Sunday, February 14, 2016

44 years ago today

West Ham 3-1 Hereford

On Valentines Day 1972 a crowd of 42,271 were inside Upton Park to witness this 4th round FA Cup Replay. Thousands were locked out as the game was played on a Monday afternoon with a 1.30pm kick off due to the miners strike.

In this footage we get to see some vintage pictures of Hereford City, then there is an interview with Billy Meadows,and then scenes of the supporters on the train going to London. The match footage follows. Geoff Hurst with a hat trick for the Hammers.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Prediction League Round 37

Points for round 37 of the Bullsnews prediction league have now been sorted following Hereford's 1-1 draw with Hartley Wintney. Round 38 takes place on Tuesday when Hereford host Sporting Khalsa

Points from round 36 and an updated table can be found at

Around The Ground

A selection of pictures from around the ground this afternoon.

Mr Merthyr Alongside Kit-Man Roger Lloyd

Hereford FC Documentary Makers Andy Holmes And Hayden Atkins

Chairman Jon Hale With Matt Macdonald  Who Is The U18 Player Of The Month

UITC Coaches With Their Players Of The Month

From Left: Jack Sage, Gabe Wetson, Charles Corrieri, Matt Macdonald and Liam Bishop

Hereford 1-1 AFC Wulfrunians

Mascot Loghan Jones Followed By Captain Joel Edwards, Harvey Rivers and Nathan Summers
Peter Beadle was forced to recall Harvey Rivers to the starting line-up this afternoon after Martin Horsell was unavailable due to illness. Beadle also decided to give Pablo Haysham and Dylan Bonella a rest and put them on the bench with James Pilling and Joe Tumelty coming in to replace them. Rob Purdie was a named a substitute following a spell out with an injury.

It took only 5 minutes before Hereford started to threaten, unfortunately a Mills glancing header was easily saved. A few minutes later Wulfrunians managed to get a shot on target but it was easily dealt with by Rivers. The opening period was fairly quiet although Hereford did have a couple of chances with Tumelty seeing his shot saved and Mills saw his shot blocked by a defender. In the 19th minute it appeared that the game may liven up as John Mills attacked but was brought down inside the box and the referee gave a penalty. Unfortunately, Mills put his shot wide of the goal. 

John Mills Going For Goal

The Referee Gave a Penalty But Mills Put It Wide
The first half continued to be very quiet following the penalty with Wulfrunians having another chance but Rivers was able to palm it out for a corner. Hereford finally opened the deadlock in the 34th minute as Tumelty set up Bundu, who was able to fire his shot past the keeper.

Mustapha Bundu With A Shot

That Keeper Damien Stevens Fails To Stop

Another Celebration For Bundu

Bundu Alongside James Pilling
Half Time: Hereford 1-0 AFC Wulfrunians

AFC Wulfrunians equalised within 2 minutes of the restarts as Rivers cleared the ball only for it to hit Summers and fall to Wulfrunians Gregg to place it into an empty net. Pilling had the first chance of the second half for Hereford with just under 10 minutes gone but his shot went over. The second half continued to be slow and quiet affair as Hereford found it tough to break down Wulfrunians.

Hereford did manage a few chances in the second half but failed to take the lead. Firstly, Bundu came close in the 70th minute but his looping header hits the top of the net. Then in injury time Tumelty crossed a ball into the box, only for a Wulfrunians player to slice the ball over his over net. Hereford's final chance fell in the last minute of injury time but Symons put his shot over. 

Full Time: Hereford 1-1 AFC Wulfrunians

Hereford: Harvey Rivers, Jimmy Oates, Joel Edwards, Aaron Birch, Ryan Green, Nathan Summers, Mustapha Bundu, James Pilling (Pablo Haysham), John Mills, Joe Tumelty (Dylan Bonella) and Mike Symons. 

Subs not used: Jamie Willets, Rob Purdie

AFC Wulfrunians: Damien Stevens, Jordan Perks, Jake Sedgemore, Richard Palmer, Chris Waterhouse, Matthew Hunt, Craig Gregg, Mark Ganderton, Richard Anslow, Jamie King and Ben Jevons. 

Subs: Jake Webb, Ravinder Avlak, David Howells, Kyle Minto and Nathan Rose-Laing

Attendance: 2,404.

Sponsors man of the match: awarded to Ryan Green and Mustapha Bundu

Credit To Wulfrunians Said Green

Hereford FC defender Ryan Green spoke to BBC Hereford and Worcester after this afternoon's game.

"Disappointed but you have to give credit to Wulfrunians," said Green.

"They put their bodies on the line, they defended well and they can pat themselves on the back.

"We didn't play the fluent football like we used to."

Harvey Rivers was in goal for the Bulls.

"I thought he did fantastic, he came out for the crosses, his kicking was good.

"I didn't really see the goal.

"It was a good game for the neutrals to watch.

"We were not at our best but we've got another game Tuesday to get it right."

Green can start on Tuesday but will miss the next three games because of the red card he picked up at Hartley last Saturday.

"Jamie Willets will probably come in and I'm sure he will be fantastic."

Second Half Pictures From Edgar Street

A selection of pictures taken during the second half of this afternoon's game between Hereford and Old Wulfrunians.


Jimmy Oates Brought Down?

Keeper Misses

Ryan Green

John Mills

Mike Symons

First Half Pictures From Edgar Street

A few pictures from the first half of this afternoon's drawn game between Hereford FC and Old Wulfrunians.

Aaron Birch

Mike Symons

James Pilling

John Mills

Mustapha Bundu


John Mills

Joel Edwards And Nathan Summers

One Of Those Days Said Beadle

A disappointed Peter Beadle admitted that his side hadn't played well this afternoon in the 1-1 home draw against Old Wulfrunians.

"We didn't play well today," the Hereford FC manager told BBC Hereford and Worcester.

"We had enough chances to win the game and another one. But it wasn't quite to be today.

"The character was good, the energy was good, they worked their socks off, they were tireless in their efforts and we were constantly knocking on the door.

"But when John (Mills) misses a penalty in the first half and then Muss (Bundu) misses a chance early in the second half and they score the goal the way they did, you tend to start thinking is it going to be one of those days and it turned out one of those days for us.

"Obviously we would have liked to have played a bit better as in style of football, we would have liked to have made it more of a football game but they wouldn't allow that in the way they played.

"Credit to them because they wanted to disrupt it.

"And in the less minute the defender slices his clearance and the keeper manages to kick over the bar from point blank range.

"We're not the only team that will have one of those days.

"We didn't lose the game but it feels like a loss because we put so much into the game and we had enough chances to win it.

"But we've got to roll our sleeves up and be prepared to Tuesday."

Beadle made three chances, one of which saw Harvey Rivers in goal.

"Martin (Horsell) was ill. He trained on Thursday and looked a bit pale but he was fine. And then Friday he was particularily ill, there's obviously some virus going around.

"But Harvey has played enough games this year and certainly first half, he had a cross to deal with one save, a great save, I though he was excellent.

"Second half barring the clearance for the goal, I thought he had very little to do.

"That again shows we didn't particularily play well but we certainly dominated the game, it just wasn't to be our day.

"James (Pilling) came into the team today, Joe (Tumelty)came into the team today. Pablo (Haysham) has had a niggling groin for a little while now, we thought it would be good to give him a rest. 

"And Dylan (Bonella) the same. He's worked hard but I thought he looked a little bit leggy at Hartley in the Cup game so I had a chance to give him a rest.

"We've brought three good players in team and their performances, I thought they all did well."

Sporting Khalsa are next at Edgar Street on Tuesday evening.

"They are another good side, there are plenty of good sides in this division.

"Before today we've been on a run of 30 games unbeaten but everyone wins their games in hand we still would not be top. Which shows how strong this League is.

"Everyone has talked about the run and how great it's been and we've won 27/26 games in a row or whatever it was. 

"Even after all of that if everyone wins their games in hand we would be second in the table. So we've got a long way to go yet and today's result bears no hindrance to where we are going to be at the end of the season.

"We just didn't have lady luck today. Hopefully that will return a little bit and we'll come out and put in the same sort of effort and committment and we'll have a better result on Tuesday."

Supporters from across the world at Edgar Street today/ Shooting Gallery update

This afternoon at Edgar Street we had the privilege of welcoming three supporters from across the world.

Firstly Roger Lundberg travelled from Denmark. Roger was one of the first supporters to purchase a Hereford FC season ticket. I asked him what he thought of the progress Hereford FC have made.

From America we had Paul McAuley from Houston Texas, and also Sydney Archer. I asked Sydney what part of America she travelled from to be at todays game

Hereford United Shooting Gallery Update: 1989, 1990 and 1992 are currently on youtube. This afternoon I received the following on MP4: 1985-1987, 1988, 1991, 1993, 1994 and 1995-1996. 

I will start the process of uploading them tomorrow. Thank you once again to Frank Williams for covering the costs of the conversion and to the supporters who provided the footage 

Midland Prem League Results And Table

This afternoon's results from the Midland Prem:

MFLP Bardon Hill 1 - 3 Brocton
MFLP Boldmere St Michaels 0 - 2 Loughborough University
MFLP Coleshill Town 3 - 1 Quorn
MFLP Continental Star 0 - 1 Highgate United
MFLP Hereford 1 - 1 AFC Wulfrunians
MFLP Lye Town 1 - 1 Long Eaton United
MFLP Rocester 0 - 3 Alvechurch
MFLP Sporting Khalsa 1 - 3 Heanor Town
MFLP Stourport Swifts 1 - 2 Shepshed Dynamo
MFLP Walsall Wood 5 - 1 Dunkirk
MFLP Westfields 4 - 1 Coventry Sphinx

And the table which shows that the gap between leaders Hereford and both Heanor and Alvechurch has closed.

1 Hereford 26 20 3 3 81 24 57 63
2 Heanor Town 26 17 4 5 72 43 29 55
3 Alvechurch 22 17 3 2 59 15 44 54
4 Shepshed Dynamo 22 15 2 5 46 25 21 47
5 Sporting Khalsa 21 15 1 5 54 26 28 46
6 Loughborough University 28 13 2 13 60 58 2 41
7 Highgate United 20 12 4 4 43 21 22 40
8 Walsall Wood 24 12 4 8 44 43 1 40
9 Coleshill Town 26 12 3 11 59 55 4 39
10 AFC Wulfrunians 25 12 3 10 47 44 3 39
11 Long Eaton United 22 10 4 8 42 35 7 34
12 Boldmere St Michaels 27 10 3 14 43 57 -14 33
13 Lye Town 24 10 1 13 42 34 8 31
14 Brocton 26 9 4 13 48 58 -10 31
15 Stourport Swifts 24 9 2 13 31 39 -8 29
16 Westfields 26 7 6 13 37 47 -10 27
17 Rocester 20 8 3 9 34 45 -11 27
18 Bardon Hill 24 6 5 13 35 60 -25 23
19 Quorn 24 5 5 14 38 50 -12 20
20 Coventry Sphinx 19 4 1 14 24 48 -24 13
21 Dunkirk 24 3 3 18 25 85 -60 12
22 Continental Star 22 1 2 19 14 66 -52 5

Hereford Drop Two Valuable Points

Hereford FC could only draw with Old Wulfrunians this afternoon at Edgar Street. The Bulls took the lead through Mustapha Bundu but Wulfrunians equalised early in the second half.

Despite having the majority of the play towards the end of the game Hereford couldn't break down a stubborn Wulfrunian defence.

Report, reaction and pictures to follow.

Meanwhile the game between Harley Whitney and Camberley, next Saturday's FA Vase opponents, was postponed. 

Hereford Awaydays To Loughborough University

Saturday 05th March

Midland Football League Premier

Loughboro Uni v HEREFORD FC
Venue - Holywell sports Complex
KO - 3-00pm

Coach Pick ups

Hereford - Radfords 10-00am

Leigh Sinton - Bus Stop 10-30am

Worcester - Whittington 10-45am

Price £15-00

Coaches are 61 seater with full wheelchair access for our Disabull supporters

Pub Stop:

The Wheatsheaf
Harvester Chain pub
Good range of beers and food


Text only Reg 07958 176 937
State Full Name
Pick up point
Number of seats required

Our very own Jamie Griffiths who works very hard for Hereford FC behind the scenes is running the Virgin Money London Marathon in April.

There will be a collection on the coaches for Jamie's charity which is the Birmingham Childrens Hospital.
Please Please give generously.

Vase Opponents At Hartley Today

One game taking place this afternoon outside the Midland Premier League will be of interest to Hereford FC supporters.

Next Saturday's FA Vase opponents at Edgar Street are playing last Saturday's FA Vase opponents. In other words Camberley Town are away at Hartley Wintney.

Hereford FC manager Peter Beadle is expected to have someone at the game.

Currently Hartley top their table, the Combined Counties Football League, with 62 points from 24 games.

Camberley are third with 55 points from 24 games and have a poorer goal difference.

Update: Game Postponed.

It's Old Wulfrunians At Edgar Street This Afternoon

Old Wulfrunians are the visitors to Edgar Street this afternoon as Hereford FC start a run of five home games.

When the two clubs met on January 2nd, Hereford won the game 2-1 against a 'strong and determined Wulfrunians side'.

However Wulfrunians home form is much better than their away form as last Tuesday's 5-1 defeat by Loughborough reinforced.

Currently Wulfrunians are in sixth place in the table with 38 points from 24 games.

Tickets for the game will be available right up to kick-off.

Updated List Of Hereford FC Fixtures:

Sat February 13th - H - AFC Wulfrunians
Tue February 16th - H - Sporting Khalsa
Sat February 20th - H - Camberley (FA Vase QF)
Tue February 23rd - H - Highgate
Tue March 1st - H - Kington (HFA Cup)
Sat March 5th - A - Loughborough University
Tue March 8th - A - Highgate (MFL Cup QF) 

Friday, February 12, 2016

UITC Weekend Preview

This week saw mixed fortunes for the U18's performance and development sides. The development side won 12-0 against St Georges Academy on Wednesday afternoon at Victoria Park. Then on Thursday evening the performance side lost 2-1 away against Gloucester City. 

Highlights from both games can be seen on Youtube

Tomorrow UITC have 4 fixtures: The U12's face West Brom Gloucestershire development side at 10am. The U13's face South Gloucestershire football development at 11am. Both those matches are at home. The under 14's and 15's have away games, with the under 14's traveling to Newport County and the under 15's travel to Kidderminster Harriers. Both matches kick off at 10am.

UITC's January players of the month will be 
presented on the pitch at half time during the Hereford vs Wulfrunians game.

News Round-Up

Stuart Fleetwood finally netted his first goal for new club Sutton United on Tuesday night. The penalty was his first strike in 31 games since joining the National South club in the summer. The former Bull admitted his barren run had become a running joke in training, having had a goal disallowed last month.

Norther Premier League side Ilkeston have axed eight of their first team squad in a bid to make themselves 'more attractive to investors'. The club will concentrate on bringing through youth players while operating on a lower budget. Sporting Khalsa have signed defender John Hill from AFC Wulfrunians. Hill played 30 times for Wulfrunians this season so far.

Coventry Sphinx have signed Barwell striker Jamie Towers on dual registration. Towers has scored 25 times in 66 games for the Step 4 side over the past two years. They have also signed four players on loan from Solihull Moors, with defenders Sam Delaney and Keenah Rosser), and forwards Trey Brathwaite & Keiron Nesbitt joining.

Torquay have put on hold an agreement to work with the club's fledgling Supporters Trust towards community ownership in order to 'explore other opportunities for investment' into the club. A statement says the move is because the Trust is yet to reach sufficient levels of membership or fundraising. They will revisit the matter in the summer.