Saturday, May 23, 2015

Season Ticket Sales Update

Earlier this evening on Twitter :-

@HerefordFC: Twenty more season tickets sold today as well as more great work done by fantastic volunteers. 788 sold in all now we think! #Unbelievable

Meanwhile, Jon Hale and other HFC Directors met with officials from the Midland Football League today:

A real pleasure meeting officials from The Midland Football League at Edgar Street this morning @MidlandLeague @HerefordFC #notlongnow

Hey Big Spender

Suggestions that a string of sides are jockeying to be the big spenders in the Midland Football League are gathering pace.

Along with Hereford FC, half a dozen other sides have already been identified by seasoned league followers as 'splashing the cash' this coming season.

Likely to be top of the tree is Sporting Khalsa. The West Midlands Regional League champions swept all before them with a record points total of 117 in 2014/15, and are primed for a push for a second successive promotion.

They have spent substantial sums on their Aspray Arena ground in recent seasons. Originally the home of Willenhall Town, but purchased from the debt-ridden club in 2009, it has seen extensive redevelopment to feature the Black Country Performance Hub - a suite of four 3G football pitches and two room for the likes of martial arts and wrestling.

The development opened in January, and also features a bar and function suite that includes a large Indian restaurant.

Rajinder Gill, chairman of Sporting Khalsa, said at the time: “Our plans for both the club in terms of the site and the teams are ambitious and we hope the opening of the BCPH is a sign of just how high we have set our targets."

Pic - Sporting Khalsa
Khalsa manager Ian Rowe, who dropped a level from the MFL to take the job, spoke earlier in the season: 

"In terms of the infrastructure that is in place, and everything to go forward, the potential of the club is absolutely massive. It’s got the category D grading already, it’s my job to get the club to where they want to be."

Rowe is likely to be one of the characters to rile the Bulls fans in the coming season, having a reputation for letting match officials know exactly what he thinks of them.

News Round-Up

Bristol Rovers' six day court hearing has concluded with the Judge to consider her verdict in the coming days. The club claim Sainsburys spent three years delaying the planning process after deciding the planned store did not meet their financial targets. The supermarket deny this and say they met all the terms of the contract between the two parties.

Torquay is now majority owned by the current board after Thea Bristow handed over 80% of her shareholding to the existing Directors. They have given Bristow assurances that they have the finances to run the club for next season, but have also told her they will seek talks with new investors and the Supporters Trust. 

Salisbury have announced a price cut for their u16 admission charges from £4 to £2 after complaints from fans. Season tickets for the same age group have dropped to £30.

Friday, May 22, 2015

West Brom XI To Visit Edgar Street

This from Hereford FC:

We are delighted to confirm that Hereford FC will be entertaining a West Bromwich Albion XI at Edgar Street on Tuesday 14 July.
The game, the third of our pre-season programme, will kick off at 7.45pm.
The confirmation of this fixtures means that Hereford FC’s pre-season schedule is now complete. It is as follows:
Pre-Season 2015/16:
Tuesday 7 July (7.30pm) – Malvern Town (A)
Saturday 11 July (3pm) – FC United of Manchester (H)
Tuesday 14 July (7.45pm) – West Bromwich Albion XI (H)
Saturday 18 July (3pm) – Merthyr Town (A)
Tuesday 21 July (7.30pm) – Wellington (A)
Saturday 25 July (3pm) – Pegasus Juniors (A)
Tuesday 28 July (7.45pm) – Brimscombe & Thrupp (A)
Saturday 1 August (3pm) – Hull City Under 21s (H)
Saturday 8 August – Midland Football League 2015/16 Kicks Off

UITC Q&A With Josh Hunt

United In The Community Coach Josh Hunt has completed a Q&A about their work:

What is your position at UITC?
My name is Josh Hunt and my position at UITC is Schools Programme Co-Ordinator. I teach at 10 Primary and Secondary schools throughout Herefordshire and Worcestershire delivering PE Lessons and After School Clubs. UITC deliver a wide range of sports including Football, Rugby, Tennis, Cricket, Rounders, Athletics etc. 

What teams do you coach?
I coach the Under 12’s academy team 3 times a week including a match day on a Saturday morning.  

You have two Under 18s Teams, why is that?
We have 2 Under 18 teams due to having a large amount of players on our course that we run. We have enough students to fill two teams. The performance team played in the Premier League Football League last season and Development Team played in the ECFA (English Colleges Football Association) which played their matches on a Wednesday afternoon.  

What is the relationship with Hereford Football Club?
The relationship is really good. Our trustees agreed to affiliate UITC with both HUST and HFC last month. It's really important we can develop a player pathway from UITC into HFC - and that is obviously one of our key footballing priorities in the seasons ahead.

How many players do you have on your books?
We have our Football Development Centre ages from 6 to 11 years old where we have 60 children training every Monday evening and games when arranged. 

Our Academy teams are aged from U12’s to U16’s where we have a total of 80 players.

Our U18’s team consists of 22 players. Overall we have a total of 162 players on our books. 

Where do you get your money from?
We get our money from different programmes plus grants and fundraising. We have 5 different programmes including Schools Programme, Soccer Schools, Football & Education, Youth Academy and Development (Football Development Centre). This money is used to pay for facilities, coaches, and equipment. As we are a non-profit organisation we recycle the money back into our community activities.

I hear you also offer an education course for young people, what is that about?
We offer a Btec Extended Diploma in Sport for Students. This is a 2 year course where you become part of our Youth Team. You will take part in 3 training sessions every week and attend a game. If you have a strong interest in playing or coaching football, this course is perfect for you. This course is for students aged between 16 and 18 and if you are interested in finding out more information about the course email

Who are your staff and what are their experience and qualifications?
We have 2 full time staff at UITC these are - 
  • Steve Brotherwood - Manager - UEFA B Coaching badge & Level 1&2 Youth Module certificates.
  • Myself (Josh) - Schools Programme Co-Ordinator - Level 2 Coaching badge & Level 1&2 Youth Module Certificates.

We are also supporters by a string of part time and volunteer coaches.

Where is your office?
Our office is based on Blackfriars Street at the Edgar Street stadium.

Where do you train?
We have two training Facilities, we use Victoria Park, Field Grove View, for our U18 Youth Team. We also use Belmont Abbey where we coach our academy and Football Development Centre teams and play matches from this venue.

Can anyone come to watch UITC matches?
Yes anybody can watch UITC matches, keep up-to-date with all fixtures, dates and times of the matches on our Facebook page ( or Twitter page (@HUFCCommunity). 

What sponsorship opportunities are there?
There are plenty of Sponsorship opportunities with UITC. We are currently looking for sponsors for our academy teams match day kit. We also have places to have advertising boards for companies at Victoria Park. For more information email

What kit do the players wear?
The players have their own training kit to wear for training and we supply the match day kit. We have just released our new Macron training kit. The under 18s will be wearing the same kit as Hereford FC’s First Team but the younger age groups will have their own sponsor.

Heanor Town Complete MFL Line Up

Heanor Town are the final side to be confirmed to be opponents of Hereford FC in the Midland Football League this coming season.

The Derbyshire side will be one of the longer trips on the Bulls' itinerary, having been moved sideways from the Northern Counties East League (NCEL) where they finished sixth this season.

Heanor is one of the more recent sides for ex-Bull Neil Grayson, who played for the Lions at the age of 48. 

Club Seeking Bar And Functions Manager

This from Hereford FC:

Hereford FC is inviting expressions of interest for the newly created role of Bar and Functions Manager at Edgar Street.
The successful candidate will have responsibility for the management and marketing of the Starlite Rooms, the club’s hospitality suites, Addison’s Bar and Radford’s Bar, and will be a key member of the club’s commercial team.
Anyone interested in this role is invited to send their CV to Hereford FC’s Commercial Director, George Webb, at, or by post to Hereford FC, Edgar Street, Hereford, HR4 9JU.
Closing date for expressions of interest is 12pm on Friday 29 May.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

The Ballad Of Ronnie Radford

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The Ballad of Ronnie Radford’ tells the story of one of the most famous goals in FA Cup history, when semi-professional Hereford United winger Ronnie Radford scored from 30 yards to help his team beat the giants of Newcastle United in 1972. In this short documentary Harry Harris meets Ronnie who tells the story of his footballing triumph.
The day after scoring such a monumental goal, Ronnie went back to his day job: up a ladder, fixing the roof of a house.
Harry said: “I had that song on YouTube, and a director of Hereford United’s wife found it and asked me to play at the 40th anniversary of the game as a surprise for Ronnie and the whole team – that was a really lovely day, and we just kept in touch, Ronnie sent me letters and we approached him about the doc, and he was very receptive – in the interim between making the documentary and releasing it, Hereford United have gone bankrupt and been reborn as Hereford FC, and will be playing their first season next year.”
‘The Ballad of Ronnie Radford’ is the first single from Harry Harris’ second album ‘Songs About Other People’, which is out now on Wild Sound Recordings.
Directed by: Francis Newall & Matt Diegan
Produced by: Matt Diegan
All Music: Harry Harris
Grade: Steve Atkins
Sound Mix: Robin Clarke

Find more from Harry at

See the documentary at:

News Round-Up

The current Torquay board are reported to be ready to take on Thea Bristow's majority shareholding in the club and shoulder the financial commitments to keep the Gulls running. Bristow will retain 20% of her shares and continue a smaller funding commitment for the coming season under the new plan. The club's Supporters Trust has trebled in size to over 300 members since the ownership crisis began.

Bristol Rovers' court battle with Sainsburys has heard that the supermarket had the right to withdraw from the £30million deal to buy the Memorial Ground over the Council refusal to alter delivery hours to the store. The supermarket claims it did not withdraw the application to change hours so that an appeal could be held, which was successful. If it had withdrawn, the appeal would not have been heard and the club would have been left in 'an awful trap'. The hearing continues.

Former Bull Chris Sharp is one of a string of players to be released by Stockport. The former Telford man spent only a season at Edgeley Park, where he was rarely used as a striker. Salisbury have announced that they will charge £8 for terracing and £9 for seats in their Wessex League campaign next season. They will charge £4/£5 for under 16's but under 5's will go free.

Truro City have announced they will remain at their current Treyew Road home for the entirety of next season. They had been in talks with Torquay over a groundshare while planning permission was sought for a new ground, but they have now secured a deal for their current stadium which was sold to developers by a former owner. Ex-Bull Will Evans has signed a new one year deal at Eastleigh. The utility man has played 78 times for the club since arriving two years ago. 

Club Confirms Brimscombe Trip

This from Hereford FC:

Hereford FC’s Club Secretary, Martin Watson, has confirmed that the club will be playing a pre-season friendly against Brimscombe & Thrupp Football Club on Tuesday 28 July.
Brimscombe & Thrupp – who are based near Stroud – play in the Hellenic League Premier Division, and the game will take place at The Meadow with a 7.30pm kick off.
Speaking at the excellent Fans Forum at the Railway Club in Hereford last night, Hereford FC manager, Peter Beadle, explained that he sees this game as an important one as it will help his players familiarise themselves with the type of grounds they will visit in the Midlands Football League this season.
More information about Brimscombe & Thrupp FC can be found on their website at
Speaking about Hereford FC’s pre-season schedule, Martin Watson said:
‘We’ve had over 100 offers from clubs for friendlies, not only from those wanting our fans to travel to them, but also a lot of sides wanting to play at a ground like Edgar Street for the experience.
‘Some have come back to us three or four times on the off chance of a gap opening up in our schedule.
‘However, apart from one potential announcement,  our pre-season fixture list is now complete.’

Former Keeper to Return

The Hereford Times has reported Rhys Evans will be coming on board to offer training sessions one day a week. 
"He lives in Tewkesbury so not far from Hereford," said Beadle. 
"I think he misses the football and I think he has got something to offer"

Also Joel Edwards has confirmed to the Hereford Times he is due to speak to Beadle and his current manager Sean Edwards at the end of the week to discuss his options. 

Fans Forum Report

The fans forum chaired by Jon Hale with Peter Beadle and Matt Bishop took place at the Railway Club last night.

With Jamie Griffiths filming the event for posting on the Hereford FC site, around 150 fans attended the evening to hear Beadle and Bishop's plans for the team.

Beadle told supporters that his work could now really start as the league placing was known, but that the Step 5 level had scared off one or two players that had been interested. He told fans that he had a core of players identified and may be able to name the first batch of recruits as early as Friday.

"It's a good budget. We expect to be at the top end" he told fans after being asked if the club was to challenge for promotion.

"I've spoken to Rob Purdie about United In The Community and the under 18's. We want to challenge from day one. We will develop players over time, and play them when ready."

Gareth Davies also took time to praise the work of UITC, naming coach Liam Brewer - who was in the room - leading to a round of applause from the crowd.

Asked about training, Beadle said they would start in Hereford but then seek alternative venues to cut down on travelling costs and times for players: "Hartpury College is one site. It's 25 minutes from here, 25 minutes from Bristol, Gloucester. Players are happier to come when there's less travelling in the car."

Asked about players adjusting to the size of the crowd at Edgar Street, Beadle acknowledged that some of the players may not have seen such a gate and that the supporters would have to be patient with them early in the season as they got used to the noise and pressure.

"Hopefully one of two familiar faces will come in" was the response as he was quizzed on some former players but he did not name names.

Beadle also announced a friendly at Brimscombe and Thrupp, a Hellenic League side.

After a break, the forum recommenced with Beadle and Bishop departed and Phil Eynon and Chris Williams taking the stage as they and Hale took questions on the off-field matters.

Hale started out by thanking the supporters, calling the backing "hugely humbling". He also thanked the benefactors adding that, without their support and finances, Herefordshire Council would not have given Hereford FC the lease to Edgar Street - "At times during negotiations we almost walked out. All the letters and support from fans proved our cause to the Council."

Hale also announced the current season ticket sales number as 766.

Hale thanked Ken Kinnersley for his work, and that of all the volunteers that had got the club and ground as far as they had in a short space of time. He also noted the need for more volunteers to attend work days at the club, and for more people to volunteer as matchday stewards.

For any volunteer role you can email

HUST Chairman, and club Vice Chairman, Chris Williams then talked about his work towards getting a Safety Certificate for Edgar Street. He said the first Safety Advisory Group meeting had 15 different agencies with input into the certification requirements.

Williams also said that there were plans to belatedly celebrate the 90th birthday of Hereford United on July 11th. 

Jon Hale then took questions, and confirmed that a main shirt sponsor was close and could be announced in the coming week. He also announced, to generous applause, that the bars at Edgar Street would be run in-house rather than leased out to a third party.

However, some bad news came in the form of the Vice Presidents Club lounge. Hale described it as 'dangerously unhealthy' with issues with asbestos, the flooring, and toilets all to be resolved.

Chris Williams then plugged HUST's Prize Bull lottery, with new HUST committee member Andy Swift taking control of the running. More details on the lottery at

Hale apologised for the Macron P&P charge for online orders, but it was out of the club's control, adding that the Macron deal allowed the club to carry small quantities of stock rather than splashing out on huge numbers of shirts with the danger they would go unsold.

The forum closed at 10pm to generous applause.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Talking Bull T-Shirts

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Talking Bull have announced a new edition to their leisurewear range of products in support of Hereford Football Club.


Be one of the first to get your hands on our superbly designed Hereford ‘Til I Die  shirts.
The shirts are Fruit of the Loom White with a Hereford ‘Til I Die and Keep The Faith logo.
A range of sizes will be available: S, M, L, XL, and XXL.
Kids and larger sizes will be produced on an individual basis.
Talking Bull confirms any profits acquired by the Hereford supporters magazine, website and on-line store will be equally distributed between Hereford Football Club and Hereford United Supporters Trust.
This will be achieved through direct match and match ball sponsorship at Edgar Street with the funds thus being directed through Hereford Football Club.
An equal sum will be donated to the Hereford United Supporters Trust for the specific purpose of acquiring shares towards the fans target.
Prices will be revealed once initial stocks are received.
Watch out for the release date as high demand is anticipated.
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FA Set To Announce Governance Changes

The recent 'ownership' debacle that resulted in the liquidation of Hereford United is expected to lead to some governance changes according to Hereford MP Jesse Norman.

"The FA are set to annouce some real improvements to governance tommorow," he said.

Norman raised the problems at Hereford United in Parliament on several occasions. In particular he stressed that the 'fit and proper person test' wasn't working as he felt it should.

News Round-Up

Bristol Rovers have told a court that it would be a 'financial catastrophe' if Sainsburys do not complete the deal to buy their stadium as they plan a new ground, and that the court must force the supermarket to complete the deal rather than impose damages. The club are accused of changing the terms of the contract over a levy imposed by the local Council, an accusation a club director admitted, and the case continues.

Port Vale owner Norman Smuthwaite says the club has had to slash the wage bill for next season or their future would have been in doubt. Attendances had dropped 20% over the past year, costing £600,000 in revenue, and a poor season in the cups had cost them a further £300,000 leaving several players to be offered reduced terms for the coming season including star striker Tom Pope.

Gateshead say they have five interested bidders in taking over the club. Interest has been shown locally as well as from France and Texas. Former Bull Josh Gowling is one of twelve players to be offered contracts for next season by Grimsby. The 31 year old missed the play-off final due to injury having made five appearances following his loan move from Kidderminster.

Forest Green chairman Dale Vince has demanded an apology from Newport manager Terry Butcher after he claimed that Darren Jones moved to the Gumpers for the money. Jones and Vince say the 31 year old moved to challenge for promotion, with the player saying that the Exiles would not be promotion challengers having released '13 of my friends'.

Fans Forum This Evening

Hereford FC will hold their first ever fans forum this evening.

The forum is set to take place at the Railway Club (GWRSA), Barton Road, HR4 0AY starting at 8pm.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

News Round-Up

Former Bull Chris Todd has been confirmed as the new Assistant Manager at Eastleigh. The 33 year old played only 10 games this past season and replaces Craig McAllister, who was one of a number of players to be released by manager Richard Hill. Former Bulls loanee Steven Jennings has signed a new deal with Tranmere. The 30 year old has made 288 appearances for the club over three spells.

Exeter boss Paul Tisdale says the club's decline is over after a season of turmoil. 12 months ago the club needed a loan from the PFA to cover wages, causing a transfer embargo, and the subsequent rift between the club board and supporters trust saw both the club chairman and Chief Executive leave. The January sale of youngster Matt Grimes for £1.75m to Swansea means the club are on a better footing this summer.

Luton have sacked striker Ricky Miller over an incident in which he was arrested along with teammate Shaun Whalley. Whalley has also left the club 'by mutual consent' with Miller's dismissal subject to an appeals process. Hyde FC have announced they will revert to their previous name of Hyde United after the change was approved by the FA Council. The change will also see them revert to red shirts.

Carlisle planned takeover has been put on hold at the last minute, with the club's current board opening talks with a second investment group. Andrew Lapping, the man leading the original bid, was told of the move only minutes before it was announced publicly with the club's Supporters Trust saying their agreement to dilute their shareholding only applied to Lapping's bid.

Wigan Ponder Bid For Clucas

Last week it was Cardiff City who were reported to be after Sam Clucas. Today he's been linked to Wigan.

The former Hereford United winger is currently with Chesterfield having joined them from Mansfield last summer.

Reports suggest Wigan might offer £500,000 for Clucas.

However this figure might be more in the mind of Clucas's agent than anyone else.

Developments At UITC

United In The Community have today confirmed the appointments of Dr Chris Frith and Justin Ratcliffe onto its Board of Trustees. The Trust is also currently recruiting for a Trustee to oversee its financial affairs.

Nick Vaughan, Chairman of UITC, said: “I am delighted that both Chris and Justin have joined the board as we continue to put plans in place for next season”. He added: “There is a huge amount of work to do over the weeks and months– not least sharpening up our back office-functions and putting in place a sustainable budget for the year ahead.  I hope there will be some more trustee appointments to announce before our next Board meeting in July - in addition to confirming our coaching roster for next season.”

An FA Pitch Assessment is also being conducted at UITC’s two training facilities – Victoria Park and Belmont.  The outcome of this will guide a tender process for a new ground maintenance contract which will commence in July. On this, Vaughan said: “Our current contractor Mowtech have done a good job in maintaining our pitches over the years. However, in the spirit of transparency and best practice we are inviting Mowtech to re-tender for the work in addition to other, local companies”

In other developments, UITC are currently installing new advertising boards and dugouts at its Victoria Park base. For sponsorship opportunities, please e-mail:

Dyfed Elias 1938-2015

News has reached us that former Bull Dyfed Elias has died at the age of 77.

This from Ron Parrott:

Born Borth, June 1938, died April 2015
United’s third close-season signing in 1958 from Aston Villa where he was on their books at £750, 20-year-old Dyfed turned down offers from Aldershot and Southend and signed for Hereford at the end of July 1958. An inside-forward or wing-half, he started his career with Aberystwyth and played for the Welsh youth team before signing professional forms for Villa in 1957. Dyfed played in Villa’s Central League and Birmingham League sides and was studying to become a schoolteacher at the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce College. 

Joe Wade persuaded him to sign for Hereford but had to fix him up at Herefordshire Technical College, where he continued studying. Dyfed spent two seasons at Edgar Street, making 51 appearances and scoring three goals. He was reluctantly released by the Club to study full time for his degree. He later played for Romford and also appeared on the TV programme “Mastermind”.

Cremation at Colwyn Bay Crematorium at 1145 am on 22 May 15, and service at 1pm Presbyterian Church, Llandudno.

Online Club Shop Opens

This from Hereford FC:

We are delighted to announce that the Hereford FC online Club Shop – hosted by Macron Store Neath – is now ‘live’.

As well as stocking items we are selling here at the club, the online shop will also be selling additional items for fans to purchase.

The online store can be found via the following link –

Speaking this morning, Hereford FC’s Commercial Manager, Chris Ammonds, said:

‘We’re very pleased the online shop is up and running and hope supporters like the extra items that are being sold on this platform.

‘In the short-term we do not have the staff to host the shop ourselves and deal with processing orders and posting them out. This is why we’ve initially chosen to go down the route of asking Macron Store Neath to look after our online retail presence.

‘Longer-term, when we hopefully won’t have quite as much to organise from scratch for a new season, we will look at taking our entire retail operation in house, but for now we believe this is the most safe and sensible option to ensure the quality of service is to the standard required.

‘Having said the above, we do feel it is right we point out that postage and packing is £7.50 when ordering through the online shop at Macron. However, it is worth noting that this is for any order, whatever the size.

‘We accept this price is not ideal for smaller orders, but it is out of our hands as Macron follow the same process to post out all their orders and therefore the cost is always the same.

‘Rest assured though, we will continue to sell merchandise from Edgar Street when the office is open to the public, and this will include replica kits when they become available.’

For information, lead time on all orders is 2-3 weeks, while it’s also important to remember that if an item is bought online, any exchanges must be done with Macron Store Neath rather than direct with Hereford FC.

Meanwhile, at the below link you can find a size guide that may well be useful if you are looking to place and order.

Parking At Hay Festival

Once again this year Bulls News will be running a car park right next to Hay Festival to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Since last year's festival the field has had extra tracks laid and so getting in and out should be easy.

And with the weather set fair for the eleven day event which starts on Thursday, everything points to another succesful festival.

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For anyone driving to Hay Festival the Sat-Nav is HR3 5PL

If coming from Mid-Wales take the B4350 road at Glasbury for Hay on Wye. DO NOT go over the river bridge.

If coming from Hereford or Leominster, turn LEFT at Clyro for Hay on Wye (B4351) and take the Brecon road (B4350). The festival is on the edge of the town and the Macmillan Car Park immediately past it on the left.

If arriving from the Ross direction, continue through Hay and take the B4350 for Brecon.

Please note the Macmillan Car Park is right next to the Festival Site.

Anyone wishing to secure tickets for the Macmillan Car Park can do so by following this link:

Monday, May 18, 2015

HUST Lottery Winning Numbers

This week's HUST Prize Bull Lottery draw was made earlier this evening.

The winning numbers are 1, 16, 18 and 22.

News Round-Up

Bristol Rovers have won promotion back to the Football League after beating Grimsby on penalties in the play-off final at Wembley yesterday. Ex-Bulls Josh Gowling and Danny Leadbitter didn't feature in the game with loan Mariner Gowling injured, and Pirate Leadbitter an unused sub. The Pirates had to issue an apology after a naked picture of striker Matt Taylor with the play-off trophy was posted to Twitter.

Ryan Green says he wants to lead Merthyr Town to the Conference. The defender's father played for the former club in the fifth tier, with Green telling the local press: "My dad played for Merthyr at Conference level in one of the best ever Martyrs’ teams. I’d love to help this club return to Conference football and it would be great if we could achieve that soon enough to allow me a season up there."

Westfields have announced that they have agreed deals with five of last season's squad. Jamie Cuss, Zac Sirrell, Craig Jones, James Febery, and Matt Reeve have all agreed terms with Sean Edwards for next season. 

Two More Friendlies Set to Be Confirmed

Hereford FC are expected to announce two more friendlies this week bringing the total to eight.

One of these will be at Edgar Street and the other away. However press reports that one will be against Hucknall Town are understood to be incorrect.

Here is the current list:

Tue    7-JUL-15 - Malvern Town (A)
Sat    11-JUL-15 - FC United of Manchester (H)
Sat    18-JUL-15 - Merthyr Town (A)
Tue   21-JUL-15 - Wellington (A)
Sat    25-JUL-15 - Pegasus Juniors (A)
Sat     1-AUG-15 - Hull City u21 (H)

Meanwhile work continues at Edgar Street to bring the stadium up to standard.

Internal electrical work is taking place but the planned work on the floodlights which was set to commence this morning had to be postponed because of the wet weather.

However the wet weather wasn't all bad news as the freshly sown seeds on the pitch had a good soak.

Finally the club are still looking for supporters to train as matchday stewards.

UITC Whitsun Half Term Soccer School Dates

This from UITC:


We are delighted to release our Whitsun Half Term Soccer School Dates:

Tuesday 26th & Wednesday 27th May 2015
Leominster @ Bridge Street Sports Centre, Bridge Street, Leominster, HR6 8EA

Thursday 28th & Friday 29th May 2015
Bromyard @ Mudwalls Sports Ground, Bishops Frome, WR6 5DB

Our courses cater for boys and girls aged from 4 to 14 years and are extremely flexible, you can choose to book daily or per course.
Our Soccer Schools have become a huge part of our local community over the years, with a vast number of children choosing to spend every holiday period with us.

Coaches will work with the players abilities and build on their basic football skills such as shooting, passing, dribbling and control.

  • Fun educational sessions to enhance natural development and improve skill and technique
  • Small sided games and mini tournaments to encourage team play
  • Supervision throughout the day including lunch and toilet breaks
  • Our FA qualified coaches are CRB checked and hold current certificates in Emergency Aid and Safeguarding Children
  • Players coached within a 2/3 year age band according to ability

UITC promote Fair Play, Respect, Discipline & anti-bullying.


Coaches will also ensure the players understand the rules of the game and encourage the players to problem solve using a wide range of fun games and drills.

After lunch the players will be involved with small sided matches with children of a similar age range.

This daily course last for 5 hours. The sessions start at 10am and finish at 3pm, with regular breaks during the day for water, snacks and lunch.
One day is priced at £12 with two days priced at a discounted rate of £20,

To book your child onto or for any further information or alternatively call the United in the Community Office on 01432 632315

Hereford FC Away Kit Chosen

This from HUST:

HUST members have selected the following away kit to be worn by Hereford FC for the coming season
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Over two thirds selected the winning design with the other red/black option in second place.

League Will Look At Westfields Fixture Request

The Midlands League have said that they 'will take into account' Westfields request that their home fixtures and those of neighbours Hereford FC do not take place on the same day.

The League have also said that their fixtures will not be released until the Northern Premier League release their fixtures as a team in that League groundshares with a team in the Midlands League.

Finally the League has appointed Gary Hazlehurst as their press officer. He will be starting his role this week.

Hazlehurst was previously head of sport at Stafford FM Radio.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

UITC: season review of young bulls

Youth Team finish 5th in the league in a productive year, but will be disappointed in the second half of the season.

When I first came in as manager in July I had no idea of what was ahead. I did not know what standard of players I would be working with or the standard of the league we would compete in. After a full season I have been pleasantly surprised at the players that slip through the net here in Hereford. My main aim was one thing, get all of the players ready to play at the highest standard they can and if they continue off from this season and learn then I believe that will be achieved.

A good pre season set us up for our first competitive game, the FA youth cup away at Malvern which we won comfortably along with our second round game at Wednesfield. We had started well and following on from that we won our first league game at Edgar Street 4-3 against Chesterfield.

Then came our first disappointment, out of the Youth Cup 2-1 away at Bilston. It was a huge learning curve for the players who went into the game over confident and paid the price for being complacent and unprofessional. Whether you are playing the best team in the country or the worst you have to have to right attitude to win a football match, and on the cold wet night at Bilston, we didn't have it!

Returning to the league returned us back to form and we went 8 games unbeaten, winning 5 and drawing 3 which included PLFL cup wins away at Tottenham, and the memorable 6-2 win at Chelsea, played at their Cobham training ground. It was a tremendous run of games for us and our play was impressive. They had learnt a lot from the Bilston loss and although we lost heavily to league leaders Burton in our last game before the Christmas break, but at the turn of the year we were looking strong with a chance of winning the league and the cup, with Oxford coming up in the quarter final.

Our first game of 2015 saw us beat Chelsea Dartmoor at home and then our best performance of the season came as we beat an Oxford team full of scholars 1-0 in the cup. The lads were up for the game like I hadn't seen before, their attitude and focus were perfect and we executed our game plan to perfection. Every player working hard for his mate and limiting Oxford to hardly any chances. This should of been the game that propelled us to the next level, but unfortunately that attitude wasn't seen enough after the win and the second half the season saw us drop points against teams we shouldn't of, mainly in my opinion, down to the attitude you need every time you go out to play a football match.

We returned to the league with a game against the new league leaders Plymouth. We were 2-0 down in 20 minutes and it took us until half time to sort ourselves out. We ended up losing 3-2 and paid the price for a sloppy first half. 3 away games followed with draws at Coventry and Chesterfield either side of a 7-1 demolishing of Exeter and it looked like we had bounced back from defeat again. However we should of won all 3 and with Plymouth away in the semi final of the cup awaiting us myself and Steve Brotherwood were worried about the players focus, it had been our only problem all season and what was going to be the difference in a top 3 league finish and cup victory, or the season petering out slightly.

Our fears were proven correct as we went down 4-0 at Plymouth. I couldn't attend the game due to my baby being born but the report didn't surprise me. We had been sloppy and there were signs of players giving up or doing their own thing. You can only carry 2 or 3 players in a game but if 6 or 7 aren't working hard, doing their jobs and pulling others around them then you won't win a football match. I felt bad for the players but I was also frustrated that they had let themselves down.

That left us 8 league games to play in which we won 3, drew 2 and lost 3. We had three great performances in those games beating Bury 5-2 and Bournemouth 7-2 but our best performance came at Chelsea Dartmoor where we lost 2-1. For this game we travelled with only 9 players and to only lose by the single goal when we also hit the bar and post was an incredible effort. The work ethic and attitude from the Oxford game was in full effect and everything I asked them to do to try and get a result they did, the Chelsea manager came up to me after the game and said we deserved to win it and one of the Chelsea players' parents came over to say he couldn't believe how well our players did. A tremendous effort!

Our league campaign ended with the following record:
Pl: 20
W: 9
D: 6
L: 5
Goal difference: +15

We lost once to each of the 4 teams that finished above us, and to Chelsea when we travelled with 9 players, and finished 5th. It was a good season but I and the players believe it should of been better. Every single manager that we faced said one of two things. 'You're best team we've played' or 'you should be in the top two of the league'. Both are huge compliments but every time they said it I had to explain why we didn't win the league, and it comes down to that hard work and willingness to do anything to win a game of football. It's something they will need to push on next season.

I have spoken with Peter Beadle about their futures and he knows that he could have 5/6 players every week that he can choose from to use in a squad if he needs them. I have no doubt some of the boys will go on to do well for Hereford FC and some will go onto better things from there, hopefully at the gain of HFC. I think it would be great for Herefordians to go to Hereford and watch some local players that have progressed from the Youth ranks playing at Edgar street because it is something the supporters haven't had for a few years. Let's hope next season is a step forward for football in Herefordshire 

As for myself I have been offered terms by head trustee Nick Vaughan to stay on next season. Nick, along with the other trustees, has worked tirelessly to ensure that UITC can build on this seasons success and get as much money in the bank to do so by looking for sponsors and donations.
In the next week or so I hope to have decided where I will be playing my football next season and then I can hopefully tie it in with my coaching here

Midlands League Council Meeting On Monday

There is a 'council' meeting of the Midlands Football League on Monday at the Village Hotel, Solihull.

Whilst it's not certain what this meeting will cover, it's thought that there might be a request from Andy Morris of Westfields on the agenda.

He is hoping that Westfields home fixtures do not clash with those of Hereford FC after the two clubs were placed in the same league for the coming season.

Morris is also hoping that the games between the two clubs can be played on August Bank Holiday Monday and Boxing Day.