Thursday, April 24, 2014

HUST Launch The Prize Bull Lottery

HUST are today launching a weekly lottery draw.

The Prize Bull lottery asks people to pick 4 numbers from 24 to win the jackpot prize with the draw taking place in Addisons each Monday night. Entry is £1.00 per ticket. The correct guess can win up to 50% of the total proceeds of the lottery. If there is no winner in any one week then that week’s prize will be added to the prize for the following week.

Profits from the draw will be used by HUST to further their aims and objectives.

The first draw is Monday, May 26th.

Online entries are available on the HUST website:

HUST is also looking to form a network of shops and pubs selling tickets for the draw across the Bulls' catchment area. Should anyone wish to join the network they are asked to email to register their interest.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The Northern Bulls

Bulls fan Ruth Walkden has set up the Northern Bulls fan group. We asked her to tell us more about the group:

Its not easy being a Bulls fan and living ‘Up North’. Not surprisingly, most things happen around Edgar St, a 7 hour round trip and a tank of fuel. The man with the pencil and crayons who compiles the fixtures has the six nearest games to home all completed by the middle of November leaving December, January, February and March blank, bar a decent game played by the youth team and a good few long drives to Hereford, several nights in a good B&B and some very understanding cat sitters.

Now I know its not just me, There is Blackburn Bull, Burnley Bull and Claire from the Isle of Man. There are Bulls fans in Wigan, Bolton, Manchester and Liverpool, even in foreign parts such as Yorkshire,all of whom make the games near to home and try to get to ES at least once a season. 

At this point, I would like to introduce Northern Bulls to you. It is an opportunity to meet up at matches, have a drink (soft drink for drivers of course!) and talk all things HUFC. In the future it would be great to have a banner, do a bit of fundraising, share transport, the sorts of things Scottish Bulls and London Bulls do so well.

Now the geography bit. The bit where Northern Bulls finish north is easy – where Scottish Bulls take over. West and East is determined by sea – Irish and North. The southern limit is a tad more complicated and has been the subject of some earnest debate. One suggestion was anywhere north of the Starting Gate/Holmer roundabout!

We are on Twitter @bullsinthenorth, on Facebook as Northern Bulls. Our email address is I’d be really grateful for ideas/suggestions on taking the group forward, how we can help the club continue and support the organisations/people that have a hands on approach in resolving current issues.


Starlite Rooms Events

Check out the many events we've got coming up at the Starlite Rooms over the coming months.

Comedy, Music, Sport

The Starlite Rooms is a fantastic venue for all occasions from Comedy Nights, live music and fundraising events through to private hire functions.

We've got a host of fantastic events coming up at the Starlite Rooms, so although we've not got anymore home matches this season you can still support the club through the summer months by coming along to one of our popular events.

Please help us spread the word by sharing our events via Social Media. Thank you.
Fancy yourself as a bit of a darts player? Come along and take part in our Bulls Open House Darts Competition
Celebrate the music of Abba and dance the night away with one of the best tribute bands around - Bootleg Abba!
Sunday 25th May sees the first of a three-night Comedy Festival over three months - Bull The Other One.
Click For A Full List Of Forthcoming Events
Remember the Starlite Rooms is available for all private hire functions from family parties to meeting room hire.

Please contact Ellen at for more information.

Trust Asks For Help Raising £220,000

HUST vice-chairman Martin Watson has said that Hereford United needs £220,000 in the next six or seven weeks.

He told BBC Hereford and Worcester that despite chairman David Keyte suggesting that almost all clubs lose money, fan owned clubs such as Halifax and Chester aren't doing so badly.

"Chester aren't having a great season but they've got their fans behind them, they've got consistantly decent gates.

"They are building something back from having been at the abyss and the same with Halifax.

"We played them at Leicester. We won promotion to the League, they went bust. That was the situation.

"But they've built themselves back up stronger than they ever have been.

"The problem is that over the past eighteen months the club has been constantly calling for cash.

"We were promised last summer that sensible budgets would be put in place and they were not.

"The budget as we found out just before Christmas has a £360,000 hole in it. That's not sensible."

Andrew Easton then asked Watson 'so what are you asking for here'?

"We are looking for pledges towards the Trust that we can use to clear the immediate debt, take over the running of the club and put a sensible plan in action so that the club doesn't have to keep on going to what is now getting to be a very dry well.

"We had a winding up order in January, another in April, we're expecting another one in June. 

"That can not continue, that must not continue.

"You can't budget a team with a £360,000 hole in the budget with no idea of how you are going to fill that hole."

Easton asked if there was any money in HUST's kitty?

"We got a very strong five figure sum and we're getting good people offering good money every day but we need more.

"The deal that is on offer is that the club is up for sale for £1 on the back of guaranteed investment into the club.

"This sum we're getting together, £1 would go to the existing board to buy out their debts and shares and the rest of it would go into the club as an investment.

"We've got three choices at the moment. Selling the club to a property developer that David Keyte appears to be talking to. Selling it to the fans who will look to keep it for generations to come or we've got an empty space in the middle of Hereford.

"We've had enough pledges in the first 48 hours to give us a reasonable belief that there are enough people out there who want to keep this club going."

HUST Chairman On Latest News

The following is from HUST Chairman Chris Williams:

The Hereford United Supporters Trust Board met last night to consider their strategy going forward from recent events.

Members will be aware of the recent initiative by the Trust to seek financial pledges to see if there is a potential appetite for a bid. We have received a substantial five figure amount in the opening 48 hours and continue to have strong interest from both Trust members and the wider community. The Trust Board agreed that in the coming days the Trust will vigorously pursue further pledges of support and review the position again early next week.

The Board also took the opportunity to take a view on their ability to manage a future bid and possible take over of the activities related to running the football club. Various alternatives scenarios were identified and evaluated. Support had been offered from the football community in general both inside and outside the county. It was agreed that the early indications are that the Trusts ambitions could be achieved with support from interested groups. These ambitions though need help in the form of pledges of financial support and volunteers, the Trust Board seeks your assistance in what ever way you can offer it.

On other news a strong financial report was received and a series of good news stories will be published in the coming days. Watch out for the launch of the new weekly “Prize Bull” lottery draw available to enter later this week for the first draw on 26th May 2014. This will initially be an online entry but we will be rolling it out to local stores and outlets both in Hereford and the surrounding Towns over the coming months. To help us build a sustainable income for the Trust this is another way you can become involved. If you can offer to help to us as a distribution point through sales through your shop/business contact the Trust through our contact web address

Let’s all hope that the last game brings us a great outcome to what has been a difficult season on and off the pitch. Whilst the footballing activity is drawing to a close, maintaining support for professional football in Herefordshire is still urgent and crucial. There are lots of opportunities presenting themselves to the Trust but we need your help in whatever form you can give it. Please contact us.

Chris Williams

Aldershot Travel – Saturday

Aldershot Town v Hereford United
Skrill Premier
Saturday 26th April 2014  KO 5.30 pm.
The Electrical Services Stadium
Recreation Ground
High Street
GU11 1TW
Phone 01252 320211

There has been football at “The Rec” since 1927 when the then newly formed Aldershot FC played their first game in The Southern League against Grays Athletic.  In 1932, they won the Southern League title and successfully applied to join the Football League replacing Thames FC who declined to apply for re-election.  Apart from a brief spell between 1973 and 1976, they spent their entire life in the bottom division before succumbing to the years of financial difficulties and going out of business in March 1992.

In response to the bankruptcy, a group of supporters set up a new club, Aldershot Town, and entered the Isthmian League Division Three – five levels below their previous level.  The attendance for their first Isthmian League game was higher than that of their final home game as a League Club.  Just sixteen years later, in April 2008 they won promotion back to The Football League but fell back to The Conference at the end of 2012/13.  They are currently managed by Andy Scott

Visiting fans are accommodated on part of the covered East Bank Terrace with around 200 seats also available in the South Stand.

Admission – Terrace, Adults £17, Conc. £13 (Over 60’s, Students Over 18 with NUS card) and U16’s £5 with U6’s going free.  Seating, Adults £19, Conc. £15, and U16’s £8 with U6’s free.   Visiting disabled spectators are situated in front of the South Stand.

By Car – travel via Gloucester, Cirencester and Swindon to join the M4 (sign London).  Leave the M4 at J10 and join the A329 (M) (sign Wokingham, Bracknell).  Continue onto the A329 (sign Bracknell, Ascot) then at the Twin Bridges roundabout, join the A322 (sign Bagshot).  Continue on the A322 following signs for the M3.  Join the M3 South (sign Southampton).  Leave the M3 at J4 and join the A331 towards Aldershot.  Exit at Aldershot South and turn right at the roundabout towards Town Centre.  Go straight on at the lights and passed Manor Park (on your left).  Continue under the railway bridge and “The Rec” is just passed the bridge on the right.  Do not park on the grass verges or pavement on Ordnance Road, you almost certain to get a ticket.  There is limited parking available in the Parsons Barracks car park (next to the ground) priced at £1 for the whole day but this is usually full by 1.45 pm on match days.  Alternatively, there are secure and equally cheap pay and display parks just a few minutes walk away in the town.  Distance is about 130 miles and you should allow three hours fifteen minutes.  Postcode GU11 1TW

HUISA – departs from Radford’s at 12.00 noon with a fare of £18 (£20 non-members).  Spaces can be booked through the Club office (01432 375630)

FUNBUS – A full coach will depart at the earlier time of 10.30am with a sentimental Pub stop on route.

Alehouses – There is a dedicated visitors bar under the South Stand otherwise, the town centre is just a five-minute walk from the main entrance to the ground.  The Beehive and the Crimea are the closest to the ground.  The Golden Lion on High Street is smallish but serves a good pint of Pride along with reasonable bar food.  For those looking for a choice of ale, you might try The Garden Gate on Church Lane East (ten-minute walk).  At the top of Redlan Road by the roundabout is “La Fontaine” which is just across the road from pathway to the visitors turnstiles  I’ve found no trace of a ‘Spoons.  Given the recent problems at The Shots, my advice is to stay in areas patrolled by the local Police with La Fontaine being probably the best.

The nearest chip shop appears to be “Tony’s Fish Shop” which is on the High Street a ten-minute walk away towards the town centre.

They don’t come much bigger than this one.

Nibbo Thanks Auction Bidders

Club photographer Steve Niblett has thanked bidders on his auctions with the following:

An update on the Ebay auction fundraising to assist the HUFC office staff whilst salaries remain in arrears.

First of all I must qualify that any views expressed here are my own personal opinions, and do not necessarily represent Hereford United's or their staff. It's from a fan based view.

Legal stuff over, the response has been fantastic and so far the auctions that have completed have all been won by big HUFC fans (although cobbler Vince is only about 5' 4"). There's still a few more to finish and also where I have had duplicate items I have made second chance offers, so there's a likelihood that the £1200 raised so far will be exceeded by another tidy sum too. In fact I still have a few more rabbits in the hat and will pull them out as and when.

At yesterday's match I had two donations of 3 figure sums on condition that the donators remain anonymous, so thanks to Richard Price from Bolton and the other bloke too, or was it a woman, hard to tell really.

Many thanks to the ebay winners have paid within hours of the auction completing and the funds have already been delivered on to where it is intended. 

It is sad that HUFC has got to this situation but we need to battle on and find a way forward. 

Anyway, to leave on a positive note, Jarrod Bowen, what a goal, what a player, the youth are the future. See you at Aldershot with your peaked red caps.

Isn't Sheriff Fatman by Carter USM a great song?

Meanwhile Nibbo, who has not been paid for his professional services this season, has reinforced his objection to the continued presence of Stuart Blake at the club:

I want to state that if Stuart Blake is on HUFC premises at any future home match I will withdraw my services for that day.

HUST Press Release Could Have Waited Until After Aldershot Says HUISA

Following the press release (see yesterday's BN) from HUST last night, Keith Dodd, chairman of HUISA, has commented.

Dodd was asked about the timing of the statement.

"Well I think it could have been left," Dodd told BBC Hereford and Worcester.

"We've still got Aldershot on Saturday which we've got loads of buses going to down with loads of HUISA supporters.

"To me that's the main thing at present.

"Let's get through Saturday, know our destination, then have a look at the general situation next week."

Dodd was asked if there is a split in the fans?

"We've been having meetings together and I was under the impression that was the general thing but the last few days they (HUST) have been making statements.

"We (HUISA) have not had a chance to have a meeting at the moment. It's my members I want to concentrate on.

"We've got a big  meeting on Thursday of the various fund raising functions and hopefully that will continue.

"I can't speak for the Trust, that's not my job.

"I'm a great believer, along as we're alive, we're alive and we keep fighting and we keep funding.

"The present board are fighting hard, we've fighting hard and hopefully the trust are fighting hard to keep the survival of the club."

Meanwhile HUISA are continuing to take bookings for their coaches to Aldershot. More details from the club on 01432 375630 

HFA County Cup Final At Edgar Street Tonight

Westfields take on Pegasus Juniors at Edgar Street tonight in the HFA County Cup Final, kick off 7.30pm.

It is the first of a series of HFA finals to take place over the coming weeks. Admission prices are expected to be £2 for adults, and £1 for kids.

News Round-Up

Cambridge have been refused permission to sign a loan keeper from a fellow Conference side after injuries to regular stopper Will Norris and his loan replacement. Norris played on Saturday with a foot injury, with boss Richard Money threatening to field defender Josh Coulson in goal. The Conference say they have already bent the rules to allow Money to sign a development goalkeeper from Aston Villa, and they will only be allowed to sign a similar player or one from a lower league.

Barnet have released midfielder Kieran Cadogan by mutual consent. Boss Martin Allen says he inherited 28 players, with Cadogan the third to depart in the past week. Allen has also told the local press that the full time club finishing below some of it's part-time rivals shows that there is something wrong at the club presently. Portsmouth say they are £450,000 ahead of their planned budget for this season. The League Two side are celebrating a year under the stewardship of the club's Trust, with over 10,000 season ticket holders at Fratton Park.

Shrewsbury's board have issued a statement to their supporters apologising for the club's performance this season. The League One side are all but relegated, with the statement apologising for the results and performances of the team and placing the blame at a poor pre-season where former manager Graham Turner failed to secure many of his transfer targets.

Kidderminster have announced that interim Chairman Ken Rae is to continue in the role next season. He replaced Mark Serrell in February. The Harriers will also retain manager Gary Whild, who has agreed a 1 year rolling deal to continue in the role he took over from Andy Thorn.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Supporters Have Been Fantastic Says Preedy

Dave Preedy
Hereford United director, and increasingly the voice of the Bulls, Dave Preedy has thanked supporters for all their support recently.

"As they have been all season since we put the shout out, they've been absolutely fantastic," Preedy told BBC Hereford and Worcester after yesterday's game.

"I've had no end of messages, texts coming through, e-mails.

"We got the fund raiser coming up on Thursday.

"People really want to make this club survive.

"If we do have to go down it might the one step backwards we need to come back again.

"But, obviously, all eyes on Aldershot this Saturday. Gives us something to play for.

"Third time lucky, it's happened to us twice before. On the last day we've performed but somebody else has done something.

"Perhaps Salisbury will help us.

"You never know, you just never know."

HUST Press Release

Unite with supporters to safeguard the long term future of
Hereford United Football Club and the Edgar Street Stadium

Time is running out for “The Bulls”, Hereford's professional football club with a 90 year history. Its fatal demise is looking likely despite the efforts of loyal supporters and local businesses which recently raised cash to defeat two Winding Up petitions. The clubs’ debts are still thought to be around £0.5m and with another Winding Up petition anticipated next month the club just cannot continue to operate in this way.

Against Alfreton on Saturday local boy Jarrod Bowen (17), recently promoted from the Bulls Youth Team, scored his first senior goal. What a goal it was and what a young talent he is! Jarrod is a prime example of why we must do what we can to ensure Hereford United continues to provide football in Hereford and with it the opportunity for youngsters to develop locally. It is ironic that Jarrod's first goal could be the last goal scored for Hereford United at Edgar Street.

Along with Hereford cattle and cider, the name of Hereford United is recognised around the world. Our club has a specific reputation as “giant killers” and Hereford hits the headlines during just about every round of the FA Cup. Even though the famous 1972 win over Newcastle United is ancient history it seems to be etched in Cup folklore forever.

If results go against the team on Saturday supporters will accept relegation from the Conference Premier with disappointment - the heartbreak would come with the clubs’ winding up. Nobody knows with any certainty what the final outcome of relegation together with insolvency would mean for Hereford United. It is however likely that with a “phoenix” club there would be an inevitable break in the historic link of which many are so rightly proud.

The football club is an employer and attracts revenue into the City. It is behind with payments to players, management, staff, HMRC, and many local businesses. These are the same local businesses that pay our wages and the same taxes that fund our NHS, pensions, and other allowances. So directly or indirectly the financial plight of the club affects us all whether we are interested in football or not. We want our club to honour the existing debts to all creditors, and believe that if we can overcome the present financial problems and manage the club prudently it could still have a prosperous future ahead.

To achieve this and thereby to ensure that football continues to be played at Edgar Street the active Hereford United fans formed a legally constituted, not for profit, Supporters Trust in 2013, with assistance from the Government-backed Supporters Direct organisation. Many clubs, such as Swansea and Portsmouth, now benefit from the involvement of similar Trusts.

With every passing day Trust members fear that time is running out to save Hereford United from liquidation. Over Easter it launched an appeal to members for funds towards a takeover, and already a substantial sum has been pledged towards the objective in the first 48 hours. However, in order to succeed it needs to increase its membership base to include communities across the entire County by enlisting the support of people from a wider spectrum than just active football fans. The Trust is aware that many people just don’t have spare cash, but occasionally a cause comes along that is worthy and it believes this is one such case. So if you have enjoyed a match at Edgar Street, or listened to commentary on BBC H&W, if anyone you care about is interested in football, or you have felt a twinge of pride in The Bulls over the years, then you are the person who is needed to help.

This is what you can do – Trust membership costs just £10 pa and you can join at

For more information about Hereford United visit

For more information about Hereford United Supporters Trust visit

Pledges can be registered by emailing

John Aldridge Night Postponed

The club's John Aldridge sportsmans night for this Friday has been postponed due to 'unforseen circumstances'.

A new date is hoped to be arranged later in the year.

Tax Man Back In May Says Keyte

David Keyte
David Keyte gave Trevor Owens of BBC Hereford and Worcester a long interview last Thursday morning.

Here's much of what Keyte said in the final part of that interview.

Owens asked the Hereford United chairman about the debts due before the Conference AGM in early June. Keyte recently said that the club needed £300,000 to see the season through. That figure has been reduced by £78,000 which has been paid to HMRC. But they want another £69,000 in May.

"The breakdown of the £222,000 is that the taxman will be back in in May and June 6th is the AGM.

"It's very close really, we've got to prioritise the HMRC debt and the football creditors and of course we want to keep moving forward with the wages.

"It easier to think that we need the rest of the £300K by the end of May.

"The football creditors has moved on to more like £30k. Although we've not taken loanees on since Xmas, Sam Smith is a loanee from Cambridge so that bill keeps ticking up.

"I've had sleepless nights about it and I wonder quite where it is going to come from.

"There was a chairman's meeting at Telford and I talked to one of the lads from Kidderminster and he said you will be amazed what comes out of the woodwork when it really has to come out of the woodwork. As was their case. Nothing certain but in his view there is always somebody that comes through at the end.

"Administration is the worst case senario because we are the current directors, we are running a business that is not trading appropriately. At some point you have to accept that all the lines that you thought might come through have not done so. The option then is administration.

"As you know we have been trying to tactically work that within the Conference rules when if we had gone into administration before March 20th we would have taken ten points immediately and that would have been certain relegation which we are also trying to avoid.

"We are in a situation now where if we went into administration now it will be ten points next season but you have the breathing space to discuss things with your creditors and put a plan together to come through it. Much as Graham (Turner)dealt with when he first started. They had five years or three years of paying off creditors at so much in the pound. So it gives you a little bit of breathing space but at a cost of ten points next season which is the same as Aldershot have taken on this year."

Mention was made of going part-time next season.

"There are a few things there," continued Keyte.

"One the finances. There are lads picking up £400/£500 pounds a week as well as a day job.

"Our difficulty is we are out on a limb. You can see it for a Tamworth or Nuneaton when somebody working around the Birmingham area and they got to go training thirty minutes up the road on a Monday and a Wednesday.

"Will they come to Hereford, you know what the Hereford/Worcester road is like and how much would you come for?

"There would be slight savings, training grounds and that sort of thing but overall I don't think there are huge savings in player for player particularly if you want to lift the standard a bit."

Match Tickets for Aldershot

The HUFC Official site carries an announcement advising fans to pre-book tickets via Aldershot Town FC
The notification includes a note that a £1.50 booking fee will be added to the cost.  Bulls News has confirmed with the Alderpot ticket office that this charge relates to “per booking” not per ticket.
Fans are therefore advised to book tickets in groups to avoid having to pay on each individual ticket.

BT Sport Select Chester-Salisbury For Coverage

BT Sport have selected Chester's game with Salisbury for live TV coverage over the Bulls' trip to Aldershot.

All games kick off next Saturday at 5.30pm.

Abba Tribute Night Close To Sell-Out

The Abba tribute night on Friday, May 16th, is nearing a sell-out.

The night features top tribute band Bootleg Abba, with tickets £12. Tickets can be reserved by emailing, or calling 01432 375630.

Meanwhile, tickets are on sale for the Bull The Other One comedy festival at the club this summer. Tickets are £10 per day, or all three days for £20 with headliners Joe Lycett, Carl Donnelly, and Tom Stade joined by some of the best UK and international talent.

Nibbo Auctions End This Afternoon

Club photographer Steve Niblett is to auction some of his Bulls memorabilia to raise money to pay staff at Edgar Street.

On Facebook, he wrote: 'In the past few weeks I've put a lot of my Hufc memorabilia into auctions and they've raised a lot of dosh, but it hasnt gone directly to the people I want it to go to (yet) ie the people keeping the club going.
Later today I'm going to be putting up 2 Conference player shirts, Ryan Green and Tamika Mkandawire matchworn shirts on ebay. Also I will be putting up some Ronnie Radford photos which Ronnie kindly signed last week.
As soon as the monies raised clears I intend to place it into the hands of those who matter most within a few hours. Obviously these are my own personal views on the take of it but for those who know me should know it will be for a very good cause.'

First up is a match worn Ryan Green away shirt from the 2005/6 promotion season:

Secondly is a match worn Tamika Mkandawire away shirt, also from the 2005/6 season:

Thirdly is an A3 print of Ronnie Radford's famous goal, signed by the goalscorer himself:

In addition to the A3 print, he has added an A4 print of the Ronnie Radford goal, signed again by the man himself:

Also up is an A3 print of the post-Newcastle celebrations, also signed by Radford:

Bids on all items end from around 4pm today.

Second Half Pictures From Yesterday

A selection of pictures from the second half of yesterday's game at Edgar Street.

Was Rankine Tripped?

Jarrod Bowen
Jamie Edge In Front Of Celebrations For Dom Collins' Goal
Dan Lloyd-Weston Collects

Chris Bush Gets Forward
Young Striker Cory Williams Came On As A Sub

Monday, April 21, 2014

HUISA – Aldershot

Coaches will depart from Radford’s at 12 noon with a fare of £18 (non-members £20).

Seats can be booked through the Club office (01432 375630). 

HUISA are anxious to get numbers confirmed as early as possible to give them time to organise sufficient coaches.

Pictures From The First Half At Edgar Street

A selection of pictures from the first half of this afternoon's game at Edgar Street.

Frankie Artus

Jarrod Bowen
Bowen And Artus About To Re-Start After Alfreton's First Goal
Rankine Fends Off  Jones
Manager Peter Beadle Talks To Goalscorer Kingsley James
Chris Bush Tries A Shot