Saturday, July 30, 2016

Hereford FC To Respond To Shortwood Ticket News

BN understands that Hereford FC are to respond to the news that the club has declined to sell tickets for the away game at Shortwood on August 16th.

Second Half Pictures From Edgar Street This Afternoon

A selection of pictures taken during the second half of this afternoon's pre-season friendly match between Hereford and Merthyr which also doubled as the HFA Senior Cup.

John Mills

Jon Brown Watched By Pablo Haysham

Anthony Robbins

Mike Symons

Rob Purdie

Chris Jones

Gavin Williams Comes On For Merthyr

Young Sub Louis Clarke

Aaron Birch

Rory Huntbach

Joe Tumelty

Merthyr Lift HFA Senior Cup

Merthyr Town lifted the HFA Senior Cup at Edgar Street this afternoon.

The cup has been around for over 60 years and is said to be worth a considerable amount of money.

"It was first won by Shrewsbury Town against Hereford in the 1950/51 season," HFA chief executive Jim Lambert told BN.

"Even I can't remember that game!

"Merthyr Tydfil have won it twice obviously the predecessors to Merthyr Town who have won it today.

"It used to be played as a Challenge Cup with a number of rounds.

"We've even had winners such as Charlton Athletic, Oxford City, Newport County and Manchester City.

"Everton came here to play for it but they lost. It was the year after Manchester City won it."

First Half Pictures From The HFA Senior Cup

A selection of first half pictures from this afternoon's HFA Senior Cup/pre-season friendly against Merthyr Town.

Trialist Chris Jones

John Mills With An Opportunity To Open The Scoring

John Mills

John Mills

Trialist Joe Phillips

Chris Jones

Joel Edwards

Joe Phillips

Hereford 1 – Merthyr Town 2

John Mills Congratulates Pablo Haysham On His Goal
Hereford faced Southern League Premier side Merthyr Town at Edgar Street this afternoon in the Herefordshire FA Senior Invitation Cup, the Bulls’ final preseason friendly. Manager Pete Beadle, along with his assistant, ex-Merthyr boss Steve Jenkins, made 5 changes to the team that started at Kidderminster on Tuesday evening, with a ‘new’ trailist Chris Jones amongst the changes.

Chris Jones
Merthyr got proceedings underway attacking the Meadow End in the first half, and got themselves off to the best possible start, opening the scoring within the first minute. Ian Taylor’s initial shot was only parried by keeper Martin Horsell, and with the rebound falling to his feet, he easily slotted the ball home.

With 6 minutes on the clock, Anthony Robbins could’ve levelled the score after a great through ball by John Mills, but his powerful shot from outside the area went narrowly wide of the target. Then, moments later, winger Chris Jones had his effort on goal deflected behind off a defender with the resulting corner easily dealt with by the Martyrs’ defence.

10 minutes later, Kayne McLaggon came close to scoring Merthyr’s second of the afternoon, but his diagonal shot lacked any real conviction as Horsell was able to easily gather the effort; but in the 21st minute Keyon Reffell doubled the visitors’ lead. Hereford’s defence failed to close Reffell down meaning he was able to fire home from the edge of the area.

Merthyr's Second Goal
The Bulls did manage to pull a goal back in the 33rd minute thanks to Pablo Haysham. John Mils was able to take advantage of a defensive error, subsequently playing the ball back to his striking partner Haysham; goalkeeper Glyn Gardner managed to get a hand to Haysham’s right-footed effort, but it wasn’t enough to prevent him from reducing the deficit.

Pablo Haysham With His Goal

HT: Hereford 1 – Merthyr Town 2

The second half got off to a slow start with both teams committing numerous fouls as well as making a number of substitutions. 

Handbags Haysham
The first real action of the period came just after the hour mark when Horsell did well to push Ryan Prosser’s shot around the post, but Merthyr were unable to test Horsell from the resulting corner.

Former Hereford United Player Jon Brown Gets In Front Of Haysham
Meanwhile at the other end of the pitch, Mike Symons connected with Chris Jones’ cross, but his flicked header was easily caught by Merthyr’s stopper.

Joel Edwards Gets His Head to The Ball
With 7 minutes left on the clock, Merthyr found themselves down to ten men after Rhys Baggridge appeared to elbow substitute Jamie Cuss in the face. With Cuss lying in need of treatment, referee Chris Smith swiftly dismissed Baggridge.

Despite shots from Aaron Birch and Joe Tumelty in the dying stages of the games, as well as a handful of corners, Hereford couldn’t find a way through the Martyrs’ resistant defence.

FT: Hereford 1 – Merthyr Town 2
Att: 1,371 with 95 in the away enclosure

Hereford: Horsell, Purdie, Edwards (c), Robbins (Huntback – 83’), Barker (Staley – 46’), Edge, Phillips (Tumelty – 57’), Birch, Mills (Symons – 57’), Haysham (Cuss – 74’), Jones (Clarke).
Subs not used: A. Harris

Merthyr Town: Gardner, Davis, Barrow, Jones, Baggridge, Hancock, Watkins, Brown, McLaggon, Reffell, Taylor.
Subs: Clarke, Brown, Bloom, Patten, Prosser, Williams, Parry.

Two Good Teams Out There Said Williams

Peter Beadle And Gavin Williams Just Before Kick-Off
Gavin Williams started his career at Edgar Street. This afternoon he returned to the ground as manager of Merthyr Town, came on as a substitute and lifted the HFA Senior Cup.

"Obviously it's nice to be back," Williams told BN.

"It's nice to win the game but I thought there were two good teams out there today.

"I'm sure Hereford will do well in their league. It was good to have a good game. Considering it's our last pre-season I thought it was a really good test for us.

"We started well, we started on the front foot but to be fair I think the game was a bit false. Hereford had a lot of players missing, we've had players missing so both teams were patched up teams really.

"But it was good to get a game and get the win."

It's not the first time Williams has been back to Edgar Street.

"I've been back here with Yeovil and got booed

"I owe a lot to Hereford, this is where my career started and I'll always have fond memories of this place."

Williams was asked that given Ryan Green and Steve Jenkins have jumped ship were there any more that might interest Peter Beadle?

"I hope not! I've got some good players over there. People will be interested in good players. Football works both ways. It's similar with Hereford, they will have good players clubs will be looking at.

"It's how the game works and you've got to deal with it."

How will Merthyr do this season?

"Obviously it's a bit unknown for me this being my first job but I know the players, I know the League so I hope we have a good season and it's important we start the season well.

"Hopefully I'll make a few appearances. I've had two knee operations last year but I've been playing pre-season so maybe twenty minutes as they come." 

Really Disappointing Said Beadle

Speaking to the local media after this afternoon's 2-1 defeat to Merthyr at Edgar Street, Hereford FC manager Peter Beadle expressed his disappointment in the performance of his players.

"Disappointed, really disappointed," said Beadle.

"Awful start again, it's becoming a bit of our trade mark which I'm not happy about.

"And then just sloppy throughout the whole game, passes too short, some not even in the right areas.

"And for me it felt like the boys were just waiting for someone else to do something, for something to happen.

"I just said to them in there you can't wait for things to happen sometimes and I'm not prepared to take excuses about disruption because some people are away, one or two with injuries or knocks or things like that.

"It's pre-season so I'm not worried about the result it's the performance.

"And the performance today after Tuesday was nowhere near good 

Chris Jones
There was one fresh trialist in the starting eleven this afternoon, Chris Jones a winger.

"He's been around a little bit in fact he's just come back from Canada where he's been for six months.

"Great for him as the team he was with in Canada they got into the playoffs so we had to wait a bit longer for him to come in.

"I thought he did great today, first half he looked bright and sharp and lively so we'll see how he goes.

"We might keep him for a little bit longer to have a real good look at him, I thought he did fine today."

The defence was missing Jimmy Oates and Jamie Willets along with Ryan Green who will remain sidelined for another two weeks.

"I think the whole team was poor from one to eleven. Chrissy did okay first half, Joel didn't do bad first half but the players you expect so much more from I thought it was a little lacklustre, a little bit flat.

"Don't get me wrong we've worked hard pre-season but they can't say they've had too many minutes or not enough games. The ones that have are people like Chris Barker who has had to play every game because of injuries or holidays and with Nathan (Summers) leaving he's had to play nearly every pre-season game.

"So the others have got no excuses really.

"Yes it was makeshift a little bit, two midfield players playing at the back but Rob (Purdie) has played full back in games in the Conference and probably in the League so he's more than capable of playing there and Jamie (Edge) played a few times as a centre half in the Conference South last year with Weston so he's more than capable of playing there.

"That doesn't take away from how poor both goals were.

"I could play centre half and I would be disappointed to conceed two goals like that.

"I'm disappointed and they need to be better."

The last three friendlies have been against higher opposition and Beadle admitted they had been a huge test.

"They've given us a marker of where we are.

"I thought we did extremely well for fifty minutes against Kidderminster, I thought we did extremely well for fifty minutes against FC United. Obviously at FC United with the changes all coming out at one disrupted it a little bit so I don't mind that but today was nowhere near good enough.

"Like I said we've had a few changes and we have to change the shape a little bit and we've had to change personnel a little bit but that doesn't take away from the fact that I felt they wanted it more than we did.

"It doesn't matter where yu're playing or who you're playing if they want it more than you they are going to win and they did today."  

Ten Man Merthyr Lift HFA Senior Cup

Hereford lost their final preseason friendly against Merthyr Town 2-1 this afternoon, their only home game before the season starts at AFC Totton next Saturday.

The Martyrs opened the scoring within the first minute thanks to Ian Taylor before Keyon Reffell added a second 20 minutes later.

Pablo Haysham managed to pull a goal back for the Whites just after the half hour mark.

Rhys Baggridge was then sent off for the visitors in the final 10 minutes after what looked like an elbow to Jamie Cuss' face.

Short report, reaction and photos to follow.

Hereford Decide Not To Sell Shortwood Tickets

According to Shortwood FC, Hereford FC have decided not to sell tickets to their supporters for the away game at Shortwood on Tuesday August 16th.

It appears Hereford required £1 per adult ticket to cover their costs but The Southern League felt that Hereford should add £1 onto each ticket to cover their costs.

This from Shortwood FC:

Following the decision to make the Hereford game all ticket Shortwood offered to make tickets available to Hereford to sell to their own supporters at the cover charge of £9 and also to make Under 16's tickets which would be free available to them.

Hereford advised us that they would happily sell the tickets but would only pay Shortwood £8 for each ticket sold to cover their costs. The Southern League ruled that this was unacceptable and any booking fee should be passed on to the buyer if they wanted to make a charge. And have notified each club in the divison of this ruling.

Hereford have now informed us that they will now not sell tickets to their supporters which is a decision Shortwood regret as it is a severe inconvenience to any Hereford fan as they must buy the tickets in person from Shortwood or one of their outlets in person .

Shortwood will obviously make an exception to any disable supporter if they contact the club and their carer will be given a free ticket.

The club feel that they have acted properly and are sorry for any inconvenience to any Hereford fan who wishes to attend.

Busy Day At Edgar Street

Today is expected to be a very busy day at Edgar Street not only because of the friendly against Merthyr but also because it's the first time the recently reseeded pitch has been used and there are new goalposts as well.

On top of that the new home shirt will be on sale, season tickets can be purchased and HUST will have a stall to promote membership.

The VP club will be back in their original room now called the Montgomery Waters Executive Club.

There is also a buffet reception for sponsors and a collection to raise funds for three children from the same family who have Batten Disease.

But one of the biggest changes will be a new ticket office which is situated to the right of the main club entrance. It will open at 10am for supporters who have pre-booked tickets and for those purchasing tickets 'on the day'. Season tickets can be purchased until 2pm.

As last season, there will be two cash turnstiles on the Meadow End.

Whilst the game itself is Hereford's last pre-season friendly before the League starts next Saturday, the game doubles as the HFA Senior Cup.

The rules are quite simple. If the game is drawn after ninety minutes it's straight to penalties.

For those unable to be at Edgar Street this afternoon, it's very easy to keep up with the match action.

Radio Hereford FC will have live commentary, Hereford FC In Action will have video updates within seconds and BN will be tweeting from the match.

Friday, July 29, 2016

HUST Fans Survey

HUST Fans Survey 2016.

Following on from the relaunch of our website, HUST are pleased to be able to launch our first annual Fans Survey, open to all supporters of Hereford FC.

It's extremely important to us, as a supporters trust, that we represent the supporters of our football club. We feel that conducting this survey gives us a great opportunity to build a picture of our supporter base, and how they feel about various topics, including ticket prices, fundraising, and the direction that you want HUST to go over the coming season.

We took the decision to make this survey open to everyone, be they HUST members or non-members, as well as wanting to include those who have not been able to make the transition from Hereford United FC to Hereford FC supporters. The opinions of everyone within these categories are equally valid, and we felt that it was important that we take them all into account as HUST moves forward.

The survey is available online at, and there will also be paper copies for those without online access. These will be available from HFC club reception, and at the HUST membership table on match days, starting outside the ground on Saturday, prior to the HFA Senior Cup match against Merthyr. They will also be available at the first two league fixtures on the 9th (Mangotsfield United) and 13th (Bridgewater Town) of August.

The closing date of the survey will be Saturday 20th August. Paper copies can be returned to HFC club reception by post ((address supplied at the end of the survey) or in person, to any HUST board member, or at the HUST membership table, prior to the following home matches:

Mangotsfield United – 9th August
Bridgewater Town – 13th August
Alvechurch or Haughmond (FA Cup Prelimary Round) – 20th August

UITC in action Sunday

Hereford UITC sides are in action on Sunday against Bristol Rovers academy:
Under 12's and 14's kick off at 11am at Belmont Abbey
Under 13's are away and kick off at 11am
Under 16's kick off at 11am at Victoria Park

Belmont Abbey post code is:  HR2 9RZ
Victoria park post code is: HR1 1AW

In other news, UITC held the first trials for the new Hereford U18's girls team last night and had around 20 in attendance. The second trial takes place next Thursday at Victoria Park.

HUST Reports Increased Membership

This from HUST:

HUST is delighted to announce that Trust membership has increased by 20% over the past few months. A strong membership base gives us a greater voice in the running of our Club and The Board are determined to further our aims and objectives over the coming season.

If you are not a current member you can join our growing membership in person before the pre-season friendly match with Merthyr Town on Saturday at the HUST table in the fan zone and before the home matches on 9th and 13th August from 1 hour until 15 minutes before kick off. Your membership now runs for 12 months from the date of joining.

We are also holding our first "Fans Survey" and forms are also available from the HUST table and online. You don't have to be a member to take part. Further details will be released tomorrow.