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Monday, March 18, 2019

News Round Up

Former Hereford United loanee Febian Brandy is involved with the launch of Skouted, the world's first mobile app that allows footballers of all levels - from Premier League academies to Sunday League - to showcase their talents to the networks of scouts employed by clubs to unearth the next gem. In 2009 Brandy was sent to Edgar Street on loan by Sir Alec Ferguson, manager of Manchester United.

The Daily Mail is suggesting that Spurs could be looking at former Hereford United youngster Jarrod Bowen who has scored 21 goals for Hull City this season to date.

Andy Tretton, the former Hereford United defender whom Rob Purdie had hoped would make an appearance at his testimonial on May 12th, has had to decline the invitation.

Two more acts have been announced for the Stadium Music Festival which is set to take place at Edgar Street in late May. They are Dappy and Ultrabeat. 

Finally Hereford FC midfielder Tom Owen-Evans is 22 today. Happy Birthday.

Guiseley Tickets Go On Sale This Morning

Chance For Jordan Cullinane-Liburd At Guiseley
Tickets for Saturday's game between Hereford FC and Guiseley go on sale this morning. When the two teams met on a cold Tuesday evening in January the result was a 1-1 draw.

As usual the tickets can be purchased from the club at:

They will also be available from the club shop on Wednesday and Friday and from the ticket office from Saturday mid-day.

Also on sale are tickets for Rob Purdie's Testimonial which takes place on May 12th.

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Hereford Women Defeat Bartestree

Hereford's Women were in legaue action against Bartestree this afternoon at Old School Road. The only goal of the game came late in the second half.

Result: Hereford 1  Bartestree 0

Hereford Scorer: Elcox-bond

Starting XI: Reed, Francis, Lewis, Barr, Parfitt, Sullivan, E.Jones, Moreira, Dinescu, Elcox-bond, Holman

Subs: Varela, Brown, James, T.Jones, Layton

Ronnie Radford On TalkSPORT This Evening

Ronnie Radford is a guest of John Motson on TalkSPORT this evening at 8pm.

The former Hereford United striker talks about that wonder goal which helped defeat Newcastle United in the FA Cup in 1972.

“It could have gone anywhere, but it just happened that I hit it and it went in,” said Radford.

Two Former Hereford Players Join Halesowen

Jamie Molyneux Playing For The HFA Last Month
Two former Hereford FC players have joined Halesowen who are now managed by Lee Hughes.

Aaron Birch joined in mid-week and James Molyneux on Friday. Both started for their new club yesterday in their 0-0 draw at Rushall Olympic

Birch, 24, started his career at West Bromwich Albion and has enjoyed spells at Hereford United, Sutton Coldfield Town, Nuneaton and Alvechurch.

The midfielder joined the Bulls in August 2015 and left in December 2016.

Molyneux decided to quit Westfields this week as he wasn't getting enough playing time. Since leaving Edgar Street he has played for several clubs including Highgate.

He featured in the HFA squad that played an FA 'C' side last month. 

Girls Training Session Goes Ahead

Hereford FC Academy have said that both the girls training session and the woman's fixture against Bartestree will go ahead today.

The pitch at Old School Lane, HR1 1EX has been declared fit.

The girls training session is for 11 to 18 year olds and will start at noon.

The womans game kicks off at 2pm.

Saturday, March 16, 2019

National North League Results

Only three games were played in the National North League this afternoon, six others were postponed.

Boston 0 Chorley 2
Kidderminster 2 Spennymoor 1
Leamington 1 Southport 0

Top of the Table:

Chorley 36/73
Stockport 34/66
Spennymoor 34/60 

Hereford are now in 17th position in the table.

Jarrod Bowen Breaks Hull Record


Former Hereford United player Jarrod Bowen has broken a Hull record when he score in their game against Queens Park Rangers this afternoon.

Bowen's goal in today's match saw him score in his 8th consecutive home match, a new club record, beating the record of 7 set by Bill Bradbury during the 1958/59 season.

He has now scored 20 goals this season.

If he moves from Hull before next season, what would he be valued at? 

Update 3.45pm: Bowen has scored a second goal in the game.

Jak Hickman At Edgar Street

A selection of pictures featuring Hereford's latest loan signing Jak Hickman when he played for Ashton against the Bulls at Edgar Street on September 15th last year.

Hickman Is 'Right Back/Wing Back'

Jak Hickman, who has joined Hereford FC on a one month loan deal, is a 'right back/wing back' according to his coach at Coventry Jason Farndon.

“He’s a right-back/wing-back.

“But look, in the modern game full-backs are attacking.

"Playing in different positions means he’s adaptable and if the manager needs him to play at right-back or right midfield then Jak can do that because he’s got that versatility."

Hickman joined Coventry from West Brom when he was 16.

“If anyone had told me back when I was released that I’d be here four years alter I would have laughed in disbelief,” he said last October.

“But I am here at Coventry and I am happy, and I just have to see where the rest of the season takes me."

Hickman was on loan at Ashton United earlier this season and played for them against Hereford on September 15th.

“I went away to Ashton for a month and enjoyed my time there in the Conference North, learned a few things but I have come back in now and my focus is trying to break into the first team.

“I played five full games of 90 minutes, four in the league and one in the FA Cup, which was good for me and another step up from last year in the EvoStik, so I just thought now was the right time for me to come back and try to push on here at Cov."

Hickman had been expected to play some part for Hereford in today's fixture at Alfreton. With that game being called off he could make his home debut against Guiseley next Saturday.

Weather Takes Its Toll Of National North Fixtures

With the news that Hereford's game at Alfreton, it's since emerged that several other National North fixtures have been postponed due to the weather.

At at 9.30 the list looks like this:

Alfreton v Hereford - Postponed
Altrincham v Brackley - Postponed
Blyth Spartans v Nuneaton - Postponed
Boston United v Chorley
Darlington v Chester - Postponed
FC United v York City
Guiseley v Curzon Ashton - Postponed
Kidderminster v Spennymoor
Leamington v Southport

Meanwhile even early this morning there was no indication from Alfreton that there was to be a pitch inspection. 

Hereford Football Director Martin Watson wasn't best pleased.

"I do love a bit of communication", he tweeted.

Don't we all.

Match Postponed

This afternoon’s National League North game against Alfreton Town has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

There was a pitch inspection at 8am at North Street.

Nine National North Fixtures This Afternoon

Their are nine National North League fixtures set to take place this afternoon. However that number may be reduced by the wet and windy weather.

As at 7.30am there are already three pitch inspections lined up to take place. They are at Altrincham, Darlington and FC United.

Alfreton v Hereford
Altrincham v Brackley
Blyth Spartans v Nuneaton
Boston United v Chorley
Darlington v Chester
FC United v York City
Guiseley v Curzon Ashton
Kidderminster v Spennymoor
Leamington v Southport

Chorley will stay top of the table this evening as Stockport (2nd) are without a game.

However Spennymoor (3rd) can close the gap if they can take at least a point from Kidderminster (8th).

The two teams just below Hereford, Darlington (17th) and Leamington (18th) have home games. Should the Bulls fail to win at Alfreton (11th) then either can move above them as long as they win their games.

16 - Hereford  33/39
17 - Darlington 34/37
18 - Leamington 34/37

Friday, March 15, 2019

Thomas Suspended For Two Fixtures


Hereford FC's Keiran Thomas will miss both tomorrow's game at Alfreton and next Saturday's home match against Guiseley.

Thomas is suspended as he has received ten yellow cards this season to date.

Meanwhile so far this season Hereford players have been red carded six times and received sixty seven yellow cards.

The red cards have been given to Eliot Richards, Danny Greenslade, Mike McGrath, Calvin Dinsley, Callum Sainty and James Waite.

Waite is available for tomorrow's game after serving a three match ban for his red card.

Jak Hickman Joins Bulls On Loan

Coventry City full back Jak Hickman has joined Hereford FC on loan until April 13th. It's seen as a move to fill the gap left since Jimmy Oates returned to Exeter.

20 year old Hickman made his first appreance for Coventry in a Checkatrade Trophy game against Forest Green Rovers earlier this season. 

The right back has been with Coventry's U18's and U23's since joining from West Bromwich Albion

He is expected to be in the squad to face Alfreton tomorrow.

Hickman is the second Coventry player to spend time with Hereford. Kyle Finn was a Coventry player before he signed an 18 month contract with the Bulls recently.

Radio Hereford FC - Saturday Morning Football Show

Radio Hereford FC have released details of tomorrow morning's football show.
The two hour show starts at 11am and is packed with football content and good music.
This weeks show contains:
All the action, reaction, interviews and opinion from last week's Darlington game.
Keith Hall reviews all The Vanarama North action from last weekend and looks forward to tomorrow's  crucial matches at both ends of the table.
We take a look back to our visit to Blackpool in December 2017. RadioHerefordFC  did a live show with Blackpool Supporters Trust the night before the Fleetwood FA Cup game. To celebrate last weeks achievement by the Trust, we include both, a live broadcast excerpt and a personal interview with Chairman Christine Seddon.
Joanie Roberts updates on the latest HUST fund-raising initiatives.
Highlights from the December match against Alfreton at Edgar Street when The Bulls ran out 2-1 winners.
Simon Wright gives his guide to Alfreton; The town and the Football Club.
All the music included this week is themed to "Sunshine"

Purdie To Reveal Midfielders For Testimonial Game Today

Ben Smith Is Expected To Be One Of The Midfielders
Rob Purdie is expected to reveal which midfielders he has asked to take part in his testimonial game set to take place at Edgar Street on May 12th.

Purdie is putting together an Hereford United side which will play a Hereford FC side.

Already former players such as Wayne Brown and Ryan Green have said they will be in his squad. 

Currently Purdie is approaching forwards. He told BN that he is hopeful several former fans favourites will agree to play some part in the game.

Tickets for the 'game' are on sale and cost £8 for adults, £6 for concessions and £3 for under 16's.

Match preview - Alfreton Town vs Hereford FC

Following the postponement of Tuesday evening’s match against Brackley, a presumably refreshed Hereford FC travel to Alfreton tomorrow, kick off 3pm, for a National League North match that gives the visitors a good opportunity to edge further towards safety this season. Given that the hosts look to have little to play for other than pride, it could be argued that it's a good time for the Bulls to make the trip. The trouble is, the reason Alfreton have little to play for is that they've won their last four matches, easing into a comfortable mid-table position. 

With both sides boasting solid defensive records but having in common a pretty shabby record of finding the net this season, it may not be one that will stay long in the memory. However, given that I suggested 1-0 as the most likely outcome last week it could well be a goalfest.

Alfreton find themselves in 11th position, seven points above Hereford and safe as houses as a result of that winning run, but not looking in any danger of making a late rush towards the play-offs. They will however surpass last season’s finishing position of 17th and points tally of 49, but other than that it’s been a pretty humdrum season for the Reds.

The Bulls go into this one unbeaten since the home loss to Curzon Ashton in early February, and in beating Darlington last time out have added a win to a run of draws to make that unbeaten record look a little more impressive then it did when it was mostly made up of poor results against clubs who have been seriously struggling all season.

Tuesday’s postponement may not have been a bad thing for Mike Symons, who looked tired last Saturday, but if fit will presumably lead the Hereford attack again, possibly in partnership with returning Cardiff loanee James Waite, available for selection again after serving a three-match suspension for waving his arms about against Leamington. Waite, in his brief time on the pitch to date, has shown a happy knack of producing goals from unpromising situations, and looks like a real threat at this level.

With Lance Smith back fit, and capping a lively cameo appearance against the Quakers with a late poacher’s goal (the sort of instinctive finish that’s been sorely missing for months), there are a few more options up front than usual for Marc Richards to mull over. Cameron Ebbutt could come into consideration too, no doubt keen to make his debut.

There are also a few selection decisions to make in midfield. With Eliot Richards, Tommy O’Sullivan, Kieran Thomas and Tom Owen Evans contributing significantly to much of what the team has done well recently, James Wesolowski may again have to start on the bench as he bids to complete his comeback from long-term injury. However, with Jimmy Oates being recalled by an injury-hit Exeter City, a logical reshuffle would be for Thomas to revert to right back, and Oates' fellow Australian to come in alongside the aforementioned three amigos in midfield. However, Kyle Finn's performance on Saturday surely warrants a starting place for the ex-Coventry youngster. If Finn is preferred to Wesolowski, there wouldn't be a great deal of bite in that four-man midfield and it could leave the defence exposed, but it would offer a front six with plenty of potential going forward.

It would have been interesting to see how the Hereford defence coped with a strong Brackley team on Tuesday, but with the rain intervening to suspend that prospect for now, things should be a good deal more comfortable against an Alfreton attack that has been something of a sheep in sheep’s clothing this term, scoring just six goals more than the Bulls. 

With the boost of a high-scoring win behind them, confidence has surely taken a leap in the HFC camp, and this looks to be a good opportunity to lengthen still further that unbeaten away record to seven matches, preferably with a win. It's also an opportunity to record a double, something of a rarity this season, after an injury-time winner sealed the points for the home side at Edgar Street in the reverse fixture in December.

Time to make an impact at the Impact Arena.


Thursday, March 14, 2019

Alfreton 7/5 To Defeat Bulls On Saturday

Alfreton are 7/5 to defeat Hereford FC in the National North League on Saturday according to the bookies.

Alfreton 7/5  Draw 5/2  Hereford 2/1

Interestingly Alfreton have won their last four games whilst Hereford are unbeaten in their last five.

However Alfreton's home record is poor with just five wins in seventeen games. Hereford's away form has been quite good recently but they have only won three games on the road this season,

Currently Alfreton are 11th, whilst Hereford are 16th.

£14 to Watch The Bulls At Alfreton

Keeper Rhys Evans With Rob Purdie And Frankie Artus Evans After Alfreton Score When The Teams Last Met At The Impact Stadium
It will cost Hereford supporters £14 to watch the Bulls at Alfreton on Saturday.

Admission prices:

Adults £14
Concessions £10
Under 16's £2 

For fans making their own way to the Impact Arena, there is a small car park next to our ground for a small fee. 

Otherwise it is street parking in the surrounding roads, please be respectful to the neighbours. 

Sat Nav: DE55 7FZ

Segregation At Alfreton On Saturday

Hereford Supporters At Alfreton In August 2013
This from Alfreton:

Alfreton Town would like to notify travelling Hereford supporters of measures in place ahead of the fixture at the Impact Arena on Saturday.

The game will be segregated with Bulls fans required to enter the Impact Arena at the Alma Street entrance.

With designated pubs for away fans located in the town, the club can confirm that no alcohol will be served inside the ground to travelling fans and those who are deemed too intoxicated will be refused entry. 

Local police will also be performing random checks on entry for pyrotechnics, which are not permitted inside the ground.

We wish all from Hereford a pleasant and safe journey to us on Saturday and we look forward to welcoming you to the Impact Arena.

Brackley On March 26th

The National North League game between Hereford and Brackley which was postponed last Tuesday will now take place on Tuesday March 26th.

Kick off will be at 7.45pm.

FA Warns Fans To Stay Off The Pitch


The Football Association has written to all National League, EFL and Premier League clubs this week following recent high profile incidents last weekend.

The FA has reminded all clubs of our responsibilities when it comes to ensuring the safety of not just those spectators who come to games, but also the safety of all players, match officials and anyone else assisting in the smooth running of the game.

The FA has the power to take disciplinary action for spectators or unauthorised persons encroaching onto the pitch under FA Rule E20(b), which states that no spectators or unauthorised persons are permitted to encroach onto the pitch area, save for reasons of crowd safety.

It follows a number of reports recently of incidents in which spectators have run onto the field of play.

THROWBACK THURSDAY | Carlisle 1-2 Hereford United - 9th April 1994

Two late goals from on loan Darren Roberts edge Hereford United closer away from the trapdoor to the GM Vauxhall Conference.

Line Up
1 Alan Judge
2 Howard Clark
3 Greg Downs
4 Gareth Davies
5 Gareth Abraham
6 Andy Reece
7 Derek Hall
8 Tim Steele
9 Darren Roberts
10 Owen Pickard
11 Colin Anderson
Sub Max Nicholson
Attendance 4,065

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

HFA Giantkillers Cup On April 11th

The final of the HFA Giantkillers Cup will take place on Thursday April 11th.

Hereford FC's Under 18's will play Stourport in the game which will take place at Edgar Street.

Kick-off time is to be confirmed but is expected to be at 7.30pm.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Tonight’s Game Postponed

Tonight's game against Brackley Town has been postponed due a waterlogged pitch at Edgar Street. 

Pitch Inspection At Edgar Street

There will be a pitch inspection at Edgar Street at 1:30pm ahead of this evening's National League North game against Brackley.

Oates Recalled By Exeter

Hereford will be without Jimmy Oates for this evening's game against Brackley Town after being recalled by Exeter City.

Oates' parent club are currently struggling with a number of players out injured.

Hereford Head Coach Marc Richards told the official site it's disappointing to lose someone's of Oates' quality, but he now has a chance to get a number of Football League game under his belt.

Exeter report that  Oates 'will now be added to Matt Taylor’s defensive options for the rest of the season.'

Pitch Inspection At Spennymoor

There will be a pitch inspection at Spennymoor at 1pm this afternoon to see whether their game against Guiseley can go ahead this evening.

Hereford are set to play at Spennymoor on March 30th.

Meanwhile there has been very little rain so far this morning at Hereford and tonight's game against Brackley is not in any doubt. 

Update 1.30pm: The above sentence proved to be totally incorrect and the game at Edgar Street has been called off. 

Spennymoor's game is also off.

Two National North Fixtures This Evening

There are two National North League fixtures this evening. One is at Hereford, the other at Spennymoor.

Hereford v Brackley
Spennymoor v Bradford PA

Hereford (16th) face Brackley (4th). The Bulls defeated Darlington 4-2 last Saturday and are now almost certainly safe from relegation. 

Brackley, who have already beated Hereford twice this season, are on a decent run of form. Last Saturday they beat Stockport (2nd) 1-0. 

However Brackley's away form is nothing to write home about. They have only won six of their 16 games to date.

So given the pressure is off the Bulls and most certainly on Brackley it could be quite an open game.

Hereford 23/10  Draw 45/17  Brackley 15/13

Meanwhile Spennymore (3rd) will hope keep up the pressure on the two teams above them, Chorley and Stockport, with a win over Bradford PA (5th).

Spennymore didn't play last Saturday as their home game against Guiseley was postponed because of a water-logged pitch whilst Bradford PA won their game at Ashton 2-0.