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Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Former Hereford United Keeper Banned From Driving

Former Hereford United goalkeeper Andy De Bont has been banned from driving for twelve months after a court case at Welshpool.

He was stopped by police near Newtown last October on suspicion of being under the influence of an illegal substance. When tested he was found to have cocaine in his blood.

"The defendant is a young man who has a multitude of personal health issues", said Robert Hanratty, defending, as reported by the County Times.

"He has had operations on melanomas, has major problems with his joints and knees and significant depression. He was self-medicating with cocaine." 

De Bont was given £80 fine and banned from the road for 12 months. 

He joined Hereford United in the summer of 1996 and made 27 appearances before moving to Stourbridge.

News Round Up

The proposers of the request for the National League to hold an EGM was submitted to the League's general manager, Mark Ives, yesterday. Maidstone and Dorking, who initiated the request, were backed by a further 15 clubs.

The aim of the clubs is to hold a vote of no confidence in the League's chairman and his board. However the chairman Brian Barwick has already confirmed he is to step down at the end of the season.  

The former chairman of Darlington has died. A onetime safe-cracker, George Reynolds spent £20M on building a new stadium for the club in 1999.  However the club went into administration five years later.

Hereford FC have said that friends of former player Lee Collins are putting together a book of memories to hand to his three daughters. Anyone with a memory or a picture of his time at Edgar Street, please email

Chester striker Danny Elliot has moved to Hartlepool until the end of the season.

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

HUST Continue To Look For HND

This from HUST:


Due to the current road map and exit from the Covid-19 Pandemic, we have been approached by some members who have requested more time to consider this as the current closing date aligns with  the re-opening of businesses and the Easter Break.   

HUST is, therefore, extending the application deadline to : Friday 30th April 2021

HUST invites applications from members of HUST to become one of its HNDs for the forthcoming period. This year's successful applicant will be appointed for a three –year term of office up to May 2024 and will join Tony Taylor and Joanie Roberts as the 3rd HND on the Club Board.

The Club has come through some difficult ‘Covid times’ and we look forward to the new season where we can hopefully build on the work done thus far.

To download the Recruitment pack go to: 

Interested candidates please apply via or to arrange an informal chat ahead of application.

Very Limited Numbers Allowed At 2020 Trophy Final

The 2020 FA Trophy final is being held on Monday May 3rd but numbers allowed at the game are very limited.

The final is between Harrogate Town and Concord Rangers.  

Concord Rangers chairman Ant Smith has commented on the numbers allowed.

'We have officially been given our numbers for the final at Wembley, Disappointingly we can only have 20 people at the game representing Concord.

'I am going to pick a couple of our loyal supporters to travel with us and take a seat in the Royal Box to cheer the lads on.'

Commercial Opportunities At Trophy Final

UK Football Solutions has a number of Commercial Opportunities available for the FA Trophy Final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday May 22nd. 

For more information, email

Watts is the former general manager of Hereford FC.

ON THIS DAY 1996 | Steve White scores his 200th Football League goal

On the 13th April 1996 Hereford United defeated Leyton Orient 3-2 at Edgar Street. The game is notable for Steve White scoring his 200th Football League goal

Click to view Hereford United 3-2 Leyton Orient | 13th April 1996 - Steve White's 200th Football League Goal - YouTube

Monday, April 12, 2021

News From Hereford FC

Several items of Hereford FC news:

John Sadler is the National North League volunteer of the month. He has won the award for his work with the online club shop.

The accounts for the year ended May 31st 2020 have been posted at Companies House and so supporters can view them at any time.

Well known supporter Scott McMenamin has passed on.

Saturday, April 10, 2021


A season which promised so much but ended up being a missed opportunity. Greg Downs started the season as manager but he was replaced in September 1994. John Layton took over and steadied the ship. The team finished 16th. The current Aston Villa manager Dean Smith was club captain.

Click to view the season in full -> Hereford United 0-1 Doncaster Rovers | 13th August 1994 - YouTube

John Layton's squad 

Greg Downs' Squad

No Ban For Bowen


Former Hereford United winger Jarrod Bowen has been warned about his future conduct and will have to complete an FA education course after he used the N word in a tweet in 2012.

However the FA disciplinary chiefs have agreed he will not be suspended. 

Bowen, who now plays for West Ham, was with Hereford at the time when he posted the comment.

Gowling becomes a father again

Hereford manager Josh Gowling has become a father again today.

The club tweeted that Sofia was born this morning (Saturday) and that both baby and mother, Rebekah are doing well.

ON THIS DAY 1993 | Shrewsbury Town 1-1 Hereford United

Played on the Saturday of an Easter Bank Holiday weekend, this was the first time Hereford had visited the old Gay Meadow for a league game since the mid 1970's. Carl Griffiths put Shrewsbury ahead after two minutes, but Owen Pickard earnt the Bulls a point with a headed goal three minutes later.

Click to view -> Shrewsbury Town 1-1 Hereford United | 10th April 1993 - YouTube

Matt Hits A Million

Matt Healey Interviewing Former Hereford United Striker Rob Elms - Many Of 'Elmo's' Goals Are Featured On Matt's You Tube Channel

Matt Healey's You Tube Channel has now received over one million hits.

The channel focuses on both Hereford United and Hereford FC footage

"I created the account in 2012, but only uploaded one video in the first three years," said Matt in an article on YourHerefordshire.

Matt said it been difficult finding old match footage much of which was first aired on ITV Central South.

"The regional ITV Channel back then was based in Abingdon and broadcast news on Oxfordshire, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire and Herefordshire. Every Monday the sports presenter Tim Russon would round up the local goals involving the region’s football teams and as a young lad I used to tape the Hereford United matches.

 "Sadly my tapes had perished so I presumed that footage would never be seen again, back then if you missed it that was it, there was no catchup, or internet to see the clips once more. I contacted Tim (Russon) to see if the footage was saved, he told me it was all stored in tape containers near the old ITV Meridian studios near Southampton and they had no interest in restoring it sadly.

Hereford United 2-0 Burnley - 14th September 1991 - YouTube

"A couple of years earlier Francis Williams from Radio Hereford FC had converted some DVD footage of Hereford United FA Cup games against West Ham and Arsenal to MP4 for me and I put that on my channel and they did well. I then had the thought of seeing if I could somehow find some of that old Central News South footage of the football club, so I put an appeal out on the Bulls News fan site in 2017. 

"Luckily plenty of Hereford supporters were also taping the footage in the 1990’s and subsequently I was given about 200 old VHS cassettes of Hereford United footage by various supporters. Joanie Roberts at the football club kindly sourced me and old VHS tape player. I needed the software to convert it on my laptop and Mark Farmer was able to supply me with that.

"I spent most of my spare time the next 12-18 months going through tapes and editing the Hereford United footage and then uploading it to my channel. I used Ron Parrott’s book to include the match description and then playlisted all the seasons. Ron had also a Hereford city history VHS so I converted that and split it into different sections and that did very well. It’s great having all this footage digitally restored as VHS tapes after a while disintegrate and the footage would have been lost forever.

Hereford United 1-0 Burton Albion - 10th March 2001 - YouTube

"The best part of it has been receiving messages from former Hereford United players who hadn’t seen the footage before and were overjoyed to be able to see themselves playing the game and watching it with their families. A lot of these players weren’t household names and presumed they would never see footage of themselves in a football shirt."

Read more at:

Friday, April 09, 2021

New Policing Bill Could Hinder Football Supporters

The FSA is concerned that the proposed Policing bill could threaten matchday routine.

This from the FSA:

There’s been a lot of talk recently about the controversial Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill currently making its way through Parliament – and this week FSA caseworker Amanda Jacks has been looking at its potential impact on match-going fans.

With help from civil liberties campaigners and Lochlinn Parker from ITN Solicitors, Amanda has been looking at how the Bill in its current iteration could see traditional supporter behaviour - such as congregating outside grounds, pubs or town centres - curtailed by new police powers.

"Much of the coverage has talked about how the Bill, in its current form, will have a hugely negative impact on protest," Amanda said.

"But why are we concerned about it? Well, obviously football fans protest as well, but they congregate in other ways too and unless the Bill is redrafted then we can see how easily the legislation will be used against fans on a match day."

The FSA will submitting evidence soon to the Joint Committee on Human Rights and if there is anything you think we should consider including please do get in touch with us. 

Partnership For Wembley

UK Football Solutions is delighted to announce a new partnership agreement with Hereford FC. The partnership will see UK Football Solutions provide support on all commercial and retail operations for the Buildbase FA Trophy Final on May 22nd at Wembley Stadium.

UK Football Solutions was founded by James Watts in December 2020. Watts was previously general manager of Hereford FC.

The Duke Of Edinburgh At Edgar Street

Edgar Street In 1957

The Duke of Edinburgh, whose death was announced this morning, visited Edgar Street along with the Queen in April 1957.

Who And When?

Continuing BN's who and when series, this picture gives much of the game away.

Nevertheless, who is the Hereford player in the picture, who was the game against and on what date did it take place?

New Hereford Shirt - Order By 4PM For Early Delivery


Hereford FC recently launched their new Home/Wembley shirt.

Anyone wanting a new shirt as soon as possible is reminded that orders need to be in by 4pm this afternoon (Friday).

All the details:

ON THIS DAY 1994 - Carlisle United 1-2 Hereford United

A late late show from Darren Roberts secures three points at Brunton Park

Click to view -> Carlisle United 1-2 Hereford United | 9th April 1994 - YouTube

Thursday, April 08, 2021

Hay Festival Receives Grant Worth £596,000

Hay Festival has been granted £596,000 from the UK Government's Cultural Recovery Fund.

Tania Hudson, Hay Festival interim chief executive, said the festival would continue to fundraise, but its £596,000 grant meant it was now able to look forward to the Welsh online iteration “with confidence”, and develop hybrid models in the future. 

She said: “Arts Council England’s investment marks a welcome milestone for Hay Festival as we continue to rebuild from a year of transformation. We are incredibly grateful for this vote of confidence in our efforts to sustain our community of writers, partners and festival goers who make Hay what it is: a space to inspire, examine and entertain people of all ages.”


A Look Back At The Life Of Lee Collins


Paul Berry has written an article for the Shropshire Star that looks back at the life of Lee Collins ( on the left of the picture )

'Ask for a description of Lee Collins from those who knew him best and the same replies keep coming back.

Loyal. Strong. Respectful. A leader. A role model. A natural captain.

Qualities which defined him not just as a footballer - and a very successful one at that - but also as a man.

It is impossible to even begin to imagine what Collins’ family are currently going through after their heart-breaking loss last week.

It has been hard enough for what you might call his ‘football family’ to come to terms with, spanning as it does the nine clubs he represented, in doing so chalking up 470 senior appearances and scoring eight goals.

There will have been tributes paid, memories shared and tears shed across all the ports of call Collins stopped off at during his impressive career.

After Wolves that comprised Hereford, Port Vale, Barnsley, Shrewsbury, Northampton, Mansfield, Forest Green and Yeovil, where he made his most recent start in February and had returned from injury to be on the bench for the win over Barnet just a few days before his passing.'

To read the rest of the article:

MY HEREFORD UNITED STORY | Shane Jones - 1989-1992

A member of the 1990 Welsh Cup winning team is featured today.

Click for more -> MY HEREFORD UNITED STORY | Shane Jones | Herefordshire’s Independent Source of News & Information (


17 Clubs Back Call For National League EGM

17 clubs across the three divisions of the National League have backed a call for an EGM.

ON THIS DAY 1996 | Exeter City 0-2 Hereford United

A Steve White double secures the three points in this Bank Holiday Monday fixture.

Click to watch -> Exeter City 0-2 Hereford United | 8th April 1996 - YouTube

Wednesday, April 07, 2021

Lee Collins Inquest

The inquest into the death of Lee Collins, the former Hereford United player, took place earlier today.

Collins, who was captain of Yeovil Town, was found dead in a hotel room near Yeovil on March 31st.

A report from Ben Batley of the Coroner's office said that Lee was a professional footballer with Yeovil Town Football Club.

"It was identified that when Lee did not attend for training on March 31 enquiries were made at the hotel where he was staying, and he was found in his room hanging.

"Also admitted into evidence was an interim post-mortem report from Dr Adams, pathologist at Yeovil District Hospital, confirming cause of death as 1a hanging - subject to blood analysis.

"The coroner resolved that it will be necessary for further statements and reports to be obtained in respect of the circumstances of Lee's death and the inquest was adjourned to an internal case management review on or before July 7 2021."

NEWS | How a local company became the hidden heroes for Hereford FC and many other clubs this season

CJP Broadcast Solutions provided a fantastic live stream for Hereford FC supporters during the 2020/2021 campaign.

Click here for the full article on the story behind it all -> NEWS | How a local company became the hidden heroes for Hereford FC and many other clubs this season | Herefordshire’s Independent Source of News & Information (

Tuesday, April 06, 2021

Barwick Spells Out Reasons For Quitting

As reported earlier today on BN, National League Chairman Brian Barwick is to step down as chairman of the Board at the end of this season.

He has given an interview to The Times.

"I’m very comfortable about my decision. It’s a time of life thing. I’ve done this for six years and I’ve had a great time doing it. I wanted to give something back to the sport.

"But the last 12 months have been the most difficult in my career. I’ve been trying my very best, as has everyone else, to get through this crisis. It blew us out of the water. There will be some who think we’ve done a good job and some who don’t.

"I decided over Christmas that it was time for me to step down. I’m 67 in June and I’ve been around sport and sports broadcasting since 1979. I formally told the board at our February meeting. They were surprised and very supportive, and they’d love me to stick around. But I just thought, you know what, it is the right time.

"I was determined out of a sense of duty to see this season through. I will stay until the end of the season. I think that’s the right thing to do. It’s morally right that they can prepare for the future. But if I’m honest it’s been tough. I am a part-time, non-executive chair who for the last 12 months has worked for 365 days."

'Marmite' Perry Sets Up Fashion Business

Kyle Perry (middle) With Ryan Bowman And Brian Smikle

Former Hereford United striker Kyle Perry, who is still playing football with Kettering Town, has gone into the fashion business with his older brother Todd, who plays for Dudley Town.

"We thought there was a gap in the market for community localised work fashion and so we have put KyTo together, Kyle and Todd," said Kyle.

"I had my band, Stubbblemelt, which gave me an option to be creative and release what was inside.

"And then I put on music festivals but now I want to create my own business and push on.

"Fingers crossed I'll be staying at Kettering next season.

"I'm like marmite, aren't I? I get remembered from ten years back and people have an opinion, sometimes it is good and sometimes bad."

O'Sullivan Signs Extended Deal With Gloucester


Former Hereford FC midfielder Tommy O'Sullivan has signed an extended deal with Gloucester City.

He is now contracted to stay with the club until the end of the 22/23 season.

O'Sullivan joined Hereford in October 2018 and moved to Gloucester in August 2020.

Barwick to stand down as National League chairman

The National League chairman Brian Barwick has notified the Board he will be stepping down from his position at the end of the 2020/21 season.

Barwick, 66, has enjoyed a long and distinguished career, spanning over 40 years, with senior roles in both major sports broadcasting organisations and high-profile sports governing bodies.

In December, the former Football Association chief executive was awarded an OBE in the New Year Honours List for services to sport and broadcasting.

The Chairman stated, “After careful consideration I formally told the National League Board in February that I intended to step down at the end of the 2020/21 season.

“I think it is the right time to relinquish the role - and give somebody else the great privilege of leading the organisation.

“Since 2015, I believe the competition has continued to grow in stature and profile, sent strong clubs up into the EFL and built up a formidable and loyal set of commercial and broadcast partnerships.

“Our 66 clubs remain the life-blood of our competition and a vital part of their local communities - and that’s what makes our League so special.

“I also acknowledge just how tough it has been for many of our clubs over the past twelve months facing the unprecedented challenges brought on by the Covid pandemic.

“In closing, I would like to thank my National League Board colleagues, the League’s executive, our commercial partners, the wider football family and, most importantly, our member clubs for their warm welcomes and support over the past six years.

“I will continue to commit myself to the well-being of the National League until the end of the season.

“And, of course, I wish my successor as Chair and everybody connected with the National League my very best wishes for a brilliant future.”

National League vice-chairman Jack Pearce said: “Brian’s appointment signified a change of direction by The National League in 2015 for the benefit of the competition.

“Whilst it would be easy to reflect on what has been a very challenging year for football, not only The National League, the progression of the competition over this six-year period has been greater than we could have expected.

“The Chairman has been influential in our long-term commercial partnerships with Vanarama and BT Sport, with the three-year extensions on enhanced terms this season providing security for member clubs. We have also seen an increased level of professionalism, both on and off the pitch at clubs, since Brian’s appointment.

“Brian’s remarkable work ethic and trust in others have made him an invaluable colleague and a person I consider to be a wonderful friend.”

General Manager Mark Ives also added: “Brian has worked tirelessly for the benefit of the League and his vast experience across the game and the media has been a tremendous benefit to the League and its member clubs.

“I have had the privilege now of working with Brian on two separate occasions during my career, and his knowledge and determination has been exceptional. We are all grateful for his support over the years.”