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Friday, October 31, 2008

One Minute Silence before Match

There will be a one minute silence just before the start of tomorrow's game at Peterborough in memory of war victims.

Although Rememberence Day is November 11th, tomorrow is the nearest day on which a fixture at London Road is taking place.

It is expected that a one minute silence will take place at Edgar Street next Saturday just before the start of the FA Cup game against Dagenham and Redbridge.

Meanwhile there will be full commentary of the match on BBC Hereford and Worcester's 94.7FM frequency around Herefordshire.

Finally latest Skybet odds:

Peterborough 1/2 Draw 11/4 Hereford 13/2


Support for Turner from Ciderspace

Our good friends at Ciderspace, the excellent Yeovil website, have written an unlikely article.

They are backing Graham Turner's stance in opposing the West Mercia Police efforts to try and charge Hereford United for policing outside the ground as well as inside.

We reproduce it in full:

We Wish Hereford Well

WHAT?! Yes, you read the headline correctly. This site - for the first, and probably last, time ever - is wishing the Bulls******* the best of luck in their latest battle.

There has been little doubt for some time that police forces have been looking to chance their arm, suspecting that a political wind is blowing their way, with their charges on football clubs. Glovers fans are of course well aware of this, with the shambles that was the run up to the Boxing Day match against Swindon Town last season seeing weeks of argument between the club and Avon and Somerset Police over a proposed £40,000 charge.

Football clubs have never baulked at paying for any police presence inside their grounds, but quite reasonably have not been expected to pay for policing in the surrounding area. Even if the additional policing is indeed as a result of the fact a football match is taking place that is not how the principle of policing in this country is structured. Society as a whole pays for policing, whether it be to guard a politician, control a protest march, deal with a disturbance outside a pub or club, or come to your house if it's been burgled.

Now West Mercia Police are, in a case that seems designed deliberately to try to set a precedent, attempting to bill Hereford United not just for the presence inside Edgar Street for their fixture against Swindon Town in September, but for the policing of the nearby car park used by supporters (and of course by others, such as shoppers), which is owned by the Local Authority, and even for the police on the public highway, the A49, running past the ground. The bill that has been presented is over £20,000.

Such is the concern about something that, if the police are allowed to get away with it, could financially cripple clubs, that the Football League's chairman Lord Mawhinney took the time to visit Edgar Street for last Saturday's match against Stockport County to offer his support:

"I am concerned with the dispute between the club and the local police force and was keen to find out the circumstances for myself. While I was at the ground the club took me to see their football arrangements, in particular the car park that is not owned by the club. The Football League is fully supportive of the club regarding the difficulties it finds itself facing."

Of further concern is the issue of a conflict of interest, for it is of course the police themselves who determine the level, distribution and duration of policing they deem necessary for a football match. So no incentive for a budget conscious Chief Constable to try and offset a whole raft of general policing costs, some of which have nothing directly to do with the football club, onto that club? If they get away with things like council car parks and roads in the vicinity of a stadium how long before they start trying to charge clubs for the general policing around the whole of a town throughout a matchday, both before and after games? Then throw in any police presence at the railway station which might be several miles away? Or even general traffic control throughout the whole of their jurisdiction, arguing the volume of traffic is increased by football supporters on matchdays?

Graham Turner, who is owner, chairman and manager of Hereford United, has stated that he will not pay the part of the bill related to policing outside the stadium and will pursue the case to the High Court if necessary. West Mercia Police have declined to comment so far.


Changes for Peterborough Match says Turner

Graham Turner says he will change his starting eleven for tomorrow's game at Peterborough. He dropped Andy Williams and Sam Gwynne for last Tuesday's match at Millwall but both may be recalled.

"You always believe as a manager that you can get a result in every game and the players have to do the same," said Turner as reported by the Peterborough press.

"In our current situation it is important that we hold the belief that the next match is the turning point. That means we have to believe we can go away to Peterborough and, with a little bit of luck here and there, get our season going.

"It will be our fifth game in 15 days which is an extremely hard programme.

"I sensed it was time to give some lads a breather against Millwall and took the opportunity to put some fresh legs in.

"I thought we did okay in that game and showed plenty of energy, but we will start again with a new selection at Peterborough.

"It is only natural that the lads feel under pressure because they don't want to be the one that makes a mistake.

"No-one wants to make that costly misplaced pass or give up possession in their own half, but we got into League One by playing football and that's what we have to carry on doing.

"I still believe it will be enough to keep us there but we have got to be confident in our ability.

"We haven't quite got the flowing football right just yet and sometimes we have been guilty of taking the easy option and knocking the ball long instead of working it.

"We've changed things since the debacle at Oldham when we were very, very poor and we have looked a little bit more solid as a result.

"Obviously there's a concern now that, no matter who we're playing, we're not scoring goals so that's something we've got to try to address."


Bulls are in decent heart says Trewick

Hereford United coach John Trewick has been talking to the Worcester News in advance of tomorrow's game at Peterborough.

“We had a meeting and a discussion about one or two things and the mood was very positive.

“I think in different circumstances we could easily have taken away a draw in the two games and there was a lot in each match to feel positive about.

“We are disappointed that we didn’t pick up any points but I think the signs are there that, if we can be a little bit more creative and positive in the attacking side of the field and keep good balance and shape, we can get a result as we did against Carlisle. Peterborough are a good side with a lot of attacking threat.

“We go there in the same frame of mind as we have for the last three or four matches. We go there in decent heart and will be looking to get a result.”


Bulls battle over Police Costs backed By League Chairman.

Lord Mawhinney, the chairman of the football league, has backed Hereford United in its battle with the West Mercia Police over a £15,000 bill for policing the Swindon game early last month. The game was switched to a Friday night after a police request as they said they couldn't cope on the Saturday.

“I am concerned with the dispute between the club and the local police force and was keen to find out the circumstances for myself,” said Lord Mawhinney as reported in yesterday's Hereford Times.

“While I was at the ground the club took me to see their football arrangements, in particular the car park that is not owned by the club.

“The Football League is fully supportive of clubs regarding difficulties it finds itself facing.”

Also backing the club is the Mayor of Hereford, Councillor Kevin Wargen, a well known Hereford United supporter.

“It is disgraceful that the club are being charged for the police employed outside the ground, especially as the car park is owned by the local authority and not the club,” said Wargen.

“I went to the away game at Leeds and there was a large police presence inside the ground.

“I would expect them to be pay for this, but there were also police on horseback outside the ground, yet they haven’t been charged.”


Peterborough Reminder - Prediction League

This is your Friday reminder about the Bulls News Prediction League. A mini-break takes place after this game, so make sure you get your predictions in!

To enter, simply send your final score and attendance predictions along with your username to bullsnewspredictions@hotmail.co.uk . The deadline is at 2.30pm tomorrow afternoon.


League One Gates Down By 6.4%

To date this season League One Attendances are down by 6.4%. Just eight of the twenty-four clubs are showing an increase over last season.

The highest increase is at Huddersfield where gates have increased from 9391 to 13431 equivalent to 43.0%. Biggest decrease is at Walsall where gates are down from 5620 to 4435.

Of the four promoted clubs two show an increase and the other two a drop.

Peterborough up by 16.8%
Stockport up by 12.7%
MK Dons down by 0.2%
Hereford United down by 4.6% (from 3421 to 3264)

Whilst the drop at Edgar Street is disappointing it is not as big as the League One average.

(Stats from www.tonykempster.co.uk)


News Round Up

Leeds' move for Hull striker Dean Windass is off. Hull's chairman first denied contact from Leeds, then Windass was offered a role in their game against Man Utd at the weekend. Ex-Bull Lee Collins wants to extend his stay at Port Vale. Ex-Bull Joe Anyinsah may stay at Brighton permanently with his Preston contract up in the summer. The 24 year old winger can agree a free transfer summer move from January.

Millwall midfielder Dave Bramner is to sign a one month loan at Port Vale later today. Weymouth have transfer listed a total of six players in an effort to reduce their wage bill including Josh Webb, brother of ex-Bull Luke. Brighton have loaned Adam Hinshelwood to Lewes as he steps up his fitness after a series of knee operations.


Thursday, October 30, 2008

We did our best to get there in time

'Gresty Road', who drives for Yeomans, replies to an article on Bulls News which reported on the delay of the supporters coaches arriving at Millwall last Tuesday.

BN:One of the drivers told those travelling on his coach that because of traffic chaos around central London Yeomans had decided to take a longer route to Millwall.

GR:Yeomans did not make the decision, the drivers did - bearing in mind that their objective was to arrive at the ground in good time, for the benefit of all supporters.

BN:Yet the 'Funbus' which left Edgar Street at the same time as the coaches reached the ground in time for the start of the game.

GR:Hardly surprising - because

a) a minibus does not have an electronically and mechanically applied legal speed restriction of 100 kph (62 mph in old money) and can travel at 70 mph (or more if a driver were to wish to do so) and

b) a minibus driver is not subjected to the requirement for a 45 minute break after 4.5 hours driving time.

BN:Another of the coaches had an unscheduled stop when the smoke alarm went off not long after leaving Hereford.

GR:Question - if an alarm is activated, do you

a) ignore it and carry on regardless, or b) stop and investigate.

The alarm could have developed a fault, someone might have decided to have a quiet "undetected" smoke in the toilet, or the coach might, just might, have a fire on board. Either way, in the interests of passenger safety, this coach driver stopped to investigate. Had he ignored it and carried on regardless, in the current climate, what would Bulls News be reporting on the topic?

BN:Leaving Hereford at around 2.10 and taking 55 minutes for a break at Reading left little spare time for coaches to reach Millwall.

GR:Agreed. It was a big ask to leave at around 2pm to arrive in Bermondsey around rush hour and stay legal (and safe) in the process.

BN:Perhaps if all the travelling support had arrived to watch all of the game, the outcome might have been different.

GR:Perhaps, bearing in mind the clear and obvious need to arrive in time for games, slightly earlier departure times could be discussed and agreed, taking account of likely traffic delays, adverse weather conditions, drivers hours law etc etc, thus enabling supporters to influence the outcome of games for the full 90 minutes.

We did our best to get there in time. We didn't meet that objective but we will try harder next time. However, it is difficult to obtain real time information on which route is closed, open, snowed in, flooded, blocked with broken down vehicles, or, just plain simply, a long way away and in SE London on a wet Tuesday night.

Oh, and please remember that two out of the three drivers on the trip on Tuesday are long-standing ardent supporters and followers of the Bulls.


Beeby to referee at Peterborough

Richard Beeby, from near-by Northamptonshire, is set to referee Saturday's game between Peterborough and Hereford United.

Beeby works as a planning officer in local government and a life member at Northamptonshire CCC, also enjoys a game of golf. Promoted to The National List of Referees in 1999 and has had a successful career to date refereeing FL Play Off Semi Finals in 2004, 2005 and 2007, and a final in 2004. In season 2004-05 he refereed matches in the Premier League In 2005 he refereed the FA Vase Final.

His last game involving Hereford United was at Edgar Street last January when he took charge of the FA Cup game against Tranmere which the Bulls won 1-0.

Last Tuesday he refereed at Molineux when Wolves played Swansea.


Turner looks forward to Posh Game

London Road, Peterborough is the next venue for Hereford United and manager Graham Turner has been giving BBC Hereford and Worcester a few thoughts about the game.

"They've got a lot of pace in the team and some young players I think that will go on and carve out a good career in football for themselves.

"We know what we're going to face down there. It's a matter of keeping the players buoyant, keeping the spirits high and making them believe if we work hard enough results will turn.

"The last few matches they've worked hard, they've tried to do what we've asked. We've just been caught out."

Turner spoke about the injury situation at Edgar Street.

"The same ones are missing - Threlfall, Oji and Ashikodi.

"Richard Jackson doesn't look as though he is going to make this weekend with a groin injury. Possibly the following weekend.

"Clint Easton, when the lad got sent off (at Millwall) it was a two footed tackle, has got quite bad bruising on his knee. But he has got an opportunity of being fit in time for Peterborough. Keep our fingers crossed and that will happen."

Nick Chadwick will also miss out because of suspension. He collected two yellow cards last Tuesday.


Moves for Two Ex-Bulls

Former Hereford United striker Stuart Fleetwood, now based at Charlton, is going on loan to Brighton and Hove Albion for an initial one month.

Fleetwood has just completed a loan at Cheltenham.

Another former Hereford United player, Phil Robinson is also on the move.

He is to join Birmingham to oversee their Academy recruitment. Recently he was with Cheltenham in a coaching position.

Meanwhile Trevor Benjamin has been shown the door at Northwich due to financial cutbacks.


News Round Up

Ex-Bull Gary Hooper only has heavy bruising on his foot rather than a fracture after limping away from Tuesday's match with Oldham. He is doubtful for this weekend's game but is expected back soon after. Carlisle's board have publically back manager John Ward despite heavy pressure from supporters to sack the former Cheltenham boss.

Millwall have extended the loan of Plymouth striker Jermaine Easter until Boxing Day. Southend want to sign Portsmouth loanee Jean-Francois Christophe on a permanent basis after two months at Roots Hall. Ex-Bull David Brown has yet to agree a permanent deal at Barrow after two goals in six games on non-contract terms. Forest Green are rumoured to be interested in nicking the player.

Northwich's lack of floodlights at the weekend has cost stadium owner Mike Connett one lucrative deal. Man Utd's reserves have switched tonight's match to Altrincham's Moss Lane ground with the Marstons Arena floodlights still being powered by generators. Brighton have ended Robbie Savage's loan spell early after the player suffered an injury. Boss Micky Adams has been charged by the FA after post match comments slamming sub referee Paul Barnes during their draw with Peterboro. Peterboro based Barnes, deputising for injured ref Steve Bratt in the second half, added eight minutes of injury time to the 0-0 draw.

Leeds are to sign Hull striker Dean Windass on loan after he rejected a late move to Doncaster. Oldham have loaned midfielder Jean-Paul Kalala to Grimsby for a month. He started his English career with the Mariners before following former boss Russell Slade to Yeovil. Millwall midfielder Ali Fuseini has been fined £1,000 by the FA for signing with two different agents at the same time.

Ex-Bull Stuart Fleetwood has agreed a one month loan with Brighton.


Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Peterborough Travel Saturday

Peterborough United v Hereford United
Saturday 1st November 2008 Kick-Off 3.00pm
Football League 1
London Road
Peterborough
PE2 8AL
Phone 01733 563947

Peterborough United who host the visit of The Bulls on Saturday were founded in 1934 and during their initial years played in The Midland League, the entry fees being paid by a £20 loan from Grantham Town FC. By stark comparison, they now have the reputation of being the big spenders of League 1 having splashed hundreds of thousands on, in particular, recruits from non-league. Players like George "Tiptoe" Boyd, Aaron "Ooops" Mclean and Craig Mackail-Smith will bring back memories of many Conference encounters to travelling Bulls' fans while our own squad of players attempt to get some much needed points on the board.

The present London Road set-up holds around 15000 spectators with up to 850 seats being offered to visiting fans in A block of the main stand. Further standing room is provided on the Moyes End Terrace. Addmision prices are expected to be: - Adults £20, Senior Citizens £12, Students (with NUS card) £12, Juniors (U16) £9. The equivalent terrace prices are £15, £12, £12 and £9. It is not known if advance tickets are available from HUFC.

Travel

HUISA coaches leave Edgar street at 9.00am Fare £15 Non-members £16 (Club 08442 761939)

FUNBUS departs at 9.00 am. Fare £15. Contact Ben on 07812 144831

Train. Peterborough station is around a mile away from the ground. Turn right out of station and follow the main road, passing an Asda store on your right. At the traffic lights near to Woolworths, turn right. Go over the bridge and you can see the floodlights of London Road, over on your left. It takes about 20 minutes to walk from the station to the ground.

By Car To Worcester then M5 north joining the M42. Leave the M42 at J7A (sign London M1, Coventry) and join the M6 and continue to its end at the M6/M1 interchange where you should follow signs for Felixstowe A14. Leave the A14 at J13 and join the A605 (sign Peterborough). Continue on the A605 to Peterborough and then follow signs for Whittlesey, which will take you to London Road. The Stadium is visible from some way away. Police advise that visiting fans park in the Fair Meadow Car Park in Oundle Road (£3). Distance Approx 140 miles (2 hours 45 mins). Postcode PE2 8AL.

Refreshments. The "Papa Luigi" dial a Pizza in London Road does a match day Pizza slice and fries for £2.50 otherwise; the usual KFC (for Ellie) type fast food outlets are all available close to the ground. The Peacock in London Road (near KFC) and The Cherry Tree in Oundle Road seem to be the nearest alehouses. For those looking for something out of the ordinary, "Charters" is a former Dutch barge, which is moored on the River Nene a few minutes walk from the ground. The upper deck contains a Chinese Restaurant while below is a bar with up to 12 real ales on tap! Finally, The Brewery Tap of Oakham Ales is near to the Train Station on Westgate and is well worth a visit.

Come on you Bulls


Preview: Peterboro vs Bulls

The Bulls travel to London Road looking for a repeat of their last trip to MacAnthony Towers.

Last season, four days past one year ago, the Bulls pulled off an unlikely point against the free spending Posh with Clint Easton's strike cancelling out Craig Mackail-Smith's first half goal. In the return fixture at Edgar Street in April the Posh celebrated as Dean Keates' goal secured the promotion their money expected.

The Posh were the biggest spenders of League Two, and the trio of George Boyd, Aaron McLean, and Mackail-Smith have racked up 100 goals between them since their January 2007 arrivals from non-league for fees in excess of £600,000. They're not too shabby at the back either, conceding only one goal in three games since a 3-3 draw at Carlisle two weeks ago, despite having to play midfielders as full backs to cover for injury.

The Bulls shooting stats shows Matt Done to be the sharpshooter of the bunch, with all eleven efforts on-target. Stephen O'Leary needs practice after only getting three of thirteen on target, and he can be joined on the training pitch by Kris Taylor after sending eleven of nineteen efforts wayward. The Bulls total shooting effort is 150 shots this season. Peterboro's striking trio have 148 between them, and 20 more shots on target than the collective Bulls.

Peterborough United vs Hereford United, London Road Seaside Resort, Saturday 1st November, 3.00pm.


Young Bulls lose at Yeovil

Hereford United Youth team were defeated by Yeovil 4-1 in tonight's FA Youth Cup First Round tie at Huish Park.


Council Madness at LeighGenesis

Whilst LeighRMI may be a long way from Hereford United in footballing terms these days, it's not long ago when the two clubs met in the Conference.

Recently LeighRMI renamed itself LeighGenesis and were hoping to move into a new stadium some weeks ago. But firstly disputes and secondly proposed increased costs have driven Chairman Dominic Speakman to resign.

In an article on the Leigh website he says why he has taken this decision. In many ways it's a warning to other clubs that council bureaucracy can cause a club severe financial problems.

It is with deep regret that I am announcing that as of today I will be stepping down as chairman and will no longer fund the club going forward.

At the start of the season we were left without a ground as Hilton Park deteriorated and was ultimately condemned the day after Centurions played their last match.

The council and LSV have periodically informed us of delays in the opening date of the stadium, but over the last six weeks there has been hardly any progress on the site due to a standoff between the builders, developers and the council with regards to some finishing issues.

Last week we were told that the earliest chance for our first game would be the 13th December, but there was even some doubt over that.

The final straw came last week when the council and the health and safety advisory committee gave its verdict on stewarding requirements for the ground. We were presented with their proposal to open a quarter of the stadium, which they judged to need 45 stewards of varying degrees of seniority, costing £3,000 per match, including 5 people to run the control room!!!

All this for a match where there may only be 250 spectators!! Bearing in mind the stewarding costs at Hilton park were under £200 per match. Similarly the cost of meals for players, of which we are bound by the league to provide 40 per match, will rise in cost from £2per player to £7.50per player at LSV.

Unfortunately the people involved in running the stadium appear to have no appreciation of the running costs of a club of this type and are gearing the stadium up with a cost base similar to a Premier League club, then trying to pass the costs onto the clubs.


The sorry situation at Leigh highlights a real problem that might face other clubs such as Hereford United. 'Outside' costs can be so high as to question the whole future of a club.

The on-going dispute at Edgar Street with West Mercia Police is an example.

If the Police get away with their demand for £15,000 for policing the Swindon game what next?


Bulls Shirts for Ghana Appeal

BBC Hereford and Worcester's Keith Hall is fronting the 'Bulls Shirts for Ghana Appeal'. Below he explains why it was set up and how Hereford United supporters can help.

Hereford United supporters can help people in Ghana by simply donating their old football shirts.

Indeed, having signed the Ghana U-20 striker Bradley Hudson-Odoi it would be a nice touch if plenty of Bulls fans were to get involved with this worthy cause.

Here is some background to the appeal which was first made via the on-line version of 'Talking Bull' at www.vitalherefordunited.co.uk back in July.

Bernard Lillis returned to Ireland in January, having spent five months doing voluntary work in an orphanage/Leprosarium in Ghana. He took a collection of Aston Villa jerseys with the intention of distributing them to the children there. It began as a safe place for leprosy sufferers to get help and treatment, but eventually an orphanage was built for the children of the sufferers who had nowhere to go.
There is also a Special School for young and old.

They have a website at http://www.ahoto.talktalk.net/

Pictured from Left to Right are: Bernard Lillis, Patrick Tetteh, Kojo Patrick (In Wheelchair), Christine (Volunteer), Richard Tetteh, Baby Cojo, Kweku Thomas, Solomon Nelson, Kobe.

Some of those pictured are very unwell, in particular Kojo Patrick (Muscular Dystrophy) and Kweku Thomas (Severe mental and physical disorder).

He has made a plea for more jerseys to be sent to the country which are then handed out at the orphanage at Christmas time when Papa Obruni visits (Father Christmas: Papa White person).

So, Bulls fans...why not dust down your old John Snape shirt and make a donation.

To avoid the cost of postage and delivery, Keith Hall has kindly been collecting old shirts for the last couple of months at Edgar Street on matchdays.

The BBC Hereford & Worcester commentator and reporter is delighted to see Bulls News are backing the appeal as this should boost the number of Hereford United shirts we can donate this season.

Indeed, from around 1:30pm prior to the Bulls upcoming FA Cup tie against Dagenham & Redbridge, it is envisaged that in addition to a cardboard box 'collection point' in the Club Shop, shirt donations can also be made at:

* Legends
* The Oxford Arms
* The Courtyard Theatre

Furthermore, if you are outside the city of Hereford, from Friday 7th November shirt donations can be made via a collection point at the Black Horse in Leominster.

If there is enough interest it would be a superb gesture if Bulls supporters groups from around the country got involved by setting up their own 'local scheme'.

If you would like to make you shirt donation personally, you can also catch Keith inside the ground via the Main Stand Press Box, or via the PA Box in Block D, or at the Barrells in Hereford from around 6pm on Saturday matchdays!

Thanks for your help.
Skeets


Peterborough Predictions

You can now make your prediction for the Peterborough game. After the frantic last few weeks, this is the last 'Prediction' game for two weeks. Predict for this game, then put your feet up!

To enter, send your final score and attendance predictions to bullsnewspredictions@hotmail.co.uk . Please remember to include your username; it makes things alot easier for myself!

The deadline is 2.30pm on Saturday 1st November.


Late goal devestates United once again

Hereford United fell to a second successive defeat, this time at the hands of Millwall at the New Den. Lewis Grabban struck with just three minutes remaining to give the home side all three points. Referee Andy Woolmer was once again in the action, dishing out two red cards in the second half. Firstly Jimmy Abdou was sent off for a lunge on Clint Easton, before Nick Chadwick was shown his marching orders for a second bookable offence to level the teams up.

The Bulls made four changes to the team that started on Saturday against Stockport, with Richard Jackson missing out due to injury. Richard Rose switched to right-back, and Kris Taylor to left-back, with Ben Smith starting in central midfield. Simon Johnson replaced Sam Gwynne on right-wing, whilst up front, Chadwick and Bradley Hudson-Odoi took the places of Steve Guinan and Andy Williams. Former Barnet and Leeds' striker Tresor Kandol started for the home side, whilst one time United target Dave Martin had to be content with a place on the bench.

In awful footballing conditions, with heavy rain and swirling winds, the first-half created very little in way of goal-mouth action. Kandol headed harmlessly off-target whilst Grabban tried his luck with a volley, but again failed to test Darren Randolph. The Bulls started to look dangerous towards the end of the half with Hudson-Odoi running in behind the defence to cross for Chadwick, but he failed to get any power behind his volley. Taylor registered a shot on target when set up by Hudson-Odoi, but his low left-foot shot lacked power and was held with ease by David Forde.

Kenny Jackett made an enforced change at the break with Andy Frampton taking to the pitch, replacing Zak Whitbread who had picked up a groin strain. Within three minutes of the restart, Millwall were reduced to ten men. Easton went in for a 50/50 with Abdou, and the latter was adjudged to lunge in and show his studs; Woolmer waited for calm from the players before flashing the red card. Jackett reacted quickly, bringing on Martin for Man City loanee Karl Moore. Kandol turned in the middle of the park, but struck well wide with a curling strike. The Bulls' best chance of the second-half, and the game fell to Hudson-Odoi. Johnson crossed from deep and Chadwick chested down to Hudson-Odoi, who shot first-time, but it was straight at Forde who parried and gathered at the second attempt. If the shot was either side of the goalie, The Bulls could have been celebrating a lead. However, they were to regret the miss as soon after, they too were down to ten men.

Having already picked up a silly yellow for kicking the ball away, Chadwick was given his marching orders after being adjudged to foul Kandol. From the away end, it looked as though he won the ball and that Kandol was fouled by his own man, but Woolmer being Woolmer showed the yellow and then the red, and both sides were equal once again. Chris Hackett sent a whipped cross in from the right touch-line and it was met by Kandol, but again he failed to hit the target. Moments later, Grabban found space 25 yards out as the pitch opened up before him but again Randolph was untroubled by a speculative effort.

Toumani Diagouraga was easily turned by Martin as he ran into the box, but a curling effort went over the bar, before two changes were made by Graham Turner. Stephen O'Leary replaced Johnson, whilst Guinan came on for Hudson-Odoi as United looked for someone to hold the ball up. One of the largest cheers of the night occured when Kandol was taken off by Jackett, with Plymouth striker Jermaine Easter taking his place. Towards the end of the game, Millwall started to turn up the heat on the Hereford defence, with Randolph forced to tip over a long-shot by Grabban. The young striker was involved in all the action, as an excellent chip completely outdid the Bulls' back-line, and experienced front-man Neil Harris headed onto the top of the bar after beating the offside trap. The pressure finally paid off for the Lions with three minutes to go. Grabban picked up the ball some 40 yards out, but failure to close the former Crystal Palace front man down allowed him to run into the box and get a strike in on goal which Randolph parried, but Grabban easily slotted in the rebound to send much to the delight and relief of the majority of the 9071 crowd. Matty Done came on for Easton late on, but it was too little, too late for Hereford.

It was another heartbreaking late goal against Hereford, after working hard for the majority of the game and looking to have claimed a decent point. Again the lack of goals is a major concern, and another striker with a proven record seems to be a must should United want to get out of the position they are currently in. A credible 346 away fans made the journey in the poor conditions, with many missing a large chunk of the first-half after coaches were stuck in bad traffic. Next up for Hereford is another hugely difficult away trip to Peterborough, who have Craig Mackail-Smith and Aaron McLean both in good form.

Hereford: Randolph, Rose, Broadhurst, N'Gotty, Taylor, Johnson, Diagouraga, Smith, Easton, Chadwick, Hudson-Odoi.

Subs: Samson, Beckwith, O'Leary, Done, Guinan.

Millwall: Forde, Hackett, Craig, Laird, Robinson, Whitbread, Moore, Abdou, Harris, Kandol, Grabban.

Subs: Edwards, Fuseini, Frampton, Martin, Easter.



Late Arrivals at the New Den

Nearly half of Hereford United's travelling support missed most of the first half of last night's game as the coaches bringing them to the New Den were late.

One of the drivers told those travelling on his coach that because of traffic chaos around central London Yeomans had decided to take a longer route to Millwall.

Yet the 'Funbus' which left Edgar Street at the same time as the coaches reached the ground in time for the start of the game.

Knowing the weather conditions were poor and the route to Millwall not easy at the best of times, questions need to be asked why it was decided to take a 55 minute stop at Reading Services.

Luke Powell who runs the Junior Bulls was particularily disappointed with the late arrival of his coach. It was supposed to leave Hereford at 1.45 but was 25 minutes late setting off.

It was the first time a Junior Bulls had run. It was thought that a trip to Millwall during half-term would be ideal for the youngsters given no school the following morning.

Another of the coaches had an unscheduled stop when the smoke alarm went off not long after leaving Hereford.

When eventually the coaches arrived in the Millwall area, they hit more traffic problems. At this stage some supporters abandoned the coaches and proceeded to walk to the stadium.

Problems getting to the stadium had been well documented on this site in an article last weekend.

Being on the east side of London village, this evening kick-off means that you will be approaching during peak traffic time. It therefore follows that any advice I give is likely to result in you sitting impatiently in a non-moving queue while repeatedly glancing at your watch as kick-off time comes and goes...you should allow not less than four and a half hours.

Leaving Hereford at around 2.10 and taking 55 minutes for a break at Reading left little spare time for coaches to reach Millwall.

Perhaps if all the travelling support had arrived to watch all of the game, the outcome might have been different.

Update: The rules for coach drivers explain that a break of 45 minutes was required at Reading.

The following additional rules on taking rest breaks when you are driving, also apply:-
• after four and a half hours of driving you must take a rest of 45 minutes


News Round Up

Shrewsbury have banned two Shropshire Star reporters from the ground after the paper published an article entitled "Club bosses reveal more fans ejected from ground" which angered the club. The paper put out an appeal to fans for one of them to do the match report for last night's match. Tranmere have loaned midfielder Adnan Ahmed to Mansfield for a month. The 24 year old has made only a handful of appearances in 18 months at the club.

Crewe boss Steve Holland has again refused to quit after supporters protested against him for the third successive time at last night's match. He has won just 18 of 69 games since taking over from Dario Gradi. Ex-Bull Phil Gulliver is one of six players transfer listed by Rushden as Garry Hill tries to turn around their failing season. Also on the transfer list are recent signing Leon Knight, former Torquay and Exeter striker Lee Phillips, and pro boxer Curtis Woodhouse.

Ex-Bull Gary Hooper may have fractured his foot during Scunthorpe's loss at Oldham last night. He left the ground on crutches after completing 90 minutes and will have an x-ray later today. Weymouth are expected to announce cuts to their playing staff over the next few days after missing out on the £12,500 FA Cup payday a win would have generated. Peterboro have extended the loan of keeper Mark Tyler to Watford for a second month.

Leeds are favourites to land Hull's veteran striker Dean Windass on loan after Oldham's attempts to sign him were rebuffed.


Abdou's Red made it harder to defend - Turner

Graham Turner felt the turning point of last night's game at Millwall was the sending off of their Nadjim Abdou.

"The worst thing that could have happened was Abdou’s red card. It opened up space and made it harder to defend," said the Hereford United manager.

"The game seemed to be quite in our favour. I didn't sense any real danger.

"But it gave their players a feeling of injustice. It gave their supporters the same. There was a bit of noise. We should have done better in that period.

"I thought Nick Chadwick's sending off was a little bit harsh. I thought he went for the ball.

"There's always that danger that the referee sees it the other way - evens it up.

Inexplicably to some of us at the game Bradley Hudson-Odoi was given an eight for his performance last night. Karl Broadhurst, Clint Easton and Ben Smith each received a seven.

Bottom of League One:

20 Yeovil 13 -10 12
21 Cheltenham 14 -17 11
22 Leyton Orient 14 -12 10
23 Hereford 14 -13 9
24 Crewe 14 -14 9


Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Post Match Comments

Speaking to the post match press, as reported by the Millwall official site, Graham Turner said: "I was disappointed not to get anything out of the game. Before Millwall had a player sent off I believe the game was going our way but Abdou's red card seemed to raise Millwall's game.

"I thought Chadwick's sending off was harsh, especially his first yellow card. Millwall are currently one of the best teams in the league but our story is different, we must always believe that the next game is the turning point."

Millwall boss Kenny Jackett accepted his side's dismissal: "At first I didn't think it was a red card but his feet did leave the floor, but perhaps we played better with 10 players rather than 11 - perhaps it's a mental thing.

"Lewis Grabban did superbly for his goal, and another player who did very well was Andy Frampton who had a good game and never lets us down. As the match went on we gained more and more possession and kept a clean sheet which is important in these types of games. We were tight at the back, our passing improved as the game went on and we controlled the latter part of it. We will keep trying to improve as a team as every game is a different challenge - we have the spirit and determination to do so."



Four Shots For Bulls

The Bulls managed four shots all night, but did manage to get them all on target according to the stats.

Millwall had a total of 14 efforts, with five on target, and had three corners to the Bulls' two. They also committed more fouls - eleven to eight - but their only card was the straight red for Abdou. The Bulls had Rose, Chadwick, and Taylor booked with Chadwick getting a second yellow in their most indisciplined performance of the season.

Posession was given as 51% to Millwall, with 49% to the Bulls. 346 Bulls made the trip in a gate of 9,071.



Results Round Up

Walsall's match with Swindon and Colchester's trip to Northampton both succumbed to the snow falling in the Midlands.

Millwall's win over the Bulls puts them joint top after leaders Scunthorpe lost 3-0 at Oldham (4th). Third placed Leeds failed to join them after losing 1-0 at Southend, while MK Dons stayed fifth after beating Leyton Orient 2-1. Leicester slip to sixth following a 3-2 loss at Brighton, while Peterboro drop out of the play-off spots after drawing 1-1 with Crewe.

That Crewe result sees them stay bottom of the table on goal difference from the Bulls, with Orient a point ahead and Cheltenham another point clear. Yeovil and Huddersfield, with a goalless draw at the Galpharm Stadium that won't do Stan Ternent's job hopes any good, remain 19th and 20th while Carlisle's 1-0 home loss to Hartlepool sees them sink to 18th. In the other match Stockport drew 0-0 with Tranmere to leave both sides mid-table.

In League Two Wycombe stay top despite their game being abandoned, with Bradford moving second after beating sinking Bury 1-0. Darlington are up to third after a 1-0 win over Rotherham with Exeter's good run crashing to a halt with a 6-1 home loss to rejuevenated Chesterfield. The bottom two, Luton and Bournemouth, had their match abandoned while Grimsby were thumped 4-0 by Dagenham.

In the FA Cup Wrexham were dumped out by Eastwood Town in their replay. Forest Green beat Ashford Town 4-0 to book a trip to Team Bath, while AFC Telford's 3-0 win over Northwich - who managed to keep the lights on this time - sees them entertain Southend.



Late Goal Stops Bulls Again

Lewis Grabban's late goal was enough to see another decent defensive performance go to waste as the Bulls lost by the only goal at Millwall.

Both sides ended the game with ten men thanks to notorious referee Andy Woolmer. Millwall saw Nadjim Abdou sent off for a professional foul on Clint Easton, while Nick Chadwick was sent off for the Bulls for two bookings - with BBC H&W claiming the pair were received in quick sucession, but the text commentaries stated he had been booked six minutes earlier.

Many Bulls fans arrived late after getting lost in London, with the Junior Bulls coach only arriving at half time.

Full report later.



Discipline Not Millwall's Strong Point

Bulls' physio Jamie Pitman may expect a busy time tonight dealing with the aftermath of one of the division's dirtiest sides.

The New Den side already have four players one booking short of a suspension, and have seen the appropriately named Chris Hackett suspended for his fifth booking of the season - and collect a sixth card. Three players have been sent off already this season compared to only Stephen O'Leary for the Bulls.

O'Leary is one of only two Bulls to have more than one yellow card, with Karl Broadhurst also on two bookings, with the Bulls collecting less than a quarter of the total cards collected by the Lions. Broadhurst can be described as the Bulls' dirtiest player, with 13 fouls and two cards, but he would barely make the starting XI of Millwall's worst offenders.

Bradley should probably pack a second pair of shinguards.


Bruno Stays For Second Helping

Bruno N'Gotty has extended his stay at Edgar Street for a second month.

The veteran Leicester defender will stay at the club for a further five League matches although it is currently unclear whether he will be allowed to play in the FA Cup match with Dagenham during the month.

His last game of this second month long loan will be at MK Dons on November 25th.


News Round Up

Ex-Bull Stuart Fleetwood has returned to Charlton after Cheltenham decided not to extend his loan spell. He played seven times in his month at Whaddon Road scoring twice, one a penalty. Brighton have signed Leeds midfielder Bradley Johnson on loan until January after Doncaster's Darren Byfield turned them down.

MK Dons have signed Derby keeper Lewis Price on loan for a month after first choice Willy Gueret received a three match ban for his weekend dismissal. Both Scunthorpe and Swindon have all but ruled out moving to new stadia in the next few years due to the credit crunch, but Leeds have announced plans for redevelopment of their 15 year old East Stand to include a 350 room hotel and office block.

Northampton have signed Wycombe striker Scott McGleish on a months loan. The 34 year old scored 26 times last season but has struggled to get into the first team for the high flying Chairboys this time round. He left the Cobblers for Wycombe in January 2007 after scoring nearly a goal every other game during a two and a half year spell at the club. Ex-Bull Chris Mackenzie has missed out on a spot in the FA Cup First Round after his Hinckley side lost to Curzon Ashton on penalties last night.


Commentary from Millwall

BBC Hereford and Worcester will have full match commentary on the Millwall/Hereford United League One game from the New Den this evening.

Ricky George will be joining Keith Hall behind the microphone.

This commentary will also be available on 94.7FM around most parts of Herefordshire.

There will be updates on their other frequencies during the Mike George programme.

Meanwhile Bulls manager Graham Turner will probably have to make at least one change from the team that started last Saturday's game as full back Richard Jackson is not expected to be fit.


Monday, October 27, 2008

No Cup TV for Bulls

Hereford United's FA Cup game against Dagenham and Redbridge will not be shown live on TV.

The chosen games are:

Friday November 7th: Leeds United versus Northampton Town 7.45pm on Setanta

Sunday November 9th: Havant and Waterlooville versus Brentford 2.00pm on ITV

Monday November 10th: AFC Wimbledon versus Wycombe Wanderers 7.45pm on Setanta.


Turner confident about Millwall Game

Graham Turner has spoken about tomorrow's game at Millwall.

"If things are going well for them the Millwall supporters can be very vocal to say the least," Turner told BBC Hereford and Worcester.

"They have always been renowned for that and have had the reputation for being real tough supporters and we will literally be going into the Lions' den.

"But it's one to look forward to. It's one where the only people who fancy us will be ourselves.

"It will be a tremendous performance and achievement if we get something from the game but we are confident we can do just that."


News Round Up

Chester have sacked striker Paul Taylor after he again failed to turn up for a match. The on-loan Vauxhall Motors man was due to complete a permanent move to the club in January but constantly angered club staff by failing to turn up for training and matches. Peterboro boss Darren Ferguson has denied he is to be QPR's next boss, and has also stated that none of his in-demand stars are leaving either.

Carlisle have signed Hull midfielder John Welsh on a months loan. The former Liverpool trainee spent a month at Chester in January, where they earned one point from six games. No Bulls in the Team of the Week. Stockport defender James Tunnicliffe was recognised for his performance against the Bulls, along with two each from Bristol Rovers, Leeds, and MK Dons.


Millwall Predictions

The Prediction League has been busy in the past 10 days or so, with Hereford facing four games in this space of time. Millwall is the next game in which you can predict.

To enter, just send your final score and attendance predictions to bullsnewspredictions@hotmail.co.uk . Please ensure you include your username.

The deadline for the Milwall game is 7.00pm tomorrow evening. You can also predict for Saturday's visit to Peterborough.


Woolmer At The New Den

The Bulls favourites referee, Andy Woolmer, has been appointed for Tuesday's trip to Millwall.

The Northamptonshire official has, so far this season, handled ten games. He has dished out only 20 yellow cards, and a solitary red - for two bookable offences. Last season he took charge of the Edgar Street game against Wycombe, booking three Chairboys players and no Bulls.


Preview: Bulls vs Millwall

The Bulls travel to the New Den for the first time ever to meet an opponent they haven't encountered in 30 years.

The two sides won promotion together from the old Division Three, now League One, but the following season The Bulls' one and only season at what is now Championship level ended three points short of safety, but they did pick up two points in beating the Lions in April 1977 after losing at the old Den ground the previous October. Those two seasons are the only ones the two clubs have met in the League, with the only other encounter coming during the 1965/6 FA Cup campaign.

Millwall's third place in the League One table is a surprise to many. With manager Kenny Jackett operating on a limited budget compared to their recent history of European football after an FA Cup final, he has had to scour the bargain bin of their fellow clubs. London based striker Tresor Kandol arrived on loan from Leeds to score four in seven games so far and former Bulls target, winger David Martin, has become a regular after a £50,000 move from Crystal Palace.

If the Bulls want anything from the game against a capable Millwall attack then they will probably have to show more adventure that they have done in the last three games. While four points have been achieved only one goal has been scored and it is unlikely to be enough against a side that has conceded and scored an average of two goals a game over the last month. The extension of Bruno N'Gotty's loan is the priority at the moment after a successful month for the Frenchman.

Millwall vs Hereford United, The New Den, Tuesday 28th October, 7.45pm.


Sunday, October 26, 2008

Manager's reaction after yesterday's game.

Graham Turner for Hereford United:

"It's a hard one to stomach but no-one feels sorry for you in this game," said Turner.

"I thought we had done enough to earn a point when we had one or two half chances in the second half.

"I can't fault the players for work. Fairly disciplined. It's not the most attractive way we've played since I've been here but it's been designed to get us results. And a point would have been a good result.

"Now we've got to pick ourselves up for our game at Millwall on Tuesday."

Jim Gannon for Stockport County:

"We went into the game with the right mentality and tried to win it - and I thought we deserved it," said Gannon.

"I had predicted that it was going to be a tight game and that there would only be one goal in it. There were opportunities for both sides and it was a great time to win the game but it shows the fitness that Tommy has.

"I thought Jonny Mullins was outstanding for us and was my man of the match."


Bulls to play Daggers in FA Cup

Hereford United have been drawn against Dagenham and Redbridge in the first round proper of the FA Cup.

The game is expected to be played at Edgar Street on Saturday November 8th.

The two teams played several games against each other whilst the in Conference.

Currently the Daggers are 9th in League Two. They lost to Darlington 3-0 yesterday.


Turner's Dilemma

Hereford United have had the worst start to any season since records began and, unless results improve, could be dragged into a relegation battle.

Yet, as a look at the results of this campaign show, the Bulls have only been defeated by a margin of one goal on six occasions - the games against Leyton Orient, Yeovil, Southend, Scunthorpe, Leeds and Stockport.

Only at Bristol Rovers and Oldham have the Bulls been completely outplayed.

Put another way all but three of the thirteen League games played have finished either as a draw or with just one goal in it.

However the Bulls have only scored eight goals so far, six at Edgar Street and just two on their travels. That is the lowest total for goals scored of any of the 72 League clubs bar Doncaster.

And therein lies Turner's Dilemma. Not many points and even less goals.

After losing 4-0 at Oldham, the Hereford United manager spoke about going 'back to basics'. In essence he appeared to want the players to stick rigidly to their tasks and not stray out of position.

In the three games since the 'change', the Bulls have taken four points and perhaps were unlucky yesterday not to have made that five. A return like that throughout a season would suggest that a total of about 60 points would be achieved. Probably enough to stay in League One. However the Bulls had only amassed five points from their first ten games before the 'change'.

The problem is that football can be less entertaining without goals. And few or no goals tends to lead to a drop in support.

Less money through the gate means Turner has less money to spend unless he dips into the club's deposit account.

However as Kris Taylor said after yesterday's game strikers cost money.

"Top goalscorers get paid a lot of money because they are good at their jobs and they stick the ball in the net."

No doubt Turner has tried to get another striker to come to Edgar Street. Whether he feels he can't afford what a useful striker might command at present is uncertain but by sticking to a defensive side with little likelyhood of many goals he runs the risks of reduced gates.

On the other hand he may believe that being defensive is the best way to try and snatch points here and there.

A point, or even better three points, at Milwall on Tuesday will back Turner's judgement.


Website Creator runs Half-Marathon

The creator of www.hu-fc.co.uk, the forerunner to Bulls News, is taking part in the Birmingham Half Marathon this morning.

Terry Goodwin, together with broadcasting colleagues from both BBC WM, BBC Hereford and Worcester and WyvernFM, are aiming to raise funds for various charities. Around 9,000 runners are taking part in the event.

Goodwin has choosen to support the BBC WM's Kidney Kids Appeal, which hopes to raise £1.5 million for a new kidney unit at one of the world's leading children’s hospitals.

Birmingham Children's Hospital provides a wide range of general and specialist health services to children and adolescents in the West Midlands and beyond. The hospital enjoys a national and international reputation in areas including liver transplantation, cardiac surgery and neonatal surgery. Please help it continue to improve children's lives.

More details at http://www.justgiving.com/terrygoodwin1

Update: Goodwin completed the run in 2 hours 44 minutes.


No News on N'Gotty

Graham Turner has confirmed that Hereford United are still hoping to entice Bruno N'Gotty to extend his loan spell at Edgar Street but as at 5pm yesterday no deal had been done.

"We are currently talking to Leicester and to Bruno.

"He's got a lot of experience and it shows at times. Just that steadying influence.

"So if we can keep him here we shall make every effort to do so."


Northwich And The Case Of The Missing Water

Northwich's FA Cup match with AFC Telford was abandoned at half time with the press reporting the pitch was waterlogged. However there was no water on the Victoria Stadium pitch, nor was there any light.

The Vics, who play at the ground owned by former Chairman Mike Connett, were forced to abandon the match after the floodlights - and all power to the ground - failed after a pair of generators gave up before the game kicked off.

With an alleged unpaid electric bill running into tens of thousands Connett, who receives rent from the club to operate the stadium, arranged for two generators - main and backup - to cover the electricity needs of the main stand and floodlights for the match. Eyewitnesses to events claim the main generator failed within four minutes of the floodlights being switched on prior to the match and that, in the 35 minutes that followed, both main and backup generators were deemed to be unserviceable.

The game had to be delayed as black smoke from the failed main generator covered the pitch. At half time the players huddled in the tunnel unable to see their way into their dressing rooms. The club's safety officer, armed with a battery powered megaphone as the tannoy was inoperable, had to tell fans the game had been abandoned.

It took over an hour to clear to stadium as fans protested for their money back and against the ever-unpopular Connett. Tuesday's replay is expected to go ahead after the generators were fixed early on Saturday evening. How long they will last this time is anyone's guess.

Big Trev must be pleased.


Saturday, October 25, 2008

Into The Lion's Den

Millwall FC v Hereford United
Football League 1
Tuesday 28th October 2008 KO 7.45 pm.
The Den
Zampa Road
London
SE16 3LN
Phone 020 7232 1222
Ticket Office 020 7231 9999

Millwall can trace their history back to 1885 when workers from a local food-preserving factory formed Millwall Rovers. The rapid growth of London soon found the countryside of the Isle of Dogs swallowed up particularly with the development of the docklands and, in fact, Millwall's early nickname was "The Dockers". In 1910, they moved out of Millwall to pitch-up in New Cross on the other side of the river at Cold Blow Lane... the old "Den". Here, they stayed until the more recent move to The New Den in 1993. The new stadium and a lot of hard work has gone a long way to eradicate the eighties reputation that had a visit to Millwall very low on the list of favourite days out. Whilst things are greatly improved, the best advice is to go, watch the game and come home straight afterwards. Anyone fancying a pint before the game is probably better off trying one of the many around London Bridge rather than those close to the ground although the excellent facilities within the stadium include a licensed outlet.

Visiting fans are usually accommodated in the upper tier of the impressive North Stand at one end of the pitch. Admission prices are believed to be Adults £20, Seniors £13, U16 £11 and U12 £8. Advance tickets are available from the HUFC office.

Coach Travel: HUISA departs Legends at 2.00 pm Fare £16 (members £15)

FUNBUS departs Legends at 2.00 pm Fare £17ish.

By Car: Being on the east side of London village, this evening kick-off means that you will be approaching during peak traffic time. It therefore follows that any advice I give is likely to result in you sitting impatiently in a non-moving queue while repeatedly glancing at your watch as kick-off time comes and goes. However, the shortest route appears to be to follow the M4 to the Brentford junction at the end then take the A205 over Kew Bridge and follow the painful south circular through Clapham to Catford and Lewisham. Turn left onto the A21 then at the second roundabout take the A20 (sign Peckham). Follow the A20 until you reach the Old Kent Road. The one-way system means you can't turn straight onto the OKR so follow signs for Surrey Quays and turn right along Kender Street. At the top turn left into Old Kent Road, then right at the turning signposted "Car Pound" into Ilderton Road. Zampa Road is the 7th turning on the right.

For my part, I have decided to leave the M4 at J10 then take the A329M to Bracknell then follow signs for Bagshot to the M3. Join the M3 north (sign London) then join the M25 anti-clockwise (east). From the M25, there are a variety of routes, all of which are subject to the traffic lottery. The A24 takes you to the south circular via Epsom and Mitcham, the A23 goes via Croydon and the A21 via Bromley although the latter means staying with the M25 to J4. Finally, if you go right round to the A2, this takes you straight in to the ground although it is by far the furthest route. Distance varies between 150 and 180 miles and you should allow not less than four and a half hours. Parking is very limited and is only available in surrounding streets. There is a good argument for dumping the car in west London and taking a tube to London Bridge before catching a surface train to South Bermondsey. Postcode is SE16 3LN.

Good luck - you’ll need it.


FA Cup Draw Tomorrow

The FA Cup draw is tomorrow, live on ITV1 at 1pm, with the Bulls in the draw as ball 22.

A few local sides remain in the draw following today's Fourth Qualifying Round. Evesham are the surprise name in the hat, their first time in the First Round, after their 2-0 win over Rushden. Kidderminster are also in after hammering King's Lynn 5-1.

Forest Green Rovers face a replay with Ashford Town (Middx) after their 0-0 draw today, with Chris Mackenzie's Hinckley also facing a replay with Curzon Ashton. AFC Telford face a replayed match after their game with Northwich was abandoned due to a waterlogged pitch.

Notorious FA Cup names to make the First Round draw include Blyth Spartans, Havant & Waterlooville, Kettering, and a 'return' to the First Round proper for AFC Wimbledon for the first time since their reincarnation.


Ex-Bull Watch

Trent McClenahan's first start for Hamilton was one to forget as he gave away the penalty for Rangers' first goal as the Accies lost 3-1. John Eustace was booked, and Lionel Ainsworth a late sub, for Watford as they lost to Wolves. Gary Hooper scored Scunthorpe's first as they beat Millwall. Craig Stanley provided the cross for Morecambe's only goal as they lost to Port Vale.

Brian Smikle scored one of five Kidderminster goals as they progressed to the First Round of the FA Cup at the expense of King's Lynn. David Brown helped Barrow into the draw with a penalty in their 4-0 win at Tamworth. Tim Sills scored twice as Torquay beat Chipstead


Stockport Goal Killer Blow - Taylor

Hereford United midfield Kris Taylor told BBC H&W that the defeat this afternoon was very disappointing.

"We dealt with their long throw-ins and their set-pieces all afternoon then the killer blow in stoppage time."

It was all the more disappointing as Bradley Hudson-Odoi has missed a chance shortly before the Stockport goal.

"The ball dropped for Brad nicely. Maybe if he had started the game he might have been a little sharper onto it and hit the target.

"I don't think there was much in the game. First half they had the better of it. The wind played a part. Second half we came a lot stronger."


Rowe strikes late blow

Stockport County made it seven games without loss on the road this season with a 1-0 victory against Hereford United. A close game was decided when Tommy Rowe slotted home from inside the box in the second minute of stoppage time to hand Stockport County their usual three points at Edgar Street in front of 3210 supporters, including 590 from County.

The Bulls were unchanged once again following two clean sheets against Brighton and Carlisle. Jim Gannon named two ex Hereford players in the squad, with Stephen Gleeson starting in central midfield whilst Michael Rose had to be content with a place on the bench.

Like in the previous few games, Hereford were patient in the first-half with the opposition creating the better openings. However, it was Steve Guinan who registered the first shot after turning in the middle of the park before smashing a shot into the back of the Blackfriars End. Darren Randolph pushed away Anthony Pilkington's left-foot strike, despite the ball heading wide whilst Gleeson tamely shot wide after a well-worked corner routine. Peter Thompson nodded over after Pilkington's diagnol run allowed him a chance to cross. Hereford's striking duo of Guinan and Andy Williams linked-up in the final third, with a one-two being played before Guinan struck goalwards, but failed to hit the target once more. Towards the end of the half, Clint Easton saw a free-kick from 30 yards blocked by the wall before a rebound half-volley from Kris Taylor went over.

Hereford came out of the blocks quickly in the second-half, working hard and looking dangerous with the pace of Andy Williams causing problems, but it was County who were inches away from taking the lead. John Mullins rose above the Bulls' defnce to head a corner on to the roof of the net. Paul Turnbull replaced in the ineffective Carl Baker as Gannon looked for a better end product up top, yet it was Hereford who looked more likely to make something happen. Williams held the ball up and his touch set up Taylor who sent a placed shot inches past Fraser Forster's far-post. A shuffle to the team was made when Richard Jackson limped off, with Ben Smith coming on for him to take a place in the centre of midfield. Taylor dropped back to left-back, with Richard Rose switching positions to right-back. County also made a substitude, bringing on Leon McSweeney for Thompson.

James Tunnicliffe headed at Randolph from a dangerous Jason Taylor free-kick, before Hereford introduced Bradley Hudson-Odoi up front, with Williams making way. The former Fulham man was soon involved, running at the County back-line, and his attempted cross made its way to Smith who smashed a half-volley just past the post. A chorus of boos rung around the ground when Gleeson made way, with Gary Dicker replacing the Wolves loanee. Rowe sent a warning to United, when he chested and struck a left-foot half-volley towards goal with Randolph forced to push it around the post.

Nick Chadwick came on for the tiring Guinan up front, and the partnership between the former Everton man and Hudson-Odoi looked threatening late-on, with the youngster being set up by Chadwick before sending a left-footed strike from inside the area just past the near-post. Minutes later, Chadwick won a flick from a long Randolph kick and Hudson-Odoi raced onto it, but the angle was too tight and Forster blocked his effort. The game looked to be heading for a goalless draw, but in stoppage time Stockport managed to snatch the points. Tunnicliffe's long-throws has caused problems all afternoon, and in the final moments, he lanched the ball into the box. Randolph did superbly to stop a shot by Taylor inside the box, but the ball fell kindly to Rowe who controlled before poking it through the crowd from six yards and into the net.

The late goal was a cruel blow for United as they equalled their opponents, and created some good opportunities in the second-half. The defence looked solid until breached at the end, with Bruno N'Gotty dominant as ever. An extension to the loan of the big Frenchman is a must if Hereford are to climb out of the relegation zone, although adding to the forward line must also be a priority as United failed to score once again. Next up is two tough away trips to Millwall and Peterborough, starting at the New Den on Tuesday evening.

Hereford: Randolph, Jackson, Broadhurst, N'Gotty, Rose, Gwynne, Diagouraga, Taylor, Easton, Guinan, Williams.

Subs: Samson, Beckwith, Smith, Hudson-Odoi, Chadwick.

Stockport: Forster, Kane, Mullin, Tunnicliffe, McNulty, Pilkington, Gleeson, Taylor, Rowe, Baker, Thompson.

Subs: Fon-Williams, Rose, Dicker, Turnbull, McSweeney.



Stats from Stockport Game

Below are some of the stats from this afternoon's game at Edgar Street where Stockport County defeated Hereford United 1-0.

Possession: Hereford 48% Stockport 52%

Shots on Target: Hereford 3 Stockport 8

Shots off Target: Hereford 7 Stockport 9

Corners: Hereford 5 Stockport 9

Fouls: Hereford 8 Stockport 10

No Hereford players were booked.

Attendance 3210 with a creditable 590 from Stockport.

Bruno N'Gotty was given an eight for his performance. Darren Randolph, Richard Rose, Karl Broadhurst, Kris Taylor and Steve Guinan each had a seven and the rest of the team a six.

Bottom of League One;

18 Brighton 13 -4 13
19 Huddersfield 13 -7 13
20 Yeovil 12 -10 11
21 Cheltenham 14 -17 11
22 Leyton Orient 13 -11 10
23 Hereford 13 -12 9
24 Crewe 13 -14 8


Results Round Up

Scunthorpe are League One leaders by three points after their 3-2 win over Millwall (3rd). Leeds are second after a comfortable 3-0 win over Walsall, who slip into mid-table after four winless games. Leicester's goalless draw with Northampton sees them drop to fourth, with MK Dons' 3-1 win over Cheltenham - where goalkeeper Willy Gueret was sent off after the Robins' goal - and Peterboro's 4-0 demolition of Huddersfield putting the two promoted sides into the play-off zone.

Down the bottom Crewe's loss to Tranmere last night sees them remain bottom, with Leyton Orient's goalless draw with Yeovil helping neither side at the wrong end. Brighton slip further down the table after Kevin Kyle gave Hartlepool a 1-0 win, and Colchester's 5-0 whipping of sorry Carlisle puts the Cumbrians only three points off the dropzone. Swindon beat Oldham 2-0 to move clear of the bottom four. In the other match Bristol Rovers beat Southend 4-2 with Rickie Lambert scoring all four Pirates goals.

In League Two Wycombe remain top after a late Chris Zebroski goal was enough to win at Accrington in front of 1,217. Shrewsbury slip to fifth after a 1-1 draw at second placed Brentford, while Exeter move into the top three with a 1-0 win at Barnet. At the bottom Rotherham's win at Macclesfield saw them move up above the first non-deduction club after Grimsby's loss last night.


Last Gasp Hatters Shatters Bulls

The Bulls lost today's League One match at Edgar Street 1-0 to a late, late Stockport goal.

Tommy Rowe's scrambled effort in the third minute of injury time was all that seperated the two sides after a fairly even, if drab, encounter looked like it would remain goalless. Ex-Bull Stephen Gleeson was booed throughout, while the Bulls lost Richard Jackson to what looked like a groin problem on the hour mark. The gate was an improved 3,210 - with 590 Hatters - meaning 500 more Bulls fans had attended than Tuesday's match.

Full report later.


Friday, October 24, 2008

More clean sheets for Bulls than Leeds

Surprisingly to date this season Hereford United have kept more clean sheets than Leeds United but lie at opposite ends of the League One table. An article in the Yorkshire Evening Post looks at how this has happened.

The best defence is a good offence, or so it is said on the far side of the Atlantic. Leeds United have lived by that motto this season, though perhaps not through Gary McAllister's choosing, and it is often true that the strongest antidote to a weak defence is an attacking system which knows no bounds.

United, for example, have recorded fewer clean sheets than Hereford United but hold a position of ascendancy that Hereford do not. While Leeds have a modest chance of leading League One after their meeting with Walsall tomorrow, Hereford are more likely to be found propping the division up.

Graham Turner's problem is a lack of compensation for the goals his team concede, compensation that Leeds receive regularly from their reliable attack.

In total this season, Hereford have scored 10 times, reaching double figures for the first time on Tuesday evening. Between them, Jermaine Beckford and Luciano Becchio have supplied Leeds with twice as many goals.

The crucial difference between the clubs is United's ability to play their way out of trouble, as they did against Leyton Orient three days ago.

This season's results have shown that United are a team who can expect to routinely outscore their opposition.

McAllister should be pleased about that since his intention from the day of his appointment as manager was to design a squad who ooze positivity and treat victory with more interest and a value than the avoidance of defeat.

His players have acquired a strong taste for goals, and their attacking mentality is pleasing on the eye, but their potency this season has also been essential.

Without it, their sub-standard defensive record would likely have come at a greater cost than three league defeats. Leeds are a classic example of a team who are difficult to beat because of their attacking prowess, rather than their defence.


Turner aims to extend N'Gotty's Loan

Hereford United manager Graham Turner is working hard to extend the loan of defender Bruno N'Gotty from Leicester.

Tomorrow sees N'Gotty's final game for the Bulls in his current loan spell.

"He's played five games for us and three of them have been clean sheets," Turner told BBC Hereford and Worcester.

"He's got that experience, that calming influence with players around him. Doesn't say an awful lot for a very experienced player. Tends to be a little bit quiet both on and off the field. But you can see that calming influence from the way he deals with things at times.

"He even started to venture forward on Tuesday night. We had a little bit of a laugh with him after the game about him getting forward and maybe even getting a goal as he's promised us two goals before his loan is up which finishes this Saturday.

"We would like to keep him a little bit longer. It depends how Leicester feel about it. It depends how Bruno feels about it.

"We would like to keep him and we will try to do the neccessary."


Stockport Predictions

Just a short reminder that you have 22 hours to get your predictions in for the Stockport game at Edgar Street.

To enter, send your final score and attendance predictions along with your username to bullsnewspredictions@hotmail.co.uk .

The deadline is at 2.30pm tomorrow.

You can also send your predictions for the Millwall game.


Millwall advance match tickets.

Tickets for the Tuesday evening game at Millwall are available from the HUFC Club office at the Edgar Street ground. Although the game is not officially "all-ticket" for visiting supporters, Millwall FC and their Police Liaison Officer have said that they much prefer fans to arrive having already bought their ticket as "on the night" sales are not available at all turnstiles. Prices are believed to be; Adults £20, Seniors £13, U16's £11 and U12's £8. A full travel guide will appear on Saturday evening.

Advance tickets are at full price although Millwall members can save up to £7 by buying theirs up to 90 minutes before the game. They are also opening their ticket office until 7.00 pm on Monday evening to allow fans to purchase on their way home from work! High gate admission prices linked to a hefty discount scheme for members is something that is found at many clubs. It enables them to extract maximum revenue from visitors without burdening their own fans. It might work at Edgar Street!

Meanwhile, organisers of coach and minibus transport are advised that safe parking along with guidance to and from the ground is to be provided. A meeting point has been arranged and details are available from PC Steve Thomas at Bath Street Police Station (08457 444 888). This assistance does not apply to car drivers. HUISA still have spaces and these can be booked in Legends before Saturday's game against Stockpot.


News Round Up

MK Dons have signed former Barnet man Jason Puncheon on loan from Plymouth. The winger started his career with the Dons, before being released in the summer of 2006. Leicester have loaned teenage goalkeeper Carl Pentney to Woking for a month after Woking were refused permission to use Millwall loanee Lenny Pidgley in the FA Cup. Kidderminster are reported to be needing £100,000 to cover a budget shortfall this season.

Plymouth boss Paul Sturrock has blamed the credit crunch as he struggles to loan out his fringe players. Leicester owner Milan Mandaric has denied the club is up for sale, but admits they face a huge operating loss this season due to their League One status.


Turner will be looking for increased support tomorrow

After Tuesday's 1-0 win over Carlisle watched by just 2,300, Hereford United manager Graham Turner will be looking for a much better turnout for the visit of Stockport County tomorrow afternoon.

The Bulls have taken four points from their last two games and confidence appears to returned to the squad. It was particularily noticable after Andy Williams scored against Carlisle.

"You could see the confidence resurging when we went a goal up and we have got to be pleased and use that as a base to build on," said Turner.

"Strikers thrive on goals and I would have thought that would have done his confidence a bit of good."

However tomorrow's visitors Stockport County will be a difficult team to beat and good support from the Meadow End could prove crucial.

The Hatters haven't been defeated on their travels yet this season, but all records come to an end and there is no better place for this to happen than at Edgar Street.

Whether Turner will tinker with the squad remains to be seen. He is reported to have no fresh injury worries. Midfielder Stephen O'Leary was left out on Tuesday and will no doubt be hoping to feature.

The front pairing of Steve Guinan and Andy Williams is set to continue, probably meaning that top scorer Bradley Hudson-Odoi will start on the bench.

Latest Odds from Skybet:

Hereford 13/8 Draw 12/5 Stockport 13/8


Thursday, October 23, 2008

FA Cup starts for Bulls on November 8th

Hereford United will be in the draw for the first round of the FA Cup which takes place on Saturday November 8th.

Last season the Bulls pulled off several excellent results including a draw then a win in a replay against Leeds United in Round One, a win over Hartlepool in Round Two, a draw and then a win in a replay against Tranmere in the Third Round before putting up a spirited display against Paul Parry's Cardiff City at Edgar Street in Round Four.

To have been drawn against Leeds United was a real coup for the Bulls and few will forget Lionel Ainsworth's goal at Elland Road which won the tie.

But no two seasons are the same and the chances are that whoever the Bulls are drawn against in Round One may not quite have the appeal of Leeds United.

The draw takes place this Sunday October 26th at about 1pm. The Bulls are ball number 22.

This year 670 'small' clubs entered the cup. Those who make it to Round One will be joined by all the teams from Leagues One and Two.

The prize money for winning a Round One tie is £20,000. The TV broadcasting fee is £75,000 per club with £37,500 for a replay and £7,500 for highlights. ITV and Setanta have the TV rights this season.


Young Bulls defeated by Bristol Rovers

Hereford United's Youth team played Bristol Rovers yesterday afternoon in a game that was originally set to be played last Saturday.

The Young Bulls lost 6-2 with three goals conceded in the last 10 minutes.

Goal scorers for the Bulls were James Cartwright -in the first half to make the score 2-1 at the break and Nick Evans to bring them back to 3-2 midway through the second- half.


Concern continues about Policing Costs around Edgar Street

Graham Turner is still very concerned over the attempts by West Mercia Police to try to recover costs for match day policing around Hereford United's Edgar Street stadium.

He takes up the issue in today's Hereford Times.

Off the pitch, our difficulties with West Mercia Police continue.

Bills have started to arrive from them for policing the vicinity of the stadium.

This is where we differ greatly from West Mercia Police’s view of what can be charged for.

I can understand the need for clubs to recompense their particular police force when they operate inside the ground or on property owned, or controlled, by the club.

But, following a meeting of all league chairmen, when police costs were on the agenda, it would appear that we are the only club in the country being pursued for vicinity charges.

Maybe the object of it all is to test one small club out to see what their resolve and access to good legal advice is.

And if the case is won by the police, it will escalate to all clubs.

Bills totalling more than £20,000 so far have arrived in the office. On the basis that it is the principle that we are talking about and not the actual level of costs, we continue to believe that we need to contest it with all vigour.

If, in the worst case scenario, it does progress to a High Court action, then I can imagine the costs will be considerable.

In the meantime, we will continue to work with our solicitors to fight our corner.


Pirates Scrap Cheltenham Move

Bristol Rovers have revised their plans to redevelop their Memorial Ground home, scrapping their 18 month stay in Cheltenham as a result.

The redevelopment will now go ahead in stages, rather than as a single project, allowing them to remain in the stadium during the works. The playing surface will be moved once the first phase of work is complete, but no set timetable for the works to be done has yet been issued with the plans still to get the necessary funding through the anciliary building of student accomodation and a hotel.

Cheltenham have issued a statement saying the loss of revenue from the cancelled agreement with Bristol Rovers will not affect their current plans, while the Pirates expect to reveal details on how the project will be funded in January.

Meanwhile the Robins are to finally take Leeds man Ian Westlake on loan after another loanee, James Wesolowski, was diagnosed with a leg fracture and would miss four months. Westlake is the ninth loanee at the club, but Wesolowski is now expected to return to parent club Leicester.


News Round Up

Leyton Orient have signed Luton striker Sam Parkin on loan until January with a view to a permanent move. One of the Hatters' biggest earners Parkin, who cost them £340,000 in 2006, missed half of last season injured. Huddersfield have loaned defender Tom Clarke to Bradford for a month. The 20 year old has made only one appearance, in the JPT, this season. The Terriers have also extended Liam Dickinson's loan from Derby for a third and final month.

Peterboro striker Craig Mackail-Smith is being lined up by West Brom for a £2million transfer, according to today's press reports with Blackburn also interested. Tranmere are to offer discounted tickets for current and former servicemen and women at tomorrow's match with Crewe. Walsall have joined a local schools scheme rewarding school attendance with tickets to matches.

Bournemouth chairman Jeff Mostyn has left the club in order for the remaining board to seek new investment. Stockport striker Matty McNeil will have final say whether a complaint will be made to the Police over the challenge that put him in hospital last weekend. Ex-Bull Stuart Watkiss has been confirmed as staying with new Grimsby boss Mike Newell as his assistant.

Northwich have sacked manager Dino Maamria after he was placed on 'gardening leave' last month. The situation remains unclear with Maamria unaware of the reasons and Northwich refusing to comment. Wrexham target Kiki Musampa has denied ever having any talks, or knowledge, of their bid. His brother, a football agent but not his representative, was a guest of the club but not in relation to the player.