Hereford United manager John Trewick has said that he would like to bring a few new players in during the January transfer period but that may depend on others leaving Edgar Street.
Nat Wedderburn, Jordan Mutch, Johnny Godsmark and Eddie Sonko have loan/short term agreements to January.
"There are several players there I need to talk to and depending on what they are looking at that will obviously dictate what I can do in January," Trewick told BBC Hereford and Worcester.
Meanwhile Lee Morris, who is returning to Hereford from Mansfield, is reported to have a slight groin strain.
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Chester's Deva Stadium has fallen foul of the same regulations that have seen the Bulls' Blackfriars End closed.
The local safety advisory group has closed the Harry McNally terrace until remedial work can be done on the crash barriers meaning the 17 year old stadium has failed the same safety tests that the 40 year old concrete on the Blackfriars End also succumbed to.
The club say the work will be done shortly, however it is unlikely to be done before their home match with Barrow on Monday - and the club's financial position and low gates would suggest the work is a low priority. The closure of the terrace would mean that the ground would fail Football League entry rules if they were in a position to seek promotion.
Meanwhile Stephen Vaughan, senior not junior, is acting for his son in sale talks. He told the press he has met with a representative of a sports management company and hopes to complete a deal before the new year. According to Vaughan:
"I was happy to meet and speak to the latest person who has shown an interest to buy the club because they were prepared to meet my asking price. In the past I have had to deal with a lot of time-wasters and people who were just in the business of attracting some publicity. Friday’s meeting produced the first person that was really serious in buying the club. I’m now hoping we can take the matter to the next stage and see the sale happen."
Torquay United v Hereford United
Football League 2
Saturday 26th December 2009 KO 3.00 pm.
Phone 01803 328666
The Bulls travel to Torquay on Boxing Day for the penultimate match of 2009. Originally playing as Torquay Town they shared their Plainmoor ground with rivals Babbacombe competing in the Plymouth and District League alongside the reserve sides of nearby Exeter City and Plymouth Argyle. The two sides eventually merged in 1921 to form Torquay United and played in the Western League and were later elected to Division 3 (South) of The Football League replacing Welsh club Aberdare. Their first season saw them finish bottom having won just eight games, drawn fourteen and lost twenty. They were duly re-elected and finally gained promotion in 1960 albeit for just two seasons. Their fortunes have varied both on and off the pitch ever since as they flirted with relegation from The League…a fate which was finally confirmed at the end of season 06/07. Now safely returned to The Football League, Torquay currently lie in nineteenth place just three points adrift of The Bulls.
Visiting fans are accommodated on the covered Sparkworld Terrace at the Warbro Road end of the ground. Admission is £16 for adults, £13 for concessions and £6 for U16’s. In addition, round 200 seats are usually made available in part of the Main Stand.
HUISA – departs from Radford’s at 9.00 am. Fare £18. Book through Club shop (08442 761939).
Travel by Car
Leave Hereford travelling south on the A49 towards Ross then join the A4137 at Harewood End continuing through St Owens Cross before joining the A40 towards Monmouth. Continue through the tunnels at Monmouth eventually joining the M4 at J24 (sign London, Chepstow. After crossing the River Severn leave the M4 at J22 and join the M49 (sign Avonmouth). Bear right then immediately branch left onto the M5 (sing Southwest). At the end of the M5 follow the A38 and then turn left onto the A380. On reaching Kingskerwell, take the first exit at the large roundabout (where is a McDonalds & Simsbury’s on one side) onto the A3022 towards Torquay. After one mile turn left towards Babbacombe (signposted Babbacombe (A379)). After 1 mile turn left into Westhill Road for Warbro Road. Torquay United is signposted on nearing the ground. Street parking. Distance 150 miles, allow 2 hours 45 mins. (depending on road conditions)
Postcode TQ1 3PS.
The Torquay Supporters Club “Boots and Laces” normally admits visiting fans and has a reputation for being friendly whilst O’Conners near to the ground and The George Inn on Babbacombe Road have both received recommendations. Meanwhile, the local Wetherspoons can be found as The London Inn at 15/16 The Strand.
There are two chip shops close to the ground. The Plainmoor Fish Bar can be found at 143 St Marychurch Road with Rosies Fish and Chips at number 175.
Torquay Football Club are reported to be optimistic that the Boxing Day League Two fixture against Hereford United at Plainmoor will go ahead.
The ground has been frozen but with warmer conditions expected in the South West from tomorrow onwards the game should go ahead.
Forecast Temperatures around Torquay for the next four days:
Wednesday: Max 5C Min 3C
Thursday: Max 6C Min 2C
Friday: Max 7C Min 6C
Saturday: Max 9C
New Home Office stats released today show that at November 10th there were 15 Hereford United supporters with banning orders. Neighbours Shrewsbury Town had 27 orders whilst Grimsby supporters topped the League Two list with 41.
20 Hereford United fans were arrested last season. 4 were arrested at home games and 16 at away games.
Violent Disorder - 1
Public Disorder - 3
Pitch Incursion - 10
Alcohol Offences - 4
Breach of Banning Order - 2
Mark Yates has been appointed manager of Cheltenham Town.
Below is part of the briefing from Whaddon Road.
Cheltenham Town Football Club and Kidderminster Harriers Football Club have reached an agreement for Mark Yates and his assistant Neil Howarth to join Cheltenham Town with immediate effect.
The two clubs have agreed a compensation package and Mark Yates will begin work as Cheltenham Town manager on Wednesday 23 December in time to take charge of the home match against AFC Bournemouth on Boxing Day.
Neil Howarth will take on the role of first team coach at Cheltenham Town and existing assistant manager John Schofield will remain in post as assistant to Mark Yates.
Hereford United manager John Trewick will find out how well Yates has settled in when the two clubs meet at Whaddon Road on January 9th.
Darlington's former chairman, who sent the club into Administration with £7.8million of debts, says he would put £6million into new players and coaching staff if he was still in charge. George Houghton says that a drop to the Conference would mean 'extinction' for the club, and that his original belief that current chairman Ray Singh was able to take the club forward 'does not seem to be the case'.
Crewe defender Scott McManus has gone missing from a loan spell at Curzon Ashton. The youngster was originally signed from Unibond side, and made half a dozen first team appearances, but has not been seen or heard from since October. Lincoln are expected to sign veteran striker Jamie Cureton in January on loan. The forward was a trainee with current Imps boss Chris Sutton at Norwich. They are also expected to conclude a deal to extend the contract of defender Cian Hughton until the end of the season.
Torquay will sign former Bulls trialist Chris Zebroski on a permanent deal in January after his goals fired them up the League table. Local paper reports say a £25,000 fee will be paid to Wycombe after he scored four in five games after returning to Plainmoor on loan. Bournemouth's match with Notts County last night was called off after three pitch inspections. Locally based Football League ref Keith Stroud believed the pitch was playable when he was called in at 1pm, and passed it fit again at 2.30pm, but match ref Gavin Ward cancelled the match within 15 minutes of arrival.
Northampton boss Ian Sampson may be forced to sell striker Adebayo Akinfenwa in the January window if the right cash offer comes along. The former Swansea man has scored nine times this season, but is out of contract in the summer and looking for a move back up to League One. Stockport are expected to sell Captain Michael Raynes as their financial situation remains desperate. Scunthorpe are reported to have made a £75,000 offer.
Bournemouth are giving a trial to striker Chris Sharp, son of former Everton forward Graeme, who has been prolific in the League Of Wales. Crewe have confirmed making 'the best offer that the club can make' to sign goalkeeper Steve Phillips on a permanent deal from Bristol Rovers.
Herefordshire Council have agreed to extend the leases on Edgar Street says Graham Turner in an article just published.
"Earlier this month we had a good meeting with the Richardson Developers. We need their permission to redevelop the Blackfriars End. Our respective architects have been trying to find enough common ground to satisfy all parties involved, the Council who are the freeholders of our ground, the Richardson’s who are the tenants and ourselves who are sub tenants," Turner told the Official Site.
"To complicate matters further there are two leases on the ground one which has ten years to run which is for the majority of the land, the other which is for the strip of land containing the Merton stand has fourty-seven years to run.
"Having poured over different plans and Legal documents over the past few months I know that the whole issue has been fraught with difficulties, however maybe the solution is finally in sight.
"The Council have indicated that they are willing to ensure the long term future of the Club is made a little more secure by providing new long term leases, that is appreciated. We have further meetings scheduled for the next three weeks when all the issues should be resolved."
Turner also revealed that the issue with the barriers on the Meadow End had been solved at least for the current season.
More speculation this morning about Mark Yates, currently at Kidderminster, and former Bull Jimmy Harvey, who is at Chester.
Both managers are said to be interested in the vacant job at Cheltenham but comments by chairman Paul Baker could be aimed more at 39 year old Yates than the somewhat older Harvey.
"Someone who is young, hungry and will appeal to the supporters,” appears to be what Baker is after.
However Harvey, who hasn't signed a contract at Chester, might fancy a move to Kidderminster if he fails to land the Cheltenham post.
Hereford United have announced that the club shop will be open tomorrow Wednesday from 10am to 4pm for that last minute Christmas present.
Today it will close at 12 noon and on Christmas Eve it will be open from 9am to 12noon.
In other club related news there are plenty of ticket remaining for the away game at Cheltenham on Saturday January 9th. The game is all-ticket for Hereford United supporters.
Junior Bulls with Christmas Draw raffle tickets are asked to hand them in to the club office by 4pm tomorrow or post them today (consider first class to avoid delays) to:
Hereford United Junior Bulls,
5 Croft Road,
The draw is set to take place on 28th December when Hereford entertain Aldershot Town.
Monday, December 21, 2009
Crewe boss Dario Gradi says he will have to cut the wage bill at Gresty Road to balance the books. The club have ten players, including some of the higher earners, out of contract in the summer and those that want to stay will have to take pay cuts. Grimsby have loaned young pair Grant Normington and Matthew Bird to Frickley for a month.
Port Vale are to ask Stoke if they can use their indoor training facilities as Vale's own training ground is frozen solid. Kidderminster boss Mark Yates has confirmed speaking to Cheltenham but 'it was wasn't an extensive chat'. Rochdale have extended the loan of Rotherham midfielder Jason Taylor for a second month.
Watford have opened talks with Wycombe about closer ties between the two. Watford want first dibs on Wycombe's talented players, and will offer their younger players on loan in return if the deal is concluded.
A group of HUFC fans who regularly travel to away games are to play a friendly match against their Aldershot counterparts before the “main event” at Edgar Street on the 28th December.
The supporters game will take place at Hereford Leisure Centre with an expected kick-off at 11.00 am. Post match drinks, along with a sausage and chips lunch, have been arranged at a local alehouse after the game.
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Bulls legend Jimmy Harvey fancies the Cheltenham job after local speculation put his name in the frame.
Speaking to the Gloucester Citizen, Harvey made no attempts to dissuade speculation: "I am very flattered that some of the Cheltenham fans have mentioned my name. I am working at Chester now, but I am not under contract and I am still living in Hereford."
Harvey, who is likely to be one of the 48 people to have applied for the job, has had a torrid time at Chester with the players on the verge of striking over unpaid wages and the club's future still up in the air. He has lost his physio after he became fed up with not being paid, and has seen his attempts to bolster the squad wrecked by the financial state of the club.
A move to Whaddon Road would prove to be financially advantageous to Cheltenham compared to current favourite Mark Yates, whose appointment would require a compensation fee to be paid to Kidderminster for his services. However Harvey may hang on at the Deva after Chief Executive Bob Gray confirmed to the Non-League Paper that talks over the sale of the club would happen on Monday.
Meanwhile former Bulls striker Trevor Benjamin is reported to have left Woking already. He played three games for the club without scoring after arriving a month ago, but appears to have been released two weeks ago from his non-contract deal.
Notts County are hoping to tempt a Norwegian telecoms millionaire to invest in the club. Sven Goran Eriksson flew to Spain this week to meet Idar Vollvik, who has operated a number of mobile phone companies and jumps over cars. Port Vale have loaned transfer listed midfielder Ross Davidson to Nantwich for a month. He is the last of the players transfer listed by Micky Adams to find a new club.
Cheltenham loanee David Pipe has been charged with wounding and will stand trial in January. The charge relates to an incident in September that left a man with a fractured skull. His parent club, Bristol Rovers, say they will not take action until the result of the trial is known. Forest Green have denied claims by Wrexham that they have had a bid for banned striker Andy Mangan rejected. They say they have received no bids, with his ban expiring on Monday.
Grays have transfer listed their entire squad after losing to Worcester in the FA Trophy last week. The club have used 46 players already this season, and boss Julian Dicks expects to sign more in January. Rochdale have extended the loan deal for Hull winger Will Atkinson for another month.
Steve Tanner is set to referee Hereford United's League Two match at Torquay on Boxing Day.
The Avon-based official refereed several matches at Premiership level last season but this season he has only been in charge of Championship and lower games.
The Bulls last met Tanner at MK Dons in April 2008. The result was a goal-less draw with Wayne Brown having an excellent evening in the Hereford goal.
To date this season Tanner has been the man in the middle for 12 games and has given out 35 yellow and 2 red cards.
Meanwhile the last time the Bulls played at Torquay was in early May 2007.
That day some 756 fans made the trip to the south coast to witness a 0-0 draw.
The HUISA coach will depart from Radford’s at 9.00 am for the Boxing Day away game at Torquay. Tickets cost £18 and can be booked through the Club offices (08442 761939).
Please note the reduced Christmas period hours.
Monday 21st Dec – 9.00 am – 4.00 pm
Tuesday 22nd Dec – 9.00 am – 12 noon
Wednesday 23rd Dec – 9.00 am – 4.00 pm
Thursday 24th Dec – 9.00 am – 12 noon
The office will then close for the festive holiday, opening only between 11.00 am and 3.00 pm on Monday 28th December for the Aldershot match and between 9,00 am and 12 noon on Thursday 31st December.
The office will again be open between 11.00 am and 3.00 pm on Saturday 2nd January prior to the home match against Crewe before returning to normal hour on Monday 4th January.
Fans are reminded that reduced price tickets for U10’s should be purchased/ordered by 4,00 pm two days before a match.
Saturday, December 19, 2009
The few former Bulls that managed to get a game today were in the goals for their respective sides.
John Eustace scored an equaliser, but it didn't stop Watford losing at Peterboro to lift the Posh off the bottom of the table. Adam Stansfield scored the only goal of the game as Exeter beat Southend. Febian Brandy scored for Gillingham and Michael Rose for Stockport as the Gills beat the Hatters. Tamika Mkandawire scored to put Leyton Orient two up but they could only draw at Walsall.
Only two games across the weekend survived the weather in League Two. Grimsby drew 1-1 with form team Morecambe to put themselves within two points of safety on Friday night. On Saturday Rochdale hammered Shrewsbury 4-0 to increase their lead at the top of the table to seven points. Bournemouth play Notts County on Monday night for the Sky cameras, but even that game remains in doubt.
Only four of 34 games survived across the three divisions of the Conference, none of them in the top flight. Newport beat Staines 1-0 in Conf South to stretch their lead at the top to 12 points.
Lincoln City's squad were already in Herefordshire when last night's League Two game was called off.
"We wanted to play the play game because we don't want games to be called off," said Lincoln manager Chris Sutton.
"We were already in Hereford and had prepared well.
"Yes, we've got a couple of injuries, but the players have trained well and we would have been able to name a fairly strong side.
"The spirit in the camp has been good. There's no reason why it shouldn't have been. We lost to the league leaders last weekend and won't come up against a better side than that this season.
"No one expected us to beat Rochdale, but last night we would have had a better chance of getting something from the game.
"They only played on Tuesday night which possibly would have helped us."
The Lincolnshire Sports Echo says that the game is to played 'early in the new year'.
Friday, December 18, 2009
With no match this weekend for Hereford United supporters we take a look back at the headlines from ten years ago and the lead up to the visit of Leicester City in the FA Cup.
This article first appeared in the Independent:
The mild-mannered reporter Clark Kent used to transform himself in telephone boxes. Robin Elmes, head of German at a Catholic comprehensive school in Birmingham, does it in penalty boxes.
Elmes, who will lead Hereford United's attack at home to Leicester City in the third round on Saturday, was already a super-hero with the students at Bishop Walsh School after heading the goal which knocked out Hartlepool. When the draw gave the Nationwide Conference club a home tie against a Premiership team studded with internationals, everyone wanted a tug of his cape.
As he arrived at school the next morning, the secretary handed him a note which read: "Central TV 10.20, Midlands BBC 10.45, Sky Sports 11.00." In the staff-room he discovered that tabloids and broadsheets alike made him man of the match against Hartlepool. In class, too, the plaudits flowed, many pupils having watched live television coverage of the match.
He might have been carried away by it all but for one budding Jimmy Hill, who announced bluntly: "The ball went in off yer ear, Sir."
Elmes admits he has scored better goals but none more precious. For hard-up Hereford it has generated a sell-out crowd of 8,800 plus TV revenue and commercial spin-offs. On a personal level it has produced a Jim'll Fix It-style opportunity, at 29, to compare himself with a current England striker, Emile Heskey, and to pit his wits against defenders such as Matt Elliott and Frank Sinclair.
When they were in France at the World Cup finals last year, with Scotland and Jamaica respectively, Elmes was switching between two Dr Martens League clubs, Bromsgrove Rovers and Halesowen Town. He was then a centre-back, as he was throughout his degree course at Keele University, and with his first club, Boldmere St Michael's.
It was not until Christmas that Halesowen tried him up front, where he last played in the sixth form at Poole Grammar School. Although he scored regularly, what impressed Hereford's chairman-manager, Graham Turner, was Elmes' partnership with a forward called Steve Piearce. Turner, who turned Steve Bull from an under-achieving West Brom reserve into Wolves' record marksman, snapped them both up last summer.
"At my age I thought it could be my last chance to play at that level, which is as high as it gets for someone in my job," Elmes says. "Steve went full-time but unfortunately he has been injured most of the time. For me, it's been the best move I've made in football."
Professional players tend to be disdainful of erudite colleagues; an A-Level is often enough to attract monikers like "Brains", "Prof" or worse. Revealing that he is known as "Elmo", Elmes says: "I seem to remember that was the nickname of the fat, balding barman in Brush Strokes, but I like to think it comes from my surname."
Any doubts his new colleagues may have harboured about his pedigree were dispelled when he hit Hereford's winner in a friendly against Wolves on his debut. After missing a week of pre-season training - "In my job I can't pick and choose when I go on holiday" - he eventually came off the bench and had already scored seven goals for the Bulls before Hartlepool's visit.
"I was wary beforehand because we were live on Sky. I kept thinking that if I had an absolute nightmare, or got sent off, I'd be slaughtered on the Monday. I was also very conscious of the need to avoid swearing. As a teacher you have to set standards and practise what you preach.
"When I was playing for Boldmere I got fouled really viciously and the referee did nothing. I swore and was sent off. As I trudged off I saw some kids from school, so I called over, 'Do as I say, not as I do'. On my birthday I received several red cards.
"As it turned out, I was caught on camera spitting on the ground against Hartlepool. My mother-in-law spotted it, which has had me excommunicated from my wife's side of the family."
All will be forgiven, one suspects, before Leicester hit Edgar Street. Quite apart from relatives, the number of Elmes' colleagues with tickets for the tie will far exceed the spaces in the school mini-bus which sufficed in the previous round.
His preparations have not been ideal. With Hereford's only other part-timer, the electrician John Snape, he trains two nights a week with Oldbury United. Most evenings are spent marking (though not the kind to which Elliott will doubtless subject him).
"I try to get it all done at school by six o'clock, but I'm also head of year, so I've a lot of responsibility. Fortunately I don't need much time off because the Conference regionalise midweek games. The head, Mike Moran, is very supportive and I try to reciprocate with extra-curricular things like helping with the football and cricket teams."
Leicester promise to be a searching examination; mocks, finals and an Ofsted inspection rolled into 90 minutes. However, Elmes recalls how his boyhood favourites, Bournemouth, beat Manchester United when they were Cup-holders, and takes heart from the way Stevenage and Rushden & Diamonds held Newcastle and Leeds respectively in recent seasons.
Then there is Hereford's own Cup tradition. Ronnie Radford must wish he was on a royalty for every time his brutal winner against Newcastle is replayed. While Elmes claims he never nets from such range, he likes the idea of popping in a goal that will have people reminiscing 25 years from now.
"We have to have an exceptional day and Leicester a terrible one. I've watched them on Match of the Day and it was frightening. They're all genuine, hard-working British pros with no prima donnas who won't fancy a muddy pitch on a cold winter's day. They've also got pockets of real class but I'm confident it won't be boys against men."
A draw would delight Hereford, not to mention their bank manager. But maybe, just maybe, Sir's ear for goals will spring the last great giant-killing of the century.