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Monday, February 17, 2020

Guinan Featured In Pre-Match Hospitality On Saturday

 

Former Hereford United striker Steve Guinan, pictured playing for HUST in 2014, will be at Edgar Street on Saturday.

Before kick-off he will talk to supporters who have booked pre-match hospitality with the club.

For more details about pre-match hospitality on Saturday please e-mail mbrain@herefordfc.co.uk or phone 01432 268 257 or 07468 495 731 

Slade Joins Steveage As Managerial Consultant


Former Hereford FC manager Russell Slade is joining Steveage FC as a 'managerial consultant'.

This from Stevenage FC:

New Stevenage Manager Alex Revell has invited Russell Slade to join his staff as a Managerial Consultant in the Club’s fight to stay in the EFL...

Slade has 25 years of experience, managing over 800 games in the Football League and twice signed Revell as a player, at Leyton Orient and Cardiff City.

Revell said, “I have always respected Russ and it will be a great boost to be able to use his experience around the training ground and on matchdays.”

Pitch Inspection At Kettering

Kettering FC have said that there will be a pitch inspection at 1pm tomorrow afternoon in advance of the game against Hereford due to take place tomorrow evening.

Given the difficult travelling conditions, it's likely that consideration will be given not only to the state of the pitch but on whether road travel conditions have improved sufficiently after Storm Dennis.

Match preview - Kettering Town vs Hereford FC

Hereford FC have another go at playing the match against Kettering that resulted in a number of wasted journeys from Herefordshire in January, as the hosts announced a late postponement. The litres (gallons for you Americans/Brexiteers) of fuel, which could have stayed in the county but were quite literally (sic) poured down the drain on an unnecessary hack across to that bit of the country that isn’t quite anything, would have outraged Extinction Rebellion. Luckily XR (sic) have never heard of such parochial, backwater notions as either ‘Hereford’ or ‘Kettering’. Kettling yes, Kettering no.

So, Kettering. The club had been struggling after promotion in 2018/19, and obviously saw the need to act in an attempt to secure their place in the National League North next season. To this end, they appointed a new manager in Paul Cox, and he started his time in the Poppies hot seat in determined fashion, overseeing an upturn in form that saw the club pull away from immediate danger of relegation. However, recently they’ve reverted to type and sit just a point below Hereford, but with a game in hand. 

Over the last four league games, they’ve drawn two and lost two. They managed to match Hereford in drawing at home with Curzon Ashton, and that 0-0 presumably redefined ‘ugly’. I’m not brave enough to have looked too deeply into it – my sanity’s too important to me. The Poppies did somehow beat Brackley 3-0 in a county cup game in the midst of that current poor league run, but presumably the latter fielded a team of very young children.

A single Jordan Nicholson goal was enough for the Bulls to take the points at Edgar Street when these two met in September.

It’s safe to say, therefore, that this probably won’t be one for the purists, but the attritionalists will be flocking to Poppy Park in their droves for a bit of self-flagellation, and in eager anticipation of a nice juicy long-ball 0-0.

With the York game postponed on Saturday as Storm Dennis did its worst (and Dennis proved to be a right Menace in my neck of the woods), the players will be well rested for this one, and presumably keen to deliver Josh Gowling his first win as head coach.
Jordan Cullinane-Liburd starts a three-match suspension here, but Martin Riley returns from injury as a like-for-like replacement. He seemed to be just starting to look like the sort of presence at centre half the Bulls have needed for the last two seasons (no offence Josh) before his injury, so his return is warmly welcomed. Unfortunately Ben Pollock, another who has recently started to look like the sort of player who could play a role next season in a team competing at the other end of the league table, is still suspended. The Shop will hopefully have a much greater opportunity against Kettering than he would have had on Saturday against York to prove that he should be playing at a higher level.

In the preview for the postponed game, I wrote: “With all hopes of a late rattle into the final play-off place now extinguished, one is inclined to think that the most likely outcome this season is a finish a couple of places and a handful of points above second bottom. That’s assuming that the current general trend of drawing at home and losing away every fortnight is improved upon.

With the focus now on the bottom rather than the top of the table, any sort of improvement in results will hasten the arrival at a points total that should ensure safety, which in turn will allow the club to plan for how to get it right next season in the NLN. Third time lucky, perhaps? The sooner that’s achieved, the longer the board has to plan. A continuation of current form will allow no such luxury, with contingency plans needed in terms of budget, squad size, player shopping lists etc in anticipation of another season at least in the Southern League Premier. So, however unlikely, it would be quite useful to win this one.

Unfortunately nothing that’s happened in the intervening few weeks has improved this situation one iota, so it would still ‘be quite useful to win this one’, and the club still have to keep one eye on the act of self-harm that would be relegation. It’s just that they’ve now got less time to legislate for that worst-case scenario.

And Extinction Rebellion – given the state of north Herefordshire and south Salop yesterday, and the fact that my garden is now on the road outside, more power to your elbow, I was only joking about the implied metropolitanist focus. Well done to the club by the way for the support they're offering to flood victims in Hereford.

We can win this match. I’m sure of it.

COYW

Gloucester Call Off Game Against Gateshead

Gloucester City have called off their National North League game against Gateshead set to have taken place this evening at Evesham.

The decision was taken at 10am in good time to stop Gateshead setting off. 

Four matches are currently listed to take place tomorrow evening including Hereford's trip to Kettering.

Alfreton v Leamington
Brackley v Southport
Chester v Kings Lynn
Kettering v Hereford


Hereford FC provide rest centre for flooded victims

Hereford FC have opened their doors to anyone affected by the flooding in the city.

Refreshments and a place of rest will be available to anyone who needs it.

The River Wye is at its highest level around Hereford for many years. As at 10.15 the reading at the Old Wye Bridge Monitoring Station in the city is 6.11 metres.

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Dawson and Mills join new clubs

Radcliffe Borough have announced the signing of Stephen Dawson - who enjoyed a spell at Hereford earlier this season.

The Greater Manchester based side are 15th in Northern Premier League Premier Division - one level below National League North.

Meanwhile, former Hereford striker John Mills is now with Thatcham Town. Mills was recently released by Banbury after only scoring nine goals in 48 appearances over two spells.

Thatcham are currently second in Southern League Division One South. 


Spare A Thought For Westfields


Westfields's Allpay Stadium is under water this morning for the second time this season.

No doubt it's not the only football ground affected by Storm Dennis.

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Next For Hereford - Kettering Away On Tuesday?

Kettering On A Sunny Afternoon In January
Hereford FC are set to travel to Kettering next Tuesday for a National North League fixture.

Supporters will remember that this game was set to be played on January 18th.

Hereford arrived at the ground along with a number of supporters as the game had been given the go-ahead earlier in the day.

However an inspection by the match referee deemed the pitch unplayable.

This afternoon Kettering were due to play Guiseley but that game was called off. Whether their pitch will be playable on Tuesday evening remains to be seen.

Two Results From The National North

Just two National North League fixtures survived Storm Dennis this afternoon.

Blyth Spartans 0 Altrincham 3
Gateshead 0 Kidderminster 0

Hereford remain in 17th position.

Today's Fixtures In The National North

Most of today's fixtures in the National North League have been postponed given the rough weather.

AFC Telford v Curzon Ashton - Postponed
Alfreton v Chester - Postponed
Blyth Spartans v Altrincham
Brackley v Boston - Postponed
Darlington v Leamington - Postponed last night.
Gateshead v Kidderminster Harriers
Gloucester v Farsley Celtic - Postponed
Kettering v Guiseley - Postponed
Kings Lynn v Bradford PA - Postponed
Southport v Spennymoor - Postponed last night.
York v Hereford - Postponed 

So as at 10am, only the games at Blyth and Gateshead are set to take place.

York game is off

Due to adverse weather conditions today as a result of Storm Dennis, today's National League North match between York City and Hereford has been postponed.

York posted the following:

'After speaking with Hereford and reviewing the League guidance we have agreed that the game should NOT go ahead today due to the extreme weather conditions and travelling supporters and players safety in mind.'

Friday, February 14, 2020

No Plans For Pitch Inspection At York

As at 3pm this afternoon there are 'currently' no plans for a pitch inspection at York's Bootham Crescent tomorrow morning ahead of their game against Hereford FC.

The Met Office is suggesting that it may be as late as 6pm tomorrow before the worst of the rain hits York. However it is likely to be very windy throughout the day. 

Given the distance to York it is expected that the Hereford team bus will leave Edgar Street sometime around 9am so should conditions change any inspection will take place before 9am.

Update 3.30pm:

This from York FC:

'We are aware of the adverse weather conditions forecast for tonight, and there will be a decision made very early doors if a pitch inspection is required. At the moment our pitch is fine. We will update early tomorrow morning through social media.'


More Pitch Inspections Likely In National North

In addition to inspections planned at Kettering and Alfreton as reported on BN earlier, another National North club has announced that they will have a pitch inspection tomorrow morning.

AFC Telford will have a pitch inspection at 9.30am. Curzon Ashton are their opponents.

Meanwhile the referee for the Blyth Spartans match against Altrincham is staying in nearly Newcastle tonight so will be available for an early inspection if the need arises.

Finally Leamington report that they are keeping in touch with Darlington given the expected wet weather.

Update 7pm: Darlington v Leamington - Match Postponed

We Are Going To Be On The Front Foot Against Hereford Said Cummins

Eliot Richards Played For Hereford At York Last Season
York City assistant manager Micky Cummins has spoken about the visit of Hereford to Bootham Crescent tomorrow.

"From now on in all the games are big regardless of the opposition," said Cummins.

"It's about how we approach that, our preparation, our mindset towards that game.

"Looking at Hereford, in the team they played Saturday there were only two players in that team that played against us at their place.

"They've had a bit of mixed fortunes, change of management, different ideas.

"It's a clean slate for a lot of them and I'm sure them coming to us they will want to put a marker down for the manager.

"He'll want to stake a claim for that job.

"But it will be about us on the day and how we perform, how we look to get that result.

"We're expecting to have plenty of entries in the attacking third, crosses, shots, set pieces so we are going to be on the front foot."

Bray joins Chippenham


Attacking midfielder Alex Bray has joined Chippenham Town on a permanent deal.

Bray had to bide his time this season following a lengthy spell on the sidelines due to injury, but impressive performances off the bench saw him gain more opportunities.

In total, Bray made four starts and eight substitute appearances.

He is expected to be included in Chippenham's team to face Maidstone tomorrow.

Recently, Hereford recalled Tom Owen-Evans back following a loan spell at Chippenham, a side who are struggling in National League South.

Supporters Secure Stake In Crewe

Supporters have secured a stake in Crewe Alexandra FC according to the FSA, Football Supporters Association.

Over the last three months fans have raised £250,000 to purchase one seventh of the club which is being sold by major shareholder Norman Hassall.

“The fact we have raised this money in just over three months is truly outstanding,” said Railwaymen chair Mark Beavan.

“It goes without saying that this has only been possible because of the incredible supporters we represent.”

Meanwhile the FSA has agreed to invest £5,000  in AFC Wimbledon’s Plough Lane Bond which was launched to help the supporter-owned club to return home.



 

Storm Dennis Could Disrupt Tomorrow's Fixtures

Storm Dennis could disrupt tomorrow's fixtures in the National North League.

As at 8am this morning two pitch inspections have already been announced.

At Latimer Park, Kettering Town, who entertain Guiseley, have said that "Because of heavy rain and the projected forecast not looking good, there will be a pitch inspection at 8:00am on Saturday morning".

And at Alfreton who play Chester, "The Reds have committed to making the earliest call they can so as to avoid fans and the team suffering a wasted journey," said Alfreton secretary Andrew Raisin.  

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Bulls 5/1 To Win At York

Last Season Hereford Won 2-1 At York On A Tuesday Evening
The bookmakers are offering a price of around 5/1 for a Hereford win at York City on Saturday.

Hereford's form remains poor with just three points from their last five games. Last Saturday they drew 2-2 with Southport at Edgar Street.

Second in the table York have lost two of their last five games. Last Saturday, Boston beat them 3-1. Their other defeat was at leaders King's Lynn late last month.

However, they've only been beaten twice at Bootham Crescent this season whereas Hereford have won just three of their games on the road.

York 3/5  Draw 3/1  Hereford 5/1

Joanie Roberts Set To Become Board Member Of Hereford FC

 

Joanie Roberts has been put forward by HUST to become a board member of Hereford FC.

If approved by the board, she will become the second female director of the five-year old-club; Helen Byard being the first.

Back in 2017, Roberts often helped Hereford Goals with video coverage from games. She also helped BN with match reports at that time.

She also became a volunteer 50/50 tickets seller for HUST.

In June of that year she was co-opted onto the HUST board.

Joanie Roberts, who lives in North Herefordshire, will be well known to purchasers of 50/50 tickets. On match days, she is a regular seller outside A Block. Joanie is a Business Relationship, Sales & Event Manager and believes she can offer advice to HUST on the marketing, fundraising and corporate sponsorship platforms.

In October 2017, Roberts was confirmed as a HUST director and became involved in their fundraising.

The following July, Roberts bravely sky-dived for HUST during a family day at Shobdon Aerodrome.

 

Interested in media, Roberts became RadioHereford FC's Technical Assistant and seldom misses a broadcast from a game.

In November 2018, Roberts was appointed vice-chair of HUST.

When Andrew Graham became chair of Hereford FC in June 2019, Roberts welcomed his appointment of behalf of HUST.

"Andrew is a passionate supporter who has the interests of the Club and supporters firmly at heart and we look forward to working closely with him in further developing the relationship between the Club and the Trust.   We also welcome Helen Byard onto the HFC Board - the Club’s first female Director."

In November 2019 Roberts became chair of HUST after Richard Tomkins decided to step down.

"It's a privilege to be able to contribute to the Trust and Club during the next transitional phase," said Roberts.

"I thank my fellow board members for expressing their confidence. We are delighted to have strengthened the HUST Board and can now move forward with some key projects."

Just three months later, HUST have put forward Roberts to become a Hereford FC board director.
  

Match preview - York City vs Hereford FC

Hereford FC travel up to York on Saturday, weather permitting, for what will be a final visit to Bootham Crescent before the Minstermen move to their new stadium in the summer. A proper ground, a lovely city, a big crowd given the season York are enjoying – if it wasn’t for Hereford’s lousy form this would be an away trip to savour.

The Bulls’ last away win came when the Vikings still ruled the roost in York - at least it certainly feels that way. Performance-wise, the high water mark recently has been the 2-0 loss at Alfreton, and you know things are bad, really very bad indeed, when that’s the case.

As likeable as Josh Gowling is, and I'd love him to succeed, his appointment has unfortunately done precisely nothing so far to reverse the pattern that plagued both the Harris/Richards and Slade tenures: drawing at home and losing away. If that 0.5-points-per-game average continues, and Blyth pick up a win or two, alarm bells will start ringing. It’s very, very hard to get relegated from National League North this season, but the club is doing everything to give it a good go. There are a depressingly large number of games still to go, and relatively good performances in defeat to clubs such as Alfreton won’t be enough, and won’t be acceptable, if indeed they ever were, which they weren’t.

Jordan Cullinane-Liburd starts a three-match suspension following Saturday’s ‘entanglement’ and therefore misses this one, but Martin Riley returns from injury as a like-for-like replacement, and his experience could be invaluable here in what’s likely to be something of a backs-to-the-wall exercise at times. Unfortunately Ben Pollock is still suspended, as he could, like Riley, have been just the sort of player for this kind of game, breaking up the hosts’ attacks before they get in behind the defence. A fit Kieran Thomas will presumably fulfil that role instead. The Shop looks like a good signing, and now has 90 minutes in his legs, although there’s a chance he’ll be feeding on scraps here as York get their tents out and camp in the Hereford half. Yep, that's right, I got through a sentence about The Shop without a pun, right there.

York have been in the top two all season, and a recent 4-2 win at home to Chester looks ominous. If they turn up to this one in the same mood it could be embarrassing. However, the Bulls gave a good account of themselves in the 2-2 draw between these two sides at Edgar Street earlier this season, and a similarly motivated performance could result in defeat somehow being avoided. It would, however, also beg the question of why such motivation can’t be dredged up for home matches against Bradford, Southport, Curzon Ashton and many others, matches the club really should be winning not drawing. The icing on that particular cake of gloom is that the draws have often been salvage jobs rather than unluckily getting pegged back, with Hereford having been outplayed by clubs among the very worst this division has to offer.

The hosts are strong all over the pitch but recently bolstered their squad in a bid to overhaul leaders Kings Lynn by signing talented forward Kurt Willoughby on loan from Fylde. The England C international scored twice in that victory over Chester, and his partnership up front with 14-goal man Jordan Burrow looks formidable.

Storm Dennis may have a deciding say in whether this match actually goes ahead, and it looks unlikely at this point. If it is given the go-ahead and you’re not actually travelling north, this looks like one to follow from behind the sofa.

COYW

HUST Nominated Director Update

This from HUST....

HUST Nominated Director Update
HUST is pleased to update members on the outcome of the recent interviews for the vacant HFC Nominated Director position. There was only one application for the post.
After careful consideration, HUST have decided to appoint Joanie Roberts for a period of 3 years. As a result, Joanie will be standing down as Chair of HUST at its next meeting, as prescribed by the Constitution. She will remain on the HUST Board.

HUST welcomes member feedback on this decision.  Any members with any views or valid objections are invited to contact HUST’s Independent Secretary, Sarah Hudd, via email at secretary@hufctrust.co.uk before 5pm on Thursday 20th February 2020.


I'm On Trial Said Gowling


Hereford interim manager Josh Gowling has admitted he is on trial after taking over from Russell Slade.

Whilst some supporters feel that performances have been better since Gowling took over, the harsh reality that his return of just two points from three games is disappointing. And he faces a difficult task at second placed York City on Saturday.

"Obviously the club will want to look at me and I’m sure they are out there looking at other candidates as well," Gowling told the non-league paper.

"I’ve just got to try and build that trust and relationship with the players.

"Hopefully that will translate to results which will then give me trust with the fans and the board and football club as a whole. That’s what I am trying to do."

Gowling has been working towards management for the last six years. As well as having coaching badges he has a degree in psychology,  a governance qualification and is a qualified counsellor.

"I’ve always wanted to stay in football, I’m also a qualified counsellor. I had ideas to go into that side of things – counselling pros with injuries and pros coming to the end of their career, managing that and dealing with it.

"So I’d thought about going into that anyway but my main goals is to be a football manager. I’ve had so many managers over the years and I’d like to think I can take the best bits and hopefully put that into what I end up being.

"When you’re a player all you’ve got to think about is putting your boots on, a bit of tactics and that’s it.

"Obviously as a manager there is so much more to it. You’ve got to deal with the individual players, tactics, shape and organisation, your philosophy, the media.

"At the moment I’m trying to change the identity of the football club and the team. There’s a lot that goes into it."

Read more at: https://www.thenonleaguefootballpaper.com/latest-news/conference-premier/29182/caretaker-josh-gowling-wont-give-up-hereford-hot-seat-easily/

 

THROWBACK THURSDAY | Hereford United 1-0 Burton Albion - 10th March 2001 : FA Trophy

Rob Elmes with a first half goal in this FA Trophy Quarter Final.

Line Up
1 Scott Cooksey
2 Matt Clarke
3 Paul Sturgess
4 Phil Robinson
5 Ian Wright
6 Tony James
7 Jimmy Quiggin
8 John Snape
9 Rob Elmes
10 Gavin Williams
11 Ian Rodgerson
Sub Kerry Giddings
Attendance 3,238

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Vacant Position On HUST Board

There is a vacant position on the HUST board after Nigel Edmondson had to stand down as a director.

Last week HUST sent an e-mail to members in which there was mention of Edmondson leaving the HUST board because he 'ceased to comply with the criteria set out in the Board Membership and Conduct Policy'. 

Edmondson, one of the club's five 'benefactors', only joined the HUST board at their AGM last October.

One of the other 'benefactors' Rob Crawford recently joined the club board.

Meanwhile HUST say that they are interviewing candidates for the vacant position for a HUST nominated director (HND) on the club board this week.

It's not been revealed how many applications HUST received.

Three Match Ban For Cullinane-Liburd


Hereford FC defender Jordan Cullinane-Liburd will serve a three match ban after receiving a straight red in last Saturday's match against Southport.

Interim manager Josh Gowling will also be without Ben Pollock as he comes to an end of his recent three match ban.

Luckily for Gowling defender Martin Riley is back to fitness after a shoulder injury. Riley was an unused substitute last Saturday.

 

Shan Installed At Solihull


Jimmy Shan has been named as the new Solihull Moors manager.

Yesterday he left Kidderminster.

"I’m delighted now it’s over the line and that I’m here," said Shan as reported by the Express and Star.

 "I’m very familiar with the football club and this is a progressive club, an ambitious club. I’m also an ambitious individual and hopefully it’ll be a nice marriage.

"Very quickly I got a feel for the direction this football club is heading in. It was a positive one and one that I want to be a part of." 

Solihull lie sixth in the National League. Former manager Tim Flowers quit late last month.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Tonight's National North Results

Only two of the four National North League matches set to be played took place.

Farsley Celtic 0 Kidderminster 1
Spennymoor 3 Altrincham 2

Kidderminster's win comes hours after the club parted with manager Jimmy Shan.
Former Hereford FC striker James Roberts scored one of Spennymoor's three goals.

Four National North Fixtures This Evening

Four National North League fixtures are set to take place this evening.

Alfreton v Gateshead - Update 11.30am - Match Postponed - Frozen Pitch
Boston v Darlington - Update 2pm - Match postponed - Waterlogged Pitch
Farsley Celtic v Kidderminster
Spennymoor v Altrincham

None of the games involve teams below Hereford in the table, so whatever happens the Bulls will remain in 17th place until at least Saturday.

Shan reportedly off to Solihull after leaving Kidderminster


It is being reported that Jimmy Shan is to become the new Solihull Moors manager after leaving Kidderminster Harriers.

The former West Bromwich Albion boss was in interim charge of Harriers following the departure of John Pemberton.

Solihull - who are 9th in the National League - have been looking for a new manager after Tim Flowers was relieved of his duties.