Next Game: Frome Town at Home on Tuesday 20th March at 7.45pm

Monday, March 19, 2018

HUST Nominated Directors Update

This from HUST:
Interviews for HUST Nominated Directors are under way. Upon review of our membership list, the HUST Board has decided that to be fair to all members we waive the ’12 month member rule’ on this occasion. This is the first time HUST Members have had the opportunity to apply to join the HFC Board through an open selection process since its inauguration. We would like to make the best contribution to the advance of our club that we can. We want to do that through appointing the best people. We are always interested in hearing from people who are organised, well motivated and with an inquiring mind prepared to challenge to assist the club moving forward.

Would interested candidates with less than 12 months’ membership please request a nomination form from HUST Chairman email Returned nominations, CV and candidate statements are requested by Monday 26 March 2018.

Other reading materials are as previously issued.

Pitch Inspection In Advance Of Frome Fixture

Hereford FC have confirmed that there will be a pitch inspection at Edgar Street tomorrow at 1pm in advance of the Frome game that evening.

The club says that snow on the pitch is melting but they are concerned that parts of the pitch are extremely wet.

Weather May Hit Southern Prem Fixtures Tomorrow

Edgar Street On Sunday Morning - Picture from Matt Healey
There are set to be six matches in the Southern Premier League tomorrow evening but the weather may stop some of them going ahead.

For example at Edgar Street where Hereford are due to play Frome, there is some concern about the possibility of a hard frost tonight occuring on top of any remaining snow. However temperatures are expected to rise to around 6C tomorrow.

There will be a pitch inspection at 1pm.

Basingstoke v Bishops Stortford
Hereford v Frome
Kettering v Royston
Kings Langley v Biggleswade
St Ives v Slough
Stratford v Tiverton

We Will Chase Hereford Said Weymouth Manager

Weymouth manager Mark Molesley has said that his team will continue to 'chase' Southern Premier League leaders Hereford.

Weymouth are third in the table with 78 points but like second placed King's Lynn have played two more games than Hereford who have 83 points.

"We will chase and we will harry and we will not give up until it is mathematically impossible," Molesley told the Dorest Echo.

"All we can concentrate on is our next game and just keep trying to accumulate as many wins and points and see where it takes us.

"It is going to take some doing to get ahead of them but it just shows you in this league anyone can beat anyone."

Sunday, March 18, 2018

O'Shea Has 'Real Chance' Of Playing At Top Level

Dara O'Shea After Scoring Against St Neots Earlier This Season
Fellow Irishman James McClean thinks that Dara O'Shea can play at a decent level.

O'Shea is currently away from Hereford, where he is on loan from West Brom, with the Irish under 19 squad. He is expected to miss the home games against Frome and Gosport this week.

"I like Dara a lot, I think he’s got a real good chance,”said McClean who also plays for West Brom.

"He’s a no-nonsense defender and I think if he believes in himself a bit more, he’ll have a real chance of playing at a decent level.

"I just think he needs to believe in himself a bit more and get a bit more confidence.

"Obviously, being Irish you’re going to have a bit more interest. I remember the very first game of pre-season, we made 11 changes at half-time and brought Dara on in the second half.

"I think he was a bit nervous on the ball, trying to force things a little and I remember having a word with him at the airport, saying ‘If you believe in yourself more and relax, you can be a really good defender. Just try to keep it as simple as possible’. I’ll try to give him as much advice as possible and hopefully he takes it on board."

Around The Ground

A few pictures from around the Basingstoke ground.

Captain Jimmy Oates With The Hereford Mascot
A Start For Jordan Liburd Given Both Ryan Green And Dara O'Shea Were Unavailable

The Main Stand

Hereford Supporters Filled Their Terrrace Area

Basingstoke Supporters Happy After Two Hereford Supporters Were Removed From Their End

Hereford Supporters After Their Only Goal Of The Game

The Snow Was Heavier For A Time In The Second Half
Assistant Manager Steve Jenkins

And Manager Peter Beadle

Southern Prem Weekend Review

A look back at yesterday's results in the Southern Premier League written by Steve Whitney.

There was a twist in the race for the Evo-Stik League South Premier title on Saturday.
Hereford FC’s lead at the top of the table is down to just one point now after they suffered a 3-1 defeat at the Camrose against mid-table Basingstoke Town, while second-placed King`s Lynn Town beat Farnborough 3-1 at The Walks.
Sam Argent gave Basingstoke the lead after just 2 minutes.
And that was the only goal of the half, with the Bulls equalising through Jordan Liburd after 64 minutes.
But Shane Hollamby on 76 minutes and Sam Smart in stoppage time netted two more for the hosts to complete a good afternoon`s work for Terry Brown`s young side.

Lynn were in front after 13 minutes, thanks to Toby Hilliard.
Michael Elias-Fernandes pulled Boro back on level terms in the 35th minute though, but Michael Gash on 68 minutes and Tom Siddons 8 minutes from time made the points safe for the Norfolk side.
Weymouth are the outsiders in the title race but kept within four points of King`s Lynn with a 2-0 Bob Lucas Stadium win over second-bottom Dunstable Town.
The visitors proved a tough nut to crack, but two goals just before half-time from Calvin Brooks and Brandon Goodship eventually proved enough for the Terras.
Kettering Town possess three games in hand on Lynn and Weymouth and one on Hereford, so cannot be ruled out.
Their excellent 4-0 win at mid-table Stratford Town took them to within one goal of the Bulls too.
A 14th minute Brett Solkhon penalty was all that separated the sides at the break.
But Michael Richens on 58 minutes, Matt Stevens 3 minutes later and then Aaron O`Connor 2 minutes from time killed off the game as a contest.

Slough Town occupy the final play-off slot but had to be content with one point from a 2-2 draw at the ProKit UK Stadium against Bishop`s Stortford.
Alfie Mason broke the deadlock to give the Blues a 53rd minute lead that Ben Harris cancelled out after 75 minutes.
Darren Foxley restored the home side`s lead in the 81st minute, but 7 minutes later, Perry Coles pulled the Rebels back on level terms.
The other top five challengers all had the day off due to the weather, while at the bottom of the table, Gosport Borough suffered another bad defeat at Privett Park against Redditch United.
It was certainly a game for the neutrals with seven goals and a red card.
The first of the seven goals came in the 9th minute from the head of Redditch captain James Mutton.
And on 25 minutes Redditch doubled their lead with a fine finish just outside the box from Stuart Fleetwood.
The visitors scored two more before the break, Fleetwood with his second and Lewis Wright putting the game out of reach by half-time.
But Gosport showed some pride with Ed Sanders reducing the arrears with a long-range strike after 58 minutes and Ben Wright on his home debut firing a second 2 minutes later.
But Jordan Mills headed home a fifth 3 minutes later and Boro’s slim hopes of getting back in the game ended when Harry Medway saw red for a tackle in the opposition box, causing outrage on the touchline.
Frome Town beat Kings Langley 2-1 in the day`s other game.
The visitors led at the break, courtesy of a goal right on the whistle from Elliott Godfrey.
George Miller equalised from the spot after 65 minutes and 7 minutes later, Joe Raynes scored what proved to be Frome`s winner.

Hereford Are In A Lovely Position Said Culverhouse

King's Lynn manager Ian Culverhouse still thinks Hereford will win the Southern Premier League title despite them losing their last two games.

Yesterday King's Lynn defeated Farnborough to lift them to just one point behind the leaders.

“They are in a lovely position aren’t they?” Culverhouse told the Eastern Daily Press. 

“They have lost a couple of games in a week but still sit clear and still have two games up their sleeve on us. I have said all along that it’s my opinion they are the best team in this league and nothing that has happened over the last week has or will change my mind.

“They are top of the pile for a reason and one of those reasons is their consistency prior to the last week. They have been winning game after game and it’s created the buffer there has been between them and the rest of the league. 

“They have had a little dip, but I expect them to bounce back, and quickly. We had to be patient today against a well-organised team who could play a little bit as well. We began well and got the goal, conceded from our point of view a poor goal, which gave them belief which meant we had to roll our sleeves up and graft hard to win. It was another three points but nothing more than that.”

Second Half Pictures From A Very Cold Basingstoke

A selection of pictures from the second half of Basingstoke's 3-1 win over Hereford yesterday.

Billy Murphy
Keyon Reffell
Jennison Myrie-Williams
Jordan Liburd
Jimmy Oates
Mike Symons

Brown Delighted With Win Over Hereford

Basingstoke manager Terry Brown was delighted with his side's 3-1 win over Hereford yesterday.

After the game he spoke to BN.

"Delighted with the performance against what I think is the best side in the League by a country mile," said Brown.

"I think Hereford are going to win it and I think they have a great manager and great players."

So why didn't Hereford perform?

"I think this ground is fortress Camrose for us.

"We can't win away from home. We beat everybody here. We beat Kettering with half a side here.

"We manage the ground with the slope on it and it's always windy. But we manage to play here very well.

"I thought we had every break today that we could, we started off with the early goal which gave us something to hold on to. 

"We battled our socks off and defended brilliantly in the first half against the wind.

"Then second half Hereford took the game to us, they battled us.

"When they got that equaliser I'm thinking you could go on the win it now.

"But we were able to make a couple of subs. Normally we play the boy Smart who is a tremendous athlete and a real quick boy. It was great to be able to bring him on.

"He was able to turn Hereford and get at them when they were, quite rightly, pushing everybody forward to get to win.

"We were also able to put on a good mid-fielder and a good  right back who just walked in the door this week.

"So sometimes as a manager you think great 3-1 win but everything went right for us today.

"But I wish Peter and Hereford the best for the rest of the season."

Brown felt the pitch didn't help Hereford.

"The pitch is muddy first half, bone hard second half, the wind is howling. 

"We had five at the back with three sitting in front of that and it's very difficult to break that down."

Reminded that the win was Basingstoke's seventh win at home in a row, Brown was still wary.

"You know it will go pear-shaped against Bishop's Stortford on Tuesday!

"This is a difficult place to come and, given it's our last year here, proud to do the old ground justice.

"We're moving next year to a smaller site but this ground, much as I love it, is falling down." 


First Half Pictures From Basingstoke

A selection of pictures from the first half of yesterday's game between Basingstoke and Hereford.

Jennison Myrie-Williams
Mike Symons
Jennison Myrie-Williams
Jimmy Oates
Mike Symons
Eliot Richards
Keyon Reffell
The Ball Is Above You

Edgar Street This Morning

Edgar Street This Sunday Morning - Picture From Matt Healey

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Zero Degrees, Zero Points

Unusually There Was A Hereford Mascot At This Away Game
Gomez the Mexican Cat reports from Basingstoke

Basingstoke 3 – Hereford 1

I have never been to a match where the temperature didn’t rise above freezing all game. Today was not the day to be at football; it was a day to stay in with the fire on and a box set to watch. At half time I was just willing us to get some goals and get to the final whistle asap. Having said that, apart from it being very cold, there was nothing to stop the game going ahead, the pitch was fine, although a few of our players had some problems keeping on their feet, the small amount of snow on the pitch didn’t cause any problems and the constant snow flurries were probably no worse than rain.

The game didn’t start well for Hereford, we were one down within two minutes. A long ball was sent forward and Argent beat our defence and sent a ball over a diving Horsell into the goal.

Billy Murphy With A Shot
After that set back things settled down with plenty of possession for us. A series of four corners finished with Symons hitting the bar, the ball coming down onto the line. Was it over? I couldn’t tell and the referee certainly didn’t give it despite Hereford appeals. In fact that was the pattern for the first half – lots of possession and corners for us, which we did not convert. Symons had another chance from a Haysham corner which went wide, Murphy hit one over into the carpark, Reffell had a shot deflected over.

Half time 1-0

The second half started with Horsell coming out and clearing the ball outside the box, going down injured in the process. Basingstoke had a corner which Horsell punched out and they had a through ball which was off side. At the same time Basingstoke seemed to be happy to waste as much time as they could.

Things perked up for Hereford when the substitutions were made, Mills and Smith coming on gave an immediate lift and we were soon on level terms with a cross from the right by Oates headed in by Liburd over the keeper in the middle of the goal.

Unfortunately this also made Basingstoke come out more and they were more effective in front of goal. A long range shot was well pushed over by Horsell, but from the resulting corner, Holla for Basingstoke scored, tapping the ball in at the far post, despite the efforts of our defence to kick if off the line, unfortunately the ball had just sneaked over the line. We had our chances, a cross from Mills was headed over and another shot from outside of the box by Murphy was palmed out by the keeper. But as we sought the equaliser, Basingstoke broke, a great cross left our defence exposed and their sub Smart shot across the box into the bottom corner of the net. That was the cue for some Hereford fans to go, we were never going to get anything out of this game. 

Substitute Smart Scored Basingstoke's Third Goal
A little like last week it was a case of the opposition taking their chances while we didn’t. While the defensive frailty will be of some concern, we were missing Green, O’Shea and Bowen, and with them back, we should be better. Our lack of fire power at times in front of goal is more worrying; we are not taking our chances, particularly from corners. We are still top with two games in hand and must make them count starting on Tuesday night against Frome Town.

The most welcome sight of the afternoon was as I got out of the ground, there was a number 1 bus waiting to whisk me back to Basingstoke Station in time to get a quick train back to London. By the time I got back to Waterloo I’d just about thawed out.

Hereford FC: Horsell, Oates, Liburd, Deaman, Pring, Reffell, Richards, Murphy, Myrie-Williams, Haysham, Symons

Subs: Purdie, Bird, Smith (for Haysham), Mills (for Richards), Puddy

Attendance: 704

No Goal Mouth Technology At Basingstoke

Several Hereford FC players felt the ball had crossed the line after a Mike Symons header had hit the upright at Basingstoke this afternoon.

The home side took the lead early in the game but a Hereford equaliser might have changed the way the game went.

Basingstoke ran out 3-1 winners.

Evo-Stik South Premier Results

This afternoon's results from the Evo-Stik South Premier:

Basingstoke Town 3 - 1 Hereford [704]
Bishop's Stortford 2 - 2 Slough Town [289]
Frome Town 2 - 1 Kings Langley [117
Gosport Borough 2 - 5 Redditch United [223] 
Hitchin Town P - P Dorchester Town
King's Lynn Town 3 - 1 Farnborough 
Merthyr Town 1 - 0 St Neots Town [316]
Royston Town P - P Banbury United
St Ives Town P - P Chesham United 
Stratford Town 0 - 4 Kettering Town [248]
Tiverton Town P - P Biggleswade Town 

Weymouth 2 - 0 Dunstable Town [481]

The updated league table can be found here -

Lacklustre Bulls Must Learn From Back To Back Defeats Said Beadle

After this afternoon's 3-1 loss at Basingstoke Town, Hereford manager Pete Beadle spoke to BBC Hereford and Worcester's reporter Keith Hall.

Along with saying his side need to learn from their mistakes, Beadle also said that staff and players need to step up to the plate.

Hereford Lack Cutting Edge At Basingstoke

Hereford's lead at the top of the table is down to just one point after falling to a 3-1 defeat at Basingstoke Town this afternoon.

Sam Argent, Shane Hollamby and Sam Smart netted for the hosts, with Jordan Liburd's goal nothing more than a consolation.

More later.

Game On At Basingstoke

This latest update from Basingstoke:


✅ The pitch is perfectly playable at this time! The match referee will be arriving early should the weather deteriorate! #UpTheStoke ⚽️🔵

Update From Basingstoke At 11am

There will be an update from Basingstoke at 11am regarding this afternoon's Southern Premier League match against Hereford.

The club has tweeted that, as at 10.16am, snow is falling although the pitch is 'perfect'.

The radar picture for Basingstoke currently shows a line of light rain/snow from the east coast through London towards Bristol.

Update: As at 11.10am nothing from Basingstoke so it's assumed the game goes ahead.

Harry McShane Played For Both Hereford United And Manchester United

Yesterday BN published a short article about a player who turned out for Hereford United in 1946/47 and went on to play for Manchester United.

Today we can confirm that player was Harry McShane.

Below is his pen-pic complied by Ron Parrott. 
Born Holytown, near Motherwell 8th April 1920, died 12th November 2012

Christened Henry, Harry as he was always known, started his career playing for his local Boys Brigade and was a reserve for the Scottish Schoolboys team v Ireland in 1934. He then had one season at Bellshill Athletic before signing up as a 17-year-old professional for Blackburn Rovers in April 1937, where he made two first-team appearances for them that season. When war broke out, Harry served with the RAF in North Africa and in Italy. By consent, he was allowed to turn out for Hamilton Academicals during the war years, as well as guesting for Manchester City, Blackpool, Reading and Port Vale. 

When Harry was de-mobbed in Hereford in November 1946, he played twice for the club before being transferred to Huddersfield Town. A skilful left-winger, his first game for United was played out of position at centre-forward in a 4-0 SL defeat at Yeovil Town and in his rightful position on the left wing in a 3-1 Welsh Cup defeat at Oswestry. 

He made 15 league appearances for Huddersfield before signing for Bolton Wanderers in 1947, where he scored six times in 93 league games over four seasons. He then moved on to Manchester United in 1950 and in another four seasons scored eight times in 56 league appearances, helping them to runners-up spot in 1950/51 and going one better to win the First Division the following season. Harry then moved a short distance away and scored five goals in 41 games for Oldham Athletic before dropping into non-league football as player-coach with Chorley and finally ending his career with Wellington Town and Droylsden. After retirement, Harry coached Stalybridge Celtic before returning to Old Trafford in a scouting capacity, where his biggest discovery was Wes Brown, as well as acting as the stadium announcer during the sixties. Harry's son Ian McShane is a famous actor and played the title role in the TV series "Lovejoy".

Friday, March 16, 2018

Southern Prem Pitch Inspections

Given the weather forecast there's the chance that there will be pitch inspections in the Southern Premier League this weekend.

Already announced is that there will be a pitch inspection at Royston, who play Banbury, at 10am. Update: Match postponed.

Stratford will have a pitch inspection at 11am ahead of their game against Kettering. Update: Games goes ahead.

The games at Hitchin, Tiverton and St Ives have been called off.

Basingstoke Town v Hereford
Bishop's Stortford v Slough Town
Frome Town v Kings Langley
Gosport Borough v Redditch United
Hitchin Town v Dorchester Town - OFF
King's Lynn Town v Farnborough
Merthyr Town v St Neots Town
Royston Town v Banbury United - OFF
St Ives Town v Chesham United - OFF
Stratford Town v Kettering Town
Tiverton Town v Biggleswade Town - OFF
Weymouth v Dunstable Town

Preview: Basingstoke Town vs Hereford

Gwladys the Bull takes a look ahead to tomorrow's game:

Following the postponement of the game at Biggleswade on Tuesday, Hereford FC are still looking to put last weekend’s disappointment against Kings Lynn behind them and get back on the winning trail. With a week of heavy rain - and yet more snow forecast on Saturday - it remains to be seen if the fixture at Basingstoke Town manages to beat the weather.

Hereford could welcome back Ryan Green who missed the Kings Lynn game through injury and was also set to miss the game in midweek. The failure of that game going ahead will have been a benefit to him and it is hoped that he will slot back into one of the centre-half positions. With the forward line drawing a blank last weekend, it is likely that Pete Beadle will review his options up front with John Mills still chomping at the bit for a start. A full week off is no bad thing and the Bulls should be close to full strength.

Basingstoke have been on a decent run of late with narrow victories against Stratford, Hitchin and St Neots and an impressive 1-1 draw away at Slough. The Dragons currently sit in 10th place and look set for a mid-table finish. They have only been beaten twice in league matches at the Camrose Stadium all season: losing 3-1 to Frome on the opening day and a 2-1 defeat to Kings Lynn.  Former AFC Wimbledon and Aldershot manager, Terry Brown, will celebrate two years in charge at Basingstoke next week, but with such tremendous home form, he will be slightly disappointed that his side aren’t closer to the playoff positions.

Hereford remain top of the pile and following Kings Lynn’s win over Slough in the week the gap was further narrowed to just 4 points. In the space of four days, the Norfolk side gained 6 points on the leaders although having now played two games more. A win for Beadle’s side is vital, but Basingstoke must be treated with respect. Three points in this game would then be followed by three consecutive home fixtures that could provide a decent opportunity to reaffirm Hereford’s healthy advantage as league leaders.

Clucas Proved Hereford Critics Wrong

Sam Clucas scored for Hereford at Telford in 2014 in what turned out to be his last game in non-league

Swansea midfielder Sam Clucas has spoken to the Guardian about his rise from non-league football.

When Clucas signed for Hereford United in 2011 he was widely criticised and very few would've expected him to be playing in the Premier League seven years later.

Here's some of the article, but the full piece can be read here.

Rejected by Leicester City, released by Lincoln City and turned down by MK Dons after scoring a hat-trick in a trial game, Sam Clucas has proved a few people wrong along the way, including one particular supporter. “I used to look on the fans’ forum when I played for Hereford and you would see people saying: ‘He’s the worst player we’ve ever signed.’ There was one – I actually took a screenshot of it on my phone – who wrote: ‘If he ever plays higher than League Two, I’ll eat my hat.’ That’s one that always sticks in my head,” the midfielder says.

Defying the critics has become the story of Clucas’s career in many ways, with last summer’s move to Swansea presenting a familiar set of challenges for a player whose colourful CV includes a stint operating the till in a cafe at Debenhams. Jeered off when he was substituted at the Liberty Stadium against Brighton in November, Clucas was given a standing ovation by the same fans two months later after he scored twice for Swansea in a 3-1 victory over Arsenal.

That road to redemption is a well-trodden path for Clucas, only these days he has mechanisms in place during the bad times, especially when it comes to social media. “I used to be one of those players that types his name and sees what people are saying but it does get you down at times. So I thought to myself that I had to block it out because it was getting to the point where I was losing confidence going into games, thinking I was going to get slated. Now I’ve turned all my Twitter notifications off, so if I have a bad game I don’t see: ‘Clucas was rubbish, get out of my club.’

“Fans are obviously trying to vent their frustration but they don’t realise the knock-on effect it has on the player. And obviously if that player is going to a game not full of confidence, it has a knock-on effect to the team. It’s the most frustrating part of being a footballer because, to be honest, it’s hard to bite your tongue at times. Some of the tweets, I think: ‘I wouldn’t say that to anybody.’ So if you’re going to be on social media, you’ve got to develop a thick skin, because it can be a vicious place.”

News Round Up

The ongoing problems at Dulwich Hamlet have seen them locked out of their ground and the club name trademarked by US property investors Meadow Residential, but Southwark Council have agreed plans to buy the club's Champion Hill stadium. The south London club are currently second in the Bostik Premier League, but allegedly owe £120,000 in rent and have breached the terms of their license to use the ground.

Banbury United manager Mike Ford has set his sights on a top five finish, but admits that his side's home form has let them down this season. Ford told the Banbury Guardian they're going into Saturday’s game on a good run of form and he has agreed with the players the targets for the remaining games. 

Neil Young has returned to National League strugglers Chester as a volunteer advisor to help with first team matters. Young achieved three successive promotions when the club was reformed in 2010, but was sacked during their first season in non-league's top flight. On the last day of the 2013/14 season the Blues were relegated, but were later reinstated after Hereford United's expulsion. 

Ex-Bull Marley Watkins says it's an honour to be named in the Wales squad ahead of their China Cup tour. Watkins said he looks forward to working with new manager Ryan Giggs who announced the full side at yesterday's press conference at St Fagans National Museum of History. The 27-year old Norwich midfielder made 34 appearances and scored 5 goals for United in the 2012/13 Conference season.

Former Hereford youth team keeper Owen Evans has also been called up. He's currently on loan to Sutton United from Wigan Athletic and will be part of the U21 squad.

Barry Cavilla has been appointed the new chairman of St Neots Town. Cavilla said he wants to improve the club's community facilities, with the board of directors adding he is a well-respected individual and has previously been successfully involved with St Neots and other local clubs.

Frome Town have launched a new fundraising initiative to drive the club forward, according to the Frome TimesThe club are looking for individuals and businesses to join the Centurians Club by donating £500 a year, either in monetary form or goods, services or voluntary hours. Football and operations director Gary Collinson said the club are in danger of stagnating on the field but want to be able to produce an entertaining product each Saturday.

Basingstoke Sign Defender Leggett

Basingstoke have signed defender Tom Leggett on non-contract terms until the end of the season.

He will go straight into their squad for the visit of Hereford tomorrow subject to league approval.

22 year old Leggett trialled for Eastleigh pre-season having been released from the youth section at Aston Villa at the end of last season.

Hereford United VP Ties At Auction

It's usually match programmes that feature at auctions but currently two Hereford United VP Club ties are on offer.

They are being sold by Midlands Sports Auctions and are lot 83. 

Bidding starts on 31st March 2018 and closes on Sunday 15th April.

“Who Said Being A Club Historian Is Boring?”

Hereford FC historian Ron Parrott has been doing research into former players and has set a question for BN readers.

A left-winger who turned out twice for Hereford United in 1946/47 went on to:-
1.   Win a runners-up medal with Manchester United in 1950/51
2.   Win a First Division champions medal with the Reds the following season
3.   Was stadium announcer at Old Trafford in the sixties
4.   Scouted for the Reds and was the one who recommended Wes Brown
5.   Had a son who played the leading role in the TV series series “Lovejoy”
So who was that player?
We'll have the answer tomorrow.

Saturday's Southern Prem Fixtures

There is a full programme of fixtures in the Southern Premier League tomorrow. However last night's heavy rain may cause problems at some grounds leading to possible pitch inspections.

Leaders Hereford will be back in action at Basingstoke (10th) after their away game at Biggleswade was postponed last Tuesday. Manager Peter Beadle had hoped that after defeat by King's Lynn at Edgar Street last Saturday his side would bounce back with a win at Biggleswade which, on paper, looked likely.

However a win at Basingstoke isn't a foregone conclusion given that the 'Dragons' have an excellent home record. Currently they have won their last six home games.

Basingstoke 9/4  Draw 3/1  Hereford 10/11 

Meanwhile King's Lynn (2nd) should overcome Farnborough (15th) to keep up their challenge on the Bulls.

Weymouth (3rd) should defeat Dunstable (23rd) but Kettering (4th) may find it difficult to take all three points from Stratford (14th) who have drawn seven of their home games so far.

Slough (5th) travel to Bishop's Stortford and although they lost at King's Lynn last Tuesday will be fancied to win this one. 

Basingstoke Town v Hereford
Bishop's Stortford v Slough Town
Frome Town v Kings Langley
Gosport Borough v Redditch United
Hitchin Town v Dorchester Town
King's Lynn Town v Farnborough
Merthyr Town v St Neots Town
Royston Town v Banbury United
St Ives Town v Chesham United
Stratford Town v Kettering Town
Tiverton Town v Biggleswade Town
Weymouth v Dunstable Town 

Top of the Southern Prem:

Hereford 35/83
King's Lynn 37/79
Weymouth 37/75
Kettering 34/70
Slough 32/64
Chesham 37/62

Thursday, March 15, 2018

'Physical Side' To Face Hereford At Basingstoke

Basingstoke manager Terry Brown has said that he will pick a 'physical side' to play Hereford on Saturday.

"I think for Hereford I will pick the most physical side I can," said Brown as reported by the Gazette.

"I felt at their place, it was very much men against boys.

"I have been telling the lads this is the biggest game left this season and our aim is to finish in the top 10."

Brown will be without striker Ben Wright who has joined Gosport on loan for a month.

"Ben’s loan saves us money and also means he will get first team football."

Basingstoke have a decent home record with six straight wins leading up to the game.

Gosport Sack Manager Pike - Again

For the second time this season Gosport Borough have parted company with manager Alex Pike.

Pike was dismissed in September by acting-chairman Iain Sellstrom, before being reappointed in December by his successor Iain McInness.

But after failing to win any of his 14 games in charge and the club four points adrift at the bottom of the table, there had been speculation over Pike's future after the board discussed it 'at depth' last week.

As reported on BN yesterday, the pair were due to meet today and a club statement was issued a short time ago.

McInness said: "Alex Pike and I agreed to take some ‘time out’ over the deliberations on his continuation in the role of manager. As reported Alex did have some family issues that needed his personal and acknowledged attention, as a private matter.

"Now I can confirm that Alex will not be returning to the club as manager and that much has been agreed and accepted. Any ongoing matters regarding that arrangement will be strictly a matter between myself the board and Alex as appropriate. 

"There will be no further statement from anyone at the club as that aspect of the matter is now confidential and closed."

Striker Rowan Vine, assistant manager Louie Bell and coach Jay Keating will take care of first team duties.