Wednesday, August 27, 2014

'The Beast' Joins Walsall

Former Hereford United striker Mathieu Manset has signed a one year deal with Walsall.

Manset had trialled with the club and scored a goal against Leicester in a friendly but terms were not agreed and Manset was reported to have returned home.

However Walsall manager Dean Smith kept in touch and last night it was revealed that 'The Beast' had put pen to paper. 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Clucas Nearing Stags Exit

Ex-Bull Sam Clucas is nearing the exit door at Mansfield - but a big money transfer is unlikely at present.

Despite a string of high profile suitors - including Nottm Forest - it appears that League One Chesterfield are in pole position, with Stags manager Paul Cox admitting they are showing the most interest:

"We haven't had a firm bid, but there has been talk about money – and that's really as far as it's gone so far. We've had enquiries from a number of clubs, but Chesterfield have been the only one who have been serious.

"I think either things will develop quickly or they won't happen at all."

Clucas was Cox's top scorer last season with 13 goals, but has started only one game this season with his future up in the air. With the fact that Clucas turns 24 in a month and is out of contract at the end of the season, Cox added: 

"I always want to keep my best players, but I also understand football and what the game is about, as does the chairman. I think he and the board know Sam's valuation and they are aware that will be affected by the fact he is out of contract and a free agent at the end of the season."

Hereford United hold a 15% share of any profit the Stags make on the £20,000 paid so far. 

Taylor Annoyed With Errors

Hereford United manager Jon Taylor has said that he was disappointed with losing 2-1 to Redditch yesterday.

"We were in the ascendancy and created quite a few chances, but for me you've got to eradicate the mistakes" Taylor told the Western Daily Press.

"But when you lose the ball in silly areas of the park, you are going to get punished and that is what happened today. 

"Possibly a lack of experience, but we're very naive and too nice at times – some of the players were also pulling out of tackles which is not acceptable."

Council: Encouraging To Know Options Available For Football

Herefordshire Council have issued the following about today's meeting with Jon Hale and representatives:

At the request of Jon Hale, a second meeting has taken place today (Tuesday 26 August) between Councillor Tony Johnson, representatives from Jon Hale's business group and the Hereford United’s Supporters Trust.

Whilst the meeting discussed the group’s proposed business plan, it must be stressed that the council is not actively looking for a new tenant at this time as we already have a tenant in place.

In the event that our current tenant is unable to continue operating, the council would need to go through a due process before making any confirmed decision on the future of the ground and its leases.

However, it is encouraging to know that there are options available, which would see football remain at Edgar Street.

Business Group Would Hand Development Responsibility To Council

The following is a press release:


Businessman Jon Hale has held a second meeting with Herefordshire Council Leader Tony Johnson about the future of football at Edgar Street.

Giving an insight into one of the key issues he discussed with Mr Johnson this morning, Mr Hale, who is one member of a group which has put together a detailed business plan to launch a phoenix club at Edgar Street should Hereford United (1939) Limited be liquidated, said:

"As a group we felt it was important to meet with Mr Johnson for a second time so we could emphasise that we continue to consider ourselves a serious and viable alternative option for Herefordshire Council should the opportunity arise. 

"However, we also felt it was important to once again state categorically that our business plan is all about ensuring there is a long term future for football at Edgar Street.

"With that in mind, we have told Mr Johnson that, should the worst case scenario occur and the current club fold, we would initially be willing to take on one, single lease at Edgar Street on the area currently covered by three separate leases. This would enable the Council to take responsibility for the development of the two ends subject to negotiation. “

"We are willing to do this to make it absolutely clear that our proposals are centred on building a successful football club and are in no way about making money for personal benefit as we have seen suggested in certain quarters.

"We have also reassured Mr Johnson that the investors we already have in place expect no return on the significant investment they're willing to offer a phoenix club and therefore they are more than comfortable for us to agree to a variation of the current leases."

For clarity, the individuals who attended this morning's meeting with Herefordshire Council Leader Tony Johnson were Jon Hale himself, Phil Eynon, Phil Pratt (who is from Alder King and is offering the group advice on Landlord and Tenant procedures), and HUST Board member Richard Howard.

Stein Leaves Banbury After Pointless Start

Manager Edwin Stein has left Banbury United after failing to win a single point so far this season.

Stein, who was brought to the club by Jed McCrory in 2012, had seen his side lose all six games this season culminating in a 5-0 home loss to Cirencester yesterday.

His temporary replacement will be Paul Davis, who had a brief spell at Hereford United when he arrived with Jon Taylor at Edgar Street in early June. Davis previously coached the Puritans with Taylor.

Banbury are currently 1000/1 rank outsiders with all three bookies offering odds for the Southern League title. St Neots remain favourites at 11/4, with Hereford United 100/1 alongside Biggleswade Town and Paulton Rovers.

News Round-Up

Bristol Rovers have issued a High Court writ against Sainsburys over claimed breaches of contract in their agreement to develop their current Memorial Ground stadium. The Pirates claim to be £340,000 out of pocket according to the Bristol Post, with the supermarket claimed to be "dragging it's heels" over the development which it does not "sincerely wish" to go ahead with. Several supermarket chains have switched focus from large stores to their smaller local 'metro' style convenience chains. The club have refused to comment on the news.

Slough Town fans held a red card protest against their local Council, with the club still seeking a new home in the town. They left their old Wexham Park home 12 years ago, and first made the red card protest 10 years ago. The Council committed to finding them a new home seven years ago with the club currently playing in nearby Beaconsfield, where they have been since 2007.

Forest Green are looking at a possible site for a new stadium next to the M5 motorway and on the outskirts of Gloucester. The Javelin Park site is planned to be used for a controversial incinerator but the Gumpers could pounce if it fails to get planning permission.

Ex-Bull Watch

Nicky Featherstone signed a week to week deal at Scunthorpe on Thursday, however he was left out of their squad on Saturday. He joins Jennison Myrie-Williams at the Iron. Sam Winnall netted for Barnsley as they beat Gillingham. Andy Williams scored for Swindon as they beat Crewe.

Richard Brodie scored twice as Southport drew 3-3 at Telford. Will Evans netted for Eastleigh as they beat Welling. Luke Graham was sent off on Saturday for two yellow cards, missing Alfreton's 7-0 loss at Grimsby yesterday. Waide Fairhurst netted for Macclesfield as they drew at Wrexham. 

Danny Pilkington scored for Barrow as they won 4-0 at home to Chorley. 
Marley Watkins' Inverness are top of the Scottish Premier League after beating Celtic 1-0 at the weekend. Jake Jervis scored for Ross County as they lost at Dundee United. Jervis started the match alongside Yoann Arquin

Monday, August 25, 2014

Prize Bull Draw 14

This from HUST:

Prize Bull draw No.14 took place on Monday night.
The winning numbers are 4, 6, 12, and 19.
Should you have the winning combination, please contact to claim the jackpot.

From the Archives -Thrilling Bank Holiday Football Watched By 4985

Given the low attendance and general dismay around Edgar Street at present, BN looks back to August Bank Holiday Monday in 2003 and a seven goal thriller against Aldershot.

Bulls leave bumper crowd elated

Hereford United 4 - 3 Aldershot Town (August 25th 2003)

When Hereford went 2-0 down on nine minutes, it looked as if Aldershot Town had this game wrapped up but a series of twists meant Hereford United emerged 4-3 victors with a late, late goal.

Billed as the first six-pointer of the Nationwide Conference campaign, the game didn't fail to satisfy the bumper crowd of 4,985 at Edgar Street, which is the biggest league attendance since Hereford's relegation to the non-league game in 1997. They also leap-frog today's opponents back to the summit of the league.

It could have gone the other way, though, as Tony James scored the first goal on five minutes - in his own net. A deep cross from the right channel from Nick Roddis fell to James, and his attempted clearance cruely crept past Matt Baker to put the Shots ahead. Four minutes later, Aldershot broke from a United attack and Tim Sills drew Baker out of his area before rounding him and slotting the ball into an empty net.

At that point, the Bulls could have few complaints but they slowly came back into the game and had levelled by the break. First, Ben Smith was brought down just outside the penalty area and Nikki Bull stood no chance in their goal as Danny Williams' fierce free-kick hit the back of the net.

Ben Smith threaded a good ball through the Shots defence to Rob Purdie on thirty-six, but Bull got to it first as United searched for the equaliser, and four minutes later a Paul Parry cross from the Hereford left was nodded inches over by Danny Williams who was just four yards from goal.

However, Purdie fed Michael Rose in injury time, and on the turn his long-range effort levelled proceedings.

Aldershot withdrew goalkeeper Bull at the break for Richard Barnard after an argument in the dressing room, and the replacement brought down Ben Smith three minutes into the second half. Tony James, ready to redeem himself from his earlier own-goal, stepped up but Barnard pushed the ball away to his right. However, he had moved off his line and the referee, Mr. R. Lewis, had no option but to order a retake. This time, James made no mistake as he fired into the roof of the net.

Both Danny Williams and Steve Guinan went close as the game wore on, but Aldershot scored again with twenty-two minutes to gol. Released by a long ball from the left channel, Aaron McLean fired a low shot across Baker's goal and in off the post. The 440 away fans were delighted, and almost saw Roscoe D'Sane put their side ahead when his curling effort from outside the box went wide. Tim Sills also nodded a ball wide from ten yards out after a later cross from the left.

Then, another twist, as D'Sane was dismissed for a second bookable offence for a challenge, which was slammed by irate Shots manager Terry Brown. Nevertheless, they must have felt they had done enough for a point, but it wasn't to be. In the third minute of injury time, a Michael Rose corner from the right was flicked on to find substitute David Brown at the far post. He fired the ball into the net from inside the six yard box to send Hereford top.

Ten Man Reds Defeat Bulls

Hereford United were defeated by Redditch Town this afternoon at Edgar Street.

The Reds took the lead on 24 minutes when former Bull Ashley Sammons laid on a pass to Hylton whose shot beat Luke Williams.

On 63 minuted the Reds went down to ten men after Jamie Mutton was shown a red card for a rash challenge on Salvador Ramirez.

The Bulls equalised on 68 minutes with a goal from Obe Oneyeike.

Then 12 minutes later Redditch sealed their win when Jamie Spencer was on target from close range.

Bulls manager John Taylor had hoped to take at least four points from the six on offer this weekend, in the event his side gained just one point.

The attendance was just 617 including 94 from Redditch. It was the lowest attendance for an August Bank Holiday for at least 40 years, perhaps many more.

And the number of home supporters at 523 was even less than the 531 who watched the home game against Banbury last Tuesday.

The top gate of the afternoon was at Weymouth where 1509 watched their 2-0 win over Dorchester.

Meanwhile there were two high scoring games in the League. Poole put seven past Frome and now top the League and Cambridge City put six past Histon.

Finally Hereford United have dropped to 18th in the table.

Hereford: Williams, Oneyeike, O’Reilly, Oyibo, Gascoigne, Barrientos, Roberts, Ramirez, Mor Diop, Akinde, Bakar-Kone. 

Subs Browne for Mor Diop (16), Yafai  for O'Reilly (56), Vetier for Oyibo (57) Not used:  Gregory, Viner.

Leicestershire Trip In FA Cup

Hereford United will face either Kirby Muxloe or Ellistown and Ibstock United in their first FA Cup match of the season, with both sides based in Leicestershire.

Kirby Muxloe beat Wolverhampton Casuals 3-0 in front of 41 people, while the merged Ellistown and Ibstock side beat Studley 2-0 in the Extra Preliminary Round.

The pair now meet at Ellistown & Ibstock United's home this Saturday to determine who gets to entertain Hereford United on September 13th, when a £3,000 prize will be up for grabs for each of 116 First Qualifying Round winners.

Nominations Invited For HUST Board Elections

This from HUST:

Nominations are invited for the HUST Board elections to take place on Thursday, September 18th at the Richmond Club.

Any full adult member is able to stand as a candidate providing they can get the backing of two other full members.
The election is for general Board roles, with the specific titles and jobs determined by the elected Board afterwards.

Anyone wishing to stand is asked to complete the Nomination Form in the link and return it to the Secretary by no later than Thursday, September 4th - HUST_Nomination_Form 2014

New HUFC Company Registered In Leighton Buzzard

A new company called Hereford United Football Club Ltd has been registered in Leighton Buzzard on August 20th.

The following is from Companies House:
The company has been registered to Stephen Jones, a Hereford United supporter. He is also a friend of Steve Ford, who was invited to join the current board as a fans representative.

Both men have acknowledged meeting privately with Tommy Agombar since his arrival at Edgar Street, and both have enjoyed boardroom hospitality with the club this season.

The pair have also registered two other "Hereford United" companies. Hereford United Football Club 2015 Ltd and Hereford Bulls Football Club Ltd have both been registered in the past week to a Hereford address, while Jones has also registered AFC Hereford Ltd to the address in Leighton Buzzard.

Seven Days To Court Date

It is now just seven days until Hereford United face the High Court for the Martin Foyle winding up petition.

It is the fourth meeting for the matter, having received three adjournments for various reasons. The club say that they have the money secured to meet the petition in full, as well as clearing the Council debt and the remaining football creditors.

However there has been no movement so far in these matters. One of the football creditors, Jarrod Bowen, was at yesterday's Fans Team game and told supporters that not only had he still not been paid, but that the club had the correct details to pay him.

White the Bank Holiday weekend limits the working days remaining to clear the debts, the club will likely also have to settle sums or make representation by Friday afternoon as on previous occasions.

The club's bank account has been frozen since Foyle issued proceedings back in May, with fans asked to make cheques payable to the client account at Gambrill & Co that was previously used to pay some football creditors.

After more than three months, the matter is expected to be settled in the next seven days.

Redditch Will Test Bulls

Redditch United are the visitors to Edgar Street this afternoon and the relatively local side could prove tough opposition for the inexperienced but energetic Hereford United team.

On Saturday Redditch defeated Frome Town 2-0, both goals coming from sub Jamie Spencer. The Reds lie in fourth place in the League with 12 points from 5 games.

Hereford drew 1-1 at Arlesey Town. Salvador Ramirez scored a stunning equaliser for the Bulls not long after he had come on as a substitute.

Manager John Taylor told the press last week he was looking for four points this weekend. 

"It is going to be two tough games, so I will be happy if we can get a minimum of four points.

"Redditch have done well and are quite lively up front."

Sammons Taking A Corner At Hyde
Redditch are expected to include Ashley Sammons in their side. He trialled with Hereford in July 2012 and made nine appreances for the Bulls before being released in October 2012.

It is thought that this afternoon's gate will be the highest at Edgar Street this season but still far lower than might be expected on an August Bank Holiday afternoon as a substantial number of supporters continue to boycott games.

The expected heavy rain could also curtail the gate.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Where Is The Common Sense?

Riverswye is currently boycotting games at Edgar Street. Below he explains why. 

I had a season ticket since 1989, just to justify myself to the ExDodds on here. I am now that scurge of 1939, a boycotter. Let me make it clear that me staying away from Edgar Street against St Neots was one of the worst experiences I have had in my life. The feeling of emptiness, numbness and a fair helping of anger, will live with me to the end of my days.    

This shower of bastards that have openly admitted they relegated us two leagues on purpose. I appreciate that success has many parents, and failure is orphaned. That is not my reasoning for staying away. I would watch Hereford United in any League.
I know there are some that will still go to games, they couldn't give a s*** who owns the club; they know the ownership is distasteful but it is the Club they love; it is only a tenner; and it might be their last chance to go to Edgar Street. 

Fair play, we have heard it all.
For me, the compass of morality has been shattered by this collection of convicts, liars and bulls***ters.
Now I am not one to brag, but I did get a half decent grade in GCSE Business Studies.This experience has led me to a frightening conclusion.
Lets say there are 20 players on £200 a week, a manager, an assistant/camera man/woodwork expert, a physio, Chairman Andy, Mrs Phelps, girl in the office, cooking person, digs to pay, B&B's up Grafton, away travel costs (sponsored by HUISA), stewarding, accountants, electric, VAT, PAYE, need I go on. In the real world, it isn't too hard to get that little lot to add up to £10,000 a week. 
One home game every 10 days through the season is currently dragging in about £3500.

No shirt sponsors. No advertising boards. No programme/player advertisers. No matchball sponsors. No League sponsorship. No away fans. No club shop. No 50/50 tickets.
Lets not kid ourselves, the cashburn rate is horrific even with your blinkers on.

Chairman Andy has issued his latest soundbite, and states the club will survive on selling young up-and-coming stars of the future. The same guy that let potentially £250k of talent in Murphy and Bowen walk away for nothing. What is the going rate for a player in the Southern League, 5 or 10 grand would be my thinking.
Its all a bit like my alchoholic mate that lives on payday loans, puts red letter demands under his sofa as he thinks they will go away. Never facing up to reality.
A club of our size can only exist, let alone prosper, when the majority are singing from the same hymn sheet. How can that work when so many are not even going to the church because of these 'owners' ? 

One has to look at Lonsdale, Taylor, Phelps and Phelps wife with a little sympathy.The poor buggers would not get a job anywhere else, so who can blame them for digging in. Unfortunately their benefit, is at the football clubs expense.
At least when September 1st arrives we will know who these new blue-chip high street sponsors are. To write a cheque north of £500k is a noble thing to do, and they deserve all the publicity they get. Perish the thought it isn't made public, as Scotland Yard will think Christmas has come early.

Until then I would urge everybody to really consider whether they should be financing this rotten leadership any more. 

The sooner the club is back as one, the sooner the good times will return.

No Sponsor For Southern League This Season

It appears that no company wants to sponsor the Southern League this season.

However chairman Ken Turner says it's an 'absolute priority' that one is found for next season.

"Having reached the final stage with a large national company at the end of June, it was disappointing that they sadly decided not to proceed," Turner told the Non-League Paper.

"We are making it our absolute priority to ensure we have one in place for the 2015-16 season."

The failure of the Southern League to find a sponsor contrasts with the situation at Hereford United where, recently, directors said they expected to have £250,000 in sponsorship this season.

Charities Benefit From This Afternoon's Friendly

Well over £500 was raised for the Adam Stansfield Foundation by spectators who attended this afternoon's charity match at Hinton FC. 

Money was also raised for the Mayor of Hereford's charity, United In The Community and Hinton FC.

Everyone Involved In The Game
Cllr Jim Kenyon Who Helps The Mayor Raise Money For Charity. In Particular He Thanked Graham Turner For  His Help Today And Also Noted The Work United In The Community Are Doing
Andrea Hayes, Adam Stansfield's Sister, Thanking Everyone For Their Support
The Auctioneer - Justin Ratcliffe
Chair HUFC Fundraising Group
Graham Turner Brought A Signed Wolves Shirt For Sale


Second Selection Of Pictures From Hinton

A second selection of pictures from this afternoon's charity match at Hinton FC.

Gareth Davies
Simple Tap-In

A Very Happy Goalscorer

Pictures From Hinton

A selection of pictures from this afternoon's 'charity' game between the Mayor's XI and HUST played at Hinton FC.

The Officials Led Out The Teams

Nice To See You
The 'Mayor's' Squad
The Fans Team

Hereford's Problem Are Wake-Up Call To Others

The problems that have seen Hereford United drop from Division One to the Southern League in just six seasons have been highlighted in an article written by Chris Dunlavy in today's Football League Paper.

League One, 2008-09. Doesn't seem so long ago does it?

Unless you're a supporter of Hereford United.

It really is just five years since the Bulls were in the third tier of English football. Five years ago they beat Leeds 2-0 at an ecstatic Edgar Street. Five years since they thumped Oldham 5-0. Now they sit 16th in the Southern Premier League.

Debt-ridden, besieged by creditors and at very real risk of extinction, theirs is a ghastly fall that should act as a wake-up call to every small club in the Football League. Because if it can happen to Hereford it can happen to anyone.

Asking why Hereford capsized so spectacularily is like asking why the Titanic went down. The simple answer is that they hit an iceberg. The real answer is a complex web of gambles, misjudgements and oversights.

When owner/manager Graham Turner sold up in 2010 he claimed the club were 'debt free' with £450,000 in the bank and a slew of transfer fees to come. The year before the Bulls had recorded record annual profits of just over £400,000.

"The club is trading profitably and is in great shape to profit both on and off the field," he said. "The long term future of the club looks very bright."

Incoming owner David Keyte disagreed, arguing that a £1M debt to Formsole, the leaseholders of Edgar Street, was simply being serviced and should be paid off. This he did securing the return of the leases at considerable cost.

The lease issue rumbles on to this day but the reality is that either approach would have worked had it not been for a litany of basic blunders in the wake of Turner's departure.

In October 2010, manager Simon Davey was sacked just ten games into a two year contract, netting him a hefty pay-off. Under his replacement Jamie Pitman, the Bulls dodged relegation by just three points.

At that point it would have been sensible to take stock. Gates had dropped by 36%. Money was tight, the squad were poor. The manager was untested. Relegation to the Conference was far from unthinkable. You could even say it was likely.

So did Hereford scale back operations? No. They gave Pitman a two year deal (plus a mentor in Gary Peters on a three year deal) and signed up 11 players on two year contracts, almost all of them lacking relegation clauses.

Sure enough, they sank into the Conferencer. Pitman and his coaches were all paid off and new manager Martin Foyle discovered that 65% of his budget was eaten up by a handfull of contracted players.

In December 2012, closure was narrowly avoided when Hereford settled a debt to HMRC.

Yet just days later, the club upgraded Foyle's one year rolling deal to a two year contract, paid £3,000 for Telford's Chris Sharp, signed two players on permanent deals and paid over £10,000 for drainage work to the pitch. Pass that revolver.

Before long a PFA loan was needed to cover wages and, with Hereford ludicrously budgetting for gates of 2,000 - 3,000, this summer gone brought financial implosion and expulsion from the entire Conference.

Now they languish in the seventh tier of English football, awaiting rescue or, more likely, extinction.

It's easy to say 'that would never happen to us'. But remember, Hereford had manageable debts and cash in the bank five years ago.

It just takes a bit of ambition here, an optimistic forecast or persuasive agent there and suddenly the seeds of destruction are sown.

Grim as it sounds the mantra for any small League Two club should be not to speculate to accumulate, it should plan for the worst, hope for the best.

Attendances aren't magically going to soar. Sponsorship isn't going to rocket. You can go down and stay there for a while.

Hereford weren't willing to face fact. Othere can - and should.

Fans Team Record First Win In Successful Charity Day

This from HUST:

The HUST Fans Team beat the Mayor's XI 4-1 in today's game at Hinton FC.
With donations on the gate going to the Mayor's charity, and an auction of squad places and raffle going towards the Adam Stansfield Foundation, over £1,000 was raised for charity as well as Hinton taking good sums on the can bar, BBQ, and hog roast to support their club.
HUST is pleased that the day was again enjoyed by all and hope to see as many as possible at our next game, which is on Sunday, September 7th, taking on a Kidderminster Harriers legends side at Pegasus Juniors' Old School Lane ground.

From Leeds To Arlesey

Two pictures reflect how far Hereford United has fallen over the past six years.

In September 2008 Hereford United played at Leeds United in front of 25,676 spectators of which 781 were in the away area.

Yesterday Hereford United played at Arlesey in front of 186 spectators of which about 50 were following the Bulls.

'Charity' Football Match Today

Today, the Mayor of Hereford's Team and the Hereford United Supporters Team will play a charity match at Hinton FC.

Proceeds will go to the Mayor's charity and the Adam Stansfield Foundation.

Amidst the celebrities attending will be former Hereford United chairman and manager Graham Turner who will be taking charge of the Mayor's squad.

Whilst the game doesn't kick off until 2.00pm, the event will commence at 11am.

United In The Community will be on hand to deliver coaching sessions for children and there will be a hog roast, BBQ, bar, and refreshments. UITC will also be there with their Speed Cage but the bouncy castle will not be there for logistical reasons.

Next to Hinton FC is the Waterworks Museum and model railway.

The postcode for Hinton FC is HR4 0LQ 

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Third Selection Of Photos From Arlesey Town

A third selection of photographs from this afternoon's Southern League match at Arlesey Town.

Sub Salvador Ramirez Celebrates Scoring The Equaliser

Another Run From Roberts
Ramirez Wins This Header

Mor Diop Pushes Forward
Some Of The Hereford Supporters - The Gate Was Just 184 of which around 50 were following the Bulls

A View From Afar

The Unofficial Archiver went to today's game, his first under the new regime:
Firstly a confession, i may dedicate more of my spare time researching an Hereford United archive than is healthy (might as well get in a shameless plug for my website whilst i am here, so - – and my twitter feed – @HUFCArchiver, if you want to indulge in the great, and sometimes not so great HUFC past that we are lucky to be a part of) but i i am not a Herefordian, I’m an exile who grew up in Worcester, and has spent the last decade living in Northamptonshire – if you take out footballing reasons, i have probably only visited the county 10 times in my nearly 29 years on this earth. In fact if it wasn't for my father going to Hereford Cathedral School in the early 70’s, my footballing experience could have been very different. My Hereford United 1st was the 29th December 1991 (goals from Mel Pejic - playing his last game - and Peter Heritage securing a 2-2 draw vs Barnet) and other the years i have been there through most of highs, and far, far too many of the lows to be able to say that the club means as much to me as it would every other HUFC fan.
I like most of my fellow exiles, get my impressions of what is happening to our football club at the moment from the internet (Bulls News and twitter are my addictions), so i wasn’t sure exactly what to expect today, i wasn’t even sure if i would see any of the familiar faces that we all see up and down the country week in, week out – the people that you know nothing about, apart from the fact that they support Hereford United – i saw some of them, but others were missing – they will have had their reasons, and these reasons are perfectly valid. 3 years ago today most of these fans were at Villa Park, in a crowd of over 21,000, which is a scary truth in how far we have been dragged by our leaders.
My main reason for attending was to see if my heart still had any affection for the club, or had recent months broken it beyond repair – the honest answer is yes, ON THE PITCH it still feels like the club that i have followed for 20+ years. I saw a group of young lads who wanted to play football, who wanted to do things correctly and get a win for the club – if it wasn't for a questionable offside decision, a win was what they would have achieved. Based on the 90 minutes that i witnessed today they played in the manner that i would hope i would do if i was lucky to ever get a game (sadly was never asked to trial after my performance in the Fans vs Legends game of 2012) – sure there was errors, 1 or 2 maybe a little above their natural footballing level, but the effort and commitment, that we as fans deserve, was there – they wanted to be playing for the shirt.
I will single out a few that caught the eye - Javia Roberts is a quick and tricky winger that will cause problems to most at this level, he seemed reluctant to take his man on at times but there is certainly something to work with. The front two - Sergie Mor Diop (no.9 i think), and Abon Bakar Kone (no.10, again i think) – looked like they knew what they were doing, but they did seem reluctant to shoot – unlike Salvador Ramirez who’s goal was from a better standard than the Southern League might expect, we’ve been crying out for years for a midfielder who likes taking a shot from outside of the box. The football was decent – certainly a marked improvement on most of last season, the Peter Beadle part excluded.
There was no real atmosphere to speak of, but i think that was to be expected – after the last few months we’ve all suffered more than our usual share of heartache – after all we are Hereford United fans, it is never supposed to be that enjoyable! I estimated 40/50 fans made the trip – it could well be more, i certainly cant remember seeing many who were supporting the home team in the 184 that is being quoted as attending a ground that was the definition of basic.
I will catch the team at some other venues throughout the season, most likely to be at Histon in a couple of weeks (IF the club still exists by this point) – but i wont set foot inside Edgar Street until the trust or “people with the best interests of the people of Herefordshire” run the club, a stance that is shared by a good number of my fellow fans but there are fans that have decided to go to home games – that is there stance, and i respect that stance – they are fully entitled to do what they think is best. I would encourage any fan to attend the away games - The players deserve our support, the owners don’t.

Second Selection Of Photos From Arlesey

A second selection of photos from this afternoon's game at Arlesey Town where the home team drew 1-1 with visitors Hereford United.

Keeper Williams Appeared To Be Yellow Carded For Handling Out Of The Area

Shot From Bobes Gilroy
It's Only a Ball

Bull In Control
Hand To Ball Or Ball to Hand?

Photos From Arlesey

Several selections of photographs from this afternoon's Southern League game against Hereford United.

The game finshed 1-1 with both sides gulity of missing a couple of easy looking chances.

For the Bulls the introduction of Salvador Ramirez mid-way through the second half seemed to inspire the team.

His goal, which levelled the scores, came on 77 minutes. He collected the ball around 25 yards out and blasted the ball past the Arlesey keeper.

The draw puts Hereford in 16th position in the League.

Brad-Lee Gascoigne Leads Out The Bulls As Luis Morrison Is Reported To Be Injured

Hereford Starting XI: 1- Williams (GK), 2 - Onyeike, 3 - O'Reilly, 4 - Oyibo, 5 - Gascoigne (Capt), 6 - Gregory, 7 - Roberts, 8 - Bobes-Gilroy, 9 - Sergie Mor Drop, 10 - Bakar Kone,11 -  Veitel
Sergie Mor Diop Muscles His Way Past Two Arlesey Players
But Not This Time As He Is Caught By An Arlesey Player

Javier Roberts On The Right Wing
Captain Gascoigne

First Away Point With Late Leveller

Hereford United claimed their first away point of the season after a 1-1 draw with Arlesey Town at the Armadillo Stadium today.

Kelvin Bossman put the hosts in front on 55 minutes before a long range effort from Salvador Ramirez levelled the scores with 13 minutes left. The visitors had five new names on the teamsheet, with four of them starting the match.

Andy Lonsdale was the only representative from the club's board, with John Edwards and Elke Thuerlings now reported to be away on business for a few weeks. The team and 18 fans who booked transport travelled on one bus to cut costs.