Next Game: Preseason Friendly - AFC Wulfrunians Away on Tuesday 11th July at 7.45pm

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Bulls Snap Up Keeper Davies from Merthyr


Goalkeeper Oliver Davies, who spent much of last season at fellow Southern Premier side Merthyr Town, has agreed to join Hereford.

The 22 year old has previously been in the youth set up at Swansea, where he spent time on loan at Kilmarnock in the Scottish Premier League.

Shortly after the news was announced, Davies thanked Merthyr for last season.


He joins Keyon Raffell at Edgar Street, who made the switch from the Martyrs in May.


UITC Summer Soccer Schools


This from UITC
Train at England Headquarters - St. George’s Park
United in the Community’s Summer Soccer School programme is soon to begin and will include a trip to England’s training ground, St. George’s Park for children aged 7-12.

St. George’s Park is home to 24 England teams, who train at the venue ahead of international fixtures. Whilst touring the National Football Centre, children will learn about the history and heritage of the site that St. George’s Park was built on, which dates back to the 13th century!

The tour will be followed by a coaching session at the venue, this will be delivered by FA qualified coaches. The session will be 90 mins long, with a 30 min tour, which includes a tour of the facility and its elite pitches.

The trip will take place on the final day of the camp, Wednesday 9th August (Week 3). The coach will leave from Hereford FC’s ground, Edgar St, at 7am and will return around 3pm. Children must bring packed lunch/drinks and suitable kit for the day including shin pads and astroturf trainers/moulded football boots.

The package also includes two Soccer School days prior to the trip on Monday 7th and Tuesday 8th August, at Central Park, Hereford. These days will run the as our other Soccer Schools with the camp starting at 9am and finishing at 3pm.

The three-day package will cost just £85, spaces are limited and will be offered on a first come, first serve basis. Please note, this trip is only for 7-12 year olds, with 15 spaces available for each of the following ages; 7/8, 9/10 and 11/12. 

Can’t attend Week 3??? Don’t worry, there’s more;

Week 1 – Hereford – 24th to 28th July
Week 2 – Ledbury – 31st July to 4th August
Week 2 – Hereford (Girls ONLY) – 31st July to 2nd August
Week 4 – Leominster – 14th to 18th August
Week 5 – Ledbury – 21st to 25th August
Week 6 – Hereford – 29th – 31st August


To book a space for any of the above, please fill out the online booking form at; http://playtheherefordway.com/booking.html
OR Contact laura.davies@uitc.uk.com


An Evening of Soccer with Ben Smith



Former Hereford favourite Ben Smith will be coming back to the county next month.

The ex-Bulls midfielder is holding an ‘Evening of Soccer’ at the Rankin Club, Corn Square, Leominster on Wednesday, 19th July, starting at 8pm. 

The event is priced at £10 which includes a half-time buffet, and entry into the night’s raffle. 
And Smith is looking forward to the night. 

“It’s 8 years since I left but playing for Hereford was the happiest period of my career so it will be good to come back,” said Smith. 

“I’m sure it will be a really good night.” 

Smith scored 25 goals in 251 games during two spells with the Edgar Street club and starred in the 2007–08 season as the Bulls gained promotion to Football League One. He was always a very popular figure at the club and after retirement has written a highly successful book ‘Journeyman’ which he describes as one man’s odyssey through the lower leagues of English football. 

Having played for a succession of high-profile coaches and managers such as Bruce Rioch, Pat Rice, Alan Pardew, Colin Addison, David Webb, Graham Turner, Jimmy Quinn, Gary Peters, Garry Hill, and Steve Evans he has plenty of tales to tell, from memories of running out at Old Trafford, to cleaning England International David Seaman’s boots! 

Doors open at 7pm, with the evening commencing at 8pm, with tickets available on a first-come, first served basis by emailing: editor@talkingbull.org 

Once ordered supporters will receive an email confirming a specific ticket number, and payment details, but don’t leave it too late as demand for the event is expected to be high. 

A member of the present Hereford FC squad will also be at the event for a Q&A session as the club look ahead to the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division campaign. 

Last night a highly entertaining evening saw legends Dixie McNeil and Tommy Hughes in top form at the same venue. 

Watch out for details of further summer events in August which will be released shortly.


Weir Signs For Worcester


Former Hereford United left back Tyler Weir has re-signed for Worcester City.

"I am buzzing to be staying, there has been a lot of interest this summer but I am happy to still be at Worcester City FC, I want this club to be back where we should be," said Weir as reported by the club.
 

Throwback Thursday - Dagenham 9-0, Ian Benbow, Robin Fry


I have playlisted the 89/90, 90/91, 91/92 & 92/93 seasons to www.youtube.com/djmatthealey  Check out the memories.

Lets start with the 9-0 win over Dagenham & Redbridge, goals from David Brown (3) Steve Guinan (2) Danny Williams (2) Mark Beesley and Tony James gave the Bulls a sensational win.



The best of series this week features Ian Benbow. The Leominster born player started off as a product of the youth team, and scored the winning goal in the 1990 Welsh Cup Final. Benbow now lives near Merthyr and works in social care.


Robin Fry was Managing Director at Edgar Street from 1992-1997. This footage from December 1992 explains how he and Greg Downs worked together.


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Open Day At Edgar Street On July 29th


Hereford FC are to hold an open day on July 29th.

In essence the event 'will give fans of all ages the chance to tour the home dressing room and have photo’s with the latest silverware and favourite player. There will also be the opportunity to take part in a fun football target-shooting competition organised by the Junior Bulls.'

At around 11am the players will take part in a training session and at 1pm a UITC U18 side will play Swansea Academy.

As well as a BBQ, The Junior Bulls, HUST and UITC will have stalls. Season tickets and shop merchandise will be on sale and there will be a sale of training kit used by the players.


HFA Helped Secure Funding For Lads Club Improvements


The HFA have played their part in securing funding for Lads Club to be able to play in the West Midlands League Premier Division this coming season.

Over £60,000 has come through HFA sources.

The club has received funding from the Football Foundation to install floodlights at the County Ground, these works were needed in order for the club to meet ground grading requirement for the league they will now enter following their championship winning season.

The process began alongside their previous successful funding bid early in the season, following a meeting between the HFA and Lads Club. Similar to the other bid the HFA arranged for a meeting with the West Midlands League who outlined what works were needed.

HFA Officer Dan Chance worked with companies to secure quotations for the work.


Friendly At Lads Club


Hereford FC have announced that they will play a pre-season friendly at Lads Club on Wednesday July 12th with a 7.30 kick-off.

The game will be Lads Club's first under their new floodlights which have recently been installed. 

Lads Club's ground is next to the HFA headquarters on Widemarsh Common.

Funding secured by the HFA has helped ensure that Lads Club can play in the West Midlands Premier League this coming season.

Plans For New Stadium For TNS


Plans are being drawn up with the aim of providing a new stadium in Oswestry which would cater for TNS, Oswestry Town FC and Oswestry Rubgy Club.

“It is early stages, but discussions between potential parties have taken place and if the council backs it it will be an exciting opportunity," TNS owner Mike Harris told the Shropshire Star.

“It could be up to 8,000 seats, and that would allow us to hold our Champions League games in the town, and for FC Oswestry to potentially have FA Cup games in the town when it comes to it, which would be massive.

“The details of everything aren’t 100 per cent clear yet, but it would be a superb development, it would create jobs for the town."
 

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

New Contract for Page at Cheltenham


Adam Page pictured playing against Continental Star in October 2015
Former Hereford loanee Adam Page has signed a new one year contract with Cheltenham Town.

Page has been plagued with injuries for the past 18 months since leaving Edgar Street, and he told the Robin's official site that he wants to repay the club for their patience.

Page said: "I'm obviously delighted to be given another year to prove myself. I want to make up for the last couple of years and get back playing.

"I am very grateful to the Gaffer, Russ, the medical team and the whole club who have kept me here when they didn't need to and still believed in me, I really want to repay them now."


HUST Co-opt Roberts And Clarke


This from HUST:

HUST co-opt Joanie Roberts and Richard Clarke

As no objections were received in the 7-day notice period, the HUST Board is pleased to confirm the appointment of Joanie Roberts and Richard Clarke as co-opted external directors.
Both have extensive experience and a wealth of knowledge to offer HUST on the marketing, fundraising and corporate sponsorship platforms.
They will serve until the next trust AGM.

HUST need your help –
members wanted to join HUST Board and the HUST election group.
HUST is delighted that with three recently co-opted directors the HUST board is currently fully staffed again.
However the HUST board would like to remind all HFC and HUFC supporters that HUST is still keen to hear from any member who is interested in joining the HUST board.
The next opportunity to join the HUST board will be at next HUST elections which will take place later this year. The HUST election process is expected to begin in August and elected members will be appointed at the trust AGM.
Full details of the election process and election timetable will be published closer to the election date.

In the meantime HUST would be happy to hear to from any members who would be interested in standing for this years elections. Please contact trust chairman Richard Tomkins – richardtomkins@hufctrust.co.uk - for an informal chat and the opportunity to learn more about what is involved by sitting in on a trust board meeting before the election process begins.
HUST also requires one or more trust members to join this year’s Election Management Group. This is a vital role which helps ensure that the trust operates in democratic manner and board positions are allocated fairly and transparently. If you are able to help with EMG please contact trust secretary David Evans - secretary@hufctrust.co.uk

Prize Bull ‘500 Club’ Draw Results: Tue 20th June 2017


Tonight's weekly prize draw in the Prize Bull '500 Club' was held at inside Addison's Bar at Edgar Street.

Alongside Keith Hall were HUST Treasurer, Tony Taylor, and HUST Chairman, Richard Tomkins who conducted the weekly draw which was broadcast 'live' on Radio Hereford FC at 5pm. 

With the addition of this week's prizes a total of £1,640 has been paid out to supporters since the Prize Bull '500 Club' draws began four weeks ago.

Details of how to enter are available from the HUST Website: 


The winners in the weekly draw this week:

£25 Weekly Prize:  Shane Davies – Member Number 19

£10 Weekly Prize:  B.K. Beavan – Member Number 6

Bottle of Wine:  Mitch Stansbury– Member Number 8

HUST Beer or Cider:  Sally Yemm – Member Number 126

Remember, it is possible to win more than one prize as each member number is in every draw, with weekly, monthly and a special draw at Christmas with jackpot prizes of up to £2,000 on offer!

Next Tuesday, 27th June will see a combined weekly and monthly prize draw with four cash winners and over £200 to be paid out, in addition to the regular Prize Bull '500 Club' bottle prizes.




Enter 'Spot the Ball' - Coupon 4


The latest 'Spot the Ball' competition is up and running, and you could win £50 by simply selecting where you think the ball is!

Coupon number 4 features the Bulls in action against AFC Totton, with the closing date for entries set at Saturday, 15th July. 

All you have to do is assess where you think the ball is most likely to be in the photograph, select the relevant grid square and enter via the HUST website. 



As per the rules of the competition the prize has to be won this month, so if no-one selects the actual square, the closest entry or entries will share the prize pool. 

It’s easy to enter via the HUST website, with an estimated prize of £50 going to the winner. Entries will cost £1 per selected square, and you can enter as many selections as you wish. 


HUST Draw For Season Ticket Holders


Yesterday a donation was made to Hereford United Supporter Trust. The donation is for the prize money for a draw of all ordinary season ticket holders who are paid up members of H.U.S.T. The winners one over 16 and one under 16 will receive the cost of their season ticket.
The prize is offered in the hope that it will persuade supporters to consider purchasing their home game tickets via the season ticket option. Not only will this give the club up front revenue but it also reduces the administration of match day ticket sales.

For existing season ticket holders it provides an incentive to them to join Hereford United Supporters Trust. The sooner HUST gains the remaining 179000 shares to acquire a 50% stake in Hereford F.C. then the likelihood of scenes like those shown below ever recurring will be diminished forever.


While it will never be known to what extent this prize draw will have on the numbers of season tickets sold the increase in H.U.S.T. membership hopefully will indicate an interest is such a draw. In any event neither Hereford F.C.  nor H.U.S.T. will be out of pocket.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Former Player Eric Tomkins Has Died


Sad news has reached Club Historian Ron Parrott of the passing away of another former player and local lad who played for his home town club between 1956/57 and 1962/63. 
Ron recalls, “Eric Tomkins was a stocky, strong-tackling full-back, who was equally at home in either the left-back or right-back position. A whole-hearted player, he always gave 100% and was very popular with supporters”
Born Hereford March 1938, died Malvern June 2017

Local lad Eric spent several seasons with Hereford Lads Club and represented England in a boys club international whilst with the Widemarsh Common outfit. A strong-tackling full-back, he signed for United in the summer of 1956 and went on to make 158 first-team appearances during his seven seasons at Edgar Street. Eric was a civil servant, who worked in Malvern and upon leaving Hereford, he turned out regularly for Malvern Town before finally hanging up his boots.

Eric will be sadly missed by all.
 

HFA Seek Coaches


The HFA are seeking casual coaches to help deliver school and club activity during both the summer holidays and school year. This is a great opportunity to develop your coaching and help grassroots football in Herefordshire thrive.


Wage: £15 per session

Location: Various across Herefordshire

Hours: Casual hours to be agreed, summer hours will vary


Coaches require a minimum FA Level 1, FA CRC & Safeguarding check and emergency aid. Full Driving Licence and access to a vehicle will be essential.


To apply send a cv to Dan.Chance@HerefordshireFA.com

The closing date for applications is midnight 21/06/17

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Claridge Admits You Have To Keep Changing


Salisbury FC manager Steve Claridge is facing a situation not unlike that seen at Hereford United after the 2003/4 season had ended.

Despite coming second in the Conference, United lost out in the play-offs and Salisbury are currently in a similar position having been favourites to go up to the Southen League Premier Division along with Hereford FC but failing to do so.

Claridge saw the same senario when he was playing at Millwall.

"You have to freshen things up,” Claridge told the Non-League Paper. 

"People have this perception that because we’ve come second to Hereford, we’ll go again. They think ‘Well, they’ve just fallen short so they’ll be good enough to win it next year’.

“But that’s not a given. At Millwall, we kept too many players. We didn’t strengthen. We’d played to our absolute max to reach the play-offs and no team can do that season after season.

“It also meant the disappointment lingered and you had a squad full of faces all scarred by what had happened.

“That’s such a massive thing and through that experience I came to understand the importance of change. That’s what I’ll be focusing on this summer.”

Whilst the budget at Salisbury is comparable with several other clubs, like Hereford, their stadium costs more to run than virtually every other one in the Southern League.

"Are we a bigger club than others at this level? Yes. But we’re not ten times bigger like Hereford were. Gripes

“Hereford could punch their weight. No-one can compare with them at our level and I don’t think this division will ever see a team like that again. They’ll go through the leagues because that’s the size of them. They had four-and-a-half thousand for the last game.

"Our budget is comparable to probably five or six of the other teams. And the big leveller for everyone else is that our ground costs a fortune.

“We might get two or three hundred more than a Taunton or an Evesham but all that extra revenue goes straight back out on running the club.”

Claridge knows Salisbury will be favourites for promotion this coming season. His task to deliver that promotion won't be easy with teams like Taunton and Evesham hot on his tail.
  

Awards For Hereford At Southern League AGM


Hereford FC were presented with several awards at yesterday's Southern League AGM.

Amidst others they were awarded the South and West title, the Champions trophy (from the game against Royston), the Respect award for hospitality to visiting officials and the South and West club of the season.

Finally they received the 'Overall Club' of the season for the whole of the Southern League.
 

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Evo-Stik Extend Southern League Deal


This from the Southern League:

The Southern League will continue to be sponsored by the EVO-STIK brand of the Bostik organisation for at least another two seasons.

After securing the title sponsorship in four out of the last five campaigns, EVO-STIK’s new two season deal with the Southern League to take the partnership to six years was announced at Saturday lunchtime’s Annual General Meeting in Southampton.

Including an option to extend again at the end of the 2018-19 season and subject to approval by the Football Association, the agreement sees the competition branding simplified to The EVO-STIK League South, with the three individual divisions retitled EVO-STIK League South Premier, EVO-STIK South East and EVO-STIK South West.

Bostik, a world leader in adhesives and sealants, has a long-standing relationship with grassroots football under its well-known EVO-STIK brand including sponsorship of The Northern Premier League. The Isthmian League Football League also joined the global giant’s stable for season 2017-18 on Saturday when it was newly rebranded as The Bostik League.

Bostik UK’s commercial director Dale Poulton said: “We have a proven relationship with this tier of football and believe it is an ideal platform to generate awareness for EVO-STIK. This is a very important part of our marketing activity, and the extension of the deal today with the Southern League shows our continued investment in the brand.

“By working closely with the Southern League, we’re confident the new deal to take our relationship to six years will help us achieve great things for the Bostik brand over the next two seasons after the success we’ve already enjoyed with clubs and their supporters up and down the country.”


The 1989/1990 Season - Hereford United

I have playlisted the footage from the 1989/1990 season which features 25 matches. The most famous match is the FA Cup 4th round clash with Sir Alex Ferguson's Manchester United. Thank you once again for David Glinos for supplying me most of the clips. Hopefully this will bring back some memories and fill the void of no football on a Saturday afternoon.


Season Tickets Sales Similar To Last Year


Sales of Hereford FC season tickets are similar to last year.

The club has said that, as at earlier this morning, they had sold 831 tickets.

This time last year the number was reported to have been 'in excess of 850'.

Online sales of terrace season tickets continue over the weekend and online sales of the remaining seated tickets will commence on Monday.

The club is not open for sales today (Saturday) but will be open on Monday from 10am to 4pm.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Younger Squad This Season?


Hereford FC manager Peter Beadle feels that the average age of his squad will be a little bit younger than last season.

"We've tried to bring the age down." Beadle told BBC Hereford and Worcester.

"We've tried to make it a more flexible squad.

"And we've tried to look at areas to make us better and stronger and we're pretty confident that we've done that so far.

"But, obviously, we won't know that until the first day of the season and it all starts for real." 

Meanwhile one of Beadle's new signings, Lance Smith, has praised his former club Evesham.

"I couldn't have asked for a better club," Smith.

"It's a really well run club and it was hard for me to leave.

"A couple of occassions I could have I opted not to.

"But I thought this time it was right for me to leave, it's the right time for a new challenge for me."

Last Day For STH To Keep Seat


Today is the last day for season ticket holders at Edgar Street to renew their tickets should they wish to keep a certain seat.

Seated season tickets will go on general sale from next Monday.

Sales of terrace season tickets continue.

Details:

Current seated season ticket holders continue to be able to renew. Any remaining seated tickets will go on sale, both in person or online, on Monday June 19th. So if you wish to ensure you can sit in the same seat you need to re-new TODAY.

Please note current season ticket holders can not re-new online, they need to visit Edgar Street or telephone 01432 268257 when the office is open (see list below).
 
However terrace season tickets will be available to anyone regardless of whether they held a season ticket last season or not. 

SEATED RENEWALS & GENERAL TERRACE SALES:

FRI 16TH JUNE – 10am-4pm

 
GENERAL SALE – SEATS & TERRACE:
 

MON 19TH JUNE – 10am-4pm
WED 21ST JUNE – 10am-6pm
FRI 23RD JUNE – 10am-4pm
WED 28TH JUNE – 10am-4pm
FRI 30TH JUNE – 10am-4pm


SEASON TICKET PRICES:

Terrace (Meadow End and Len Weston Terrace):
Adults – £184
Concessions – £161
Under 18s (Those currently in full time education) – £20

Seating (Merton Stand and Len Weston Stand):
Adults – £207
Concessions – £184
Under 18s – £20

EXECUTIVE CLUB (including admission to every Hereford FC home game and Directors’ Box seats)

Couple £740
Adults/Concessions – £395
Under 18s (bought only with an adult) – £100




Former Players On The Move


Moves for several former Hereford United players have been revealed.

Former defender Andy Gallinagh has joined Stratford. 

Now 32, Gallinagh joined Hereford from Bath in July 2012 and made 27 appearances before re-joining Bath.

Keeper Matt Gwynne has joined Worcester from Westfields. He started his career as a junior with Hereford.

Striker Michael Rankine is moving to York City from Guiseley AFC. It will be his third spell with the club.

FA Trophy Dates 2017/18


Here's a list of the round dates for the FA Trophy 2017/18

Sat Oct 7th Preliminary Round
Sat Oct 28th First Qualifying Round
Sat Nov 11th Second Qualifying Round
Sat Dec 16th: First Round
Sat Jan 13th: Second Round
Sat Feb 3rd: Third Round
Sat Febb 24th: Fourth Round
Sat Mar 24th: Semi-Final
Sun May 20th: Final

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Beadle Awaits Plummer Decision


Hereford FC manager Peter Beadle has said that he remains uncertain whether winger Tristan Plummer will be in his squad for next season.

Initially Plummer had indicated that he wanted to move from Edgar Street as he found the travelling from his Bristol base too far.

Meanwhile Beadle has told BBC Hereford and Worcester that he has recently added to his squad.

"People might say we've brought in quite a large amount of attacking players and we have," said Beadle.

"But I think we need different options for next season.

"And I think one of the things we spoke about at the end of last season was that it wasn't a bad thing to be predictable especially when it worked.

"Even being predictable they've still got to stop us."

FA Cup Dates 2017/18


Earlier today the FA announced the dates for all the rounds of the 2017/18 FA Cup.

The Emirates FA Cup Season 2017-18
 

Round Dates

Extra Preliminary Round Saturday 5 August 2017
Preliminary Round Saturday 19 August 2017
First Round Qualifying Saturday 2 September 2017
Second Round Qualifying Saturday 16 September 2017
Third Round Qualifying Saturday 30 September 2017
Fourth Round Qualifying Saturday 14 October 2017
First Round Saturday 4 November 2017
Second Round Saturday 2 December 2017
Third Round Saturday 6 January 2018
Fourth Round Saturday 27 January 2018
Fifth Round Saturday 17 February 2018
Quarter Final Saturday 17 March 2018
Semi-Final Saturday 22 April 2018
The Final Saturday 19 May 2018


Throwback Thursday - Merthyr, Darren Peacock, Addison departs


Please subscribe to www.youtube.com/djmatthealey  I will start the process of playlisting the seasons soon.

Next season Hereford and Merthyr will face each other in the Southern League Premier. On December 9th 1989 the two teams faced each other in the FA Cup 2nd round. The game is remembered for Paul Tester's superb goal.


The best of series features Darren Peacock. After Newport County were liquidated all of their players were made redundant. Ian Bowyer then swooped to sign the striker turned centre half in April 1989. Peacock was sold to QPR in December 1990, and the Bulls later earnt a hefty sell on fee when Peacock signed for Kevin Keegan at Newcastle in 1994.


Colin Addison returned to Edgar Street as manager in June 1990. A fairly disappointing saw the Bulls finish 17th in Division Four. Addison left the club at the end of that campaign. Here is the Central News South footage of his departure.



Wednesday, June 14, 2017

660 Season Tickets Sold By Hereford To Date


Hereford FC have reported that they have sold 660 season tickets as of lunchtime today.

The club will remain open until 6pm this afternoon for further sales. 

Update 5.30pm: The club say the total sold is now over 700.

The office will be open again on Friday for more sales. 

Supporters are reminded that Firday will be the last day for those who have seated season tickets to renew if they would like the same seat. 

Cory Williams Rejoins Rhyl


Cory Williams, the former Hereford United young striker, has rejoined Rhyl.

Now 21, he spent last season with Caernarfon where he started his career before joined Hereford.

Also on the move is Josh Gowling.

The well -travelled defender has joined Torquay. He made 13 appearances for Hereford whilst on loan from Carlisle during the 2008/09 season.

Prize Bull ‘500 Club’ Draw Results: Tue 13th June 2017

Last night’s weekly prize draw in the Prize Bull '500 Club' was held at HUST Community Partner The Beer in Hand, Eign Street, Hereford. 

Radio Hereford FC presenter Keith Hall and the HUST Treasurer, Tony Taylor conducted the weekly draw which will continue to be broadcast 'live' each Tuesday at 8.30pm. Details of how to enter are available from the HUST Website: 

CLICK HERE http://www.hufctrust.co.uk/prize-bull-500-club/

The winners in the weekly draw this week are:

£25 Weekly Prize:  James Sheath – Member Number 20

£10 Weekly Prize:  Peter Clifton – Member Number 121

Bottle of Wine:  Nigel Preece – Member Number 81

HUST Beer or Cider:  Peter Davies – Member Number 47

Remember, it is possible to win more than one prize as each member number is in every draw, with weekly, monthly and a special draw at Christmas with jackpot prizes of up to £2,000 on offer!

The next weekly draws will be held on the 20th and 27th June with the next monthly draw also on Tuesday, 27th June.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Kingsley James To Rejoin Chester


Kingsley James to to rejoin Chester on a two year deal.

The former Hereford United mid-fielder was part of the Macclesfield squad last season but didn't agree to re-new his contract with them.

"I need the stability, I’ve just got a new home with my wife," said James.

"It settles me and I know for two years I have got to give everything for Chester and that is what I will do, as I did last time I was here.”

He joined Chester after leaving Hereford in May 2014.

National League Play-Offs Extended To Six Teams


Bulls Season Ticket holder Bill Thomas comments on the National League's decision to extend the promotion play-offs to six teams.

'I can fully understand why the teams have voted for this change, as it will give more teams the chance of promotion. It will also add interest to matches in mid table as more teams will have a chance of reaching the play-offs. Furthermore, the second and third placed teams will not be losing out, as they start in the semi-finals, with home advantage. But on the other hand it will possible for the 7th placed team to be promoted instead of the runners up. In League Two the 7th placed team can be promoted but this instead of the fourth placed team. The 6-team play-off will also make harder for the 4th and 5th placed teams to win promotion, as they will need to beat three teams in the play-offs rather than two. The system has advantages and disadvantages.

'Regardless of which play-off system is used however, the one thing that annoys me more than anything in football is that the National League only has two promotion places. In my opinion it would be much better to increase the number of promotion places from the National League from two to four, and then to continue with the four team play-off system. The top three teams could then all be promoted automatically, and the 4th to 7th placed teams could then play-off for the fourth promotion spot, just as they do in League Two! In my opinion this is what the National League should be campaigning for!'

HFA Charity Walking Football Festival For The Bobby Moore Fund


 
This from the HFA:

Herefordshire FA are pleased to announce that they will be hosting a charity walking football festival in partnership with the Bobby Moore Fund. 33 Similar events are taking place across the country to raise important funds to help tackle bowel cancer whilst also increasing awareness of walking football.

The event is taking place on Sunday 9th July between 10:00 and 12:30 on the 3G pitch at Hereford Sixth Form College and is open to all players over the aged of 18 regardless of their ability. The event is open to both men and women and HFA would love to see all of Herefordshire football represented. It doesn’t matter if you are an experienced footballer or have never played before, all abilities are welcome. The aim is to showcase walking football and raise money for the charity. Walking football is a brilliant activity for those looking to get back into football, recovering or suffering from injury or illness, or just looking to socialise and take part in something new.

Entry costs just £5 per player and 100% of entry fees and money raised will go to the Bobby Moore Fund. HFA will also be running a raffle (prizes including an England shirt signed by Gareth Southgate) to raise further money and players/teams will receive a fundraising pack once registered to help them raise additional money.

The Bobby Moore fund was selected to be the FA's official charity partner last year, fittingly, as we celebrated the 50th year of Bobby leading England to victory in the World Cup. Bowel cancer is the second most common cause of cancer death in the UK and almost 42000 people are diagnosed with bowel cancer in the UK every year. The chances of dying from bowel cancer have fallen by almost 30% since the Bobby Moore Fund was set up but there is still much more to do!

You can enter as an individual or as part of a team. To register please visit http://surveys.thefa.com/TakeSurvey.aspx?SurveyID=760Lm843 or email Joe.Mathias@HerefordshireFA.com with your details.

HUST to strengthen Board



HUST have given notice that it intends to co-opt Richard Clarke and Joanie Roberts to its Board. The Board believes their experience will greatly enhance its capabilities. Co-opted external directors serve until the next AGM.

Joanie Roberts, who lives in North Herefordshire, will be well known to purchasers of 50/50 tickets. On match days, she is a regular seller outside A Block. Joanie is a Business Relationship, Sales & Event Manager and believes she can offer advice to HUST on the marketing, fundraising and corporate sponsorship platforms.

Richard Clarke, who lives in Newent, is a season ticket holder attending matches with his 12-year old son, both home and away with other family members. He is a service manager and has returned to the UK from posts in New Zealand and USA. Richard would like to see HUST continue as a strong advocate for supporters and enhance the reputation of the city and the club.

The Board Co-option appointment is subject to HUST’s seven day appointment objection process which can be found on the HUST website.  Any current member who wishes to object to either appointment should contact the HUST chairman Richard Tomkins via email before 5pm on Tuesday, 20th June for consideration by the Board.

Richard.Tomkins@hufctrust.co.uk


National League To Extend Play-Offs


The National League held its AGM last weekend at which it was decided to extend the play-offs.

Afterwards its chief executive Michael Tattersall explained how it would work.

“With more clubs having the opportunity to reach the play-offs, we will have a better season," said Tattersall as reported by the Non-League Paper.

"It’s a simple format. Obviously it’s new, but I think it will click. I have been involved in football for a long time. Play-offs, with four teams and two legs that’s not the only way you can do it.

“How can we make it more exciting for longer periods and for more clubs? Well you can change the play-off format. This will extend the excitement and bring more clubs into the promotion race."

The paper reported how the new system would work.

'The new format will involve clubs effectively playing over three rounds. While the second and third-placed teams will gain an automatic bye to the semi-finals, clubs finishing in fourth to seventh will then play each other in single-leg qualifiers (fourth plays seventh; fifth plays sixth) at the home of the club that finished higher in the league.

'The winners will then progress to the semis. Again, one-leg ties at the home of the higher-placed teams – those who finished second and third – will determine the finalists for Wembley.'
 

Hereford FC Look For General Manager



This from Hereford FC:

General Manager – Hereford FC

Salary – subject to experience
About Hereford FC
Hereford FC has a turnover of c £1m annually. The business is multi-functional, operationally complex, fast moving and requires a “hands on” approach to management.
Hereford FC now require a General Manager who will have overall responsibility to implement and drive processes within a small team, including Hereford FC volunteers. This includes meeting the annual financial and operational business targets as determined by the HFC Board.
The Candidate
The successful candidate will be self-motivated, have good interpersonal skills and display the ability to communicate across diverse audiences. You must be well organised and able to demonstrate a clear understanding of the management of an operationally complex and multi-functional business and the support teams that underpin operations.
Experience Required
Ideally the candidate will have experience in the following
  • Budget setting, control and management
  • Managing a small team of employees and associated processes
  • Office management skills
  • Commercial awareness in a customer focused business
  • IT literate with standard applications
  • An understanding of a business requiring Public Relations in its widest form
  • First class negotiating skills
  • Driving licence
Application
All applications to be hand written and forwarded together with supporting CV and marked for the attention of
The Chairman, Hereford FC, Edgar St, Hereford HR4 9JU.
Applications to be received no later than 4 July 17.


Monday, June 12, 2017

10 tickets left for Sports Talk Event


Less than 10 tickets remain available for an “Evening of Soccer with Dixie McNeil and Tommy Hughes” next Wednesday, 21st June.

The event takes place at The Rankin Club, Corn Square, Leominster with the two former Hereford legends sure to entertain. Doors open at 7pm, with the evening commencing at 8pm.
Tickets only cost £10, and this includes a buffet and raffle, with those remaining available on a first-come, first served basis by emailing: editor@talkingbull.org
Watch out for details of further summer events in July and August which will be released shortly.

Season Ticket Sales Continue Today


Season ticket sales will continue at Edgar Street from 10am this morning. Over 500 have already been sold.

Current seated season ticket holders continue to be able to renew. Any remaining seated tickets will go on sale, both in person or online, on Monday June 19th. So if you wish to ensure you can sit in the same seat you need to re-new by Friday June 16th.

Please note current season ticket holders can not re-new online, they need to visit Edgar Street or telephone 01432 268257 when the office is open (see list below).
However terrace season tickets will be available to anyone regardless of whether they held a season ticket last season or not. 

SEATED RENEWALS & GENERAL TERRACE SALES:
MON 12TH JUNE – 10am-4pm
WED 14TH JUNE – 10am-6pm
FRI 16TH JUNE – 10am-4pm

 
GENERAL SALE – SEATS & TERRACE:
 

MON 19TH JUNE – 10am-4pm
WED 21ST JUNE – 10am-6pm
FRI 23RD JUNE – 10am-4pm
WED 28TH JUNE – 10am-4pm
FRI 30TH JUNE – 10am-4pm


SEASON TICKET PRICES:

Terrace (Meadow End and Len Weston Terrace):
Adults – £184
Concessions – £161
Under 18s (Those currently in full time education) – £20

Seating (Merton Stand and Len Weston Stand):
Adults – £207
Concessions – £184

Under 18s – £20

EXECUTIVE CLUB (including admission to every Hereford FC home game and Directors’ Box seats)

Couple £740
Adults/Concessions – £395
Under 18s (bought only with an adult) – £100

Saturday, June 10, 2017

A message from Derek Hall

Former Hereford United player Derek Hall is currently working in Australia as a coach for Adelaide Olympic Football Club. He sent me this message on Thursday after being sent some footage of the early 90's.

"Hereford United/FC is a special football club, and if people have never had the experience of the club they may wonder where your passion comes from. I know where it comes from. I was lucky and privileged to represent the club as a player and captain. I met fantastic people, my team mates and coaching staff, but most of all a unique set of supporters that loved their club and their amazing city. I love reading and seeing everything that is great about Hereford United/FC. Best Wishes  Derek Hall.

Here is Derek's first ever Hereford goal against Torquay United on the 17th October 1992.



Robbo Joins Westfields


 

Former Hereford FC midfielder Anthony Robbins has signed for Westfields.

Earlier this week he quit his post as manager of Pegasus Juniors.

"His experience of having been involved in a championship winning team will be vital in our quest to improve on our 5th place finish last season", said manager Sean Edwards.

Also joining the club are Lewis Platt from Malvern and Matt Sysum from North Leigh.

Westfields are also said to be tracking former Hereford FC captain Joel Edwards who left Edgar Street last month.

Friday, June 09, 2017

410 And Climbing


Hereford FC have reported that they have sold 410 season tickets so far and with the club open tomorrow (Saturday), it looks like sales could top 500 in the first five days of 'trading'.

Exsisting 'seated' season tickets can renew their tickets in person or on the telephone (01432 268257) from 11am to 3pm tomorrow.

Terrace season tickets are also available.

UITC's Summer Soccer Schools



United in the Community’s summer programme begins in Hereford on Monday 24th July. This kicks off six weeks of delivery across the county and will include a trip to St. George’s Park, as well as a Girls ONLY Soccer School during week two.



Children aged 5-14 (some venues may vary) and of all abilities are welcome to attend, each day will run from 9am until 3pm.



Week 1, 3 and 6 will take place at Central Park in Hereford, with week 2 and 5 at Ledbury and week 4 in Leominster. The price for a full course (5 days) will be £65, which is a £10 discount off the individual price and can only be purchased online. Individual days can be booked by emailing the address at the bottom of the article.



Week 3 will cost £85, this consists of two soccer school days at Central Park and a trip on the final day, Wednesday 9th August, to St. George’s Park. The children will experience a tour of England’s training ground, as well as receive a coaching session at the venue delivered by FA qualified coaches. Spaces are limited and will be offered on a first come, first serve basis, all payments must be made online through the booking system. Please note, this trip is only for 7-12 year olds, there will be a maximum of 45 places divided across the three age groups - 7 to 8 (15 places), 9 to 10 (15 places), 11to 12 (15 places).



Junior Bull and HUST members will receive £2 back on the first day of camp when booking the full course online.

Places are subject to availability and full course bookings MUST be made online. All information regarding prices and venues can also be found on the website.



To BOOK NOW, please visit www.playtheherefordway.com or for more information, email laura.davies@uitc.uk.com.

Club Open For Season Ticket Sales Today


Season ticket sales will continue at Edgar Street from 10am this morning.

Current seated season ticket holders will be able to renew, remaining seated tickets will go on sale, both in person or online, on Monday June 19th. So if you wish to ensure you can sit in the same seat you need to re-new by Friday June 16th.

Please note current season ticket holders can not re-new online, they need to visit Edgar Street or telephone 01432 268257 when the office is open (see list below).
However terrace season tickets will be available to anyone regardless of whether they held a season ticket last season or not. 

SEATED RENEWALS & GENERAL TERRACE SALES:
 

FRI 9TH JUNE – 10am-4pm
SAT 10TH JUNE – 11am-3pm
MON 12TH JUNE – 10am-4pm
WED 14TH JUNE – 10am-6pm
FRI 16TH JUNE – 10am-4pm

 
GENERAL SALE – SEATS & TERRACE:
 

MON 19TH JUNE – 10am-4pm
WED 21ST JUNE – 10am-6pm
FRI 23RD JUNE – 10am-4pm
WED 28TH JUNE – 10am-4pm
FRI 30TH JUNE – 10am-4pm


SEASON TICKET PRICES:

Terrace (Meadow End and Len Weston Terrace):
Adults – £184
Concessions – £161
Under 18s (Those currently in full time education) – £20

Seating (Merton Stand and Len Weston Stand):
Adults – £207
Concessions – £184

Under 18s – £20

EXECUTIVE CLUB (including admission to every Hereford FC home game and Directors’ Box seats)

Couple £740
Adults/Concessions – £395
Under 18s (bought only with an adult) – £100
 

Thursday, June 08, 2017

HFA Seek Coaches


The HFA are seeking casual coaches to help deliver school and club activity during both the summer holidays and school year. This is a great opportunity to develop your coaching and help grassroots football in Herefordshire thrive.

Wage: £15 per session
Location: Various across Herefordshire
Hours: Casual hours to be agreed, summer hours will vary

Coaches require a minimum FA Level 1, FA CRC & Safeguarding check and emergency aid. Full Driving Licence and access to a vehicle will be essential.

To apply send a cv to Dan.Chance@HerefordshireFA.com

The closing date for applications is midnight 21/06/17


10 Days Left to Enter 'Spot the Ball'


There are ten days left to enter the latest 'Spot the Ball' competition. Coupon number 3 features Joel Edwards in action for the Bulls against AFC Totton with the closing date set at Saturday, 17th June. 

All you have to do is assess where you think the ball is most likely to be in the photograph, select the relevant grid square and enter via the HUST website. 


HUST have assembled a wide ranging 'panel of experts' for the Spot the Ball competition, with former Bulls' players Gareth Davies casting his eyes over this image courtesy of the official club photographer Steve Niblett. 

50% of the entry fees will be distributed as prize money, with roll-overs if the prize is not won, and the remainder allocated to HUST's share purchase fund. 

It’s easy to enter via the HUST website, with an estimated prize of £50 going to the winner. Entries will cost £1 per selected square, and you can enter as many selections as you wish. 


Throwback Thursday - Tottenham, Scott Cooksey, Colin Addison

As always don't forget to subscribe to www.youtube.com/djmatthealey. Footage updated daily.  I'm always on the look out for any archive Hereford United material. Please contact me at matthewhealey@hotmail.com if you can help.

We start with a trip to London and an FA Cup replay against Tottenham Hotspur in 1996. The Bulls were defeated 5-1, but is memorable for Gareth Stoker's late goal. Apart from missing the first 30 seconds this is the whole match.


The best of series this week features Scott Cooksey. Originally signed on loan from Shrewsbury in January 2000. The commanding goalkeeper signed permanently later on that season. Sadly injury prematurely ended his career at the age of 28.


After Ian Bowyer departed Edgar Street in June 1990, his successor was Colin Addison. Here is the footage of the return of the giantkilling manager.