Next Game: Swindon Supermarine Away on Tuesday 25th October at 7:45pm

Monday, October 24, 2016

Telford Abandon Trust Part Ownership

A special general meeting of AFC Telford United was held this evening and it was decided that their 'Trust' sell their shareholding in the club.

This from AFC Telford:

Following the SGM which was excellently attended, a vote was held on the following proposal:

1. That AFC Telford United Supporters Trust sell their entire shareholding of 1000 £1 ordinary shares to AFC Telford United Limited
2. That AFC Telford United be mandated to then issue 5000 £100 ordinary shares for sale to and purchase by organisations/individuals.
Out of 123 votes, 118 were in favour of the proposal.

Under 18's Defeat Stourbridge

Hereford U18's played Stourbridge in the MYFL Cup at Leominster this evening.

Final Score: Hereford 3 Stourbridge 2.

Stourbridge lead 2-0 at half time.

Scorers: Purrington, Hurst, Huntbach (Pen)

Starting XI: 1.Harris 2.Pugh 3.Mellars 4.Purrington 5.Richmond 6.Huntbach 7.Maddy 8.Lancett 9.J.Davies 10.Meek 11.G.Hayes

Subs: 12.Scotford 14.Hurst 15.Muirhead

Jamie Davies received a nasty ankle injury just before half-time and was taken to hospital for an X-ray.

HUST meeting October 2016

The agenda for the next HUST meeting in October 2016 has been released. 

Meeting: 27th October - 7pm at The Richmond Club 

1. Apologies
2. Minutes
3. Election of Chairman
4. Appointment of Vice-Chair
5. Appointment of Treasurer
6. Appointment of Independent Secretary
7. Consideration of appointing co-opted members and external directors
8. AGM Review
9.  HFC FED Policy
10. Fundraising 
a. Streams for 2016
b. 2017
11. Feedback from HFC
12. Treasurers report
13. Audit 
14. Approval of board membership and conduct policy
15. Approval of board meeting standing orders
16. AOB

International Clearance received for Adam Davies

Latest news from Hereford FC website: 

International clearance has been received today for defender Adam Davies. 

The Welsh FA have kept 22 year old, Adam waiting 2 weeks for the confirmation to come through and is now eligible for Tuesday's game away at Swindon Supermarine. 

We wish Adam every success and welcome to Hereford FC 

Club to Appeal Ryan Green's Red Card

Hereford FC have confirmed they have lodged an appeal against the Red Card shown to Ryan Green in Saturday's home match against Didcot Town at Edgar Street.

Green was deemed to have pushed the Didcot player from behind denying the opportunity of a goal resulting in a penalty being awarded to Didcot Town.

Should the appeal not be successsful, Green will miss the home match with Larkhall on Tuesday, November 1st  

Under 18's in cup action tonight

Hereford U18's are in cup action tonight as they host Stourbridge in the MYFL league cup. The match is being played at Leominster Town with a 7:45pm kick off.

Admission is £3

Prediction League Round 20 Preview

Round 20 of the Bullsnews prediction league sees Hereford travel to Swindon Supermarine on Tuesday. Swindon are currently 4th in the league.

Last 5 results
Bridgwater Town 0-5 Swindon Supermarine
Wimborne Town 1-5 Swindon Supermarine
Swindon Supermarine 1-3 Evesham Utd
Swindon Supermarine 8-0 Malmesbury Vics (Cup)
Slimbridge 1-3 Swindon Supermarine

Attendances 2016/17 
Highest: 294
Average: 212
Lowest: 162

Predictions with attendance, score and username need to be sent before 7:30pm on Tuesday to

Herefordshire Broadband Survey

Whilst the following article isn't strictly football related, reliable broadband helps Hereford FC supporters follow their favourite Club.

This From Herefordshire Council:

Have your say about the county’s broadband

Residents and businesses in Herefordshire are being invited to contribute to a major survey of broadband availability across the county.

The survey is being undertaken by independent researchers at the Royal Agricultural University (RAU) as part of the 'Evaluation of the impact of superfast fibre broadband in Herefordshire and Gloucestershire' due to be published in 2017.

The survey will be live until the end of November and the responses will directly feed into to the Fastershire project. The results will also help demonstrate the level of demand in communities that are yet to benefit from the Fastershire rollout and help raise their profile for better broadband with potential suppliers.

The survey takes around 5 minutes to complete, with questions relating to how residents and businesses currently use broadband and internet services and where better broadband services are required.

Councillor Harlow, cabinet member for economy and corporate services, responsible for the Fastershire project said, “Whether or not you live or work in one of the 32,000 premises in the county that have benefitted from Fastershire so far we hope as many people as possible complete the survey. The survey will allow us to accurately assess the impact the Fastershire project has made to those who already have access to superfast broadband, but more importantly the survey will give those communities who are yet to benefit an opportunity to have their say.”

Fastershire is in the process of tendering a second phase of rollout valued at £20m that will see faster broadband extend further across the both counties. The results of the survey will be presented to prospective suppliers and could help influence which areas they target in their bids.
To complete the survey, please visit -

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Staley Set To Join Another Club In The South And West

Ross Staley Scored For Hereford On His Debut When He Came On As A Sub Against Leicester Nirvana
Hereford FC have confirmed the news, posted earlier on BN, that winger Ross Staley is set to leave Edgar Street.

Winger Ross Staley is set to leave the club shortly after requesting his release.

The former Shortwood man joined the Bulls in January making at total of fifteen starts and ten sub appearances, scoring six goals, but has not featured in the last three League matchday squads.

It is understood he will join another South & West club once an official approach has been made.

£9 To Watch The Marines

Hereford FC travel to Swindon on Tuesday for a Southern League South and West fixture.

The address is: Supermarine Road, Swindon SN3 4BZ

For supporters driving from Hereford along the A419, take the first exit  at the A361 (Honda South)roundabout, continue over two more roundabouts. At the next roundabout take the second exit Supermarine Road

Admission: Adults £9, Concessions £6, Under 11 free with Adult, Family of Four £25.

There is free parking for over 200 cars at the Supermarine Complex which is just 50 yards away from the ground.

Food and drink is available in the clubhouse which opens two hours before kick-off.

Pictorial Round Up From Edgar Street

A few pictures from around the ground taken at Edgar Street yesterday.

Ross Staley Departs Edgar Street

Hereford midfielder Ross Staley has posted the following on Twitter.

Staley started in Tuesday's County Cup match against Wellington, but wasn't named in yesterday's squad.

UPDATE 7:15pm (link)

50/50 Prizes still to be claimed!!

Mike Langford, HUST Treasurer & Hereford FC Director who organises the Match Day 50/50 draw, waited long after the end of the Didcot game, on Saturday, to pay out to the winners but still has 2 cheques awaiting collection!

Ticket number: 62001 has won £150 
Ticket number: 62825 has won £75  

Please come to the Reception Desk by Addisons Bar in the Starlite Rooms after the next home game against Larkhall on Tuesday 1st November to collect your cheque but please bring your winning ticket with you to claim your prize.   

Congratulations to 1st & 2nd prize winners Caroline Tingle - £400 and Katherine Gibbs - £275.  

Thanks to the wonderful Hereford FC supporters who support the 50/50 draw every home match and to our fantastic team of sellers, Andy, Derek, Jean, Jeremy, Joanie, Karen and Nigel.  This was the biggest draw so far this season.

Hale's Departure Was A Surprise Said Williams

Acting Chairman Chris Williams (On Right) Along With Director Phil Eynon
Hereford FC acting chairman Chris Williams has revealed that he didn't know that former chairman Jon Hale was stepping down until last Monday's board meeting.

"It was a surprise," Williams told BN.

"It was something that happened relatively quickly and we dealt with it, as our board does, professionally.

"We came to the decision that Jon offered his resignation and we accepted it as a board.

"It's a case that we have as directors of this club signed agreements that say we shouldn't do anything that would conflict with the aims and objectives of the club and Jon realised, and as soon as he realised there was a conflict in this, he offered his resignation and we accepted it. It is as simple as that really.

"The board have asked me to take on Jon's role until December 14th which I've agreed to do until the AGM.

"Meanwhile between now and then the board will consider our options and think about what we will do in terms of the future of the board and how it's going to work. We'll make those decisions and they will be made plain as and when we make them.

"It's too soon to make those decisions yet."

News earlier this week that the lease on Edgar Street is set to be renewed for ten years.

"The lease situation is the good news story of the week but it isn't finalised yet. 

"It's unlikely to be the longer lease which we would all have liked but we will then have a thirteen and a half year lease ground if it stands and we enact it today subject to finalising details with our landlords.

"But I see it as wholly positive move in that the Council have the confidence in our new club to start to talk about a lease with double digits in length. That to me is a positive move and I'm really pleased they've seen the value of what we've done here and are keen to support us in the ways they are doing.

"The Blackfriars End is part of the negotiations, ongoing discussions, there's nothing finalised.

"I think if I go back to our aims and ambitions of the club, I started working on this ages ago and I've always had my intentions of getting this club back to a Football League club and as you know we need four sides of the ground to enable us to do that and we'll be working towards that.

"It can't come soon enough as we might get some very good referees at that level!"

Which allowed the interview to move to the game itself.

"Bit disappointed really.

"I thought we showed a lot of promise in the first half. I think  the team had a good shape, a good balance but we miss the pace we had last year.

"I like to be quite positive about the way we play but I just don't think we've quite hit the mark yet. 

"Today is a salutory lesson. Tuesday I'm worried. Supermarine are a good side but we tend to play well against good sides so fingers crossed.

"I'll be there shouting the team on." 

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Dutch Bulls Form Guard Of Honour

Dutch Bulls formed the guard of honour this afternoon at Edgar Street. Many of them are young 'supporters' who are in the UK thanks to the Hereford Lions.

They belong to Lexvogels FC which is near Utrecht.

Their visit is part of an exchange programme which has been going on for over 40 years organised by the Hereford Lions and the Lions of Lexvogels.

Second Half Pictures From Hereford's Draw With Didcot

A selection of pictures from the second half of this afternoon's 2-2 draw at Edgar Street.

Absolutely Delighted Said Didcot Assistant Manager

Ian Lovegrove On Left
Didcot Town probably didn't think they would get much from today's game at Edgar Street especially at half time when they were 2-0 down. But they came back and perhaps deserved a point after defensive erors by the Bulls led to two goals for the visitors.

"Absolutely delighted with that," said assistant manager Ian Lovegrove.

"Boys worked hard throughout, thought we were unlucky to go 2-0 down in all fairness.

"A couple of referee decisions, he was under a lot of pressure with all 3,000 behind him!

"The character the boys shown was really, really, good."

Hereford's Ryan Green was sent off.

"I presume it was a push. As soon as the referee gives the decision he has to give a red card, he has no choice but to send him off as he was about to put the ball in the back of the net. If it was or it wasn't I can't be sure from here."

Didcot were 2-0 down at half time.

"We knew the next goal was massive and fortunately we got it and got it early. That gave us time to come back into it.

"We left it a bit late for the equaliser, it made it all the sweeter really."

Haysham went down in the box right at the end of the game and Hereford thought they might have a penalty.

"I've seen them given. My heart was in my mouth for a minute. You get some, some you don't..

"I thought him and Millsy did well but I'll take the point." 

Hereford 2 – Didcot Town 2

Referee Matthew Law Leads Out The Two Teams
For the first time in two months, Hereford were back playing at their Edgar Street home on a Saturday where they faced Didcot Town. Bulls Boss Pete Beadle reverted back to the side that beat Wimborne 3-2 last weekend.

Didcot got this afternoon's game underway attacking the Meadow End in the first half, but an early attacking throw for Hereford saw John Mills unleash a shot which whistled just wide of the upright. Moments later, Mike Symons was unable to connect with Calvin Dinsley’s cross as the ball sailed wide. 

Pablo Haysham With A Shot That Just Went Over The Goal
Didcot could’ve taken the lead in the 12th minute following a foul by Jamie Molyneux. The free kick was punched away by Hereford keeper Martin Horsell, but with the rebound falling to Louis Joyce on the left of the box, his shot across Horsell was deflected out off the upright.

With 24 minutes on the clock, the Bulls had the ball in the back of the net. Some great work by Gloucester-loanee Calvin Dinsley saw him break forward before working the ball out to Pablo Haysham on the left wing. Haysham’s cross to Mike Symons at the far-post saw the ball hit the back of the net, but a blatant handball by Symons ruled the goal out. But on the half hour mark Hereford did go one up. 

Didcot Players Protest About Mike Symons 'Goal' Which Was Disallowed

After being awarded a free kick deep in his own half, Ryan Green found Jamie Molyneux on the right wing with a long cross-field ball. Despite being under pressure from James Organ, Molyneux managed to play a low-ball to John Mills in front of goal. Mills then made no mistake from close-range, burying the ball in the back of the net with his right foot.

The Assistant's Flag Was Raised But The Referee Said Play On
Which Is Probably Why The Referee Told Didcot Captain Andy Ballard To Go Away After John Mills Had Scored
7 minutes later Mike Symons redeemed himself for his earlier disallowed goal when he scored Hereford's second. In the run up to the goal, Jimmy Oates ran the length of the pitch after winning the ball in defence, and worked quickly to regain possession after being dispossessed by Organ. After doing so, Jamie Edge played a through ball to Jamie Molyneux whose shot from 22-yards was parried by the keeper. A second effort for Hereford, this time from Mills, was also blocked by the keeper before Mike Symons was on hand to slot the ball home for his 9th goal of the season.

Jamie Molyneux With An Initial Shot

Which Came Back Out To John Mills Who Then Shot

Which Also Came Back Out To Mike Symons

Who Made No Mistake
A string of Didcot corners before the break didn't prove too problematic for the Bulls, with the Highwaymen player-manager Andy Ballard heading well over the crossbar.

HT: Hereford 2 – Didcot Town 0

Hereford started the second half in the worst possible way, finding themselves down to 10-men with 2 minutes gone. Ben Whitehead forced Horsell into diving low-down to this left to prevent his effort from crossing the line, but with the visitors still in possession, Ryan Green was adjudged to have fouled Whitehead before he could get a second shot away. Referee Matthew Law pointed immediately to the spot before showing Green a straight red for the alleged foul. Whitehead duly dispatched the penalty, firing the ball into the top right-hand corner of the net after sending Horsell the wrong way. 

Didcot Players Appeal For A Penalty
Despite having the majority of the possession in the second half, Hereford couldn't regain their two-goal lead. Mike Symons went close with 69 minutes on the clock, but his glancing header from a corner sailed harmlessly wide of the target.

The Whites should’ve sealed the win with a flurry of chances in the final 10 minutes. Mike Symons’ solo-run ended with Highwaymen goalkeeper Leigh Bedwell charging down his shot, before efforts from Pablo Haysham and substitute Tristan Plummer both being blocked by Didcot’s defence.

Symons Couldn't Get Enough Direction On The Ball
Then, deep into stoppage time, Didcot equalised. A free kick on the halfway line was delivered into the box by the keeper, before being flicked on into the path of the unmarked Jordan Graham who steered the ball home with his outstretched leg.

Graham Equalises For Didcot
Hereford then had a penalty shout waived 4 minutes into added time. It was once again Pablo Haysham who was pressing Didcot’s defence, but after he was upended in the 18-yard box referee Matthew Law booked him for simulation.

Haysham Brought Down?
FT: Hereford 2 – Didcot Town 2
Att: 3,020 with 24 making the trip from Oxfordshire
Sponsors’ MOTM: Calvin Dinsley

Hereford: Horsell, Oates, Edwards (c), Green , Parry, Edge, Dinsley, Molyneux (Willets – 49’), Haysham , Mills (Plummer – 64’), Symons .
Subs not used: A Harris, Purdie, McGrath.

Didcot: Bedwell, Elkins, Organ █ (Collins – 82’), Mulvany, Ballard , Leoroyd (c), Graham, Benjamin, Whitehead (Powell – 64’), Davis (Barder – 75’), Joyce.
Subs not used: Thorne, Beer.

First Half Pictures From Didcot Draw

A selection of pictures from this afternoon's drawn game at Edgar Street.

South And West Results And Table

Hereford dropped two points this afternoon but not all the chasing pack could benefit.

AFC Totton 3 Slimbridge 1
Bideford 1 Paulton 1
Bishops Cleeve 1 Yate 2
Bridgewater 0  Swindon Supermarine 5
Evesham 5 Larkhall 1
Hereford 2 Didcot 2
Mangotsfield 1 Shortwood 5
North Leigh 2 Tiverton 3
Salisbury 5 Barnstaple 0
Taunton 3 Winchester 1
Wantage 0 Wimborne 1

1Hereford 12 510205
51013424 32 
2607 649

2Tiverton Town 13 330136
335 141

3Mangotsfield United 13  6011510
155 607

4Swindon Supermarine 12 411126
212 137

5Evesham United 12  420144
240 249

6Shortwood United 13 31279
166 140

7Wimborne Town 13 2131214
277 139

8North Leigh 11 3121512
96 132

9Salisbury 12 510198
588 373

10Larkhall Athletic 13 322118
125 189

I Think We Threw It Away Said Beadle

After this afternoon's 2-2 draw with Didcot, Hereford FC manager Peter Beadle spoke to the local media.

"I think we threw it away in the end," said Beadle

"It was a tough game, it was always going to be with the way they play.

"I thought we did really well first half to go 2 ahead then we asked them second half to up the tempo a little bit.

"And then we shoot ourselves in the foot again, which seems to be a constant thing this season so far.

"And it was a poor penalty to give away, poor defending again and it's cost us. And then we had to change it a little bit to try and keep the points in the bag.

"Even after that we had chances to extend the lead and then we've been punished right at the end with some even more naive defending. One to give the free kick away in the first place and two with not staying with our runners.

"We were in control at half time, a few little problems but nothing we couldn't deal with.

"They hit the post early on, but we sorted it out and we were fine. We looked very comfortable and we just wanted them to up the tempo a bit, keep the ball moving a little bit quicker, keep shifting the ball around the pitch and keep them chasing after it.

"I said the next goal is vital for us but unfortunately they got the next goal which gave them a bit of a lift and we lost Ryan which wasn't helpful and we had to re-jig it a little bit. It then it takes us ten minutes to get ourselves going again.

"After we made the changes and got back to what we thought we could do to one contain the game and nick another goal. We had opportunities to do that but didn't take them and then we got cruelly punished in the last minute."

Keith Hall, who interviewed Beadle, felt the penalty and red card were pivitol and suggested you can't give a penalty and send the player off.

"This is what we've asked, I've spoken to the referee. He said the rules are this year if it's a push, a pull or holding, shirt pulling then it's a straight red but if you make a genuine attempt to tackle with your feet but you bring him down, last man or not, then it's not a sending off.

"Now we've had four or five penalties this season players not even booked who has given penalties away so like I said it's not the referee's fault, it's the rules and inconsistancy of them and how people see them and put them in place.

"Of course it affected us because it gave them a boost just after half time but again it's poor defending from us. It came from a long clearance from the keeper. We 've talked about how many times their number nine pinned Chris and get the ball into his chest.We talked about having a better line second half and he does exactly the same thing first kick of the game second half he gets pinned, it drops down, they get the ball out wide, Jimmy doesn't win the header, back across the goal, Ryan loses his man and he brings him down. It's unfortunate but we've got to stop doing it.

"Our play other than that was great, I thought the character of the players digging  in with ten men was great, we even created chances to extend our lead but we didn't take them."

Hereford had two penalty claims, one when Symons legs appreared to be taken and one where Haysham was booked for diving.

"I don't remember Mike's one but Pablo's one right at the end, the referee said he trailled his leg. I think there was actual body contact, shoulder to shoulder, he pushed him out of the way than actual foot contact.

"Again you can ask the questions but at the end of the day it's up to them, they make the decisions. Was it or wasn't it, 50% will say it was, 50% will say it wasn't but at the end of the day we didn't get it.

"We've taken a point which is not a bad thing. We were in a great position to take three but we've taken the one. We suck it up and we get on with it on Tuesday."