Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Pilkington Remembers Last Season At Hereford

Former Hereford United winger Danny Pilkington is now with Barrow and is hoping for a season free of injury and money worries.

"I had a tough season with a bad injury last year, so I just want to get playing and get as many games under my belt as I can this season," Pilkington told the North West Evening Mail.

He says he has now been paid '99%' of what he was owed by Hereford United.

“It was very tough, there were boys who were struggling to pay bills. It was hard for everybody.

“People outside the club saw it as ‘Hereford are struggling, they might get relegated’, but really there was a lot more to it. Players were really struggling.

“At this level, it’s not like people have loads of savings in their account. There were a few things said – that the footballers got loads of money but, really it wasn’t the case, people were struggling to pay their mortgages and things."

Pilkington feels that the board at Barrow will be more supportive than the board at Hereford was last season.

“It’s brilliant – it’s almost like the polar opposite, everything is so much more professional here.

“I’m not talking about the (football) management side of things because at Hereford the management really did try their best with what they were being given from the board.

“I just mean the owner/directors here (at Barrow) are brilliant, they’re different class. If you need anything they’ll look after you and I think it is the total opposite of how it has been for me over the last year."

Arlesey Lose Out At Corby

Hereford United's opponents next Saturday, Arlesey Town were defeated by Corby this evening.

Arlesey went 2-1 ahead in the 59 minute but Corby equalised on 61 minutes.

Then, after three minutes of added time, Corby scored the winner.

There were also wins for Cambridge City, who now top the League, and Burnham this evening.

Hereford remain in 17th position.

Transparency Needed At Edgar Street Says Owens

Earlier this week Hereford United chairman Andy Lonsdale promised that more money was to come into the club which would cover 'any problems satisfying the petition' 

The winding up petition is due to be heard once again in the High Court on Monday September 1st.

Commenting on Lonsdale's words, BBC Hereford and Worcester's sports editior Trevor Owens sounded a note of caution.

"This sudden apparent influx of money has raised as many questions as it has answered. 

"Uppermost among them are: where has the money come from, and why would you invest in a struggling Southern League club with reported debts of well over a million pounds?

"While most fans would accept there is always a degree of commercial confidentiality in such deals, the club needs to be as transparent as possible if it is to have any hope of regaining the trust of disillusioned supporters." 

Royston Trip Postponed

Saturday's Fans Team game at Royston Town has been postponed with the hosts struggling to raise a side.

The HUST Fans Team will now concentrate their efforts on Sunday's match at Hinton FC against the Mayor's XI managed by Graham Turner.

A new date for the Royston trip will be arranged later in the season.

Club Clears Protestors Of Blame

Statement from Hereford United on last night's incident:

During the game it was reported that people outside the stadium were trying to disrupt the game, this incident is being looked into by the club. We must praise our safety stewards for acting swiftly in resolving the issue without any disruption to the match. Hereford United believe this incident to be separate from the peaceful protest that was carried out before the game, we would like to thank them for demonstrating peacefully.

HUST Update On Boycott

This from HUST:

The HUST board continue to monitor the statements from Hereford United regarding payment of the debt in reference to the boycott that our members voted to implement.
In the past week a variety of statements have assured supporters that football creditors, the Council debts, and the Winding-Up petition will be settled. With those debts still currently outstanding, and the club saying it has the funds to meet the debts, it is entirely at the club's discretion to pay those sums and meet the terms to end the official boycott. At that point, the HUST board would be happy to enter into discussions with the club over the future of football at Edgar Street.
While the HUST Fans Team matches and protests organised by the Save1939 group have been praised by the Police for the exemplary behaviour of the fans in attendance, we note with sadness an incident at last night's match at Edgar Street. We have been assured by a number of people who were protesting at last night's game that they were not involved in the incident. We are aware that the club spent a substantial amount over the summer on a new CCTV system around Edgar Street and urge Hereford United to publish the images of the offenders so they can be identified by the fanbase.

More Details On Sunday's Fans Team vs Mayor's XI Game

Additional car parking has been secured at Hinton's Broomy Hill ground for fans. There may be a small charge for parking.

Hinton have arranged a BBQ, hopefully a hog roast, and refreshments including a can bar. Postcode of the ground is HR4 0LQ, situated off Broomy Hill next to the Waterworks Museum and model railway.

Gates open at 11am with donations to the Mayor's charity and the Adam Stansfield Foundation on entry.

UITC will be delivering coaching sessions before the main event kicks off at 2pm. The UITC speed cage and a bouncy castle should also be in attendance depending on a site visit later in the week - these will be confirmed later in the week.

Bidding for places on the Mayor's XI, managed by Graham Turner, are up for auction until 9pm tonight. Bids can be submitted to

Fans Team Replica Shirts Available

This from HUST:

Replica HUST Fans Team shirt are now available to order.

Both the white home and orange away shirts are available, priced at £19.99.

All sizes are currently available except for XL in the Home shirt, which will be available soon.

To order, please email with your details and which shirt and sizes you wish to order.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Ex-Bulls At Pegasus

Pegasus lost 2-1 to Sporting Khalsa in their FA Cup replay tonight at Old School Lane.

Making a surprise start for Pegasus was former Bulls player and manager Jamie Pitman who, at 38, showed he had lost none of his ability.

Watching the game was Colin Addison. When asked why he wasn't at Edgar Street he told BN: "How can I go down there? I don't even know the players' names"

Former Bulls youth player Kane Khaki netted the Pegasus goal.

Bulls Take Three Points

Hereford United registered their first win of the season when they defeated Banbury Town 1-0 at Edgar Street this evening.

Dequon Eubanks put the Bulls ahead on 62 minutes after meeting a cross from Javier Roberts.

The attendance was reported as 569 including 38 in the away area, the highest gate in the League this evening.

Hereford's win moves them up to 17th position with four points from four games.

Poole Town top the League.

Lonsdale: "Showcase Them And Sell Them On"

Club chairman Andy Lonsdale has told BBC Hereford & Worcester that he cannot name the investors into the football club.

Insolvency practitioner Marc Landsman was keen to stress at last week's CVA meeting that Lonsdale was not a member of the board of the limited company, but only chairman of the football side.

Speaking to Jonathan Ray, Lonsdale told him: "Basically we had emergency meetings over the weekend with the investors, and the investors had decided to put money into the club and to make it run in the manner we want it to in the future now."

Asked if it was a significant investment he added: "Yes it is. It's quite a large investment. It's certainly enough to make sure we're quite... we can happily go forward in strength. We won't have any problems satisfying the petition that is due to be heard on the 1st of September."

Ray then asked Londale what was in it for the investors: "Basically the investors that have come forward want to carry on with the ethos that Tommy Agombar started here - the growth of young players, showcase them, and sell them on to bigger clubs.

"In time there is the development at either end, but that's in two years that's not now. There's also speculation in the media that we want to relocate Edgar Street elsewhere in Hereford. I want to say that is definitely not going to happen. We want the football to stay at Edgar Street forever."

Ray then moved onto Agombar and the shares, asking if they were still owned by Alpha Choice Finance Ltd - "Yes they are" - and are they the investors: "The investment has come from them and from outside sources."

Asked if he could name the other backers, Londale replied: "Not at the present time, no." Ray pressed the point about fans being skeptical, Lonsdale added: "As soon as we are able to notify you who the investors are we will."

"Make The Cheque Payable To..."

Bulls News has been told that the club are taking cheques for season tickets.

One caller, who rang the club this morning, was told that cheques were being accepted and - after some checking - was told to make it out to Gambrill & Co's client account.

Philip Gambrill was reported to be stepping down from the board at the end of the CVA process, with IP Marc Landsman telling the CVA meetings that he only remained on the board to meet the requirements of having three directors as the Articles of Association of the company demand.

Gambrill was acknowledged to have failed the FA's Owners & Directors Test by Landsman, due to his own personal IVA agreement, who said the FA were aware that he had to remain on board to keep the board at three. However the board remains at four according to Companies House with Tommy Agombar Jnr still listed as an active Director despite his own apparent failure of the test.

The club's own bank account would still be frozen due to the ongoing winding up petition.

Meanwhile, Landsman has issued the first report of the CVA meetings. The report is of the creditors meeting, with the notable point that he rejected over £43,000 of votes against the proposal and none in favour - however he notes that the rejection of the votes did not alter the result.

Landsman has also written to creditors and shareholders, by email, with the following:

'My involvement with the company is now at an end – I shall not be responding to any further emails or calls asking questions about the company and/or its future (unless they are to request paper copies of the Chairman’s Reports).' 

No Odds Offered On Banbury Game

Not one bookie is offering odds on tonight's game at Edgar Street despite yesterday's announcement that the club will continue.

At least 12 bookies are offering odds on each Southern League match tonight. Even Bideford's home match with Weymouth have odds listed from 15 bookmakers who appear unaware that the game was postponed yesterday after a 'total power loss' to all four floodlights at Bideford's Sports Ground home.

Hereford United are 125/1 outsiders to win the Southern League Cup in odds issued by Betway. They are in the only preliminary tie of the competition against Cinderford Town three weeks before the first round takes place.

Prize Bull Draw 13

This from HUST:

Prize Bull draw No.13 took place on Monday night.
The winning numbers are 4, 9, 18, and 24.
Should you have the winning combination, please contact to claim the jackpot.

Demonstration Tonight - 19:39 For HUFC 1939

The following has been received from the Save1939 protest group:

We plan for a 39 minute peaceful demonstration, outside the ground prior to Tuesdays game. The aim of the demonstration is to mark the demise of HUFC and celebrate the clubs proud history and tradition, rather than to specifically "target" the regime. Supporters are encouraged to wear their "colours" and bring their flags and to spend the duration of the demonstration singing pro HUFC songs and chants.

Demonstration times:
  • 19:00 Assemble outside the players entrance
  • 19:39 Disperse peacefully

UITC Youth Team Face Malvern In FA Youth Cup

The UITC youth side managed by Rob Purdie travels to Malvern on Monday, September 8th, for a FA Youth Cup game.

The match will kick off at Malvern's HDAnywhere Stadium that hosted the Fans Team game. Kick off is 7.30pm with admission £2 for adults and £1 for concessions.

What's Going On?

The Yeti questions what is going on at Hereford United.

What a difference a weekend makes, eh? Insolvent on Friday. Season ticket sales announced (again) on Monday. This suggests that our new owners somehow found several hundred thousand pounds down the back of the Meadow End which should pay off the creditors leading on the winding up petition. Phew. That was a close one. But we all know it wasn’t really. Remember the Insolvency Practioner shares an office with our unfit and unproper Director Peter Gambrill. So the IPs words on Friday that the club would be liquidated should always have been taken with a pinch of salt. Many fans did not believe him and they were right not to. The IP spun the script that the board gave to him. And lo and behold the new owners and remaining Directors announce on Monday that all is well with the world. Unsurprisingly, Peter Gambrill also shares another office with our new owners Alpha Finance. This is not a coincidence.
The new owners are here for one thing and one thing only and that’s the development rights for the stadium. Development does not happen overnight so they are clearly in it for the long haul. But they clearly want to put in as little cash as possible upfront. Why take the risk if you can get away with putting less in? The CVA would have been a nice little payment plan spread over three years while work took place behind the scenes to move the development along. The CVA fails and magically, it appears, there will be money to pay off the winding up petitioners. Funny that. Once that’s out of sight the less aggressive creditors will be rounded up again and offered another CVA to make things nice and easy for the new owners while they work on the plans for some shops and offices on the Blackfriars End. Or maybe how to relocate the club completely and cash in on developing the entire Edgar Street site?
And what about the football? It doesn’t matter what league we’re in if all they want to do is cash in on the development rights at each end of the ground. But it does matter what league we’re in if it’s decided to relocate the club. The minimum FA requirements are that Southern Premier League grounds should be able to accommodate 1950 spectators, 500 under cover with at least 250 of the undercover spaces seats with fans accessing the ground through 3 turnstiles. Don’t be surprised if the team deliberately stagnates in the Southern League for a while. During which time the dream of the Football League, and a stadium that meets League 2 requirements, will fade.
We need to #SaveEdgarStreet for Hereford United, in whatever form, from the clutches of our dishonest owners. They will come and go but the club will go on. Previous regimes frequently spoke about redevelopment and relocation but the gut feeling was they had the best interests of the club at heart (even if they made mistakes). John, Elke and Alpha Finance are in it for themselves.
If these people we’re ‘football men’ then they would have paid up the circa £300,000 they’ve invested in football creditors and the further £250,000(ish) they are about to hand over to HMRC, Foyle and Porter back in June and retained our Conference status. They didn’t and we’ve been fed a pack of lies ever since. This is why I will find it hard to ever support the current regime. After the financial debacle of the last four years more than ever I would like to see Hereford United become a fan owned club. Sadly I don’t think HUFC 1939 Ltd will ever be this club.
The way forward is long and complex. For the time being I urge all supporters to back the Supporters Trust boycott. Don’t be fooled or distracted by the drama happening around our club.  This is designed to make us look the other way whilst the real agenda is carried out under our noses.  The new owners are only in it for the development rights so let’s pull together and be United to #SaveEdgarStreet and get OUR club back.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Capacity Limitations To Remain In Place

Hereford United say the capacity at Edgar Street will remain at 1,000 for the next two games.

Both tomorrow night's game with Banbury and the Bank Holiday match with Redditch will have just 20% of the ground's capacity available to use. A club statement says the matter will be reviewed afterwards.

Club Still Owe Council £65k

Despite an assurance from Hereford United chairman Andy Lonsdale, Herefordshire Council say that they are still waiting for an outstanding sum of £65K to be paid.

According to the Hereford Times, Lonsdale spoke to Geoff Hughes the Director for Economy, Communities and Corporate late on Friday and assured him the money would be paid.

Should the money not be paid the Council may go ahead with a winding up order next month.

Meanwhile Lonsdale has told BBC Hereford and Worcester that the club will last the season.

"Basically we're confident because we are very passionate about the club," said Lonsdale.

"I've been going to the club for three months and it's grown very close to my heart.

"We've all decided that we want to save the club, we want to go forward in an orderly fashion and keep this club running."

Superman Returns On Sunday

Wayne Brown is one of six legends to be confirmed for Sunday's HUST Fans Team game against the Mayor's XI at Hinton.

Rob Elmes will also make his debut, as does Simon Johnson, along with Matt Clarke, David Titterton, and Gareth Davies. Further names are also expected to be confirmed later in the week for the Fans Team managed by John Layton.

Bids are invited to play under Graham Turner for the Mayor's XI. Four places are up for grabs, with bids welcome to the address. The closing date for bids is 9pm on Wednesday night.

More details about Sunday will be released later in the week.

Edwards: "A Product To Sell"

Director John Edwards has told the Hereford Times that Hereford United's board are "100% certain that we have a product to sell".

Despite advertising season tickets for sale on July 10th, and approaching match board sponsors on August 6th, Edwards insists that the club have held off selling both products:

“Initially, we said that we would not sell season tickets or approach sponsors until we knew that we had a product to sell." he told the paper;

“After meeting with investors over the weekend, we are now 100% certain that we have a product to sell which is why we are selling season tickets and approaching sponsors.”

A large number of fans have taken to social media to express concern at the lack of detail in this morning's statement. Several have queried why a fan would buy a season ticket for a club with an outstanding winding up petition to be heard in two weeks.

Club To Continue After "Weekend Of Discussions"

Hereford United will continue trading after a 'weekend of discussions'. 

A statement says they will start to sell season tickets and begin contacting sponsors, but the statement gives no details on how the club plans to pay the bills going forward with further announcements due later in the week.

Hereford United's official site carries the following statement:

Announcement regarding the future of Hereford United.

The Chairman and Directors of Hereford United Football Club (1939) Limited are pleased to announce that after a weekend of discussions the business of Hereford United Football Club (1939) Limited will continue. 

Season tickets will be on sale from today at £150 for Adults and £75 for others. 

Staff will be contacting sponsors from this morning. 

Elke, Andy and John now urge all fans to join us on Tuesday evening to show our young team that Hereford United have the best supporters in this (or any) League. 

Further announcements will be made during the course of the week. 

We look forward to seeing you tomorrow evening.

Simkin Salutes Bulls

Despite their 3-0 victory on Saturday, Dorchester manager Phil Simkin felt there were some good players in the young Hereford United side.

“I thought we played well and it was a good all-round performance," Simkin told the Dorest Echo.

“That is the best side we’ve played this season by a long way.

“They had some really good players and moved the ball around well, and had we not been on our best behaviour we would have gone behind.
“It gives us six points which I’m quite happy with.

“Whatever happens (to Hereford), we’ve won and we put in a performance in front of our own people which was important."

A View From Harwood Bull

Looking back over the last four years or so it’s hard to pinpoint exactly when the current disaster became inevitable. Some would argue that it was from the minute that David Keyte took charge. I’m as bewildered as most people by what has happened, but some things I am sure of are:
1. This is what happens when men with a certain amount of wealth, over inflated egos, and an exaggerated sense of their abilities are allowed to make a small community football club their personal plaything.
2. I do believe that Keyte came into the club with good intentions. He then made a succession of poor decisions until he reached the point he was so desperate to get out of the deep hole he had dug for himself that he treated staff, players and fans with complete contempt and got rid of the club to the first mug who came along.
3. That mug was sometime crook and fulltime geezer Tommy Agombar, another oversized ego, who fancied a dabble with a football club and saw a chance to make a lot of money via property development. Any time I feel any temptation to give him the benefit of the doubt I remember that the first thing he tried to do was get the leases assigned to one of his own companies. That was always his game plan.
4. Agombar was such a mug that he took the club on without having a clue what was involved and what the level of debt was.
5. There are still a few more cards to be played. This ‘purchaser of distressed debt’ may be an Agombar stooge. Even if they are totally legit they will have purchased the debt in the expectation of making a turn on the deal, so I’m sure we will be hearing something from them.
6. The English football ownership model that depends on the private wealth of an individual or group of backers is seriously flawed. It’s unstable and unsustainable.
7. Our only hope for the long term is a community based, fan controlled club. I don’t think that’s going to be easy, and I expect any attempt to set that up will be beset by factional in-fighting and lots of recriminations over what’s gone before. There’s a few egos at work in the fans groups as well.
8. Although the Agombar regime’s treatment of players and staff as far as paying what was due to them was despicable, most of the people concerned have now received at least some of what is due to them. If the club had gone into liquidation a couple of months ago they would have received nothing at all. I’m not saying Agombar deserves much credit for this, but as much as I believe in a community club, HUST & the business consortium need to be honest – what could they have delivered on that front?
9. No-one is a winner here. DK & TA are the two villains of the piece. They are largely despised and now several hundred thousand pounds poorer. Last year’s players and the other staff were messed around terribly and some are still owned money. The current crop of hopeful young players trying to get their career going will soon be left without a club to play for.
10. The biggest losers are us, the long suffering fans. For most of my life Saturday afternoons have involved either watching the game, or wondering how things were going, and since the arrival of the internet, frequent refreshes of the live scores. Now a new season has started there is big gap. I’m probably not the most obsessive of fans, and some seasons I may only have seen a handful of matches, but I first stood on the Meadow End in 1965, and for what may be the last time ever last season. A bit of my life has gone.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Edgar Street Lease Details

Hereford United's future is uncertain given a proposed CVA was rejected by the creditors last Thursday.

Should the club go into liquidation then the leases will return to the Herefordshire Council.

However there could be another attempt by the majority owners and/or the directors of the club to propose a further CVA or some other arrangement before September 1st when the club are next due in the High Court.

There is little doubt that the majority owners are hopeful of holding onto the leases and will probably do all they can to prevent the Council getting them back.

In February the Council released the following details about the main lease. The document is too long to reproduce on BN but here is the link: 

Meanwhile the result of a recent FOI request to Herefordshire Council has been made public.

I want to see minutes where leases on Edgar Street were discussed, whether any conflicts of interest regarding leases were declared by serving Councillors, and whether any Councillors involved in lease negotiations were offered hospitality by Directors of Hereford 1939 United in the last two years

Answer from the Council:

I am advised that the no minutes were taken at any meetings held to discuss the leases on Edgar Street.

No Councillors involved in these discussions declared any conflict of interest and we have no record of any Councillor being offered hospitality by Directors of Hereford 1939 United during the last two years.

Fans Wait For Monday Announcement

Fans are waiting on news of the planned announcement from the Directors of Hereford United to see what the future holds for the club.

Rumour and counter rumour have spread around the city over the weekend regarding the club's future. Claims that a mystery backer has been found are countered with suggestions that the doors will be permanently locked on Monday morning.

With IP Marc Landsman saying he would not advise anyone to put money in to the club in it's current state, it is difficult to see where a potential saviour would come from.

With several of the footballing debts still outstanding, Landsman told creditors that the Southern League still held around £7,000 to cover these. However it is understood the actual amount outstanding is much higher. 

Peter Beadle noted on Twitter over the weekend that he was still owed sums by the club, adding his name to a growing list of former employees still owed money past the League's own deadline to settle football creditors.

At the creditors meeting one former employee disputed claims that the payroll company had supplied false information to the club, as had previously been claimed. Landsman told them he could only go on the information he had been given by the club.

In addition to these sums, any backer would have a clear a HMRC debt which is now in excess of £170,000 as well as the sums claimed by Martin Foyle and Andy Porter, along with other claims that have been attached to Foyle's Winding-Up petition.

Beyond those debts, a new backer would also likely have to subsidise the first team payroll going forward. With 19 players already on the books, and having netted just one point so far from three games, six more are claimed to be awaiting international clearance. 

The existence of this French contingent, first revealed in the Hereford Times ten days ago, was confirmed by Keith Dodd as he reported for BBC Hereford & Worcester yesterday, leaving many to wonder why a club with such problems would still be trying to sign new players.

With the uncertainty, bookmakers have again declined to offer odds on Tuesday's match. As of this evening, the club's official site hasn't had a news story posted to it in five days, and the Twitter account has been dormant for four.

The silence should be broken tomorrow, but few have any real idea what the news will be.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

More Pictures From Dorchester

A second selection of pictures from Dorchester this afternoon when the home team put three past the Bulls without reply.


John Taylor And Neil Phelps

Perhaps The Best Chance For The Bulls Fell To Morrison
But He Put It Wide

Dorchester Keeper Gathers
Bulls Defend In Numbers

Pictures From Dorchester

A selection of pictures from Dorchester where the Bulls lost their first away game of the season 3-0.

Sam Akinde Receives His First Yellow Card - This One For Dissent

A Few Of The Hereford United Supporters At The Game
Antennas On The Floodlight Mast - a Reminder Of Edgar Street

More From Dorchester

Dorchester's Main Stand
Hereford United's first away game of the season took place at Dorchester this afternoon.

The stadium was perfectly adequate for the match and the pitch was in good condition.  Parking was at the stadium.

Unfortunately some Hereford supporters including those who travelled on the 'supporters coach' missed the first fifteen minutes of the game due to traffic congestion.

The game itself was somewhat one-sided as Dorchester, who had had the Bulls watched, were able to dominate for long periods of the game. 

And it was worse for the Bulls when they went down to ten men after Sam Akinde was sent off for a second yellow offence.

Whilst the Hereford youngsters never gave up, indeed they should have pulled one back late in the game, they failed to put on the kind of display seen at Edgar Street in their first two games of the season.

The attendance was 474. No figure for the Hereford support was given but it appeared to be around 60.

Hereford: Williams, Roberts, O'Reilly, O'Neill, Morrison (capt), Barrientos, Bobes-Gilroy, Yafai, Akinde, Raminez, Eubanks.

Subs: Lewars, Browne, Mareda, Knott, Martinez (Gk).  

Ten Men Lose At Dorchester

Dorchester beat Hereford United 3-0 in today's Southern League Premier game.

Dan Smith netted either side of a Dan Cann goal with the visitors being reduced to ten men in the second half after striker Sam Akinde was dismissed for kicking the ball away. It was his second yellow card after being booked for dissent in the first half.

The home side could have had more, with Cann having another ruled out for offside and hitting the woodwork. Dan Smith will be familiar to fans as having trialled for Martin Foyle in the summer of 2012 following his release from Plymouth.

The side are now in the bottom four of the SLP, with just one point from nine.

19 Arlesey Town 3 1 0 2 1 5 -4 3
20 Histon                       3 0 1 2 2 4 -2 1
21 Hereford United 3     0 1 2     2 7       -5    1
22 Banbury United       3 0 0 3     1       6       -5 0
23 Bideford                   3 0 0 3     5     11       -6    0
24 Burnham                  3       0 0      3 3     11       -8    0