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Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Purds Departs Tamworth


Rob Purdie will not be playing for Tamworth next season.

The versatile 32 year old has not been offered a new deal by boss Andy Morrell after a single season at The Lamb which included a brief stint as caretaker boss after Dale Belford was relieved of managerial duties.

Hard working Purdie has recently started a Personal Training business (details) as well as managing the u18 side for UITC in addition to working for Point4. He also sits on the HUST board.

Fellow ex-Bulls Paul Green and Dan Preston have been offered new deals by Morrell.


News Round-Up


Torquay's takeover deal is 'about 50-50' at present. The unnamed potential new owners are reported to not be paying for Thea Bristow's majority ownership of the club, but will be responsible for ongoing commitments at the club that has lost over £2million over the last seven years.

Worcester have announced that former Bulls defender Matt Gardiner is to be promoted to joint manager alongside current boss Carl Heeley for the coming season. John Snape will also remain on the coaching staff, with former Bulls players Jose Veiga and Tyler Weir yet to be offered deals with Weir reported to be considering spending the summer playing in Australia.

Tranmere have named Gary Brabin as their new manager. The former Luton boss left Southport in January for a coaching job with Everton. The Football League have announced a new highlights deal with Channel 5 that will see the Saturday night highlights deal broadcast at 9pm.

Former Bull Ben Purkiss is one of four players to be released by Walsall. The former Oxford man, 31, made 85 appearances over three seasons for the Saddlers. Mathieu Manset has been released from Cheltenham after their relegation. He is one of eight to leave, with six more transfer listed, after failing to score in 12 games for the Robins.

Newport are reported to be slashing their playing budget from the current £1.4m to £900,000 as lottery millionaire Les Scadding does not want to cover losses going forward. The Exiles are reported to be relying on Scadding for up to £40,000 a month currently, with suggestions that Justin Edinburgh left the club for Gillingham because of the cut.

Febian Brandy has been released by Rochdale after his short term deal expired. Now 26, Brandy made just one start after joining in January from Rotherham. Rod McDonald is one of nine players to be released by Telford after their relegation from the Conference. The 23 year old made 25 appearances, scoring three goals, missing three months of the season.


Season Ticket Sales Pass 700


Season ticket sales at Hereford FC have moved past the 700 mark.

The office at Edgar Street is open today for sales until 4pm.

Meanwhile Jesse Norman was one of those buying a ticket this morning.

Jesse Norman purchases his ticket this morning


Tuesday, May 05, 2015

SD Chief Exec Latest To Go


Supporters Direct have announced that Chief Executive Robin Osterley has resigned from the organisation.

He is the second high profile departure in the last month after Kevin Rye's departure, having held the post for less than a year. A statement from Chairman Brian Burgess reads:

As some of you may already be aware Robin Osterley has decided to resign from SD and will be leaving at the end of May.

In the meantime he will continue to field any emails and calls from external contacts to pass them to an appropriate member of staff or the Board and to assist an orderly handover of key relationships.

On behalf of the SD Board I thank Robin for his hard work and for all of the good things he has done for SD. We wish him well for the future.

SD is facing a number of challenges. Our reputation and opportunities are as strong as they have ever been but there are also pressures on our funding and operations in England and Wales, Scotland and Europe and we plan to carry out a comprehensive strategic review of our structure and governance models to help the continued growth and success of SD, and the Supporters Trust movement. 

We will keep you informed as things progress.


Sign up to the London Bulls Social next Friday‏

Hi all,

This is a quick reminder about the social we have planned for next Friday 15th May at The Smugglers Tavern.

We’ve reserved the function room upstairs from 6:30pm. The pub is a 2 minute walk from Warren Street and does a range of excellent beers and gastro food cooked by fellow Herefordian Rupert Davis.

In order to confirm the private booking for the function room, we need to have a minimum number of guests so if you’re planning on coming could you please respond to this email (bullsoflondon@gmail.com) by close of play Thursday 8th May. We’ll then confirm the plan for the evening which will include:
 
  • Discuss plans for supporting the club and HUST in 2015/16
  • Sign up for travel from London to the FC United of Manchester home game on Saturday 11th July
  • Special edition “London Bulls” pin badges on sale
  • Screenings of legendary Bulls games on a projector (games TBC)
It will be an informal get together and great chance to meet fellow Bulls fans as we embark on a new chapter of football in Hereford.  

We hope to see you there.

COYB!

Macron Men Used To Manage Neath


As reported earlier Hereford FC will be using Macron kit this coming season and on line sales will be conducted through an on-line site hosted by Macron in Neath.

The two 'Macron Men' involved in the deal with Hereford FC are Andy Dyer and Ray Pennock (brother of former Hereford United keeper Tony Pennock) who were manager and assistant manager respectively of Neath until they parted company with the club in May 2011. They are now with Port Talbot.

Dyer was understood to have been friendly with former Hereford United manager Simon Davey who had once worked in the Swansea/Neath area.

A friendly was arranged between the two clubs in July 2010 shortly after Davy was put in charge.

It was thought then that chairman David Keyte might have moved to Macron kit but he stayed with Admiral until in 2012 he changed to Errea.

Hereford United used to sell the kit from Edgar Street but in 2011 decided to move on-line sales to ID Sports a company run by Keyte's son Simon. Both father and son were directors of the company. 

Reasons for the change were said to be that 'current providers rates are 'quite high' and ID sports would not charge for on-line orders.'

Given that Hereford FC intends to run, at least in the short term, with very few staff, the move to selling kit through a third party on-line store seems sensible.

When Keyte made a similar move, there appeared to be ample staff to deal with any orders.
  

Vote Football Especially For Club Protection

With less than 48 hours before the polling commemces, the FSF has launched Vote Football

What is Vote Football?

A campaign set up to allow fans of all clubs to tell our politicians we will be “voting for football” on May 7th – we want to know who will commit to legislative reform before we commit to vote
We want to know who will commit to reform before we commit to vote

Who backs it?

The FSF and a growing army of club-based fan groups.

WHAT DO WE WANT?

  1. Club protection: Protect clubs from exploitative, clueless or reckless owners we’ve seen in the past at too many clubs. Leeds United, Portsmouth, Hereford United, Manchester United, Liverpool, Mansfield Town, York City, Wrexham... the list goes on.
  2. Fan engagement: Enshrine the rights of supporters to be consulted and respected - not ignored and exploited

What’s the solution?

We have outline proposals for Football Governance Legislation. We want candidates (and parties) to commit to supporting legislation which will kick off the internal reform process in football.

Can this really make a difference?

Yes... politicians are listening like never before. Find out what the parties have said in their manifestos about football here


Hereford FC Sign Two-Year Kit Deal With Macron


This from Hereford FC:

Hereford FC is delighted to announce that the club has signed a two-year deal with Italian kit manufacturers Macron, which will see the Italian company supply the club’s playing and replica kits, and all branded leisure wear.

Once produced, the clothing will be sold through both the club shop at Edgar Street, (or from the office during opening hours initially), and on an online site hosted by the Macron Store in Neath.

Speaking about this deal, Hereford FC’s Commercial Director, George Webb, said:

‘We are delighted with the agreement we have signed with Macron and believe it represents an excellent deal for both the club and its supporters.

‘The Macron brand in well known in football across Europe – clubs like Aston Villa, Crystal Palace and Lazio all play in Macron strips – and we have taken it as a huge compliment that Andy Dyer and Ray Pennock from the Macron Store Neath were so keen to convince us to wear their brand.

‘The quality of the clothing Macron will offer supporters is second to none and the extensive range of leisurewear that will be available by using an online shop hosted by the Macron Store in Neath is excellent.

‘We will be selling what we feel will be the most popular items at the club – where season ticket holders will be entitled to a 10% discount, but having an online shop hosted by Macron means we will not have to pay for and hold as much stock as we move forward.

‘In the short-term we are aiming to have our first items of leisurewear on sale within a couple of weeks and then replica shirts will follow as soon as we have finalised a deal with a shirt sponsor.

‘We still intend to hold a fans’ vote for the colour and design of the away kit we wear for 2015/16 and more information about this will be announced when the time is right.’

Giving his thoughts on signing a deal with Hereford FC, Ray Pennock, Sales Director for Macron Store Neath, said:

‘Here at Macron we are delighted the Hereford FC commercial team have chosen us as their preferred technical supplier for the next two seasons.

‘We are proud to be associated with the launch of Hereford FC and it was clear during our negotiations that the people rebuilding the club want only the very best for supporters, the city of Hereford and the wider county of Herefordshire as a whole.

‘With that in mind we will guarantee that Hereford FC now has the full backing of the Macron brand and Macron Store Neath, which is the UK’s number one retailer.

‘We are very much looking forward to working with the club and providing the players and the great band of supporters with the garments to look the part both on and off the field. We believe Hereford FC is set to go on quite a journey and Macron is very proud to now be part of what will be an amazing adventure.

‘Our Macron slogan says, ‘work hard – play harder,’ and therefore we’d like to wish a massive ‘good luck’ to all connected with the club for the coming season.’


Westfields Look For Replacements For Evans and Lloyd


As reported last week Hereford FC manager Peter Beadle has recruited former physio Johnny Evans and kit man Roger Lloyd from Westfields where they have worked this season.

“Both Roger and Johnny have done a tremendous job here at Westfields as they joined us as volunteers and have brought a touch of professionalism to the club in their particular jobs," said Andy Morris, Westfields Chief Executive.

"Both Roger and Johnny advised us straight away that they had been approached at the end of this season and they go with our best wishes and thanks for what they have done at Westfields this past season.
 
“Hereford FC have certainly got two excellent members of the management/back room staff as they are very experienced in the excellent job they do."

Westfields are looking to replace both people and anyone wishing to work on a voluntary basis at Westfields with the first team as a physio and a kit man should telephone Andy Morris, Hereford 266775, or Sean Edwards on 07970 599652. 


News Round-Up


Stuart Fleetwood is one of six players to be released by Forest Green after their play-off defeat to Bristol Rovers. The Gumpers lost 3-0 on aggregate with the Pirates, who had Danny Leadbitter as an unused sub, set to face Grimsby in the Conference play-off final. The Mariners beat Eastleigh 5-1 on aggregate, with Josh Gowling playing the full game.

Former Bulls loanee Richard Peniket is to miss eight months as he requires surgery on his ACL. The 22 year old Halifax striker missed the last month of the season with the problem after scoring six times in 35 appearances. Torquay have reported a loss of £542,000 for the 13/14 season as they lost their Football League status, with total losses of £2.1million for the past seven years.

Former Bulls loanee Lee Collins has been released by Northampton after their disappointing season. The 26 year old made a total of 86 appearances in just over two years at Sixfields, and was named player of the month for April. Cambridge United have started breathalyzing fans, and say they may eject anyone that is recorded to have double the drink-drive limit in their breath.

The Ryman League play-off fixtures have descended into chaos with the competition suspended after Enfield Town appealed a three point deduction for fielding an ineligible player. One of the sides affected, Margate, say that some of their players are due to go on holiday next week and could miss a rearranged game with the semi-finals originally due to take place last Thursday and the final yesterday.

Kyle Perry is one of five players to be released by Altrincham. The 29 year old striker netted seven goals in 44 games this season, but started only 18 of the games. Nathan Elder has been released by Dover. The former Shrewsbury man, who turned 30 last month, last played for the club in October and has had three different loan spells at other sides this term.

Kidderminster's playing budget next season will be 'less than half' their current budget. The Aggborough outfit were claimed to only be able to afford a £300,000 budget by a former Director, but spent double that this season. Barrow, having returned to the Conference after winning Conf North, are expected to challenge for promotion next season according to owner Paul Casson. The US based millionaire says the club should be capable of finishing in the top half of the table at a minimum.

Southport have announced that Richard Brodie will remain at the club next season. The former York striker scored 13 times in 39 games this season. Tranmere have announced they will charge £20 for adult tickets in their main stand as they begin life in the Conference. In an open letter to supporters, the club justify the cost by saying they want a 'top 4' budget to challenge for promotion.


HUST Prize Bull Draw


This from HUST:

The Prize Bull draw No.50 took place on Monday night. 

The winning numbers are 2, 6, 7, and 16. 

Should you have the winning combination, please contact prizebull@hufctrust.co.uk to claim the jackpot.
 
More details on the Prize Bull Lottery and entry forms are on the Prize Bull Lottery page.


More Details About Plans For The Merton Meadow Car Park


Herefordshire Council have released more details about their plans for the Merton Meadow car park which is situated right next to Hereford FC's Edgar Street stadium.

This from the Council:

Businesses on the site of the future City Link Road will begin to receive General Vesting Declarations (GVDs) from next week. The GVDs are the next step in the Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) process and signal the transfer of land ownership to Herefordshire Council.

It marks the point at which the Council can take possession of the purchased land.
The council has worked closely with businesses in the area over the last two years to ensure that support is given to assist with moving to suitable locations if possible. The council will continue to support businesses through the last stage of the process to enable timely entry into the land needed for the road for demolition works to commence.

Geoff Hughes, director for economy, communities and corporate said “The construction of the road is vital to the continued regeneration of the Edgar Street Grid site. The road will unlock development land which will allow the construction of 800 much needed new homes.

The road will also have the added benefit of alleviating some of the traffic from Commercial Road and Blueschool Street. The construction of the road is part of a larger plan to refurbish the area with improvements planned for Commercial Road and Blueschool Street once the road is opened.”

Demolition work is due to start next month and hoardings around demolition sites will be visible in coming weeks.

Once demolition begins an element of the overflow area of Merton Meadow Car Park will need to be cordoned off for the storage of plant and materials. However, occupancy counts of other city car parks show that there is enough spare parking availability for the vehicles displaced from this area of the car park.

Construction of the road will begin in Autumn 2015 after demolition is complete and the construction of the road is expected to be finished in around 18 months.


PLAYERS CAR PARK TO BE USED BY PERMIT HOLDERS ONLY!!

Hereford FC has confirmed that, as of Tuesday 5 May, the players’ car park at Edgar Street is to be used by permit holders only.
As the club do not now have players at the club on a daily basis, the car parking spaces in the players’ car park are being let out on license, which will be a valuable source of income for the club.
The spaces are available Monday to Friday from 7am till 6pm and can be secured by contacting Sunderlands & Thompsons on 01432 356 161.
Parking is not permitted on any Bank Holiday if Hereford FC are playing at Edgar Street, and parking is also not allowed on a Saturday or Sunday.
Any vehicle not displaying a permit is liable to a penalty notice and parking enforcement will be carried out by Corporate Parking Services, who can be contacted on 01432 371927 or by e-mail at info@corporate-group.co.uk.
Any disputes about parking are to be made to Corporate Parking and not Sunderlands & Thompsons or Hereford FC.

Monday, May 04, 2015

Fans Game At Kidderminster On Saturday


A Hereford 'Trust' FC fans team will make the short trip to Aggborough next Saturday for their latest 'friendly'.

Kidderminster are holding their annual fans day and the fans game against Hereford is the last event kicking off at 4pm.

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More details on the day: http://www.khist.org.uk/?p=6845 


Volunteer Working Group Update


From Ken Kinnersley Operations Director: 

Hereford FC Volunteers Working Group

Sat 9 and Sun 10 May 2015

Following on from the absolutely incredible work that was achieved by our volunteers on Sun 26 Apr when we managed far more than expected, we now seek your help again. We thank all involved in the first party for the incredible team spirit you showed - you were brilliant! We confess we didn't anticipate you would make the “Mail on Sunday” though! You must have been even better than we thought! You will be pleased to know we have “litter picked” during the week to maintain your standards! No time to rest though as we now need to make a start inside the stadium.

Next weekend we are going to try to achieve the same level of progress. This means we need as much volunteer support as we are able to muster because we have a lot of work to do.

The intention is to start to clear all the junk, rubbish and broken items that are in just about every cupboard and corner in every office, room and corridor under the Merton Stand. We'll start at the Meadow End and work towards the Blackfriars. There will be some heavy lifting involved for those on a fitness regime but in the main the tasks will be well within the capabilities of most people.

We would also like to have sufficient volunteers on site to follow the clearance gang by doing a “first level” clean in each cleared space by sweeping and clutter / litter collection, bagging and dumping. So again, the more volunteers we can have working the easier and quicker it will be for all.

Attached is a list of items we would ask you to bring you with – not all will need all the items but again please “be prepared” and bring what you are able to lay a hand on.

Another reason we would like as many as possible to attend is, and please keep this under your hat, that we are expecting Dan Pallett and a film crew from BBC TV Midlands Today - and possibly a crew from BBC H&W - to be at the stadium at some point over the weekend to interview some of our volunteers and film you in action! Just so the gentlemen volunteers are aware, new hair-dos, manicures, pedicures and excessive make-up are not required!

So if you are able to fulfil your offer to volunteer with Hereford FC then please “Reply” to this email. There are only three possible answers to pick from. If you are intending to join us on Saturday 9th would you please just “Reply” to this email and in the Subject Heading enter only – “YES – Day 1”, or, in you are only coming on Sunday 10th it is “YES – 2,” or, for Saturday and Sunday enter “Yes Both days” - please do not enter any more information in the email text part as we will not be opening the emails.

Maintenance Team

We have now formed a maintenance team from our volunteer force to start the internal repairs to doors and door-frames, holes in walls, and many other tasks around the stadium. 

We thank Gerry and Jon - both “professional” carpenters as well as experienced maintenance men – David and Ted for their enthusiastic approach to a fair amount of work and specifically David for promptly producing a prioritised work schedule. 

Anyone interested in joining this team please email volunteers@herefordfc.co.uk.


Volunteer Domestic Team

We are also looking to form a team of “committed” volunteers to join Sharon, Stephen and Catherine (who have already signed-up) to make up a team to keep our stadium clean for the long term. We will need 12 or more for the coming season(s) and anyone can join, male or female and any age. We are particularly keen to share the work of keeping our stadium spick and span among as many fans as possible to lighten the work load for everyone.

It will involve cleaning offices and public areas, players’ dressing rooms, corridors, social rooms and anything else you decide. Make no mistake this will be a very important team and whilst it may not appear to be the most glamorous role, it certainly will be a much valued contribution to what Hereford FC is seeking to achieve.

We want the team members to decide for themselves how they will work be that on a rota system or all together and your personal speciality and preferences for undertaking the type of work we need to do. This way we hope to be as flexible as possible.  Basically, something for everyone and in the fullness of time we will even be providing the cleaning materials … not you! If you’re interested in joining the team, then please email volunteers@herefordfc.co.uk.

Part Time Post

There is also vacancy to be filled shortly, paid at around the minimum wage, that involves clerical and admin type duties and requires a degree of computer literacy with email, spreadsheets and word. 

The post is based around a fix term contract between August 15 to end April/May 16, with the possibility of renewing for the following season. 

A DBS check will be necessary for any applicant. Hours have some flexibility to be discussed after application.

If anyone is, or knows anyone who may be interested in such a position which is related to football but not directly with Hereford FC, please get in touch by email to volunteers@herefordfc.co.uk enclosing full personal details and your cv.

UPDATE Tuesday: Volunteers for May9th/10th please sign in at 9.30am


50th HUST Draw This Evening


HUST will hold the 50th draw of their Prize Bull Lottery this evening.

The jackpot stands at £2800.

It's easy to enter the lottery. Simply choose for numbers between 1 and 24 and for just £1 per week get in with a chance to win. More details:http://www.hufctrust.co.uk/the-prize-bull/

At the same time entries help HUST raise money to buy their share in Hereford FC.

Last week they gave the club a cheque for £25K for their first 25000 shares but they need to raise £250K in the next three years to take up their 50% holding in the new club. 

Sunday, May 03, 2015

FA READY TO BRING IN FINALS FESTIVAL!


The Football Association look set to pilot a joint FA Trophy and FA Vase festival of football at Wembley Stadium next May according to the Non League Paper. It's says the governing body will next week announce they are to test drive the one-day double bill at the national stadium. 
Should it be a success the FA would take steps to make the event an annual event following a worrying dip in attendances for the two show piece Non-League cup competitions. 

They hope to promote Sunday May 22nd 2016 as FA Non-League Finals Day with the emphasis on attracting neutral supporters to watch two games for a good value day out. 

Meanwhile, proposed cuts to Vase and Trophy prize funds look set to be scrapped in what is a huge boost to clubs. 


HUST Look To Appoint Minute Secretary


This from Chris Williams HUST Chairman ...

The HUST Board at its meeting on Thursday 30th April 2015, discussed the current and future workloads of the Trust and identified a number of activities that we would like to seek help with from our membership. Others will follow but this is the first of those requests for help; the appointment of a Minute Secretary for our Board meetings. 

The commitment for the role would be to attend one Board meeting each month and other occasional ad hoc meetings as and when required if convenient. 

The volunteer we are looking for is someone who would be willing to attend and record minutes of our meetings on the last Thursday of each month and circulate promptly to Board members. Someone with experience and an understanding of the role of a Minute Secretary would be preferred. 

Please respond with an expression of interest to Chris Williams at chairman@hufctrust.co.uk

UITC Enjoy Junior Premier League Shield Finals Day


Steve Brotherwood reports on the success of the two UITC teams yesterday.

The U15 and U16 Youth Academy teams capped a fine first season back in the JPL by carrying off the shield competitions for their respective age groups.

The U16s took on Salisbury FC at 10.30am at The Corinium Stadium, home of Cirencester Town FC. Dean Clarke and his men have been on the march since the turn of the year and winning the shield competition has completed a fine turn around in 2015. 

In a tight and tense affair, the first chance fell to the men in white when Sam Oxley raced through only to be denied by a fine save from the Salisbury Keeper. Matt MacDonald found space on the edge of the area but couldn't fire a shot away as Hereford controlled early proceedings. Captain Jay Richmond expertly marshalled a back line that kept Salisbury's direct style of play at bay with Goalkeeper James Aurelius rarely called into action. Salisbury did have a spell of sustained pressure as the first half came to a close, but the Young Bulls stood firm and the first half closed with the score still 0-0.

The second half started in much the same fashion as the first, neither team willing to give an inch. Hereford broke the deadlock when a fine team moved was calmly finished off by the lively Oxley as he rounded the Salisbury Keeper to send the travelling band of supporters into raptures. The goal was no more than the whites deserved having taken the early initiative at the start of the second period.

The goal sparked Salisbury into life and they would equalise before the game was out to take the game into extra time. Lewis Clarke was replaced with a calf injury before the unfortunate Ben Scotford also limped off with a calf problem as extra Time began.

The two ten minutes extra time periods were nervy with chances at a premium. 
Matt MacDonald was doing his best from an advanced midfield role but his shot was blocked as it headed towards goal. Into penalties we headed with neither goalkeeper troubled. Penalties is always a lottery, it's great when you win, horrible when you lose. Someone's a hero, someone's a villain. 

Lewis Corrick calmly slotted in the opener, 1-0. Salisbury Equalised 1-1
Jay Richmond made it 2-1 to the Bulls before goalkeeper James Aurelius made a fine save from the next Salisbury penalty to give the whites the advantage.
Matt MacDonald sent the keeper the wrong way 3-1, Salisbury pulled one back 3-2.
Sam Oxley smashed home his penalty to give us a 4-2 lead before Salisbury kept the pressure on to make it 4-3.
Sean Powell had a chance to win it. Only to be denied by a fine diving save from the Salisbury keeper who then equalised to send the game into sudden the death. 4-4.

Ethan Clarke and Kieron Young both slotted home for the Bulls before James Aurelius produced a full length save to win the game for us and spark wild celebrations amongst players and supporters. The win was no more than the boys deserved and they showed an abundance of character and determination to overcome a stubborn Salisbury side, in the 12 games since the turn of the year they have suffered just one defeat and have produced some dazzling displays of football to overcome most before them. Credit to Clarkey and his men who have been superb in 2015. 

After the drama of the early kick off, the U15s had the difficult task of trying follow the U16s in carrying off their respective shield competition. Cheered on by their own band of supporters and many of the successful U16s squad, the boys produced their finest display of the season to complete a double. 

Facing an in form Rushden & Diamonds side who had won all of their 11 games in 2015, we entered the game as clear underdogs due to our indifferent form this season. Some excellent performances have been overshadowed by some below par displays that have left both players and staff frustrated and consistency has been an issue for what is a talented bunch of players. 

Ethan McInery unlucky missed out on the match day squad having suffered a double arm break a couple of weeks back and it was great to have Ethan their with us yesterday to share the success.

On to the game itself, now a 1.00pm KO due to the extended U16 fixture and we were under pressure from the first whistle with R&D on the front foot from the off. Liam Griffiths had to race his line to snub out one attack before Tom Nunn was harshly adjudged to have bought down the lively number 9 for R&D and the referee pointed to the spot. Fortunately for us, the R&D attacker struck wide from 12 yards and we never looked back to produce our finest display of the season. 

Captain Cameron Godsall gave an inspired performance at centre half alongside the solid Josh Peace while Tom Nunn and Jake Ashford controlled the centre of the pitch and it wasn't long before we got the goal our had work deserved. We were right In the face of the opposition and we won a lot of second balls high up the pitch which gave us a great platform to work from. Nunn sent Greg Preece away and he calmly lobbed over the on rushing Rushden keeper to give us a 1-0 lead.

Joe Mellars replaced Charlie Meek in a bid to freshen things up and he created two good chances for himself only to be denied by fine saves. Mellars has worked incredibly hard this year for the U14 age group and has been a breath of fresh air since making the step up to the U15s. We were unlucky not to add to the score line but happy to go in a goal to the good.

The half time team talk was easy, keep doing what we're doing and we will get the rewards, take our foot off the gas and we will get punished. One thing we have been guilty of this season is producing for 40mins instead of the fully 80mins. 

The boys produced a display of a steely determination that they weren't gonna let the game slip and that was the most pleasing thing of all. We added to our lead when Greg Preece was dragged down when through on goal and he got up to tuck away the spot kick. On 60minutes, Laurie Morgan Clare scored a brilliant header from a Tom Nunn corner and make the game safe at 3-0. We saw the game out and again were unlucky not to have scored more. 

Credit to all the players on yesterday's performance, the challenge for them is to produce these types of performance on a more regular basis next season. Left back Dan Pugh was voted MOM by the league members watching, in truth it could have gone to anyone of the 16 players in yesterday's match day squad and that is a great position to be in. 



Success For UITC In Cup Competitions


There was success for UITC in two Nerf Junior League Cup finals yesterday as both the U16 and U15 won their games.

The U16 team defeated Salisbury on penalties after the teams were level at 1-1 after extra time.

The U15 defeated Rushen and Diamonds 3-0.

"The boys are all on a pathway to the senior club," said trustee Nick Nenadich.

"Which augurs very well for the future."
 

Up To 300 Players Caught By McIndoe


Former Hereford United winger Michael McIndoe has caught players such as Robbie Keane and Jimmy Bullard in a £30M scam according to the Mail on Sunday. The story has been circulating for months but the paper claims it has some new facts about those involved.
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McIndoe

Up to 300 players might have been taken in by McIndoe.

In essence McIndoe told players he had set up a miracle investment scheme that paid 20% interest per month from investments in gold, stocks and property.

However payments to players soon stopped as the scheme, which was described as a 'simple Ponzi scheme', fell apart in 2012.

Several Wolves, Aston Villa and Coventry players were caught out. A consortium of Wolves played are said to have put over £1M in cash in a single payment into McIndoe's scam.

The paper also claims McIndoe tried to throw matches.

One League Two player said he was approached.

"He tried to get me to throw matches. He said he'd give me £10K to get sent off. I wasn't interested," he said.

Someone who knew McIndoe and is now a manager in the Football League summed up the situation.

"I feel badly let down by a mate. Nobody knows the full scale of the fraud. He is an unbelievable manipulator of people."




Rob Purdie Personal Training


Rob Purdie is starting a new career as a personal trainer. He told us:

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Saturday, May 02, 2015

Hereford FC Article In Daily Mail


There's an article in the Daily Mail about Hereford FC. It was written by Oliver Holt


Hereford FC are rising like a phoenix from the ashes as Bulls fans rally to save their club... and Edgar Street 

  • Edgar Street lies untouched since Hereford United were wound up in the High Court on December 19
  • The home changing room lay undisturbed from the moment the club ceased to exist
  • Edgar Street is a beautiful stadium still. It is rundown and ragged but its nobility has survived
  • Four businessmen pledged £50,000 each to finance the birth of a new ‘phoenix’ club at Edgar Street, to be known as Hereford FC
  • They deserve praise. Edgar Street is worth saving. It’s part of our cultural heritage

It was still Christmas at Edgar Street last week. Every day since December 19 has been like Christmas here. That was the day that Hereford United were wound up in the High Court in London. That was the day that time stood still. That was the day that Edgar Street was entombed.
So in Addison’s Bar, overlooking the pitch, nine mince pies sat on a foil tray next to the beer pumps. Golden letters saying ‘Happy Christmas’ hung askew and forlorn from a wall. An artificial Christmas tree had fallen on the floor and been left on its side.
There was a smell of damp. A Star Wars slot machine stood in one corner. Its lights were out. In the gloom, it was still possible to make out pictures of Ronnie Radford and Ricky George, heroes of Hereford’s famous 1972 FA Cup third round replay win over Newcastle, Edgar Street’s finest hour.
A sign dominated the room. ‘Our Greatest Glory Lies Not in Never Having Fallen but in Rising When we Fall,’ it said.
The home changing room felt like a crime scene. It, too, lay undisturbed from the moment the club ceased to exist. Dirty kit worn by the players in the club’s final training session was strewn all over the floor.
Used towels were crumpled on benches. A football nestled sadly against a wall in the showers. A can of deodorant lay beneath one player’s peg, next to a discarded copy of How Not to be a Football Millionaire, Keith Gillespie’s memoir of profligacy and loss.
During the final days of Hereford United, some of the players slept here on pull-out beds, not through any great sense of solidarity but because it was more cheerful than the B&B around the corner that was the best alternative.
Edgar Street is a beautiful stadium still, a ground full of character and beauty with its two-tier stands and its curving terraces. It is rundown and ragged but its nobility has survived.
The grass has been mown by Herefordshire Council a couple of times but long barren patches criss-cross the pitch now, tell-tale signs of the drainage pipes that lie beneath. One of them runs across the spot, 35 yards out, from where Radford hit his famous screamer in ’72. ‘This is the home of the Bulls,’ a banner says.
But out of this vision of Edgar Street as football’s Mary Celeste comes another remarkable story of the refusal of English football fans to let their clubs die.

A refreshment bar sits in a corner of the ground, unused for almost five months
A refreshment bar sits in a corner of the ground, unused for almost five months

At the end of a week when Bournemouth, a club that was ‘48 hours from oblivion’ less than seven years ago, was promoted to the Premier League, Edgar Street’s days as a tomb are over. Supporters have begun to roll away the stone. Hereford United are no more. That is true. The club’s demise was a familiar football story of misfortune and mismanagement that ended in the Kafkaesque nightmare of powerlessness in the face of mysterious owners whose intentions were unclear and who spoke of salvation as they led the club to destruction.
In the end, the most recent face of the ownership, Andy Lonsdale, who had promised to invest £1 million, didn’t even make it to the High Court to contest the final winding-up petition last December. He got stuck in traffic, he said, and the club, which had been expelled from the Football Conference six months earlier and deposited in the Southern League, went out of business.
But a football ground inspires fierce loyalties in supporters. For many of us, it is the stadium that holds the essence of a club. It is the stadium that is the keeper of the club’s memories and the place that ensures continuity. The owners killed Hereford United but they could not destroy Edgar Street. The supporters knew Hereford United was being strangled slowly anyway. By then it was just a name. So when the end came on December 19, a group of fans headed straight for the stadium to try to stop creditors desecrating the stadium further. West Mercia police were called. The shutters came down.
But as long as the stadium was there, as long as it had not been razed to the ground or swallowed up by development, there was always hope of a rebirth. Then, some weeks ago, four businessmen who are known to be lifelong Hereford fans, pledged £50,000 each to finance the birth of a new ‘phoenix’ club at Edgar Street, to be known as Hereford FC.
Rubbish Dumped Behind The Blackfriars Stand - BN Picture
Last week, groups of volunteers cleared away that tray of mince pies and started the job of trying to make Edgar Street fit for purpose again. Workmen began removing asbestos from roofing areas of the main stand where it had been disturbed. Plans were being made to relay the pitch and repair the emergency lighting that is essential for a safety certificate. Life came flooding back in.
‘To the Bulls fans who rolled sleeves up and transformed my beloved Edgar Street for Hereford FC today,’ the new club’s Operations Director, Ken Kinnersley, wrote on Twitter, ‘I love you all!’
They deserve that kind of praise. Edgar Street is worth saving. It’s part of our cultural heritage. Apart from anything else that has happened here, Radford’s goal 43 years ago, perhaps more than any other, will always encapsulate the romance of the FA Cup and the depth of the supporting culture in our country.
It seems right that a Supporters’ Trust will have a say in the running of the new club. Representatives of Hereford FC travelled to Wembley last week to show their business plan to the Football Association. They will be informed next week which level of the pyramid they will be allowed to play in.
The usual rule is that clubs begins their new existence two divisions below the rung where the old existence ended. If that is confirmed later this month, Hereford FC will begin life next season in the Midland Football League, the ninth tier of English football.
Suddenly, optimism is everywhere. Chris Ammonds, Hereford FC’s Commercial and Office Manager, says the club have already sold 580 season tickets for 2015-16, more than for many years. More than 70 local businesses have contacted him to register an interest in helping or in arranging sponsorship deals. Some have offered to send staff to speed the clear-up.
The non-league football community is standing by Hereford FC. The first match at Edgar Street will be a pre-season friendly against FC United of Manchester, a club whose rise and rise embodies the power of fans’ dreams, on July 11th.
The club has a new crest, too. Hereford FC is written above the picture of a bull that was on the old crest. Below the bull is a new message. ‘United Forever’, it says.

Peaceful Protest Against Owners At Blackpool


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This from the Blackpool Supporters Trust after today's game was abandonded following a second half pitch invasion against the Oyston family who own the club.

Blackpool Supporters’ Trust wishes to congratulate and thank all football fans who attended the Fans United march and protest today on their passionate but impeccable behaviour throughout the proceedings.
The entire morning was a celebration of the coming together of thousands of like-minded football fans with supporters from other clubs - noticeable by their shirts and accents – in support of our common cause, giving football back to the fans. The procession was spectacular, the demands for the Oystons to go were vociferous and the laying of shirts, scarves and messages at the plinth where Stan Mortensen’s statue stood was very moving.
Yes, there was a pitch invasion and yes, the afternoon’s game did get abandoned but the frustration of the majority inside Bloomfield Road at the way the club has been run of late was palpable and there was clear sympathy for this act of civil disobedience in which both the pitch invaders and the police acted with restraint and good humour.
The camaraderie and solidarity shown left many with the feeling that no matter what football club owners may throw at them (or remove from them), we will never be detracted or diverted from our main objective of returning our club to its fans and the community it serves.
Football was indeed first today  – and it made you feel proud to be a Blackpool fan, it made you feel proud to be a football fan.