Saturday, December 20, 2014

"I Told Them This Club Was Going Under Within Weeks"

Gareth Davies spoke to BBC Hereford and Worcester on Friday afternoon in the wake of Hereford United's winding up.

"Absolutely devastated. As a young footballer I was lucky eought to wear that shirt as a professional footballer and it just breaks my heart to be sat here thinking where has it all gone wrong.

"The only answer I can come up with is that Governance has got a lot to answer for in their process."

Asked by Andrew Easton as to who exactly he blamed for the demise of Hereford United, Davies responded: "It's the FA. They've got processes in place. David Keyte went out there and found new owners of that club.

"I'm not a businessman - I'm a football man - I went to see Mr Lonsdale three weeks ago. I made him think I could help him. That was the only way I could get a meeting. I never told many people, two people, and I came back and told them this club is going under within weeks.

"The problem, right from the start, was that David Keyte was allowed to still be chairman on the paperwork and, for that reason, the FA had to go with it.

"By the time Tommy then Lonsdale had to go through the Fit & Proper test it was too late. It was never going to work. The FA couldn't do anything about it."

Further asked, Davies added: "The biggest mistake David Keyte made is that he didn't use good people that support this club - and there is an number of people I could name that could help keep that club running without getting - so called - football businessmen.

"They're not "football businessmen". All they wanted to do was make money- and ruin the club."

"The saddest thing for me is that my two boys are part of the youth programme with UITC."

I wanted them to play with that Hereford United badge on their chest. Today is a sad day, but they might have an opportunity to still to do that because - while they were in charge - the new regime - I would never - ever - have let my children play for them. 

"That club gave me my career and I wouldn't be doing the job today if it wasn't for Hereford United and the supporters that have backed me 100%. 

So, hopefully, as the one supporter has said, it's a ten year plan now but it's got to be the right people in charge. It's got to be good business people that love Hereford United just as much."

Friday, December 19, 2014

Support Local Football On Saturday

With no game at Edgar Street, it is an ideal time to support local football in Herefordshire.

Both Pegasus Juniors and Wellington have home matches in the West Midlands Regional League on Saturday afternoon. Pegasus Juniors take on AFC Bridgnorth at Old School Lane, while Wellington take on Shrewsbury side Haughmond at their Playing Field ground with both clubs charging £5 or less for entry.

Both sides are run by volunteers, and would welcome the additional support with both games kicking off at 3pm.

Old School Lane is on the northern edge of Hereford, just off Roman Road - postcode HR1 1EZ - with parking onsite and refreshments and a licenced bar in their clubhouse.

Wellington Playing Fields is in the village of Wellington just off the A49 - postcode HR4 8AZ - with parking onsite and refreshments available on site, and a licenced bar available pre- and post-match in the clubhouse further into the village.

Westfields are away to Lye Town in the Midland Football League.

Pictures From Inside Edgar Street

Rubbish strewn around and fixtures damaged

The television gone, and optics stripped from the back wall

Kit strewn across the floor and  the internal doors damaged

Lonsdale Says He Will Appeal Court Decision

Lonsdale Leaving the Court Last Monday
Andy Lonsdale has told the Guardian that he will appeal against the decision of the High Court this afternoon to put Hereford United into liquidation.

He said he will appeal against the high court decision, but acknowledged that some fans are “ecstatic” his ownership is over.

“Maybe it’s fate,” he said.

“I’m gutted, not just about the money, but because it is six months’ hard work gone.”

Report From The Guardian

Here's a report from the Guardian on today's news that Hereford United (1939) Ltd is no more.

Hereford United, the club formed in 1924 who have played continuously in the Football League lower divisions or in the senior semi-professional game for 90 years, has been put into liquidation. The club company, Hereford United 1939 Ltd, was wound up at the high court in London, which refused to accept the club lawyer’s argument that its owner, Andy Lonsdale, had proof of £1m funding to pay the club’s creditors, but was stuck in traffic.
Hereford will now cease playing in the Southern League, the results of their fixtures this season will be expunged, and a group of fans gathered at the Edgar Street ground to protect any remaining assets from being carried away by people owed money. Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, seeking unpaid tax reported by the Hereford Times to be £100,000, was the lead creditor on the winding-up petition.
United, the first senior football club to be wound up since Scarborough went into liquidation in 2007, have been in financial difficulties since being relegated from the Football League in 2012. They were expelled from the Conference into the Southern League last summer after new owners declined to put up a £350,000 bond.
Londsale and his business associates have been met with severe mistrust by many supporters, after the group’s original owner, Tommy Agombar, was found to have a previous conviction for lorry theft and was barred under the Football Association’s owners and directors test. Lonsdale also has a spent conviction for dumping waste illegally, and was allowed to take over recently.
He told the Guardian he was “gutted” the club has been wound up, saying that they inherited a club in crisis, have put in £600,000 and worked hard to put a team on the pitch. Lonsdale added that he did have a bank statement showing £1m in the bank and was genuinely stuck in traffic, having left his base in Staines for London at 3:30pm. He said he will appeal against the high court decision, but acknowledged that some fans are “ecstatic” his ownership is over. “Maybe it’s fate,” he said. “I’m gutted, not just about the money, but because it is six months’ hard work gone.”

Herefordshire council said it will immediately seek possession of the club’s Edgar Street ground, whose freehold it owns. “Once the ground has been secured, the council will consider the appropriate process for procuring a new tenant to ensure the continuation of football,” it said in a statement.
Hereford United Supporters Trust has already developed plans to form a fan-owned club and work with the council to enable them to play at Edgar Street and start again at whatever level they can. Martin Watson, the trust’s vice-chair, said that many fans had not been prepared to trust Lonsdale and his partners, and had considered the club already dead last summer. At a trust meeting on Thursday, Watson said the vast majority of supporters had not wanted to be part of the current club and he is relieved the crisis has ended.
“The council has indicated they want a community football club and we believe we are at the head of people wanting to start again,” Watson said. “This is not the end; we will rebuild it.”

Phelps Seen Driving Away From Edgar Street

Neil Phelps Alongside Manager Jon Taylor - Pictured Last October
Former Hereford United assistant manager was one of the people seen leaving Edgar Street late this afternoon.

Phelps, who verbally abused BN's photographer before helping to throw him out at the club's last home game, reportedly tried to grab supporters mobiles as they tried to film him and his car.

One supporter told BN that he thought Phelps's car had a lot of items in the back.

The car had been backed upto the player's entrance which made supporters curious.

Police were given the number of the car.

The BBC, Bobbies and Former Boycotters...

As news broke of Hereford United's latest court visit at just gone 4:30pm this afternoon, various different bodies of people started to congregated outside Edgar Street.

BBC Hereford and Worcester's Trevor Owens and Keith Hall, a TV camera from the BBC, photographers, as well as fans and the local police were in attendance minutes after the 1939 company was wound up.

It is understood the police were there to oversee the process of the stadium being vacated and secured. Cllr Jim Kenyon says it is now the job of supporters to keep an eye on the ground over the coming days.

As previously mentioned, your photos from tonight are welcome -

BBC H&W's Trevor Owens interviewing former club photographer 'Nibbo'

Police cars parking up inside the club's car park
This TV camera was sent from the BBC to grab some footage from tonight.

Coming up later will be the previously reported words of wisdom from Jim Kenyon. We're just waiting for the footage to upload onto YouTube.

From The Archives - Remember Aldershot

It was only last April, but for many Hereford United supporters this was the last game they attended.

Here's the BN report.

Steve McQueen, James Garner, Richard Attenborough….

Scorer Sam Smith With Michael Rankine, Jarrod Bowen and Jamie Edge
….that’s what we call a Great Escape.

Hereford United secured their Conference Premier status with a two goals to one win at Aldershot’s Recreation Ground this evening when goals from Sam Smith and Michael Rankine sealed the victory that meant Chester’s draw with Salisbury was insufficient to prevent them dropping to the regional division.
Peter Beadle kept faith with Jamie Edge following his introduction in place of the injured Billy Murphy in an otherwise unchanged side from the team the defeated Alfreton last weekend.
With close to 800 travelling Bulls’ supporters raising the roof, the game started with United attacking the end occupied by their own fans.  In an understandably nervous opening few minutes, Oyeleke dragged a shot wide of Danny Lloyd-Weston’s goal and Sam Smith was equally wide of the mark with The Bulls’ first attempt.  Frankie Artus’ searching through ball into the left channel found Rankine but the ball was cleared for an uneventful throw before a Kingsley James ball into the box caused some concern for the home defence but was eventually punted upfield to clear the danger.
After a tentative start, The Bulls started to put together some much improved Beadleball and following a rash challenge on Kingsley James, the ball was worked out to Jarrod Bowen who whipped in a dangerous cross from wide right that just failed to find the onrushing Rankine.
In the next attack, Rankine turned his marker and went down in the box after being caught by a trailing leg but referee Peter Banks failed to stick to the Woolmer script and waived away the penalty appeals.
United continued to look bright and busy despite Sam Smith being a little harshly penalised when a defender simply stumbled over the ball.  With twenty-five minutes on the clock, Molesley blasted over when well placed before a Chris Bush overlap earned a corner on the left a couple of minutes later.
Frankie Artus’ flag kick picked out Luke Graham and his thumping header was cleared off the line but Sam Smith was on hand to bundle the ball into he net and give The Bulls real hope that survival was a possibility.
Sam Smith Put The Bulls Ahead
Smith wheeling away to celebrate -Picture From Andy Compton/Hereford Journal
Meanwhile, over at The Deva, the Jesters had already taken the lead over Salisbury but cheers erupted from The Bulls section of the Aldershot crowd minutes later when news filtered through that Salisbury had equalised.
Kingsley James saw a shot blocked by what looked suspiciously like a hand while, at the other end, DLW was smartly down to collect an effort from Mekki at the near post.  Jarrod Bowen was scythed down in midfield and from the free-kick Ranks was strangely penalised for apparently failing to fall over when pushed in the back.  The referee was less than impressed with Oyeleke’s crude challenge on Ranks soon afterwards and rewarded the Shots’ player with a flask of yellow.  The resulting free kick found Kingsley James on the far side of the box and he drove purposefully into the area.  Two rash challenges could easily have forced the referee into a decision but KJ chose to stay on his feet and the ball was eventually cleared.
HT Aldershot 0 Bulls 1 (1-1 at The Deva)
The second period started with a burst of pressure from the hosts that upped the pulse rate of the travelling Herefordians.  Sam Smith was fouled and Bushy’s free kick was met with a Rankine header but keeper Morris was well placed to gather.
Rob Purdie won a free kick on the right midway into the Shots’ half and when Artus’ cross arrived at the back post Luke Graham rose to head into the net but, sadly, there was a fluttering flag on the far side that ruled out the strike.
The Bulls continued to press and Smith was caught offside by the narrowest of margins before Molesley’s low drive was cleared by Dom Collins.  Then a good chance fell to Jarrod Bowen who found himself one on one with the keeper.  The youngster had the confidence to round the host stopper rather than shooting but unfortunately the move took him too wide and his effort on the turn was just over the bar.
As the hour mark approached the Bulls fans heard the Jester had re-taken the lead with a goal from Rooney so it was back to biting the finger nails.  Kingsley had a goal-bound shot blocked and DLW had to back-peddle to tip a shot from distance over the bar before another shot from Mekki skidded just wide of the post. 
Then, with fifteen minutes of normal time remaining, Aldershot struck back.  Oyeleke ceased on a loose ball on the edge of the box and rifled a low shot in off the inside of the upright.  Things were not looking good.
There followed a flurry of substitutions from both teams that saw The Bulls replace Jamie Edge with Jon Brown, Dan Walker replace Jarrod Bowen.  Very soon after, Cory Williams came on for Sam Smith.
Jester were winning and The Bulls were looking doomed then Dan Walker stretched his legs down the right and cut in along the bye-line to deliver a low cross into the box.  Michael Rankine arrived with perfect timing to sweep the ball into the net from ten yards to give The Bulls the lead for a second time in the game.
Michael Rankine Secured Hereford's Victory
Hopes were now pinned on a Salisbury equaliser at The Deva and it arrived less than a minute later.  With one eye on the Recreation Ground and the other on the smart phone, Bulls fans signalled Jamie White’s strike at The Deva with the same delight as Ranks’ goal.
The four added minutes seemed like an hour and when referee Banks blew the final whistle there was an agonising two further minutes before the refresh button was finally redundant and the celebrations broke out both on and off the pitch.
FT Shots 1 Bulls 2
Bulls:- Lloyd-Weston, Bush, Graham, Collins, Purdie, Bowen (Walker 86), James. Edge (Brown 80), Artus, Smith (Williams 80), Rankine. Unused:- Sam Gwynne and Joel Edwards.
Shots:- Morris, Oastler, Tonkin, Phillips, Stanley, Barker (Roberts 79), Mekki (Bubb 85), Moseley (Rowlands 89), Oyeleke, Williams, Scott. Unused:- Patterson, Williams.
Attendance 3593 including 772 delighted Bulls fans.
No after match thoughts, no MOTM, we won and that’s all the matters.

Well done all.

UTIC Expected To Complete The Season

Whilst the football club has gone, United In The Community should be able to continue their games for the remainder of the season.

At present the under 18's play at Victoria Park.

However with no Hereford United at Edgar Street, is there a chance that the Herefordshire Council might allow the youngsters to at least play some of their remaining games there?

It would be a great gesture by the Council and would also give supporters the chance to go to Edgar Street to watch a match.

Last of the players leave Edgar Street

Here's a selection of photos taken outside the players entrance at Hereford United this evening as various former players exited the stadium for the last time.

Ex-assistant manager Neil Phelps was one of the first to be seen leaving the club.

If you have any pictures from tonight, you can send them to BN -

We've Been Lied To From Day One Said Former Manager Taylor

Former Manager Jon Taylor
On his way out of Edgar Street this evening, former Hereford United manager Jon Taylor spoke to BBC H&W's Keith Hall.

"We're all very disappointed because quite frankly we've been lied to from day one," said Taylor.

"We had a lot of promises but nothing came to fruition.

"You always want to believe who employs you but the writing has been on the wall in the last couple of months.

"My job have been touted around, I've only got two games to go before I get the sack.

"In hindsight I probably should have believed what the supporters were saying.

"I'm not on the political side, not on the financial side. All I want is the football team to do well."

Taylor was then asked about former owner Tommy Agombar and Andy Lonsdale.

Former Owner Tommy Agombar
"Agombar was in the dressing rooms up to about two months ago, since then he's not been in. Lonsdale has not been in the dressing room.

Former Owner Andy Lonsdale
"All I tried to do was get the team to play football and I wanted to get the supporters back, but it didn't happen.

"The only regret I've got is that I probably should have listened to the supporters." 

Full interview at:

HUST Statement

This from HUST:

The Hereford United Supporters Trust (HUST) is saddened and bitterly disappointed at the winding up of Hereford United (1939) Ltd at the Court today.

The decision has been made by the Judge after a lengthy list of false promises from a series of majority shareholders regarding substantial investment into the club.
While a few individuals have overseen the rapid downfall of a 90 year old club, it will be the thousands of supporters that will again be a victim of the mismanagement that is so often rife in football. However Hereford United is the supporters that have had the club at their hearts, in many cases for generations of their families, and the spirit of the club will live on through each and every one of us.

The best course of action now is to channel the spirit of the fans and the community into a new club playing at Edgar Street.

As has already been documented, a plan is in place to make this happen and we are putting this plan into motion with immediate effect. Our principle objective at the moment is to secure the use of Edgar Street, while we are also preparing to speak with the FA with regards registering a new club and securing a place in the pyramid for next season.

One thing is for sure – to be certain that the new club can begin at the highest level possible, we will need to demonstrate that all supporters are behind our plan. The best way supporters can do this is to join HUST and add their voice to ours.
Membership runs to the AGM in September 2015 and costs £10. You can sign up online – 

Trashed More Than Damaged

Former director of Hereford United, Dave Preedy, has been inside Edgar Street to help West Mercia Police with their enquries into possible damage and missing items.

Afterwards Preedy told BN that the inside of the club was more 'trashed than damaged'.

"Televisions are missing but they were on hire purchase.

"Spirit optics are also missing.

"The changing rooms have been trashed but not really damaged.

"It's just mess everywhere."

Preedy also asked for supporters to keep an eye on Edgar Street.

"The police have promised to patrol the area but it is their busiest weekend of the year."

Short Statement From Southern League

The Southern League have issued the following statement:

Hereford United wound-up after losing court battle 19 December 2014

Regrettably, Hereford United lost its fight to stay in existence when the Club was wound-up at the adjourned Hearing in the High Court on Friday 19 December. A League statement will follow in due course when details of the hearing have been received.

Business Group Issue Statement

Speaking this evening, Jon Hale said:

"Today is obviously a very emotional day for all Hereford United supporters, and everyone in our group is saddened by the news that has come from the High Court.

"Out of respect for the feelings of all fans the world over, as a group we do not feel it is appropriate to make any detailed comments until we've had time to digest this afternoon's events.

"I can, however, confirm that I do have a phone call pre-arranged with Herefordshire Council Leader Tony Johnson for first thing on Monday morning, where the aim will be to organise a meeting before Christmas. 

"I can confirm that Chris Williams, the Chairman of Hereford United Supporters Trust (HUST), will be invited to any meeting we have with the council and he is aware I will be speaking to Mr Johnson on Monday.

"Clearly, how we can go about ensuring there is a long-term future for football at Edgar Street will be one of the main points for discussion at this meeting."

Supporters Asked To Look After Edgar Street

Cllr Jim Kenyon has asked Hereford United supporters to keep their eye on the Edgar Street Stadium just in case someone decides to try and enter the ground and steal anything of value.

It's currently unknown when the liquidator will arrive at the stadium and it appears the Council have to await court permission before they can take over the ground.

It's understood Kenyon is organising a rota of fans to look after the ground.

Almost all supporters have now left the ground.

UPDATE: There are reports that some televisions at the club have been stolen.

BBC Report On Winding Up

Below is a BBC Sport report on this afternoon's winding up of Hereford United.

Hereford United has been wound up by a High Court judge.
The winding-up petition was brought by HM Revenue and Customs, which is thought to be owed £116,000.
Owner Andy Lonsdale had promised to invest £1m in the club, which was expelled from the Football Conference in June after failing to pay creditors.
But he was late to court and the judge was not satisfied there were sufficient funds.
Mr Lonsdale's barristers said they had a statement that the money was in the bank but Mr Lonsdale said he was stuck in traffic and could not get to the court in time.
It was the tenth time he had been ordered to appear at the High Court in London
The winding-up order was issued moments after he was due, at just after 16:30 GMT.
Supporters have gathered at the club's ground at Edgar Street, where one man said "We will come back. It may take 10 years, but we will be back".
Herefordshire Council said: "As Hereford United Football Club (1939) Limited is in the process of being wound up and a liquidator will be appointed, this action triggers the council's right as landlord to forfeit the leases.
"The council will now pursue this and seek to gain formal repossession of all three sites leased to the club.
"Once the ground has been secured, the council will consider the appropriate process for procuring a new tenant to ensure the continuation of football."


Reports Of Men Trying To Strip Edgar Street

As at 5pm, there are unconfirmed reports of men trying to strip out parts of Edgar Street.

Hereford United supporters able to get to the ground are asked to go and see what is happening.

Both the HT and BBC H&W are on route to the club.

Police are at the club.

Update 5.10pm: Supporters please get to ES as soon as you can, men trying to take parts of the club away

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Please take photographs.

Update 5.15pm: Reports are reaching BN from supporters that Neil Phelps, the 'former' assistant manager, has been very agressive towards fans.

He has now left the ground.

5.30pm: Manager Jon Taylor has also left the ground along with several players.

There are around 50 supporters outside the ground with a number of police inside.

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Police At Edgar Street

How To Join HUST

To join the Hereford United Supporters Trust you can fill in the online form on their website - - or complete the downloadable PDF (link) and mail it into their address with payment.

Full Membership costs £10 per year, with the year running from AGM to AGM in September. Junior membership costs £1 and can be registered at the same time as Full members.

Corporate Membership is also available for £50 per year. The membership includes a listing on the HUST website. Please see for details.

Hereford United Wound Up

Hereford United have been wound up. Registrar issued compulsory order around 4.35pm.

The 1939 Limited Company has been wound up.

It was the club's 13th appearance.

Lonsdale had promised to put £1M in.

Club's Barrister said that Lonsdale had got funds but Registrar said that as Lonsdale hadn't got to the court with evidence, Registrar wound up it. 

Reportedly Lonsdale was 'stuck in traffic'. 

A liquidator is expected to be appointed.

There is an appeals process.

Reaction from Martin Watson for HUST.

"It hurts but it had to be.

"We didn't think it would come to this. We were promised so much but nothing.

"The thing we loved for generations has gone.

"We'll pick the pieces up and start again and we will have the people of Hereford at our heart."

Herefordshire Council have issued a statement:

As Hereford United Football Club (1939) Limited is in the process of being wound up and a liquidator will be appointed, this action triggers the council’s right as landlord to forfeit the leases.  The council will now pursue this and seek to gain formal repossession of all three sites leased to the club.
Once the ground has been secured, the council will consider the appropriate process for procuring a new tenant to ensure the continuation of football.

Council will go to Court on Monday to start getting ground back.

Later HUST chairman Chris Williams spoke to BBC H&W.

"The old club had to die before the new club could be created."

UITC At The Childrens Ward

UITC visited the County Hospital today to distribute presents in the Childrens Ward.

Court Case This Afternoon

Hereford United are back in the Companies Court this afternoon at 4.30pm.

It's expected that, once again, there will be an adjournment.

Most supporters think that club chairman Andy Lonsdale will provide the Court with some sort of document which will suggest he's put £1M into a bank account somewhere.

The barrister for the club will then ask for time to begin to pay creditors and the registrar will agree.

Whatever happens there will be coverage of the case on the Bulls News Twitter Feed which will have updates from various sources direct from the court.

Bulls Legend Give Story Global Coverage

Former Bulls player and Giant-Killing legend Ricky George is taking the ongoing saga of Hereford United to a global audience today. 

Supporters Trust member Ricky was approached by the International network BeIN SPORT, and will be interviewed live today at 5pm by Andy Gray and Richard Keys. 

It is understood that the former Sky Sports presenters are very interested to hear how a once viable and thriving Football league club have fallen so far, so quickly, with Keys having revisited the story several times since interviewing David Keyte on his Talksport show back in March.

Ricky has also spoken to his many contacts in the national media, and hopes to raise the profile of our struggles in any way that he can. 

BeIN SPORT is a rapidly growing sports network, with extensive coverage in France, North and South America, and the Middle and Far East, and Australia.

Trewick Applies For Telford Job

Former Bulls boss John Trewick has applied for the vacant AFC Telford managers job. 

Trewick has been without a club since departing Shrewsbury alongside Graham Turner and Tony Ford in January. He managed the Bulls for a total of 42 games in the 2009/10 season, winning just 12 before Turner retook control of first team affairs for the remainder of the season.

The Bucks have identified a four man shortlist for the job but it is currently unknown whether Trewick or Martin Foyle have made the cut. Former Chester boss Neil Young has also applied, along with ex-Mansfield man Paul Cox and ex-Lincoln gaffer David Holdsworth.

Romanian Mario Marinica, a former Arsenal and Crystal Palace youth team coach who is currently coaching in Romania, is also reported to have applied.

News Round-Up

Darlington 1883 have announced plans to develop the rugby stadium in the town. Plans were submitted this week for the Blackwell Meadows site to be enlarged with additional car parking and an enlarged clubhouse, and works to the existing site to bring it up to FA standards so that the reformed club can move back to the town for next season. They currently groundshare at Bishop Auckland after reforming in 2012.

St Neots have announced the departure of club captain Gavin Hoyte, who has chosen to move to Biggleswade after finding his first team chances limited. Former Bulls forward Ryan Bowman says he wants to net more than 20 goals this season. The Torquay striker netted 19 times for the Bulls two years ago but now wants to become the first Gull to break the 20 goal barrier since fellow ex-Bull Tim Sills in 2007/8.

Forest Green fans have called for the side to remain in the town of Nailsworth after owner Dale Vince unveiled plans to build a new stadium in Stonehouse. Vince plans to develop a large eco-park just off the M5 to house his Ecotricity headquarters and a new stadium within the next five years.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Short Report From HUST Meeting

Around 100 members attended this evening's Hereford United Supporters Trust meeting at Pegasus FC.

In the absence of chairman Chris Williams, vice-chairman Martin Watson took the meeting.

Watson said that the gap between the club and supporters was widening.

"Chairman Andy Lonsdale not coming to this meeting will do nothing to close the gap."

He noted that Lonsdale has failed to tell supporters of his plans for the future of the club.

"Every time Lonsdale opens his mouth on radio we get new members.

"People continue to believe in what we are doing."

In support of local football HUST presented some new kit to Pegasus.

The members then enjoyed a few words from Chris Hyde of Pegasus.

"People might think I'm bitter. I'm not. Even though when they came looking, they took the under 8s girls coach."

Then followed a discussion on the boycott.

Jesse Norman suggested that the Herefordshire Council had made some mistakes but said  it was 'cock-up more than conspiracy'.

Cllr Jim Kenyon felt that the Council were on the side of the supporters.

"Edgar Street is a football club and that it will remain," he told the meeting.

Towards the end of the meeting Justin Radcliffe praised the professionalism of HUST.

Chairman Watson then told members that Hereford United could feature on the Adrian Goldberg programme next Sunday morning on Five Live.

There will be a much more detailed report and video on the HUST site.

Baister To Judge HUFC Plight

Mr Registrar Baister is again lined up to hear the winding up petition at the Royal Courts of Justice tomorrow.

The 4.30pm hearing is one of only five cases to be heard by Mr Baister on Friday with two at 11am, one at 2pm, and two at 4.30pm.

It is the 13th Court appearance for Hereford United of 2014. If it is again adjourned it is not expected to return to Court until January 19th, 2015.

UITC finish first half of season

With yesterday's game at Bury postponed due a waterlogged pitch, the young bulls have now finished their programme and break for the Christmas period.

Tomorrow sees our last day of work before a 2 week break when we travel the Herefordshire hospital to hand our gifts to the children who may not make it home for the holidays. It's always nice to work within the community and try to put a smile on some faces so we look forward to the visit. Then we have a little futsal tournament between us in the afternoon at the point4 gym, one the coaches will be up for winning.

With an unsure summer after HUFCs youth team was disbanded, I think we have over achieved on the field although I am still disappointed we didn't do better. We end the first half of the season with a record of 8 wins, 3 draws and 2 losses in all competitions which is a tremendous result being the only team in the league and cup who are not of league affiliation. The youth cup run however was a sour point for us, especially when you see Bury playing against Manchester United, but our boys have learnt from that loss.

In the league our record of 3 wins, 3 draws and 1 loss is also impressive and something to build on in January. The players have been brilliant with their attitudes. Our lads don't get paid, so to put so much hard work in on the field is testament to their attitudes. Particularly on Wednesday when I worked their proverbials off in the gym and around the pitch, all of them put everything in and that is what makes my job a good one.

We will talk tomorrow about what they need to do on their two week break and the attitude they need to come back with and I'm sure they will do it professionally. There is a top 3 finish to fight for in the league, the quarter finals of the national cup along with the Hereford Giantkillers semi final against bromyard to look forward to, and to work hard for!

We couldn't of got through the first half of the season without help from the community itself. Seeing you all notice what we are trying to do with these young lads is rewarding so a big thank you to anyone and everyone that has donated to our cause, and to HUST who have kindly sponsored so many things for us.

I hope in January the next update from us is a positive one and we can continue to work on getting local players in hereford noticed and giving them a chance in the game. Anyone wanting to help us whether through sponsorship or coming and playing in our age groups from U12s-U19s would be welcome so don't hesitate to get in touch with us at HUFCCommunity

Finally i hope everyone has a good Christmas and that the new year brings better things for us all

Rob Purdie 

No Trial At Villa For Keeper Williams

It appears the story put out by Hereford United that goalkeeper Luke Williams was to go on trial with Aston Villa was incorrect.

A source very close to Villa told BN that he had spoken to the Premiership club about Williams.

They confirmed to him that Williams had not been offered a trial.

Earlier this week club chairman Andy Lonsdale confirmed to the Hereford Times that 'Aston Villa were keen on goalkeeper Luke Williams'.  

O'Reilly Still Waiting On Lonsdales Promises Of Payment

Departed former Hereford United player Daniel O'Reilly has told the Hereford Times he is still waiting to be paid by the club after leaving six weeks ago.

O'Reilly last played for Jon Taylor's side on November 1st, telling the paper: “It’s not about the money, it’s the principle. If you are working in a job, you pay your employees.

“I left on good terms, it was my decision to leave. One of the reasons I left was because the money wasn’t coming in and I still haven’t been paid."

He was told one of the other players would be given the money, but that didn't happen either: “I was then given Andy Lonsdale’s number and he said he would sort it out, which was seven to 10 days ago. It has been going back and forth ever since.”

“When we were in the FA Trophy, the club got money, like £2,700 for one round. The money was meant to be split between us but we never received it.”

O'Reilly also says Tommy Agombar was involved in the club despite his ban, adding that Agombar had fined the players £20 each after not training while they had not been paid.

Lonsdale refused to speak to the paper about the club when contacted yesterday morning.