Monday, November 24, 2014

News Round-Up

Ex-Bull James McQuilkin is 'fighting for his life' after signing for Torquay. Boss Chris Hargreaves told the BBC the midfielder is not being paid by the Gulls, but is trying to keep his footballing career going: "He's a good footballer, got a great attitude, played before at a good level and is fighting for his life, which is why he's at Torquay. We are able to say to him 'we can't pay you, but what we can do is get you on the football pitch'."

Northwich Victoria have had their winding-up petition dismissed after paying their outstanding HMRC bill. Worcester City's FA Cup match at Scunthorpe United has been made all ticket after Worcester sold out their 2,200 allocation of tickets. The Irons say they cannot give them more tickets without segregation problems.

Council Statement Later Today

It is being reported that the Chairman of the Herefordshire Council Scrunity Committee will make a statement, probably later today.

This statement is expected to be about Hereford United and recent dealings with the Council.

Freedom of information requests from supporters have revealed some quite detailed e-mails to and from council staff.

What's In It For Lonsdale?

Guest columnist Moorsfan questions whether Hereford United chairman Andy Lonsdale is allowed to receive any money from being chairman of the club.

Ever since Andy Lonsdale was appointed as a Director of the 1939 company I have wondered, what is in it for him?

For years one particular provision in the company's Articles of Association was effectively ignored, and that could well have been because of ignorance. But just before the proposed CVA the matter was given wide publicity, so it is not possible to claim ignorance now.

Simply, Directors of the 1939 company are not allowed to be paid remuneration! So why is Andy Lonsdale involved with the company? What possible benefit does he hope to get for the work he is doing?.


O'Reilly Joins Bishop's Stortford

Daniel O'Reilly, who recently quit Hereford United because he said he hadn't been paid, has joined Bishop Stortford.

19 year old O'Reilly, a former Fulham youngster, has captained the Irish under 15, 16 and 17 teams.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

The Greatest Cockney Rip Off has posted an article suggesting that Hereford United 'owner' Tommy Agombar has called his takeover of the club as 'The Greatest Cockney Rip Off'.

It includes recordings of Agombar speaking to supporters.

Hereford By Numbers 'Fact Sheets'

WeWant OurClub have produced these 'fact sheets' detailing their view by numbers of what is happening at Hereford United.

Jamie G Interviews Rob Purdie

Former Bulls press officer Jamie Griffiths did an interview with UITC u18 boss Rob Purdie after Wednesday's HFA Giantkillers match.

The interview is available at

Companies House End Dissolution Proceedings

Companies House have discontinued dissolution proceedings against Hereford United.

A 'DISS40' document was recorded yesterday halting proceedings. With the Annual Return still listed as being outstanding, it is currently unclear why the matter has been closed.

While the moves against Hereford United have ended, the moves against Scrooby Ltd and Alpha Choice Finance were only suspended following an objection which came from David Keyte.

Chris Todd To Release Cancer Charity Single

Chris Todd Applauding Hereford United Supporters After Victory At The Racecourse In November 2012
Former Hereford United player Chris Todd is to release a single.

He has recorded the track, Save Me, with his brother-in-law Tom Watson, and hopes the proceeds will benefit the charities that helped him in his fight.

Todd was diagnosed with leukaemia when aged 28 five years ago.

“This is no ordinary charity single, it’s about cancer and the battle to survive," Todd told Wales Online.

“With the help and expertise of Tom we have managed to get my words and feelings into song. We hope this single will touch many who are facing the every day battle against cancer and we hope it could make a big difference.”

To find out more, follow @savemesingle on Twitter.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Whose Shirt Are You Wearing?

It's not known why Hereford United had problems with their kit today but it certainly caused the Frome PA announcer some problems and perhaps the referee as well.

In essence it appears that Hereford didn't have a number 12 or number 13 shirt available.

Yafai Wearing 10

Minutes Later Sullivan Wearing 10
So when Dan Sullivan came on to replace Bilal Yafai he had to wear the same no 10 shirt.

Later the same happened when no 8 Bobes-Gilroy came off. On came Bradley Williams wearing No 8.

Frome FC's match report mentioned the 'shirt problem'.

Mor Diop was also instrumental in the third goal that arrived a minute later and his pass found found substitute Dan Sullivan on the edge of the Frome box and he scored the goal of the game as he curled a beauty into the far top corner of Chitty’s goal - at least we think it was Dan Sullivan as Hereford seemed not to have any substitutes shirts, and there were three shirts on the pitch that finished the match on the backs of different players to the ones that had started the match in those shirts 

Bulls Win At Frome

Captain Brad-Lee Gasgoigne Leading Out The Hereford Team
Hereford United defeated Frome Town 3-1 this afternoon at the Blindmans Brewery Stadium.

Manager Jon Taylor made one chance bringing in loanee Joshua Yorweth at right back in place of Obi Onyeike who was dropped to the bench. Dan Sullivan was also on the bench after being cup-tied and another loanee from Cardiff Bradley Williams also came into the squad.

Former Hereford United youth player Dylan Bonella was on the bench for Frome.

Not for the first time this season there appeared to be some sort of a problem with the Hereford kit as the numbers of the back of several players didn't correspond with the team sheet and when Yafai went off Sullivan, who took his place, was wearing a shirt with the same number on it.

Later when Bobes-Gilroy was replaced by Bradley Williams the announcer said "Hereford substitution with number 8 Gilroy replaced by ummm number 8 who could be anyone" 

Frome took the lead with just a minute gone after a mix up between keeper Williams and Yorweth. Lewis Haldane made no mistake from about 15 yards.

Injury To Yafai
Hereford were in more trouble ten minutes later when Bilal Yafai received a knock to his ankle. Initially he played on but soon had to leave the field. Dan Sullivan took his place.

Then Javia Roberts netted after a free-kick but it was ruled off-side.

Joshua Yorweth Getting Past Several Defenders Before Scoring
On 22 minutes the scores were levelled when a Yorweth strike from 18 yards flew past keeper Darren Chitty.

Dan Sullivan With A Chance
Minutes before half-time Sullivan had a chance to put the Bulls head but his shot went a yard or so wide.

More injury problems for Hereford just before the break when Roberts was replaced by Amick Ciani.

Hereford played down the slight slope for the second half but it took nearly 40 minutes before they went ahead.

In the meantime Bradley Williams replaced Sam Bobes-Gilroy.

Serge Mor Diop - Pictured Early In The Game
On 84 minutes Hereford took the lead when top scorer Serge Mor Diop was in the right place at the right time when a ball fell to him with only the keeper to beat. The big French striker has now scored eight goals in the teams last five games.

One minute later it was 3-1 to Hereford.

Mor Diop passed the ball to Sullivan who then scored a with shot from well outside the box.

Hereford are now in 12th position in the table with 26 points from 21 games.

Attendance was 265 with around 50 following the away side. However there was no sign of either of the three directors or 'owner' Tommy Agombar.

Hereford: Williams, Yorweth, Cutajar, Hawker, Gasgoigne (Capt), Gordon,Vetier, Bobes-Gilroy, Mor diop, Yafai, Roberts.

Subs: Sullivan, Williams, O'Neil, Onyeike, Ciani

Ex-Bull Watch

Gary Hooper scored a late equaliser for Norwich as they drew with Brighton. Andy Williams scored for Swindon as they won at Peterborough. Matt Done scored for Rochdale but was subsequently sent off as they lost at home to Doncaster with Theo Robinson netting the second.

Tom Nichols scored twice as Exeter beat Shrewsbury. Kenny Lowe netted twice as York won 3-1 at Hartlepool. Stuart Fleetwood scored a penalty for Eastleigh as they won at Aldershot. Waide Fairhurst scored late on as Macclesfield beat Alfreton. Richard Brodie scored as Southport won at Nuneaton.

Ryan Bowman scored twice, including an injury time equaliser, as Torquay drew with Gateshead. Marley Watkins scored for Inverness as they beat Motherwell. Jake Jervis scored for Ross County as they lost at St Johnstone.

Ex-Bull Jones Fires Westfields To Vase Win

Former Bull Craig Jones netted a late penalty to earn Westfields a 2-1 win over St Andrews in their FA Vase Second Round tie.

Craig Jones slots home from the spot. Pic - Steve Niblett
The scores were level at half time after Mike Tambling's opener was cancelled out by St Andrews' Shay Brennan. A half time scuffle as the players departed the field threatened a feisty second half but it was decided by a late penalty due to a handball to send the bulk of the 202 attendance home happy.

Westfields earn £1,500 in prize money and a place in the Third Round as one of 64 remaining sides.

However Pegasus Juniors will not be joining them. They went down 3-1 at Brockton in their Second Round tie, having had a man sent off.

UITC Thank HUST / Prize Bull Jackpot Over £1,000

This from HUST:

UITC Thank HUST For Sponsorship

4-0 win sees Rob Purdie's side travel to Bromyard in next round

Just over £300 was raised by UITC from Wednesday's HFA Giantkillers Cup win over Malvern Town, with HUST sponsoring the cost of the hire of Hinton FC's Broomy Hill ground and the match officials.

UITC will be visiting the Childrens Ward at the County Hospital on Friday, December 19th, and are looking for further donations for the trip especially chocolate selection boxes. If you would like to donate they can be handed in to the Custodian at the Town hall on St Owen Street, where they will be kept safe for UITC to collect.

HUST Beanie Hats selling well, more Mugs on order

Around half the HUST Beanie Hats have already been sold. The hats, with the HUST logo embroidered, are available in both Black and White for £8 each from the online shop -

We are also awaiting a new batch of HUST branded mugs after the first batch sold out in a week. We have doubled the order and hope to have them back in stock soon.

If you have suggestions on other merchandise you would like to see, please let us know.

Prize Bull Lottery - Jackpot over £1,000

This week's jackpot on the Prize Bull Lottery is over £1,000. For £1 a week (£4.33 a month by standing order or Paypal) you can win the jackpot by correctly identifying the four numbers picked at random each Monday.
Draw results are announced on Twitter, the HUST website, and on Bulls News.

To get your place in Monday's draw you can enter online at
Entries must be in by 7pm on Monday to be eligible for this week's draw.


22nd November 2014.

Friday, November 21, 2014

McQuilkin Joins Gulls

James McQuilken At Edgar Street In September 2010 - Andy Compton Photo
Former Bulls midfielder James McQuilkin has joined Torquay United on non-contract terms.

The 25 year old left Edgar Street in the summer of 2013 after four years, spending a season at Walsall in League One before signing non-contract terms with Hednesford in September. 

He joins up with former Bulls teammate Ryan Bowman, who has netted five goals in 16 appearances so far this season.

From The Archives - Leeds Bow Out To Super Bulls

It's seven years to the day that Hereford United put Leeds United out of the FA Cup.

A solitary strike from Lionel Ainsworth was enough for Hereford United to see off Leeds United at Elland Road yesterday evening, and send the Football League form side out of the FA Cup. Ainsworth, on a high from his weekend hattrick against Stockport, struck three minutes into game and United held on until full time to claim a deserved away victory at the fallen giants.
One change was made from the starting eleven last Saturday, with Lee Collins unable to feature, after he hadn't signed for Hereford by the first leg. Good news though was on hand, as Dean Beckwith was given the nod at centre back following just over a month on the sidelines. Richard Rose converted from centre half to full-back. Leeds named Frazer Richardson at right back, whilst Tresor Kandol shrugged off an injury to partner Jermaine Beckford up front.
The one and only goal of the game came early in the first period. Theo Robinson picked up the ball outside the box, and forced a pass into the path of Ainsworth. The winger controlled in the box, and placed a quick-fire shot past the helpless Kasper Ankergren, who stood motionless. The travelling army were sent into raptures, whilst there was a shocked silence from the home supporters. Leeds had the majority of the early possesion, but the goal had given United confidence, and they were showing it. A through ball by Toumani Diagouraga to Robinson caused yet more problems for the Leeds defence. Robinson gathered before going around Ankergren, but the angle was too tight for him to finish from, and Paul Huntington cleared to safety off the line. The following corner was cleared as far as Robbie Threlfall who tried his luck from long range but to no avail.
Leeds made a response though to the flying start made by The Bulls, with Seb Carole's half-volley being deflected wide off a defender. From the corner that resulted from it, Kandol rose well to head downwards, and Wayne Brown was forced to make a save. The ball though fell lose, before finally it was smashed to safety. Beckford looked a danger with his quick-feet and pace, but his finishing didn't match his build-up play, with a long range effort falling wide off Brown's post. The pressure continued to pile, and a well worked corner routine led to Carole curling an effort just over the bar. Jonathon Howson's deep cross was met by towering defender Matt Heath, but once again, Brown gathered with relative ease. Leeds were creating, but not coming close, and in truth, Hereford were pretty comfortable.
More link-up from Diagouraga and Robinson led to the latter finding space, before shooting, but his shot was wayward and ended up at the back of the Don Revie Stand. There was also good link-up from the Leeds front two, with a Kandol flick leading to Beckford shooting, but once again, Brown frustrated the former Wealdstone man by pushing away the strike. Hereford's best chance in the first half to double their advantage fell to Robinson, after sloppy play in the Leeds defence. The excellent Ben Smith, who gave a captain's performance with his hard-work, seized upon a loose pass and played in Trevor Benjamin. The experienced striker used his intelligence to play a ball across to Robinson, and give him a great chance, but he dwelled on the ball, and when he finally got his shot in, Ankergren made the save. Leeds were forced to sub off Ankergren just minutes after though, as he pulled up whilst clearing the ball; David Lucas was the replacement goalkeeper. Both sides had half chances from set-pieces, with John McCombe and Kandol heading wide at either end.
As expected, Leeds made a quick start to the second half. Clint Easton made a sloppy pass, and Beckford picked up the ball on the right wing before cutting in, and shooting towards the near post, but Brown got down well to hold on. Robinson continued to look dangerous, with a snap-shot after a quick turn gave him the opportunity. Kandol's height was causing problems for Hereford, but likewise Beckford, he couldn't match it with his finishing. An awful header from a Huntington cross gave relief to the away defence. Rose and Easton both tried their luck from long-range, but neither shot caused trouble for Lucas, whilst Leeds continued their direct route but both McCombe and Beckwith were looking solid. Dennis Wise opted to shake things up though, with Leon Constantine coming on for the ineffective Ian Westlake.
Despite the early pressure, United had soaked up the pressure, and were looking good on the break. An interesting corner routine from Ainsworth and Easton led to the goalscorer shooting from a tight angle, but Lucas held on. Smith's neat through ball also gave a chance, this time to Benjamin, but a powerful shot was once again gathered by Lucas. Constantine headed over from a Howson corner, before the sub nearly made a telling impact. He found space in the middle of the park, and burst towards goal before slipping in Beckford. The Elland Road faithful rose in anticipation, as Beckford had a great chance to equalise, but Brown stood tall to beat away a powerful, yet poor finish. Pacey winger Curtis Weston replaced Carole, but Leeds failed to muster up too many chances. Beckford tried his luck from long-range but shot well wide, whilst only a poor touch from Robinson enabled the Leeds defence to catch the striker when through on goal. Kris Taylor made a cameo appearence for a tired Easton. With three minutes of added time signalled, Kandol tried to become a hero and save the game with a long-range shot, but the ball fell a long way wide, and Hereford held on to claim a fantastic win.
The win doesn't hold as much novelty value as some previous ones in the FA Cup, but it is very special. Leeds, the biggest side in the Football League, and one of the biggest in England, failed to break down a wonderful Bulls defence in front of 11315. The Football League form side failed to match a confident Hereford side, intent on playing quick counter-attacking football. Man of the match could have been one of many, but Smith was particulary impressive in the middle of the park. Up next in the cup is Hartlepool, and a win against the Northerners could leave Bulls fans dreaming of a tie against a Premiership side. However, intentions needs to be put back to Saturday's match against Accrington Stanley at Edgar Street, where United will look to continue their impressive recent league form, and keep up the pressure on table toppers MK Dons.
Hereford: Brown, Rose, Beckwith, McCombe, Threlfall, Ainsworth, Diagouraga, Smith, Easton, Benjamin, Robinson.
Subs: Ingham, Gwynne, Taylor, Johnson, Guinan.
Leeds: Ankergren, Richardson, Heath, Huntington, Parker, Carole, Howson, Hughes, Westlake, Kandol, Beckford.
Subs: Lucas, Clapham, Elliot, Westo, Constantine.

Town Hall Taking Donations For UITC Hospital Visit

The Town Hall in St Owen Street will be accepting donations towards the UITC visit to the County Hospital Childrens Ward.

The visit is now set for Friday 19th December, with UITC seeking donations of chocolate selection boxes and Santas to be handed over on the visit.

Donations can be taken to the Town Hall and handed to the Custodian.

Former Youth Player At Frome

Hereford United travel to Frome FC tomorrow for a Southern League fixture and as well as manager Adrian Foster having played for the Bulls, one of their squad also has Hereford connections.

Dylan Bonella joined Frome earlier this season. He was part of the highly rated Hereford United youth team who did so well, particularily in the FA Youth Cup, last season.

Bonella has made six starts for Frome this season to date.

Meanwhile Frome Town will be holding its annual Armed Forces Day tomorrow.

 Each year the club dedicates a match to those who have served in the Armed Forces or for the civil services such as fire, ambulance and police by giving them free entry to the game (upon production of an ID card - which can include a Royal British Legion membership card).

Finally Frome has announced that they have extended the loan deal of Jake Hutchings for a second month from Torquay United.

Hereford already have a loanee from Torquay, Dan Sullivan. 

It's All About Development Potential Not Football

Guest Columnist Movabull feels that the debate about the new owners of Hereford United has changed.

It's now clear that it's no longer about football, it's about the development potential of Edgar Street

There clearly was a time when local people tried to build something the Community could share. Even David Keyte fell into this category, local people who cared about Football.

That all went out the window when Keyte,( who should remain public enemy number 1 for getting us in this mess and then selling to this bunch of interlopers) sold up.

This bunch of shady, Walter Mitty types who seem to have difficulty distinguishing the truth and the opposite are only about money. The Football club is being run on the minimum spend possible. Their interest is only in the leases with their development potential as evidenced by their instant reaction when the Council (who to my mind have played a blinder) took action that might have forfeited the leases. Suddenly £50000 appeared. Not bad for a club with no visible income this season.

Clearly this lot have money, they just don’t like parting with it. Their policy is delay, delay, dissemble, fudge, muddle, mislead, and pay a little off to get people to go away, Martin Foyle, Andy Porter and The Council being  examples.

So to my mind the plan we, the Community, should adopt, is not one of sitting, waiting and watching. We should be encouraging all creditors to join the winding up petition, we should be encouraging the Council to do whatever they can to forfeit the leases, and encouraging other shareholders who feel there may have been a breach of Company Law, or the Articles of Association of HUFC(1939) Ltd to take legal action to have some of the past decisions set aside. Otherwise this lot may get away with rape of our club while we sit and wait and watch.

The other person who’s played a blinder here is Jesse Norman who has shown what a spineless lot the FA and The Southern League are.  I get the impression he could help a lot more if called upon to do so.

I think the Trust need to be more pro active, otherwise how long is this nightmare going to go on for? I’ve had to spend my Saturday afternoon mowing!

Beanies In Demand / More Mugs On Order

This from HUST:

More than half the HUST beanie hats have already been sold in just over a week, with orders still being taken in the online shop.
Nearly a quarter of the stock went on Wednesday night at Hinton with plenty more shipped out earlier in the week. They are still available, in Black and White in limited quantities, in the online shop at £8 each with £2 postage to the UK.

Meanwhile a new order for the extremely popular mugs has been placed, double the previous order that sold out in a week. We will let everyone know as soon as these are back in stock.

The Pot And The Kettle

Andy Munsley asks a simple question:
Having read the Hereford Times and the various blogs on their coverage in the last 24 hours there seems to be a fundamental flaw in the arguments of Andy Lonsdale.
He has been quite categoric about his dismissal of the Jon Hale group and the Supporters Trust - 'they won't pay anyone' he has repeated time and time again.
So, Mr Lonsdale, how are you going to address the £7million of debt that you have left behind in a string of companies?
Your claim that 'the past is the past' is extremely two-faced when you claim others will not pay debt under the current scenario. You are a serial avoider of debt, the pot, pointing a finger at the kettle.
Or even a full set of well used pots pointing at a single kettle, given the quantity of companies that have dissolved under your watch.
Maybe you, Mr Lonsdale, should get your own affairs to shine white in public before you accuse others of moral offences that you are well versed in.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Introducing Alan McCarthy

Once again SaveEdgarStreet has been doing some excellent research into those said to be involved with Hereford United.


This evening they've posted a few details about Alan McCarthy, who is understood to be the current 'owner' of the club.

Creditors Need To Reattach To Winding Up Petition

With Hereford United's next appearance in the High Court just ten days away, creditors of the club need to 'reattach' to the current winding up petition if they haven't already done so.

There was a view that once a creditor had attached to the winding up petition then that list was carried on from whoever was top of the list. That is incorrect according to HMRC.

Initially Martin Foyle was top but when he, reportedly at the time, was paid up, the petition then transferred to HMRC.

For anyone who hasn't yet attached to the current winding up order, a letter should to be sent to

HM Revenue and Customs Solicitors Office,
3rd Floor North
South West Wing
Bush House

The letter will need to detail the claim.

The case number is: SLR 163 85 95/U

Any attachment needs to be confirmed by next Friday (November 28th)

Further details can be obtained from the case worker on 03000 589 694 

Kidderminster Sell Key Pair

Kidderminster Harriers have allowed key pair Chey Dunkley and Nathan Blissett to join Oxford and Bristol Rovers respectively.

Defender Dunkley and striker Blissett move on loan deals ahead of permanent moves in January as the Harriers continue to cut their costs.

Meanwhile, Salisbury City could yet survive after a bid was placed with the club's Administrator. The consortium that was due to help restart the club have split up with three of them joining former Weymouth pair Steve Claridge and Ian Ridley in bidding to purchase the dormant side.

The quartet have put an offer to the Administator, with the existing club £640,000 in debt, and hope to play at the Raymond McEnhill Stadium next season.

Liquidator Wants Payment From Lonsdale

Today's Hereford Times reports that Andy Lonsdale is being chased for £1,500+VAT owed to a liquidator.

Philip Gautier, working on the liquidation of Transdem Services Ltd, sold furniture from that firm to Lonsdale Construction Services Ltd for the sum in June 2013 but the paper reports it has never been paid, and quotes Gautier:

“As a result of lack of payment and co-operation generally from Mr Lonsdale, I have had to instruct my agents Marcus Matthews and Associates to threaten the removal of the goods and subsequent legal action to obtain further payments,”

Lonsdale claims to the paper that the current regime at Edgar Street have put £600,000 into the club - £100,000 more than he claimed a month previously to Andrew Easton in the aftermath of the Council's attempts to retake Edgar Street - and £400,000 more than he claimed in a statement posted to the club's official site on November 7th (link).

Meanwhile the paper also goes into details of Lonsdale's past financial history much of which first appeared on the

A few weeks ago this blog scratched the surface of Lonsdale’s former business dealings. We also revealed his tactic of opening up other firms in the name of his wife, daughter, son-in-law and half brothers. We’re hoping that details of the son-in-law and half brothers firms will be available shortly.
The details reveal that companies in Andy’s name have gone to the wall owing £7,103,528. It is also likely that this figure is much higher as there are a number of firms where the figures are unavailable. There are also four mortgages owed on ‘Ascot Bloodstock Properties and Investments’. Sharp eyed fans have already spotted ‘Lonsdale Consultancy Ltd’ set up in July 2014. It will be interesting to see how many invoices this company has already sent the Bulls. We would imagine that this was the vehicle used to pass on payments to Foyle and Porter after Lonsdale announced that he had provided them with a part payment in order to secure their removal from the winding up petition. Consequently Lonsdale will now be a club creditor.
Here are the full details:

Lonsdale’s wife and daughter get in on act too.
His wife, Gwendoline, has seen two companies fold owing £2,015,372. Figures from two further companies are also unavailable. One concludes that these companies would have been dissolved with debts.
His daughter, Alice, has been a director at three companies which have been dissolved. No figures are available for these businesses but again one can presume that these folded with debts too.
Here are the full details for Gwendoline and Alice:

These figures confirm that Lonsdale is a conman of the highest order. Andy and his family have been conning people over the years and lining their pockets at the expense of others. To the tune of millions! Remember these are the figures that have gone through the books too so, in our opinion, these figures are likely to be higher.
These figures also reveal that Andy is very experienced in the art of operating insolvent companies, how to maintain them and keep the courts at bay whilst simultaneously bleeding them dry and ripping people off. Essentially he is the perfect Chairman for a regime who only wish to invest the bare minimum in order to survive. With all this failure behind him he must know all the tricks in the book to continue trading. His skills at fobbing people off are clearly well practised and his ability to rewrite history is evident in his public statements. This blog would not trust Andy to tell them the time. We suggest you don’t either. If we trust him we will lose the battle to #SaveEdgarStreet.
If you are reading this as a creditor of the club we suggest you attach yourself to the winding up petition. If you don’t play hardball now then you will never get your money back.

Vics Fans Don't Look Back

With some boycotting fans calling for a new club to be formed straight away, fans of few clubs have done the same while their first love still exists. 

Northwich Victoria fans created 1874 Northwich with their old club suffering serious financial issues and set to play in Stafford after losing control of the Victoria Stadium.

The following appears in the Northwich Guardian:

1874 NORTHWICH supporter Vicki England, football secretary at the North West Counties League club, has written an open letter following their second birthday celebrations at the weekend.

It reads:

“I REMEMBER talking to two FC United fans outside Gigg Lane before Northwich Victoria, the club I used to follow, played a match there April 2012.

“They asked about what was going on and I explained that with no ground, the prospect of playing home games outside of mid Cheshire and ‘noises’ from the chairman that he may not be able to continue to support the club financially, the future was extremely uncertain.

“They told me we needed to start our own fan-run club.

“I remember thinking that however bad things are, surely you can’t turn your back on your team?

“However I knew it wasn’t my club any longer when I found out shortly afterwards that it planned to appeal in Europe a decision to refuse permission for it to play home games at Flixton.

 “I couldn’t stand any more the negativity and heartbreak.

“I stopped my support, but my affection for a club I grew up idolising would always be there. My tattoo would read: ‘Vics 1874–2012.’

“Fast forward to September 2012, and momentum was gathering for fans to start again.

“I must admit I wasn’t 100 per cent sure about the timing [of setting up a new club].

“But I soon realised that we could miss a trick if we weren’t ready to play by August, so I took the plunge and backed the idea.

“I’ll go public now; I was one of the 20 signatories to the motion calling for a vote. There, I’ve said it!

“Here was me, named after our beloved old club, turning my back on it.

“I then put my hat in the ring to help out.

“So on to 1874’s second birthday at the weekend...

“After an incredible amount of hard work by many people, I sit here as proud as punch at what we have achieved together.

“No one person is more important than anybody else.

“Our management team and the players are behind the concept; they love our club because it is theirs.

“The Green Army continues to amaze me, regularly turning up in wonderful numbers to some of the most hospitable places in the football world.

“Move over the big grounds I have visited. Give me Barnoldswick, Bacup, Colne or Eccleshall any day.

“Can a new club be created? Can you swap your allegiance from one to another? Absolutely YES!

“I couldn’t have decided to follow another existing club and make it my own.

“To those who thought it wasn’t right to start over; maybe you need to speak to the hundreds that did make the choice.

“Speak to those who have watched a game and are now hooked.

“Speak to the older supporters, who together had clocked up hundreds of years following Vics; they will tell you they love 1874.

“Visit the local companies that sponsor the club or advertise with us; they will tell you they have no issue attaching their good names to it.

“Speak to Britannia Carpets; they supported the old and they are happy to support the new, and boy are we proud to have their name on our shirts!

“Would I go back? Not in a million years.

“I’d love to meet those FC United supporters again that I spoke to that day in Bury.

“I’d tell them they were right.”

Vicki England

Football secretary
1874 Northwich FC

UITC Away To Bromyard In Giantkillers Cup

Rob Purdie's UITC u18 side have been drawn away at Bromyard Town in the next round of the Giantkillers Cup.

Details of date, time, and other details will be released in due course.

Meanwhile, £300.30 was raised from admission fees, a raffle, and donations last night.

Youth Team safely through in Giantkilers Cup

UITC ease past a hard working, resolute Malvern side 4-0 to progress in the cup and set up for a tough run of games

Last night was exactly the type of game I thought it would be and showed we have come a long way from our Youth Cup defeat at Bilston. All credit to Hinton for preparing and allowing us to play on their pitch, but the weekends rain had taken its toll on the pitch which made the game tricky for both teams. The game would come down to our mental side, it's easy going to Birmingham and wanting to play but a cold Wednesday night on a tough surface is a test of the mind.

We started the game brightly but were reduced to long range efforts which caused little danger to Malverns defence and the game took a while to settle as both teams looked to attack. It wasn't until the 29th minute that we got the break through, Joe Davies scoring his 4th of season as he headed past the keeper. This settled us down and we begin to control the game, pressing high to force mistakes. The crucial second goal came on 37 minutes as Will Lawley was quick to react in the box and fire home, a goal he deserved on the night.

The second half couldn't of started better for us as we scored within 50 seconds of the restart. Good play and great work from Lewis Fletcher in midfield ended in him sliding a ball through for Lawley who got his second and gave us the cushion we wanted at 3-0. It also gave me a chance to rest some players. Joe Davies and Chris May have been instrumental at the heart of our defence this season, conceding just 8 goals in 10 games, and I brought them off for their first rest of the season. I also started with 3 U16s in the team. James Aurelius in goal, Jay Richmond at left back and Lewis Clarke at right back. I hope to have all three with us next season if possible and all three did not look out of place in the team last night.

As the game was closing we scored our fourth. Robbie Trumper, who is a great technical player, firing home from 25yards to seal the victory. Malvern still worked hard and had their first shot on target in the final few minutes, Aurelius diverting it onto the post and the game came to a close.

I was happy after the game, every player played his part. Matty James controlling the midfield and Tom Jenkins wanting to create things all game. The subs did their bit too, James Obern as always being neat and tidy and most of them rested now for what becomes a huge 2 games for our season. We travel to St. George's next week to face top of the table Burton Albion. They have a record of 7 wins, 1 loss and are 5 points clear at the top. A victory from us would put us in a position to go top with our games in hand and with Carlos Moreira hopefully fit for selection, and Alex Lilwall available if his knock last night isn't too serious, I believe we can go there and win. Then it's a small case of Chelsea away in the cup!

Thanks last night again go to Hinton for their services and we progress to the next round of the cup which we need to win to stamp our mark in Hereford. Another thankyou to all the supporters that turned up last night, the players really appreciated it.

Team: James Aurelius, Lewis Clarke, Jay Richmond, Joe Davies, Chris May, Lewis Fletcher, Matty James, Tom Jenkins, Matty Owen, Alex Lilwall, Will Lawley
Sub: James Obern, Tom Gameson, Robbie Trumper, Liam Taylor, Simon Morgan

Club Prices UITC Out Of Edgar Street

It has emerged that UITC were unable to play last night's HFA Giantkillers Cup-Tie at Edgar Street but because they couldn't afford the cost.

Instead the tie was played at Hinton FC.

Sources told BN that Hereford United wanted well over £1000 to stage the game.

The cost was said to be so high because of the cost of employing stewards and a safety officer.

Property Developers Not Football Men At Edgar Street

The investigative blog, Save Edgar Street, has published the first of two articles which claim to prove that those currently running Hereford United are 'property developers not football men'.

The blog has trawled through hundreds of e-mails which have been obtained under 'freedom of information' requests.

Here are their conclusions:

On 12 February 2014 Herefordshire Council and Hereford United finally completed the negotiations and signed three new leases for Edgar Street. One for the Blackfriars End, one for the Meadow End and a third lease for the remaining area of the ground. The leases for the two ends included rights for development. The profits from this development were protected for the club to use.
Just eight days later on 20 February 2014, former club Chairman David Keyte sent an email to Geoff Hughes, Herefordshire Councils Director of Economy, Communities and Corporate. In his message Keyte requests a meeting to introduce a consortium interested in investing in the club. The email goes on to say the investors ‘wish to eventually get their money back from ground developments’and ‘They would propose to do the developments themselves’.
On 24 February 2014 the consortium met with Hughes at Brockington. As well as Keyte the attendees were Jed McCrory and Stephen Murrall.
Here’s Keyte’s email to Hughes:

The next email comes from 17 April 2014 from an unknown source, again requesting a meeting with Geoff Hughes. The senders name is blacked out; but as they were an attendee at the meeting which took place on 24 April 2014 we know it was one of: David Keyte, S.J. Merchant, D. Price and Mo Omar. We also know from the email that one of them is an architect. The subject of the meeting was to be: PROPERTY DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES AT EDGAR STREET STADIUM’. We know from previously released emails that these representatives are connected to Jed McCrory. We also know that this was the meeting where a 999 year lease was discussed.
Here’s the email in black and white:

These emails finally provide conclusive proof that our club was sold to investors only interested in the profits they could make for themselves from redeveloping the two ends at the ground. The very fact that the consortium ‘proposed to do the developments themselves’ screams of a group of people looking to maximise their returns with little interest in football.
The date of the first email also begs the question: how long had this consortium been waiting in the wings? The bulk of the remaining emails are mainly run of the mill content around the completion of the new lease agreements. The tone of the emails is one of co-operation and understanding. Two sets of solicitors and their clients clearly working to the same shared aim. Both sides appear to trust one another. But one thing is apparent: the club were very keen to complete.
To the Council the club put over the point of view that they were keen to complete because of a pending winding up petition. When this prospect first appeared in January 2014 the club became nervous. Naturally so. But this nervousness was exacerbated because the Council would not agree the new leases if the club had a winding up petition against its name. The Council made substantial efforts to release the remaining bond money put aside for refurbishing the Starlite Rooms to assist the club. Many fans dug deep and donated what they could. The club was in court on 27 January. The hearing was adjourned and the petition dismissed on 30 January. But knowing that another winding up petition was imminent the leases needed to be signed. This was finally done when a special courier brought the documents from Birmingham to be signed. Everyone breathed a sigh of relief. The future of the club was now secure. Or was it?
Sadly, no. An additional reason why the club were nervous and keen to complete the negotiations was because David Keyte clearly saw the new leases as his way out of the club. This is demonstrated by the fact that as soon as the ink was dry on the documents he quickly introduces the Council to the dishonest characters that currently pollute our boardroom and shareholdings. It is becoming fairly obvious that the investors were waiting in the wings for sometime. Quietly siting in the background whilst the lease negotiations were complete. Being careful not to rock the boat at such a delicate time. Leaving everything to the local boy who had quietly built a relationship with the key council figures. No doubt former Hereford United Director Councillor Nick Nenadich was a helpful in smoothing the way forward too. If only the Council had been a bit more wary.
The emails also reveal that the club were prepared to do pretty much anything to get their hands on some money from the Council to stave off the winding up petition. Keyte tried to loan money off the Council in lieu of profits from future development. He even offered to sell the Meadow and Blackfriars Ends to the Council. Both these offers were turned down by the local authority. What would they do with the benefit of hindsight?
This blog does not believe that David Keyte will be the saviour of the club with his rumoured legal action over the ownership of the club. As has been well established Agombar agreed to pay Keyte £2,5000 a month as part payment for the debt which Keyte left in the club at the time of takeover. He’s clearly just protecting himself and eking out as much cash as possible from the crooks before the clubs seemingly inevitable demise.
Now the above emails have confirmed once and for all what we already knew. Share them as widey as possible. We must toughen our resolve and work harder than ever to clear out the mockney mafia before it is too late. We must make it as difficult as possible for them to succeed. If we fight hard enough and long enough we can beat them and SaveEdgarStreet.