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Next Game: Pre-Season Continues With A Home Friendly Against Birmingham Under 21's On Saturday July 20th At 3.00pm

Sunday, July 21, 2024

INTERVIEW | Steve Spooner - Hereford United 1986-1988

Former Hereford United midfielder Steve Spooner was back at Edgar Street yesterday in his role as lead development coach at Birmingham City.
Spooner made 84 appearances for The Bulls between 1986-1988, and scored a famous goal in a 2-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers on Boxing Day 1986.




Saturday, July 20, 2024

First Half Pictures Hereford v Birmingham U21

A selection of pictures from the first half of today's friendly at Edgar Street.










Paul Caddis gives verdict after Birmingham defeat



Hereford boss Paul Caddis spoke to the media after today’s 3-2 pre-season loss against Birmingham City U21s.

Press play to listen in full

Starting Eleven For Birmingham Friendly

A look at the starting eleven for the friendly against Birmingham this afternoon.



 





 Hereford FC:Aaron Chapman, Cosmos Matwasa, Travis Johnson, Kyle Howkins, Matt Preston,, Lewis Hudson (C), Tate Campbell, Aurio Teixeira, Alex Babos, Andy Williams, Jason Cowley

Poor For Sixty Minutes Said Caddis



Hereford manager Paul Caddis was disappointed not to have done better against Birmingham this afternoon. The Bulls went 3-0 down before scoring twice.

"I don't want to try and dress it up and use the old cliches that it was great to get minutes into legs and all that rubbish," said Caddis.

"I thought we were poor for sixty/seventy minutes.

"I'm happy with the character that we tried to get back in the game.

"I thought they were excellent, I thought they were sharper than us, I thought they reacted better.

"We need to tidy up on a few things, I thought we were a bit off it with our touch.

"If you've got one or two players a yard off the pace then your shape can become a bit open.

"I thought at times in the first half they were far superior."

Full Time Hereford v Birmingham Under 21's

Hereford 2 Birmingham 3

After leading 2-0 at the break, Birmingham increased their lead on 48 minutes.

But Hereford stepped up a gear and Andy Williams pulled one back.

Then a Birmingham own goal by their number 7 ensured an exciting end to the friendly.

Disappointing attendance of under 700.


Hereford v Birmingham Under 21's Half Time

Birmingham lead Hereford 2-0 at half time.

In a competitive half Hereford keep Birmingham from testing their keeper until the last five .minutes.

However two goals in those minutes gave Birmingham the lead.

Best chance for Hereford came from Matwasa but his header went straight to the keeper.

Friday, July 19, 2024

No Live National League Football This Season?

It looks as though there is unlikely to be any live National League football this season if an article posted by Footie On TV is correct.

'NON-LEAGUE football’s top division looks likely to start the new season without live TV coverage for the first time in years with its deal with TNT Sports seemingly at an end.

The National League’s four-year deal with TNT Sports for live rights and highlights expired at the end of the season and all the indications are that the two sides have failed to reach an agreement to extend it.

TNT inherited the contract when it took over BT Sport’s portfolio of channels and neither the National League or TNT Sports have made any comment so far on whether it would continue into the new season.

But the clearest indication yet that the partnership is now at an end has come with the National League removing TNT Sports’ logo from its images of partners and sponsors on the foot of its official website.

It’s not yet clear yet whether the league will attempt to secure a new TV partner. TNT had the rights to show up to 45 games a season and also produced a weekly highlights show which was also available on YouTube.'

 

Hudson To Captain Hereford

 

Lewis Hudson will captain Hereford this season.

Manager Paul Caddis confirmed his choice this afternoon.

25 year old Hudson joined Hereford from Rushall Olympic earlier this year.

"As you can imagine, I’m delighted to be named captain of Hereford Football Club and would like to thank the gaffer for placing his trust in me," said Hudson.

"During my time here, Nathan was a brilliant leader, and I’m honoured to follow in his footsteps."

London Bulls to attend Halesowen away

A few members of The London Bulls are hitting the road and travelling to the Halesowen friendly on Saturday 27 July – and any fans are welcome to join them. 

They will be travelling on the 10.40am train from London Euston to Birmingham New Street and then catching the Number 9 Platinum Bus to the ground. 

Their first pub stop will be the Waggon and Horses (21 Stourbridge Road, Halesowen, B63 3TU) at around 1pm. They will be aiming to arrive at the ground at around 2.30pm. 

After the game, they will have a drink or two in the King Edward VII pub before heading back to Birmingham. 

Any fans in London and the South East are welcome to co-ordinate travel plans and meet them at Euston – and all fans are welcome to join them at any time during the day to say hello, grab a beer and find out more about the work they are doing. 

If you would like more information or would like to meet up on the day, please email: londonbulls1924@gmail.com or opt-in to email/WhatsApp updates by filling out this form






Thursday, July 18, 2024

Wednesday, July 17, 2024

More details needed to prove new floodlights won't dazzle A49 drivers

The effect of the new floodlights at Edgar Street on drivers using the A49 is still a stumbling block in the club's plan to have them fitted by the autumn.

National Highways, which manages the A49 through the county, said planning permission shouldn't be granted for another three months so the club has more time to answer its questions.

Ellie Smith, an assistant spatial planner at the government-owned firm, said as part of the planning permission consultation process that she was concerned about "glint and glare" affecting A49 drivers.

She has asked the applicant, stadium director Darren Ball, to give more information to ensure the replacement 21-metre LED floodlights would not impact on the safety of the A49.

She said "specific design metrics" had not been provided and the stands would provide no screening to the road.

She also referenced Institution of Lighting Professionals' guidance which suggests a curfew starting between 9pm and 11pm.

Part of the extra information she wants is about the environmental zone, which describes how built-up an area is; the curfew that could be in place for the lights; and details about whether the club wants to use the floodlights after the curfew.

She said no analysis data for glare and sky glow had been provided but the application suggested the effects of light seen outside of the stadium would be managed.

That appeared to reference provider Musco's claim that its lights are directional and avoid unwanted spill.

Ms Smith said that light spill and sky glow do not concern National Highways in a planning sense, and there would be "good inherent control built into the proposals"

But she added there was no data provided for glare performance and there was "potential for light source visibility from adjacent roads".

She has now called on the club to provide a glare analysis to ensure A49 drivers are not affected.

The old floodlights will not be dismantled as soon as the new lights are installed.

While the club are handling the new floodlights, Herefordshire Council will be responsible for taking down the old towers, documents suggested.

Osment Joins Aberystwyth

 

Former Hereford goalkeeper Seb Osment has joined Aberystwyth.

20 year old Osment was with Alvechurch for part of last season.

He was at Edgar Street for much of the 2022/23 season after being noticed playing for the under 18's.

Matwasa - Exactly What I Wanted Said Caddis

 

Hereford manager Paul Caddis speaking after last night's 2-1 win at Swindon Supermarine praised the contribution of winger Cosmos Matwasa.

Hereford's second goal came from Matwasa after good work by Andy Williams.

"He's exactly what I wanted when I signed him," said Caddis.

"That's why you do your homework on your players, that's why when you go to sign players you try and find everything out about them.

"His pace, his power, he's incredible strong.

"Really pleased with him the last couple of games."

Fair Game Welcome New Football Governance Bill

This from Fair Game:

Couper added:  

“There is still more that needs to change from the original Bill to create a robust and independent regulator. 

“The previous Bill fell short in a number of areas - not just finances. The Owners and Directors Test needed strengthening, support for clubs to implement the changes was overlooked, and an early commitment to equality standards had been omitted.

“Fair Game and our legal partners looked at the Bill line by line and have identified the alteration needed to make it truly fit for purpose and stand ready to work closely with the Government to help deliver those changes. 

“We have a fully prepared version that the new Government can deliver to create a fairer future for football. 

“The need for an overhaul of the governance of our National Game is evident and now is the time to make a difference. this is a real sliding doors’ moment.”

New club for Ollie Southern


Defender Ollie Southern has signed a deal to join Warrington Town for the 2024/25 season after leaving Hereford.

Southern, 22, has featured in the two pre-season wins over Nantwich Town and Rochdale and can cover any position across the back line, the National League North club said.

Southwrn, who was in talks with Paul Caddis about a new deal at Edgar Street, made 25 appearances for the Bulls, although he didn't feature in either of the games against the Yellows.

A former Manchester United academy player, Southern won a scholarship at Crewe Alexandra, playing in the year above Yellows midfielder Matty McDonald.

His senior career has seen him play in the Europa Conference League for Welsh Premier League club Bala Town, where he also won the Welsh League Cup.

Southern, who hails from Leigh, has been with the squad since the start of pre-season training.

He said: "I've gelled with the team quite quickly in training and on the pitch, it's been a pleasure playing with the boys. I like the playing style, I like playing out from the back and getting on the ball, it suits me perfectly.

"I'll play wherever the gaffer needs me, but I do like playing right-back. As long as I'm on the pitch, I'll give it my all."

Yellows boss Mark Beesley said: "Ollie was someone we knew, and who we've done a lot of homework on.

"He played in this league last year and did reasonably well, and he's a local lad. Once we were alerted that he was available, it was something we thought let's get him in and have a look and bed him in and give him time.

"Pre-season is about seeing if the lads fit and suit the way we want to do things, and he's definitely done that.

"He's gone from strength to strength and plays in a variety of positions, which in a small squad gives us the flexibility that we need."

Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Match Report: Swindon Supermarine v Hereford

Cosmos Matwasa Scored One Of Hereford's Goals

Hereford's third friendly of pre-season took place this evening. The Bulls travelled to Swindon Supermarine and returned with a 2-1 victory.

As expected Paul Caddis varied the starting eleven from Saturday.

Trialist (GK), Trialist, Howkins, Preston, Hudson, D'Ath, Teixeira, Matwasa, Babos, Rooney, Williams

Andy Williams could have put Hereford ahead on 7 minutes, his shot hit the woodwork.

Twelve minutes later the experienced striker was on target. Babos was the provider.

It was 2-0 on 27 minutes. Williams found Cosmos Matwasa who easily beat the keeper. 

BN's reporter at the match summed up the first half.

'Hereford strolled through the first half.They look confident and fluid up front, inter-changing well, mostly with Williams in the centre and Adam Rooney often out on the left.

Alec Babos pulled the strings behind them and Matwasa had a good half.

The second goal was a cracker. Williams on the left put a high-arcing cross towards the far post. Matwasa, jumping in the air, gave the keeper no chance. Almost the goal of the season.

Hudson got forward particually well on the left. Teixeira had little dirty work to do in the middle of the pitch. Babos had a lot of fun.

Nothing much to say about the defence as Supermarine have been disappointing.

Half time: Swindon Supermarine 0 Hereford 2 

Two changes at the break. Defenders Howkins and Preston are replaced by two trialists. 

Supermarine stepped up a gear in the early stages of the half and the Hereford trialist keeper was nearly beaten when a shot came on the box and the rebound fired towards him.

Williams and Matwasa were subbed of on 63 minutes, two trialists came on. Later Cowley, Derricott and Campbell replaced Teixeira, Babos and D'Ath.

On 80 minutes Supermarine got one back when Fernades slipped the ball under the keeper.

Full time: Swindon Supermarine 1 Hereford 2

BN's reporter summed up the second half.

'I don't think we learnt much from the second half, there were a lot of changes.

At times the defence was almost a collection of different trialists, it wasn't coherent.

Cowley when he came on initially went to left back which might show flexibility but isn't going to happen.

Supermarine were a lot more fired up. Manager Stuart Fleetwood clearly demanded more, possibly playing some of their better players. Certainly a lot more lively.

They hit the post fairly early on and they clearly deserved their goal when it eventually came. The keeper was beaten at the near post but it looked like there was a slight deflection which was unfortunate.

Even after that they again hit the post with another deflected shot.

It was nearly a game of two halves.

I don't think we learnt very much. It's hard to work out how you make a team with trialists.

It was more of a training exercise after Williams went off.

But it is only a friendly and that's what it is there for to learn about people.

The attendance looked to be about 250 with maybe 70 or so Hereford supporters.'

Full Time: Swindon Supermarine v Hereford

Tonight's friendly finished:

Swindon Supermarines 1 Hereford 2

Two first half goals for Hereford from Williams and Matwassa.

Supermarines narrowed the advantage through Ferandes on 80 minutes.

Report to follow.

Half Time : Supermarine v Hereford

Hereford lead Swindon Supermarine 2-0 at half time in tonight's pre-season friendly.

The goals came from Andy Williams and Cosmos Matwasa.

Hereford had have most of the play and throughly deserve the lead.

Starting Eleven For Supermarine Friendly

Hereford manager Paul Caddis has selected the following to start tonight's friendly at Swindon Supermarine.

Trialist (GK), Trialist, Howkins, Preston, Hudson, D'Ath, Teixeira, Matwasa, Babos, Rooney, Williams

There is full match commentary on Radio Hereford FC. 

Kouhyar Links Up With Kidderminster

Bulls News: Maziar Kouhyar returns to Edgar Street on loan from York City 

It looks like Hereford supporters will be seeing Maz Kouhyar again this season as he has moved to Kidderminster on a season long loan from York City.

And a second signing for Kiddy today. Midfielder David Davies joins having been released by Forest Green.

London Bulls Reveal New Logo

The newly reformed London Bulls have revealed their new logo ahead of the 2024/25 season via their social media pages:

"The main reason for this was to differentiate itself from the official Hereford FC club badge. 

We are an independent organisation designed to enable and encourage fans of Hereford FC, living in London and surrounding areas, to support their team and to develop a community spirit, which is welcoming and inclusive.

The new design has an element of: Hereford (the iconic Herefordshire bull), London (the London Underground symbol), and also a heads up to the history and support the London Bulls have had in the past (Established 2010).

We hope the new logo helps define us better and encourages more Hereford fans to connect with us!"



You can sign-up to register your interest with London Bulls here via this form (for free), where you can opt-in to be informed on the latest news, opportunities and events.

The supporters group hope to attend matches, host screenings and connect exiled fans in the coming 2024/25 season.

Monday, July 15, 2024

News Round Up

Seb Revan has joined Wrexham on a three year deal. The left back had a spell with Hereford in early 2022 whilst with Aston Villa.

Tope Obadeyi is reported to be on trial with Kidderminster. He joined Hereford on loan from Banbury last January.

Striker Jamie Proctor has joined Southport following his release by Barrow.

Oxford City have signed striker Bradley Stretton following his release from Coventry. 

Bulls Impress Against West Brom Under 21's

Hereford played their first home pre-season friendly against West Brom Under 21's on Saturday.

And it's probably fair to report that they impressed right from the start.

Manager Paul Caddis choose a strong eleven for the first half. 

Shay Sterry, Cosmos Matwasa, Mark Derricott, Kyle Howkins, Lewis Hudson, Chay Tilt, Tate Campbell, Lawson D'Ath, Alex Babos, Andy Williams, Jason Cowley. 

Young keeper Sterry was in for Aaron Campbell who 'had an issue'.

The game started 30 minutes late. It appeared that an ambulance due to have been outside Edgar Street had to be diverted elsewhere. Eventually it was decided to go ahead.

Just three minutes into the friendly Hereford, playing in the new away kit, took the lead. Andy Williams forced the West Brom keeper to concede a corner. It was cleared to Lewis Hudson whose powerful shot beat the keeper.



Five minutes later a second goal for the Bulls.

Jason Cowley rose to meet a cross from Chay Tilt. The powerful header gave the West Brom little hope. 






Ten minutes later it might have been 3-0. Another headed from Cowley but it looks as though it was going inches wide when the keeper gathered.

A Hereford free kick after Tilt was fouled was taken by Alec Babos. He propelled the ball just over the wall. The keeper didn't gather cleanly and the ball found Hudson who shot but the keeper was alert to the danger.




West Brom got one back through Sule on 30 minutes.

Right at the end of the half Matwasa, who looked lively on the right, put in a cross towards Babos but he was marked out by a defender before he could turn and shoot.



Half time: Hereford 2 West Brom 1

Paul Caddis took off Williams and Tilt and brought on Rooney and Ceesay who was back looking for a new deal.

Hereford started brightly and on 52 minutes winger Matwasa swept a long ball in front of an on-rushing Cowley but the striker couldn't quite get to it.


Three minutes later Cowley did connect. 

A long throw from Babos is cleared as far as Cowley on the edge of the box. His strong shot gave the keeper little chance.





Just after Caddis took off Babos, Matwasa and Derricott and brought on Teixeira, Tolley and a trialist.

On 68 minutes Howkins and D'Ath left the field to be replaced by latest signing Preston and another trialist.

West Brom were back in the game at this stage without really troubling the Hereford defence.


Jack Tolley had to leave the field after only 20 minutes of play. He appeared to have a strain and was seen later with an ice-pack.

Ceesay got himself into a good position but his shot went wide. 

Even in the last ten minutes Hereford had several half chances to increase their lead.

Overall a good performance from Hereford who were seldom troubled by the young West Brom side.

Whilst Cowley would probably have been man of the match with his two goals, Matwasa looked a real danger on the right wing.

Only disappointment was the under 800 gate.


 

 

 


Club update on new security firm after 'teething issues' at West Brom friendly

Hereford's chairman and general manager have opened up on the new security firm at Edgar Street.

Birmingham-based RG8 Facilities Management has been appointed to "complement" existing stewards at Edgar Street as the club struggled to find enough qualified people to do it themselves.

In one of their regular conversations posted on the club's YouTube channel, chairman Chris Ammonds and general manager Jamie Griffiths spoke about the "teething issues" at Saturday's pre-season friendly against West Bromwich Albion under-21s.

Griffiths said the three pre-season friendlies would be a learning curve and they hoped teething issues would be resolved and smoothed over quickly.

Ammonds said there was some miscommunication and apologised after fans were moved from the wall at the front of the Meadow End. He said fans are allowed to lean there to watch the game, with the area particularly popular with children.

After complaints that the new team were heavy-handed and enforced rules differently from last season, Ammonds said the club have got to get stewarding right to avoid legal challenges and a £750,000 court fine.

Last season, he said the stewarding had been managed by one of the club's director's Darren Ball - but it has been increasingly hard to find people with the right qualifications and experience.

He said RG8 will be able to complement the local, existing stewards and "professionalise" the club, but the club don't pay for stewards they don't need because that would be "madness".

Some fans also criticised the number of stewards, but Ammonds suggested they were just more prominent than previous pre-season friendlies.

Griffiths said 12 stewards are needed just for the Merton Stand, plus a senior steward and a certain number of mobile stewards dependent on crowd size.

He also said the Meadow End needs the same number of stewards regardless of whether 100 or 1,500 fans are there as they have to cover the fire exits and gates.

There are six stewards just to open it, plus senior stewards, and then the mobile stewards which fluctuate depending on crowd size.

He said there were 18 stewards on Saturday - 10 of which were stewards from last season, with 16 kept in total.

He said the new company will ensure the club complies with all the rules they need to, and put any old stewards through the needed qualification.

For a league game, he said 42 members of the security team will be needed - or at least seven more if the away terrace is opened.

Griffiths also said the club will listen to fans, as will the new company.

Some Supporters Unhappy With New Stewards


There was a new stewarding team on duty at Edgar Street last Saturday. However some supporters felt that they were a touch heavy handed in particular given this was a friendly.

BN understands that the club may respond to some of the issues raised later today.

Below is one supporter's view sent to BN.

I was shocked at the way they started to man handle our regular older supporters away from the corners of the meadow end . As you know there was probably only 300 supporters in there and this was some 45mins before kick off .  
I found out later from a steward that I recognised that we have hired this new company and only a handful of our regulars were retained by the new firm.
We had great stewards always friendly and always chatting to the regulars helping some of the less able up and down steps etc .
I am so annoyed with the decision of the club to make this decision.
The cost of all those security guards yesterday would off been massive and was totally unnecessary. When we are short of funds and have little budget left for a squad of players!!
I know I won’t be the only one to question this decision by the club.
I was so disgusted with the way the guards acted and the sheer amount of wasted money spent!!!
Apologies for emailing you about this subject but I felt I had to get it off my chest .
If they continue acting like this I will certainly whether I will continue supporting the club I have followed for 55years .
Thanks for listening.

Edgar The Bull 1.7 Million Steps Challenge.


Edgar has smashed his numbers this week and has recovered the shortfall from last week.  

Edgar has now walked 135 miles in two weeks (That the same distance as walking to Birmingham and back). 

Your continued support is greatly appreciated by him and is spurring him on.  

Any donation no matter how small is very very welcome, if you would like to sponsor Edgar please donate at:  https://gofund.me/392ae2fe

Old Programmes - Hereford Utd v Cambridge United - Fourth Division - Saturday 3/2/73

The corresponding weekend a year previously had seen Hereford beat another United in Newcastle. To show progress was being made United didn't require extra time to beat Cambridge 2-1 (Att: 8907). This was a big win that would see Hereford take 4th place off their opponents courtesy of goals by Redrobe (27) and Tucker. That made it two in two for Tucker, both in the 57th minute. Cambridge got an injury time consolation goal.  

On the Pitch: Colin Addison with an explanation of the last two performances demonstrates why football seldom makes any sense. He concedes that Hereford were probably a tad lucky to beat Lincoln the previous Saturday, but lost at Workington the week before despite him describing his players efforts as a first class performance. He also demonstrates that he is a manager wise beyond his years by trying to keep a lid on promotion talk. The programme also takes several opportunities to advertise the upcoming midweek Welsh Cup game with Merthyr Tydfil. Future Hereford manager Johnny Newman gets a name check in Bits and Pieces as does Fred Potter via his previous connection with the Cambridge manager.

Off the Pitch: Bits and Pieces reveals that the Hereford United Grandstand Fund Committee have so far raised an impressive £9k towards the bargain £31k cost of the Len Weston Stand. Even allowing for early 70s prices that was a lot of stand for the money. Both Bits and Pieces and Supporters Club Jottings are kept busy revealing a whole raft of fundraising events/competitions etc. 

In the Opposition: A run through the Cambridge squad reveals one thing they all have in common; being unremarkable good solid lower league pros. I have though discovered that John Collins who played at inside left* once scored a hat-trick of headers for QPR, then I am down to Bobby Ross following that well trodden pathway after football by becoming a chassis inspector. Luckily Cambridge have never been shy at taking on memorable managers. 

Cambridge had been promoted to the football league just before Hereford in 1970 courtesy of winning the Southern League two years on the trot, all overseen by their manager Bill Leivers. He spent 7 years as their manager (67-74), getting them promoted to Division 3 in this 72/73 season. Alas, despite everything he had achieved, relegation the following season would see him sacked and replaced by Ron Atkinson. Leivers had played 250 times for Manchester City between 1953-64, bagging an FA Cup winners medal in 1956 (see Bits and Pieces).

*I often struggle with understanding modern positions so these old ones I have no chance with - it  almost worked for Gareth Southgate though. 

In the Charts: Blockbuster by Sweet remains at No.1. 

On TV: 5th February - The Wombles begins on BBC1, written by Elisabeth Beresford, narrated by Bernard Cribbins.

Housekeeping: If you are still reading this, well done, you have if nothing else gained the inner strength to get through whatever the upcoming season throws at us. With preparations for the new season nicely underway this series will now be published once a week on a Monday. Also I believe the best way of viewing the below images is by going directly to Bulls News via your mobile phone.  

Click on photos to enlarge.