Next Game: Pre-Season Friendly - Melksham Town Away on Saturday 7th July

Monday, October 31, 2016

Confirmation of Shortwood United Match - Date moved

Hereford FC have now confirmed that the Shortwood United match will now be played at Edgar Street on Saturday 12th November instead of Tuesday 22nd November. 

Both clubs asked the League after agreeing on Sunday.  The League confirmed today, the date change could go ahead. 

KO will be 3pm

Prediction League Round 21 Preview

Round 21 of the Bullsnews prediction league sees Hereford host to Larkhall Athletic on Tuesday. Larkhall are currently 7th in the league.

Last 5 results
Larkhall 3-1 North Leigh 
Evesham Utd 5-1 Larkhall
Bideford 1-1 Larkhall
Larkhall 3-0 Mangotsfield
Taunton 6-2 Larkhall (Cup)

Predictions with attendance, score and username need to be sent before 7:30pm on Tuesday to 

Jock Wallace Inducted Into Scottish Football Hall Of Fame

A former Hereford United goalkeeper was last night 'inducted into the Scottish Football Hall Of Fame'.

Jock Wallace played for Hereford United from 1964 to 1966 and then moved to Berwick Rangers as player/manager. He died in 1996.

In his early career he was with Bedford when they defeated Newcastle United in the FA Cup in 1964. 

Wallace holds a remarkable record as the only player to have played in the FA Cup, Welsh Cup and Scottish Cup all in the same season, 1966/67, with appearances for Hereford and Berwick Rangers respectively.

However he was perhaps best known for his managerial career which included Berwick Rangers, Leicester City, Motherwell, Sevilla, Colchester United and two stints at Rangers.

Under his reign the Light Blues brought an end to Celtic’s nine-in-a-row run, with Wallace’s Rangers teams winning three league titles, three Scottish Cups and four League Cups during his tenure. This included two trebles in 1975-76 and 1977-78.

Stories From Mallender And Tyler

Pictures Used With Permission Of Hereford FC
Hereford supporters can listen to stories from Ken Mallender and Dudley Tyler and have some supper as well if they purchase tickets for an event which takes place on Tuesday evening before the Larkhall match.

Mallender and Tyler were part of the Giant-killers squad from 1972.

Commercial manager Martin Brain has told BBC Hereford and Worcester what's on the menu.

"Tuesday evening upstairs in the Hereford Suite from 6.45pm we have Hereford United legends Ken Mallender and Dudley Tyler doing a question and answer talk.

"It's open to anybody who wants to come, you can book online or ring the club office.

"It's £9.95 for pub style grub, Heggies pie this week, chips and peas and you can listen to Ken and Dudley talking about memories of their times with Hereford United for half an hour and then go and enjoy the game.

"We had Tommy Hughes here a couple of weeks ago on a Tuesday evening and it was really entertaining. Tommy spoke about his time at Hereford and other clubs, all the quirky little stories that went on, and scenes at the football club.

"So hopefully Ken and Dudley will be able to enlighten us about what used to happen here at Hereford United.

"I had a conversation with Ken the other day. He was telling me about their pre-match routine which would horrify the current playing staff.

"But that was how it was like in the seventies but it seemed successful.

"Apparantly they used to go for steak and chips at the Spread Eagle, then to the Green Dragon for an hour for a 'talk' and then they would walk to the ground."

The plan at Edgar Street is to hold more of these events on a Tuesday night.

"We're trying to make it a fans zone upstairs in the Hereford Suite where they can come in and have some food before the game.

"We have got someone lined up for the next game on November 22nd (Shortwood) but we haven't got a Tuesday night game for a little while after that. But there may be others rearranged." 

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Beadle Looks To Replace Willets

Hereford manager Peter Beadle has started to look for a replacement for Jamie Willets who has moved to Alvechurch. 

Ryan Green is suspended for Tuesday evening's game against Larkhall but Beadle may not have signed anyone before that game kicks off.

"We're looking to bring one in now with Jamie gone," Beadle told BBC Hereford and Worcester.

"It only leaves us with two natural centre-halves so our priority will be a center half over the next couple of days.

"If we can bring one in obviously as we saw on Tuesday night Jimmy Oates certainly filled that role particularily well so it's not a panic.

Jimmy Oates Pictured In The Recent Game Against Didcot
"We need to make sure we get the right player, with the right experience and the right mentality and the right character and the right quality.

"Centre-halves don't grow on trees so we'll have to work hard in the next couple of days to fine someone to come in and do that.

Hereford didn't have a game yesterday.

"It probably was a good time not to have a game. I think we did try to move the Larkhall game forward but they weren't interested in doing that which is fine.

"So we can play the game Tuesday and give the boys a bit of a break."

The squad trained yesterday morning.

"Maybe by Tuesday we can sign one. But, if not, Chris is still there and Jimmy would be available so we might have to have a different partnership in there as Ryan is suspended for Tuesday."

The club appealed against Green's ban.

"I spoke to the referee afterwards and how he saw it. We felt we had a case as there wasn't a huge amount of contact and there was an awful amount made of it.

"However the evidence we produced was inconclusive in the fact that there wasn't enough of it that would stand out. The camera angle was too far away and photographs are not the ideal thing. You want it to be moving pictures."

Another Victory For UITC Girls

UITC Girls were in action again this morning against Lads Club Girls. The game was played at Victoria Park

Final Score: UITC 5 Lads Club 1

Scorers: Sullivan (2), Brown (2), Bull

Starting XI: 1.Elcox-Bond 2.Young 3.Sullivan 4.Bull 5.Holman 6.Kenny 7.Stezaker 8.Conway 9.Brown 10.Layton 11.Bushell

Subs: 12.Devereux 14.Forrest-Blake 15.Greaves 16.Briggs

From The Archives - Nothing Compares With Scoring Goals Said May

Seventeen years ago today Hereford United played York City in the First Round of the FA Cup.

Here's a look back at that and other news from the weekend of October 30th 1999.

Firstly Friday October 29th:

HEREFORD United's first-round FA Cup tie against York City at Edgar Street tomorrow, will be preceded by fans praying to a swede in the centre of the pitch.

The bizarre rural ritual was resurrected for the first time in 20 years when Hereford beat Burgess Hill in the fourth qualifying round two weeks ago.

Supporter Jane Griffiths, who used to take part in the traditional ceremony when it was enacted during the early Seventies, recalled: "Before every cup game, supporters would go on to the pitch and place a swede on the centre spot.

"They would then kneel around the vegetable and worship it before it was taken down to the Meadow End of the ground and kicked into the net."

As well as the swede-worship, Hereford's ten-ton mascot, a Herefordshire bull called Kudos, will be paraded around the ground before kick-off.

Hereford's director of football Graham Turner said: "Worshipping the swede may not be conventional, but it proved successful against Burgess Hill, so we're going to try again."

Saturday Oct 30th:

GRAHAM Turner has commented about the former manager John Layton case which was recently settled out of court.

"In total it will have cost the club in excess of £20,000 and a considerable amount of time," said Turner writing in BullsEye.

"It is an amount that hurts us financially, there is no doubt about that, but it is something we can recover from.

"Perhaps the saddest part about it is that the £10,000 settlement figure to John Layton may well be taken to settle his legal bill and he will finish up with nothing.

"It just confirms my statement last week that the only real winners are the legal profession."

HEREFORD United will aim to put last week's shock defeat to Hayes down as "one of those days," reports the Sports Argus.

Manager Graham Turner had urged his players before last Saturday's match to concentrate on the league match, rather than being tempted to think of today's FA Cup-tie with York.

"I don't know whether their minds were elsewhere, they shouldn't have been," said Turner. "I kicked a few backsides before the game but you just get performances like that from time to time."

HEREFORD United 1 - 0 York City

United reached the second round of the FA Cup in an eventful game at Edgar Street. The swede was blessed before the game to bring good luck to the home side, and it did exactly that!

Despite have the best of the play, United were unable to open the scoring in the first half. The York City defence stubbed out any Hereford attacks before they could by formed into decent chances.

The second half brought the long awaited goal, which had been on the cards. Hereford United took the lead with thirteen minutes to go through Leroy May. Gavin Williams set up the effort which was well taken by the striker who had been getting a bit of stick from the crowd during the first half. Despite this, his man-of-the-match award was well earned, and a minor pitch invasion took place as May celebrated the goal with the fans. At full-time, United fans poured onto the boggy pitch which was cutting up during the game.

The York City team were given a talking to by their manager at the end of the match, and an open dressing room window allowed intrigued United fans to listen in, but it was slammed shut by a hand.

This was a truly great performance by Hereford United. After gaining the lead in difficult conditions, the wind and rain making the game hard to play in parts, they defended their lead as required. York City hit the post in the losing minutes, but Mark Jones looked comfortable in the United goal, with no major saves to make. One word to round the game up for United fans - Superb!

Attendance = 2,787

Man of the match - Leroy May

Hereford - Jones, Clarke, Sturgess, Wright, James, Williams, Rodgerson, Taylor, Snape, May, Parry.

Sub(s) who came on - None.

POST Match comments, firstly scorer Leroy May: "I've scored goals in the FA Cup before but never one that has knocked out a league club. I've given up stripping now I'm a full-time footballer - scoring goals is now my life."

And Graham Turner: "Leroy has worked hard, waited patiently, and taken his chance. I was delighted with the crowd's reaction to his goal.

"In the last five minutes we had a couple of lucky breaks but overall we deserved to win. We should have got the ball into their penalty area more often than we did, but there was a good level of performance from everyone."

Sunday Oct 31st:

FORMER male stripper Leroy May defrocked York City with a late winner to fire Graham Turner's battling Bulls into the second round reports the Sunday Mercury.

May stitched up stunned York with a 77th-minute strike to see off their Third Division visitors - then put it all down to swede-worshipping.

Hereford's bizarre pre-match ritual of kicking a swede into the home goal for good luck worked when May found the same net, beating stranded keeper Bobby Mimms and latched onto the end of Mark Taylor's hanging right-wing cross.

Having for once kept his shirt on in the celebrations, the much-travelled Dudley-born striker claimed: "That beats taking your clothes off for a living - nothing compares with scoring goals."

Only playing because of knocks to the Bulls' first-choice front line pairing of Paul Fewings and Robin Elmes, it was May's first start since August after suffering injury problems himself.

And, having scored all his three goals this season as substitute, once again there was not long left when he struck.

"All I remember was a high ball coming in, their defence stopping, and the keeper never coming," he reflected. "I just stuck my leg out and it went in. Although I did have a quick look at the linesman to check it wasn't offside."

It had proved an awful first half, chances having been few and far between on either side, chiefly due to the weather, the unusual pre-match swede ritual having served only to trigger a torrential downpour which left the Edgar Street pitch almost too treacherous to play.

May's off-target far post header via another neat cross from former Walsall and Shrewsbury midfield man Taylor was the closest either side came, and it got little better after the break until May struck.

But, once the Bulls had gone in front, it was a different story as, in a final gripping quarter hour of Cup drama, York bombed forward desperately in search of an equaliser.

Twice they nearly got one, sub Matt Hocking just failing to steal onto Barry Conlon's cross before, deep into injury time, substitute John Williams - the former Midland postman up against his old club - was denied only by the left upright.

But while sub Williams was left cursing at having for once not missed the post, Hereford hung on to make sure they didn't miss out on another slice of Cup glory.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Jarrod Bowen Makes His Premier League Debut

Jarrod Bowen
Former Hereford United youngster Jarrod Bowen made his first team debut for Hull this afternoon.

He came on in the 90th minute in their game at Watford.

It was in March 2014 that he made his home debut for Hereford United in a game against Barnet.

Willets Scores The Winner For Church

Former Hereford FC defender Jamie Willets couldn't have had a better start with his new club Alvechurch who played Coventry United this afternoon.

Willets scored the only goal of the game in the last minute. 

Watch his goal here:

North Leigh Away Postponed

This is from the official site:

The Bulls' trip to North Leigh on Saturday, November 12th has been postponed due to the Oxfordshire side winning their FA Trophy match today.

John Brough's men beat Yate Town 6-1 to book their place in the Second Qualifying Round.

We will confirm a new date for the fixture, along with any rearrangement for November 12th, as soon as possible.

Tickets Available For Mallender/Tyler Q&A Event On Tuesday Evening

Tickets remain available for a question and answer event next Tuesday evening with two Hereford United legends, Ken Mallender and Dudley Tyler, from the Giantkilling team that defeated Newcastle United  in 1972.

Tickets for the Q&A, which include a Heggies pie ahead of the game against Larkhall Athletic are priced at £9.95 and available to purchase here.
The ticket includes;
– Pre match Heggies pie and veg
– Q&A with Ken Mallender and Dudley Tyler
– Access to private cash-bar
– Team sheets delivered to your table 15 minutes ahead of kick off

WATCH - Hereford United Documentary from 1999

Thank you to Ian Smith for providing me with the footage.

Graham Turner became the majority shareholder of Hereford United in June 1998. This programme was originally screened on the 25th February 1999. The main focus of the story is the struggles Graham Turner and Company Secretary Joan Fennessey faced after they took over the club from Peter Hill. At the time relocation from Edgar Street was on the agenda, as the club owed over £1 Million to developers.

HUISA were busy raising money to keep the club afloat, and as you see in the footage a shock 3-2 FA Cup defeat to Newport IOW was a huge financial blow for the clubs coffers.

The squad at the time featured Ian Wright, Matt Clarke,Tony James, Richard Leadbeater, Chris Lane, Paul Fewings, Stuart Evans, Garry Cook Richard Walker, John Snape, Keith Downing, Gavin Mahon, Mark Taylor,Andy Quy, Paul Parry, Ian Rodgerson and Gavin Williams , and who remembers Wayne Dyer, Matt Cross, Mark Druce, and Kevin Collins, there are also quite a few familiar faces featured in this documentary, as well as a number of supporters who are sadly no longer with us.

Church Welcomes Willets

Alvechurch have confirmed on Twitter that Jamie Willets, who joined them yesterday from Hereford, will feature in today's game for the Worcestershire-based side.

This is the article in full where manager Ian Long says he's hopeful that Willets' experience will help Alvechurch this season:

Alvechurch FC are pleased to welcome Jamie Willets to the club.

Jamie joins from last seasons champions Hereford and is a big boost to the Alvechurch squad.

Jamie is no stranger to the Alvechurch management or players having played under both Ian Long and Richard Colwell.

Ian Long said: "I know Jamie well, I've managed him and he's done well in games against us which included scoring the winner in the FA cup last year.

"He is still only young but has gained valuable experience at Hereford which included playing at Wembley in the FA Vase final.

"He knows what it takes to win this league and we're hopeful that experience will help us this season."

Jamie is available for today's home game v Coventry United and goes straight into the squad.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Richmond progresses in England Schools trials

Hereford under 18's defender Jay Richmond has been selected to progress to next trial round for the England Schools U18's side after a successful trial last weekend.

Richmond, joined Hereford under 18's team mates Dan Pugh and Greg Preece at Keel University for the trial.

More details can be found on the Hereford FA website

Bradley Williams Signs Dual Registration With Pegasus

Bradley Williams who has recently joined Hereford will also be able to play for Pegasus after a dual registration deal was agreed.

He is expected to feature for Peggy against Bridgenorth tomorrow at Old School Lane.

The Club Turned A Corner When Willets Arrived Said Beadle

Jamie Willets At Edgar Street In August 2016
Hereford manager Peter Beadle has paid tribute to Jamie Willets for all his hard work whilst with the Bulls. After arriving from Stourport, Willets went straight into the team which then went on a run of 33 games without defeat.

"It wasn't an easy decision for him," said Beadle told BBC Hereford and Worcester.

"The demands we put on the players now and he had a lot of other stuff going on as well and he felt his football was suffering.

"He felt that maybe it was the right time for him to move on.

"We spoke a couple of weeks ago after Salisbury. The two games he had played in the Cups we hadn't played particularily well and conceeded a lot of goals and he just felt that maybe it was time for him to move on and maybe he couldn't keep up with the way we were evolving  which was a shame but he stayed around for a little while longer and hung on in there for a bit longer but eventually after chatting this morning he made his mind up that he needed a change of scenery.

"I think there were one or two other things as well.

"Jamie is a gentle giant off the field, he's a lovely lad he really is and he played a massive part in our season last season but because he's such a nice lad I think he was a bit naive.

"He received some upsetting and distressing messages on Facebook from three so called supporters which were quite vile and unnecessary and certainly something I hope, I truly hope, weren't written by what you call true fans of the football club.

"What was in those messages was personel, crude and vile and obviously upsetting for Jamie at a time when he was having a tough time. Something he could have done without.

"That wasn't the b all and end all of his decision. I think he probably realised that he had probably gone as far as he could with us and it was time to move on. But that certainly didn't help his cause.

"I think if anyone knows Jamie, he's probably as honest as ever you are going to find a player. He's honest, committed, hard working. He loved playing for Hereford and don't forget things turned a corner when Jamie came to the club.

"Obviously he was big change for us and made a huge difference to our season last season. He played a massive part in our campaign of winning the League and a couple of competitions. 

"I'm sure the people who wrote on, they were direct messages on Facebook. Obviously Facebook can be a very helpful app if you like but it can be one you need to steer clear of.

"There's no condoning it. I hope the people who wrote those messages, you'd like to think it was in a moment of madness maybe under the influence of a few beers, hopefully they regret it because Jamie certainly didn't deserve that.

"He was a massive part of what we achieved last year, unfortunately the club outgrew Jamie a little bit and is moving on too fast for Jamie to keep up.

"He came to me, he totally understood that and made his feelings felt. He did me a favour and hung around for a little while longer but after chatting to him this morning it was decided he probably needed a break now to recharge his batteries and find a new challenge." 

Willets Moves To Alvechurch

Man of the Match Jamie Willets Pictured After The End Of The Game Against Mangotsfield Last August
Alvechurch FC has reported that former Hereford defender Jamie Willets has joined the Midland League club.

'We would like to thank & Pete Beadle for helping us to secure this top player.' according to an Alvechurch tweet.

Bulls Entertain Holme Lacy in HFA County Challenge Cup

The Bulls will entertain Holme Lacy in the Herefordshire FA County Challenge Cup Quarter Finals on Tuesday, November 15th. Kick off is 7.45pm.

In the other Quarter Final ties:
Bromyard take on Pegasus Juniors (Nov 9th)
Leominster Town entertain Lads Club (Nov 16th) 
Westfields travel to Kington Town (Dec 20th)

Local Football Tomorrow

For those fans wanting a football fix tomorrow, why not support local football:

Westfields vs Coleshill Town 3pm
Pegasus Juniors vs AFC Bridgnorth 3pm
Wellington vs Willenhall Town 3pm
Malvern Town vs Gornal Athletic 3pm

Welsh Football:
Abergavenny Town vs Port Talbot 2pm
Monmouth Town vs Cambrian & Clydach Vale 2:30pm
Knighton Town vs Rhayader Town 2pm
Presteigne St Andrews vs Borth Utd 2pm

The Herefordshire league has a full fixture schedule, more information here

Willets Departs Edgar Street

Jamie Willets has become the third Hereford player to leave the club in eight days, an article on the official website announced this morning:

Defender Jamie Willets has left Edgar Street after discussions with manager Peter Beadle.

The former Stourport man, 24, has not started a League match for the club since August and leaves in order to get more game time.

Beadle said: "Jamie was immense for us last season. His arrival helped us massively after a rocky start and he was a big part of the great run we had.

"This season hasn't worked out for him. He's had some family issues that he's spoken about on social media, which he's very active on.

"He came to me after the Salisbury match about some messages he'd received about his performance that weren't nice and deeply upsetting for him.

"We agreed to see how the month panned out but he hasn't been getting the game time he wants so we've agreed this morning that he'll go elsewhere.

"Jamie's hugely grateful for the opportunity he's had here and the experience of the last year has been something he and his family will never forget, but he's decided his future lies elsewhere and I would like to wish him the very best for wherever that may be and so now the search begins for another centre back to come in as soon as possible."

Everyone at the club would like to wish Jamie all the best for the future.

Update: It's understood Willets could be joining Alvechurch.

Edgar Street Traffic Delays Expected For Four Months

Traffic delays on Edgar Street are expected for the next four months whilst work to build the new city link road takes place.

This from Herefordshire Council:

Edgar Street - City Link Road works

Construction of the junction of the City Link Road with Edgar Street is due to commence on Monday 7 November, and is expected to last for four months. A traffic management system will be in place, to safely manage the works, whilst Alun Griffiths (Contractors) Ltd carry out the work on behalf of Herefordshire Council.

Andrew Davies, Project Manager for Alun Griffiths said

“To allow construction of the junction of the new City Link Road we need to be able to work in Edgar Street. To keep our workforce safe during the works we plan to manage traffic by coning off the area we need for workspace.

"The cones will ensure that traffic can still flow (with existing lane width reduced) as usual in either direction on Edgar Street and I would like to assure all residents in the area that they will not have their access restricted.”

The City Link Road (CLR) is part of a larger scale inner city regeneration project including the Old Market, Widemarsh Street, Merton Meadow car park and other key areas within the city. It will provide hundreds of new homes and help provide hundreds of new jobs.

In the region of 800 new homes, 35 per cent of which will be affordable, are planned to be built across the site. The new road will open up access to areas for development and regeneration which are currently inaccessible or difficult to access and it will also alleviate some of the volume of heavy traffic from Hereford's inner ring road.

Its forms part of a package of measures which will enable Commercial Road, Newmarket and Blueschool Streets to be upgraded for easier pedestrian movement and also reduce 'through traffic' which will be transferred to the link road. Improvements will also include the provision of a new transport hub at the railway station.

Larkhall And Bideford Ticket News

Whilst Hereford do not have a game this Saturday, they are at home to Larkhall next Tuesday and Bideford next Saturday.

Tickets for the Larkhall fixture are currently available online and will be on sale in the club shop on both Monday and Tuesday from 10am to 4pm.

Then, as ever, they will be on sale at the ticket office until kick off.

As regards the Bideford game, tickets go on sale both online and from the club shop from 10am next Wednesday.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

U16's photos vs Tamworth

Photos from tonight's U16's friendly with Tamworth

U16's defeated

Hereford U16's were defeated 4-2 by Tamworth this evening in a friendly held at the Hereford Academy school.

Hereford's goals were scored by Matt McLeod and Jake Spink

Bideford Game Kicks Off At 3pm On November 5th

Hereford FC have discussed the possibility of moving the scheduled game against Bideford to a different kick-off time or even date to avoid clashing with Westfields FA Cup Tie, but to no avail.

This from Hereford FC:

In response to a number of enquiries posed in recent days, Hereford FC officials can confirm they have discussed the possibility of changing the date or kick off time of the home game against Bideford on Saturday 5 November, so that it does not clash with the FA Cup First Round tie between near-neighbours Westfields, from the Midland Football League, and National League North side, Curzon Ashton.

Hereford FC Club Secretary, Martin Watson, has spoken to officials from the Football Association (FA), the Southern League and Bideford AFC about potentially moving the Bulls’ home fixture from 3pm that day, but, having looked at a number of options, it has been accepted that it is simply not possible given the short notice, the league regulations that are in place, and the length of the journey Bideford will be undertaking to Edgar Street that weekend.

For clarity, this means the Southern League Division One South & West clash will therefore kick off, as originally planned, at 3pm on Saturday 5 November.

Bulls officials understand that some people will be disappointed that the two matches will be played simultaneously, which is why – with Westfields having liaised with the relevant bodies in relation to their FA Cup fixture being at 3pm on 5 November – Hereford FC were willing to explore every available option in terms of moving their own home game.

However, this afternoon the Bulls received definitive notification from Bideford Town FC that they are unable to agree to any meaningful change to the date or time of the match that would alleviate the clash of fixtures.

Everyone at Edgar Street would like to wish Westfields the best of luck ahead of their cup tie against Curzon Ashton – hopefully there will be a win double on the football field for the city that day.

Hereford were Immaculate says Swindon Supermarine Manager

Swindon Manager, Dave Webb admitted his side came up against an immovable force on Tuesday night. 

He further praises Hereford Fans for their conduct. This is taken from their website:

"First and foremost, we want to get the result right on the pitch but I have to say what an evening it was for the football club. 

“There were well over 800 people there, Hereford were immaculate, as you would expect from a club with their history and tradition. 

“They conducted themselves correctly, on and off the field, and it was a good night for the club to host such a night that went off so well.

“On the pitch, they thoroughly deserved to win the game, they were superb on the night. 

“Any team that comes to us and plays as well as that would have deserved to have won the game. 

“They were excellent in every position and showed why they were firm favourites to win this league and carry on their progression up the football pyramid."

You can read more here: Swindon Supermarine Match Report n read more here 

U16's in action

Hereford under 16's are in action this evening as they host Tamworth. The match is being played at The Hereford Academy on the 3G pitch and kicks off at 5pm.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Tonights South And West Results

There were three matches played in the Southern League South and West this evening.


Larkhall  3  North Leigh 1
Slimbridge  1  Evesham 5
Winchester  1 Bishops Cleeve 2

Dinsley's Future At Edgar Street Uncertain Said Beadle.

Hereford FC manager Peter Beadle doesn't know if Calvin Dinsley will remain at Edgar Street after his initial loan spell ends.

Dinsley has featured in midfield for the Bulls five times since joining from Gloucester.

His first appearance was from the bench against Paulton. Since then against Wimborne, Wellington, Didcot and last night at Supermarine he has been in the starting eleven.

"I don't know," said Beadle.

"One of the main reasons Calvin came in was because Rob had a little bit of a slight knock on his knee. So it has given him a little bit of time to recover from that.

"When Rob's fully fit you would like to think he would slot in and do just as good and we can't carry too many players of that ilk.

"They are quality players and we want to keep as many of them on the pitch.

"It's a squad game and if we can do something we may do.

"We just need to see what his situation is. The thing for him was to come here and get some games on the bounce and then go back and force himself into the Gloucester team.

"But he seems to have settled in great. His performances so far have been pretty good.

"Again tonight him and Mike McGrath were superb." 

More Second Half Pictures From Swindon

More pictures from last night's game at Swindon Supermarine which Hereford won 3-0.

Tristan Plummer

Mike Symons And John Mills

Mike Symons

Sub Jamie Molyneux

Peter Beadle Thanks The Officials

Captain Joel Edwards

Ryan Green Who Will Miss Hereford's Next Game

BN Man Of The Match Adam Davies

Hereford United Football Appeal

Matt Healey is looking for some footage about Hereford United.

Does anyone have a VHS copy of the Hereford United documentary that was broadcast in early 1999?. It was a programme based on GT taking over as Chairman and the pitfalls he faced. 

Prominent members of HUISA are also featured fund raising as the club struggled with life in the Vauxhall Conference. Especially after a 3-2 shock FA Cup defeat to Newport IOW.

I have tried contacting the producer but to no avail. Please get in contact if you have the footage, and I can look at getting it converted. My e mail is

Second Half At Misty Swindon

Slightly clearer conditions for the second half of last night's 3-0 win by Hereford over Swindon Supermarine.

Play On

Mike Symons Is Brought Down?

Calvin Dinsley

Mike McGrath

John Mills

John Mills
Mike Symons

Calvin Dinsley

Staley Joins Taunton

In an article on the official website this morning, the club have confirmed that they have signed the transfer forms for Ross Staley to leave Edgar Street and join fellow South and West Club Taunton Town.

Staley joined the Bulls from Shortwood in January, making a total of 15 starts and 10 sub appearances, scoring six goals.

Ryan Green was sent off for pushing a Didcot player in the back, denying a goalscoring opportunity

Also, the appeal to overturn Ryan Green's red card on Saturday has been unsuccessful - he's set to miss Tuesday's game at home to Larkhall Athletic.

First Half At Foggy Swindon

A few pictures captured during the first half between the banks of fog that drifted over Swindon Supermarine's Stadium last night.

Foggy Start to The Game
John Mills
Michael McGrath
Tristan Plummer
Mike Symons
Mike Symons
Adam Davies
Back Heal By John Mills

Bulls Rise Victorious From The Mists At Swindon Supermarine

Latest Signing Adam Davies Started For Hereford
Like a scene from The Hound of the Baskervilles, Hereford FC faced Swindon Supermarine in less than ideal conditions.  Low floating fog covered the pitch prior to kick off, a combination of lower temperatures and smoke from a local bonfire, we understand, which improved only slightly as the match progressed but gave fans and commentators difficulty in seeing who was who and doing what at opposite ends of the pitch!

Emerging from the dressing room into the mist and barely visible to the 823 supporting fans, Hereford, sitting 4 points clear at the top of the league and playing in the Red and Black away strip, had a challenging match ahead of them from the Supermarine team, currently in 4th place in the league and who have been in 3 of the last 4 seasons playoffs. 

Attacking towards the Swindome end, Hereford set the pace for the match, applying pressure in the Swindon box from the get-go with a Haysham opening shot at goal, kick-starting the keepers game with an early save.

The cleared ball going no further than the centre line where Dinsley on the break quickly took control, passing to Plummer on the right who set up Mills but conceded a corner taken by Haysham which was poorly cleared by Swindon to be swept up by McGrath on the halfway line, feeding back into the box for a shot at goal by Mills, which again was saved but the linesman waved for offside.

A goal kick goes straight to Dinsley in the centre, through to Mills who is again flagged offside as he makes a run down the right hand side.
In a 442 format, Hereford were consistently forcing the pace into the Swindon box, even though Swindon were moving the ball around ensuring Hereford were having to work hard to stay in the Swindon half.  10 minutes in, still 0-0 but Hereford currently showing Swindon why there are top of the league, just as Plummer puts in a low cross cleared by the defence for another corner, taken by Haysham, swinging away from the goal and easily headed away back towards the Hereford half. 

A free kick, moments later, sees Oates caught in a tackle which takes him down on the edge of the box.  Dinsley takes it, the ball soaring up over the wall towards the right hand corner of the goal resulting in a goal kick.

With Hereford applying all the pressure, Horsall is yet to be tested in the Hereford goal as once again, Haysham takes another shot straight at the keeper.   Haysham tries again from a free kick, this time punched away by the Swindon keeper.   The fog is getting thicker, making it difficult to see across the pitch, like ghostly shadows moving back and forth.   Symons suddenly breaks with a flick onto Mills who outplays the defender with some great footwork on the edge of the box, breaking free of the defence and shooting for goal but straight at the keeper who scoops it for a catch.

23 minutes in and the fog is getting even thicker, impossible to make out who has control of the ball.  A foul from Swindon resulted in a lengthy chat from the Referee but no yellow card was shown.  A free kick to Swindon taken down the right hand side is cleared with a kick from Horsell which is quickly manoeuvred into the Swindon half where Plummer takes an 18 yard shot but goes wide.  A goal is still illusive to Hereford.   They try again, this time Dinsley retains the ball in the midfield passing to Haysham, working with Mills for a another corner again easily cleared by the compact Swindon defence.

Hereford come again, Haysham is taken down for a free kick on a late tackle, taken quickly direct to Symons but the Referee is not happy and brings it back to be taken again.  Most of the action is being soaked up by the midfield with strong performances from McGrath & Dinsley with Hereford back 4 not being put under any pressure from a Swindon attack as yet.  

Spoke too soon as Swindon take a shot which is blocked by Green and Oates, another strong pairing at the back, for a corner on the right to Swindon, cleared by Symons for another corner, this time on the left, the Hereford defence easily clearing for a Swindon throw in.  

Plummer and Dinsley work together in the next attacking wave through the midfield. Plummer driving in a low cross and again, Swindon defence intercepts and heads it away.  Dinsley comes again, this time shooting from the edge of the box and goes over the top.  With 10 mins to go Dinsley tries again from the edge of the box but again denied.  
Hereford maintain the pressure, this time down the left hand side, with the fog clearing, opening up the field of play, the ball pushed through the midfield and out wide to Davies who puts the cross in across the face of the goal, finding Symons, who puts it in the back of the net. GOAL!  An excellent debut pass, from Davies, to put Hereford 1-0 up in the 38th minute.

The mist is rising from the pitch as Hereford drive forward again, McGrath & Dinsley working through the centre, out to Plummer who is brought down and appeals for a penalty.  The Referee disagrees and gives a corner instead, taken by McGrath, safely headed away, picked up by Haysham who feeds to Symons and then back to Mills who strikes at goal and hits the post. 

After a competitive first half, Hereford lead by 1-0 at Half Time

In the second half Hereford come out with the same attacking attitude, Mills taking an early shot over to the right corner. Hereford maintain the pressure with an excellent cross from Mills, picking out Haysham who takes a shot at goal but is way off target.  Hereford try again, this time Davies feeding through to Mills, his shot going wide for a corner. 

Another call for a penalty as Haysham is brought down this time, in front of goal but the linesman indicates offside.  Swindon take this opportunity to make a break and push towards the Hereford box meeting great defending from Edwards, they try again but this time Davies clears the ball to Plummer who tries to weave through a strong Swindon defence.

Some excellent passing between the Hereford midfield stops Swindon from any form of attack, the ball suddenly available for Mills up front in open play, delivering a rolling cross in front of goal to be met with Swindon defence whose clearance kick is weak and taken full on by Haysham for a shot straight into the top left hand corner of the net!  GOAL! Hereford go 2-0 up in the 59th minute.

Hereford go on the attack again, this time with a shot from Mills straight at the keeper, back out to Dinsley who heads it down, straight back to Mills for another shot at goal but again cleared by the Swindon goalie.

Swindon are quick to move the ball back into the Hereford half from the goal kick but they are met with Oates and Green, who work together to close them down.  Haysham picks up a yellow card for tripping up the opposition and pushing to the floor.  The Swindon free kick is straight at the Hereford goal but is easily cleared by Horsell.  With 25 minutes of the 2nd half to go, Symons is fouled, the referee bringing the ball back to the half way line.  Hereford midfield, again passing the ball with ease and releasing a through ball straight to Symons on the break who scores…. The referee disallows the goal as it is deemed offside.  

Swindon, still 2-0 down take more risks with their passing allowing Hereford to pounce and intercept the ball much easier for swifter breaks on the wing, as Mills, once again, takes the ball down the right delivering to Plummer who takes a shot at goal hitting the inside of the bar but bounces just outside of the goal line, still in play, straight back to Symons, cleared off the line by the keeper, straight back to Plummer who tries again in front of goal but for a 3rd time is scrambled away by the Swindon defence.   The ball is quickly retrieved by Mills who puts it back in the box on the right hand side; Dinsley tries to follow through but couldn’t convert the rebound, Plummer taking a shot from 6 yards out and shoots over the top of the goal.

Subs for Hereford:  Purdy on for Plummer & Molyneux on for Mills

Symons going up front alone now with Purdy and Molyneux midfield

Swindon Subs:  Leigh on for Selman & Reid on for C Parsons

Horsell takes the free kick straight to Symons, cleared to Dinsley and out for a Swindon throw in.  Molyneux wins the ball, is fouled but continues through the Swindon defence, is fouled again, shoots at goal but finds the Swindon keeper instead.

Swindon last Sub: Thompson on for Josh Parsons

Hereford look comfortable clearing and defending any pressure from Swindon, a break from Purdy towards the Swindon goal, passes to Dinsley who shoots but goes wide.  With 5 minutes to go in normal time, Dinsley feeds the ball to Symons, for a corner which again, is cleared.

Haysham makes one last push in the dying minutes to be brought down in the box for a penalty in the 90th minute..  Joe Sheppard receives a yellow card.

With no Mills on the pitch, Symons steps up and takes the spot kick straight into the net, making it his 2nd GOAL of the match.  Hereford go 3-0 up.

Play is restarted but as soon as the ball goes out of play, the Referee blows for Full Time.

Hereford win 3-0 to retain the 4 point advantage at the top of the league with one game in hand.

A strong solid performance by Hereford, dominating the match from the start and the most cohesive play to date.  A more settled team with an excellent work rate throughout the match, quality passing and attempts at goal that could easily have yielded 6 or 7 goals in poor visibility and against a strong defensive side.

How do you choose one player who stands out among a team that gave us 90 minutes of top quality football?  A solid midfield, working in harmony, a strong back row, a working partnership on the wing and up front… in particular Dinsley and Plummer… but if I had to choose, it would be Adam Davies, very composed and a powerful performance on his debut with Hereford considering having to wait 2 weeks for International clearance but in all a huge Congratulations to Beadle and the squad for a sterling, quality match.

TEAM:  Horsell, Davies, Edwards (c), McGrath, Green, Oates, Plummer, Dinsley, Mills, Haysham, Symons

SUBS:  Edge, Purdie, Willetts, Molyneux, Alex Harris

Next match is not until Tues 1st November at home to Larkhall - KO 7.45pm