Next Game: Boston Away on Saturday 27th October at 3pm

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Post Beadle - Where Are We Now?

Marc Richards And Tim Harris
It's coming up to six weeks since Peter Beadle was sacked. His dismissal came after Hereford were beaten by Westfields in the HFA Cup but it looks as though even if that game had been won, the board were going to fire him anyway at some 'convenient' point.

The reasons why Beadle and his right hand man Steve Jenkins were dismissed have been debated ever since with the club board maintaining that 'this is a decision taken more with the long-term goal of progressing to the Football League in mind.'

Six days after Beadle was sacked Tim Harris was appointed as head of football, his role described as 'overseeing all football activies from the academy through to the first team'. 

On October 2nd Marc Richards became head coach at Edgar Street. Four candidtates were shortlisted for the role and interviews took place at the HFA Headquarters.

"However, after lengthy discussions, it was felt that Marc was the best candidate overall and that he would be offered the role," said Harris.

Along with Richards, several other assistants have been appointed. However Roger Lloyd, who was been kit-man at the club, decided to give up his post.

To date Harris and Richards have let two players go, Jennison Myrie-Williams and Joslain Mayebi, and one other Tom Harrison, who was on a one month loan, has returned to Bristol City.

However it was thought more players would have left by now.

"We've got a big squad of players, something like 25, that's an awful lot at this level," said Harris after the defeat at Chester on October 2nd.

"It doesn't take a rocket scientist to work out that we need somebody up front that can actually hurt people.

"We need to whittle down that squad a little bit."

In the friendly last Thursday there were five trialists. Tommy O'Sullivan, in particular, might be worth a second look. But he is a midfielder, not an area some supporters feel needs extra bodies.

Unless there have been changes that are yet to be announced the squad size today is thought to be 24.

In have come youth keeper Brandon Powell, and three loanees. Two of those Matt Yates and Ethan Wassell are from Derby, George Lloyd comes from Cheltenham.

Harris isn't a fan of loan players. At the recent fans forum he said he would 'rather have his own players'.

But, as yet, Harris and Richards haven't brought in any players other than loanees. This may well be because they've been unable to attract anyone they consider good enough to come to the club at the terms they can offer.

The situation is not desperate but it might well be shortly if results don't improve. Next Saturday is a trip to Boston who are currently sixth in the table and the following Tuesday an away game at seventh placed Telford. And, at present, neither game looks winnable.

Harris and Richards have a lot of work to do.

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Today's Results In The National North

Here are today's results in the National North League:

Brackley 4 Spennymore 1
Curzon Ashton 2 AFC Telford 1
Darlington 1 Boston 0
Kidderminster 1 FC United 2
Nuneaton 0 Bradford PA 6

Hereford are now 18th in the table with just 12 points from 12 games.

From The Archives - Wright Result On The Day

John McCombe Started For Hereford
Eleven years ago today Hereford played MK Dons at Edgar Street. Here's a lookback.

Wright Result On The Day

A late Mark Wright goal allowed The MK Dons to continue their fine recent winning run and keep them clear at the top of the table. The game finished 1-0 to the away side, but the talking point of the game came late in the first half when Steve Guinan was shown red for a poor challenge on Lloyd Dyer.

With Dean Beckwith out injured, John McCombe was handed his first league start, whilst Lionel Ainsworth also returned after fully recovering from his injury that had kept him out of previous games. Kris Taylor came up against his former Walsall team-mate Wright and up front, Leon Knight partnered Aaron Wilbraham.

Hereford looked lively in the opening period although it was Keith Andrews who tried his luck in the first minute, with Wayne Brown easily holding the effort. Theo Robinson chested down a Clint Easton cross, before having a shot blocked by Willy Gueret. A few minutes later, the best chance of the half, and the game, fell to McCombe. Guinan crossed from the left hand side, and Robinson nodded it into the danger area. McCombe waited, and headed towards the corner but a fine diving save from Gueret denied the centre half. Ben Smith's burst from midfield allowed him to test Gueret once more, but again, the goalkeeper denied Hereford. 

The MK Dons though overcame the early pressure, and took control. Firstly, Wilbraham shot at Brown after a neat turn, before Alan Navarro picked up the ball in a promising position but he scuffed his shot despite being in a decent position. Drissa Diallo nearly gave the away side the lead when a Dean Lewington cross was allowed to run, and the right back struck back across goal, and inches wide of Brown's post. Danny Swailes also shot wide, before the threatening Andrews' long range shot was held by a diving Brown. Then came the red card. Guinan tried to be clever in the middle of the park, but was dispossessed, and The MK Dons dangerously broke in numbers. Lloyd Dyer sped away, and Guinan recklessly bought him down in the middle of the park. The tackle was high, and the referee immediately dished out his red for the experienced striker.

Being down to ten men meant that the second half would be very tough for Hereford to hold on. The breakthrough nearly came, and should have came, in the opening minutes. Dyer cut in from the right and crossed across goal. Knight pounced, unmarked, and a yard out but could only put the ball the wrong side of the post. After that chance, the game became scrappy, with The Bulls battling hard to deny The MK Dons creating chances, despite their large percentage of possession. Smith ambitiously volleyed off target, before Jemal Johnson was introduced for Knight in a bid to shake up the away attack. Wright had a shot blocked by Taylor before yet more subs were made. Luke Webb replaced the quiet Ainsworth, whilst for The Dons, Bally Smart and Colin Cameron were introduced, with Dyer and Navarro making way.

The subs didn't make much of an impact, with Hereford still battling, and looking decent for the point, until Paul Ince's side finally made the breakthrough. Andrews chipped in the box, Wilbraham headed on, and the ball fell nicely to Wright, in space, and he fired home from close range, to the delight of the 369 away fans. Trevor Benjamin and Simon Johnson made late appearences, after they replaced Smith and Taylor, but it was too little too late for United. Wright could have added another for The Dons in stoppage time, but Brown parried his effort away from danger; J.Johnson also had a half chance but Brown was again equal to it.

The outcome of the game, watched by a pleasing figure of 3936, was the right one at the end of the day. Hereford battled well after the dismissal of Guinan, but even before the red card, MK Dons were creating plenty of chances, and dominating. With tough looking games coming up in the next few weeks; The Bulls will have to pick themselves up quickly. London Road, the home of Peterborough is the next game, where Trevor Benjamin is likely to start against his former employers with Guinan seemingly ruled out.

Hereford: Brown, McClenahan, McCombe, Broadhurst, Taylor (Johnson 90), Ainsworth (Webb 71), Diagouraga, Smith (Benjamin (90), Easton, Guinan, Robinson.
Subs Not Used: Ingham, Rose.

MK Dons: Gueret, Diallo, O'Hanlon, Swailes, Lewington, Wright, Navarro (Cameron 84), Andrews, Dyer (Smart 76), Wilbraham, Knight (Johnson 64).
Subs Not Used: Abbey, Broughton.

Referee: Paul Melin
Attendance: 3936

Happy Birthday Ryan Green

Happy birthday to Hereford defender Ryan Green who's 38 today.

Green has had three spells at Edgar Street, so many happy returns to Hereford's wizard.

No Match For Hereford Today

Hereford FC are without a game this afternoon as Southport whom they were due to play at Edgar Street have a FA Cup tie.

Instead the squad will meet up for a training session. 

However there are five games in the National North League.

Brackley v Spennymore
Curzon Ashton v AFC Telford
Darlington v Boston
Kidderminster v FC United
Nuneaton v Bradford PA

Hereford are back in action next Saturday when they travel to Boston.

Friday, October 19, 2018

Hockey Rejoins Lads Club

Adam Hockey has rejoined Lads Club on a 28 day loan deal.

Last night Hockey played for Hereford in the friendly against Cinderford.

The 17 year old had been on loan at Mangotsfield.

Three Trialists Named

Three of the trialists who played for Hereford last night have been named.

The goalkeeper pictured above was Theo Richardson. 

Richardson was released by Manchester United's reserves in May after joining them towards the end of the 2016/17 season from Leeds United and is represented by Oakmont Black Sports agency, which also represents Jordan Cullinane-Liburd and Jamie Bird.

23 year old Tommy O'Sullivan is understand to be the number eight in the squad last night.

Welsh Youth International O'Sullivan started his professional career with Cardiff City six years ago. He's been at loan at several clubs including Port Vale and Newport County before signing for Colchester United in January 2017. In January 2018 he joined Torquay on loan. He left Colchester last May.

22 year old James Anthony Roberts was the number 10. A striker, Roberts was on the books at Oxford United from 2014 until last spring. During his time there he scored three goals in thirty appearances. He has also been loaned out to Chester, Oxford City, Barnet, Stalybridge and Guiseley. He left Oxford at the end of last season.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Second Half Pictures From Hereford Friendly

A selection of pictures from the second half of tonight's friendly mainly featuring trialists.

First Half Pictures From Tonight's Friendly

A selection of pictures from the first half of tonight's friendly at Edgar Street between Hereford and Cinderford.


Changes To Come As Trialists Better Than Current Players Said Richards

Head Coach Marc Richards was upbeat despite losing 2-1 to lower-graded opposition in this evening's training match at Edgar Street, but says some of the trailists on show were better than some of the current players.

The Bulls took the lead against Cinderford Town but went on to lose the game, but it was a worthwhile exercise for Richards as it gave him an opportunity to look at players in a competitive situation.

Not only were a number of players involved who haven't played much recently, but there were five trailists named by Hereford who Richards thought were probably better than some of the current players at Edgar Street.

"I think it's been a really worthwhile exercise," Richards said.

The idea of having a training game was to obviously have a look at the boys we haven't seen too much of in a competitive situation. And also a few new face that we've had in training or recommended. I thought it was really worthwhile.

"It's important you give them enough time to have a chance to impress, and I thought actually the trailists showed up pretty well.

"I think they all did well, in terms of the positions that we've brought in the trailists, we've had a splattering across the park really in terms of who we've brought in.

"But I think they did well, and probably better than some of our current players."

Richards says conversations will take place over the next couple of days with the trailists.

As reported earlier, Theo Richardson has been training with Hereford and started in goal for the Bulls this evening. 

The 20-year-old former Manchester United reserves goalkeeper spent the first part of the season playing for Northern Premier League Premier Division Grantham Town, but they've lost five out of their last six games including a 5-0 defeat by South Shields. 

Marc Richards says that Martin Horsell will be out for a couple more weeks after a clash of heads with Mike McGrath two weeks ago where he suffered concussion.

"Martin's fine. He's back in with us in terms of training evenings, but not back in on training yet," Richards added.

"We need to follow the right play protocols for a concussion so in the next week to ten days hopefully he can start doing something physically and then we can look to start integrating him back into full training.

"There's nothing to read into that (trialist keeper), first and foremost we need to do the right thing by Martin to make sure he's physically okay before we even consider getting him back into training.

"When you've had severe concussion like he's suffered, it's important we don't rush that. Obviously I've brought in Matt (Yates) from Derby and we've got young Brandon as well, but it's important we look at other options as well.

"Especially with Martin's probably not available for selection after the Boston game, so you don't need to read into that at all it's just a case of the young goalkeeper who played tonight has trained with us so it was a great opportunity in a game as well."

When asked if any other players had left Hereford, Richards firmly replied 'no', but there will be movement in a couple of weeks.

"It's just one of those things, we're only a few weeks in and still looking at everything and assessing what we need to do for the squad to make sure it's as competitive as it can be and we can start moving the right way up the table.

"I'm sure there will be movement in the next couple of weeks, but nothing as of yet."

New-Look Bulls Defeated In Training Match

Hereford lost 2-1 to Cinderford Town in this evening's training game at Edgar Street.

One of Hereford's five trialists broke the deadlock in the second half, but Southern League Division One West side Cinderford Town fought back to win the game.

As reported earlier, Hereford's goalkeeper tonight was former Manchester United reserve player Theo Richardson, with another trailist thought to be Tommy O'Sullivan.

It was rumoured the 23-year-old was training with Hereford last week after being released by Colchester United in the summer.

A product of Cardiff City's youth team, O'Sullivan didn't make an appearance for the South Wales side, but did have a number of loan spells, including Newport County.

FC United Appoint 'Young, Hungry and Ambitious' Manager

FC United of Manchester have appointed Neil Reynolds as their new first team manager, joining from Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Premier Division Bamber Bridge.

The Reds currently prop up the National League North and Reynolds' first test as boss will be a tricky trip to second-placed Kidderminster Harriers on Saturday.

Describe as young, hungry and ambitious, the club also said that the 41-year-old will be able to work with their playing budget.

"In his first full season as Manager at Bamber Bridge he helped them gain promotion to the Northern Premier League via the play-offs, after finishing fourth in the league behind South Shields, Scarborough Athletic and Hyde United," a club statement said.

"This season, despite having the lowest playing budget in the league, he has only lost three league games in twelve.

"Neil has a full-time job as Headmaster at South Shore Academy in Blackpool. He has a UEFA B coaching badge and puts a strong emphasis on squad fitness, using the latest technology to track progress. 

"Above all, he’s young, hungry and ambitious. Although his task for this season is to keep us up, next season he believes FC United should be challenging for promotion to the National League."

The club say that the believe they've found the right person for the job and meets the criteria they were looking for.

"We wanted a manager with managerial experience, especially one who can manage on a part-time basis and within the constraints of our playing budget.

"We wanted someone who has experience in coaching, and with the relevant UEFA coaching qualifications. 

"Someone who is well connected in the non-league world and someone that is prepared to work within our current club structure.  We wanted someone who can bring that something extra. We wanted someone with ambition.

"We believe we have found the right person in Neil Reynolds."

Reynolds said he was delighted to accept the job at such a prestigious club and his looking forward to 'enjoying the ride'.

"I am absolutely delighted to accept the first team manager role at FC United," Reynolds said.

"The opportunity to manage such a prestigious club was too good of an offer to turn down. The journey that the club has been on over the last 13 years has been incredible. 

“I have watched from afar but at the same time knowing that the fans are arguably the best set I have witnessed outside of the football league. Your support cannot and will not be taken for granted. You deserve far more success starting by retaining our position in the National League North this season. 

"I have been impressed with everything I have heard and seen behind the scenes which is a credit to everyone connected to this wonderful club. I see this as a major opportunity to put a smile back on peoples faces and ensure that I steer the club in the right direction.  I am looking forward to seeing all the fans at Broadhurst Park against Brackley on 27th October.

“We are all in this together and I am certain we will enjoy the ride!"

Former Manchester United Keeper Training With Bulls

'Rising talent' Theo Richardson is set to play for Hereford this evening as they host Cinderford Town in a training match at Edgar Street, the Hereford Times reports.

The 20-year-old goalkeeper is said to have trained with Hereford last week after spending the first part of the season playing for Northern Premier League Premier Division Grantham Town.

Grantham have lost five out of their last six games including a 5-0 defeat by South Shields. Manager Ian Culverhouse then resigned on Tuesday due to 'personal reasons' having only joined the club in the summer after leaving Hereford's Southern Premier rivals King's Lynn Town.

Richardson was released by Manchester United's reserves in May after joining them towards the end of the 2016/17 season from Leeds United and is represented by Oakmont Black Sports agency, which also represents Jordan Cullinane-Liburd and Jamie Bird.

The other two keepers who had brief spells at Hereford pre-season, Dean Lyness and Jahquil Hill, are also with the same agency.

Defender Harrison Returns To Bristol

Tom Harrison has returned to Bristol City after his one-month loan spell at Hereford came to an end.

The 18-year-old was brought in by then-interim Head Coach Gareth Davies to bolster his squad.

Harrison made two starts for the Bulls, as well as being named on the bench another three times.

'Friendly' Against Cinderford FC This Evening

Don't Forget It's 7.30 This Evening
Hereford FC is set to play a 'friendly' against Cinderford FC this evening at Edgar Street.
Kick off is at 7.30pm and although admission is free the club hope that those attending will make a donation to St Michaels Hospice.
Whilst no new signings or loans have been announced so far this week, the 'friendly' will give head coach Marc Richards the chance to watch trialists should any be on show and also players who haven't featured recently.

There will be three thirty minute periods of play in what the club describe as an 'open training session'.

Supporters are reminded that Saturday's home game against Southport has been postponed.

Throwback Thursday | Chesterfield 3-1 Hereford United - 2nd October 1984

Hereford United were the current leaders of what is now League Two. They headed to Saltergate for this top of the table clash. Chris Price receives a nasty injury.
Hereford Line Up
1 Kevin Rose
2 Chris Price
3 Ian Bray
4 Keith Hicks
5 Mel Pejic
6 Paul Maddy
7 Jimmy Harvey
8 John Delve
9 Stewart Phillips
10 Ollie Kearns
11 Steve Emery
Sub Tony Larkin

Attendance 5,167

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Happy Birthday Tim Harris

Tim Harris celebrates his birthday today.

The recently appointed director of football at Hereford FC is 59.

Pictures From Second Half Of FA Youth Cup Tie

A selection of pictures from the second half of last night's FA Youth Cup Tie between Long Eaton and Hereford.

Pictures From FA Youth Cup

A selection of pictures from last night's FA Youth Cup tie between Long Eaton and Hereford.