Next Game: Weymouth Away on Saturday 23rd September at 3pm

Friday, September 22, 2017

From The Archives - Weymouth In Trouble

Just like Hereford, Weymouth football club has had its financial problems. Just over ten years ago.

This from BN dated January 9th 2007:

Conference side Weymouth are in trouble. Garry Hill the manager has left and it looks as though the players are all on offer.

Persistent rumours that the South Coast side were overstretched financially now appear to be correct.

The Dorest Echo reported the news earlier this evening.

Weymouth Football Club is in crisis tonight (Tues) after the manager and players were told they would be axed to save the club from financial ruin.

Manager Garry Hill, coach Kevin Hales, and the entire squad of players have been released or transfer-listed by club chairman Martyn Harrison.

Mr Harrison says the decision has been taken as part of a major financial "restructuring" of the club.

Club captain Ben Smith said "shocked" players were told the news by the manager at training on Tuesday afternoon.

As well as captain Ben Smith, three other ex Hereford players are at the club, Tony James , Matt Baker, and Chukki Eribenne.

Smith moved to Weymouth from Shrewsbury. It was reported at the time that the Terras given him a very good deal. Graham Turner, the Hereford United manager, was believed to have been interested in re-signing Smith but didn't feel able to compete with the deal he had been offered.

Meanwhile Garry Hill was due to take the Weymouth abroad this week for training however this has been cancelled.

"I'm stunned, I loved it at Weymouth, the supporters have been great to us," he told BBC Radio Solent

Maitland Expects Difficult Game Against Hereford

Weymouth assistant manager Paul Maitland has said that he expects a tough game against Hereford tomorrow when the two teams meet in the Southern Premier League.

“We’re expecting them to bring a large following. They are a lot of people’s favourites for the league so it’s going to be a very difficult game," said Maitland as reported by the Dorset Echo.

“It’s one that we relish and these are the games that we look forward to. They’re well-fancied and in some ways with that comes a lot of pressure for them.

“Having that big support, and Weymouth have seen that, their expectation level is higher.

“Yes, there’s pressure on us and we’ll be looking to maintain our recent good home form but it’s one that we’re looking forward to and they’re there to be shot down."

Hereford top scorer John Mills is seen as a big threat by Maitland.

“They’re a good side. They’re obviously aiming for promotion. They’ve got aspirations to get back to the football league as quick as they can.

“They’ve got financial power that a lot of clubs in this league don’t possess. I think that undoubtedly gives them an advantage because they’re able to carry players that other clubs in the league can’t.

John Mills Scoring A Penalty At Kempston In The FA Cup Last Saturday.
“We’re wary of their attacking threat. They’ve got John Mills who was prolific last season. They’ve got a good squad of players and whoever they turn out we’ll have to be on our mettle."

Weymouth haven't played this week whilst Hereford played Westfields in the HFA Challenge Cup. However manager Peter Beadle used the game to give several players who haven't featured recently some much needed game time.

"The ones that have been playing have been playing very well so I don't envisage having to make too many changes for the game on Saturday."

His hardest task may be deciding who will be on the bench. 

Meanwhile for those tavelling to the game there is plenty of parking at the ground. Sat Nav: DT4 9XJ 

Preview: Weymouth vs Hereford

This preview from Ben Chilman:

On Saturday the Bulls travel to the seaside town of Weymouth, in Dorset, to play in the Evo-Stik League South.

Hereford come into the game after a 2-1 win against Westfields in the County Cup on Tuesday.  It was a game that saw Beadle give starts to both new signings Adam Page and Jamie Bird with the latter staking a claim for the first goal. 

Lance Smith went on to make it two goals from two appearances as he doubled the lead for the Bulls.  Westfields went on to grab a goal back through Dan Polan but late on lost their captain to a red card. 

Earlier in the week Peter Beadle said that he was hoping to sign a third keeper soon.  

"We've got Max at the moment but ideally for Max he doesn't need to be sat on the bench.

Max Harris played for the U18s at Edgar Street on Monday evening. They lost 2-1.

"We've got a few options at the moment.  We've spoken to a couple and hopefully in the next day or two we'll get some news on one if not two."

Weymouth, sat one place behind the Bulls in ninth, suffered their first away defeat of the season last time out in the league going down 2-1 to Tiverton Town.  The Terras' manager Mark Molesley thought his side deserved a point from a tight game against one of the leagues in form teams. 

Weymouth’s player of the season so far is Callum Buckley.  The defender, whose preferred position is left back, is enjoying his time at the club and is one to watch for the weekend.

The games Admission prices are as follows:
Terrace and Stand
Adult £11
Concessions £8
Child (Under 16) £3

If you are making the 150 mile trip down to the Dorset coast, Weymouth’s stadium address is: 
Bob Lucas Stadium,
Radipole Lane

Elkins Remanded Until October 17th

A little more information has been made public about Didcot player Sam Elkins who was involved in trouble on the pitch in a game between Didcot and Hereford last March.

His case came up at Oxford Magistrates last Tuesday.

Elkins was remanded on unconditional bail until 17/10/2017 at 14:00 in Courtroom 01, Oxford Magistrates Court. 

Adjournment reason: for a case management hearing (no need to appear). Defendant excused attendance.

Newport Thank Watts

Newport County have issued a statement in which they thank James Watts for his work at the club.

Watts starts his new job at Edgar Street on Monday.

After 5 years as Commercial Manager James Watts will depart the club this week to take up a new challenge as General Manager at Hereford United.

Whilst James has been employed as our Commercial Manager, he has turned his hand to a number of positions within the club from ticket office to media. This a reflection of his passion for the club. 

He has seen a lot of highs and lows in that time and shares some of his thoughts in Saturday's match day programme. 

James has been a lifelong supporter after he caught the bug when his Dad took him to his first game in 1986 against Gillingham. 

He will attend Saturday's game with his family as guests of the Directors. There will be a presentation at half time in recognition of his service. 

On behalf of everyone at the Club our thanks and best wishes to James.

Hospitality For Hornchurch Cup Game

Hereford FC are currently taking hospitality bookings for the Hereford game against Hornchurch in the FA Cup on September 30th.

Hornchurch are top of their league so this promises to be an 'exciting encounter'.

Anyone interested in booking a table, or more than one table, can obtain more information from Martin Brain at Edgar Street.

From The Weymouth Archives - Weymouth Draw With Hereford In 1970

Hereford travel to Weymouth this weekend for a Southern Premier League match. 47 years ago the two teams met in the same league and the match was drawn.

Here's a report from the Weymouth OS on the game.
Weymouth 1-1 Hereford United | 31st October 1970 - report from Brian Copp

HEREFORD, widely tipped to become champions of the Southern Premier League, nearly lost both points at the Rec on Saturday. Many will claim that Weymouth scored twice – through Trevor Allen and Gary Townend. But when Townend placed the ball solidly into the back of the Hereford net, the referee said “No” – a decision disputed by the Weymouth players.
Townend netted after 25 minutes, making a tremendous effort and scoring what appeared to be a perfect goal. He beat Billy Tucker, the Hereford centre-half, went around Fred Potter, the visiting goalkeeper, and drove the ball home.
Then came the referee’s whistle, and the awarding of a free-kick to Hereford. I assume that he ruled off-side. But I couldn’t see it. Neither could the Terras’ players and many others.
It wasn’t long after this that Weymouth gave Hereford a shock, taking the lead through Trevor Allen, who was easily their best forward. He was persistent, cool and forceful.
When Roy McArthy crossed a high ball from the right-win and the Hereford defenders were slow in cutting it out, the alert Allen showed great ability in slipping around full-back Peter Timms and giving Potter no chance with a well-hit shot.
Weymouth had gradually piled on the pressure, and fully deserved to have gone ahead. Indeed, had Townend’s effort been allowed and Weymouth had gone two up, I feel that John Charles’ men would have been in bad trouble.
But Hereford came back – and again Weymouth had bad luck. Goalkeeper John Clarke slipped up in allowing Billy Meadows the chance of grabbing an equaliser in the 54th minute.
John Bird, the Hereford right-back, lifted the ball into the goalmouth from a corner kick, and Charles jumped to head the ball high into the air. Clarke left his line near the far post, and went up with Meadows. In the next instant the ball was in the back of the net with the back of head.
Clarke told me later that he had changed his mind. He had attempted to catch the ball, and then tried to punch it clear.
Ironically, it was just about the only time that Charles had made his presence felt. The big man of Welsh International and Italian football fame had worn the No. 11 jersey and played all over the field.
He was in defence one moment, and then in attack. He was a threat, but nowhere near the big danger which had been expected.
The goal was Clarke’s only slip. During the rest of the match, he was his normal self. Twice he had left his line to make great saves at point-blank range from Meadows and Dudley Tyler.
Tyler was extremely lively, but all credit must go to Tony Rounsevell, the strong Weymouth defender, who policed him well.
The Weymouth defence again had a fine match, with Tony Hobson showing up well in the middle of the back row, and again proving to be an inspiration to his colleagues.
For long periods, it was Weymouth who called the tune, having a firm grip at the back and in midfield.
The second-half developed into a stalemate affair in which defences dominated, but twice Weymouth almost made it.
Dave Bennett went close with a powerful drive, and during a melee in the Hereford goalmouth in the 72nd minute, following a corner Mick McLaughlin cleared from his line.
Weymouth tried hard against a team expected to give them much more trouble. If they play like this against Bideford in the F.A. Cup next Saturday they should have little to worry about.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Hereford Are An Unknown Quantity Says Hornchurch Manager

Hornchurch manager Jim McFarlane has said that Hereford are an 'unknown quantity' but will go to Edgar Street for the FA Cup tie on September 30th with 'absolutely no fear'.

It's 190 miles from Romford to Hereford but there is £7,000 at stake.

“It’s a tough draw and that’s before the long distance we have to travel to play,” McFarlane told the Romford Recorder.

“We will be going there with absolutely no fear as we’re high on confidence right now.”

McFarlane says he knows little about Hereford.

“The unfortunate thing is the only game they have when we’re not playing is in HFA Cup which is like an Essex County Cup game.

“It will have to be done on videos and talking to a couple managers I know in the league.”

However he has thought about the financial reward for his club.

“No one ever believes a non-league side would win the FA Cup, but every round we make it through is more money to help the club.

“Hereford gets gates of 2,500 so we should get a good return from that even before the result.”

Hornchurch could be missing leading striker George Purcell for the game. He was red carded recently.

Second Court Case For Didcot Players On October 12th

A 'prelimary' hearing took place at Oxford Magistartes Court last Tuesday for the two Didcot players and a Didcot coach accused of various offences in a game against Hereford earlier this year.

It's understood none of the defendants attended.

The next hearing has been set for October 12th at Oxford Magistrates Court.

Didcot's Sam Elkins faces two charges of 'Assult by Beating' and one of 'Common Assult'.

Callum McNish faces one charge of 'Common Assult'.

Sam Parrish faces one charge of 'Assult by Beating'.

All three are understand to have pleaded not guilty.

Edge Signs For Gloucester City

Former Hereford FC midfelder Jamie Edge has signed for Gloucester City.

He played for Gloucester on Tuesday evening and his signing was made public this afternoon

"Jamie did really well on Tuesday night and he may only be 24, but he has a lot of experience," said manager Tim Harris as reported by GloucestershireLive

"He is also a leader and he showed that against Cheltenham."

Westfields 1-2 Hereford

Hereford made the short trip to Allpay Park for a county cup tie last night. Hereford manager Peter Beadle made a host of changes to give some players some game time. New signings Jamie Bird and Adam Page both started.

It was the home side who started brightest and within a few minutes Aidan Thomas beat the Hereford defence before unleashing a shot that deflected over the crossbar. It was again Westfields who continued to threaten in the early stages. Hereford's first chance of the half came just after 10 minutes and fell to Rob Purdie but he hit the ball wide. 

Hereford started to grow into the game and a few minutes later a Purdie corner was met by Jamie Molyneux but he was unable to direct his header on target. 

Both sides continued to press as the half progressed. Westfields felt that had a penalty shout when Thomas went down in the box but the referee waved it away. Fields then hit the cross bar from a Sysum header then both Greaves and Miller had shots saved.

For Hereford again it was Molyneux who threatened but his shot was easily saved by the Fields keeper. Pablo Haysham had a chance as he beat the on rushing keeper only to see his shot cleared off the line.

Half time: Westifleds 0-0 Hereford

The second half started much the same as the first with both side pushing to open the scoring and It fell to Hereford. Just under 10 minutes since the restart it was Jamie Bird who opened the scoring on his debut. Bird delivered a corner which swung in at the near post beating the Fields keeper.

Hereford then doubled the lead a few minutes later as Lance Smith slotted the ball home. 

Hereford started to take control and came close to extending the lead on the hour mark but Mike Symons' effort went wide.

Westfields first chance of the second half fell to Craig Jones but he could only hit his shot wide. As the half progressed again both sides had chances with Haysham testing Blackburn in the Fields goal and former Hereford player Morriera blazing the ball over. 

Westfields did manage to grab a goal back with less than 15 minutes remaining as Polan scored within a few minutes of coming on for Fields.

Hereford's final chance came with around 10 minutes remaining. Reffell broke away and got the ball to Haysham. He was able to get a shot away only for Blackburn to save and ball fell to Molyneux. He was able to convert the chance and his shot went wide.

Late on Phil Glover was sent off for the fields but it was Hereford who won the tie and go into the next round of the HFA Cup. 

Next up for Hereford is a trip south to Weymouth on Saturday.

Westfields: Keiron Blackburn, Kane Kahaki, Sam Plane, Phil Glover, Matt Sysum, Matt Reeve (Dan Polan 77), Craig Jones, Aidan Thomas (Lewis Platt 79), Richard Greaves (Alex Hainault 62), Ben Miller and Carlos Moreira. Subs not used: John Hopkins and James Febery

Hereford: Martin Horsell, Bradley Williams, Adam Page, Rob Purdie, Dara O'Shea, Dan Preston, Jamie Molyneux, Jamie Bird, Lance Smith (Keyon Reffell 80)Pablo Haysham and Mike Symons. Subs not used: James Bowen, Calvin Dinsley, Ryan Green and Max Harris

Attendance: 459

Preece Signs For Taunton


Former Hereford defender Mark Preece has joined Taunton.

30 year old Preece left Edgar Street two weeks ago.

"Mark's done well in his time here but, having moved house further away from Edgar Street, he has had issues with travelling to matches and training since we resumed in the summer," said manager Peter Beadle at the time.

Second Half Pictures From Westfields

A selection of pictures from last night's HFA Challenge Cup tie at Westfields. Hereford won the game 2-1.

Beadle Hopes To Sign A Third Keeper

Hereford FC manager Peter Beadle is hoping to sign a third goalkeeper.

"We've got Max at the moment but ideally for Max he doesn't need to be sat on the bench," said Beadle.

"We've always gone with a keeper so we're not going to change that whilst we're doing what we are doing.

"So we just need someone else in there.

"We've got a few options at the moment. We've spoken to a couple and hopefully in the next day or two we'll get some news on one if not two." 

First Half Pictures From HFA Cup Game

 A selection of pictures from what was a pretty dull first half between Westfields and Hereford last night.


Throwback Thursday - Hereford 9-0 Connahs Quay Nomads

The feature has been tweaked, so we will just focus on one particular match in Hereford's history. The Welsh Cup was always an entertaining competition, and on the 25th October 1989 a crowd of 916 saw the Bulls thrash their welsh opponents 9-0.  The game is remembered for 16 year old YTS player Paul Burton coming off the substitute's bench to score a hat trick.

The Hereford team lined up as follows
1 Tony Eliott
2 Mark A Jones
3 Brett Williams
4 Chris Hemming
5 Mel Pejic
6 Steve Devine
7 Mark Jones
8 Richard Jones
9 Ian Benbow
10 George Oghani
11 Paul Tester
12 Gary Stevens
14 Paul Burton

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

We Got The Result Although It Was Close Said Beadle

Hereford FC progressed to the next round in the HFA Challenge Cup with a 2-1 victory over Westfields but, as manager Peter Beadle said afterwards, it wasn't easy.

"It was exactly what we expected, a tough game," said Beadle.

"I thought Westfields played superbly first half and gave us a bit of a run around but we managed to hold out until half time.

"Then we changed it around a little bit in what we asked one or two to do. Then we got the goal and the second one quite quickly after.

"Then we started to take more control of the game but they kept working at it and they scored a great goal with a decent bit of play which made it a difficult last seven or eight minutes.

"I think the real positive for me is that we've come through with nothing serious injury wise, Jamie Bird with a bit of cramp, Lance a bit of a bloody nose. Other than that just kicks and knocks.

"There were eight players out there that haven't had much game time for a considerable amount of time and they've all come through the game well.

"We've had a winger playing at full back who hasn't played there before but did a sterling job.

"A real positive night for us in that most of them have had ninety minutes apart from Lance at the end and Jamie towards the end.

"We've got the result although it was close. First half they were better than us, second we shaded it, a bit more clinical. 

"All in all a good game and we've had lots of pluses out of it."

Jamie Bird appeared to score from a corner but it might have been helped by the Westfields keeper.

"I can't see from that distance, a long way away for me so you'll have to ask him that."

Lance Smith scored Hereford's second goal probably helped by a deflection.

"First half the tempo was a bit slow but maybe that was because they were a bit rusty so it took us a little while to get going but second half we started better.

"Then we got the first goal, then the second one quickly and we then got a bit more rhythem and controlled the game better.

"I'm really pleased with what they have done and the shift they've put in. Right through from Page, Williams, Preston, Bird, Purdie, Molyneux, Pablo, Lance and Simmo who has missed a few games with suspension. To come to a game like that, a local derby, and to play as well as they did I thought they did well."

Looking forward to the weekend Beadle seems unlikely to change the starting eleven.

"The ones that have been playing have been playing very well so I don't envisage having to make too many changes for the game on Saturday. We'll see how everybody is tomorrow.

"This game has come at a perfect time for us. Whilst the game wasn't a big priority it was one of then we could get all those players out on the pitch.

"Yes it meant playing a few out of position but the outcome wasn't the be all and end of it. We wanted to win and we felt who we had out there were strong enough to win and it was the case in the end."

With two away games in the next seven days Beadle might need to call on players who were involved this evening.

"We may need to call on them. What it did do was showed how fit they are.

"It's a squad and we always need a good squad. It's not just about the eleven who play every week."

Hereford Progress in County Cup

Hereford beat Westfields 2-1 at allpay.park this evening, with the hosts reduced to ten-men just before the final whistle.

The game was goalless at the break, but in the second half, debutant Jamie Bird's corner was redirected into his own net by Westfields' keeper Kieron Blackburn, with Lance Smith adding a second.

Dan Polan then pulled a goal back for 'Fields, before captain Phil Glover was dismissed after picking up a second yellow card.

More later.

Segregation At Weymouth On Saturday

Weymouth FC have decided that their supporters and those from Hereford will be segregated on Saturday when the two teams meet.

Home supporters are asked to use the turnstiles past the main stadium entrance and away supporters are asked to use the turnstiles at the car park as you enter the ground.

Edge On Trial With Gloucester City

Former Hereford FC mid-fielder Jamie Edge played for Gloucester City in their game against Cheltenham Town last night. It was a county cup tie.

Also making an appearance was winger Sirdic Grant who played for Hereford the season before last.

Edge played the whole game whilst Grant came on mid-way through the second half.

Grant can not feature for Gloucester in their league as he is not allowed to play above step five.

Beadle Expected To Make Changes For Westfields Tonight

Hereford FC manager Peter Beadle is expected to make wholesale changes to the side that defeated Kempston last Saturday for tonight's HFA Challenge Cup tie at Westfields.

He will aim to give those players who haven't had much game time recently the chance to gain match fitness.

"The game has come at a great time for us in that it gives us an opportunity to give players minutes," said Beadle.

Adam Page, Lance Smith and Rob Purdie came off the bench last Saturday.

"We wanted to get Adam on the pitch as soon as we could to get him involved quickly and Lance (Smith) as well to get some minutes under his belt. And Purds has been chomping at the bit to get in and do well.

"Simmo could do with another run out as well, maybe one or two others as well." 

New signing Jamie Bird is likely to start.

"He's chomping at the bit to get a game so we can play him on Wednesday."

Jack Deaman, who has missed several games with injury recently, is another player who might get a start. Bradley Williams may also feature.

However several younger players in Beadle's squad may not take part as they involved in the FA Youth Cup tie last Monday which went to extra-time.

Kick off is at 7.45pm.

Admission: Adults £7, Concessions £5, Under 16's £1

Extra parking will be available close to the ground on Widemarsh Common for £1 with the proceeds going to Lads Club.

Radio Hereford FC are set to have full commentary from the game.

Hornchurch Ticket Details

Hereford FC season ticket holders can purchase tickets for the FA Cup Tie against Hornchurch on September 30th from 10am this morning.

Also on sale from 10am will be terrace tickets for all supporters whether season ticket holders or not.

General sales of tickets will commence online at 10am on Thursday.

The club has asked any season ticket holders unable to purchase from the club shop but requiring tickets to contact the club by 4pm today otherwise they stand the chance that their particular 'seat' will be sold.

Admission prices are Seated: £10 adults, £9 concessions and £1 juniors.

Standing: £9 adults, £8 concessions and £1 juniors.

As well as being open today the club shop will also be open for ticket sales at the following times:

Friday Sept 22nd 10am to 4pm
Monday Sept 25th 10am to 4pm
Wednesday Sept 27th 10am to 4pm
Friday Sept 29th 10am to 4pm.

On matchday Sept 30th tickets can be purchased from 12noon.

Hospitality for the game is available. For more details please contact

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Hereford Out Of FA Youth Cup

Despite probably having slightly more of the possession overall and slightly more chances Hereford's Under 18's were knocked out of the FA Youth Cup by a strong Stourbridge side at Edgar Street last night.

Hereford scored first just two minutes into the second half. 

 Luke Firkin scored the goal with the Stourbridge keeper stranded.

Twenty five minutes later the visitors equalised.

The Stourbridge No 2 was given far too much space.

With the scores level after 90 minutes extra time was played.

However within a minute Stourbridge went ahead.

Credit to Hereford as they tried hard to find an equaliser. And with just a few minutes left they thought they had done so.

Despite appeals the assistant ruled that the ball hadn't gone over the line.

Right at the end another chance for Hereford.

But the brave Stourbridge keeper had other plans.

So Hereford bowed out of this years FA Youth Cup.

Hereford starting XI: 1.Harris 2.Franklin 3.Pugh 4.A.Thomas 5.W.Thomas 6.Peeters-Vanstone 7.Hayes 8.McLeod 9.Firkin 10.Lancett 11.Smith

Subs: 12.Hurst 14.L.Marston 15.Preece 16.Hancocks 17.Davies

Extra Time Pictures From FA Youth Cup Tie

Last night's FA Youth Cup Tie at Edgar Street went into extra time.