Next Game: Yate Town at Home on Saturday 17th December at 3pm

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Beadle's Verdict On The First Half Of The Season

Hereford's season in the Southern League South and West has reached half-way and the return, so far, is commendable. They've played 21 games from which they've taken 57 points.

The goal difference is 43, 58 scored and just 15 conceeded. 

"Good, but must do better," said manager Peter Beadle after yesterday's 1-0 win at Wantage.

"It's always the same, we're always looking to progress.

"As good as the performance was to win the game, I've picked out a few little bits we need to improve on. We're must always try and be better.

"You look at the points we've dropped this season so far, Tiverton away after taking the lead, the goal that we gave away disappointing. Didcot in the way we gave both goals away disappointing.

"Tuesday night mistakes yes although we played okay.

"But we've done great to be where we are, sat at the top 21 games in and unbeaten and we've just got to keep it going as long as we can.

"It's never over until it's over, we'll never count our chickens, we won't be complacent.

"We've just got to make sure we take every game as it comes and make sure we keep performing to the levels we have been.

"The lads have been fantastic. It does take a different type of player to play here and to do well here and the boys are doing great at the moment."

Goalkeepers Merry Go Round

Harvey Rivers At Edgar Street
Yate Town are the opponents at Edgar Street next Saturday and a familiar goalkeeper is expected to be in their squad.

Former Hereford FC keeper Harvey Rivers joined Yate at the beginning of the month and made his debut for them in their 3-2 win against Didcot last Saturday.

It didn't all go Rivers's way as he was adjudged to be at fault when he brought down Didcot's Whitehead in the box. The referee gave a penalty which Whitehead took and scored.

Since that game Yate have lost twice. Firstly to Mangotsfield in a Cup game and yesterday at Swindon Supermarine.

Horsell Saved A Vital Penalty At Alvechurch Last April
Current Hereford goalkeeper Martin Horsell signed for the Edgar Street club last December. He made his debut against Brocton in the FA Vase, a tie which Hereford won 2-0. His previous club was Yate.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Around The Ground

A few pictures from Wantage.

Second Half Pictures From Wantage

A few pictures from the second half at a very wet Wantage where Hereford won with the only goal of an uninspiring game.

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First Half Pictures From Wantage

A selection of pictures captured during the first half of this afternoon's game at Wantage.

Trouble At Wantage Caused By 'Unconnected' Persons

There was trouble before, during and after this afternoon's game at Wantage caused by persons unconnected with either Wantage or Hereford. Several true supporters received minor injuries.

A group of persons wearing distinctive Burberry kit were seen around the pubs before the game. They then arrived at the ground and were allowed to enter. 

Shortly before kick-off there was an incident inside the club house. Then when Hereford scored a green smoke bomb was let off.

Worse was to follow when about half way through the second half the group made their way into the Hereford Fans. They then let off another smoke bomb and started to cause trouble. One Hereford supporter appeared to be pushed over the pitch barrier. Several others were punched. Some children were affected by the smoke.

One girl aged seven was particularily affected and later checked over in the Wantage boardroom.

The referee stopped play for a couple of minutes until some semblance of order was restored. 


Then after the game as Hereford supporters left the ground there was more trouble.

Later in Wantage, police surrounded a pub in the centre.

"Steve mentioned it as soon as we scored, the little group that were up this end of the main stand," said Hereford manager Peter Beadle.

"He said 'they are not Wantage fans, they don't watch football every week, they are only here for one thing and they have caused the problems today by the sounds of it.

"Hopefully no one has been seriously hurt, no one has been injuried during the scuffle that was over there.

"Unfortunately there are a minority in all clubs and all groups.

"The first couple of minutes they shouted a few things and what have you and then the smoke bomb went off and we decided they are not Wantage fans.

"I'm not putting any blame on Wantage for what happened.

"We've been goaded a little bit and they've hung around our end waiting for something to happen or if not to ignite something to get it going and they obviously did eventually.

"Hopefully no one was hurt."

Today's South And West Results

Here are the results from this afternoon's games in the Southern League South and West.

Bideford 0 AFC Totton 0
Didcot 4 Bridgwater 0
Evesham 1 Tiverton 4
Mangotsfield 0 Taunton 4
Salisbury 1 Shortwood 0
Slimbridge 0 Barnstaple 1
Swindon Supermarine 3 Yate 1
Wantage 0 Hereford 1
Wimborne 2 Larkhall 1
Winchester 3 Paulton 2

Top of the League:

Hereford 21/57
Tiverton 21/47
Evesham 20/42

We Were Always Comfortable Said Beadle

After a game played in difficult conditions, Hereford manager Peter Beadle gave his verdict on his club's 1-0 win at Wantage.

"We got what we came for, three points," said Beadle.

"We got a great start and then conditions weren't great. I think the pitch is quite deceptive, it was extremely lively and very soft under foot.

"We controlled the game both halves. Into the wind and up the slope in the first half we controlled the game, got the goal, had a couple of half chances.

"Second half played the conditions because we didn't want to take any chances and had several half chances.

"John had a great chance in the first minute, another day he puts it away and the game is done and dusted.

"We were for ever comfortable, I don't think Alex had a shot to save.

"I don't think normally Wantage would play five at the back, four across the middle of the park and left a lad upfront on his own which is always going to be difficult because it gives up possession to us. If they had had an extra body upfront maybe they would have had a bit more possession.

"It was important we made the most of our possession which we did to a degree.

"It was difficult out there and I thought the players were totally professional in the job they got done. The only thing I asked of them was that they need to make sure our basics are better.

"Our basic skills are good, our passing, control and where and when to pass, just sometimes we're a little bit off, the pass is in the wrong place, or not quite where you want it or where a forward or a wide player would want it, it always seems to be half a yard behind him or too far in front of him which means the rhythem sometimes breaks down.

"That being said with the pitch the way it was and the type of game it was we are happy to take the points. We always want to win the game and we've done that.

"First half going up the slope we talked about not giving them a chance to get into the game coming down the slope.

"Obviously we got the goal early which was great and with the way they played it was difficult to get anywhere, to get anyone on the ball. The way they played with five at the back and four across the front it was always going to be difficult.

"So second half we asked for them to try and get the break away early. When we turn over possession and the win the ball quickly can we attack them quickly with an early pass. But it's difficult to judge with the slope, it wasn't as bad as Tuesday, but it is still a big slope.

"Any ball coming out of the sky is going to bounce over the top and rolled away so it was difficult.

"But all you can do is keep winning games and we've won it comfortably with Alex not having a shot to save. The hardest piece of work he had was when he chased one out to the corner flag to keep it in play.

"So that's all you can ask.

"There were no real clear cut chances, even Pablo's goal wasn't a clear cut chance.

"Fair play to them as they stuck at it as well especially after conceeding so early.

"I think if we had got another one they might have crumbled a little bit but they didn't. We are the big scalp for everybody and they will raise their game and chance their game when they play us."

Bulls Win at a Wet Wantage

Hereford maintain their 10-point lead at the top of the table after beating Wantage Town 1-0 this afternoon.

Pablo Haysham, who starts his four match suspension next weekend, scored the only goal of the game with two minutes on the clock.

As usual, there will be more later.

Wet Afternoon In Wantage?

If the forecasters are correct it will be a wet afternoon in Wantage where Hereford are the visitors for a Southern League South and West fixture.

There is limited 'shelter' for around 300 supporters but the advice has to be if you want a seat get to the ground in reasonable time.

Meanwhile whilst for most players and supporters this is another away game, for John Mills and Pablo Haysham it is quite close.

Mills tweeted:

So nice to get up and not have to drive 2 and a half hours to a game today 😂😂

Club Shop Open From 10am This Morning

Hereford FC's club shop will be open from 10am this morning for supporters to do their Christmas shopping.

As well as kit, there are other items suitable for presents.

Also on sale is an eight game home ticket.

Club Shop Opening Hours:

Saturday 10th Dec – 9am-4pm
Sunday 11th Dec – 11am-4pm (Junior Bulls discount day)
Monday 12th Dec – 10am-4pm
Tuesday 13th Dec – CLOSED
Wednesday 14th Dec – 10am-8pm – Late night shopping
Thursday 15th Dec – CLOSED
Friday 16th Dec – 10am-4pm
Saturday 17th Dec 10am-Kick off & after the match
Sunday 18th Dec – 11am-4pm
Monday 19th Dec – CLOSED
Tuesday 20th Dec – CLOSED
Wednesday 21st Dec – 10am-8pm – Late night shopping
Thursday 22nd Dec – 10am-4pm
Friday 23rd Dec – 10am-4pm
Saturday 24th Dec – 9am-1pm

Friday, December 09, 2016

Tupsley Girls Guard Of Honour At Edgar Street

Last Saturday Tupsley Girls FC provided the guard of honour at Edgar Street. Over 30 girls took part and they were accompanied by many more family and friends.


Four Match Ban For Pablo Haysham


Hereford's Pablo Haysham has been given a four match ban after being sent off at North Leigh on Tuesday Evening.

The ban will start with the game against Yate next Saturday. He will also miss the games against Bishops Cleeve, Evesham and Paulton.

Hereford FC Team Of The Month Of November

The Southern League have reported that Hereford FC are the November 'Team of the Month' in the South and West League.

Hereford won all their five matches in the month scoring 15 goals with just 2 against.

It's the second time Hereford have won this award this season.

King's Lynn won the Southern League Premier Award and Farnborough the Central League Award.

'Airing' The Edgar Street Pitch

Picture From Ben Bowen
Hereford FC Groundsman Ben Bowen has been taking advantage of a gap between fixtures to get some air into the Edgar Street pitch.

The next home game is on Saturday December 17th against Yate Town.

Prediction League Round 29 Preview

Round 29 of the Bullsnews prediction league sees Hereford travel to Wantage. Wantage are currently 21st in the league. 

Last 5 results
AFC Totton 2-2 Wantage
Paulton Rovers 5-1 Wantage
Evesham 5-1 Wantage
Wantage 0-2 Bideford
Bridgwater 2-3 Wantage

Attendances 2016/17
Highest: 150
Average: 72
Lowest: 43

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

Back To Oxfordshire For Hereford Tomorrow

It's back to Oxfordshire for Hereford FC tomorrow with a Southern League South and West League game at Wantage.

Manager Peter Beadle will be hopeful of getting back to winning ways after the 3-3 draw at North Leigh on Tuesday evening.

And despite Wantage being in the relegation zone, Beadle has said he's unlikely to use the fixture to give a few fringe players game time. 

"I'll keep the winning team, I don't want to change it, I want points on the board.

"It's not that I don't trust the players who are not playing at the moment. The players who are playing at the moment why should I leave them out, they'll be banging on my door why am I not playing?"

Beadle brought both John Mills and Jimmy Oates off the bench to boost his options after trailling 3-0 at North Leigh. Whether he will start either or both on tomorrow remains to be seen but both played a vital part in Tuesday's 3-3 draw.

Tristan Plummer was subbed late in the game after feeling his hamstring. It's not the first time this season he pulled up with a hamstring problem. Beadle put it down to the 'heavy going'.

Rob Purdie missed Tuesday's game because of illness so may be a doubt for tomorrow.

Meanwhile below is some information from Wantage for those going to the match:

Entrance Fees: Adults £8, Concessions £5

Programmes: £1.50

Parking is very limited, we are not allowing parking at the Club ( to provide more pedestrian areas around the Club ) so weather permitting, we will allow parking behind the Clubhouse, or at the Memorial Park across the road from the entrance to the Ground, or there is parking in the Town Centre, which is about a five minute walk.

Turnstiles will open at 1pm, and we are offering a Happy Hour 1pm to 2pm, where drinks will be offered at a discounted rate.

We will operate our Kitchen as normal, but due to the numbers we are expecting, we are also offering a BBQ and a 'Can Stand'.

Sat Nav is OX12 8DW 

Thursday, December 08, 2016

Four Days To Bid For Purdie's Wembley Shirt


There are just four days remaining to bid for Rob Purdie's unworn Wembley shirt, the proceeds of which will go to the Children's Ward at Hereford Hospital.

Bidding (as at 7.45pm this evening) stands at £510.

Purdie scored Hereford's goal at the FA Vase Final last May. 

Full details:

Your chance to own a unique piece of Hereford FC history with this Rob Purdie unworn 'replacement' shirt from the FA Vase Final at Wembley.

Each player was provided with two shirts for the occasion, this is the unworn 'replacement' / 'blood' shirt that was available to Rob Purdie on the day of the game.

The shirt has the FA Respect badges on the sleeves, 'Purdie' and number 4 on the reverse and the unique embroidered WEMBLEY STADIUM written on the front (this is slightly different to the embroidery on the replica shirts).

The shirt comes signed by Rob Purdie on the front and back.

The shirt comes with a certificate of authenticity. We can also arrange for the shirt to be presented by Rob Purdie at Edgar Street ahead of a forthcoming home game.

**100% of monies raised from this shirt will go to the Hereford Hospital Children's Ward**

John Mills Third In Goals Chart


Hereford FC striker John Mills is currently the third highest goalscorer in the Southern League South and West. His goal on Tuesday evening at North Leigh takes his total to 18 to date.

Mills has missed a couple of games recently but is just one goal behind joint leaders Lance Smith of Evesham and Levi Landricombe of Tiverton on 19 goals.

Hereford's Mike Symons is 8th in the list with 14 goals.

Mills and Symons between them account for 32 of Hereford's 57 League goals.

Meanwhile Hereford's attendances are currently averaging 2594. That's after 11 home games.

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

AFC Totton Chairman and Vice Resign

AFC Totton have today announced the resignation of their chairman and vice-chairman.

Chairman Andy Straker has been suffering with his health recently, and feels it is best for someone else to take over in the best interests of the club.

Vice-chairman Roy Edwards has been dealing with the increased workload, but a promotion at work means he is also unable to continue in his role.

The Stags would like to thank both Andy and Roy for everything that they have done in recent years. The pair worked well together in 2013/14, steering the club through the financial troubles which they inherited.

Because of the resignations, the club has called a Special General Meeting on Wednesday 21st December at 7.30pm where members can elect a Chairman, Vice Chairman and Treasurer.

Another Win For UITC Under 18's

UITC Under 18's played Bromyard Town Under 18's this evening.

Result: UITC  3  Bromyard 0

Scorers: Oxley, Young, Scotford

Starting XI:1.Griffiths 2.Clarke 3.Pugh 4.Purrington 5.MacDonald 6.Richmond 7.Oxley 8.Scotford 9.Young 10.Maddy 11.Muirhead

Subs: 12.Lancett 14.M.Davies 15.Hurst 16.Preece 17.G.Hayes

Jim Williams - BDO Darts Player Interview

Herefordshire's Jim Williams faces Tony O'Shea in the 1st round of the Lakeside in January. I managed to squeeze in a Hereford FC related question in tonight's interview.

Plummer Subbed Because Of Tight Hamstring

Hereford's Tristan Plummer who scored a cracker of a goal was subbed late in the second half at North Leigh last night.

"Tight hamstring, heavy going," said manager Peter Beadle

"I thought he put a good shift in, I thought he played well.

"Took his goal fantastically. What a finish.

"All the goals tonight were good goals. All three of their goals were good finishes, I know the one took a nick off Edge's knee. Second one is a great finish, first one also a good finish.

"Then our goals all good finishes. Just needed that last flick of Edge's played through the posts, let one of them knock it in. If you put it out wide of the goal no one is running onto it, they're running around it.

"Like I said at half-time you would have taken 3-3 all day!"

Some supporters felt the referee didn't play enough stoppage time given the goals, cards, injuries, substitutions.

"I won't know because Pablo's had a terrible night and knocked the stopwatch off with four minutes to go.

"When we scored the third goal we still had five or six minutes to go plus whatever there was to add on.

"I couldn't see it because he turned my watch off.

"He's not had a good night, never mind!" 

HFA Christmas Kick About

This from the HFA:

The Slope Made A Big Difference Said Beadle

One of the talking points at Peter Beadle's post match interview was the slope at the North Leigh ground.

"Huge difference," said the Hereford manager.

"I don't think it matters so much on our pitch, I think we do it because of our fans.

"As Salisbury proved on Saturday it makes no difference which way we go first. We tend to play well pretty much for both halves of the game. Obviously going towards our own fans in the second half is a bit of an incentive for the players, there's a bit more of a buzz about the place.

"John and Pablo both have expereience here before and they said they would like to kick up the slope first half and down the slope second half. Which is why we kept it as it was.

"It's a big slope, it's not a small one, it's a huge slope and if you're under the cosh it's hard to get out.

"Saying that I thought we dealt with it quite well first half. The goals weren't because we were massively under pressure, goals were because we shot ourselves in the foot.

"Second half when you are on the charge like we were, it's hard to get out of that half because it is a huge slope and it does play a huge part in the game.

"We dug in tonight and earnt our result.

"Keeper made a great save from Edge in the first and Simmo had a great chance with a header but second half we took our chances and in the end disappointed not to win it."

Mills scored the winning goal when it looked to some as though he might have passed it to another player.

"You weren't the only ones shouting pass it as well!

"I've never come across anything like him in my years of playing, coaching and managing. Don't get me wrong he has his weak side, his back to goal, his passing, his control, pretty much everything!

"But I've never seen anyone finish like him and I've worked, played with some good finishers.

"He's a machine. Eight times out of ten you give him the ball in the box and he'll score and that's the beauty of having him around.

"He's come back and he's desperate to get back involved and play and he's come on tonight and rescued us a point."

Second Selection Of Second Half Pictures From North Leigh

These from the fourth quarter of last night's game at North Leigh.