Friday, February 27, 2015

Applications Invited For Hereford FC Football Manager Position

This from Hereford FC:

Hereford FC is inviting applications for the role of Football Manager for the club’s inaugural season in 2015/16.
Applicants are invited to submit a CV and covering letter supporting their application by e-mail to the Club Secretary, Martin Watson, at, or by post to Martin Watson, Club Secretary, Hereford FC, c/o Unit 4, 7 Canal Road, Hereford, HR1 2EA.
Please note, closing date for applications is 5pm on Thursday 5th March.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Voting Open To Decide New Hereford FC Badge

Voting Open To Decide New Hereford FC Badge

Voting is now open to determine the new Hereford FC badge.

After lengthy deliberation, whittling the original 154 entries down to a 13 design long-list, the HUST Board have selected three designs for the member vote,
The full size images can be seen on the HUST website

How To Vote

You can email from your registered member email address, or call 01432 818498 and leave a message with your member details (member number or, if not known, your address) and your preferred design.

Voting will close on Sunday night at 6pm, with the winning design released at 9pm.

Liquidator Could Pursue Hereford United Directors

It is thought that Alexandra Kinninmonth of Baker Tilly will be appointed the liquidator of Hereford United (1939) Limited at a meeting of the club's creditors on March 9th.

This first meeting is due to be held at the Official Receivers Office in Bristol.

ING Lease, who are a small creditor of the football club, are pushing for Kinninmonth to be appointed and it's understood several large creditors have agreed to back the call.

If appointed Kinninmonth is expected to carry out a detailed review of the reasons why Hereford United went into liquidation.

Given the amount of assets of the club so far identified, Kinninmonth is unlikely to cover his costs. So that raises the question why does he want to be the liquidator? May be he feels there could be a case against the directors?

If that is the case then he might look at the directors role in the club as
under the Wrongful Trading provisions of the Insolvency Act directors may be made personally liable for some debts of the company.

(Wrongful Trading is defined as when a company continues to trade as normal even though the directors were aware of the fact that the company was going out of business.)

Liquidators often ask whether the directors took on credit knowing full well that they could not pay it back. Take HMRC – did the directors take VAT and PAYE/NIC deductions that they knew they could not afford to pay over? If they did then there may well be a legal action against the directors.

In the case of Hereford United, the directors continued to take in VAT from ticket sales and some other income despite owing HMRC a substantial amount of money. 

The liquidator might also note the words of Marc Landsman, the Insolvency Practitioner who tried to steer through a CVA for the club.

"It's insolvent, it's had a long history. Unfortunately it finished today at a meeting at 10.00am," said Landsman on August 15th last year.  

Directors of companies in financial trouble who wish to avoid allegations of wrongful trading should take the following steps:
  • Ensure they always have adequate and timely financial information.
  • Be alert to danger signs, such as pressure from creditors.
  • Draw conclusions from the circumstances that a reasonably prudent business person would have drawn.
  • Hold regular board meetings to discuss/review the company’s situation.
  • Ensure they consider the interests of creditors as well as comply with their statutory directors’ duties.
  • If there is a prospect of insolvency, do not incur new liabilities as if there was nothing wrong.
  • Record conclusions.
  • Take specialist, professional advice, consider it carefully and follow it unless there are very good reasons not to.
  • Consider stopping trading and starting appropriate insolvency proceedings before creditors do.
- See more at:

Directors of companies in financial trouble who wish to avoid allegations of wrongful trading should take the following steps:
  • Ensure they always have adequate and timely financial information.
  • Be alert to danger signs, such as pressure from creditors.
  • Draw conclusions from the circumstances that a reasonably prudent business person would have drawn.
  • Hold regular board meetings to discuss/review the company’s situation.
  • Ensure they consider the interests of creditors as well as comply with their statutory directors’ duties.
  • If there is a prospect of insolvency, do not incur new liabilities as if there was nothing wrong.
  • Record conclusions.
  • Take specialist, professional advice, consider it carefully and follow it unless there are very good reasons not to.
  • Consider stopping trading and starting appropriate insolvency proceedings before creditors do.
- See more at:
Wrongful trading is when a company continues to trade as normal even though the managers/directors were aware (or should have been aware) of the fact that the company was going out of business. This is a civil offence, so directors found guilty of it may be held personally liable for company debts and/or banned from acting as the director of any limited company for a period of up to 15 years. - See more at:
Wrongful trading is when a company continues to trade as normal even though the managers/directors were aware (or should have been aware) of the fact that the company was going out of business. This is a civil offence, so directors found guilty of it may be held personally liable for company debts and/or banned from acting as the director of any limited company for a period of up to 15 years. - See more at:
Wrongful trading is when a company continues to trade as normal even though the managers/directors were aware (or should have been aware) of the fact that the company was going out of business. This is a civil offence, so directors found guilty of it may be held personally liable for company debts and/or banned from acting as the director of any limited company for a period of up to 15 years. - See more at: example one crucial question is whether the directors took on credit knowing full well that they could not pay it back. Take HMRC – did the directors take VAT and PAYE/NIC deductions that they knew they could not afford to pay over? If they did then there could be legal action against the directors.In the case of Hereford United, there's little doubt that right up to the end, the club were receiving VAT from ticket sales and some other income despite HMRC being owed a substantial amount of money. The liquidator might also take into account the words of Marc Landsman,the insolvency practitioner who acted as the nominee for the recent CVA proposal."It's insolvent, it's had a long history. Unfortunately it finished today at a meeting at 10.00am," said Landsman on August 15th last year.

For the record, Baker Tilly were Hereford United's accountants until shortly after former chairman David Keyte took over the club. 

Petition To Save Salisbury's Stadium

Salisbury fans have set up a petition calling on Wiltshire Council and the trustees of the Raymond McEnhill Stadium to support the new football club for the lease to the stadium.

The petition reads:

After years of turmoil through financial irregularities during previous ownerships, and a particularly terrible year in 2014, our beloved football club, Salisbury City FC eventually folded and ceased to exist. We, the fans, were devastated but our hopes were raised when a consortium of decent, honest Salisbury businessmen purchased the assets of the old club and formed a new club called Salisbury FC. Together with renowned sports journalist Ian Ridley as advisor and well known footballer Steve Claridge as manager, it seemed like this new club could have a bright future despite all the heartbreak that had gone before. But it wasn't to be.

In 1997 Raymond McEnhill had given Salisbury a football stadium with the intention of ensuring that there would always be a place for a Salisbury football team to play. However, with the old club folding, the trustees of the Raymond McEnhill trust don't seem willing to allow the new club to use the existing facilities. In fact, so far they haven't seen willing to even discuss the future with the new club owners.

We, therefore, petition the Wiltshire Council and The Trustees of the Raymond McEnhill Trust to Support Salisbury's new football club (Salisbury FC) in obtaining a lease for the use of the Raymond McEnhill Stadium and bring football back to the city! For supporters past, present and future!

We, as supporters of the newly formed Salisbury FC, wish to support the owners of the club in their talks with the trustees of the Raymond McEnhill Stadium. Hopefully, this will result in a productive dialogue with a positive outcome for all involved! We aim to display to the trustees how much hunger there is for football to be returned to the city and more importantly the Raymond McEnhill Stadium as well as how much support there is for our cause in the wider footballing community!

Guinan Charity Game To Take Place At Westfields

The Steve Guinan charity fundraising game will take place at Westfields FC on Sunday, March 22nd.

Andy Tretton, Tony James, Tyler Weir, Peter Heritage, and Matt Clarke have been added to those already appearing on the day - Ryan Green, Michael Rose, Kris Taylor, and Karl Broadhurst.

With the match in aid of Children with Cancer UK, an auction will also take place with the latest item secured a signed, framed boxing glove from Carl Froch. 

Entry for the game is £4 adults and £1 for kids. Kick off is 2.30pm.

The Demise Came At Considerable Speed

A look back at the demise of Hereford United and the launch of Hereford FC has been published by the 200% blog at

The Death & Rebirth Of Football In Hereford

When the end finally comes, it is usually the mundanity of that is the most striking thing of all. At the High Court in London, five days before Christmas and with most “football people” focusing their attention on the forthcoming rush of holiday fixtures, Hereford United Football Club passed quietly into the night, another of the English game’s relative footnotes cast asunder shifted to its “History” section. Yet the story of Hereford United and its demise doesn’t end with the scratching of a judge’s signature on a document in a hushed courtroom. When it comes to football clubs, these stories seldom do. Hereford United Football Club may be no more, but football in this particular town will continue, under a subtly different name. Enter stage left, Hereford FC.
The demise of Hereford United came about at considerable speed, and where exactly this story even begins may be open to question. If we are to trace the roots of the sequence of events that ended in the High Court a couple of months ago, though, we should probably begin in June 2010 with the arrival of local businessman David Keyte as the club’s chairman. At the end of the following season, the team finished one place and three points above the League Two relegation places, a position not helped when it was deducted three points by the Football League for fielding an ineligible player, Rob Purdie, in a match. The following season, however, the club’s luck began its slow, inexorable process of running out, and it was relegated back to the Football Conference.
This was a position in which Hereford United had found itself before, and it might have been presumed that the club would, given this experience, have been better prepared for such a drop than most. On the pitch, it seemed that this may have been the case. Hereford ended their first season back in non-league football in sixth place in the table, one place – albeit with a ten point gap above them – off the play-off places. The following season, however, the wheels began to fall off the wagon completely. By the end of the 2013/14 season, the club had avoided relegation to the Conference North on goal difference from Chester, but it was at this point that the full scale of the club’s precarious financial predicament truly became fully apparent.
Keyte sold his shareholding in the club to an East London based businessman by the name of Tommy Agombar for the princely sum of £2, but it was Agombar’s involvement with the club that seemed to accelerate its demise more than anything else. Such had been the scale of the club’s financial difficulties that it had been instructed to pay £350,000 to its football creditors or face expulsion from the Football Conference. It failed to do so, but was granted an extension on account of the club’s new ownership. When this amount remained unpaid, the club was duly expelled and demoted two divisions, to the Premier Division of the Southern League.
As if this wasn’t bad enough, details of Agombar’s colourful past had started to come to light, and these cast serious doubts over whether he should even have been in a position to buy the club in the first place. In 1987, at Southwark Crown Court, Agombar had been sentenced to four years in prison over his involvement with a gang of lorry thieves who had been active for the previous two years. After being found guilty on one count of conspiracy to steal and three counts of theft, the presiding judge described Agombar as, “a thoroughly dishonest man,” and this dishonesty was cost him any further formal involvement with the club. He therefore failed the FA’s Owners and Directors Test just thirteen days after taking it over, and with just one match played of the new Southern League season in August, ownership of the club changed hands again, this time to one Andrew Lonsdale, of a company called Alpha Finance, a company described – without apparent irony – as being “specialists in distressed debt.”
Lonsdale had been with the club as an “advisor” since the earlier in the summer summer, but his name may have rung a bell or two amongst non-league aficionados with anything like a reasonable memory. Lonsdale had been a director of number of haulage companies that had been liquidated and was himself disqualified as from acting as a company director between 2006 and 2012. He was convicted for dumping waste on green-belt land in Buckinghamshire in 2008, but it was his involvement at Feltham FC that raised the most eyebrows of all. Whilst acting as the president of the club, Feltham’s ground was to be renovated, a job which bringing in soil (16,000 m3) from other sites. However, a subsequent investigation revealed that almost five times as much soil and rubble (73,000 m3) had been deposited with an estimated value to his company, All Transport Limited, of about £1.2 million. Lonsdale claimed was that he’d made a loss because the revenue was much smaller, based on his assessment that he’d only deposited 2/3 of the amount the council survey claimed. All Transport ended up, as so many of his other companies did, in liquidation, whilst Hounslow Borough Council have since confirmed that they now need to renovate the area upon which the ground once stood at a cost to the taxpayer of £300,000.
By the time the new season started, though, the story of Hereford United’s season on the pitch already seemed less important than what was going on in the boardroom. The club’s supporters trust, which had seen its membership swell as Hereford’s difficulties mounted, polled its membership on boycotting future matches in July of last year, and the supporters, sickened by the events that had overtaken their club, voted overwhelmingly for it. The new season started with the club limping, hamstrung, playing in front of rapidly shrinking crowds at Edgar Street. The council sought a winding up order against the club over the non-payment of rent, but Lonsdale, Agombar, or whomever, came up with the required £50,000 at the last minute. By this time, however, the view that the only way to starve the owners out of the club was through boycotting had completely paralysed the club’s finances, with crowds – which had, in the Conference, comfortably been into four figures – dropping to three hundred or less.
The end came, perhaps unsurprisingly, with a hint of farce about it. A winding up petition been brought by HMRC over an unpaid £116,000 tax will had been adjourned at the start of December, when Lonsdale told the court that he had £1m to sink into the club in investment. This amount went, of course, unpaid. On the previous Saturday, Thirteenth of December 2014, the Hereford United team had travelled to Bedfordshire to play Dunstable in the Southern League. They drew one-all in front of a crowd of just 167 people. Six days later, the court met again and this time the club’s luck ran out, with the presiding judge remaining unimpressed at Lonsdale’s claims to be stuck in traffic with proof of funding for the all-important £1m. This time though, there would be no further extensions for Hereford United. The club was formally expelled from the Southern League on the fifth of January and subsequently evicted from Edgar Street by the council. It says much about the condition in which the club had found itself by this point that these events, whilst inevitably upsetting for those that had followed the club, were seen as the only course of events that could result in some degree of sanity ever returning to football in the town.
That there would be a new football club for Hereford was never in doubt, but what form would it take? The Hereford United Supporters Trust (HUST), which now has over 1,700 members, might have been prime contenders for the role, and immediately after Hereford United was wound up HUST announced its intention to move towards starting a new club, Hereford FC. However, three days later it was established that a local businessman, Jon Hale, who had earlier been chairman of HUST, had registered the name Hereford Football Club with the Herefordshire Football Association, in conjunction with the trust and a group of local businessmen. The new club will see HUST being given the opportunity to become the largest single shareholder, with individual and corporate benefactors being barred from owning more than twenty-five per cent of shares of the new club, and when the proposal was put to the Trust membership, almost 97% of those who voted voted in favour of it.
There are, of course, possible reasons as to why the Trust decided that it would be unable to go it alone. For example, the club’s Edgar Street ground is in need of considerable repair after years of neglect, and this might prove to be expensive. Another factor to take into consideration is the fact that the new club needed to be registered by the first of March to stand any chance of starting with effect from next season, and the financial backing of others makes this considerably more likely than it might otherwise have been. Early signs, however, have been encouraging with the council agreeing a lease for the use of Edgar Street to the new club for the next five years. Which division of the English league system the club slots into is also open to debate, for now, at least. The club is expected to be invited to join the Midland League, but it remains possible that they could be placed higher than that. These decisions usually seem to be taken based upon the whims of whoever happens to be reviewing the case.
Through this grim story of disingenuity and shadiness, though, there is one group of people that deserve considerable credit for their role in it, and that is the supporters of Hereford United themselves. The vast majority of the digging to expose Tommy Agombar, Andrew Lonsdale and others for who they were came from ordinary supporters of the club, and now that their names are common public currency mention of those names will set alarm bells ringing should they pitch up elsewhere in the future. The supporters who made these sacrifices – up to and including the boycotting of their club – played an invaluable role in what we should surely hope will be a happy and successful future for Hereford FC, and that role is unlikely to be forgotten in the set-up of the new club. At a time when various authorities failed to act in order to prevent a thoroughly avoidable state of affairs coming to pass and seemingly everybody expressing an interest in the club from outside gave the impression of having an agenda that was more about lining their own pockets than the well-being of the club itself, the supporters of Hereford United often seemed to be the only people who were prepared to take a stand and to act with any great integrity. They did it for the love of their football club, and now that football club will be returned to them. It was the absolute least they they deserve.

News Round-Up

Bury have signed a five year deal to use Manchester City's former Carrington training ground. The 22 acre site replaces their former Lower Gigg base, which housed one pitch. The financial details of the deal have not been revealed. Accrington recorded an attendance of just 919 for their win over Burton last night. It was their second sub-1000 gate of the season, having not had less than 1,100 last term, with their average attendance less than 1500.

Bristol Rovers moved to the top of the Conference with a 2-1 win over Braintree last night. Their rise to the summit has come on the back of a 19 game unbeaten run in the league, with former leaders Barnet having led the table for 178 days since September. Corby Town have complained to the East Midlands Ambulance Service after it took an ambulance nearly three hours to arrive at their ground to collect injured player Paul Malone, who had suffered a double leg break in a game at the weekend.

Hartlepool fans are to hold an open meeting to seek to form a Supporters Trust after the recent collapse of a proposed takeover of the club. The meeting will take place after this Saturday's home match with Wimbledon, with speakers from York and Darlington's successful Trusts. 

Lincoln fans are to crowdfund a huge mosaic of seats on one of their stands to commemorate the Dambusters and to try and refinance the club's huge loan. The Imps need to find a way to cover the £380,000 debt, with the Dambusters having been based near to Lincoln. The 5,681 seats on offer will go for between £50 and £250 to raise around £300,000 after costs.

Thoughts of an Exiled Hereford Fan

Ed Dallimore asks 'Why is Edgar Street so important?'
Edgar St is to Hereford fans, what Old Trafford is to Manchester United or Anfield Rd is to Liverpool fans. It is our beloved, spiritual and historical home. It is where our heroes like Ronnie Radford, have written the club and the City of Hereford into the history books. It is where the fans have experienced polar extremes of emotion.  From the highs of great victories against top flight teams in the FA Cup  and important wins  over local rivals, to the lows of crucial  defeats and  the devastation of relegation.

It is where my dad took me for the first time, as a young boy and introduced me to being a spectator of “the beautiful game”. Where I stood side by side with my school mates and discovered the thrill and passion of supporting my local team and where I felt the adrenalin rush of the electrifying atmosphere of The Meadow End and “The Edgar St Roar”. 

When Man United or Liverpool fans tell me how they felt watching their teams come from behind to win The Champions League on the tele, you can see in their eyes, they don’t quite get it when I explain, “I got the same rush “going mental” in the Meadow End pit and standing on “the wall” punching the air and screaming my lungs out, when we scored two goals in as many minutes, at the death, to knock Walsall out of the FA Cup in 1990!”….and I didn’t even realise at that moment, it had set up a plum 4th round tie against the mighty Man United! That is the kind of memory that Edgar St has given to me and thousands of Herefordians and that is why it is a very special place for Hereford United fans.

The Street is also the place where 1200 hardy souls will stand in the rain on a freezing cold Tuesday night in January, to watch The Bulls play out a 0-0 draw with Halifax Town in The Conference while there is Champions League on the tele. Try telling those people, as well as the 35 that have made the trip from Yorkshire, that Newcastle or Sunderland fans are the most passionate in the country. They will laugh at you. 

Thousands of devoted fans have over the years, experienced the thrill of the ride that Hereford United has given them and thanks to today’s decision to award the leases to Hereford FC, our local club will endure and history will continue to be written in our very own “Theatre of Dreams”. 

Edgar Street is our clubs home and home, as they say, is where the heart is and this could not be truer than for Hereford United. 

There was a very real fear amongst some fans that with the demise of Hereford United the company, the evisceration of the dead bull might be the end game, with the home of the sacred beast being turned into a shopping centre with a ten pin bowling alley as the recreational legacy for the site. Happily, common sense prevailed and the true value of the football club to the city, county and its residents was recognised and finally rewarded with the issuing of the leases to the phoenix club. The truth of the matter is, the football club never actually died, when the trading company ceased to exist. That was merely an illusion, a cruel hoax. There is a reason that Hereford (United) football club lives on and that reason is of course the fans, because the club is the fans and as long as there are fans, it will never die!

Now we can look forward to a new chapter in our famous clubs history, although I have a feeling that this close season is going to be the longest I have ever known. The first game of the season is going to be one very special day. Congratulations and well done to everybody involved for their hard work and achievements in recent weeks and months. The securing of the Edgar Street leases ranks in my book, as one of the most important results in the history of our club and one that we can all truly be very proud of because it was “we the fans” that made it happen, by standing together, United.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Murphy Makes Eire u19 Debut

Former Bulls youth teamer Billy Murphy debuted for the Republic of Ireland u19 side on Wednesday night.

Now with Bristol City, the youngster becomes the second of Peter Beadle's youth side to earn international honours after Wigan's Owen Evans picked up u19 caps for Wales earlier in the season.

Coach Paul Doolin's side took on Azerbaijan, winning 6-0, with Murphy in the starting XI.

Southern League South And West

There's little doubt that Hereford FC would like to play in the Southern League South and West from next August.

FA rules suggest that this is unlikely to happen but Jon Hale, Hereford FC chairman, has said he will continue to try and persuade the FA especially given the potential support the new club might take on away days.

Here's a list of clubs currently in the South and West:

1Merthyr Town

2Taunton Town

3Evesham United

4Stratford Town

5Larkhall Athletic

6North Leigh

7Shortwood United

8Didcot Town

9Yate Town

10Wimborne Town

11Cinderford Town

12AFC Totton

13Bridgwater Town

14Mangotsfield United

15Swindon Supermarine

16Tiverton Town


18Clevedon Town

19Wantage Town

20Fleet Town

21Bishops Cleeve


And their gates:

AFC Totton451210278
Bishops Cleeve28144107
Bridgwater Town37271162
Cinderford Town36197143
Clevedon Town24046112
Didcot Town17780127
Evesham United437136240
Fleet Town15870104
Larkhall Athletic23090137
Mangotsfield United30177147
Merthyr Town1017305498
North Leigh1455089
Shortwood United1495890
Stratford Town303114201
Swindon Supermarine15892126
Taunton Town465197292
Tiverton Town351152212
Wantage Town1244877
Wimborne Town40893195
Yate Town307122194

Beadle Interested In Managing Hereford FC

Peter Beadle At Edgar Street Last April
Former Hereford United manager Peter Beadle has said he would like to manage Hereford FC even if it is a part-time post.

"I've been flattered by the amount of support I've had," Beadle told BBC H&W.

"I've had a lot of people message me via Twitter saying that they hope I get the job.

"There's been a lot of speculation about what league they might end up in, but that's irrelevant.

"They just need to pick the right manager for the job. My contacts base is excellent. Of course I'd be interested.

"I've been doing scouting work but you miss the buzz of working for a club.

"It would be lovely to be rung up and told it yours if you want it but I know that's not going to happen.

"Sometimes sentiment has to go out the window and you have to pick the right man for the job.

"But I do believe I have the right credentials and I am the right man for that job.

"We will wait and see."

Kingsley James With Rob Purdie At Aldershot Last April
Meanwhile former Hereford United player Kingsley James has told the Chester Chroninle that he is pleased that Hereford Supporters have a new club to follow.

"Hopefully they will look at what Chester have done over the past few seasons and be able to learn from that and follow in those footsteps.

"It was a real shame what happened to the club but they've got to leave that in the past now and look to the future."

U15 Schools Side In Action Saturday

Clubs In The Midlands Football League

 League logo 

Below is a list of the clubs in the Midland Football League Premier Division. Hereford FC may be placed in this league by the FA for next season. Currently there are 22 teams in this league.

Basford United 
Coleshill Town 
Lye Town 
Long Eaton United  
Kirby Muxloe    
Walsall Wood 
AFC Wulfrunians  
Boldmere St Michaels 
Stourport Swifts   
Shepshed Dynamo 
Coventry Sphinx  
Causeway United 
Loughborough University 
Continental Star 
Heath Hayes 
Tipton Town 

Attendance Statistics (From

Team Lowest Highest Average +/-
1 Quorn 85 975 191 +44.70%
2 Westfields 115 203 154 +92.50%
3 Shepshed Dynamo 97 214 133 -1.48%
4 Lye Town 49 157 107 N/A
5 AFC Wulfrunians 64 138 96 +2.13%
6 Boldmere St Michaels 46 195 95 +30.14%
7 Long Eaton United 51 167 90 +26.76%
8 Walsall Wood 61 129 90 +30.43%
9 Coleshill Town 54 115 87 +26.09%
10 Coventry Sphinx 50 131 86 -21.10%
11 Basford United 55 125 80 +21.21%
12 Stourport Swifts 51 106 78 +6.85%
13 Brocton 48 116 77 +50.98%
14 Rocester 0 101 77 -8.33%
15 Alvechurch 0 105 72 0.00%
16 Causeway United 47 105 67 +8.06%
17 Loughborough University 35 167 67 +4.69%
18 Tipton Town 40 98 61 +3.39%
19 Heath Hayes 0 77 59 +9.26%
20 Dunkirk 32 86 52 -7.14%
21 Kirby Muxloe 31 87 49 0.00%
22 Continental Star 25 81 43 +48.28%

Hereford FC To Advertise For A Manager

Hereford FC chairman Jon Hale has said that now the lease for Edgar Street is settled, the club can start to prepare for the football.

Whilst it might be several months before the club knows for certain in which league they will play, Hale feels they can go ahead with a search for a manager.

"Now we've got the lease we can make a presentation to the FA and also we can start to advertise for a manager," Hale told BBC H&W this morning.

"And with a bit of luck within the next couple of weeks we can start selling season tickets and we can really start talking about the important issues which is football on the pitch."

Meanwhile Hale has admitted that there's a lot of work to be done to get Herefordshire business community back on side.

"It's a massive challenge and we fully understand that there are people who have been left out of pocket by the previous club or previous regime.

"And we have to build those bridges and we want to engage with those people and see what we can offer them and they can do for us."

It's A Continuation Says Parrott

Hereford football historian Ron Parrott feels that the new club set to take over at Edgar Street will be a continuation of the old club.

"Provided we are in black and white and we've got the Hereford bull on the shirts and we're playing at Edgar Street, it's the start of a new chapter," Parrott told BBC Hereford and Worcester.

"As club historian I was approached by the new club last week to become their new historian as well, a position I was proud to accept.

"As far as I'm concerned it's really just a continuation.

"Hereford United is still alive."

Tim Burrows has been watching the Bulls for over 40 years.

"It's very odd to find that we are going back to Edgar Street.

"I have to say over the past few months I did wonder whether I would ever set foot in the stadium again.

"So it's a real boost to every Hereford fan, perhaps I should say Hereford United, because it's still going to be Hereford United even if the name is different."

Voluntary Student Placement With The HFA

The Herefordshire Football Association is offering an exciting opportunity to join the Football Development Team for a 3 month period.

The placement would ideally suit a University student or recent graduate looking to develop their experience and knowledge of Football/Sports Development.

The 3 month placement will be based at the Herefordshire FA Headquarters just off Widemarsh Common.  The candidate will assist the Football Strategy Manager and Football Development Officer to develop the game locally, whilst gaining new skills, knowledge and experience of football development.

In addition to having good knowledge of football, this position would suit a person who wants to develop their skills.  The HFA have an excellent track record of developing students in the past 2 years, with three students going onto work for Professional Football Clubs and one volunteer joining the Canadian FA.

For details of how to apply please see the role descriptor (click to enlarge):

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Jon Hale And Chris Williams Reflect On Lease Deal

This from Hereford FC:

Speaking this afternoon, after Herefordshire Council announced a five year deal had been agreed with Hereford FC for the Edgar Street lease, Chairman Jon Hale said:

‘We are absolutely delighted to have agreed a deal with Herefordshire Council for Hereford FC to play at Edgar Street from the start of the 2015/16 season.

‘The lease deal covers five seasons and it is particularly pleasing to be able to confirm that, as part of the agreement we have in place, supporters will be able to stand on the Meadow End.

‘We know how important the Meadow End is to so many supporters and we believe having the traditional home end in use will help ensure we take the spirit of Hereford United with us as we start our journey as Hereford FC.

‘Today is clearly a momentous day, but we are in no doubt that the hard work really starts now. We will be making immediate contact with the Football Association and will then keep up regular contact as we begin the process of being allocated a league to play in next season.

‘I’m sure we are all very excited about the thought of watching football at Edgar Street once again, but I’d like to ask fans to be patient while we make specific plans for the next few weeks and months.

‘We will be looking to put season tickets on sale as soon as we can and we will let people know once we have a plan to do this. We want to create a family atmosphere at Hereford FC and to do that we know good communication is vital.

‘We will provide updates as often as we can and will work closely with Hereford United Supporters Trust (HUST) – who have played a huge role so far and will continue to do so – to ensure as many people are involved as possible.

‘I’d like to thank every single person who has offered us messages of support and I’d also like to thank everyone who has come forward to offer their services as a volunteer to help us get the club off the ground. We will be making contact with all our volunteers as soon as we have organised at a schedule of the type work that needs doing.

‘Finally, I’d just like to take this opportunity to thank Herefordshire Council for demonstrating its commitment to football at Edgar Street by agreeing this lease. We now hope that fans get behind the club so that we can repay the faith the local authority have shown in us.

‘We believe this is going to be quite an adventure – one that we cannot wait to share with you all.’

Meanwhile, HUST Chairman, Chris Williams also gave his thoughts on securing Edgar Street for Hereford FC:

‘I am very pleased that the HUST membership, and the wider support base, has got what it wanted after the heartache of the past months. We can now look forward with confidence, get the stadium ready, and then start talking about the thing everyone really wants to talk about – football.

‘We will need the support of the community to get everything in place for August, and the community have already stepped forward in large numbers to offer their support.

‘We truly believe we are on the cusp of something fantastic for Herefordshire.’

Let's Get Cracking Says Jon Hale

Jon Hale, chairman of Hereford FC, has said that the last couple of days have been 'hard-fought' but tonight after gaining a five year lease to Edgar Street he admitted that he didn't think he had 'come down off the ceiling yet'.

Speaking on BBC H&W to sports editor Trevor Owens, Hale was asked about the five year lease.

"That was always our angle really that we needed to build long term supporter and commercial relationships and to do that we didn't feel a two and a quarter year lease that they were offering was sufficent for our proposals.

"I understand that the Council have taxpayers to protect and we've got a fan base and a football club to protect.

"Two different sides coming from two different angles but I genuinely believe that our negotiations have allowed us to come to a point we are both happy with.

"I'm delighted with the little bit of security we've got to build the club again.

"Tony Johnson (Herefordshire Council Leader) has always been straight with us as a group ever since we stuck our heads above the paraphet.

"We've met with him a number of times and there's never been any doubt in my mind that he wanted football at Edgar Street and certainly since December 19th he's come out publically and said it.

"At no time in our negotiations have we ever thought that was any different.

"I'm pleased we've come to an agreement that is right for both sides.

"It's possible we will get the keys at some point next week. The Council are going to present us with a letter that we can give to the FA with their intent to award us the tenancy.

"That will allow us then to make our application to the FA for a place in the national league system."

So what needs to be done inside Edgar Street asked Owens.

"There's work to be done. In terms of professional work certainly electrical work and some roofing. 

"There's an awful lot of work that is cosmetic and can be handled by incredible amount of volunteers who have come forward offering a range of skills and materials.

"It helps our cause that we can go in there with a dedicated and co-ordinated team of people that will help us get that ground fit for purpose and ready for the big kick-off in August."

What league will you be playing in?

"I met with the FA a couple of weeks back. It's very likely we will be two leagues down from where the previous club went out of business. It looks like the Midlands Alliance.

"We are to make a presentation to the FA in mid-April. It will be that level unless we can twist a few arms that our away support will be big numbers and maybe therefore one league up from that.

"But we can't influence that that's down to the FA league committee but we just want to make sure that the FA know we are on solid ground financially."

Finally Hale thanked everyone who had helped.

"I would just like to thank to an incredible team of people behind this proposal. I really am grateful to them and also to the supporter base.

"To everybody let's enjoy the journey. Let's be patient. Let's make sure we do things in the right order.

"Let's get cracking."

Edgar Street Is Our Home On A Saturday Afternoon

John Hancok has been watching Hereford United for over 67 years. He was asked by BBC Midlands how he felt about today's news that football will be back at Edgar Street next season.

"I'm totally, completely elated.

"Welcome to Edgar Street, the home of the new Hereford Football Club.

"It's been an ardous ten months, the last three months in particular each day has been getting better and better.

"Today is almost a pinnacle, that will be the first game of the season, but today has been what we have been waiting for.

"I've never gave out. I'm told them we would get there but it's been a long hard struggle.

"We have to thank Jon Hale and the group also HUST for all the immense amount of work they have done while they've been working on this.

"It doesn't matter (what level we come back at) there is going to be football at Edgar Street for all the supporters.

"Football at Edgar Street, this our home on a Saturday afternoon." 

Hale On BBC H&W At 7.10pm

Jon Hale will be speaking to Trevor Owens on tonight's BBC Hereford & Worcester Sports Evening show.

Supporters Trust Mattered Said Council Leader

Tony Johnson, leader of Herefordshire Council, has said that the work of HUST in getting the Hereford United supporters behind them 'mattered'.

"Your role (Chris Williams of HUST) in those talks was more than somewhat important," Johnson told BBC Hereford and Worcester.

"You had got the whole of the Hereford United Supporters Trust behind you and that mattered.

"We think they are a super tenant to have at Edgar Street.

"But I still have to recognise it's a council taxpayer owned asset and we have to satisfy ourselves that it is going to the right people, financially sound etc.

"That was the main reason for not giving a longer term lease, we couldn't do due diligence because it is a brand new club and hasn't got trading figures.

"What we've done instead we've said there are a couple of conditions here that we would like to see you comply with and they've looked at them and said we've got no trouble with that.

"So we can watch what they actually do so we can demonstrate to the taxpayers that we've taken appropriate care of their asset.

"We've got to see what the trading figures look like. Football generally isn't the first thing that springs to mind when people think about investing money if they are looking to make money out of it.

"These guys have got a job on their hands. They are going to keep us updated with all the information.

"It will be a different administration by then, they may well not be talking to me, but a future administration if so minded and they've got a good record behind them could grant a longer lease if that administration chooses to do so."