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Sunday, May 26, 2019

Tickets Available For 'Clubland' At Edgar Street Today

Tickets remain available for the second day, Clubland Day, of the Stadium Music Festival at Hereford FC.

To purchase go to: https://www.skiddle.com/whats-on/Hereford/Hereford-FC-Stadium/Stadium-Music-Festival---Hereford/13486482/ 

Meanwhile tickets also remain on sale for most events at Hay Festival today.

Friday, May 24, 2019

Gateshead suspended from National League

Gateshead have been suspended from the National League for multiple breaches of the league's membership rules - meaning they are likely to drop two divisions.

The club was found guilty of failing to obtain security of tenure over its ground, defaulting on football creditors and breaching League rules concerning financial reporting and permitted loans.

Gateshead have subsequently had nine points deducted from its playing record for the 2018/19 season and fined £3,500.
Their suspension from next season's competition means they cannot compete in National League North, meaning they are likely to start the 2019/20 campaign in the Northern Premier League.
It is not clear how the league will be reorganised, although Aldershot and Ashton United - who finished in the last relegation place in the National League and National League North respectively - could be handed reprieves.

Another option could be to reprieve Truro and for Oxford City to go back to National League South. Gateshead have the right to appeal the decision.

Festival Time

Two festivals this weekend are attracting interest from Hereford FC supporters.

The Stadium Music Festival takes place at Edgar Street.

According to the 'Stadium' website most types of tickets remain available.


Meanwhile at Hay on Wye, the world famous Hay Festival is taking place.

Yesterday was probably the busiest first day ever with documentary presenter Stacey Dooley attracting a large following.

As in past years Bulls News is running a car park right next to the festival. Follow the AA Macmillan signs. Sat Nav is HR3 5PN.

More details about Hay Festival at: https://www.hayfestival.com/home 

Tickets Today, Shirts Tomorrow

 

Hereford FC's club shop will be open from 10am this morning for supporters wishing to renew their season tickets.

The shop will close at 4pm.

The club will also renew tickets on the phone from 10am to 4pm.

Tomorrow the club shop will open from 10am to 1pm for the sale of the new red and black away shirt and blue third shirt (pictured above).

They are priced at £40 for adults and £30 for children.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Hereford Paid Undisclosed Fee For Styche

Alfreton Town say that Hereford FC have paid an undisclosed fee for striker Reece Styche.

'Alfreton Town can today confirm that forward Reece Styche has joined fellow National League North side Hereford, for an undisclosed fee.'

Alfreton manager Billy Heath has also commented on Styche's transfer.

"Reece moves to Hereford having scored some key goals for us throughout the season, he joined in October with a proven goal scoring record and he showed that and showed his quality whilst he was with us at Alfreton.

"All at the club wish Reece all the best in his next challenge and we thank him for his contribution and time at the Reds."
 

Pacy winger is latest Bulls signing

Alex Bray is the latest player to join Hereford.

The 23-year-old winger links up with the Bulls following his release from Rotherham United.

He was on loan at York and Weston-Super-Mare last season and has signed a deal until the end of the 2019/20 season.

Talking to the official Hereford FC website, Bray has described himself as being quick and quite direct, who likes to put in crosses and have shots at goal.

HUST Seeks Concession on New Club Replica Shirts

This from HUST... 


HUST was pleased to learn that Hereford FC has secured a new sponsor for the 2019/20 season and thanks Dawleys for their support of the Club on our journey.   

HUST also notes the requirement for a new third kit to avoid kit clashes in the year ahead.  Whilst HUST supports and understand the clubs needs for the coming season, we have received contact from a number of members about the change to kits.  Joanie Roberts, HUST Vice-Chair, explains 'Some Members have been in touch expressing their disappointment that a new sponsor means their cherished home shirts are now out of date.  Some supporters, who've made recent purchases, are the most disappointed.  If they had realised a change in sponsor was coming, they would have delayed their purchase so they could wear the most up to date shirt'.

The Club have previously indicated changes to home and away kit to be alternated each year, with the new home kit being released at the start of a season, lasting for two seasons and one away kit being renewed for the following season. In fairness to all fans, the previously outlined policy for replica sales and the number of shirts available in any one season, has not been deviated from by the Club.    In light of this, HUST Chair, Richard Tomkins, adds 'I've written to the Club asking whether a concession can be offered to purchasers of last season's shirt who wish to get up to date for the new season. Such assistance would be greatly appreciated by many of our supporters, particularly those with young families.' 

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Experienced striker joins Bulls

Hereford have boosted their ranks by signing experienced striker Reece Styche.

The 30-year-old, who scored 26 goals last season for Darlington and Alfreton, has penned a deal until the end of the 2019/20 campaign.

His previous clubs include Forest Green Rovers, Kiddersminster and Tamworth.

Speaking to the official Hereford FC website, Styche said he can't wait to get going.

“It’s a massive club with a massive fan base, it’s one of the things I’m most looking forward to. With two and a half thousand fans here every week it’s a Football League club in everything but it’s standing.
“I’m looking forward to getting my head down and trying to get into the National League.”
Hereford Head Coach Marc Richards added: "There was quite a bit of interest around him, as you can imagine for a player of his calibre. I think it shows our intent for next season and I’m really looking forward to unleashing him here and seeing him score some goals."

Duo sign new deals with Hereford

Jordan Cullinane-Liburd and Mike Symons have both agreed new deals to stay at Hereford
Offers have also been made to Eliot Richards and Tommy O’Sullivan, while Keyon Reffell will return to pre-season training in a bid to return to full fitness.
Danny Greenslade and Lance Smith require operations in the summer, while Jahquil Hill, Brandon Powell, Adam Hockey and Theo Wharton have been invited back for pre-season training.
Departing the club are James Wesolowski, Joel Dielna, Cameron Ebbutt, Louis Ezewele and James Roberts, while loanees Matt Yates, James Waite and Jak Hickman have returned to their parent clubs.
Harry Franklin has also decided to leave in search of first-team football, but Hereford say they will continue to monitor his progress.
Tom Owen-Evans, Josh Gowling, Rowan Liburd, Keiran Thomas and Kyle Finn are all contracted to be with the Bulls for next season.

National North Season Ticket Price Comparisons

Onlooker has been comparing season ticket prices for the forthcoming season in the National North League.

Seventeen National League North teams have announced their season ticket prices for 2019/20, enough to give meaningful comparisons. Most, not all, are early bird offers.
There are a number of interesting innovations. Bradford Park Avenue have ceased offering a special price for concessions. This will be music to the ears of a few on the HFC board until they hear that the combined adult price is £100, which incudes a free scarf and hot drink at every home match and represents a reduction on last season’s price for both adults and concessions. Newly promoted Farsley Celtic also have a great offer mentioned later.
And so to the rankings. For comparison Hereford’s prices are ; -
With reserved seat
Adults £261.50
Concessions £200.50
Standing
Adults  £230
Concessions £169

Overall cheapest tickets 
With reserved seat
Winner Southport   Adults £180, Concessions £137.50
N.B. Only nine clubs offer season tickets in this category. Standing Season ticket prices for the remainder include seating, subject to availability at no extra charge.
Hereford ranking  6 out of 9 for both Adults and Concessions.
Standing
Farsley Celtic sweep the board in this category  with an £80 ticket for Adults and a £50 ticket for Concessions. Their Gold Season ticket Is also seriously attractive for all except vegetarian teetotallers. For an additional £40 for Adults and £30 for Concessions the ticket entitles holders to a free pint and steakburger at every home league match. Farsley would drop to second place for Adults but still be top for Concessions at this price. Farsley Celtic can in no way be accused of ripping off their fans with these prices and it is interesting to note that their final league match in which they needed a point for the title was free entry.   
Hereford ranking 15 out of 17 for Adults, 13 out of 17 for Concessions.

Most expensive tickets
With reserved seat
Adults  Kidderminster  £295
Concessions  Kings Lynn  £250
Standing
Kings Lynn take the wooden spoon in both categories with Adults £290 and Concessions £250.

Tickets with most free games in the price
This is not so much a comparison between clubs as between your club’s ratio of season ticket price to match day admission. Only ten clubs have announced their match day prices so far.
With reserved seat
Boston top the list with 5.67 free games for both Adults and Concessions.
Hereford Ranking
Adults 4.66 free games (2 out of 5)
Concessions  6.68 free games  (1 out of 5)
Standing
Curzon Ashton are top in both categories with 10.29 free games for Adults and 10.19 for Concessions. Farsley Celtic may well be higher when they announce their match day prices.
Hereford Ranking
Adults 4.57 free games (7 out of 10)
Concessions 6.92 free games (3 out of 10)

THROWBACK THURSDAY | Hereford United Crossbar Challenge - September 2006

SOCCER AM featured the Hereford United players in the Crossbar Challenge, find out who managed to hit the woodwork.


Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Kingsley James Joins Gainsborough

Former Hereford United midfielder Kingsley James has joined Gainsborough Trinity.

He was released by Guiseley a few days ago.

"He's a real coup," said Gainsborough assistant manager Ross Hannah. 

Meanwhile Westfields have appointed Phil Glover as their new manager.

 

 

Long Moves To Stourbridge


Ian Long is to become manager of Stourbridge after a spell as manager of Alvechurch and before them Tividale. His assistant Richard Colwell is also moving with him.

"We are delighted to welcome Ian and Richard to Stourbridge," said Stourbridge chairman Andy Pountney.

"Ian was among 40 applicants for the vacant manager's role and I have to say we had some very strong candidates with interest from far and wide in this country. It was heart-warming to see. I would like to thank everybody who contacted us about the post. I am sorry that I haven't been able to get back to them all, but I have spoken today with the other candidates that we have interviewed in the past few days to tell them that they were unsuccessful on this occasion.

"In the end we couldn't get away from what Ian had achieved as manager at both Tividale and Alvechurch. His record speaks for itself and we know only too well from recent experience what a strong and competitive side he was able to put together at Alvechurch without having the level of resources at his disposal of some of the other clubs in the same division last season. I, and my fellow directors look forward to working with Ian, Richard and the rest of his team and hopefully the news of this appointment will be exciting for our supporters as we look ahead to next season."

Season Ticket Renewals Continue Today

Hereford FC supporters can renew their season tickets today.

The club shop will be open from 10am to 4pm for renewals.

And staff in the office will take telephone calls for renewals during the same period.

Please note that supporters can renew at the same times on Friday but not on next Monday as it is a Bank Holiday. 

The club have not released any figures about the number of renewals to date.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Two Clubs Look For New Managers

Two clubs in the National North League are looking for new managers.

Alun Armstrong has left Blyth Spartans for Darlington. However Blyth aren't happy as a club statement has revealed.

"Alun Armstrong informed Blyth Spartans Association Football Club on Sunday 19 May that he intended to leave the Club while under contract.  The Club is currently considering its position, taking legal advice, and will make no comment about Alun’s departure, at this stage. 


"The search for a new manager now starts and the board will continue to work in the best interests of the Club to ensure that its objectives for next season are protected."

Meanwhile Mark Bower has left Bradford Park Avenue.

A club statement read: "Bradford (Park Avenue) have agreed by mutual consent that Mark Bower will leave his role as First-Team Manager with immediate effect.

"The club would like to place on record its gratitude to Mark, for his hard work and dedication in his management of the team during three exciting seasons." 

Bradford PA expect to appoint a new manager this evening.

Update 9pm: Gary Thompson is Bradford PA's new manager.

Monday, May 20, 2019

Admission Prices To Rise At King's Lynn

 

National North League newcomers King's Lynn have announced an increase in both admission prices and season ticket prices for the forthcoming season.

Chairman Stephen Cleeve said that he has tried to keep increases 'to a minimum'.

"We have attempted to keep increases to a minimum and have done our best to balance this across our pricing structure whilst budgeting for a higher level of football, which will bring increased operating costs to the club next season," said Cleeve as reported by the Eastern Daily Press.

Matchday tickets for adults rise to £15 standing and £17 sitting. 

Season tickets:

Adults: £290
Concessions: £250
Students and 16/17 year olds: £165
Under 16's £20

James Leaves Guiseley

Former Hereford United midfielder Kingsley James is one of nine players released by Guiseley this morning.

Recently Hereford signed striker Rowan Liburd from Guiseley on a free.

It's understood Guiseley are finding it difficult to balance their books. They finished 19th in the National North with gates of 794.

Devon weekender part of Hereford's pre-season schedule

Hereford have confirmed they will be having  a long weekend in Devon as part of their pre-season schedule.

The break will start on Friday, July 12 when the Bulls take part in in a friendly match at Bideford against opponents yet to be confirmed.

Hereford will then face Bideford on Sunday, July 14.

Marc Richards' side will start their pre-season campaign with a short trip up the A49 to face Wellington on Saturday, July 6.

Two days later, Hereford go to Cinderford before travelling to Devon later in the week.

Hereford's final away friendly will be at Ludlow Town on Wednesday, July 17.

Meanwhile, the Bulls' three home games have been scheduled for Saturday, July 20, Wednesday, July 24 and Saturday, July 27 against opponents yet to be confirmed.

Retained List Expected This Week

Head of football Tim Harris is expected to announce his retained list this week.

It's now over three weeks since the season ended and Harris has been meetings with players to discuss whether they have a future at Hereford.

Given the extra £200K in his budget there's every reason for Harris to have cut the squad to a minimum especially after last season's poor results.

However it's easy to cut, harder to recruit. But if the team is to challenge for promotion Harris will need to bring in some players who are of sufficent quality to do so.

Meanwhile the club have said they will start to release their pre-season fixtures today.

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Edwards In Europe?

 

Former Hereford FC captain Joel Edwards could be playing in the Europa Cup next season.

Edwards was in the Cardiff Met team which defeated Bala on penalties this afternoon after the teams were level at 1-1 after extra-time.

It's the first time Cardiff Met have qualified for Europe.
 

Hereford's Football Budget Set To Be £700K

The football budget for next season at Edgar Street looks as though it will be around £700K.

That's nearly double the budget former manager Peter Beadle had in his last full season.

In the accounts for the year ending May 31st 2018,the football budget was £331K which was up from £256K the previous season.

In an interview on the OS last Saturday - https://www.herefordfc.co.uk/video-merrick-gives-close-season-board-update/ - director Mick Merrick confirmed that the budget would rise.

"50% was the increase in budget from going into last season and this year we are looking at a 40% increase in the football budget and that is significent," he said.

So assuming the figure of £331K was correct, an increase of 50% gave a budget for last season of £496K.

A further increase of 40% this coming season would lift the budget to circa £694K.

For the record, team and managment wages (the budget) is understood to include manager and all background staff and all playing staff.

The criteria was changed after Beadle's last full season and also includes cost of away travel and the like. 




Herefordshire sides moved to Hellenic League

Westfields, Hereford Lads Club, Pegasus Juniors and Wellington have been moved to the Hellenic League.

Westfields will play in the Premier Division after playing in the Midland League for the past 16 years.

The other county sides have been moved across from the West Midlands (Regional League) and will play in the new 14-team Hellenic League Division One West (although there are ongoing discussions to increase it to 16 teams).

The decision has to be ratified by the various leagues and clubs have seven days to appeal.

Hereford to play Gloucester and Oxford City next season

It has been confirmed that Gloucester City and Oxford City have been moved across from National League South to the North for the forthcoming season.

The three other new teams Hereford will face next season are Farsley Celtic, Kettering Town and King's Lynn Town, who were all promoted from Step 3.

Clubs have seven days to appeal the decision and the league has to ratify it at its AGM.

NATIONAL LEAGUE NORTH 2019/20

AFC Telford United
Alfreton Town
Altrincham
Blyth Spartans
Boston United
Brackley Town
Bradford (Park Avenue)
Chester City
Curzon Ashton
Darlington
Farsley Celtic
Gloucester City
Guiseley
Hereford
Kettering Town
Kidderminster Harriers
King's Lynn Town
Leamington
Oxford City
Southport
Spennymoor Town
York City

Saturday, May 18, 2019

40% Increase In Football Budget At Hereford

Hereford FC director Mick Merrick has confirmed that the football budget will rise by 40% this coming season. Last season he said it rose by 50%. 

"We've had extensive discussions," said Merrick in a video interview on the OS.

"We are in no doubt about how the fans felt about last season's performances. We've conveyed that to the management team.

"They are working really hard, everyone works really hard around this club, they are working particularily hard to make sure that they bring in the kind of players that are going to get people excited next year.

"We want to be in the play-offs basically, challenging for promotion.

"This will be the first season with their players, their team, our team collectively, hopefully challenging.

"We've had detailed discussions with Tim (Harris). There is quite a lot of activity going on about trying to attract and recruit the right kind of players.

"Everybody wants to get back into the Football League, there's no doubt that that is what everybody here wants to do and we're no different.

"We are really ambitious but we're not going to let the club go bust in an effort to try and do it.

"We're not going to blow the budget on bringing in big-ticket managers, big-ticket players, big-ticket everybody because we've seen that doesn't really work.

"Frankly we're well off because we've got such a fantastic bunch of supporters who come and see us through thick and thin. That provides the funding for us to attract players and hopefully make our way up to the Football League in the not too distant future."

As regards the football budget:

"50% was the increase in budget from going into last season and this year we are looking at a 40% increase in the football budget and that is significent.

"We never discuss figures as that gives competitive advantage to other teams in the league. Look at the relationship between the gates we get and the kind of funding  that we can produce and that ought to make us competitive right upto the top of the league.

"We rely on gates and we do need to keep that up. But I also understand we need to deliver something that people want to come and see."




Bulls need to get their identity back, says Purdie

Rob Purdie

Rob Purdie believes Hereford FC have lost some of their identity and worries about the long-term future of the club if things do not improve on the pitch next season.

Following three successive promotions, the Bulls finished in 17th place in National League North last season after Marc Richards replaced Pete Beadle at the helm.

"I watched about five or six games last season and feel we have lost a bit of identity, a bit like when Alex Ferguson left Man United, and players left that had got them their success," said Purdie,.

"In the past three years when I played, we played for the badge, and i think they need that type of personality on an off the pitch.

"There isn't enough affiliation with Hereford throughout the coaching squad and staff for me, but hopefully next season will be better.

"If it isn't, then I worry for the long term future and success of the club."

Purdie left the club at the end of the 2017/18 season, but felt he had one more season left in him.

"I felt I had one more season in me, but maybe it was good to out on such a high," he said.

"I feel I could have made a huge difference to the team this season in the Conference North either on or off the pitch but unfortunately I was never approached about a role with the club."

Friday, May 17, 2019

UITC Half Term Soccer School


United In The Community still have places available for their forthcoming May Half term Soccer School And MultiSports Club.

Fun filled sessions will once again be delivered by the coaches from With The Ball Sports Coaching

For more information and to book a place on the 4 day course please visit www.playtheherefordway.com

To book individual days, please email UITC at admin@uitc.uk.com

Roberts departs Bulls

James Roberts celebrating scoring for Hereford

It looks like James Roberts has left Hereford.

The striker - who joined Alvechurch on loan from the Bulls at the end of March has tweeted the following...

Huge thank you to for last season, thoroughly enjoyed my time there, and a massive good luck for this year ⚽️👊🏻

UPDATE: Roberts' agency, Premier Global Sports Management Ltd, have confirmed his departure.

It’s official a Represented player has left & wish them all the best for next season. For James now it’s a BIG decision for us to discus the many clubs already made contact wishing him to join them.

'There's no reason why Hereford cannot progress further', says Birch

Aaron Birch on the ball during Rob Purdie's testimonial

Former Hereford FC player Aaron Birch is confident the club can progress further despite a disappointing season.

The popular midfielder – who now plays for Halesowen Town – returned to Edgar Street last weekend for Rob Purdie’s testimonial.

“I’m a West Brom fan, so the first results I look out for are theirs, but the second I look out for is Hereford’s,” said Birch.

“I have followed them ever since I left and it’s amazing the success the club has had.

“They deserve it from what happened in the past.

“It’s a shame that this season hasn’t gone as well, but they’re still at a very good level, they survived relegation and there’s no reason why they cannot go on and progress more.”

Birch was player of the season during 2015/16 as Hereford won three trophies, as well as reaching the FA Vase Final at Wembley.

However, after starting the next campaign in Southern League Division One South & West, Birch felt he needed a break.

“There were a number of things [why he left], I wouldn’t pinpoint one specifically,” said Birch.

“The travelling didn’t help. We went into the South & West and it was a massive commitment with travelling and working full time.

“After such a high the season before and having so much success, it’s hard to get that back and I felt, mentally, I wasn’t in the right place.

“I wasn’t playing very well, and I just felt I needed a fresh start and a break from the game, which I did have.

“I had about three months off and then got back to it.”

Birch said he loved playing for Hereford, particularly lining up alongside Purdie in central midfield.

“People were writing us off in that season, even though we were such a big club because we were starting again,” said Birch.

“There would have been teams that would have fancied their chances and we blew them away.

“It took a long time to get over it [the Wembley defeat] but when you reflect back on it, it was a massive achievement personally and collectively and to win the treble was phenomenal.

“It was a dream come true [to play in Purdie’s testimonial] because I never really got to say my goodbyes when I left and it was like my last game, a bit like Purdie.

“It was a brilliant day for him and a great turnout of 1,500.

“I loved playing with him in the middle and I don’t think there’s been another player who had quite the same wavelength as he had. And as a person in the dressing room, he was fantastic to have.

“He gets the team together, has a laugh and a joke and deserved everything he got.”




Update from HUST on the recent Nominated Director Interviews

This from HUST... 


HUST is pleased  to update members on the outcome of the recent HND interviews.  Three HUST members were interviewed for one HFC Nominated Director position.

After careful consideration, HUST intend not to make any new appointment at this time but to extend the term of office of current HUST Nominated Director, Tony Taylor, for a further 3 years.

HUST welcomes member feedback on this decision.  Any members with any views or valid objections are invited to contact HUST's Independent Secretary, David Evans, via email at secretary@hufctrust.co.uk before 5pm on Friday 24 May 2019.



Telephone Season Ticket Renewals Start Today

Hereford FC supporters can renew their season tickets by telephone today from 10am to 4pm.

The club shop will also be open for renewals from 10am to 4pm.

Sales will continue next week at the same times.

Season ticket holders can not renew online.