Sunday, October 26, 2014

New Coach For Hereford United

Jeff Wheeler
As promised by 'owner' Tommy Agombar a new coach, Jeff Wheeler, was helping Hereford United manager Jon Taylor at St Neots yesterday afternoon.

A die-hard QPR supporter, Jeff is the inventor of, and driving force behind Sweetspot™. When not working in the office, Jeff is out in the field – the football field. As a UEFA ‘B’ licensed coach Jeff has a background in ‘grassroots’ football development. He has worked part time at the West Ham United Community Scheme for six years, and the idea for Sweetspot™ came from his experience of coaching young players.

Wheeler has also been involved  with the AIR football project which helps promote a healthy lifestyle for youngsters 

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Banbury Match Abandoned After "Fan" Attacks Ref

Tuesday night's opponents Banbury saw their game with Slough today abandoned at half time after reports that a "fan" attacked the referee with the Puritans losing 2-1.

However the local press suggested otherwise, with the Oxford Times reporting:

'A FOOTBALL match was abandoned this afternoon after a bottle was thrown onto the pitch towards the referee. 

The disruption happened at about 4.11pm during Banbury United’s game against Slough Town at the Spencer Stadium in Banbury. It is understood a bottle was thrown towards referee Lee Sheridan but didn't hit him. 

A police spokeswoman said officers were called and are now investigating. She added that no one was injured in the incident and so far there have been no arrests.'

A brief statement appeared on Banbury's website:

'The football club regrets that today's game had to be abandoned at half time.

The club will carry out a full investigation into the half time incident and co-operate fully with all the relevant authorities.'

Hereford United visit on Tuesday night after three games without scoring, having beaten the Puritans at Edgar Street 1-0 in August. Since that game the Puritans have appointed Paul Davis as manager. Davis arrived at Edgar Street with Jon Taylor in the summer with the pair having previously worked together at Banbury.

St Neots Complete Double

St Neots completed a double over Hereford United with a 1-0 win in today's Southern League Premier match.

Despite fans claiming Jon Taylor had told them yesterday that both players red carded in the week had been sacked, Sam Akinde was named on the teamsheet but not in the starting XI. 

Drew Roberts scored the only goal of the game, with keeper Luke Williams again keeping the score down. A new coach was on view, but neither Tommy Agombar nor Andy Lonsdale were present.

Photographs from the game will be uploaded tomorrow.

Taylor To Make Changes For St Neot's

Hereford United manager Jon Taylor will make several changes to his squad for this afternoon's Southern League match at St Neot's.

Sam Akinde isn't expected to take any part in the game after his sending off at Slough on Tuesday evening.

Josh Oyibo is still suspended because of a red card. However Sam Bobes-Gilroy is available.

St Neot's is known to Taylor.

"I know a bit about St Neots and the way they set up, but against the better teams, we have tended to do better.

"They had a poor result against Chesham, but that just goes to show that anyone can beat anyone in this league."

Friday, October 24, 2014

Pictures from Midlands Today at Edgar Street tonight

Just a few images from tonight's BBC Midlands Today report live from outside Edgar Street.

BBC MT's Dan Pallett in front of a group of protesters

Looks like he wants his club back

These stickers 'appeared' on the players entrance after the security guard had gone walkabouts

Have they got the message yet? 

The Last 24 Hours Have Been Barmy Says Kenyon

Herefordshire Council’s attempted repossession of Edgar Street Thursday night was the second item on BBC Midland’s Today show at 6.30pm this evening. Cllr Jim Kenyon was present and was interviewed by Midlands Today's Dan Pallett.

Cllr Jim Kenyon being interviewed outside Edgar Street tonight
First Pallett questioned what the past 24 hours had been like for Kenyon as a football supporter:
“It’s been barmy. I woke up this morning and you think what’s been going on for the past five or six months at the club is finally over.
“To try and find out what was going on I went down to the council offices, but to frustration to still not know what was going on.”

Dan Pallett then noted that no one from the football club was present to defend themselves, some protestors reportedly saw Neil Phelps leaving the club on a bike before 6 o’clock.
When faced with the viewpoint that perhaps chairman Andy Lonsdale does have the funds available as the club paid the £52k, Kenyon replied:

“Seven times they’ve been to court just for another adjournment. These guys here (the protesting fans in the background) and a lot of fans out there need closure. 

“They (the club’s owners) aren’t talking to the fans. What you’ve got to remember is that you come here as a kid with your dad and your granddad and then you come here with your grandchildren, and that’s what the club means."

Watch the interview here (about five minutes in) :

Council Leader Explains Why Action Was Taken Against Club

Earlier this evening the Tony Johnson, Leader of Herefordshire Council, was interviewed on BBC H&W about the events at Edgar Street over the past day or so.

"It started about five or six weeks ago after we had had conversations with the owners who said they were going to pay their rent to us and we asked them to confirm their committment in writing.

"We got no such written committment and heard nothing from them.

"Eventually we joined in with a number of other people, HMRC etc, in a winding up petition in the High Court in London to get back the money that was owed to us.

"That was on October 20th and the legal advice to us was that the outcome was likely to be that either the owners would pay all the creditors or the club would be wound up.

"In the event the court gave the club another six weeks. But during that hearing it came to our attention that a number of creditors who we had been advised had been paid in fact turned out not to have been paid.

"That gave us cause for thought so we got together and said we've had enough and we're going to push for our money we are owed.

"I don't think the money would have been paid today if we hadn't of pushed them.

"As far I am aware, the debts owed have been settled this afternoon.

"We went for a peaceable entry last night or repossession of the leases last night and that meant that is had to be completely agreeable. If there is anyone in the ground they could ask us to go away then we must and that's what happened.

"So having done that we said right we'll go to plan B and we'll go to the court to forfeit the leases on the grounds of non-payment of rent. We served that this afternoon and the rent got promptly paid.

"We are still looking at the various legal options open to us but I'm not a lawyer so I'm not qualified to comment on that.

"Our principle interest is that the ground continues to play succesful football and that any development from the ends is used for the benefit of the club which is what the contract says."

Both this interview and an interview with Andy Lonsdale can be heard here:

Football Creditors Dispute Lonsdale Claims

After Hereford United chairman Andy Lonsdale told BBC Hereford and Worcester that he did not know of any football creditors still owed money, a number have spoken tonight to say they are still owed money.

Lonsdale told Andrew Easton that the Southern League still held some money for the scholars, adding that he knew of no other claimants.

Both former physio Jonny Evans and kitman Roger Lloyd have confirmed that they are still owed sums from June - and neither have received their P45's. Others have also confirmed non-payment with one scholar telling Bulls News that the Southern League told him they no longer had any money from the club to hand out.

Other former players and staff have also confirmed debts of up to £2,500. Most have repeatedly tried to contact the club to be paid their due sums without response.

The reports come in addition to the news that both Martin Foyle and Andy Porter had moved to re-attach themselves to the winding-up petition after the agreement that Lonsdale claimed to have personally paid was breached.

Update: Further former staff, all classed as football creditors, have reported outstanding sums. Over 20 people have reported debts so far of up to £4,000.

Investment To Be Delayed Admits Lonsdale

Hereford United chairman Andy Lonsdale has told BBC Hereford and Worcester that the expected investment in the club which he said would be revealed next Monday will be delayed.

Last Monday Lonsdale had also promised he would name who was putting up the investment, but today when asked by Andrew Easton, he declined.

So where did the money to pay the Council come from?

"It came from the account we're operating from our accountant Phillip Gambrill.

"It's money we had to pay people but at the hearing on Monday more people had jumped on the back of the petition hence the adjournment for another six weeks."

Easton: "Why has it taken so long to pay the Council,  it's been outstanding for weeks and weeks?"

Lonsdale: "I quite agree. Basically we've had a roller-coaster ride since the CVA was rejected.

"Every time we go back to court, thinking we are going to win, someone is on our back and we have to go away and re-assess things."

Easton: "Isn't that because the club still owes so many people money?"

Lonsdale: "The debt when we went into the club was £1.4M. The council was a small minority of that. So we paid the football creditors. I think we've paid all the football creditors. If we haven't let me know."

Easton: "So you are confirming that all football creditors have been paid in full?"

Lonsdale: "To the best of my knowledge."

Easton: "You're the football chairman, you should know"?

Lonsdale: "I fully understand that but we've told the accountants (Phillip Gambrill) to sort it out."

Easton: "The odd thing is that at the 11th hour money always seems to turn up. It looks like you are trying to be difficult. There was this issue on Monday in the court when there was the possibility of you being wound up and all of a sudden there's the promise of a mystery investor so that saved your bacon. You had the threat from the Council that they were going to take the lease back from you, all of a sudden £50K is found.

Lonsdale: "What you got to realise is if the CVA had gone through everything would have been stable now. The CVA was rejected, we have now got to find £1.4M as quickly as possible.

"Every time we talk to investors they ask what the debt is. The minute we try to sort the debt out, someone else comes on the back of the petition. You tell me how we are going to cope with that. I don't know."

Easton: "The impression that is given is that you are skint. Where is the investment coming from."

Lonsdale: "If we were skint we wouldn't have invested £500K into Hereford United Football Club (1939), the club we've tried to preserve which all the locals want closed down.  So I totally disagree with what you are saying. We wanted to try and preserve the history of the club."

Easton: "Do you have a name for the new investor?"

Lonsdale: "No, because we nearly at the 11th hour signing the paperwork. It will all be done very shortly. We paid the rent today. We are not in court until December 1st and by then this will all be sorted out.

Easton: "Who owns Hereford United?"

Lonsdale: "Alpha Finance who is Alan McCarthy as everyone is well aware for the last two or three months since Tommy Agombar sold his shareholding and his loans. The two directors are in Poland. I'm in regular contact with them." 

 Easton asked Lonsdale if he had passed the officers and directors test.

"I haven't had the results yet.  No I haven't. I suggest you take that up with the FA."

Easton then reminded Lonsdale that he had told him it would only be a couple of days on September 4th.

"I thought it would be.

"At the end of the day I'm operating as the chairman of Hereford United. I answer to Alan McCarthy, the owner and the two directors."

Easton: "Shouldn't you answer to the fans? There are a lot of upset people in the city and the county"

Lonsdale: "That's not my fault. Tell me what have I done wrong?

"When we came into this club on June 1st straight away we were into a petition hearing with Martin Foyle and Andrew Porter, the manager and assistant manager looking for compensation of £150,000.

"None of our making, none of these debts of £1.4M are of our making. We've only been involved with the club for five months. All of these debts are from the past regime and Hereford United football club has been losing money for the last three or four years. But the fans still supported them.

"Is it because we are Londoners? Is that why?"

Easton: "Anyone taking over a business would check the books first"

Lonsdale: "We did check the books but there were other things that came out of the woodwork we were not aware of. But we decided to carry on.

"At that point none of the original team that played in the Conference were still at the club. They'd all gone because they hadn't been paid, they've all been paid now."

Easton: "Why don't you tell us that you have the investment, you have the money and everything is going to be alright?"

Lonsdale: "The money is available through the investment. The investment isn't signed and sealed yet. It will be within two to three weeks. It will be sorted and a name will be known and a sponsor will be on the shirts."

Easton: "You said you'd tell us on Monday."

Lonsdale: "I don't know whether you are trying to goad me into an arguement here because it's not going to happen. We are dealing with a not insignificent amount of money. It's not like we can go to the bank and say give us £1M. Raising big finance takes a long time.

"And when you're under a petition and the company is insolvent, we bought the company for £2 when it was under the petition.

"We knew what we was getting into.

"We're trying to resolve the problems we inherited as best we can and as quick as we can.

"The development, oh sorry the investment, will be known very shortly.

"Once we've got the investment there will be a new board of directors and possibly a new chairman. It's all down to the new investors."

Easton: "A new chairman, is that because you're not going to pass the officers and directors test?"

Lonsdale: "No, because they might decide they won't their own."

Later Lonsdale said he had put money into the club.

Easton: "How much?"

Lonsdale: "I've put in in excess of £40K."

Easton: "Will you talk to us on Monday?"

Lonsdale: "Yes, if the documents are signed and sealed by them. Yes I will if not I'll tell you where we are with the investment.

"We're still under the threat of the petition that frightens off a lot of investors because they don't want to lose their money.

"That's the reason we haven't gone for sponsorship and haven't looked for advertising. I'm not prepared to throw other peoples money away."

Herefordshire Council Statement

This from Herefordshire Council:

Herefordshire Council today (Friday 24 October) issued proceedings in the county court against Hereford United (1939) Limited for forfeiture of the leases and repossession of the ground.

These proceedings were subsequently served on HUFC directly.

In response to this action, we can confirm that HUFC has paid outstanding sums due to the council.

We are now consulting with our legal team and our rights are reserved.

We Were Tipped Off About Raid Says Phelps

Hereford United assistant manager Neil Phelps was on guard at Edgar Street last night and was prepared for the possibility of a council raid on the stadium.

"We were pre-warned that somebody would be trying to enter the premises," Phelps told BN.

"So the past couple of nights I've stayed up till late to see what might happen.

"Last night about 10.30pm I had two people try to gain entry through the Vice-President's Club doors by smashing the lock out.

"I went outside to query what they were doing.

"They asked to speak to a person on the phone.

"That person said that they were the Council and they didn't realise there was anyone on the premises because all the lights were off.

"They then asked me if I was living here and I told them no.

"I'm just here because we had been pre-warned that somebody was trying to get into the premises as the back doors of the Meadow End had been left open for the past couple of days.

"There have been lots of suspicious things going on, boards have been going missing.

"I have been sat here as like security.

"I asked the Council man what they were doing and he said they were going to gain entry peacefully into the building, go through the building, change the locks and re-possess the ground.

"I asked how is it a peaceful entry when you are doing it at 10.30pm at night and you are smashing a lock. That's not a peaceful entry. To me that's quite an aggressive entry.

"He then said you are well within your rights to ask us to leave and I did that.

"And I will be staying here tonight just to make sure the Council don't come back."

Game At St Neot's Goes Ahead Says Taylor

Neil Phelps And Jon Taylor Behind Bars At Edgar Street Early This Afternoon
Despite the attempted re-possession of Edgar Street by the Council last night, tomorrow's match at St Neot's where Hereford United are the visitors will go ahead according to Jon Taylor but the Bulls might be without several players.

"The game is definitely on at St Neot's tomorrow afternoon, 3.00pm kick-off," the Hereford United manager told BN.

Taylor was then asked about the incident at Slough which saw two of his players red-carded.

"They haven't gone yet but we will look at the video evidence this afternoon, if that shows it is positive that they did do what was said then effectively they will be sacked from the club."

Taylor was then asked to comment on his interview in the Hereford Times about supporters who aren't coming to matches.

"I think a lot of it gets twisted.

"Everything I said to the Hereford Times and was printed wasn't what I said.

"What I basically said that there are a lot of people who sit behind their computers moaning about the team, moaning about the political and financial side about the club but I'm only here for the football side, and the football side only.

"All I want to do is get it right on the football field.

"I'm not about politics, the finances, all I want to see is football being played here.

"I want them to come back and support the club.

"They supported the four year reign of David Keyte and with respect they still had 1800 people watching.

"The demise of the club, until the new regime took over, was all to do with the old regime.

"Effectively we are getting the blame for it, including the football side which I think is totally unfair.

"We want the loyal supporters to come back to the club, we want them to watch us week in week out, we want them to get behind the team.

"We've a good young side we are producing at the minute and I feel the club will go forward.

"But there are a lot of off-field problems which hopefully will be sorted out and hopefully we can get more people through the turnstiles."

Finally Taylor spoke about the reported payment by the club to Hereford Council for outstanding rent.

"We hear that apparantly it has been paid." 

Locked Gates Outside Main Entrance
Players were training as usual this morning at the ground but doors and gates around the ground were locked.

Let Me In!
Even one of the players could not get into the stadium.

Midlands Today At Edgar Street This Evening

BBC Midlands Today will have a live report from Edgar Street this evening.

It is hoped that a group of supporters will be outside the ground as a backdrop.

It's not yet known who will be interviewed but it thought the programme will include the thoughts of someone from HUST.

There will also be coverage on ITV Central.

Lonsdale Says Rent Paid

Hereford United chairman Andy Lonsdale says the club has now paid the rent on Edgar Street.

However this may not be sufficient to stop Herefordshire Council from taking back the leases, with leader Tony Johnson telling the press "We are not prepared to put up with this anymore" and they had been "messed around for too long".

Lonsdale's statement:

The Club would like to inform all of its loyal supporters that the rent due to be paid to Herefordshire Council, was paid today the 24th October directly into their account via CHAPS or same day payment. 

We apologise for any delay in payment of the rent and legal fees, due to a consortium being led by a previous owner in court on Monday we have had to reassess the current situation. This was an unexpected event and we had no prior warning of their intentions, we will be defending our position vigorously. 

Our intentions have been and will remain to be the same; we are wholly committed to producing a good level of football at Edgar Street. 

We apologise for the turmoil this is causing among the fans and would like to reiterate that we are working towards solving all the problems Hereford United Football Club (1939) Ltd are facing. We will strive to get this football club back on an even keel. 

HUST Membership Information

New members and renewals of 2013/14 memberships can be done on the HUST website.

Renewing members whose membership numbers are between 345 and 692 inclusive that joined after January 31st can renew for £5 instead of £10 by renewing in person, or through the Online shop on the website –

Members after number 698 have already received membership for the 2014/15 year as part of the previously announced offer for August.

New members and those that joined up before January 31st, and Junior members, can renew on the website through the Membership form link

The 2014/15 Membership form is also available to download as a PDF file –

All monies collected through membership fees are put, after minimal admin costs, towards HUST’s Aims and Objectives. Each member gets a say on what HUST ultimately does, so the membership fees are used to meet the desires of the membership.

Should you have any queries on renewals please do not hesitate to contact HUST -

To Who It May Concern

The Hereford Times posted the following earlier, however the Council say it should have been removed when they failed to gain possession last night:

Another Nail In The Coffin

Edgar Street - August 2013
Last night's attempted re-possession of Hereford United's ground by Herefordshire Council was 'another nail in the coffin' according to HUST vice-chairman Martin Watson.

The attempt failed as someone connected with the club was inside the club. However the council say it will take further action.

"It makes it perfectly clear that they really do have to put up or shut up," Watson told BBC Hereford and Worcester

"The court seemed to make that clear on Monday that they had one final chance with the proceedings.

"This is obviously another nail in the coffin."

"The fans are tired of the way the club has been run.

"The promises that have come from the new ownership simply haven't been met."

Update 8am: It has been reported that assistant manager Neil Phelps was at Edgar Street when the Council tried to repossess the ground last night.

Reports that he was 'living' in the offices have not been confirmed.

Later he spoke to yourherefordshire.

"My dignity will lie in trying to keep football in Herefordshire rather than doing everything I can to destroy it." 

Update 9.30am:

Phelps has been seen at the club this morning.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Council To Repossess Edgar Street

This from Herefordshire Council:

Herefordshire Council today (Thursday 23 October) attempted to take possession of the Edgar Street ground and related land from Hereford United Football Club (1939) Limited through peaceful re-entry for breach of three leases due to non-payment of rent.

Council officers were unable to peacefully enter the premises as they were occupied by a club representative, so we are now taking legal action to gain possession.

We had previously not pursued this course of action, as when we joined the winding up petition on 15 September, our insolvency advisors suggested that it was highly likely the club would be wound up on 20 October. However, in light of the further six week adjournment, we have decided to use other legal actions available to us as landlord.

Akinde's Spitting Incident At Slough

Sam Akinde At Poole Last Saturday
More information about the conduct of some Hereford United players at Slough on Tuesday evening has emerged in an interview with Slough's assistant manager Neil Baker.

In particular Baker talked about a spitting incident involving Hereford's Sam Akinde.

"I was disappointed with a number of their players from the moment they got here," said Baker.

"They showed a little bit of a big time attitude asking us if they had got complimentary tickets, there were lots of other things.

"That upset us a little bit.

"And there were a few incidents where a couple of their lads dived to the floor to try and make out that an incident had occured when it hadn't.

"There was also a spitting incident in the second half.

"Akinde could be a very good player but his attitude was absolutely atrocious.

"What he did to our player is one of the worst things you do in football, spitting at somebody.

"It's disgusting.

"If it was one of our players you would be looking at, potentially, releasing him from the club."

Even more poor behaviour from some Hereford players after the final whistle.

"I don't know exactly how it started. 

"I know Knight (the Slough captain) was involved with their number nine (Akinde) and I think it was something along the lines of 'you're a disgrace', because what he did was disgraceful.

"To be fair, Jon Taylor said he would deal with that because it's not on.

"Knight said something and I understood there was a head-butt thrown and someone punched Ryan Parsons in the back of the head.

"Our lads were relatively controlled." .

Dorchester Match Now November 11th

The home match against Dorchester Town, postponed from this Saturday, will now take place on Tuesday November 11th.

The date means Hereford United will have two home games in the space of four days after a month and five matches on the road including the FA Trophy trip to AFC Totton.

UITC make it 5 wins from 6

Young bulls defeat Bournemouth 2-1 at home to make it 2 out of 2 in the league and 5 wins from 6 in all competitions

Yesterday saw us continue to play catch up in our league fixtures with a home tie against Bournemouth. Bournemouth came with a slightly older side than our young players, and after some winding up and rough play from the visitors, our boys kept their heads to come from behind and take all three points.

We started the game very well with Alex Lilwall, Tom Gameson and Lewis Fletcher all having shots saved by the away keeper. We turned them well, passed the ball but lacked that final cutting edge. As the game settled Bournemouth came into it more, they put a bit of pressure on us without ever testing Benn Pugh in goal. We should of gone in a goal up at halftime but Joe Davies managed to kick the ball 20yards in the air instead of 2 yards forward into an empty net after meeting Liam Taylor's free kick unmarked!

The second half started quite evenly, neither team able to test the keepers and defences were on top. We have worked a lot on individual play in the last 2 weeks, and this showed in the game. A more solid back line and control of the play was evident through out but we lacked the killer pass, and paid the price for it.

A needless free kick was given away and as the ball came in Bournemouth's centre midfielder had a free header. Our boys were complaining of a foul but to me they had to be stronger and see out the danger. Once again we were having to come from behind!

We started to put more pressure on them after this and won a series of free kicks as Bournemouth lost their discipline. They gave away silly fouls and started a war of words with some of our players who to their credit just got on with the game. It was from a set piece that we got our equaliser. A header back across goal found Tom Gameson who reacted quick enough to stab home.

We introduced Robbie Trumper and then Will Lawley as we changed formation to press for the winner. Another set piece was sent in, nodded back across goal to where Chris May outmuscled his man to loop a header in with 5minutes left on the clock. We saw out the game comfortably and deserved the win.

It's pleasing that the boys came back from a goal down again but I have told them they can't keep doing it. Against better opposition we will struggle to get back into games. The most pleasing thing is how they took every negative I gave them in their reviews last week and improved on them. The back 4 were stronger, the front 2 worked hard and the two centre midfielders controlled the game which they haven't done so far this season. Lewis Fletcher and Tom Jenkins deserve credit for that yesterday.

We are far from the team I want us to be and we will be tested harder than ever next week when we travel to a strong Birmingham City team, but we are making steps every week and given the remainder 6-18 months they still have with us I'm confident that some will be lucky enough to go onto bigger and better things and maybe become the future of HUFC

Team: Benn Pugh, Liam Taylor, Simon Morgan, Joe Davies, Chris May, Lewis Fletcher, Tom Jenkins, Alex Lilwall, Matty Owen, James Obern, Tom Gameson
Subs: Will Lawley, Jordan Jones, Robbie Trumper

Lonsdale Expects Large Investment In Club

Hereford United chairman Andy Lonsdale has reaffirmed that a large investment in Hereford United is expected shortly.

He has given a statement to the OS part of which is reproduced below.

The proposed development of the ground is still the subject of negotiation and a number of options have been considered. There has been much speculation regarding these matters the majority of which has not only been wide of the mark, but totally impossible.

The club was pleased to hear Herefordshire Council Leader Tony Johnson reiterate the facts surrounding this issue on BBC H&W where again he outlined the restrictive nature of the covenants involved in this venture. The facts are and always have been that the only areas that must be developed are the ends of the ground. The club must use this opportunity to both provide a facility that can be used for the wider community and also produce a sustainable income to secure the future of the footballing side, another area that was once again confirmed by Tony Johnson.

We are working hard to bring to the negotiations for this development to a successful conclusion to enable us to produce the required drawings etc for the council to approve.

With regard to the winding up petitions we have a 42 day adjournment until Monday December 1st. We recognise the petitioner’s rights and concerns in these matters; we also accept that supporters worries over the security of the club.

I can assure both that we are working tirelessly to bring these matters to a conclusion. We expect to be able to announce a large investment into the club along with the proposals for the redevelopment, very shortly.

In the meantime, can I ask that you please bear with us and come to support the team. We have had to start from scratch and need your support to get this part, the most important part, absolutely right. I would like to express my thanks to all those attending games, I'm sure you are enjoying the style of play; we need to get the side winning regularly.

Boycotting Fans 'Not True Supporters' Says Manager Taylor

Hereford United manager Jon Taylor has called supporters who are currently boycotting games as 'not true supporters'.

His outburst comes after two of his players were red-carded at Slough on Tuesday evening and problems about paying for food at Hereford's Pizza Hut last Friday.

"The club is where it is, either support the club or support someone else," Taylor told Paul Rogers of the Hereford Times.

"People who sit behind tables on their computers are a disgrace.

"It is very discomforting and disconcerning that people supported the old regime, so why do they not support the new one?

"They shouldn't be worried about politics and the finances, they should be more worried about what is going on the football pitch.

"A lot of them stay back and totally slag everybody off, but they should either put up or shut up."

Asked to respond to Taylor's comments, Martin Watson, who is vice-chairman of HUST, said that gates had dropped by around 80% since Taylor took over as manager.

"If he wants to call those 80% a disgrace, then that's up to him." 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Statement by Hereford United Manager

Hereford United manager Jon Taylor has made the following statement after two of his players were sent off last night at Slough.

We will be holding an internal enquiry and these issues will be dealt with once we've reviewed the video evidence that is available and we have spoken to the players involved. Obviously based upon that evidence and what the players involved have to say in any defence they wish to put up, those involved will be dealt with accordingly.

We cannot have thugs in the team, it doesn't bode well and goes against all my morals and principals. The way the players conduct themselves reflects upon the club, they need to be disciplined, honest and responsible at all times.

I am proud to be the manager of this football club, I will not tolerate any shameful nor disgraceful behaviour to tarnish it's reputation.

More From The Second Half

A further selection of pictures from Hereford United's Youth Team victory over Bournemouth this afternoon.

Second Half Pictures From Youth Game

A selection of pictures from the second half of this afternoon's youth game against Bournemouth.

Celebrating Hereford's Equaliser

After Hereford's Second Goal

The Only Yellow Card Of The Game

Pictures From Youth Game Against Bournemouth

A selection of pictures from the first half of this afternoon's youth team game at Edgar Street which Hereford won 2-1.

We Left It Late Again Admits Purdie

Celebrating Hereford's Winning Goal
Hereford United youth team manager Rob Purdie was delighted that his team came back after being a goal down at half-time in this afternoon's game against Bournemouth.

Two second half goals gave the Bulls victory over a slightly older side.

"I just said to them that we went 3-1 down in the last game against Cheltenham and I said you can't keep going behind in games," Purdie told BN.

"But to keep coming back and get a result, we left it late again.

"I think we deserved something out of the game and probably shaded it to win the game but we didn't quite get those clear cut chances.

The Bournemouth Keeper Came For The Ball But Failed To Collect 

Seconds Later It Was In The Back Of The Net
"The first goal was from a free-kick.The ball came in and we had a header back post which went back across and Tom Davidson was there to poke it in.

"The second one, again from a free-kick, again nodded back across and Chris May there to out-muscle his man and get the winner."

What's next for Purdie's side?

"Next match is either a league game away at Birmingham or we play a home game in the Cup against Plymouth, which is the next round after the Tottenham game.

"Look at Bulls News to see which one it will be!" 

Chairman of UITC Nic Nemadich watched the game.

"Well done UITC youth today with a hard fought tussle with AFC Bournemouth in league 2:1"

Calls For Players To Be Sacked

There have been calls for players to be sacked after one reportedly headbutted, and another punched and spat at, opposing players.

Aaron Wickham and Sam Akinde were both red carded after a post-match flare-up after last night's game. Wickham was yet to make his debut after two games sitting on the bench as an unused sub. For Akinde it was his second dismissal of the season.

Manager Jon Taylor told the Hereford Times: "There will be an internal inquiry and they will be dealt with accordingly once I have seen the video evidence. It is shameful and disgraceful."

Taylor also claimed Slough players threw punches, but Rebels joint boss Neil Baker and other Slough officials slated Taylor's men:

Slough Town are reported to have recorded the incident and are expected to post the video on their YouTube channel in the next few days.

Did The Club Sign The Leases Correctly?

The lease documents published on Herefordshire Council's website may not have been correctly signed by the club.

The lease documents should have been signed by two board members - either two Directors of the club, or a Director and the Company Secretary. In the case of all three leases they were signed by then chairman David Keyte and Lee Symonds - who was not Company Secretary but Club Secretary, a non-board position.

Hereford United last had a Company Secretary with Tim Russon, who resigned as both Company Secretary and Director on June 20th, 2012. 

Back in 2008, Company law changed to drop the requirement of a company to have a Secretary. The ability to not name a Secretary only applies if the role was not written into the Articles of Association of the company, which it is with Hereford United.