NEXT AWAY GAME - COLESHILL TOWN In The League November 28th At 3PM

Saturday, November 28, 2015

First Half Pictures From Coleshill

Not the best day for taking pictures with heavy rain and the poorest lights at any ground Hereford have been to this season.

Here's a few from the first half:

Mustapha Bundu With An Early Chance

Bundu In The Build Up To Hereford's Second Goal

Eventually Bundu Lifted The Ball To John Mills Who Scored From Two Yards.

Mike Symons Receiving A Kick And A Clout

Aaron Birch Gets His Foot On The Ball

Joe Tumelti

Really Pleased With Performance Said Beadle

After this afternoon's 4-1 win at Coleshill, Hereford FC Peter Beadle spoke to the press.

"Really pleased, it was a really good performance," said Beadle.

"We had spoken about the 3G pitch here and it certainly is condusive to the way we want to play.

"It's fast, it's slick and I think the boys throughly enjoyed playing on it.

"I thought some of our play today was excellent.

"We train on this surface anyway so we knew what we were coming to.

"Obviously they do vary a little bit but not a huge amount.

"So when we trained this week, we trained on 3G knowing that this would be the sort of surface we would be coming to and on this pitch as you'll have seen today if your pass is maybe half a yard not on the mark it causes a problem because of trying to adjust your feet and the surface is so fast.

"It suits so because of the players we've got and the way we play, the faster the surface the better.

"The players were ready for it and looking forward to it.

"Most of the group here now were part of the first game when we played them at home, and although we played well the result wasn't great.

"So it was important that we set a marker down to make amends for the last game and also continue this run."

Joel Edwards and Ryan Green were substituted because of injuries.

"Ryan was more a precaution, he just felt his hamstring a little bit but nothing too serious.

"Joel, we'll see how he is over the next 48 hours. It's a shoulder or jarring injury, landing again. That's the downside of playing on this pitch is that they are quite firm underneath. He's just jarred his shoulder a little bit so hopefully in 48 or 72 hours it will calm down and the movement will start to come back and he should be fine."

Three other players were missing from the squad.

"Adam Page is injured. He's got this foot injury at the moment which is persistent. Cheltenham are looking after him.

"Pablo Haysham is ill so he could be here.

"Nathan Hughes he's away at a funeral. Family reasons which are more important than football.

"It's the way things happen but we've come and again we've shown the depth of the squad we've got. Those three are missing but we've still got Max, Dylan, Tony, Sirdic and Carlos all waiting to come on, all quality players which just shows the depth we've got."

Today's Midland League Results And Table

Below are this afternoon's Midland Premier League results and the updated table.

MFLP AFC Wulfrunians 1 - 2 Stourport Swifts
MFLP Alvechurch P - P Rocester
MFLP Bardon Hill P - P Lye Town
MFLP Boldmere St Michaels P - P Coventry Sphinx
MFLP Brocton 5 - 5 Heanor Town
MFLP Coleshill Town 1 - 4 Hereford
MFLP Highgate United P - P Loughborough University
MFLP Quorn 2 - 2 Continental Star
MFLP Walsall Wood 2 - 3 Long Eaton United
MFLP Westfields 0 - 4 Shepshed Dynamo

1 Hereford 20 16 1 3 66 19 47 49
2 Heanor Town 19 13 3 3 58 31 27 42
3 Alvechurch 16 13 1 2 46 13 33 40
4 Shepshed Dynamo 18 11 2 5 36 20 16 35
5 Sporting Khalsa 14 11 1 2 38 14 24 34
6 Highgate United 16 10 3 3 35 16 19 33
7 AFC Wulfrunians 16 10 0 6 31 22 9 30
8 Walsall Wood 18 8 4 6 33 35 -2 28
9 Long Eaton United 16 8 3 5 29 23 6 27
10 Stourport Swifts 17 8 2 7 27 25 2 26
11 Lye Town 18 8 0 10 35 27 8 24
12 Coleshill Town 16 6 2 8 30 38 -8 20
13 Loughborough University 15 6 0 9 21 31 -10 18
14 Bardon Hill 17 5 3 9 19 38 -19 18
15 Boldmere St Michaels 17 5 2 10 28 40 -12 17
16 Westfields 16 3 6 7 24 31 -7 15
17 Quorn 17 4 3 10 25 35 -10 15
18 Rocester 14 4 2 8 17 34 -17 14
19 Coventry Sphinx 14 4 1 9 18 29 -11 13
20 Brocton 19 3 4 12 27 47 -20 13
21 Dunkirk 16 3 1 12 16 52 -36 10
22 Continental Star 17 1 2 14 11 50 -39 5

Hereford make it 20 on the bounce

Handshake Time
Hereford FC made it 20 wins on the bounce with a convincing 4-1 away victory at Coleshill Town on a wet and windy 3G pitch. An own goal by Rob Evans got the ball rolling, before John Mills nodded in from close-range. Mustaphu Bundu scored the pick of the goals just before the break, before the hosts pulled one back through Ricardo Reid. Mills however had the final say, stroking in from six yards to add some gloss to the result.
Both Adam Page and Pablo Haysham missed out through injury, so there were starts on either wing for Joe Tumelty and Bundu. The hosts boasted an impressive home record, having won their previous six, whilst Hereford had won their past eight away games on the bounce. In fact, the last time Hereford recorded a defeat was against Coleshill, when they were victorious at Edgar Street in August, winning a thriller 5-4.
Coleshill started brightly with a long-range effort pushed away by Harvey Rivers in the opening exchanges. Bundu showed some neat touches and forced the first-save from the home ‘keeper after gliding past his marker on the left-wing. 

The opening goal of the game came following good work from Mills. He latched onto a threaded ball down the right wing and dazzled the intentions of the covering defender, before delivering a cross to the back-post where the right-back, under pressure from Mike Symons flicked the ball into his own net.
Mike Symons Pressure Resulted In Hereford's First Goal
Soon after, Hereford were two up courtesy of Mills. It started with the leading marksman on the half-way line as his pass found Bundu. The Hartbury college student waltzed past three men, and inside the box, leaving the ‘keeper and right-back on the floor, but he couldn’t fix his feet to fire home; the ball though broke to Tumelty and his powerful cross across the box deflected up to Mills, who headed in from two yards.
John Mills Nodded The Ball Past The Keeper For Hereford's Second
Coleshill looked to regain a foothold in the game but they were largely left to shots from outside the box and Rivers wasn’t troubled. At the other end, Mills flicked over at the front-post following good work from Tumelty, and just before half-time, Bundu had all but sealed the match. He linked up with Mills on the edge of the box, before dragging the ball past his man and firing in off the inside of the post, with the outside of his boot.
Mustapha Bundu With Hereford's Third
Peter Beadle’s men had all but sealed the three points going into the second-period but still threatened to add further goals. Bundu again was involved, superbly nutmegging the right-back inside the area and cutting back for Symons, who had a left-foot shot blocked by the ‘keeper’s legs. Joel Edwards landed awkwardly on his shoulder and was replaced by Dylan Bonella. Coleshill missed a good opportunity at the far post, their attacker heading over after a long boot forward was nodded back across goal. Rivers had to be on hand to make some smart stops as the hosts threatened down the right wing.
With Tumelty and Bundu making way for Max Kontic-Conveney and Anthony Robbins, Beadle looked to sure up the midfield but Coleshill gave themselves a fighting chance when Reid controlled a pass in the box and swept past Rivers to make it 3-1. Yet it was Hereford who finished proceedings with the final goal with three minutes of normal time remaining. A hooked pass over the back-line released Symons, who composed himself inside the area to pull back to Mills and the striker grabbed his second by slotting into the corner.
On a blustery afternoon in Warwickshire, it could have proven to be a tough afternoon for Hereford but having coming out of the blocks quickly, the game was pretty much over after 13 minutes when Mills made it two. Once again, the strength in depth has been evident and there was quality across the pitch. Bundu was a handful throughout the game, showing confidence on the ball and taking his goal well and it would be hard to look further than him for man of the match. With Edwards picking up an injury, and Ryan Green failing to finish the game with a tight hamstring, Beadle will be pleased to have a free mid-week, and next weekend presents an opportunity to give fringe players a run out, when Bromyard visit Edgar Street in the Herefordshire Senior Cup. The next league match is not until the 19th December, when Lye Town host Hereford.
Hereford: Rivers, Oates, Green, Willets, Edwards (Bonella), Tumelty (Robbins), Purdie, Birch, Bundu (Kontic-Coveney), Mills, Symonds.
Subs not used: Moreira, Grant.

Today's Midland Premier League Fixtures

Below is a list of today's Midland Premier League Fixtures as at 10.00am this morning:

MFLP AFC Wulfrunians v Stourport Swifts Castlecroft Stadium
MFLP Alvechurch v Rocester Lye Meadow
MFLP Boldmere St Michaels v Coventry Sphinx Trevor Brown Memorial Ground
MFLP Brocton v Heanor Town Silkmore Lane Sports Ground
MFLP Coleshill Town v Hereford Pack Meadow
MFLP Highgate United v Loughborough University The Coppice #1
MFLP Quorn v Continental Star Farley Way Stadium
MFLP Walsall Wood v Long Eaton United Oak Park
MFLP Westfields v Shepshed Dynamo Allpay Park

There is a pitch inspection at Alvechurch at 10.30am to see if their match can go ahead. 

The game at Bardon Hill, where Lye Town were to be the visitors, has been postponed due to a water-logged pitch. 

UPDATE 10.35am: The game at Alvechurch has been called off. There's twitter talk that several of their players and supporters will go to Coleshill and watch the game against Hereford instead.

Update 10.50: The match at Highgate has also been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

BN And Steve Price's Recent Article

Readers of this site may have seen an article entitled How Hereford's Fans Saved Their Club which was posted on here last Thursday.

Since the article was posted BN has received several e-mails asking about both the author and also BN's small part in the author's research into the article.

The author was Steve Price.

I am a long time Hereford fan who is currently living in Korea.
I usually write about Korean football but at the moment I am working on an article about Hereford FC and how the supporters saved the club from extinction.
I have been following the progress of the supporters' efforts ever since it became clear that the club was in danger, and know a lot about the situation from my family who are based in Hereford. 
As part of his research Price asked BN's Organic several questions about HUST.
What things have HUST been doing to raise the money needed? Which have been the most successful / interesting? How much did certain individual events raise?
50/50 draw at games, lottery draw and merchandise. I suspect the 50/50 draw  is the most successful
How much have HUST currently raised? Do they currently own 50%? If so, when was this achieved? If not, when do you expect it to be achieved?

I think they've raised over £50K to date for shares but the target is £250K which could take a very long time
What are the backgrounds of the key members of the John Hale group? Have they all passed the fit-and-proper persons test? Is there evidence for this? What have they done to gain the trust of the supporters?

The key members of Hale's group are all 'local' supporters who were members of the VP (vice-presidents) club and also members of HUST. No fit and proper persons test at Midland League level however I suspect they would all pass. They haven't gained the trust of all supporters because some wanted a 51% fan owned club which we haven't got.

Were there ever any moments when you thought that there wouldn't be a Hereford FC?


How much help have Herefordshire County Council been in getting the club established?

Quite a lot of help behind the scenes. Obviously they had to be careful as they are dealing with public money. I think the local MP Jesse Norman was probably more help in that he raised the subject of Hereford United in Parliament thereby giving the subject national coverage

What are Graham Turner's current roles and responsibilities at the club?

None as far as I'm aware.

What are the biggest worries about the future of Hereford FC?

Provided the financial controls are kept in place, none.

What are the chances of Hereford getting promoted this season?

In with a good chance

What are the plans for the future?

I think the biggest challenge is extending the current five year lease on Edgar Street. Having had great support so far I would like the board to start talking to the Council about a lease extension as soon as possible.  FA grants are not available with such a short lease.

Follow The Bulls With Radio Hereford

Hereford FC supporters who are unable to get to the match at Coleshill this afternoon are reminded that they can listen to full match commentary with Keith Hall on Radio Hereford.

For more details go to: 

There will also be video coverage of the game from Hereford FC In Action.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Prediction League Round 26 Preview

Round 26 of the Bullsnews prediction league sees Hereford travel to Coleshill Town. Hereford lost to Coleshill in the reverse fixture earlier in the season and they are currently 12th in the league.

Last 5 results
Coleshill Town 4-2 Dunkirk
Highgate United 1-2 Coleshill Town
Coleshill Town 4-1 Rocester
Walsall Wood 3-2 Coleshill Town   
Alvechurch 3-0 Coleshill Town

Last 5 home attendances
57 vs Dunkirk
62 vs Rocester
55 vs Hucknall Town (FA Vase)
102 vs Walsall Wood
87 vs Hednesford (BSC)

2015/16 Attendances
Highest: 145
Average: 93 
Lowest: 62

2014/15 Attendances
Highest: 115
Average: 80
Lowest: 52

Predictions with attendance, score and username needs to be sent before 2:30pm on Saturday to

It's Coleshill Tomorrow

There's another new ground for Hereford supporters to visit tomorrow when manager Peter Beadle takes his squad to Coleshill.

And it will be the first club that the new club has played a Midland League fixture on a 3G pitch although some of the players were involved in a pre-season friendly at Merthyr.

No doubt Ryan Green, who was formerly at Merthyr, has been telling the rest of the squad about playing on them.

Beadle will be hopeful that the squad can continue their wonderful winning run particularily as Coleshill defeated Hereford 5-4 at Edgar Street last August.

"It seems a long time ago but it's quite fresh in the memory," said Beadle.

"And again on the night we played exceptionally well but it was a strange bizzare game.

"It's not a revenge mission, it's the next game on our fixture list and it's the next game we want to go and get a result in.

"So it will be good to catch up with them again just they were lovely people and their team worked extremely hard on that night and we've got to go there and perform exceptionally well to get a result.

"And that's what we'll try and do."

Admission to the game is £8.00 for Adults and £5 for OAP's and under 16's.

The weather forecast currently suggests it might rain tomorrow afternoon but there is plenty of cover at the ground.

"We have two seated stands on either side of the ground," Coleshill chairman Dave Brown told BN.

"Limited parking is available within the ground otherwise it parking on the road which is not that busy."

For those driving to the game the address and postcode is:  Packington Ln, Birmingham, West Midlands B46 3JE

Information On Half Season Tickets

As expected Hereford FC have released information about 'Half' Season Tickets.

In essence they are for the eleven home league games from Boxing Day to the end of the season.

They cost £75 for Adults and £60 for Concessions and will be on sale from December 1st to December 23rd.

The club have decided not to issue any junior 'Half' Season Tickets as they feel that with the cost of admission just £1 provided they are HUST junior members, it is already good value.

Application forms for 'Half' Season Tickets can be downloaded here:

Please note as there are already over 1400 season ticket holders a lot of seats are already taken so the club will, in the first instance, only sell tickets for a particular area of the ground.

Club Open For Vase Tickets Today

Hereford FC will be selling tickets for the FA Vase game against Brocton, due to take place on December 12th, from 10am this morning.

These tickets can also be purchased on line as can tickets for the HFA Cup game against Bromyard on December 5th.

Also on sale is the CD of the Club Anthem and a range of merchandise.

From next Tuesday December 1st the club shop will be open every weekday from 10am.

And the club will have 'Half' Season Tickets available to purchase from next Tuesday. Ideal for a Christmas gift!

Finally more details about the Boxing Day game against Westfields will be released at some stage today.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

How Hereford's Fans Saved Their Club

Steve Price has written an article for 'The Boot Room' entitled How Hereford's Fans Saved Their Club.

After several paragraphs about the demise of Hereford United, Price turns his attention to how the new club, Hereford FC, was set up.

When the club was being sold for two pounds, fans could already see that their club was in trouble, and just a few days after the takeover, a few local businessmen announced their plan to launch a new phoenix club in conjunction with the Hereford United Supporters Trust. Without the foresight of these businessmen, it is very doubtful that Hereford would have been able to set up a football team for the 2015/16 season.

While a club owned 100% by the supporters’ trust would have been the ideal model for Hereford, the club’s financial circumstances dictated that this wasn’t possible. Rather than use this model, Hereford FC have created their own model for a football club. This new model involves the club creating half a million pounds of equity from selling shares, fifty percent of which are reserved for the supporters club, and the other fifty percent for individuals. The individual shareholders must be vetted by the board before purchasing shares, and may not own more than twenty-four percent of the club. However for administrative reasons, individuals wishing to purchase shares must buy at least two (one -ed) thousand pounds’ worth of shares. This arrangement has allowed the club to raise the capital required for playing this season in a short space of time, and should in theory mean that the club is fifty-percent owned by the supporters’ trust. There are also regulations in place to prevent any shareholder from profiting from their ownership of shares in the new club, and to ensure that any profits made are reinvested into the club.

Although many fans would prefer a 50+1 model, they acknowledge the reasons why they can’t have such a set-up. However, the supporters’ trust believe that with the model that Hereford FC have developed never again can people come in, get hold, and ruin this football club.’

Hereford’s new model is designed to be sustainable, with budgets set based on the club selling around two hundred season tickets. Such has been the enthusiasm for the phoenix club, that Hereford FC have sold over a thousand season tickets. Edgar Street has been refurbished, and was filled with over four-thousand supporters for the club’s pre-season friendly against FC United of Manchester

While promotion is the aim for this season, in the long-term Hereford need to secure their home ground, with the lease on Edgar Street currently only running for five years. Keeping hold of their famous old ground is a priority for the club, along with reaching the 250,000 pound target that would give the supporters’ trust 50% ownership of the club. However, with the club now in the hands of loyal supporters, and with sensible budgets and safeguards in place, it looks like Hereford can finally enjoy a bright future.

Read the full article at: