Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Ex-Bull Watch

Marlon Jackson is the latest ex-Bull to link up with Eastleigh. The forward, who ended last season at Halifax, is on trial with the Spitfires after turning down an opportunity with Carlisle. He got the chance after his agent contacted the club, and manager Richard Hill spoke to Chris Todd.

Steve Jennings has signed for Port Vale. The former Tranmere and Motherwell midfielder has signed a one year deal with the Valiants, joining fellow former Bulls loanee Mark Marshall at the club.

Danny Leadbitter is now on trial at Southend. He played in their game with Braintree at the weekend and also faced a Colchester side today.

Supporters Team Confirm Groundshare With Pegasus Juniors

The Hereford United Supporters Team have confirmed that they will have use of the pitch and facilities at Pegasus Juniors for any home Supporters Team matches this season.

The news article released on the Supporters Team website reads: "We would like to thank the support of everyone at Pegasus Juniors, we look forward to using their fantastic facilities throughout the coming months, and building on our already strong relationship between the two sides."

Beadle Gives Inspiring Team Talk To Supporters Team

Council Deny £1 Rent Claim

Herefordshire Council have denied that the rent on Edgar Street dropped to £1 with the new leases.

In updating their FAQ on Hereford United yesterday (link) the Council say the rent on the ground is still £10,000 a year. The FAQ also notes that the Council have been told that £52,500 of their debt will be settled this financial year, with the remaining £12,500 next financial year.

The FAQ also says that a proposed land swap on the site, swapping two triangles of land to 'square up' the site, has not been completed with the Council saying the club 'has not taken this option forward'.

Fans Team Announce New Fixture

'Oxo' Talking To Trevor Owens For BBC H&W
This from Oxo:

We are pleased to announce we have arranged a friendly with Royston Town, this will be played before the their 1st team play Aylesbury United on August 23rd. We hope members of the London Bulls will be taking part, as well as those ex players who live closer to the capital. More info will be released when we have them.

This game has been designated as a HUFC solidarity day, so we hope as many fans can support this day, as well as the supporters game earlier.

More details on the fixture will be released in due course.

Prize Bull Draw 9

This from HUST:

Prize Bull draw No.9 took place on Monday night at Ledbury Town.
The winning numbers are 6, 8, 12, and 18
Should you have the winning combination, please contact to claim the jackpot.

Lower League Football To Be Debated in Parliament

Hereford MP Jesse Norman is to take part in a debate about lower league football.

As you will know I remain deeply concerned about the situation at Hereford United. To highlight the situation I have been pressing for a parliamentary debate on the future of non league football.

I am very pleased to let you know that I have now been granted time in the Commons chamber for a debate on Thursday, 4 September 2014. The debate will be held at around midday, and a minister from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport will have the opportunity to respond.

The priority for my speech will be the situation at Hereford United, but I also hope to cover some of the broader issues facing lower-league football.

I will be working on my speech over the next few weeks and would be interested to receive any contributions from fans, HUFC creditors or anyone else who cares about football in the community. 

The announcement of the debate is online at It would help if you could tweet this link or put it on Facebook or other social media, with this email address so that interested parties can get in touch. .

Thanks From Supporters Team

654 Hereford United fans turned out to support an 'alternative fixture' for those Bulls fans who are currently taking part in a boycott of the Edgar Street club

Everyone associated with the Hereford United Supporters Team would like to extend their thanks to all those who attended last night’s game at Ledbury, your support was incredible.
The match was not about winning, and despite the 6-2 defeat the players thoroughly enjoyed their 90minutes. We hope that you enjoyed watching the game with over 650 like-minded fans.
We would like to thank Ledbury Town for their extremely warm welcome, they played fantastic hosts both to the players and the supporters.
We would also like to thank Pete Beadle, Steve Jenkins and Jonny Evans who all gave their time, passion and expertise for free.
We’d also like to thank Sam Gwynne, Jon Hill, Callum Brennan and Max Kontic for pulling on the famous white shirt once more.
This isn’t the end, and our next game against Worcester City could be even bigger and better (is that possible?).
Supporters club secretary Chris Oleksy has already lined up former players who were members of the Conference Play Off Final win in 2006 and who also turned out for The Bulls during their League 1 spell. The players confirmed so far are Steve Guinan, Wayne Brown, Tony James and Alex Jeannin.

The game against Worcester City is set to be played at Malvern FC on 3rd August.

Nathan To "Agree Terms With New Safety Officer"

Despite claiming to have no influence at the club, and having to resort to quoting a 'reliable source', Grays CEO Joel Nathan says he is set to agree terms with a new Safety Officer at Edgar Street.

Nathan told the Hereford Times: “I will be agreeing terms with a new safety officer for the ground on Wednesday" as he spoke about the ground being ready to comply with Council demands on Friday.

Council officer Marc Willimott confirmed a meeting at the club yesterday, tweeting that the club had been told what it needed to do and he had been told the work would be completed for the start of the season.

Nathan also told the paper that a 'reliable source' had told him that football creditors would be paid: “I know that I said that I would not be saying anything but, to the best of my knowledge, football creditors are being paid today or tomorrow.

“I have been told by a very reliable source who knows what’s going on and that is football creditors will be paid.”

Some former staff members were informed by text message yesterday that they would be paid today.

Post Friendly Beadle

Pete Beadle Being Interviewed By Trevor Owens And John Williamson
Manager of the Hereford United Supporters Team Pete Beadle spoke to BBC Hereford and Worcester after last night's friendly at Ledbury which was watched by 654 supporters.

"What they've done tonight is the start of something that could become quite big.

"And it makes a statement.

"They've done it in the right manner.

"They've played in the right fashion with respect, it was really good.

"And the supporters have come out and made it what it was."

Preedy Pleased With Support At Ledbury

Former Hereford United director Dave Preedy was at Ledbury last night to watch the Supporters Team in action. But it wasn't the football that really mattered he told BN.

"My first impression it wasn't the football tonight but the football family of Hereford United coming together," said Preedy.

"The football was secondary in a way.

"This is Hereford United.

"We may not come to the games at Edgar Street for the time being but we're still here to fight for this club.

"We won't let it go."

Monday, July 21, 2014

Selection Of Pictures From Fans Team Game At Ledbury

A selection of pictures from the HUFC Fans Team Game at Ledbury Town this evening.

There's a much more comprehensive selection of pictures on

Fans Flock To See Fans Team

HUFC Fans Team Squad
654 fans were counted through the turnstiles at Ledbury Town tonight as the HUST Fans Team lost 6-2 to their hosts in the opening game of the 'alternative fixture list'.

The scoreline was immaterial as the game gave the hundreds of true Bulls fans the chance to mingle and be United for the first time this pre-season.

The catering sold out by half time, and the bar did a roaring trade. HUST's membership table reported a total membership figure of 839 including several sign-ups on the night.

Full report later.

Trialist XI Play Besiktas In Friendly

Just an hour before kick off, Hereford United announced that they would play Besiktas in a friendly.

With the Turkish giants in the country for games at Macclesfield's Moss Rose ground, their XI took on the trialist XI at Fleet Lane, home of the West Riding FA in front of only a handful of coaches and apparently no fans.

The club promoted links to illegal streaming sites to watch the game, which was being broadcast by Besiktas' own in-house TV channel, but wrongly gave the kick off time as 6pm when the game kicked off at 5pm.

With half an hour gone, the trialist side was 3-0 down. Both Jon Taylor and Neil Phelps were visible on the touchline, but no teamsheet for the trialist side was given.

A picture tweeted by the West Riding FA showing players in non-matching kit
The one sided game ended in a 6-0 win for the Turkish side.

Bulls Due Back In Court In 7 Days

Hereford United are due back in the High Court in just seven days for the third round of the Martin Foyle winding up petition.

It is three weeks since the club faced it's former manager for the first time, initially getting a seven day adjournment before the current three week halt to proceedings.

The proceedings have seen Andy Porter and HMRC add their bills to the total demand, while the sum demanded by the programme printers that was originally added has been withdrawn - with the owner of the printers understood to be an acquaintance of Tommy Agombar.

The High Court are understood to have been told that the process to offer a CVA deal to creditors was to begin. That CVA proposal would, realistically, have to be sent out to creditors before next Monday to avoid the wrath of the Court.

Southern League rules call for any CVA agreement sought by Hereford United to be for 100% of the debt.

Whilst individual creditors can write off their debts outside of the agreement, and with football creditors supposedly being dealt with before Friday's Southern League deadline, those non-football creditors that expect payment can expect 100% of their money within three years or the club will face further sanctions.

The club will almost certainly incur a ten point deduction for entering a CVA deal, although the penalty is subject to any appeal, while a CVA of less than 100% of debt would also potentially see further sanction implemented. 

League rules bar clubs from promotion without settling creditors 'in full' or within the remit of an agreed CVA, while there are also references to further demotion for failing to agree a CVA within the rules - although that demotion would likely not take place until the next AGM.

Any vote on the CVA proposal would be at least two weeks after the documents are sent out to creditors, meaning that the High Court hearing is only likely to be adjourned until after the CVA vote - if the club can get the relevant paperwork out to creditors in good time.

Beadle And His Red Cap

Pete Beadle At Aldershot
Pete Beadle returns to managing Hereford United this evening at Ledbury. Not the first team or the youth team, but a supporters team made up of former players and supporters.

As ever it's expected he will be wearing his red cap whilst directing operations.

Earlier this morning Beadle was asked about that famous red cap.

"After we get on in years some of us lack a bit of something and mine is hair," Beadle told BBC Hereford and Worcester.

"When I coach I wear a cap especially in the summer.

"I don't want to sunburn that head because that's where all my ideas and plans come from so I don't want to damage that anyway.

"And it just seems the last year whenever I was in the limelight I was wearing a red one.

"And tonight people will have to wait and see!"

Asked about matters Hereford United Beadle hopes the club can go back to Edgar Street.

"And have a team full of players proud to wear the shirt and supporters who will get right behind them, as they did for us when we were there.

"There are clubs going down this route (supporters trust involvement) because they feel unjust towards people who are running their football club.

"Hereford have got fantastic fans, a great backing and a great history so that may be the way it goes.

"Who knows, everyday is different and everyone is waiting for news.

"Tonight is an important night that as many people get there as possible and show that solidality that they showed for us at the end of last season.

"If that's the way it's going to go then there is no better way to start it with a fantastic crowd and a supporters team that are going to be proud to put that shirt on tonight."

Hereford United's Transfer Embargo Remains In Place

In a press release this morning the Southern League has confirmed that the transfer embargo on Hereford United remains in place.

The League wishes to correct previous reports regarding Hereford United FC in that it was served on 30th June 2014 with a notice that it was placed on a Player Registration and Transfer Embargo in accordance with Appendix H of its League Rules. That Embargo remains in place as of this date.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Danny Williams Added To Fans Team

Former Bull Danny Williams has been added to the Fans Team for tomorrow's game at Ledbury Town.

Now 33, the midfielder last played for the Bulls two years ago and was in the starting XI at Villa Park when the Bulls faced Aston Villa in the League Cup.

With Williams' inclusion comes a withdrawal. Gareth Davies is unfortunately unavailable and will not be playing. He intends to appear at some of the other fixtures.

Clarification Of Aims From Supporters Team

The following has been released by the Hereford United Supporters Team this evening.
We’ve read a few comments recently that are suggesting that the Supporters Team is the start of a phoenix Hereford United.
This is not true.
The Supporters Team has been running for a number of years, with games against the likes of Farnborough, Stevenage, Morecambe, Barnet and Shrewsbury Town amongst others, played from the early to mid 2000s onwards, right up until as recently as last season.
This team is the continuation of that, and contains many of the original supporters within the squad.
In December last year the Supporters Team was taken under the wing of the Hereford United Supporters Trust, and played a double-header against Kidderminster during the Christmas fixtures last season.
Standing under the Hereford United Supporters Trust umbrella, the Supporters Team backs the current boycott towards the club, and with the current feeling amongst a wide cross section of Hereford fans it was felt that the Supporters Team could try and come up with an ‘alternative fixture list’ so that Hereford fans could continue to support a team that they felt a connection to.
Supporters Team secretary Chris Oleksy has done a lot of work in managing to sign up former players and management who have shown their support to the fans during this difficult time. We have also been lucky to receive the time and support of former staff who have been forced to depart Edgar Street recently through no fault of their own.
That support, and the support shown from other clubs not only locally, but also from further afield is much appreciated.
We look forward to celebrating the fantastic support that Hereford United boasts, starting with the game against Ledbury Town tomorrow.
Please wear your Hereford shirts with pride.

Hereford United 100/1 Relegation Candidates With Bookies

The first bookmakers to put up odds for the coming Southern League campaign believe Hereford United will be relegated.

Bet365 and Betway quote the trialist side at 100/1 outsiders in the competition with only Banbury, who escaped relegation last season by two places, matching those odds with Bet365.

The opening day visitors to Edgar Street, St Neots Town, are 7/2 favourites with Weymouth 11/2 and Cambridge City 9/1.

Ledbury Match Details Released

The Hereford United Supporters Team have released details for those supporters wishing to attend tomorrow's game at Ledbury Town.

Gates and bar will open at 5:15pm, with Ledbury providing two overflow car parks to house the expected large numbers of fans making the short trip. Car parking will cost £2 per car.

A reminder that admission prices are £3 adults, £2 OAPs, £1 U16s.

Full details can be found on the Supporters Team website.

Met Office Predicts Dry For Ledbury Monday

Monday's HUST Fans Team game should take place in warm temperatures and dry weather according to the Met Office.

They predict some rain on Sunday evening, then for Ledbury to be dry until long after the fans game at Ledbury Town. Temperatures are expected to be 23°C at kick off, dropping to 18°C at 10pm.

Southern League Expecting Proof Of Payments By End Of Week

Today's Non-League Paper reports that the Southern League are expecting proof that football creditors have been paid by Hereford United by the end of the week.

Confirming reports that the club sent photocopied cheques to the league as proof previously, the paper reports that they now want to see proof of CHAPS or BACS transfers. 

The paper also reports that league Chairman Ken Turner, Vice Chairman John Eastment, and secretary Jason Mills took the decision to allow the Bulls into the division without consulting the full board.

Turner declined to comment to the paper on the situation, saying that it would be 'counter-productive' and that they were 'still working tirelessly on the situation'.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Ex-Bull Watch

Former youth team keeper Kyle Moore is on trial at Weymouth. He played the bulk of the second half as they drew 2-2 with Plymouth, who had James Bittner in goal for the first half. Ex-Bulls striker Tim Sills also featured for the Terras, while former Bulls target Chris McPhee was also on trial.

Michael Townsend will miss the start of the season after picking up a hamstring injury in Tamworth's game with Rugby today. Ryan Bowman scored for Torquay as they beat Walsall 2-1 in their friendly today. Rob Purdie was trialling for Worcester in their game with Stratford Town today. 

Supporters Team Release Full Squad List

Hereford United Supporters Team have released details of their full squad list of ex-Bulls players and fans to have signed up so far.

The full squad list is as follows:
The Squad
Ex Players
Wayne Brown
Guy Ipoua
Trevor Benjamin
Jon Hill
Sam Gywnne
Rob Purdie
Steve Guinan
David Norton
Gareth Davies
Tony James
Scott Goodwin
Peter Heritage
Ian Rodgerson
Gary Smith
Luke Griffiths
Jamie Griffiths
Matt Price
Kevin Goodwin
Brian Goodwin
Tristan Edwards
Lucas Kirby
Will Morrall
Eli Drury
John Eckley
Dan Thomas (Egghead)
Chris Oleksy
Tom Burrows
If you’re interested in joining the squad, please email

Supporters Squad For Ledbury On Monday

The Hereford United Supporters Team have confirmed their squad for the friendly at Ledbury on Monday evening. The squad will be managed by Pete Beadle and Steve Jenkins

Gareth Davies
Jon Hill
Sam Gwynne
Max Contic
Callum Brennan
Chris Oleksy
Luke Griffiths
Matt Price
Steve Brotherwood
Dan Thomas
Will Morrall
Eli Drury
Kevin Goodwin
Lucas Kirby
Tom Burrows

Free Fantasy League Running For Bulls Fans

Bulls Banter forum user Bulletproof has set up a league for Bulls fans on the Fantasy League game site.

The game is free to play, with Bulletproof offering a crate of beer (or soft drink) to the Bulls league winner.

The site is at with the Bulls league code 32993-11091.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Fans Solidarity Day At Royston

Royston Town have announced that they will hold a 'solidarity day' aimed at helping HUST (Hereford United Supporters Trust).

Saturday 23rd August for our game against Aylesbury United (another club that has had hard times) has been designated a fans solidarity day for Hereford United.

There will be a supporters match in the morning, kick off 11am, with the rest of the day devoted to raising some funds for a new HUFC. 

There will be an auction of football related items, a bucket collection and all car parking receipts will be given to the trust.

Calls For 'Official Investigation' Into Crisis At Hereford United

Calls have been made by Cllr Bob Matthews amidst others for an 'official investigation' into the crisis at Hereford United.

According to the Hereford Times, the investigation would be held to 'force answers' from former directors who include Cllr Nick Nenadich, a current Councillor. In essence the transfer of shares to new 'majority' shareholder Tommy Agombar is being called into question.

"It's increasingly apparent that they have a lot to answer for," said Cllr Matthews.

Cllr Matthews has also called for 'serious consideration' be given to having talks with HUST, the Hereford United Supporters Trust.

Parties working for HUST sent e-mails to Councillors this morning about the recent share issue and the articles of association of the club.

Full article:

Update: At a shareholders general meeting held at Edgar Street on July 22nd 2013 two of the special resolutions were about the articles of association.

However these items were not even debated at the meeting. 

Hereford United Supporters Keep Football Spirit Alive‏

Ledbury Town FC
Monday 21st July, 7:30pm KO

Members of the Hereford United Supporters Trust Football Team are keeping the spirit of football in Hereford alive despite the confusion and growing anger surrounding the Bulls' first team which is currently being boycotted by Hereford fans.

Supporters of Hereford United have never had it easy, but they're currently going through the darkest period in the clubs 90 year history.

Despite securing their Conference Premier status on the pitch with a final day win over Aldershot Town, Bulls fans have since seen life go from bad to worse.

Former Chairman David Keyte sold a 57% shareholding to London based businessman Tommy Agombar, but promises of payments have failed to materialise and now the clubs famous giantkilling history hangs in the balance having been thrown out of the Football Conference and with mounting unpaid debts that include staff and player wages.

Recently 95% of Supporters Trust members voted in favour of a boycott of their Edgar Street club following the arrival, and numerous broken promises of payment by owner Tommy Agombar. 

The Supporters Team, backed by the Supporters Trust, is set to keep football alive for Bulls fans in a series of games over the coming weeks in what is being described as an 'alternative fixture list'.

The fans first game is against local side Ledbury Town, who themselves refused to play Hereford United in what would have been a money-spinning friendly due to the present circumstances at Edgar Street. A booster crowd of over 500 is now expected to turn out at Ledbury to watch a Bulls side made up of fans and former players.

Supporters Team Secretary Chris Oleksy has managed to secure a number of high profile names in the squad, including ex-Hereford management duo Peter Beadle and Steve Jenkins who master-minded United's final day survival at the end of the season. 

They are to be joined by a host of ex-players and staff who have thrown their weight behind the fans of Hereford United who are fighting to see greater supporter involvement in the running of the club, and for all existing debts to be cleared by present owner Tommy Agombar. 

The game kicks off at Ledbury Town on Monday 21st July, 7:30pm. Admission prices are adult £3, OAPs £2 and £1 for U16s.

For more information and full fixture list please visit