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Tuesday, July 19, 2005

VP's boost Bulls coffers

The Hereford United Vice Presidents held their AGM last evening and once again the secretary reported that the club has had a good year especially in its fund raising for the Bulls.

The meeting, chaired by Phil Cleeton, was attended by 31 members plus directors Graham Turner, Joan Fennessy and Granville Smith.

The treasurer reported that the Vice Presidents raised over £32,500 for the Bulls in the last year - a record for the VP Club despite spending more than £4,000 on refurbishment of the Lounge - and up from £20,500 last season.

However it was agreed that the cost of being a VP is to rise by £25 to £375.

After the main business Graham Turner addressed the meeting.

He thought that last season had been a credible one and reminded members that financial matters at the club are now much better with the CVA paid off, and the club operating at a profit.

As regards the ground he informed members that the leases needed to be renegotiated as League criteria require at least a 10 years lease remaining to enter the Football League.

He also said that the ground needed major refurbishment. However an architect had been appointed, and plans were ongoing.

As regards the forthcoming season, Mr Turner told members that three new players had joined the club and another signing was imminent. But he was disappointed to have lost a couple of good players.

In answer to questions, Mr. Turner expected 21-22 players to be signed, and is signing a few on two year deals. The Chief Scout is primarily looking for first team players.

He acknowledged that maybe the runner-up spots in the Conference should be noted in the honours list in the match-day programme.

The manager finished on an optimistic note by saying it was his intention to win the title this season.

Bulls News would like to thank Martin Watson, secretary of the VP club, for his help in putting together this article.