Thursday, April 17, 2014

Lambs' Belford Hopes Home Crowd Stick With Them

Tamworth boss Dale Belford says they will remain professional despite already having been relegated.

He told the local press: "We owe it to the league to stay professional and Hereford still have things to play for so we need to make sure we are fully focused. The same goes for Dartford on Monday. We can still have a say in matters throughout the league.

"I hope the supporters come out and back us on Friday. I understand their frustration right now but we have a young set of lads here and they need the crowd behind them."

Defender Ben Richards-Everton echoed his manager's sentiments, adding: "We have just got to remain professional. We have three games left and we are not going to just lose interest because we are down.

"We can still have a big say in what happens with the teams around us, like Hereford and Dartford. So the talk in the dressing room is still about getting three points on the board in every game and that certainly won't change."

Beadle Uncertain Whether to Play Bowen At Tamworth

Jarrod Bowen
Hereford United manager Peter Beadle is uncertain whether he should play youngster Jarrod Bowen at Tamworth tomorrow evening.

Bowen was substituted at Edgar Street against Gateshead last Saturday as Beadle felt he was tiring in the second half.

"He has been brilliant for us since he has come in," Beadle told BBC Hereford and Worcester earlier today.

"He really has been a shining light.

"That fearlessness in him to go and attack players and work hard has been fantastic for us.

"But we've also got to be careful how we play him with two games over the weekend.

"If we play him Friday we might not have him fresh for Monday or do we keep him fresh for Monday and give him a bit of a break tomorrow night?"

Nuneaton Appoint Reid As New Boss

Nuneaton have named Brian Reid as their new manager.

The 43 year old Scot was previously Ayr United manager for five years until 2012, and has been coaching in the Phillipines in the last two years.

As a footballer, Reid played as a defender mostly in Scotland but had spells with both Blackpool and Burnley. He will also have some responsibility for the commercial aspects of the club with Chairman Ian Neale telling their official site:

"His background at Ayr United in particular made him the ideal man for this post, as he was a full time manager in charge of a part time team in a full time league. He is also comfortable with being hands-on regarding the commercial side of things, which is an extra asset he brings to the job."

News Round-Up

Luton chairman Nick Owen says the club has cost it's Directors £2million a year since the current regime took charge in 2008. A quintet of Directors have funded around £12million of losses as they bid to regain Football League status. MD Gary Sweet has told the press "It feels like we've been wrongfully imprisoned" during their Conference stay.

Aldershot winger Jaydon Gibbs has torn an abdominal muscle and will require surgery to repair the damage. The Shots have striker Matt Paterson available again after he completed a loan spell at Conf South side Havant & Waterlooville. Lincoln boss Gary Simpson says he has already agreed terms with two new strikers for next season, calling the pair 'goalscorers'.

Ebbsfleet have appealed to the FA over the decision to order a replay of their game with Concord Rangers that was abandoned on Tuesday due to floodlight failure at Concord's ground with the Fleet 2-0 up at the time. The pair are battling for the play-off spots in Conf South. Woking have lost the services of loan striker Jack Marriott after he was recalled by Ipswich. The youngster netted 4 times in 15 games during his second loan with the Cards.

Addisons Open Friday For Pre-Match Drinks

Addisons will be open tomorrow from Noon for pre-match drinks.

There will be no breakfast service tomorrow, but the bar will be open until the HUISA coaches leave at 5pm.

Scott: Shots Have Big Weekend

Aldershot boss Andy Scott has called on their fans to roar the club to safety during their game with Salisbury on Friday, telling their official site:

“We need the ground to be rocking on Friday. If there’s one match you’re going to come to this year, make sure it’s Salisbury. The fans at Macclesfield realised that we’re fighting tooth and nail. They gave us their backing and we need our home fans too. They’ve been terrific all season. They can give us that extra edge and if we play as well as we have done at times over the last three games, then we’ve got a lot of confidence going into that game. 

“We’ve got a big weekend coming up now, but after what everyone probably look at as a really tough week where we’d do well to get anything out of it, we’ve come out with four points and got ourselves out of the bottom four."

The Shots have doubts over the fitness of striker Adam Mekki, who was withdrawn on Saturday after being dazed by a collision, but top scorer Brett Williams is back after suspension. The 21 goal forward replaced Mekki and netted a last-minute penalty in that game that moved the Shots out of the bottom four.

The Shots travel to in-form Woking for a 1pm derby match on Monday, before facing the Bulls at the Rec on the final day.

Burr Prefers Players To Positions

Chester boss Steve Burr says he will pick the players that are most likely to win them the points, rather than the ones that will fit a formation, for their derby match with Wrexham.

The former Kiddy boss has won 39% of his games in charge of the side, with predecessor Neil Young having won just 15%, having brought a total of 13 new faces to the club since taking over.

Burr will have to deal with the loss of defender Michael Kay, with Burr telling the local press: “It’s a massive blow to lose Michael because he’s been playing really well but that’s how it’s gone for us this season.

“We have got three games to go and it’s in our hands. We have managed to keep ourselves out of the bottom four but this is crunch time now.

"There will be nothing better than beating Wrexham. I am a believer that formations don’t win you matches, players win you matches and we will pick the players that will give us the best chance of getting the win.”

Chester also travel to Cambridge on Monday, before entertaining Salisbury on the final day.

Lambs Aim For Sustainable Future

Tamworth chairman Bob Andrews says the club will seek a long term sustainable future rather than throw money at an immediate attempt to return back to the Conference.

Andrews says the club will consider a 3G plastic pitch at The Lamb, to turn the ground into a cash generating community use facility and ease their own problems with finding places to train, if the Conference agree to a full implementation of the surface during summer talks.

The Lambs beat Hednesford 5-2 last night to book a Birmingham Senior Cup final date with West Brom. After the game, manager Dale Belford praised loanee Kevin Thornton. The Wrexham midfielder, 27, scored twice for the Lambs in the win and has been a growing influence since coming in during March, with Belford telling the local press:

"Kev is a top player and when he is enjoying his football that (his display) is what you get. Hopefully, now he's played a few games and he's enjoying himself, he can keep putting in performances like that."

The Lambs were last relegated in 2006, spending two seasons in Conf North before ex-Bull Gareth Sheldon helped to fire them back to the fifth tier in 2008.

Co-Op Collection Ongoing Through Weekend

Members of staff at the Kington branch of Co-op preparing to start their collection for the Bulls yesterday.

Breakfast In Addisons Monday

There will be a special Easter Monday opening of Addisons for the Starlite Cafe breakfasts ahead of the Alfreton game.

Service will be from 9am to 11.30am, with the bar then staying open up to the afternoon game.

Darts To Keep On Trying

Dartford boss Tony Burman has told his players to keep on trying after getting an unlikely chance of survival.

The Darts failed to win in 12 games across three months before taking 10 points from 12 in February and winning three games since to claw their way back into contention to stay up. Burman told the local press: "We’ve done tremendously well to get back into it. You’ve still got to believe that you can get out of it.

"From the Welling away game, January 10 on a Friday night, we got a draw there and the guys started to believe a little bit. The players who hadn’t been playing that well, all of a sudden, they started to play well.

"You can’t hide the fact that the second half of the season has been decent. We’ve had to catch up on a lot of points and we’ve done that. The guys have done all right and it’s been a tremendous effort to keep us in touch. We’ve got to keep trying and keep our heads up."

Dartford face play-off chasers Braintree away tomorrow, before a home game with Tamworth and a final day game at mid-table Nuneaton.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Bulls 8/5 to Win at Tamworth

Bookmakers are offering upto 8/5 for a Hereford United win at Tamworth on Friday evening.

And the best price for a draw is 5/2.

The 8/5 win price is only being offered by BetVictor but the 5/2 draw price is available from several outlets.

Here's what Bet365 are currently offering:

Tamworth 9/5  Draw 5/2  Hereford 11/8

Bulls Look To Form Fundraising Working Group

This from the official site:

We're looking for enthusiastic supporters who can volunteer their time to join a working group to help get a number of fundraising events off the ground here at Edgar Street.

Help is required to work alongside current staff at Edgar Street to help organise, run and promote numerous events.

An open meeting is planned for 7:30pm on Thursday 24th April in the Starlite Rooms to discuss ideas and to get a number of projects off the ground and running. 

The meeting will be chaired by Bulls fan Justin Ratcliffe who is a CEO, Business Mentor and Chartered Marketer amongst other roles. 

No experience is needed to join the working group, but you'll need to be full of enthusiasm and ideas and be able to commit time to the cause. 

Anyone interested in joining the working group is asked to attend the open meeting on Thursday 24th April. 

Second HUISA Coach For Tamworth

HUISA are looking to book a second coach to Tamworth on Friday after strong interest.

The fare is £15 for members, £17 non-members, and bookings can be made via or by phone 01432 375630.

Bucket Collections In Co-Op Food Stores In Herefordshire

Bucket collections for Hereford United have started today in Co-Op food stores in Herefordshire.

They will continue until Saturday evening.

The collections have come about after Steve Hodges and his young group of helpers collected over £200 in Kington last Saturday with Ben Skinner, manager of the Kington branch, taking up the mantle and increasing the collections across the county.

The following stores will be participating with collections:
Hereford City:
Grandstand Road, 
College Road, 
Whitecross Road, 
Holmer Road, 
Tupsley- Ledbury Road, 
Holme Lacy Road, 

Bromyard -Tenbury Road, 
Bromyard - High Street. 

Rare Badge To Be Raffled Monday

A rare 1950s 'Ten Bob Supporters Club' Hereford United badge is to be raffled at the game on Easter Monday to raise funds for the club.

Supporter Roy Hirons has donated the badge, with supporters John Cutler, Doug Marshall, and club historian Ron Parrott teaming up to prepare the framing and history of the badge, with Hereford Framing Centre doing the framing work.

The 'Ten Bob' Supporters Club was one of the early supporters clubs at Edgar Street, raising the equivalent of £63,000 in 1952 to save the Bulls.

£1 Kids Tickets For Final Home Game

The Bulls will have £1 kids tickets on offer for all areas of the ground on Monday. The offer is available directly on the Turnstile. 

FA affiliated clubs in the area, and from further afield, can also contact the club to get group booking discounts on orders of 10 or more tickets for £10 each.

The club have set up a Facebook event page for Monday's game:

News Round-Up

Barnet have begun axeing numbers with the play-off bid all but over. Coach Uli Landvreugd has left the club with immediate effect, while loanees Dani Lopez and Alex Peterson have also departed along with two further players. Dutch striker Marciano Mengerink and Spanish midfielder Roberto Casabella have also been released from their short term deals.

Stockport are planning to introduce a development squad for next season. The side will provide competitive football for their younger pros and trialists. Thatcham Town are the latest side to announce their resignation from a league. The Southern League strugglers have an average attendance of just 77, and will seek a place lower down the pyramid after losing their main sponsor.

Bingo Tonight - Postponed

Tonight's Prize Bingo night in the Starlite Rooms has been postponed.

A private function is taking place, with the Bingo set to be rearranged. A new date will be announced in due course.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Results Round-Up - Luton Promoted

Cambridge's 2-0 loss to Kidderminster tonight means that Luton Town are Conference champions and will be promoted to League Two.

The other three games all featured sides chasing the play-offs. Halifax beat Grimsby 1-0 to move third ahead of the Mariners, while Gateshead drew 0-0 with Braintree to hold fifth place. Those results mean that Monday's opponents Alfreton are now six points adrift of the play-offs and could be out of contention by the time they come to Edgar Street.

In the other game, Forest Green beat Macclesfield 2-1 to retain the slimmest of hopes of a play-off spot.

Kevin Day Looks To Help The Bulls

Comedian Kevin Day is attempting to assemble another Comedy fundraiser for the Bulls.

The BBC TV regular and Crystal Palace fan put the call out on Twitter earlier:

As well as being a stand up comedian, Day has written for the likes of Dave Allen and is one of the longest serving writers on Have I Got News For You.

HUST Statement On Liaison Meeting

This from HUST:

The Board of HUST attended last night’s liaison meeting with the Boards of HUISA and the Club. While the Club’s statement about the meeting acknowledged the positivity, and the general agreement that the Club must be run on sensible financial lines next season, it did not address the immediate future over the coming weeks.

The Board of HUST would like to state that, in line with previous public statements from the Club and individual Board members, they were told that another winding-up petition from HMRC is expected to be received in due course, and will likely be heard in the High Court before the Conference AGM in early June. Around £220,000 is still required by the club to meet it’s obligations up to the Conference AGM in seven weeks time including tax, wages, and fees due on loan players.

HUST will continue to support fund raising schemes and will happily pass across donations on the specifications of supporters however, realistically, the club will only survive in its current form with a significant cash injection by the end of May.

The Club’s Board continues to seek an investor for a takeover of the Club from outside the Hereford United fanbase, and have indicated that they would walk away from the club if guaranteed investment can be secured.

Under 18's Expelled From Youth League

Hereford United's under 18 team, which has done so well this season in the FA Youth Cup, has been expelled from the Youth Alliance South West Division.

Exeter have won the League.

This from the Western Morning News.

Hereford United’s expulsion from the competition (has occured) following a persistent breach of Rule 6.2, which states: "In the event of a Club failing without just cause to keep its engagement, the Executive shall have the power to impose a fine, award points to its opponents, order the defaulting Club to pay any expenses incurred by its opponents and relevant officials or otherwise deal with the matter at its discretion."

As a result, all of the Bulls’ records have been expunged and the final league table sees Exeter sitting on top of the pile, ahead of Bristol Rovers on goal difference.

Lambs Eyeing Cup Rather Than League

Friday's opponents Tamworth are eyeing up a Birmingham Senior Cup final with West Brom.

The Lambs face Hednesford at home tonight in a bid to face the Baggies in the final, and are expected to field a first team side as they look to end their dismal season on a high. Ex-Bull Gavin Mahon told the local press:

“The lads we have at the club are still upbeat in training and the atmosphere hasn’t been too sombre. The gaffer and his staff have been instrumental in that. Believe me, I’ve been at clubs in difficult positions and management teams struggle to hold it together.

“Tuesday against Hednesford offers us a reprieve and something to look forward to. It’s important from the club’s perspective - extra revenue which would be welcomed to help the budget for next year.

“The lads here are all playing for their futures. We all want to play in good stadiums and these types of experiences will bode well for most of the lads in the future."

Two players won't be in their squads this week, with loan striker Matt Godden and winger Andy Haworth both departing The Lamb in the past week as they prepare for part-time status in Conference North.

Godden netted five times in nine games as the Lambs produced a worse run of results than the Bulls. The Lambs have won just one of their last 18 games, failing to score in their last five.

Ex-Bulls Mahon, Richard Peniket, and Nick Chadwick are all likely to feature on Friday, but Michael Townsend is currently out injured with a back problem.

Bulls Auctioning Trio Of Paintings

The Bulls are to auction a trio of paintings to raise funds.

The three pictures depict current Bull Rob Purdie and former players Ryan Green and Delroy Facey, and were painted by children from Blackmarston School.

The Rob Purdie painting is also signed, with all three available on the club's Ebay page:

Bidding is open until around 3.30pm on Friday, with the opening bid £50.

Also available on the page is a signed West Brom shirt from their current first team squad. That is up for sale starting at £100, with bidding closing on Monday afternoon.

Pilkington Expected To Miss Final Games

Bulls winger Danny Pilkington is expected to miss the final few games of the season after limping out of Saturday's loss to Gateshead.

The former Kidderminster man has started just four games for the Bulls since his summer arrival, and ended up on crutches after lasting just seven minutes of Saturday's game.

The 23 year old had not long returned from a five month injury lay-off. His absence is expected to mean that Dan Walker will return to the 16 man squad after being left out completely for the last two matches.

Club Statement On Fan Group Talks

This from the official site:

A positive discussion was held yesterday evening when members of HUISA and HUST met with the Board of Directors.

After the fantastic efforts of the past few weeks which culminated in the club being able to settle its outstanding tax bill with the HMRC, the supporters groups wished to liaise with the Directors to ascertain what further financial liabilities are outstanding and how they could help towards those liabilities through ongoing fundraising events.

Chairman David Keyte spoke openly on a number of topics and welcomed the thoughts and ideas of those present. He expressed his thanks to the supporters and stated that any financial support is welcomed but suggested in his personal view that it is a concern to realistically be asking a small group of loyal fans to support every event having attended every match and that 300 more supporters at each match this season would have generated the equivalent of the tax bill(£78k).

The circular debate about the standard of football was raised as a cause for falling gates which resulted in an agreement in the meeting that cutting costs was therefore the way forward unless fresh investment is forthcoming. A common view was expressed that the supporters would even accept a lesser playing squad budget if a more manageable financial result was forthcoming.

The Board confirmed their previously stated position that a break-even budget would be constructed for the 2014-15 Season commencing 1st June 2014 and the Chairman shared some headline figures that such a budget would likely contain.

The Chairman told the meeting that the players have this week received their wages in full up to and including 28th February and continue to receive sums as and when they become available. He suggested that the players would hopefully now be able to concentrate on our two crucial matches this weekend.

It was agreed that a regular liaison meeting will be staged each month and that specific items should be listed for the Supporters’ groups to take up as fundraising targets. HUISA offered to pay for the team coach to Tamworth and HUST would meet the cost of the club’s final away trip to Aldershot.

A positive, constructive meeting.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Chairman Keyte Back At Edgar Street

Hereford United chairman David Keyte is back at Edgar Street after his holiday.

Earlier this evening he attended a meeting between the Hereford United board, HUISA and HUST.

HUISA – Aldershot

HUISA had made an early announcement of their travel arrangements for the end of season match at Aldershot’s Recreation Ground on Saturday 26th April.  Kick off for this match is 5.30pm.

Coach departs Radford’s at 12.00 noon with a fare of £18 (non-members £20).

Seats can be booked through the Club office or in Radford’s prior to Monday’s match against Alfreton.

Fans are asked to book early as demand is expected to be high.

Tamworth – Good Friday Evening

Tamworth FC V Hereford United
Skrill Premier
Friday 18th April 2014 KO 7.45 pm
The Lamb Ground
B77 1AA

The Lambs were formed in 1933 and moved to their present ground the following year.  They played their early football in the Birmingham Combination and later in the Birmingham League (now The West Midland League).  A progression to The Southern League in the early seventies was short lived and it wasn’t until the mid-eighties that they started to claw their way back with the help of a clutch of local businessmen including current Chairman, Bob Andrews.  They have held down a spot in the top level of Non-League since winning promotion in 2008/9 until relegation back to the regional level of The Conference was confirmed last week.

The Lamb has a capacity of 4065 with 518 seated.  Visiting fans are accommodated on the Meadow Street terrace at the top of the slightly sloped pitch that includes a small covered area.  Around ninety seats are also made available in the Main Stand. The Lambs have designated this a Category A game so will be charging their premium admission prices.  A place on the terrace will cost will cost £14 for adults, £9 for over 65’s and U18’s and £4 for U16’s.  There is an additional £2 on all prices for a seat in the stand.

HUISA – departs from Radford’s at 5.00 pm with a fare of £15 (non-members £17).  Seats can be booked through the Club office.

BY CAR – To Worcester to join the M5 (North) at J7.  At J4A, join the M42 and continue following signs for Tamworth.  At J10 (Tamworth Services) leave the M42 and, at the roundabout, take the first exit onto the A5 (sign Tamworth).  At the next roundabout, take the third exit into Marlborough Way (B5440 sign Glascote/Snowdome).  At the next roundabout take the B5000 (sign Town Cente/Snowdome).  There is, apparently, a fairly trigger-happy speed camera on the B5000.  Finally, at the roundabout, take the first exit into Kettlebrook Road.  Distance is a shade less than 80 miles but you should allow upwards of two hours due to holiday traffic on the M42 around Birmingham.  There is a good-sized car park at the ground (Cars £2, Minibus £5 and coaches £10) otherwise street parking.  Postcode is B77 1AA.

ALEHOUSES – There is a good club inside the ground but with the likelihood of fan segregation this probably won’t be an option.  The nearest I can find is a Wetherspoons called The Bole Bridge on, strangely, Bole Bridge Street.  From the ground, turn left and before you get to the main road, take the footpath to an underpass.  Go through the underpass and a second underpass to emerge near to the cinema.  Cross the road and the pub is in front of you (ish).  A little further towards the town centre, on Lower Gungate, is the Sir Robert Peel (CAMRA listed).  For those with a little more time/prepared to walk a bit further, there is The Silk Kite on Church Street which is one of ‘Spoons better offerings. The nearest chip shop appears to be The Glascote Fish Bar on Glascote Road.  From the ground, walk towards the town centre and at the roundabout turn right onto Glascote Road.  The chip shop is about 400 metres on the right.