Wednesday, July 27, 2016

HUST Membership Renewals


This From HUST:

Now that the revamped website is up and running HUST are once again able to process new and renewed membership applications online  at http://www.hufctrust.co.uk/membership-form .  Please ensure that if renewing you include your existing 2015-16 membership number. 

Downloadable copies of the membership application forms are also available on the website for those preferring to apply by post.

You will also be able to join HUST or renew your membership in person before the pre-season friendly match with Merthyr Town on Saturday at the HUST table in the fan zone and before the home matches on 9th and 13th August from 1 hour until 15 minutes before kick off.

The full membership fee has been pegged at £10 per annum and junior membership at £1 which includes a HUST Juniors badge, entry to home matches for only £1 and a £2 discount off Edgar's Soccer Schools organised by UITC.

Corporate memberships are also available at £50 per annum which include a framed certificate and advertising on the revamped website amongst other benefits.

Membership for all new or rejoining lapsed members is now valid for 1 year from the application date.  Membership for existing members who joined before 16 June of this year expires on 20 October 2016, the date of the AGM, but if renewing before the AGM then your membership will be valid until 19 October 2017. 

The expiry date is now shown on the membership card and email reminders will, in future, be sent to members before their renewal date.

In order to spread the workload of processing membership applications over the months leading to the AGM existing members are requested to renew as soon as possible.
 


Eustace Pleased With Win Against Hereford.


Kidderminster manager John Eustace, who had a spell on loan with Hereford United some years ago, has said he was pleased with the 4-1 over Hereford FC last night.

“Hereford are a fantastic team who’ve been together for a very long time and who have been very successful," Eustace told the Kiddy OS.

“It was a really good test for my young lads and I am happy with the performance overall.

“In the second half we created a lot of chances which is great; in the first half we created some good opportunities, but without the quality of the final ball.

“But I was pleased overall and happy with the result.”


Merthyr Tickets On Sale From 10am


Hereford FC supporters can purchase tickets for Saturday's friendly against Merthyr from 10am this morning.

They will be available from the club shop and also online at:
– https://herefordfc.cloudvenue.co.uk/

Meanwhile season tickets remain available.

Totton Look Forward To Visit Of Hereford


AFC Totton are looking forward to the visit of Hereford FC on the first day of the season, Saturday August 6th.

This game is currently pay on the day although there is talk of 600 Hereford supporters making the trip.

“Hereford have said they’re bringing 300-plus fans, but if you look on the website the fans are talking more like 600,” said Totton chairman Andy Straker as reported by the Southern Daily Echo.

“We’re going to plan for 1,000 people and see what it brings.

“It’s a big game and there’s a lot of interest in the match in this area too.

“We’ve even had Saints fans telling us they’re coming.”


HFC And HFA Help Each Other


Since the idea of setting up a club to replace Hereford United was muted, the HFA (Herefordshire Football Association) has been closely involved.

For example when Hereford FC decided to improve the Edgar Street pitch a specialist was brought in by the HFA to advise.

"We have a ground inspector who comes in and gives a lot of advice," HFA chief executive Jim Lambert told BN. "

"Obviously Hereford have got Highground who do the work. But he is a renowned expert and they were quite happy to follow much of his advice.

"There is a possible grant for ground improvements but they have to make an application through the county FA.

"It is very difficult with a short lease. Most FA grants look for a minimum of a twenty/twenty five year lease. That's the biggest problem around any grants trying to help Hereford FC."

It's expected that the Hereford Council will announce details of an extension to Hereford FC's exsisting lease in September.

"That would certainly open the door for a lot more grants. It's one of those cases when you have to be smart what you apply for and when you apply."

Does the club apply direct or through the HFA?

"We're quite happy to advise and we have someone who can help any club with grant applications and who knows what the Football Foundation are looking for.

"If the application is through the HFA it will be the format the Football Foundation are looking for."

The success of Hereford FC last season meant that the HFA County Challenge Cup Final between Hereford and Westfields was the best attended for many years resulting in thousands of pounds for the HFA.

"The board has already allocated £2000 towards every adult team that joins the county league to give them a first aid kit.

"Every team in the county league will receive two Nike matchballs.

"£3000 has been allocated towards a girls football developement centre which the FA have withdrawn their funding for because of us being a small rural county.

"We haven't allocated it all as yet."

Last year's final took place on May Bank Holiday Monday. Will it take place on the same date this season?

"We don't know exactly yet. The first meeting of the governance committee will take place in early September.

"I shall be in contact with Hereford as we would like Edgar Street to be used as it was a great success last season. Hopefully they will be in it as well as it will bring a better crowd in.

"The date could be problematic depending on where they sit in their League at the end of the season.

"I'm sure like everyone else I hope that are clear as champions and therefore no possibility of play-offs interfering.

"If they are in the play-offs they could take place around that Bank Holiday Monday. But I don't know as yet."

As revealed a couple of weeks on BN, Hereford FC will have new goalposts ready for next Saturday's match against Merthyr and HFA have helped with their supply.

"The HFA have a sponsorship deal with Mark Harrod goals and Hereford FC have taken advantage of receiving 25% off the usual price."

The game against Merthyr is the HFA Senior Cup as well as a pre-season friendly.

"The winners of the HFA County Challenge Cup, Hereford, are entitled to invite a suitable opponent and as Hereford's only pre-season home game is Merthyr they are a very suitable opponent.

"This Senior Cup is played for ninety minutes. If drawn after ninety minutes then it's penalties. No extra time, we don't want to put pressure on anybody pre-season.

"It's certainty been a big positive in the past for the likes of Westfields who have invited Hereford United.

"It's a pre-season money earner.

"The HFA do nothing towards running it and take nothing from the gate. It's the clubs because they won the County Challenge, rather than give a prize for winning the County Challenge they get that advantage."


Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Kidderminster Harriers 4 - Hereford 1


Hereford suffered their second defeat to a National League North side within three days, losing 4-1 at Kidderminster Harriers. There were a number of changes made to the side that played FC United of Manchester on Saturday with new signings Alex Harris, Jamie Edge, Chris Barker and Jamie Cuss coming into the starting XI along with trialist Chris Parry from Undy.

After a minute’s silence in memory of ex-KHIST chairman Steve Millington and Stourport's chairman Chris Reynolds who sadly passed away last week, Kidderminster got the inaugural Steve Millington Memorial Trophy underway attacking the South Terrace.

There were plenty of chances in the opening stages of the game, with the home side first to threaten. Elton Ngwatala and Arthur Gnahoua both saw shots go wide of Alex Harris' goal following great runs into the box, before Pablo Haysham missed a great chance to put the Bulls ahead, as his chipped effort narrowly cleared the crossbar.

Moments later, Ross Staley’s cross was met by the head of Jamie Cuss, whose effort from 6-yards was pushed around the post by Kidderminster's keeper Sam Hornby, but the resulting corner was easily cleared by the Harriers' defence.

Another chance to put the Bulls one-up fell to Pablo Haysham midway through the first half, but his shot took a deflection off of Keith Lowe before being caught by the keeper.

In the 37th minute Alex Harris pulled off a fine save, pushing the pacey left-back Francis-Angol's shot around the upright for a fruitless corner.

HT: Kidderminster Harriers 0 - Hereford 0

Hereford started the second period brightly, with John Mills going close moments after the restart. After beating the offside trap, Mills had just the keeper left to beat, but his powerful right-footed shot failed to trouble the keeper.

Just after the hour mark, Harriers struck two goals in quick succession courtesy of Arthur Gnahoua and Mani Dieseruve. First, Gnahoua turned in a cross from Tyrell Waite, before a defensive mix-up left Dieseruve with the easy task of slotting the ball home.

Hereford managed reduced the deficit 9 minutes later through John Mills. After substitute Joe Phillips crossed the ball into the box, Mills’ acrobatic shot went in off the underside of the crossbar.
But the celebrations were short-lived for the Bulls as moments later new signing Tyrell Waite was fouled in the area. With the referee awarding a penalty, Waite made no mistake from the spot, sending Alex Harris the wrong way.

Kidderminster managed to add a fourth goal in the 84th minute, as Sam Austin’s cross was met by a strong header from a trialist who made no mistake.

FT: Kidderminster Harriers 4 - Hereford 1
Att: 989

Kidderminster Harriers: Hornby, Williams, Francis-Angol, Carter, Lowe, Thomas, Waite, Trialist, Brown, Ngwatala, Gnahoua
Subs: Austin, McQuilkin, Dieseruvwe, Hancocks, Brown, Trialist.

Hereford: A Harris, Parry, Edge (Robbins - 81'), Purdie, Barker, Tumelty, Staley, Birch (Phillips - 71'), Mills, Haysham (Huntbach - 81'), Cuss.
Subs: Clarke, Horsell.


Harriers Win Inaugural Steve Millington Trophy


Hereford lost their penultimate preseason friendly 4-1 at Aggborough this evening, with John Mills scoring for the Bulls in the 77th minute.

The result means that Kidderminster lifted the Steve Millington Memorial Trophy, with the match hopefully becoming a regular feature in both clubs' preseason schedules in the future.

Short report later.

Youth Team Draw At Hay


Hereford FC's Under 18's draw their friendly at Hay St Mary's this evening.

The scorers for Hereford were Jamie Davies in the first half and Kieran Young just after half time.

"The friendly finished 2-2," manager Jamie Pitman told BN.

"The boys put in a really good performance.

"Really good to come out and just play another game so we thank Hay for that. And they were really respectful in what they did today as well.

"Our boys played some very good football at times. They are really developing."

A selection of pictures from the second half:








Shortwood Away To Be All Ticket


This is from Shortwood United:

Shortwood will play Hereford in the Southern League South West on Tuesday 16th August at 19.45 and this match will be ALL TICKET.

Tickets must be purchased in advance and the cost of the tickets will be £9 and under 16’s will be FREE but please note that U16’s must still have a ticket.

A First Hand Look At What Fan Ownership Can Achieve


Hayden Atkins, a third year journalism student at the University of Worcester, wrote the following post on his blog (link) after the friendly at FC United of Manchester on Saturday.

Atkins covered Hereford's reformation as part of his university work, and created the following documentary which can be viewed on the club's official YouTube channel here (link).

Here's the article, republished with permission:

I was one of several hundred Hereford fans that made the journey up to Broadhurst Park yesterday and after waiting so long to go, I came away feeling very happy indeed, despite Hereford losing 1-0 on the day.

If you don’t know about the FC United story, this is it in a nutshell. The club was formed by “rebel” Manchester United supporters in 2005 who had grown disillusioned with how proceedings at Old Trafford were being run. They despised the Glazer family’s debt-filled takeover and thoroughly believed that the game had gone from the hands of supporters to the greedy shareholders at the top of the commercial food-chain.

Some of the words in the FC United bar area - extremely poignant
Pics: Hayden Atkins
And with that, their decision was made and from a Stretford Pub all those years ago to now, FC United of Manchester was born and they have manage to build a football club that has seen four promotions, a new £6million stadium and the likes of Benfica grace their Broadhurst Park turf.

But what struck me immediately upon arrival was the care and design that had gone into the whole set-up and stadium. It’s as far away from the expensive and atmospherically devoid Old Trafford as you can be, but in itself, holds buckets of charm.

The supporters club was friendly and welcoming, and everyone at FC United was more than happy for the two sets of supporters to mix before, during and after the game, just as they did at Edgar Street last year.

Hereford flags intertwined with FC banners behind the away end
The long bar in the main terrace behind the goal is extremely charming, complete with 3g turf, framed FC United pictures and stickers from most sides that have ever visited Broadhurst Park. Even I was impressed by how many “Against Modern Football” stickers there were plastered around the place- not to forget the cheap beer that was on sale too.

It was everything you’d hope it to be and more- everything the club has worked so hard to become. It was interesting to talk to FC United fans about the prospect of 100% fan-ownership, and the difficulties and positives that brings to the club. There had been some fall out over the past year or so suggesting that some of those in the higher echelons of the club had neglected some of the core principles laid down when the club had originally formed.

Outside the impressive Broadhurst Park
People from outside the club were beginning to question how successful fan-ownership could be, but again, those hardcore FC United fans rebuffed any lingering negativity some try and direct at the club. “It’s our club and we will stay loyal to what we intended to begin” is that attitude that flows around the stadium, and you’ve got to admire them for that.

To some, things like a 50p rise in programme fees is petty, but for me, its another show of just how committed this club and its supporters are in remaining true to their name. They’re the sort of actions that can be commended when you want to keep the price down for everyone- one of the reasons the club was formed.

The programme which again, was excellent value for money
The whole set-up was slick, well-run and friendly. I remember Sir Alex Ferguson himself slating the project, suggesting these fans had got above themselves. But to him and others like him I say this. FC United is a reminder that socialists like Fergie and the Manchester United board had deserted the supporters, not the supporters Man Utd.

Supporters are and always will be the heartbeat of any sports team or football club, and FC United’s brazen attempt to challenge the dominant culture surrounding the beautiful game is truly admirable.

There’s not a single Russian oligarch in sight and to quote the FC fans who didn’t stop singing all game “That’s the way aha aha I like it”.

Inside the stadium

Hospitality On Upcoming Matchdays


Hereford FC have released details of available hospitality for the first two home games of the season.

 TUESDAY NIGHT HOSPITALITY – £24 per person
– Available for the opening home game of the season versus Mangotsfield United on Tuesday 9th August.
Ideal for a group of friends wanting to catch the game after a hard day at work.
You’ll enjoy a pre-match pub style meal in the newly rebranded RE Resource Group Hereford Suite, (formerly the Starlite Rooms) before taking your place in the main Central Roofing Merton Stand to watch the game.
You’ll have access to a pay bar before the game, at half time and following the full time whistle.

SATURDAY MATCHDAY HOSPITALITY – £36 per person
– Available for our first Saturday home league game of the season on 13th August against Bridgwater Town
A more formal occasion with a sit down two-course meal for groups of 10. An ideal opportunity to meet new business contacts and catch up with old friends in the newly rebranded RE Resource Group Hereford Suite, formerly the Starlite Rooms.
You’ll get excellent seats in the main Central Roofing Merton Stand, a complimentary programme, team sheets and access to a pay bar before the game, at half time and following the full time whistle.

Interested in enjoying a matchday hospitality package with us this season? Please contact Commercial Manager Martin Brain on commercial@herefordfc.co.uk to discuss the opportunities available.

Latest Prize Bull Lottery Draw


This from HUST:

Prize Bull Lottery draw No. 112 took place on Monday night.

The winning numbers are:- 3 - 15 -20 - 22

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.