UITC YOUTH TEAM - Birmingham On Friday April 24th 12 Noon at Victoria Park

Saturday, April 25, 2015

North Ferriby Players Claim Club Asking For Demotion

Some of the players of Conf North side North Ferriby say the club is set to ask for demotion from the second tier of non-league football.

A club statement issued late on Saturday night neither confirms nor denies the claims, noting: 

'The commerciality and fan base have not matched the success nor have they matched the ... funding. The club is totally reliant on the continued injection of monies from Steve and Eman Forster, even after the success at Wembley.

'With this realisation, the club’s only way forward for 2015/2016 is to trade within its own means and build on strong foundations going forward.'

Emam Forster is the daughter of Hull City owner Assem Allam, with the club having been put up for sale ten days ago after it lifted the FA Trophy at Wembley last month.

Corby Win Southern League In Last Day Showdown

Corby Town are up into the second tier of non-league after beating Poole Town in a Southern League title decider.

The Steelmen beat Poole 3-2 in front of 2,203 at the Dolphins' Tatnam Ground. They led 2-0 before the home side fought back with former Boston man Spencer Weir-Daley netting his second of the game to secure the title for Tommy Wright's men.

Poole will now enter the play-offs with Truro, Hungerford, and St Neots. 

Banbury are the third, and final, side to be relegated from the division after a 1-0 loss at Chesham guaranteed their fate. 

Robins And Rovers Relegated From League While Bees Rise

Cheltenham and Tranmere have been relegated from the Football League after today's games, with Barnet one of two sides replacing them.

The Bees beat Gateshead 2-0 to regain Football League status, leaving Bristol Rovers' 7-0 win over Alfreton largely irrelevant except the loss relegated the Reds.

Over 5,000 packed into Whaddon Road to see Shrewsbury beat the Robins 1-0 to win promotion themselves and condemn Gary Johnson's side to relegation.

Gloucestershire may not be without a Football League representative for long, after Forest Green qualified for the Conference play-offs alongside the Pirates with a goalless draw at home to Dover enough to see them edge out Macclesfield for the last play-off spot.

Tranmere's fate was sealed with a 3-2 loss to Plymouth, while Hartlepool avoided an exodus with a 2-1 win over Exeter.

The other Conference play-off spots are held by Grimsby and Eastleigh. The Mariners, having already qualified, beat Aldershot 3-1, while Eastleigh came from behind to beat Kidderminster 2-1 including a goal from Craig Stanley.

Fans Team Make Friends But Get Thrashed

The HUST Fans Team, without their legends and youth team reinforcements, suffered a heavy loss at the hands of a full strength Hitchin Town side.

HUST keeper Matt Williams was named Man of the Match for keeping the score down to just 12-0 with manager Ricky George accepting his inevitable dismissal, and a pint, shortly after the final whistle.

301 watched the game in good sunshine but a dry pitch took its toll on the Fans Team. Luke Griffiths pulled up early on despite passing a fitness test from Colonel Sanders, while experienced forward Wayne Milner was so devastated by the scoreline he only managed one post-match pint.

A goalbound header comes in
Several dozen Bulls swelled the crowd, including a first (and last) seasonal outing for the Funbus.

The Fans Team is next in action on Saturday May 9th, when they take on the slightly less dangerous opposition of Kidderminster's Fans Team as they take on a trio of opponents on the Aggborough pitch on the same day.

Season Ticket Sales Reach 600

 Season ticket sales at Hereford FC have reached 600.

"Incredible to pass 600 season tickets sales so quickly," said chairman Jon Hale.

"A fantastic show of support from a fantastic supporter base."

Meanwhile Tesco are reported to have given 'supplies' for tomorrow's volunteers day at Edgar Street.

Please note only those volunteers who have received confirmation from co-ordinator Ken Kinnersley should attend tomorrow. 

Guinan Runs The London Marathon

Andy Morris Selling One Of Steve Guinan's Shirts At Westfields
Former Hereford United striker Steve Guinan is running the London Marathon tomorrow (Sunday) in aid of Children with Cancer.

He's never run a marathon before and recently said he couldn't remember the last time he ran.

"Although playing football for years gives you a decent level of fitness, I can't remember the last time I ever ran," Guinan told the League Paper.

"Sometimes the training has been a grind but I just want it to be here now and complete the race - well race is the wrong word."

Including gift aid Guinan has already raised £6610 much of which came from the recent friendly game at Westfields where a Guinan XI played a HUST XI.

Win a Copy Of Ben Smith's Book

Ben Smith Celebrating Scoring a Goal - Picture Copyright Andy Compton
Ben Smith's first book Journeyman – One Man’s Odyssey Through The Lower Leagues of English Football is released this week and BN has two copies to give away.

The former Hereford United midfielder has written about his life in football which started as a youngster with Arsenal.

There are several chapters about his two spells at Edgar Street.

To win a copy simply answer the following question - Looking at the picture when was the game and who was it against.

Answers to by 10pm Monday April 27th.  

Friday, April 24, 2015

News Round-Up

Margate are considering a switch to a full time structure if they win promotion from the Ryman Premier. The club, managed by former Aldershot boss Terry Brown, are hoping for a play-off spot with chairman Bob Laslett aiming to get the club into the Football League but will need substantial development of their home ground - an issue that saw them almost go bankrupt ten years ago.

James McQuilkin will get every chance to earn a new deal at Torquay, with boss Chris Hargreaves saying he will pick the diminutive midfielder over club captain Luke Young in order for him to impress in the final matches. The 26 year old has played sixteen times, including twelve starts, since joining the club at the end of last year on non-contract terms.

The anti-racist Kick It Out campaign has urged Carlisle to refuse entry to some Hartlepool fans tomorrow. The monkey hangers have a tradition of wearing fancy dress for their final away game, and supporters have chosen to dress up as Bob Marley this time round. However the campaign have asked the Cumbrian side to refuse access to anyone who has 'blacked up'.

Cheltenham chairman Paul Baker says the club will remain full time if it drops into the Conference. If the club does drop down to the fifth tier season ticket prices will remain the same as if they were in League Two, with the club announcing a freeze on prices.

Youth Team Beat Birmingham

UITC's youth team defeated Birmingham 3-2 this lunchtime at Victoria Park.

Meanwhile Hereford FC season ticket sales now stand at 574.

More Hereford FC Season Ticket Sales Will Help Bid For Higher League

Next Wednesday a deputation from Hereford FC is set to meet the FA to give them an update to how the launch of the new club is going.

Part of the meeting will centre on which league the club will play in next season.

Hereford FC will put forward figures to show how much income has already been received and how much they expect by the start of the season.

Especially important will be the number of season tickets sold and how many more the club expect to sell by August. Currently just under 600 have been sold.

And with the facility to take credit card payments expected to be available sometime next week, that number will rise.

Armed with this information the club will have a strong case to push for as high a league place as possible.

The club may also point to sales of sponsorship and advertising which have been described as encouraging given the brochure was only released eariler this week.

They have already sold a reasonable number of the £1300 board/tickets/programme bundle.

However the best evidence is the number of season tickets sold.

The club office will be open on Saturday from 10am for sales and applications can be made on-line at:

Update 7.45am: Hereford FC chairman Jon Hale has commented: 'Please do try & buy your season ticket before we meet @FA on Wednesday. Step 5 likely, but can help our case.'

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Ex-Kiddy Director Lifts Lid On Club Finances

Former Kidderminster Director John Davies has written an open letter, published on his company website (link), to the club's shareholders.

Davies, who quit the Board last week, says the club has relied on former Directors Ernie and Kath Lane to support it for the last three years. In the 2012/13 season, Davies says the club could only afford a playing budget of £300,000 to £350,000 - but spent double that after the Lanes agreed to underwrite a shortfall. 

When Jamille Matt was sold for £240,000 the money was effectively written off from the sum the Lanes were due to put in, leaving the club no better off having already spent the cash. The Lanes also agreed to fund a £300,000 loss for the 13/14 season, eventually handing over £100,000 after an FA Cup run and the sale of Joe Lolley lessened losses.

That figure only came after the pair quit the board, and threatened to call in the Fraud Squad to the club over claims of sums of up to £400,000 being missing from the club. Davies says every penny was accounted for and eventually the Lanes further agreed to cover a six figure sum for the 14/15 season.

Davies, whose firm sponsors the club's shirts, says he has already paid money to continue his sponsorship two weeks ago.

Facey Only "Humoured" Fixers

Former Bull Delroy Facey told Birmingham Crown Court that he was only 'humouring' the match fixers that he had contact with.

Facey faces a charge of conspiracy to commit bribery, but told the Court, as reported by the Birmingham Mail: “I was humouring them because I knew something was wrong, right there something is not right at all.

“It was all going around in circles, I thought ‘these are class clowns’, so I thought in my spare time I’ll keep them entertained. I’m always interested in making money, but not in the way they wanted.

“It seemed like they were trying to set me up for something. At one end of the stick one person was telling me to do something for a scam, at the other end I was being told another thing.

“It felt like I was caught in the middle.”

The Court was told Facey, who turned 35 on Wednesday, was made bankrupt in 2008. The case continues.

Brough Admits Talking To Hereford FC

Cinderford Town manager John Brough has admitted talking to Hereford FC about becoming their first manager.

"They contacted me to see if I would be interested in having a chat which I did and I kept Cinderford informed. 

"We move on now, I'm Cinderford manager and I'm already looking forward to next season and have already spoken to three or four potential signings.

"I have been talking to Ashley (Saunders, Cinderford chairman) and Stuart (Tait, vice-chairman) for the past few months. We haven't sat down and analysed everything but I will be Cinderford manager next season."

Ben Smith At Crawley

An extract from former Hereford United midfielder Ben Smith's new book, Journeyman – One Man’s Odyssey Through The Lower Leagues of English Football,  has appeared in the 'Argus'

Smith left Edgar Street in summer 2009 to join Crawley and their delightful manager Steve Evans.

After an opening day defeat at Mansfield Evans took it out on his new signing.

"He came striding straight over to me in the dressing room at the break, his sweaty face bright red and contorted with rage.

“He got within two inches of me and went ballistic. I was trying to work out, in between the shower of saliva and gesturing, what he was saying in his broad Glaswegian accent.
“I sat there saying nothing and trying to ignore as much of it as possible. I have no problem with criticism but it has to be constructive.

“In hindsight, I think it was the gaffer’s way of laying a marker down for new players. It was a tactic I subsequently saw him do many times – he’d wait for a small mistake by a new recruit and then jump on it to show them they wouldn’t be treated differently to anyone else.”

A few months later after a 4-1 defeat at Gateshead, Evans went for Smith.

"We lost 4-1 at Gateshead and Steve marched into the dressing room and started going mental at anyone and everyone who caught his eye.

“He then went straight for me: ‘What are you smirking at? Come into my office and sign your release forms. You will never play in my team again’.

“As I entered the room, Evo was still fuming and re-iterated what he had been screaming in the dressing room, telling me I would definitely never play for him again and had to sign my release forms.

“I asked what pay-off I would be getting and he replied I wouldn’t get one. ‘In that case,’ I said, ‘I will not be signing anything."

Smith stayed at Crawley for three seasons.

Directions To Hitchin Town

From the Hitchin Town website:

Hitchin Town Football Club
Top Field,
Fishponds Road,

By road via the A1

Make your way up or down the A1(M) and exit at junction 8 (Stevenage North and Hitchin). Take the A602 towards Hitchin, go over two roundabouts and through lights on the one-way system following the signs for Bedford (A600).You will see a large open green to your right, at the next roundabout turn right into Fishponds Road and entrance to the ground is approx 100 yards on your left.

By road via the M1

From the M1 take junction 10 ,Luton South and Airport, and follow the A505 signposted to Hitchin. When in Hitchin turn left at the first large roundabout, and follow signs for Bedford A600 . Straight over the next set of traffic lights, at the next roundabout turn right into Fishponds Road. Entrance is 100 yards on the left.

By train

Hitchin is on the King's Cross to Cambridge and Peterborough line, trains are frequent. From Hitchin station the ground is about one mile away. Come out the station, go over the Pelican crossing and turn right, follow the road around into Nightingale Road. At the bottom of this road ,at the roundabout, bear right and continue past the church on your right and recreation ground on your left. At the next roundabout take the road that bears slightly right, 2nd junction, past the Victoria pub on your right. Continue up this road ,past two schools and the swimming pool, HTFC is at the top of the road just before the roundabout.

Ben Smith's Book Released Next Tuesday

Former Hereford United midfielder Ben Smith will have his first book released next Tuesday.

Journeyman One Man's Odyssey Through the Lower Leagues of English Football

Cover 9781849548540

Ben Smith: Professional footballer. Recognise the name? Of course you don’t. That’s because most of Smith’s years in the game were spent outside the vaunted, big-money environs of the Premier League — and this sporting memoir is all the more entertaining as a result.
1995: an adolescent Ben arrives at the training ground of one of England’s biggest clubs to begin his journey and realise his dream of playing top-flight professional football. Aged just sixteen, he shares pre-season sessions at Arsenal with the likes of Dennis Bergkamp and Ian Wright. Surely this is the start of a stellar career?
Instead, the next seventeen years saw the bright young star descend the ranks from Highbury to obscurity. With seasons playing for the likes of Reading, Yeovil, Southend, Hereford, Shrewsbury and Weymouth — and a career including three promotions, one relegation and some very memorable FA Cup games — Ben’s story is one of a quintessential journeyman footballer.
Candidly describing the negotiations, insecurities, injuries, relocations, personal implications and wet Saturday afternoons playing in front of 500 people, Journeyman offers a unique insight into the unvarnished life of a lower-league player — so far removed from the stories of pampered Premiership stars — as well as documenting the many teammates, opponents, managers and coaches who left an indelible mark on Ben’s eclectic career.
Refreshingly unsentimental and often hilarious, Smith’s story is essential reading for all true fans of the not-always-so-beautiful game.

Smith's book can be pre-ordered through

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Andy Joins To Head Prize Bull Lottery Drive

This from HUST:

HUST member Andy Swift is set to be co-opted onto the HUST Board next week after taking the reins of the Prize Bull lottery.
Andy is a retired businessman with time and skills to offer, and will take up the promotion and running of the Prize Bull lottery in the coming weeks.
You can contact Andy to check on your Prize Bull entries or other queries regarding the lottery at
 The jackpot currently stands at £2,750 with the next draw on Monday night. You can enter online on the Prize Bull Lottery page, or can download Standing Order forms or collect one from the Edgar Street offices.

News Round-Up

FC United of Manchester will visit Edgar Street in July as a Conf North side after lifting the Northern Premier League championship with a 1-0 win over Stourbridge in front of over 3,500 fans. Wrexham have been granted permission by Gateshead to speak to manager Gary Mills. A five-figure compensation fee is reported to be involved in any deal. 

Big spenders Ebbsfleet have sacked manager Jamie Day after just five months. The Conf South side lured Day from Welling before Christmas but they failed to make the play-offs after getting only one point from their last three games. Welling themselves have appointed Loui Fazakerley as their new manager after he replaced Day's replacement Jody Brown on a temporary basis in March.

Youth Team Win At Bournemouth

The UITC youth team travelled to Bournemouth earlier today for a league game and came away with a 7-2 win.

Scorers were Tom Gameson (2), Liam Taylor, Lewis Fletcher, Simon Morgan, Matty Owen and Lucas Kirby. 

Their next game is against Birmingham City on Friday.

Season Ticket Sales Reach 564

Hereford FC continue to receive applications for season tickets in the post and they have now sold 564.

The office is open today for sales and will be open again on Saturday.

Meanwhile with a new phone line installed it's hoped that the club will be able to take payments by credit card at some stage next week.

Hitchin And Hereford Meet In The FA Cup

Hereford v Hitchin 1994

 With a friendly between Hitchin and Hereford taking place next Saturday, here's a look back to twenty years ago when the teams met in the FA Cup.

Hitchin, Hereford and 3,100 reasons why the FA Cup is special 

Hereford 1

If you ever needed any evidence that the FA Cup can be special for non-league clubs, just ask any supporter of a team that has experienced success and the trimmings that go with it. One FA Cup tie can do more for a non-league club than a 1,000 Isthmian or Southern League games.
The majority of a small town’s population doesn’t really care if the local team are playing another team from another small town. But mention that Acacia Avenue Wednesdays are playing Chesterfield or Bolton Wanderers in the FA Cup, and it’s a different story. In days of old, the uninformed would comment: “But they’re on the pools coupon, aren’t they?”, followed by, “I might take a trip down there to see that game.” As soon as the casual onlooker can identify with your opponent – and realize that the team from across the common actually plays in the FA Cup every year – you’re in business.
For Hitchin Town in 1994-95, it was Hereford United. Hardly a box-office draw today, but 20 years ago they were in the fourth tier of the English game and just about hanging on to that status.
Hitchin’s league season had been dire. They had barely won a game and had lost key players like Rob Johnson, Steve Conroy and Peter Gleasure. In the FA Cup, it was a different matter. Each round had its own tale to tell: comeback at Newmarket; Houdini escapology against Tiptree; likewise against Cambridge City; and rearguard action at Burton. When Hitchin won 1-0 at Burton’s Eaton Park, they reached the first round for the first time since 1978.
Those who witnessed this FA Cup run will recall the journey home from Burton and the stop-off at Crick in Northamptonshire. There was an ecstatic celebration party, orchestrated by the late Alan Sexton and current President Tony Huckle, where beer flowed, whisky glasses clinked and a veritable feast was devoured. When the draw was made for round one 24 hours later, it paired Hitchin with Hereford United. Some were disappointed, but this was an opponent with FA Cup heritage – 1972 and all that.
Nobody gave Hitchin much chance at Edgar Street, but the club was determined to enjoy its moment in the spotlight. The pre-match arrangements, again put together by then club secretary Alan Sexton, included lunch in Ross-on-Wye at Pengethley Manor. Nerves were starting to build and when we arrived at the hotel, guests viewed the track-suited team and club officials with no small measure of curiosity. When Football Focus mentioned the tie at Hereford, muted cheers could be heard. Tweedy residents , looked up from their newspapers, smiled and decided it was time to move on!
As the team coach neared Edgar Street, everyone fell quiet. Manager Andy Melvin and his number two, that “rock and roll footballer” Robin Wainwright, were normally ebullient at the front of the coach, but even they seemed to be in awe as the floodlights came in view.
Hereford were welcoming. Their chairman, Peter Hill, who looked more like a racing correspondent for the Times than a football man – all felt hat and camel coat – explained that even a small club like Hereford came under pressure from fans to succeed. He revealed that this had extended to his horses being attacked at some stage by unhappy supporters.
As for Hitchin’s fans, they were in clover. A large gathering behind the less-than-steep terracing was in fine voice, while up in the stand, a flare went off just before kick-off. Alan Sexton, never comfortable sitting among the politburo, opted to join the terrace folk. He left the stand, walked around the permimeter and climbed into the terrace area with the Hitchin crowd chanting, “There’s only one Alan Sexton”. He enjoyed that. We enjoyed that.
The game got underway and Hitchin shocked the home team. Two outstanding Shaun Marshall goals gave the Canaries a 2-0 lead. We could barely control our emotions in the stand, especially as our hosts were sitting all around us. At half-time, it was difficult not to get over-excited as Hill and his colleagues refreshed us with coffee and cake. We began to speculate who we might be drawn against in round two.


Hereford had other ideas, and came back to level 2-2. One goal was slightly dubious, Jon Bone getting pushed into Gerry Sylvester, but by the end of the game, Hitchin were hanging on. Never mind, there was the prospect of a replay. But the logistics were very taxing. And waiting for Hitchin were Wycombe Wanderers or Gillingham. I recall the days leading up to the replay with a wince or two. As press officer I was suddenly deluged with enquiries from the media. Furthermore, I was – for some strange reason – asked to put my signature on the safety certificate for the ground, the limit for which had been set at 3,100. With TV cameras present and national journalists in attendance, the big game atmosphere was something to be savoured. But it also highlighted the challenges a small non-league club faced when it came to a game of such high profile.
For a start, segregation was an issue. But, not for the first time, the club’s behind-the-scenes heroes, people like John Moon and Richard Bunyan, came to the fore. The “segregation” was indeed improvisational, a truckload of builders’ fencing perched, somewhat precariously, on the Ickleford end of the ground. Stewarding was another requirement and the local refereeing association was dragooned into action.
As for the game, it was all a blur. Hereford took the lead twice, but each time, Hitchin responded, through Jon Bone and then Gary Williams. Irishman Micky Wilson, whose career with the club was very brief, gave Hitchin a 3-2 lead, prompting enquiries from the press as to his background and career. Of course, they were dying to know that Wilson built roads and his tar-encrusted van sat in the Top Field car park. Whatever happened to Micky Wilson became a regular tap-room discussion at the club in the years that followed. They’re still trying to find out!
The game was decided in the final seconds. Hitchin broke and Marshall raced clear of the defence and rifled in a low shot. Smoke filled the pitch and to borrow from Kenneth Wolstenholme, “there were people on the pitch…they thought it was all over”. The goal made it 4-2 and the crowd streamed on, but the final whistle had not been blown. Referee Graham Poll took the teams off. Confusion reigned.
I was sent into the dressing room to find out what was happening. “Graham, is the game over,” I asked the referee, sweat dripping down his face as he sat swigging a drink.
“I blew the whistle, didn’t I?”.
“So it’s over, then?”.
“Yes mate, you’ve won.”
This was the catalyst for joyous mayhem on the pitch. Supporters – most of whom had never been seen at Top Field before or since – walked across the pitch. TV and radio were seeking the thoughts of Andy “I’m a lucky man” Melvin and in the days that followed, he became something of a minor celebrity.
In the boardroom, Hereford were gracious in defeat. Chairman Hill was sportsmanship personified: “Enjoy it. We’ve been in that position ourselves. Enjoy every moment.”
And we did. Actually, it doesn’t get much better if you follow a non-league club. Wycombe Wanderers soon punctured that balloon, however, winning 5-0 at Top Field in round two. Hitchin had their moment, though, and a year later it would happen all over again. I tendered my resignation after the Hereford replay, eventually leaving at the end of the 1994-95 season to pursue freelance opportunities. But that’s a different story for another time.

Fans Team Still Looking For Additional Players For Saturday

The HUST Fans Team travel to Hitchin's Top Field on Saturday in a pay what you like game that replaces the original fixture that was due to take place, kick off 3pm.

The Fans Team's performances of late have been very credible with a trophy win against a Wellington XI followed by a Boxing Day defeat to a strong Redditch side in atrocious conditions. More recently a 2-2 draw against Steve Guinan' legends side, with a number of them still playing at Conference level.

Hitchin will be fielding a strong first team for their last game of the season, and the game will be refereed by Ex Premiership ref Graham Poll who has also officiated in the World Cup, and European Cup matches. The Fans Team will be managed by 1972 Hero Ricky George.

There are still a couple of places available in the fans team, and if you want to play you can contact organiser Chris Oleksy at 

There is also a coach running to the game for supporters and these places can be booked through the trust website at


Familiar Faces Stand In Council Elections

A number of Edgar Street familiar faces are standing in the Herefordshire Council elections next month.

The County has been re-organised with 53 seats now available as individual wards rather than having multiple Councillors for some wards.

Hereford FC Director Hugh Brooks is a candidate in Eign Hill for the Lib Dems, while HUST Board member Paul Stevens is running for the City Council in the Widemarsh ward, which includes the Edgar Street ground, for IOC. Andy Swift, who is set to join the HUST board as the new Prize Bull lottery co-ordinator, stands as an Independent in the Kings Acre ward.

Vocal Councillor Jim Kenyon stands for the Tupsley ward for It's Our County (IOC) against challengers from the Conservatives and Lib Dems.

A number of other familiar faces are also running. Jamal Haider, of Jamal's in Bridge Street, stands for IOC in Newton Farm, while Litten Tree manager Paul Neades also stands for IOC in Hagley.

Roger Goodwin, currently with the HFA and formerly of Bulls News, stands as an Independent in College ward.

The only seat where there is no race is that of Kington, where former Lib Dem Council leader Terry James stands unopposed.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Beadle's Last Home Game

Exactly twelve months ago today, Peter Beadle took charge of Hereford United at Edgar Street for the last time in his short period in charge.

The game, against Alfreton, was won 3-2.

Below are a few pictures BN didn't publish with its match reports.

Peter Beadle With Steve Jenkins

Beadle Giving Out Orders

Making A Point To Kingsley James

Supporters In The Blackfriars End - Probably For The Last Time

A Crowded Meadow End

Management And Players

 To read the match report and see more pictures go to:


We're All Here To Achieve The Same Thing Said Beadle.

Peter Beadle has said that everyone involved with Hereford FC must work together.

"The board are extremely passionate, as am I, as are the supporters of this football club," Beadle told BN yesterday.

"You need to have that passion, you need to have that drive.

"Yes we are going to fall out, supporters will fall out on the terraces. 'He should be playing, he shouldn't be playing, why is he doing this, why is he doing that'. 

"That's what makes the game so great and that what makes better teams because you are constantly trying to challenge yourself.

"I will be asking the board at certain times through the year and challenging them to give me more tools to add to my tool box.

"They will be challenging me why aren't we here and why aren't we doing this.

"That's what makes it work. That toing and froing, that pushing and pulling because we're constantly pushing one another in the challenge to be better.

"I'll be challenging the players to be better everytime they play and they train.That's a demand, can you be better than the last session, can you be better than the last game.

"If we don't do that, we're not doing our job properly.

"It's vitally important that I do my job properly, they'll do theirs properly, the fans I don't doubt for one minute will do theirs with gusto as I would want them to because they want a team to be proud of.

"We will want them to get behind the team even when things don't go well because there will be times when things don't go well.

"We are all here to achieve the same thing.

"We must all get behind one another, support one another, work hard through thick and thin and hopefully we will reach our goals in the end." 

Keys Keys And More Keys

Over the past week or so there has been a clear out of the offices at Edgar Street.

And as can be seen in our picture a lot of keys have been found. And there's more hanging on two of the walls.

Problem is no-one seems to know where most of the locks might be.

News Round-Up

A fourth club in the Northern Premier League Div 1 South is facing demotion. Following on from the departures of Norton United, Brigg Town, and Rainworth MW, Tividale face demotion after their ground failed a grading inspection. Last season's Midland Football League title winners face an independent inspection of their The Beeches ground in the next seven days to determine whether they are allowed to remain in Step 4.

Barnet's home game with Gateshead on Saturday has been selected for live TV coverage. BT Sport will have cameras at Bristol Rovers as well with the Bees set to be crowned champions of the Conference with a win. Cheltenham have released a trio of loan players ahead of their final two games of the season, preferring to utilise the young pros from their youth side.

The future of the England C team is under threat. National press reports say the team, which has operated for 35 years, could be cut to fund FA plans for more 3G pitches in urban locations, said to cost £30million. FA chief Greg Dyke wants to cut other funding to grassroots football rather than extract a fraction of a percentage from the Premier League.

HFC Release Commercial Brochure

This from Hereford FC:

Hereford FC is delighted to announce that details of all the sponsorship and hospitality packages the club will be offering for the 2015/16 season have now been finalised.
Everything you need to know about the basic packages can be found in the brochure that can be viewed by clicking on the link at the bottom of this page, but please be aware we are open to any suggestions that you might have about deals you might like to do as a business, or as an individual.
Speaking about the launch of the Sponsorship and Hospitality Brochure, Hereford FC’s Commercial Director, George Webb, said:
‘We have been heartened by the number of businesses that have already contacted us and very much look forward to trying to build long-term relationships with our sponsors. We believe Hereford FC is about to embark on quite a journey and we really want sponsors to feel part of that from the very start.
‘The number of season tickets we have already sold is brilliant and it shows the level of support that we are going to be able to call upon.
‘We are determined to make Hereford FC a club and brand that businesses are proud to be associated with as we know sponsorship is going to be vital if we are to operate the truly sustainable model we are aiming for.
‘If anyone is interested in sponsoring and supporting Hereford FC in any way, please do contact the club’s Commercial Manager, Chris Ammonds, on 07468 495 731, or by e-mail at
‘He will be delighted to speak to you and will be able to explain the many options that we are able to offer in terms of advertising opportunities.’
To view and download Hereford FC’s 2015/16 Sponsorship and Hospitality Brochure, please cluck on the link below.
Many thanks to Dave Corbett at for all his help designing this brochure.

Has Beadle Gone Blue?

 Hereford FC manager Peter Beadle appears to have ditched his red cap from last season for a blue one. Is that anything to do with football or perhaps politics?

Twelve Months Ago
"The blue cap goes with the blue jumper and blue jeans, so that's all it is" explained Beadle.

BN - We got so used to you with that red cap.

"I know, I know.

"It became a great focus and I think it was a nice distraction because it took a bit of pressure off and everyone was talking about the cap.

"The cap will still be there next year, I don't know what colour it might be and it might vary throughout the season.

"I had two caps in my bag last season and whenever I had a game it always the red one I was wearing.

"It wasn't done deliberately, it was just the way it was.

Yesterday At Edgar Street
"You do things and you want people to latch on, grab hold of things.

"May be like the successful youth team, everyone was talking about the youth team.

"Once people grab hold of it they don't want to let go of it.

"Whether it be a red cap, a black and white scarve, a white shirt, people come to this football club for one reason and that's the football.

"Any other little thing that goes with it is a bonus and the cap was completely accidental. It was never meant to be a focal point.

"But it turned out to be and it turned out to be a lucky one.

"Let's wait and see what happens next season and what colour it may be." 

Monday, April 20, 2015

I'm Extremely Pleased To Be Back Said Beadle

Peter Beadle
Newly appointed Hereford FC manager Peter Beadle never thought he would come back to Edgar Street despite keeping Hereford United in the Conference last April.

"After the Aldershot game we still had about ten days of work to be done here with the youth team," Beadle told BN.

"They had their final against Pegasus on the mid-week of that week and then we had some who had to finish course work and college work.

"Really it was the uncertainty that was difficult to comprehend because no-one really knew where we were going to be.

"We spoke to four of the youth team players with David (Keyte) and offered them contracts for the following season.

"So you thought that's a good start but then it was a case of speaking to Keyte about my role at the club knowing there was going to be no youth team.

"And he said I've spoken to them (Agombar) about you and put your name forward and it's really up to them to make contact.

"So when they didn't and the season started, I never thought for one minute I would come back, of course not."

BN - But you are back.

"I am and I'm extremely pleased to be back.

"Like I said before it's a club that's given me a chance to be back in full-time football when I did the youth team for the fourteen months when I was here.

"And it's a club that became part of me because the people here have been great, they've been very supportive of me and I know that comes with having a team that plays good football and the kids were enjoying what they were doing and everyone was talking about the youth team and we had a fantastic FA Cup run.

"So when things go well people speak well of you and with what we did there, it was a shame that couldn't carry on because we did have a fantastic group of young players. 

"Then with Martin (Foyle) leaving and me being asked to take over the first team was a big challenge at a time the club was in turmoil because the youth team wasn't being paid, the first team wasn't being paid, I wasn't being paid but it was an opportunity you can't turn down.

"I didn't want to let supporters down or the people of Hereford down and fortunately for me we got that luck and we stayed up on the last day.

"It was a day that many people will remember and I'll never forget but after that you move on and everything changes and nothing stays the same.

"So this is a completely fresh start."

BN -Given the club is part-time have you got a limit on how far away any player might live because of the travelling to training?

"No, not necessarily.

"Obviously we can ask the question of any player and say look do you want to come and play for this fantastic club with a hugh following on this fantastic football ground.

"There are some players who would travel  many miles for that and it's about playing in an environment that is as close to a professional football club as you can get.

"We are hoping we can give that to many players and not so much about the money. There are sometimes you want the better players you've got to pay better money. And sometimes to get them you might have to go further afield.

"There are no parametres how wide our net goes but obviously the closer to Hereford the easier it is going to be to attract.

"We've got make to make sure we do the best we can with what we've got to bring in and have the best squad we can.

"We proved with the Hereford youth team that there is young talent out there. We may not throw too many in there this year because the first year there will be a hugh amount of expectation and a lot of pressure on us and the players to perform well.

"That's a challenge we have to rise to so it might be a bit too early to have a really young side to work with but it is out there and it's up to us to find it, enhance it, and make it better so we have a strong future."

BN - So you're talking of a mix.

"And I think that's the way to go. We want to try and make sure we have the best of the experienced players and the best of the young talent. They want to be hungry for success and they want to work and learn. Like the youth team and the first team did late last season.

"With the first team, we changed the style and the way we played over eight games which was a very short space of time but we got there.

"We transformed it a little bit and the players throughly enjoyed what we did and how we worked and we want to try and do that with the new club."

BN - How well do you know the new coach Matt Bishop?

"I've not worked with him.

"Matt was a coach educator on a coaching course that I did but I've known Matt as he went in at Newport where I had previously been and I knew people at Newport and they said what a great chap this man is, not just a great coach but a good person who lives and dies football.

"I did some work on a course with him last August, got chatting to him.

"And when this came up I was about to do a coaching assessment and I rang him for some advice.

"We had a really good chat on the phone and he asked what I was doing. I said I'd applied for Hereford and he said what a great club. So I said if I get it will you come and he said yes, I'd love to. As simple as that.

"Since then we've been in a lot of contact and talked about things and I know we have the same philosophy about how the game should be played, the type of characters we would like.

"I got through to the second stage of the interviews and they asked if Matt would come with me to the second interview which he did and we spoke at the interview as a pair.

"We were both singing off the same hymn sheet, both extremely passionate about what we wanted to do here and how we were going to do it. Maybe that got us over the line. 

"Matt will bring a hugh amount of knowledge and experience to the game and he's had success. That feeling and emotion of being in a team that's going to win promotion. I've been close but not won one yet, may be this will be the year."

BN - Money will be tight this coming season but what happens if your close to promotion and you feel an extra striker might seal it and the board says no?

"That's the ups and downs of a football manager and a board. That's what builds a successful football club, a manager constantly on at the board saying I want this, I want that, I want more.

"If I don't I'm not doing my job properly. They will expect me to be banging on their door saying I would like this, I would like that.

"It's up to us to wheel and deal to get the best we can for the football club."

BN - Do you already know your budget and will you cope with it?

"Yes and yes.

"At the end of the day whether the budget is £500 or £500,000 you've still got to be able to get the right players to come and play for you.

"We've got a budget we think we can work with as in we can put a team out there that is going to be challenging and we've to make sure they are doing exactly that.

"That's the aim and that's what we've got to work with. We knew what it was from the second interview. That's the budget, that's what the club can afford.

"We've got to make sure we put the best value for money out on the pitch we've got.

"And if we do that I think we'll be pretty close."