Friday, October 24, 2014

HUST Membership Information

New members and renewals of 2013/14 memberships can be done on the HUST website.

Renewing members whose membership numbers are between 345 and 692 inclusive that joined after January 31st can renew for £5 instead of £10 by renewing in person, or through the Online shop on the website –

Members after number 698 have already received membership for the 2014/15 year as part of the previously announced offer for August.

New members and those that joined up before January 31st, and Junior members, can renew on the website through the Membership form link

The 2014/15 Membership form is also available to download as a PDF file –

All monies collected through membership fees are put, after minimal admin costs, towards HUST’s Aims and Objectives. Each member gets a say on what HUST ultimately does, so the membership fees are used to meet the desires of the membership.

Should you have any queries on renewals please do not hesitate to contact HUST -

To Who It May Concern

The Hereford Times posted the following earlier, however the Council say it should have been removed when they failed to gain possession last night:

Another Nail In The Coffin

Edgar Street - August 2013
Last night's attempted re-possession of Hereford United's ground by Herefordshire Council was 'another nail in the coffin' according to HUST vice-chairman Martin Watson.

The attempt failed as someone connected with the club was inside the club. However the council say it will take further action.

"It makes it perfectly clear that they really do have to put up or shut up," Watson told BBC Hereford and Worcester

"The court seemed to make that clear on Monday that they had one final chance with the proceedings.

"This is obviously another nail in the coffin."

"The fans are tired of the way the club has been run.

"The promises that have come from the new ownership simply haven't been met."

Update 8am: It has been reported that assistant manager Neil Phelps was at Edgar Street when the Council tried to repossess the ground last night.

Reports that he was 'living' in the offices have not been confirmed.

Later he spoke to yourherefordshire.

"My dignity will lie in trying to keep football in Herefordshire rather than doing everything I can to destroy it." 

Update 9.30am:

Phelps has been seen at the club this morning.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Council To Repossess Edgar Street

This from Herefordshire Council:

Herefordshire Council today (Thursday 23 October) attempted to take possession of the Edgar Street ground and related land from Hereford United Football Club (1939) Limited through peaceful re-entry for breach of three leases due to non-payment of rent.

Council officers were unable to peacefully enter the premises as they were occupied by a club representative, so we are now taking legal action to gain possession.

We had previously not pursued this course of action, as when we joined the winding up petition on 15 September, our insolvency advisors suggested that it was highly likely the club would be wound up on 20 October. However, in light of the further six week adjournment, we have decided to use other legal actions available to us as landlord.

Akinde's Spitting Incident At Slough

Sam Akinde At Poole Last Saturday
More information about the conduct of some Hereford United players at Slough on Tuesday evening has emerged in an interview with Slough's assistant manager Neil Baker.

In particular Baker talked about a spitting incident involving Hereford's Sam Akinde.

"I was disappointed with a number of their players from the moment they got here," said Baker.

"They showed a little bit of a big time attitude asking us if they had got complimentary tickets, there were lots of other things.

"That upset us a little bit.

"And there were a few incidents where a couple of their lads dived to the floor to try and make out that an incident had occured when it hadn't.

"There was also a spitting incident in the second half.

"Akinde could be a very good player but his attitude was absolutely atrocious.

"What he did to our player is one of the worst things you do in football, spitting at somebody.

"It's disgusting.

"If it was one of our players you would be looking at, potentially, releasing him from the club."

Even more poor behaviour from some Hereford players after the final whistle.

"I don't know exactly how it started. 

"I know Knight (the Slough captain) was involved with their number nine (Akinde) and I think it was something along the lines of 'you're a disgrace', because what he did was disgraceful.

"To be fair, Jon Taylor said he would deal with that because it's not on.

"Knight said something and I understood there was a head-butt thrown and someone punched Ryan Parsons in the back of the head.

"Our lads were relatively controlled." .

Dorchester Match Now November 11th

The home match against Dorchester Town, postponed from this Saturday, will now take place on Tuesday November 11th.

The date means Hereford United will have two home games in the space of four days after a month and five matches on the road including the FA Trophy trip to AFC Totton.

UITC make it 5 wins from 6

Young bulls defeat Bournemouth 2-1 at home to make it 2 out of 2 in the league and 5 wins from 6 in all competitions

Yesterday saw us continue to play catch up in our league fixtures with a home tie against Bournemouth. Bournemouth came with a slightly older side than our young players, and after some winding up and rough play from the visitors, our boys kept their heads to come from behind and take all three points.

We started the game very well with Alex Lilwall, Tom Gameson and Lewis Fletcher all having shots saved by the away keeper. We turned them well, passed the ball but lacked that final cutting edge. As the game settled Bournemouth came into it more, they put a bit of pressure on us without ever testing Benn Pugh in goal. We should of gone in a goal up at halftime but Joe Davies managed to kick the ball 20yards in the air instead of 2 yards forward into an empty net after meeting Liam Taylor's free kick unmarked!

The second half started quite evenly, neither team able to test the keepers and defences were on top. We have worked a lot on individual play in the last 2 weeks, and this showed in the game. A more solid back line and control of the play was evident through out but we lacked the killer pass, and paid the price for it.

A needless free kick was given away and as the ball came in Bournemouth's centre midfielder had a free header. Our boys were complaining of a foul but to me they had to be stronger and see out the danger. Once again we were having to come from behind!

We started to put more pressure on them after this and won a series of free kicks as Bournemouth lost their discipline. They gave away silly fouls and started a war of words with some of our players who to their credit just got on with the game. It was from a set piece that we got our equaliser. A header back across goal found Tom Gameson who reacted quick enough to stab home.

We introduced Robbie Trumper and then Will Lawley as we changed formation to press for the winner. Another set piece was sent in, nodded back across goal to where Chris May outmuscled his man to loop a header in with 5minutes left on the clock. We saw out the game comfortably and deserved the win.

It's pleasing that the boys came back from a goal down again but I have told them they can't keep doing it. Against better opposition we will struggle to get back into games. The most pleasing thing is how they took every negative I gave them in their reviews last week and improved on them. The back 4 were stronger, the front 2 worked hard and the two centre midfielders controlled the game which they haven't done so far this season. Lewis Fletcher and Tom Jenkins deserve credit for that yesterday.

We are far from the team I want us to be and we will be tested harder than ever next week when we travel to a strong Birmingham City team, but we are making steps every week and given the remainder 6-18 months they still have with us I'm confident that some will be lucky enough to go onto bigger and better things and maybe become the future of HUFC

Team: Benn Pugh, Liam Taylor, Simon Morgan, Joe Davies, Chris May, Lewis Fletcher, Tom Jenkins, Alex Lilwall, Matty Owen, James Obern, Tom Gameson
Subs: Will Lawley, Jordan Jones, Robbie Trumper

Lonsdale Expects Large Investment In Club

Hereford United chairman Andy Lonsdale has reaffirmed that a large investment in Hereford United is expected shortly.

He has given a statement to the OS part of which is reproduced below.

The proposed development of the ground is still the subject of negotiation and a number of options have been considered. There has been much speculation regarding these matters the majority of which has not only been wide of the mark, but totally impossible.

The club was pleased to hear Herefordshire Council Leader Tony Johnson reiterate the facts surrounding this issue on BBC H&W where again he outlined the restrictive nature of the covenants involved in this venture. The facts are and always have been that the only areas that must be developed are the ends of the ground. The club must use this opportunity to both provide a facility that can be used for the wider community and also produce a sustainable income to secure the future of the footballing side, another area that was once again confirmed by Tony Johnson.

We are working hard to bring to the negotiations for this development to a successful conclusion to enable us to produce the required drawings etc for the council to approve.

With regard to the winding up petitions we have a 42 day adjournment until Monday December 1st. We recognise the petitioner’s rights and concerns in these matters; we also accept that supporters worries over the security of the club.

I can assure both that we are working tirelessly to bring these matters to a conclusion. We expect to be able to announce a large investment into the club along with the proposals for the redevelopment, very shortly.

In the meantime, can I ask that you please bear with us and come to support the team. We have had to start from scratch and need your support to get this part, the most important part, absolutely right. I would like to express my thanks to all those attending games, I'm sure you are enjoying the style of play; we need to get the side winning regularly.

Boycotting Fans 'Not True Supporters' Says Manager Taylor

Hereford United manager Jon Taylor has called supporters who are currently boycotting games as 'not true supporters'.

His outburst comes after two of his players were red-carded at Slough on Tuesday evening and problems about paying for food at Hereford's Pizza Hut last Friday.

"The club is where it is, either support the club or support someone else," Taylor told Paul Rogers of the Hereford Times.

"People who sit behind tables on their computers are a disgrace.

"It is very discomforting and disconcerning that people supported the old regime, so why do they not support the new one?

"They shouldn't be worried about politics and the finances, they should be more worried about what is going on the football pitch.

"A lot of them stay back and totally slag everybody off, but they should either put up or shut up."

Asked to respond to Taylor's comments, Martin Watson, who is vice-chairman of HUST, said that gates had dropped by around 80% since Taylor took over as manager.

"If he wants to call those 80% a disgrace, then that's up to him." 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Statement by Hereford United Manager

Hereford United manager Jon Taylor has made the following statement after two of his players were sent off last night at Slough.

We will be holding an internal enquiry and these issues will be dealt with once we've reviewed the video evidence that is available and we have spoken to the players involved. Obviously based upon that evidence and what the players involved have to say in any defence they wish to put up, those involved will be dealt with accordingly.

We cannot have thugs in the team, it doesn't bode well and goes against all my morals and principals. The way the players conduct themselves reflects upon the club, they need to be disciplined, honest and responsible at all times.

I am proud to be the manager of this football club, I will not tolerate any shameful nor disgraceful behaviour to tarnish it's reputation.

More From The Second Half

A further selection of pictures from Hereford United's Youth Team victory over Bournemouth this afternoon.

Second Half Pictures From Youth Game

A selection of pictures from the second half of this afternoon's youth game against Bournemouth.

Celebrating Hereford's Equaliser

After Hereford's Second Goal

The Only Yellow Card Of The Game

Pictures From Youth Game Against Bournemouth

A selection of pictures from the first half of this afternoon's youth team game at Edgar Street which Hereford won 2-1.

We Left It Late Again Admits Purdie

Celebrating Hereford's Winning Goal
Hereford United youth team manager Rob Purdie was delighted that his team came back after being a goal down at half-time in this afternoon's game against Bournemouth.

Two second half goals gave the Bulls victory over a slightly older side.

"I just said to them that we went 3-1 down in the last game against Cheltenham and I said you can't keep going behind in games," Purdie told BN.

"But to keep coming back and get a result, we left it late again.

"I think we deserved something out of the game and probably shaded it to win the game but we didn't quite get those clear cut chances.

The Bournemouth Keeper Came For The Ball But Failed To Collect 

Seconds Later It Was In The Back Of The Net
"The first goal was from a free-kick.The ball came in and we had a header back post which went back across and Tom Davidson was there to poke it in.

"The second one, again from a free-kick, again nodded back across and Chris May there to out-muscle his man and get the winner."

What's next for Purdie's side?

"Next match is either a league game away at Birmingham or we play a home game in the Cup against Plymouth, which is the next round after the Tottenham game.

"Look at Bulls News to see which one it will be!" 

Chairman of UITC Nic Nemadich watched the game.

"Well done UITC youth today with a hard fought tussle with AFC Bournemouth in league 2:1"

Calls For Players To Be Sacked

There have been calls for players to be sacked after one reportedly headbutted, and another punched and spat at, opposing players.

Aaron Wickham and Sam Akinde were both red carded after a post-match flare-up after last night's game. Wickham was yet to make his debut after two games sitting on the bench as an unused sub. For Akinde it was his second dismissal of the season.

Manager Jon Taylor told the Hereford Times: "There will be an internal inquiry and they will be dealt with accordingly once I have seen the video evidence. It is shameful and disgraceful."

Taylor also claimed Slough players threw punches, but Rebels joint boss Neil Baker and other Slough officials slated Taylor's men:

Slough Town are reported to have recorded the incident and are expected to post the video on their YouTube channel in the next few days.

Did The Club Sign The Leases Correctly?

The lease documents published on Herefordshire Council's website may not have been correctly signed by the club.

The lease documents should have been signed by two board members - either two Directors of the club, or a Director and the Company Secretary. In the case of all three leases they were signed by then chairman David Keyte and Lee Symonds - who was not Company Secretary but Club Secretary, a non-board position.

Hereford United last had a Company Secretary with Tim Russon, who resigned as both Company Secretary and Director on June 20th, 2012. 

Back in 2008, Company law changed to drop the requirement of a company to have a Secretary. The ability to not name a Secretary only applies if the role was not written into the Articles of Association of the company, which it is with Hereford United.

News Round-Up

Weymouth will be looking for a new ground after planning permission was granted for 170 new homes on their current Bob Lucas Stadium site. Permission was only granted with the condition that a new stadium is ready for the club to move into before development is started, with the club hoping to put in planning permission for a new site next year.

Former Nuneaton owner Ian Neale has been charged with Actual Bodily Harm after an incident at a charity evening at the Ricoh Arena. The incident caused Neale, who sold his stake in the Conference side during the summer, to quit his role as Chief Executive. He is due in Court at the end of the month. 

Former Bulls loanee Ross Dyer has returned to Halifax after new Southport boss Gary Brabin opted not to renew his loan. The former Mansfield man started five games and made one sub appearance without scoring.

Council Called For Club Closure Monday

Herefordshire Council leader Tony Johnson appeared on this morning's BBC Hereford & Worcester breakfast show to discuss the Edgar Street leases and Hereford United, and admitted the Council pushed for the club to be closed down at Monday's Court hearing.

In the wake of yesterday's emails about a 999 year lease on the ground, host Howard Bentham asked Johnson about the leases: "The reference to 999 years, one of our Directors was saying, was just for the residential part of a potential development. The Council would be happy to discuss extending the lease arrangements so that they come into line with properties of that type."

Bentham then read out one of the emails, and asked Johnson if it was 'hardly a leap of faith that you want to develop Edgar Street?': "No, that's quite wrong. We're talking about the ends of the ground not the ground itself."

Bentham asked 'why develop the ground?': "If you look at the ends at the moment up against the new retail market development there it's clear something has to be done. Amongst other things we've got plans for the urban village to go down there, the new city link road, the whole of the area is being redeveloped.

"We can't leave the two ends of the ground as they presently are."

Bentham then interjected 'you're going to leave a crumbling football club there then? It's going to need more than a lick of paint?': "Indeed it does, and that's why the terms of the lease say that any profit has to be reinvested into the ground itself, and it's that source of income that will keep the ground going and that's why we're confident we would like to see a continuation of football on the ground which is what I said the last time we spoke."

Bentham pressed Johnson further 'you'll stick some houses down there, you've changed the leases, and it won't be long before that happens for the playing surface itself. And that's it - goodbye Edgar Street':

"Not at all. I don't see how you get from one to the other. The ground is to stay as a sports field - football ground. That's what the covenant says."

Bentham then reveals that the Council barrister at Monday's hearing pushed to close the club down: "Well indeed, so many of your callers and football fans have been pressing us to push the club to try to get the leases back and to close them down."

Johnson then reiterated the covenant, before adding: "We don't particularly mind who continues the football."

Totton Trip In Trophy

Hereford United will travel to AFC Totton in the FA Trophy after they beat Cinderford Town in Tuesday's replay match.

The Stags beat John Brough's men 3-1 to mean a trip to the Testwood Stadium on November 1st. The Hampshire side were relegated out of the Southern League Premier last season after financial issues, and are now sixth in Division One South & West - one place above Cinderford.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Ex-Players Approached For Managers Job

A number of former Bulls players and coaches have been approached over the past 10 days to take over as manager at Edgar Street.

An as yet unidentified London-based person has approached several people to see whether they would take over from Jon Taylor in a bid to get the supporters back to Edgar Street with a familiar face in charge.

Several of those approached, including a former manager at Edgar Street, have rejected the job under current circumstances. At least one of these former Bulls was told that the job would be theirs if Taylor's side failed to beat Slough Town tonight.

Post Match Scuffle Sees Two Red Cards

Slough Town are reporting a post-match scuffle after today's game that saw two players dismissed after the whistle.

One player is claimed, on Slough's "Rebels Radio" audio feed, to have aimed a headbutt leading to a red card. A second player was then handed a second yellow for a second red card for Jon Taylor's side.

Update - the Hereford Times names unused sub Aaron Wickham and the previously booked Sam Akinde as the pair to be red carded by the referee after the match.

Slough Claim The Points With Smith Double

Hereford United lost 2-0 at Slough Town in tonight's Southern League Premier match.

Jon Taylor named an unchanged XI for the first time this season but the home side managed to keep a clean sheet for the first time since the opening day of the season. 

Forward Ed Smith netted in each half to give the Rebels all three points in front of 276 spectators that included both Andy Lonsdale and Tommy Agombar.

Hereford drop one place in the table after tonight's game. They are now in 17th position having played 17 points and attained 17 points.
Hereford Line-Up: Williams, Onyeike, O'Reilly, Hawker, Gascoigne, Gordon, Vetier, O'Neill, Akinde, Yafai, Roberts

Subs: Sullivan, Wickham, Kone, Diop, Opoku

Under 18's At Edgar Street Tomorrow

United in the Community's under 18 youth team will be in action at Edgar Street tomorrow afternoon (Wednesday).

Their opponents are AFC Bournemouth.

Kick-off is at 2pm.

Club Renege On Foyle Settlement Deal

Bulls News understands that Hereford United have reneged on a deal that saw Martin Foyle and Andy Porter withdraw from the winding-up petition.

It had been announced by the club that chairman Andy Lonsdale had personally paid up their settlement, but sources within football have told BN that the payment plan agreed has not been kept to and their solicitor sought to return to the winding-up petition before Monday's hearing.

Foyle originally brought the ongoing petition on May 15th, with the first hearing in early June. He and assistant Porter withdrew at the previous hearing in September after reaching a deal with the club, leading to the original six week adjournment that ended at yesterday's hearing.

A number of barristers attended Monday's hearing that were not formally identified by the Court.

Council "Happy" To Discuss 999 Year Lease On Edgar Street

Herefordshire Council indicated to one of the potential buyers of Edgar Street that they were 'happy' to negotiate a 999 year lease with the club's owners.

Emails published under a Freedom of Information request to the Council involving negotiations over the club show that leading Cabinet Members within the Council discussed and agreed 'in principle' for Council officers to agree a 999 year lease - a virtual freehold - on the Edgar Street site:

The response above came after Geoff Hughes told Councillors Harry Bramer and Tony Johnson, and Development Manager Ian Higgs that Chief Executive Alistair Neill was 'relaxed' about the potential of a virtual freehold on the Edgar Street site.

The email also notes that the decision on the 999 year lease would have only been needed to be made by Cabinet members - and not the full cabinet:

"Query" Over Share Transfer Gives Club Lifeline

A barrister stood up at yesterday's Court hearing and declared there was a 'query' over the way the shares were transferred to the current owners.

The barrister only stated that the query came from 'former shareholders' so it is a question whether they were representing Tommy Agombar over his transfer to Alpha Finance, or David Keyte over his deal with Agombar.

Nothing is known about Agombar's deal with Alan McCarthy and Alpha Finance beyond what the Insolvency Practitioner Marc Landsman told creditors at the club's CVA meeting - that the transfer of shares and debt was for a 'fraction' of the money Agombar had put into the club.

Keyte's deal with Agombar, the IP also revealed, included a £2,500 monthly payment that was for repayment of the debt transferred to Agombar along with the £2 share sale. It is unknown whether Agombar has failed to meet the terms of his contract with Keyte, and that this is the query that was brought to the Court yesterday.

The judge made it clear that issues were to be resolved - and the petition debts settled - by December 1st or the club would be wound-up.

The club is very much drinking in the last chance saloon.

Are Hereford United Overlooking Company Law Issues?

Given another adjournment of Hereford United's winding-up petition yesterday and the promise of £1.5M fresh investment in the club, Moorsfan questions whether it can go ahead.

 A new £1.5m investment in the company is now being suggested. But it is wondered whether the new investors and the company are overlooking various Company Law issues?

As was recognised at the time of the proposed CVA, voted down by creditors, the company's Articles of Association contain a borrowing limit, and that has already been far exceeded. Accordingly it is currently impossible for the company to borrow more, unless shareholders agree at a General Meeting to vary the Articles of Association.

If it is proposed that the company issues more shares then company law is clear. Simply any new shares need to be issued to existing shareholders pro-rata to their existing shareholdings, unless shareholders agree to waive such pre-emption rights.

Special Resolutions, at least 75% voting in favour, would be needed, either to alter the company's Articles of Association (section 21, CA2006), or to waive Pre-Emption Rights (section 571, CA2006). The majority shareholder has about 55.3% of the shares, but it is debatable whether sufficient other shareholders would support the needed resolutions, in order to get past the 75% mark.

In other words it is totally impossible for new investors to introduce any new Loan Capital or Share Capital into the company without the consent and agreement of the current shareholders. And it is not certain that such agreement would be forthcoming.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Prize Bull Draw 22

This from HUST:

Prize Bull draw No.22 took place on Monday night. The winning numbers are 2, 3, 8, and 21. Should you have the winning combination, please contact to claim the jackpot.

HUST Call For Clear Statement On Ownership And Investment

This from HUST:

The Hereford United Supporters Trust notes the six week adjournment granted on the ongoing winding-up petition. The petition will have gone through eight hearings over six months by the time it reaches Court again on December 1st.

At the current time the ownership of the club remains in question, the only listed Directors have not been seen at games since August, and the named owner of the club has never made a public statement on the club. Chairman Andy Lonsdale promised investment from the named owner in early September that has not, so far, materialised and former owner Tommy Agombar remains a very public face at matches.

HUST call on the club to make a clear public statement regarding the ownership of the club, the source of the proposed investment, and declare a firm timetable that the club can expect matters to move forward so that the supporters of the club can end the ongoing torture that these Court appearances bring. Once publicly identified, HUST would be prepared to speak to the owner and investors regarding a future path forward for the club and it's supporters as a whole.

Police To Take No Action Over Players Pizza Payment

West Mercia Police have confirmed that they will take no action after it was suggested that some Hereford United players had left a local Pizza Hut without paying for a meal.

The incident was said to have taken place last Friday afternoon and surfaced on the Bulls Banter forum on Saturday.

It's understood that someone called the police to the 'restaurant' but the matter had been settled before they arrived.

Manager Jon Taylor told the Hereford Times that one of the players left the building to pick up some money left by Taylor at Edgar Street to pay for the meals.

"The bill was paid for in full," said Taylor.

"The players would not go out somewhere and not pay."