Sunday, September 21, 2014

Supporters Coach Travel To FA Youth Cup Match Wednesday

United In The Community have a limited number of spaces available for supporters to travel on the team coach to Wednesfield for the FA Youth Cup match this coming Wednesday.

The coach is expected to depart Edgar Street at 4pm, with spare seats available for £10 each to help cover the cost of travel. To reserve one of these spots, please email with your details. Payment will be due on boarding the coach, paid directly to UITC.

After a successful 6-0 Preliminary Round win at Malvern two weeks ago, Rob Purdie's side will be looking to progress to the Second Qualifying Round with victory on Wednesday.

Ex-Bull Watch

Sam Clucas scored his first Chesterfield goal but they lost 3-2 to Doncaster. Mark Marshall netted the winner as Port Vale beat Barnsley in their first game after Micky Adams' departure. Andy Williams scored for Swindon as they beat Sheff Utd 5-2.

Stuart Fleetwood scored the only goal of the game as Eastleigh beat Braintree. Eric Odhiambo has joined Jon Brady's Brackley Town, where his former Bulls trialist brother Eddie also plays. Both lined up along with loan signing Sam Smith in their goalless draw with Bradford PA yesterday.

Also in Conference North, Rob Purdie made his debut as Tamworth's caretaker boss with a 1-1 draw at home to Colwyn Bay. The 31 year old played the full game, leaving the shouting to Paul Green, who was suspended. Afterwards, Purdie told the press:

"Having Paul (Green) and Dave (Hibbert) in the dugout today really helped us although I think Paul lost his voice after about 30 minutes! We were able to see what was happening from all angles and although injuries and suspension obviously didn't help us I think that we played the best we have all season this afternoon."

In the Scottish Premier League, Marley Watkins scored as Inverness beat St Johnstone to move back to the top of the table, six points ahead of Celtic but with the giants having two games in hand.

UITC Thank HUST For Donation

This from HUST:

Saturday, September 20, 2014

HUST AGM Election

The following is the Election process from the HUST AGM, conducted by Keith Hall of the Election Management Group.

Taylor Pleased With Win

After this afternoon's three points against Biggleswade, Hereford United manager Jon Taylor spoke to the Hereford Times.

"I was a bit disappointed condeding at the end, but I thought we probably had about 80% of the ball," said Taylor.

"Last week was one of those games when we were 2-0 up and thought the game would be easy.

"But when you are playing, you have to earn the right.

"I thought we got it right today and looked dangerous on the counter-attack."

Meanwhile assistant manager Neil Phelps also spoke to the HT. He confirmed that his wife had left the club earlier this week.

"I am acting club secretary at the moment until somebody else comes in," said Phelps.

"Laura had her reasons for leaving.

"Some may say they were good reasons, some may say there were not, but it's up to Laura."

Third Selection Of Pictures From Edgar Street This Afternoon

A third selection of pictures from inside Edgar Street this afternoon.

Tommy Agombar Chatting To Stuart Blake

'New' Physio On Duty This Afternoon
First Appearance At ES For Tommy Agombar Jrn

Two Happy Players After Today's Victory, Samuel Bobes-Gilroy And Javia Roberts

Attendance down 82% in 12 months

With the ongoing saga at Edgar Street, the crowd fell for the third game in a row today. Only 339 spectators turned up to witness Jon Taylor's men grab all 3 points after beating Biggleswade Town 2-1.

Just over a year ago Hereford lost 2-0 to Aldershot at a very wet Edgar Street. A healthy 1,851 went through the turnstiles for the Friday night fixture. The result left the Bulls 12th in the Skrill Premier table, but just over 12 months later they lie 14th in the Southern League; 3 of the sides below have games in hand and, dependent on the two fixtures on Tuesday night, they could be down to 16th.

Along with 6 changes in the squad from the previous game, there was a different physio to usual in the dugout. Tommy Agombar was seen alongside Stuart Blake, but Chairman Andy Lonsdale was not spotted at today's game. Directors John Edwards and Elke Thuerlings were also missing from the stands, despite reportedly expected to be in attendance this afternoon having returned from China. Former director Bob Pritchard watched the game.

In any case, the falling attendances, rumours of staff and players not being paid since June and the teams inconsistent form of late, does leave supporters wondering what the next twist in the tale will be. Meanwhile, since the club’s PR officer Laura Phelps left the club, the official site has been dormant for 10 days and the only tweets since the the Bulls crashed out the FA Cup have been to dismiss rumours of today’s game being postponed.

Second Half Pictures From Edgar Street

A selection of pictures from the second half of Hereford's 2-1 win over Biggleswade.

That's Close Enough

Again Keeper Collects Safely

This Header From Delroy Gordon Goes Straight To The Keeper
Another Cross From The Right

First Game For Tommy Agombar Jrn

Ball To Hand?

First Half Pictures From Edgar Street

A selection of pictures from this afternoon's first half at Edgar Street where the home side defeated Biggleswade 2-1.

Nearly Hand Ball
I Can Run Faster Than You
And Get The Ball Past You

Bigglewade Keeper Collects After Free Kick Comes Back Off  Post
Referee Watches For Free Kick
Good Control

Keeper Reacts To Akinde But Ball Is Heading Goalwards

Bulls Deserved Three Points

Six Changes For The Bulls This Afternoon After The FA Cup Defeat Last Saturday
A game which attracted the lowest ever home gate at Edgar Street  turned out to be probably the most entertaining played at the ground this season to date.

Whilst the Bulls only two goals scored, they hit the woodwork twice and had a couple cleared off the line. Biggleswade did get one back late in the game with a penalty.

The Bulls had by far the best of the first half. However it wasn't until half way through that they took the lead.

Bobes-Gilroy Celebrates His Goal
After several half-attempts the ball came out to Samuel Bobes-Gilroy who made no mistake with a shot from around 20 yards.

Seven minutes later Hereford were awarded a free-kick just outside the box. Obi Onyeike hit the cross bar.

Soon afterwards Bilal Yafai hit the post with the keeper well-beaten.

Akinde Made It 2-0
Then just before half-time Samuel Akinde made it 2-0. Protests about possible offside were ignored by the officials.

The second half wasn't as one sided as the first. Biggleswade had more possession at times but in essence failed to trouble Bulls keeper Luke Williams until very late in the game.

There were a couple of incidents including some handbags and the referee made six bookings in total.

Penalty By Lee Allison With Luke Williams Well Beaten
Then minutes before the final whistle Biggleswade converted a penalty after Wader Banton was brought down.

Hereford Starting XI: Williams, Onyeike, Cutajar, Agombar, Gascoigne, Gordon, Roberts, Bobes-Gilroy, Akinde, Vetier, Yafai.

Subs: Kone, Viner, Diop, Fortnam-Tomlinson, O'Neill.

Attendance: 339 including a couple of directors and a handfull of fans from Biggleswade.

League Table: Hereford move up to 14th place after today's three points.

Just 339 At Edgar Street

The impact of the FA Cup exit, complete lack of PR, and ongoing rumours surrounding events at Edgar Street saw the attendance today reach a new low.

The club reported an attendance of just 339 for today's game with Biggleswade, down by a third from the 5-2 loss to Burnham three weeks ago.

Six Changes As Biggleswade Beaten

Hereford United made six changes from last week's dismal FA Cup exit as they beat Biggleswade Town 2-1 at Edgar Street.

They took the lead midway through the first half through a Sam Bobes-Gilroy drive and hit the woodwork twice more before Sam Akinde netted a second just before half time with the visitors claiming he was offside. The visitors claimed a late goal with a penalty in the dying minutes but had no time to claim a draw.

Tommy Agombar was in attendance, sat next to Stuart Blake, but Andy Lonsdale was reported to not be there:

Meanwhile an official attendance was not disclosed during the match.

It's A Family Affair

Neil Phelps is listed in today's match programme as having become Acting Club Secretary in place of his wife, Laura. The programme is just £1 after being £2 for previous games and is of a much different design.

Meanwhile Harry Agombar, son of Tommy the over-enthusiastic season ticket holder, starts for Hereford United after joining on loan from Swindon Town.

Notes From The AGM

This from HUST:

The following are Chairman Chris Williams’ notes that he opened the AGM with:

The notes reference a timeline document that was handed out at the meeting:

Bulls Plight Noted In Today's Independent

Hereford United's current plight is given a mention in this morning's Independent newspaper.

This comes after the subject of trying to give the problems at the club more media coverage was raised at Thursday evening's HUST AGM.

Hereford need fresh start

It is a truly desperate state of affairs at Hereford United. The fans are estranged from the owners and a winding-up petition looms. Last week the great FA Cup giant-killers were knocked out in the first qualifying round by Ellistown & Ibstock of the East Midlands County League. The only answer may be a new club.

Friday, September 19, 2014

UITC In Action At Belmont Saturday Morning

United In The Community have several games at Belmont Abbey tomorrow morning that fans are welcome to watch.

West Brom visit Hereford for a pair of 10am kick offs with one of the u12 sides and the u14's the opposition. At 11am the u13's take on Newport County, and at Noon the second u12 side take on Evesham.

The final game kicks off at 12.30pm with the u14 side taking on Cheltenham Town. The u16 side are away at Birmingham City.

Another Ex-Bull Joins Southport

Former Bulls loan striker Ross Dyer has joined former boss Martin Foyle at Southport.

Now with Halifax, Dyer has made a loan switch with Danny Hattersley moving in the opposite direction. Dyer, who scored three times in five games for the Bulls last season, has netted once in seven for the Shaymen and has started only once since the first week of the season.

Foyle, and assistant Andy Porter, have Dom Collins, Micah Evans, Daniel Lloyd-Weston, Richard Brodie, and Joe Connor also at their disposal. The Sandgrounders currently sit just above the Conference relegation zone with two wins so far this season.

Creditors Push Salisbury Into Administration

A group of creditors have put Salisbury City into Administration.

The group, led by one of the consortium trying to wrest control of the club from the Moroccan businessman who took charge in May, applied to the Court to put the club into Administration with the Whites due to face Winding Up proceedings again on Monday.

Spokesman Paul Smith told the BBC: "This is a group of business people who have tried everything in their power to regain control of the football club.

"We didn't feel we were going anywhere, there was enormous pressure from certain creditors, companies that were threatening to wind the club up.

"We took the decision collectively in co-operating with a number of creditors to take action and take it to the High Court. We feel it was in the best interests of the football club."

HUST Membership Renewals Now Due

This from HUST:

Memberships are now due for renewal with the HUST year running from AGM to AGM. Renewals can be completed online or in person at the forthcoming Fans Team game against Walsall Legends on Sunday, October 5th at Pegasus Juniors’ Old School Lane ground.

The Board of HUST have received a number of complaints that it was not made sufficiently clear that memberships ran until the AGM and not for a full 12 month period from the date of joining. The Board have agreed that they could have made the point clearer and have agreed a discounted renewal rate for the coming year to anyone that joined HUST in the second half of the 2013/14 period.

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.

Members 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 us.

19th September 2014.

Facey In Court Today

Former Bulls striker Delroy Facey is in Court today to face charges of conspiracy to commit bribery.

The 34 year old had not played professionally since leaving Edgar Street after a single season in 2012. He is to appear alongside Moses Swaibu at Birmingham Crown Court.

Swaibu, a former Whitehawk player, has previously been tried on match fixing charges but the jury failed to reach a verdict in a trial that saw former teammate Michael Boateng jailed for 16 months but another ex-Whitehawk man, Hakeem Adelakun cleared of charges.

Nibbo Raises £235 For Club Receptionist

Former club photographer Steve Niblett held a collection at last night's HUST AGM in aid of Chelsea Corner.

The teenager confirmed yesterday she had left the club and is owed two and a half months wages. Nibbo took a bucket round the crowd during the half time break and raised £235 to help her pay her bills.

Chelsea is now looking for a job so if anyone needs someone that has worked above and beyond the call of duty then please contact Nibbo and he'll pass details on.

Board Elected At AGM

This from HUST:

The following Trust Board members were elected at last night’s AGM:

Chris Williams
Martin Watson
Paul Stevens
Tony Clifford-Jones
Chris Oleksy
Mick Loader

The new face on the Board is Mick, who was previously helping the club with commercial activities.
In addition to those elected, two more are expected to be co-opted at the next Board meeting, with Richard Howard and Mike Langford offering their services but not completing paperwork to take part in the election process.

Three Board members have departed, with Treasurer Jack James, Secretary Gemma Eckley, and Gary Bradley stepping down due to other commitments. The Board would like to express their thanks to all three for their excellent work during HUST’s formation and first year of operation.

A number of documents presented to the AGM will be uploaded over the coming days. Unfortunately we were unable to stream the event last night due to a woeful internet connection from EE, but we hope to have some video to upload.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Report From Trust AGM

The first Annual General Meeting of the Hereford United Supporters Trust took place this evening at the Richmond Club in Hereford.

Chairman Chris Williams took the meeting. He was on top table along with five other board members. Around 50 other members were present.

Williams gave a report on the Trust's first year.

Members were given a document of events which Williams went through.

He stated that the Trust had started with the club in financial straits but playing in the Conference. Now it is playing two tiers below and deeper in debt.

When the Trust started it talked to the board and helped fund the club in several ways but the financial situation continued to get worse.

Eventually the club was put up for sale. There were three bidders, a consortium who soon pulled out,  HUST and Tommy Agombar.

HUST asked for pledges to help fund a bid and received a lot of backing but in the end chairman David Keyte decided to sell to Agombar  as 'they had more money'.

Keyte refused to show HUST the books.

On reflection Williams felt the club should have gone bust.

Williams has spoken to Agombar several times. Initially Agombar said that the club would be back in the FL in two seasons but then Agombar had that meeting with Herefordshire Council about transferring the leases to his company.

At that stage HUST offered £58K to Agombar for the club but he refused.

Williams felt that was when the club stopped being about football but was all about leases. 'Take the football out of Edgar Street and it's no longer my club'.

Why didn't they pay the Conference Bond, why not sort the safety issues, why not do basic repairs like cleaning out the gutters?

HUST then asked members what they should do and the answer was a boycott, don't go there and get them out.

After the first winding up order meeting in the High Court, there was contact between Agombar and Williams. HUST asked for a letter from Agombar saying there would be no sale of Edgar Street etc, one was promised but it's never been received despite repeated reminders.

So what is HUST doing? Williams said they had made lots of friends throughout football and they are currently supporting UITC and Youth Football. They keep in contact with the business group but can't do anything with them until the current owners of Hereford United move away.

"It's crucial to retain Edgar Street," said Williams.

Treasurer Jack James gave his report. Current membership is 743 adults, 155 juniors and 9 corporate members.

Income was increasing with merchandise and the supporters team. HUST had a current surplus of £10880 compared with £6268 at the end of May.

Then a question and answer session.

One of those was about how much money Agombar had put into the club, another about who were the directors and a third about what happened to the leases should the club go into liquidation - the leases would revert to the Council said Williams.

Then in reply to another question Williams said that HUST had suggested to the Council that should the club fold, HUST would like to have a licence to operate Edgar Street until the beginning the next season. The idea would be to show the the Council that HUST could run the club and also show the Southern League that Hereford United would be back in business ready for next season. It was hoped the SL would look kindly at this.

"They need Hereford in their League," said Williams.

It was then revealed that absent directors John Edwards and his partner would be back from China before Saturday's game at Edgar Street.

Asked about the strategy, Williams that HUST's was to let the club die. The debts are too high.

"A different model is required," he said. "The boycott is helping strave the club."

Steve Niblett then spoke about how he been helping raise funds for players and staff.

The latest staff member to leave is Chelsea Corner and a collection for her raised £235. Nibbo later presented to money to Chelsea who was at the meeting.

Keith Hall then took over as 'election officer'.

All those board meeting who were standing were re-elected. Mick Loader was also elected to the board and Mick Langford was co-opted onto the board to become treasurer in place of Jack James who has stood down.

Hall also made suggestions that a 'fighting fund' should be launched and that more press coverage was required particularily in the Hereford Times.

"We need to raise the profile," he said.

Another member felt it was important to keep the 'momentum going'.

Williams then thanked the members for attending and closed the meeting.

Next years HUST AGM will take place on September 17th 2015.  

Club Receptionist Confirms Wages Owed

Club receptionist Chelsea Corner has confirmed on Twitter that she is owed two and a half months wages, having not been paid since June.

The teenager, who is on a training scheme placement at the club, has also confirmed she has quit this week 'after months of being treated like a mug'.

£10 Coach Places For FA Youth Cup Trip To Wednesfield

There will be spaces available for supporters to travel on the Youth Team coach to Wednesfield for next Wednesday's FA Youth Cup match.

Tickets for travel are £10 with the coach leaving from the Merton Meadow car park at 4pm. Bookings can be made by emailing HUST with money paid directly to UITC.

HUST AGM Tonight

This from HUST:

The HUST AGM is tonight in the Richmond Club, Edgar Street, starting at 7.30pm.

The meeting is for members only. Members are asked to bring their membership cards for easy identification or, if not possible, a list of members will be on hand to confirm details.

News Round-Up

Torquay have agreed to rename Plainmoor after signing a four year deal with a local window firm. The financial terms of the deal are undisclosed. Former Bulls loanee Febian Brandy has joined Crewe on loan from Rotherham. The former Man Utd trainee, 25, has made only one appearance for the Millers since a summer move from Sheff Utd.

Tamworth chairman Bob Andrews says that he will not rush a new appointment after axing Dale Belford and putting Rob Purdie in temporary charge. Andrews says he may consider a player boss, while Michael Townsend told the local press that the squad should all take responsibility for Belford's dismissal.

Former Bull Jarrod Bowen scored twice for Hull City's u18 side as they beat Burton Albion 3-2 on Wednesday afternoon.

Club Sec Leaves As Players Depart Accommodation

The Hereford Times has confirmed in today's edition that Club Secretary Laura Phelps has left the club.

Phelps was responsible for the PR output from the club, including the matchday programme, and is understood to have left earlier in the week after discussions with Tommy Agombar.

The paper has also confirmed that the players have left accommodation at the RNC with the piece headlining with Jon Taylor insisting he picks the team and tactics, and not Agombar.

Taylor also denies claims of the side training in Bedfont, saying that they still have use of Victoria Park - which was confirmed to Bulls News last night by Bob Pritchard as being in the hands of UITC but with the club having a right of use.

Phelps' last comment on the club's official twitter account was to tell a fan that the club was 'looking at options' in regards to training after being asked about the Bedfont rumours.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

At Large And In Charge

With the wall of silence continuing from the club, it is claimed by several sources that Tommy Agombar held meetings with staff yesterday.

The simple notion that Agombar would have held such meetings fly in the face of his ban from involvement under the Owners and Directors Test and comes after he was seen berating players after the weekend FA Cup loss.

While Jon Taylor denied rumours personally that he had left the manager's job, there has been no denial from the club about other claimed departures. One of those claimed to have left this week is Laura Phelps, listed on the club's own website as Club Secretary.

Phelps was originally brought in to handle PR on a voluntary basis, but the role quickly escalated with her husband Neil working as the club's Assistant Manager.

Agombar is claimed to have told staff and players that they would be paid wages, due at the end of August, on September 29th but that is understood to have not been enough for some staff members.

Since these claims surfaced, there hasn't been a single word from the club. It's website has been dormant since the weekend loss to Ellistown & Ibstock, while the Twitter page has been inundated with requests for a statement - and clarity on the rumours - without response.

If the PR person has truly gone, then a response may never come.

FA Youth Cup Match Next Wednesday

Rob Purdie's UITC Youth Team face their next FA Youth Cup match next Wednesday, September 22nd, at Wednesfield. 

The game will kick off at 7.45pm at the Wolverhampton based side's ground to see who will travel to either Nuneaton Griff or Bilston Town in the Second Qualifying Round.

There may be spaces available to supporters to travel to the game on the team coach, details will be posted when known.