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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Evesham Announce Details For Hereford Game


This from Evesham FC:

We entertain Champions Hereford FC at the Spiers & Hartwell Jubilee Stadium on Easter Monday (17th April), kick off 3pm.  This will be a crucial game for us as we strive to make the League play-offs.
 
On the advice of the Southern League the game is all ticket and tickets have now gone on sale.
For those in person, they are available from Evesham United Football Club at the following times:
Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm and 6pm to 8pm, plus at the home game with Mangotsfield United on Saturday 8th April.
 
For those who cannot get to the ground for tickets, we are utilising the Hereford FC online ticketing system and this will be available after the weekend for purchases to all supporters – please look out for details when on the Evesham United and Hereford FC websites and social media.  The tickets will be available online through both club websites. 
 
We are not restricting the number of tickets to Hereford FC supporters. The total capacity of the stadium is 3,000. 
 
Due to League Regulations, everyone will need to obtain a ticket. This will include season ticket holders and Evesham United junior players/coaches (please collect a free ticket from the Club or Mike Peplow)
 
Admission prices for everyone else remain at our normal league prices:
Adults £9
Concessions £6 (OAPs, Students, Parent of EUFC Junior with Junior attending)
Under 16 £2
Free admission to Under 5’s
 
There is no extra charge for a seat in the stand and they will be available on a first come first served basis on the day (those with reserved seats will still have their seat). The seated stand will be segregated in two, with Evesham supporters at the Clubhouse End and Hereford fans at the Southern End. The capacity for this area is 300.
 
There will be no segregation in the standing areas. We are employing the stewarding company used at Edgar Street to work with our own team.
 
As well as the existing turnstile block, the new turnstiles to the south of the stand will be in operation for the first time.
 
Gates will open at midday. There is ample free parking, but you are advised to arrive in plenty of time to avoid congestion near to kick-off.
Additional food and drink outlets will be available inside the ground.
Let’s enjoy the occasion and make it a day to remember for both clubs.

Death Of Mike Burford Announced


News has just reached Club Historian Ron Parrott of the sad passing of a former Bull. Although never having played for the first team, Mike Burford was a popular member of United’s youth squad and spent four years at Edgar Street, signing as a schoolboy at the age of 15 in 1974 and remaining until the end of the 1977/78 season. 

Mike played mainly as an inside-forward and was in the team that carried off the South West & Wales Youth League and Cup double in 1977/78, playing alongside such stars as Andy Feeley, Stuart Cornes, Kevin Sheedy & Stewart Phillips. 

After leaving Edgar Street, Mike joined Cheltenham Town but failed to break into their first team but after a spell in local football, he spent six happy years with Gloucester City. After a very brief return to Cheltenham Town, Mike returned to Gloucester City before ending his career with Shortwood United and Brockworth, whilst working for his family’s scrap metal business in Witcombe. 

Mike was also a talented amateur cricketer and sadly was taken from us at the age of only 56.


Prize Bull Lottery Latest Draw


This from HUST:

Prize Bull Lottery draw No.147 took place on Monday night.

The winning numbers are:-  3 - 12 - 15 - 23

Should you have the winning combination, please contact prizebull@hufctrust.co.uk to claim the jackpot. More details on the Prize Bull Lottery and entry forms are on the Prize Bull Lottery page.

Jackpot now stands at £1200


Monday, March 27, 2017

Hereford 'Fully Deserved Their Victory' Said Claridge



Salisbury manager Steve Claridge gave a long interview to BBC Wiltshire after Saturday's match against Hereford.

Here's a flavour of what he said.

"We weren't that bad but Hereford were very good, no doubt about that" said Claridge.

"They were so clinical.

"At times it was astonishing. They've scored three from four chances (first half).

"Second half even then they had an awful lot of the ball, an awful lot of the play.

"The quality of the ball into the box, the finishing and the movement was exceptional at times.

"I've got no excuses, they were the better side, they beat us.

"The best team in the league.

"You look at their side, pretty consistant all through their team. We haven't got that depth and strength.

"We are not where Hereford are. They are Conference/League Two side in waiting so we're not playing against a South and West side.

"They are a good side that came here, played really really well, worked really hard and fully deserved their victory."

Claridge had several players missing on Saturday.

"Any sort of weakness they are going to exploit and they did.

"Good luck to them. To say they were clinical is probably an understatement."

Southern Premier Opponents


At present these sides are not in the Southern Premier play off or relegation zones. Depending on final few games and any non league shuffle these should be some of the opponents Hereford will face in the Southern Premier.

Banbury United - Spencer stadium
Capacity: 6,500 (250 seated)
Miles: 86 miles
Travel time: around 1 hour 43 minutes
Nearest station: Banbury (0.3 miles / around 5 minutes walk)
2016/17 admission: Adults £10, Concessions £6 and U16 £1
2016/17 attendances: highest: 734, average: 367 and lowest: 222

Frome Town - The Special Effect Stadium
Capacity: 3,000 (500 seated)
Miles: 90 miles
Travel time: around 1 hour 53 minutes
Nearest station: Frome (1 mile / around 15 minutes walk)
2016/17 admission: Adults £10, Concessions £7 and U16 Free
2016/17 attendances: highest: 412, average: 241 and lowest: 169

Biggleswade Town - Carlsberg Stadium
Capacity: 3,000 (300 seated)
Miles: 155 miles
Travel time: around 2 hour 45 minutes
Nearest station: Biggleswade (3miles)
2016/17 admission: Adults £10, Concessions £8 and U16 Free (with paying adult)
2016/17 attendances: highest: 551, average: 188 and lowest: 80

Kettering Town - Latimer Park (Groundshare at Burton Park Wanderers)
Capacity: 2,400
Miles: 114 miles
Travel time: around 2 hour 5 minutes
Nearest station: Kettering (3miles)
2016/17 admission: Adults £10, Concessions £6 and U16 £1
2016/17 attendances: highest: 658, average: 499 and lowest: 343

Chesham Utd - The Meadow
Capacity: 5,000 (284 seated)
Miles: 115 miles
Travel time: around 2 hour 30 minutes
Nearest station: Chesham (0.7 miles)
2016/17 admission: Adults £10, Concessions £8, U16 £3 and U12 £1
2016/17 attendances: highest: 542, average: 317 and lowest: 215

Weymouth - Bob Lucas Stadium
Capacity: 6,600 (900 seated)
Miles: 149 miles
Travel time: around 2 hour 40 minutes
Nearest station: Weymouth (2.5 miles)
2016/17 admission: Adults £11, Concessions £8, U16 £3
2016/17 attendances: highest: 1231, average: 512 and lowest: 325

King's Lynn Town - The Walks Stadium
Capacity: 5,733 (1,200 seated)
Miles: 175 miles
Travel time: around 3 hour 20 minutes
Nearest station: King's Lynn (1 mile)
2016/17 admission: Adults £10, Concessions £8, 12-18 £4 11 & under Free
2016/17 attendances: highest: 821, average: 546 and lowest: 278

Basingstoke Town - The Ark Cancer Charity Stadium
Capacity: 5,733 (1,200 seated)
Miles: 108 miles
Travel time: around 2 hour 12 minutes
Nearest station: Basingstoke (3 mile)
2016/17 admission: Adults £12, Concessions £8, U16 £2
2016/17 attendances: highest: 598, average: 392 and lowest: 292


Dunstable Town - Creasey Park
Capacity: 3,500 (350 seated)
Miles: 131 miles
Travel time: around 2 hour 35 minutes
Nearest station: Luton (6 mile)
2016/17 admission: Adults £10, Concessions £5
2016/17 attendances: highest: 310, average: 140 and lowest: 74

St. Ives Town - Pro-Edge Stadium 
Capacity: 2,000
Miles: 143 miles
Travel time: around 2 hour 40 minutes
Nearest station: Huntingdon (6 mile)
2016/17 admission: Adults £10, Concessions £6 Students £4 and U16 £2
2016/17 attendances: highest: 539, average: 275 and lowest: 122

Stratford Town - The DCS Stadium
Capacity: 1,400
Miles: 54 miles
Travel time: around 1 hour 25 minutes
Nearest station: Stratford-Upon-Avon (2.5 mile)
2016/17 admission: Adults £10, Concessions £6 and U16 £2
2016/17 attendances: highest: 523, average: 225 and lowest: 136

Redditch Utd - The Valley
Capacity: 5,000 (500 seated)
Miles: 48 miles
Travel time: around 1 hour 15 minutes
Nearest station: Redditch (0.5 mile)
2016/17 admission: Adults £10, Concessions £6 and U16 £2
2016/17 attendances: highest: 410, average: 241 and lowest: 144


Dorchester Town - Greene King Community Stadium
Capacity: 5,000 (500 seated)
Miles: 143 miles
Travel time: around 2 hour 30 minutes
Nearest station: Dorchester South (1 mile)
2016/17 admission: Adults £10, Concessions £6 and U16 £1
2016/17 attendances: highest: 2033, average: 421 and lowest: 149


St. Neots Town - The Premier Plus Stadium
Capacity: 3,500 (250 Seated)
Miles: 142 miles
Travel time: around 2 hour 40 minutes
Nearest station: St Neots (1 mile)
2016/17 admission: Adults £10, Concessions £6 and U16 £2
2016/17 attendances: highest: 357, average: 263 and lowest: 97

Kings Langley - Gaywood Park
Capacity: 1,000
Miles: 124 miles
Travel time: around 2 hour 30 minutes
Nearest station: Apsley (1 mile)
2016/17 attendances: highest: 310, average: 140 and lowest: 71

Four Midweek South And West Fixtures


There are four midweek fixtures in the Southern League South and West.

Salisbury will move into fourth position, above Evesham, should they defeat relegation candidates Bridgwater Town.

Tomorrow (Tuesday):

Bishops Cleeve v North Leigh
Paulton Rovers v Bideford
Salisbury v Bridgwater Town

Wednesday:

Slimbridge v AFC Totton

Hereford FC Stats


A series of stats about Hereford FC have been published by the BBC today.

Hereford's league record
  • Hereford have won 29 of their 36 league games so far this season, losing just once.
  • The Bulls are just six short of 100 goals and have conceded only 26, which is 12 fewer than any other club in the division.
  • Beadle's side are 16 points clear of second-placed Taunton, who have just five games left to play.
  • They are the first side from within the English football pyramid to be promoted this season - although Oswestry-based TNS did claim their 11th League of Wales title on 4 March.
  • Hereford have had an average attendance of 2,721 at Edgar Street for their 18 Southern League Division One South & West home games this season.
    That is higher than five League Two clubs and all but three National League sides: Tranmere Rovers (5,036), Lincoln City (4,346) and Wrexham (3,893).
    The crowd of 1,807 at Salisbury was bigger than all of Saturday's other 10 Southern League Division One South & West games put together.
     

Bulls Lotto Draw: Next Jackpot £4.3 Million


The latest Lotto Draw took place on Saturday, 25th March 2017.

Winning numbers were: 01-09-11-25-26-49, plus the Star Number 6.

The Prize Categories:

6 Numbers + Star             £3,730,064.73

6 Numbers                         £117,828.57

5 Numbers                         £1,340.57

4 Numbers                         £20.61

3 Numbers                         £6.24

Star Number                      0.5 Free Lotto

The Lotto always provides fans with two opportunities a week to win huge sums of money in the knowledge all proceeds are donated to the Hereford United Supporters Trust. Remember EVERY PENNY of the minimum 26% (39p) and a maximum of 50% of each Bulls Lotto entry that HUST receives will go to Hereford Football Club.
 
Prizes are on offer for matching one number or more and it’s easy to enter. Simply click https://www.lottofc.co.uk/bulls/index.htm to get started and be in with a chance of winning.

All of the cash prizes are funded by the Lotto Network.
Enter your lucky numbers by joining here:  https://www.lottofc.co.uk/bulls/index.htm

If you currently enter other lotteries, why not make Hereford Football Club your “good cause” by entering the Bulls Lotto instead? You can register in less than 60 seconds with entries from £1.50 per draw.

The next Bulls Lotto draw is on Wednesday, 29th March 2017 with an estimated jackpot of £4.3 Million. For more details visit the Bulls Lotto website:   https://www.lottofc.co.uk/bulls/lotto.htm

Tickets For Taunton Away


This from Hereford FC:

Tickets for the away match at Taunton Town’s Viridor Stadium on April 8th will go on sale at the Matchday Ticket Office to Season Ticket holders only on Saturday (April 1st) from 10am until 2.30pm.

Tickets will be limited to one per season ticket book with each individual person entitled to bring up to 5 books. Voucher D will be removed from the book at the time of purchase.

Any remaining tickets, if any, will be placed on our online portal on Sunday. Exact details of this will be released as soon as the available number of tickets are known following Saturday’s sales.

Taunton have told us:
Ticket prices will be £10 for Adults, £8 for Concessions and £5 for Under 19’s – the increased charges have been implemented to cover the costs of extra stewarding, 
As there is only very limited on-site parking, we regret none will be available for Hereford supporters and we will notify you well in advance of the alternative sites in the proximity of the stadium.
There will be adequate toilet facilities and catering outlets in the segregated area, but there will be no alcohol on sale.


National Media Feature Hereford's Promotion


Both the BBC and Talksport have featured Hereford's promotion to the Southern League Premier Division today.



Trouble Before Salisbury Game


Salisbury’s Police Inspector Pete Sparrow this afternoon released the following statement regarding incidents that took place on Saturday ahead of our match with Hereford FC.
“While the football game itself passed without any problems inside the ground, there were a number of individuals who were intent on causing issues within the city prior to the game. We believe these issues were instigated by local people loosely associated to Salisbury FC and responded to by a minority of fans who had travelled to the city to support Hereford FC."
"It is really, really disappointing to see the behaviour of a small minority despite an increased police presence and extra safety stewards at the ground. Those people involved cannot be described as fans of football and it is a shame that a match that started with a minutes silence to mark the earlier tragic events of the week and finished with the crowning of Hereford FC as champions of the league, could not be matched by dignified behaviour within the city"
"Our investigation into Saturday's behaviour is continuing - we will be extensively analysing all bodycam footage in a bid to identify those responsible. Once identified, we will enter discussions with Salisbury FC, whose name they represent, and take steps to ban them from future games. These people cannot expect to act in such an irresponsible way and continue to be allowed to attend fixtures alongside true football fans”.
Salisbury Football Club has released the following response to the above statement.


“Salisbury Football Club is most concerned to hear of incidents that took place in the city centre on Saturday ahead of our match with Hereford FC.
We were very happy with the way the match was handled in conjunction with Wiltshire Police, but sad to hear of events elsewhere. We will continue to work with Wiltshire Police and we will act upon whatever feedback they give us.
We were delighted with the attendance at the game and the magnificent support provided by our fans but those involved or responsible for the issues in the city centre on Saturday in no way represent our fan base.”



Goodbye Nene Park


This from HUST:


Whilst we celebrate another promotion and rightly enjoy the success on and off the pitch (well done Beadle, the players and Management team and all at HFC), we should never forget how things could have been much different if it wasn’t for the will of the supporters to want change, even though it was painful at the time. We are now 27th March 2017 exactly 2 years into the lease on Edgar Street, and we need to count our blessings….

Many Hereford fans would remember the visits with HUFC to Nene Park to play the then Rushden & Diamonds in their brand new purpose built stadium on the banks of the River Nene (pronounced Nen as I have been reliably informed). However if one was passing the ground this weekend the depressing vision that would greet you would be of a half demolished stadium. This stadium built in 1995 providing the modern facilities that we would love to have especially on the Blackfriars End, now should be held up as an example of how close we were to losing such a valuable and loved piece of Hereford history. Had we the fans not fought to remove the ‘business men’ (I am sure others will have much stronger words they would call them), then heaven knows how run down Edgar Street and the football might have been, with the real prospect of football at Edgar Street slowly dying and being forced to seek cheaper more sustainable homes, leaving a prime site for ruthless redevelopment before the ‘business men’ disappeared with their spoils.

There is a lot to be thankful for, we have a new successful team playing at the spiritual home, whilst the phoenix club AFC Rushden & Diamonds, were forced to ground share at the aptly named Dog & Duck ground with Wellingborough Town but are now being forced to find a new home with Rushden & Higham United.

I think all fans would wish AFC Rushden & Diamonds, a fan owned club, continued success in re-establishing themselves (they are currently 6th in the Northern League 1st Division South equivalent to our league) and hope they find a permanent home soon.

As the words go ‘Football without fans is nothing’ therefore fans must ensure that their voices are heard and the role of a Supporters Trusts is a key one. They are not there for just the dark days they are there for all days, so if you are a member of HUST then thank you, but if you are a lapsed member or a just a supporter then please consider joining HUST or supporting HUST initiatives and have a voice and help us to ensure HFC has more success on and off the pitch.


60 Second Match Report


Here's Saturday's match report condensed into a 60 second video.


And also, there was an agonising wait for the full time score from Evesham - they needed to beat Taunton for Hereford to be crowned champions. Fans were kept up to date by the Robin's Twitter account. 



Spot The Ball Launched Today


This from HUST:



As part of HUST's ongoing fundraising drive to assist Hereford Football Club, a brand new 'Spot the Ball' competition is being launched today.

All supporters have to do is assess where they think the ball is most likely to be in the photograph, select the relevant grid square and enter via the HUST website.

HUST have assembled a wide ranging 'panel of experts' for the Spot the Ball competition, with former Bulls' players Gareth Davies and Tommy Hughes casting their eyes over the first photographs courtesy of the official club photographer Steve Niblett.

The competition is to run throughout the year at four-weekly intervals, and will initially be open to HUST members only. 50% of the entry fees will be distributed as prize money, with roll-overs if the prize is not won, and the remainder allocated to HUST's share purchase fund.

The first round closing date is Saturday 22 April. Entries will cost £1 per selected square, up to a maximum of three selections per member.



UITC News Update


News update from UITC:

Tonight will be Dan Emery's last session with us before departing for a new job, where he will be working full-time as a Football Development Officer for Total Pro Soccer in Bristol. This is a great opportunity for Dan and one that he couldn't turn down despite wanting to still be involved here with his U15's. Dan, I believe was the longest serving coach with UITC but unfortunately he will now be moving onto a new challenge but please join me in wishing Dan all the best in his new role and hopefully he will still come and support us when he isn't too busy, which he is bound to be with the arrival of a baby girl at the beginning of July. Thank you and Good Luck!  

Moving onto football, last weeks U18 semi final was postponed due to an unplayable pitch, and is due to be played this week instead pushing the Bromsgrove game back a couple of weeks. The results for the youth teams were nothing to shout about, however, there were lots of positives to take from performances. Here are all of last weeks results: 

U12's 3-5 Yate
U13's 1-5 HPR
U14's 3-4 HPR 
U15's 1-2 Gloucester City
U16's 1-1 Stourbridge

U18's Girls 6-1 Hutton

Another positive result for the girls, who move closer to clinching the league title and like the boys could be on for a league and cup double.

Here is what we have got going on this week:

29/03/17 - Rearranged Fixture
U18's Vs Bromyard Town 7.45 KO (Away - HR7 4NT) Giant Killers Cup Semi Final

01/04/17/17 
U12's Vs WBA Gloucestershire 10.30 KO (Away - GL54 5LB) Home Kit
U13's Vs Worcester City 10.30 KO (Away - WR14 1GU) Away Kit
U14's Vs Worcester City 10.30 KO (Away - WR3 7SS) Away Kit
U15's Vs Worcester City 10.30 KO (Home - Central Park) Home Kit
U16's Vs Sutton Coldfield 10.30 KO (Home - B24 0JT) Away Kit

02/04/17
U18 Girls Vs Hutton (Home- Central Park) League Cup Semi Final

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Around The Ground


A last look at yesterday featuring pictures of Hereford supporters at Salisbury.

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