coventry player before he signed an 18 month contract with the Bulls recently.

Radio Hereford FC - Saturday Morning Football Show

Radio Hereford FC have released details of tomorrow morning's football show.
  
The two hour show starts at 11am and is packed with football content and good music.
This weeks show contains:
All the action, reaction, interviews and opinion from last week's Darlington game.
Keith Hall reviews all The Vanarama North action from last weekend and looks forward to tomorrow's  crucial matches at both ends of the table.
We take a look back to our visit to Blackpool in December 2017. RadioHerefordFC  did a live show with Blackpool Supporters Trust the night before the Fleetwood FA Cup game. To celebrate last weeks achievement by the Trust, we include both, a live broadcast excerpt and a personal interview with Chairman Christine Seddon.
Joanie Roberts updates on the latest HUST fund-raising initiatives.
Highlights from the December match against Alfreton at Edgar Street when The Bulls ran out 2-1 winners.
Simon Wright gives his guide to Alfreton; The town and the Football Club.
All the music included this week is themed to "Sunshine"

Purdie To Reveal Midfielders For Testimonial Game Today

Ben Smith Is Expected To Be One Of The Midfielders
Rob Purdie is expected to reveal which midfielders he has asked to take part in his testimonial game set to take place at Edgar Street on May 12th.

Purdie is putting together an Hereford United side which will play a Hereford FC side.

Already former players such as Wayne Brown and Ryan Green have said they will be in his squad. 

Currently Purdie is approaching forwards. He told BN that he is hopeful several former fans favourites will agree to play some part in the game.

Tickets for the 'game' are on sale and cost £8 for adults, £6 for concessions and £3 for under 16's.

Match preview - Alfreton Town vs Hereford FC

Following the postponement of Tuesday evening’s match against Brackley, a presumably refreshed Hereford FC travel to Alfreton tomorrow, kick off 3pm, for a National League North match that gives the visitors a good opportunity to edge further towards safety this season. Given that the hosts look to have little to play for other than pride, it could be argued that it's a good time for the Bulls to make the trip. The trouble is, the reason Alfreton have little to play for is that they've won their last four matches, easing into a comfortable mid-table position. 

With both sides boasting solid defensive records but having in common a pretty shabby record of finding the net this season, it may not be one that will stay long in the memory. However, given that I suggested 1-0 as the most likely outcome last week it could well be a goalfest.

Alfreton find themselves in 11th position, seven points above Hereford and safe as houses as a result of that winning run, but not looking in any danger of making a late rush towards the play-offs. They will however surpass last season’s finishing position of 17th and points tally of 49, but other than that it’s been a pretty humdrum season for the Reds.

The Bulls go into this one unbeaten since the home loss to Curzon Ashton in early February, and in beating Darlington last time out have added a win to a run of draws to make that unbeaten record look a little more impressive then it did when it was mostly made up of poor results against clubs who have been seriously struggling all season.

Tuesday’s postponement may not have been a bad thing for Mike Symons, who looked tired last Saturday, but if fit will presumably lead the Hereford attack again, possibly in partnership with returning Cardiff loanee James Waite, available for selection again after serving a three-match suspension for waving his arms about against Leamington. Waite, in his brief time on the pitch to date, has shown a happy knack of producing goals from unpromising situations, and looks like a real threat at this level.

With Lance Smith back fit, and capping a lively cameo appearance against the Quakers with a late poacher’s goal (the sort of instinctive finish that’s been sorely missing for months), there are a few more options up front than usual for Marc Richards to mull over. Cameron Ebbutt could come into consideration too, no doubt keen to make his debut.

There are also a few selection decisions to make in midfield. With Eliot Richards, Tommy O’Sullivan, Kieran Thomas and Tom Owen Evans contributing significantly to much of what the team has done well recently, James Wesolowski may again have to start on the bench as he bids to complete his comeback from long-term injury. However, with Jimmy Oates being recalled by an injury-hit Exeter City, a logical reshuffle would be for Thomas to revert to right back, and Oates' fellow Australian to come in alongside the aforementioned three amigos in midfield. However, Kyle Finn's performance on Saturday surely warrants a starting place for the ex-Coventry youngster. If Finn is preferred to Wesolowski, there wouldn't be a great deal of bite in that four-man midfield and it could leave the defence exposed, but it would offer a front six with plenty of potential going forward.

It would have been interesting to see how the Hereford defence coped with a strong Brackley team on Tuesday, but with the rain intervening to suspend that prospect for now, things should be a good deal more comfortable against an Alfreton attack that has been something of a sheep in sheep’s clothing this term, scoring just six goals more than the Bulls. 

With the boost of a high-scoring win behind them, confidence has surely taken a leap in the HFC camp, and this looks to be a good opportunity to lengthen still further that unbeaten away record to seven matches, preferably with a win. It's also an opportunity to record a double, something of a rarity this season, after an injury-time winner sealed the points for the home side at Edgar Street in the reverse fixture in December.

Time to make an impact at the Impact Arena.

COYW   

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Alfreton 7/5 To Defeat Bulls On Saturday

Alfreton are 7/5 to defeat Hereford FC in the National North League on Saturday according to the bookies.

Alfreton 7/5  Draw 5/2  Hereford 2/1

Interestingly Alfreton have won their last four games whilst Hereford are unbeaten in their last five.

However Alfreton's home record is poor with just five wins in seventeen games. Hereford's away form has been quite good recently but they have only won three games on the road this season,

Currently Alfreton are 11th, whilst Hereford are 16th.

£14 to Watch The Bulls At Alfreton

Keeper Rhys Evans With Rob Purdie And Frankie Artus Evans After Alfreton Score When The Teams Last Met At The Impact Stadium
It will cost Hereford supporters £14 to watch the Bulls at Alfreton on Saturday.

Admission prices:

Adults £14
Concessions £10
Under 16's £2 

For fans making their own way to the Impact Arena, there is a small car park next to our ground for a small fee. 

Otherwise it is street parking in the surrounding roads, please be respectful to the neighbours. 

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