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Wednesday, April 15, 2020

On This Day - April 15th 2001

For today's lookback, a number of stories from April 15th 2001.

THE club have announced that the balloon race, due to be held yesterday, has been delayed until the day of the Morecambe match (28th April) due to poor ticket sales. Anyone wishing to sell tickets should contact the club on 01432 276666, and if you haven't bought a ticket just pop into the club shop. The Junior Bulls hope to release 1000 balloons.

The Edgar Street pitch is available for hire for local clubs any day between the 2nd and 10th of May. For more details contact the club on 01432 276666.

Grenville Smith has organised 'The Ultimate Tribute Show' featuring Abba, Robbie Williams, Tina Turner, Rod Stewart and Freddie Mercury to be held at Edgar Street on Saturday, 14th July. All the fun starts at 6pm, and tickets are available from the club on 01432 276666.

A HUISA members meeting is due to be held next Saturday at 12.15pm in the Richmond Club. All HUISA members are welcome.

The club shop has some superb new products in stock, including 'I'm a little Bull' T-shirt with logo priced at £6.50. Please call in or log onto www.bull-shop.com for a full product range.

The Save The Bulls Fund sponsored by netsounds.com was launched yesterday with the first draw. If you wish to donate an amount to the club and have a chance of winning the monthly draw (20% of the proceeds), please pick up a mandate form from the club shop or via the official website (www.herefordunited.co.uk). For every pound donated, one entry in the draw is received so the more you donate, the higher your chances of winning.

James Wall, the Hereford defender who has flown out to the USA to join Nashville Metros this week, spoke to Andy Holmes of the Evening News about his move before he left. He has decided tro swap the bleak British weather for the sun of the United States, and who can blame him. His deal, which is on a full-time basis, came to fruition after months of preparation. "I would've done some coaching last summer, but I broke my ankle during the previous English season", he said.

"In November I spoke to someone out there and he gave me the idea of actually playing in the States. I got a couple of contact numbers and had some very tentative chats with some managers before I was offered a contract in January. A few clubs came to watch me play at Hereford, and out of the three clubs that offered me a deal I opted for Nashville."

The twenty-year-old who joined United from Derby County in July 1999, flew out on Wednesday and is already looking forward to some very different training routines.

"We train at 7.30 in the morning because of the humidity. If we haven't got a game we'll sometimes do another session in the afternoon. We'll also be flying to get to some of the games."

Wall's first team opportunities have again been limited this year and he admits to being disappointed. "I am a little to be honest. I missed pre-season which is a massive blow to any player. My broken ankle cost me two and a half months and I wasn't fit to be selected until October. I've enjoyed it when I've played and I've done well."

Although football will never be the number one sport in the country the standard in the US has improved recently and Wall will be in illustrious company at Nashville. "In our squad we've got Toto Scillachi who played for Italy in the 1990 World Cup and our captain started off with Everton and played a hundred games in the first division. It's an English club within America. The manager's English, the coach is English and there are quite a few English players. All in all it's quite a homely place to go to."

Graham Turner has said that he hopes to get Manchester United to play at Edgar Street this summer as part of an earlier agreement with Sir Alex Ferguson. United won the Premier League yesterday, a good month before the end of the season, and Turner has Ferguson's word that the game will go ahead.

He said: "Ron Jukes, the chief scout, has spoken to Alec and he said he'll bring a side over. He can't promise that it'll be the full first team but what we want is one or two of the big names."

"We'll get a good turnout. He (Ferguson) doesn't owe me any favours but I've known him for a long time and I signed his son whilst I was at Wolves."