Monday, June 27, 2016

Bulls Bid MFL Farewell


This is from the official site:

Hereford FC picked up four awards at the annual Midland Football League end of season awards dinner held at Walsall FCs Bescot Stadium on Saturday night.

Bulls boss Pete Beadle picked up the Manager of the Year award, kitman Roger Lloyd collected the Golden boot award on behalf of John Mills, physio Jonny Evans collected the Fair Play award on behalf of the team, whilst The Bulls also picked up the Programme of the Year award.

Pic - Rob Bullock/Hereford FC
As well as collecting the end of season awards, The Bulls were also presented with the Midland Football League Championship trophy and the Polymac Packaging Cup trophy as well as receiving a framed photo montage of the FA Vase Final from the Midland Football League.


Sunday, June 26, 2016

The Bulls Are Back In The Cup


With Hereford being ineligible to play in the FA Cup in their inaugural season, fans have the magic of the cup to look forward to in August when Hereford FC play in the competition for the first time.

In an article on the official site yesterday, football secretary Martin Watson confirmed that although the format of the draw hadn't been confirmed, it is 'expected' to take place on 8th July.

It's likely that Hereford will join the competition on the 20th August in the Preliminary Round, with 2 rounds in both September and October should the Bulls get through.

To sum up, here's a list of some important dates for the coming season:
8th July - FA Cup Draw
15th July - Fixtures released
6th August - Season starts
20th August - FA Cup Preliminary Round
29th October - FA Trophy starts
5th November - FA Cup First Round Proper
22nd April - Season ends
W/C 24th April- Play-offs
1st May - Play-off final


Saturday, June 25, 2016

Bulls are 'Lifeblood of the City' says Beadle


Following the UITC awards ceremony and BBQ earlier this month, first team manager Pete Beadle addressed over 200 players and parents stressing the importance of the work that UITC carry out.

"I think the most important thing about the programme is to have a pathway that continues into the first team, and to have as many local talent players in the first team as we possibly can.

"Obviously with everything that went on 18 months ago, to see the numbers here today shows that we're finally back as a football club.

"I know all teams from all age groups have been successful in one way or another this year.

"There's proof there that there are talented players in Hereford, we want to keep that going and this programme is vitally important to keep that going.

"Lewis Clarke, Tom Gameson, Matt McDonald, Carlos Moreira and Jay Richmond have had 20-odd appearances between them in the first team this season, and that shows that there is a pathway there.

"There has to be proof that it works.

"We have had 2 under-16s Rory (Huntbach) and Max (Harris) who have signed contracts for us for next season; they'll spend preseason with us, and they'll work with us because we see the potential there.

"And I'm sure that won't be the end of it, there will be many more to come.

"The pathway works and this programme works."

Beadle then went on to sympathise with parents, but thanked them for their continued support.

"This needs a lot of support from parents, and I know that, being one!

"The travelling you have to do, but it is important for these boys.

"These boys are the lifeblood of this football club and this football club is the lifeblood of this city.

"I just want to thank you all, as parents, for putting in all the time and effort, and the boys for their time.

"A big thank you to the coaches who give up their time as well, which is much appreciated. You look after these boys and you're propelling them towards the first team."

The full speech can be viewed here (link), with thanks to Andy Walkden for the footage.


Player Coach Barker Joins Bulls


This is from Hereford FC:

Hereford FC are delighted to announce the arrival of former Cardiff City, Queens Park Rangers and Aldershot Town defender Chris Barker.
Barker, who arrives following a three season spell with Aldershot, will take up a Player Coach role at Edgar Street.
The 36-year-old former Cardiff City man has made over 500 Football League appearances throughout his career which started at Barnsley in 1999. He moved to Cardiff City in 2002, winning their Player of the Year award in 2004/2005.
After making over 150 appearances for The Bluebirds, including 80 Championship matches, Barker moved to fellow Championship side Queens Park Rangers in 2007 for whom he made 25 appearances.
Barker moved to Plymouth in 2008 where he played over 50 more Championship games, before moving to League 2 Southend United.
A popular figure at Roots Hall, Barker won their Player of the Season award in 2010/11, as he racked up 111 first team appearances over a three season spell.
In 2013/14 Barker moved to Aldershot Town and went on to make over 70 appearances in the Football Conference and National League. In January 2015 Sheffield-born Barker was named as Caretaker boss, taking over from Andy Scott on a temporary basis. Barker remained on as Assistant Manager to Shots boss Barry Smith until the end of the 2015/16 season.
“This is a fantastic signing for us” said Bulls boss, Pete Beadle. “Chris has a wealth of experience that could prove invaluable to our young squad. Not only is he a very talented player who can play in a number of positions across the back four, but he will also be a fantastic addition to our coaching set up.”

Club Shop Open Until 1PM


The Hereford club shop will be open for sales of season tickets and merchandise from 9am-1pm today.

They will also be open for the next 2 Saturdays.


Friday, June 24, 2016

HUST Members Accept Fifth Investor Proposal


This is from HUST:

The members of Hereford United Supporters Trust have voted resoundingly in favour of accepting the Fifth Investor Proposal.

221 of 448 eligible voters had their say on the issue, with 194 (87.8%) voting in favour, 24 (10.9%) rejecting the proposal, 2 abstentions and 1 spoilt ballot paper.

The HUST Board would like to thank its members for their strong support and will now take this mandate to move this matter forward with the Hereford FC board.


Could Brexit Have a Big Effect on Football?


Matt Slater of BBC Sport warned that a possible Brexit could lead to British football being 'radically changed'.

Given this morning's outcome of the referendum, his fears could become reality.

His research unearthed that more than 400 players could lose the right to play in the UK, while others say it may give home talent a chance.

"Leaving the EU will have a much bigger effect on football than people think," said football agent Rachel Anderson.

"We're talking about half of the Premier League needing work permits.

"The short-term impact would be huge but you could argue it will help in the long term as it could force clubs to concentrate on home-grown talent."

Post-Brexit, the UK could lower freedom-of-movement restrictions on the rest of the world which would "broaden the talent pool, not reduce it," according to Leave Campaigner Brian Monteith.

For the Premier League at least, the league believes it is almost impossible to know what the situation regarding overseas players would be post-Brexit. It is a stance shared by the Football Association.

The full article, including more opinions from experts, can be read here (link).

Young Bulls To Play In National League


This is from the official site:

At an AGM held in Peterborough earlier today, UITC is delighted to announce that that the Hereford FC youth team have been formally accepted into the National League Under 19s Alliance.

Joining Hereford FC will be: AFC Telford United, Chasetown, Crewe Alexandra, Hednesford Town, Kidderminster Harriers, MMU, Nuneaton Town, Romulus, Solihull Moors and Tamworth.

The season commences on September 14th.

For further information or to apply for our education scholarship, please email: info@uitc.uk.com


Thursday, June 23, 2016

Signed FA Vase Final Shirt


For sale on eBay is a Hereford FC FA Vase Final shirt, signed by the 2015/16 season squad.


The item can be found here (link), with bidding ending on Sunday evening.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Local Hereford Goalkeeper Sessions


Liam Brewer and Luke Brimfield from Hereford FC UITC are to offer a local training centre just for goalkeepers. The centre will focus on improving local goalkeepers of all ages, gender and ability which will benefit all local junior clubs. Our sessions will meet the technical needs of each individual goalkeeper in a fun, friendly environment. Goalkeepers will be coached by two experienced, FA qualified goalkeeper coaches. Both with goalkeeping playing experience and highly experienced in coaching goalkeepers.

Liam Brewer – Hereford FC (UITC) Academy Manager, UEFA B Coach, Level 2 Goalkeeper Coach
Luke Brimfield – Hereford FC (UITC) Goalkeeper Coach, Level 2 Coach, Level 2 Goalkeeper Coach

Sessions details are below:
Wednesdays Evenings
Belmont Abbey, Ruckhall Lane, HR2 9RZ
U8-U12 - 6:00-7:15
U13-U17 - 7:15-8:30
£10 per session (75minutes)

First block of sessions will be as follows (Discounted upfront block payment of £40):
Wednesday 13th July
Wednesday 20th July
Wednesday 27th July
Wednesday 3rd August
Wednesday 10th August

There will further blocks added to this programme as well as the opportunity to attend full day goalkeeper centres during Summer Holidays. Details to be released soon.

Please contact Liam Brewer for more details and to register: liam.brewer91@gmail.com

Preedy Joins UITC Board


United in the Community is delighted to announce the appointment of well known, semi-retired businesswoman Caroline Preedy onto its Board of Trustees. 

"I couldn't be happier that Caroline has agreed to join the Board," Chairman Nick Vaughan told BN.

"This is a real shot in the arm for the organisation as the Board looks to increase its expertise and experience. It takes a huge amount of work to maintain our provision in support of the football club so the more people of Caroline's calibre who can get involved and take a leadership position, the better."


Sponsor UITC This Season



United in the Community is a charity organisation, established as a partner of Hereford FC since the 2015/16 season and is also the official player pathway for Hereford FC.

UITC had a successful season last year, with the Under 15s winning the Junior Premier League National Cup Final after beating Worcester City U15s 3-1. 
The Under 18s, from which a number of players made first team appearances last season, also won silverware as they beat their Pegasus Junior counterparts 3-1 to lift the HFA Giant Killers Cup.

The Giant Killers Cup and the JPL National Cup
With a team of FA qualified coaches, United in the Community aims to deliver and increase participation for all within the county, with an ultimate goal of supporting Hereford FC.

They are calling on the local community to consider potential opportunities to support the organisation:

Advertising board at Victoria Park:
4' x 4' aluminium - cost is £250 for the season, to include printing and erection. Thereafter £200 per season.

Advert in HFC programme:
£80 - includes 21 editions plus any home cup ties. 

Hereford FC U18 Player Sponsorship:
£50 -  includes name/business details together with player of your choice. Details appear in HFC programme for the season.

For further information please email: mickhufc@gmail.com.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Green Signs For Next Season


35 year old former Welsh International Ryan Green has agreed terms for the forthcoming season.

Ryan Green
Manager Pete Beadle said that Green was a vital member of the squad last season after joining from Merthyr in mid-September.

"It’s great to have Ryan sign up for the coming season, it goes without saying that he was a vital member of last seasons team, and we’re delighted that he’s agreed for the coming season," Beadle told the OS.

"The squad is in excellent shape now, I’m delighted that so many of last season’s team have re-signed. It was a great team spirit last season, and I am sure that will now continue into the new campaign.

"I’m also delighted with the new signings we’ve made, and on that front I hope to be able to announce a few more over the coming days and weeks," added Beadle.

Martin Brain Appointed as Commercial Manager


This is from Hereford FC:

Hereford FC have appointed a new Commercial Manager with Martin Brain joining the club.

Martin will be a familiar face to many having spent more than 30 years in business development and commercial roles in the County.

Club Chairman Jon Hale commented: ‘We are delighted to welcome Martin to the club, he will be an important part of our team. Martin has strong links with the business community in Herefordshire and surrounding counties and comes with a proven track record of attracting advertising and sponsorship.

‘He is a well known face and brings with him plenty of local contacts.This is an important time of year for the commercial arm of Hereford FC, and Martin will compliment the experience we have amongst our staff. Supporters will see much more of Martin as the new season starts, and he is on hand to take bookings for hospitality and sponsorship and advertising enquiries from this point forward. Welcome to the club Martin.’

He has taken up his role this week and can be directly contacted on commercial@herefordfc.co.uk or 07468 495731.


Prize Bull Draw 107


Prize Bull Lottery draw No. 107 took place on Monday night.

The winning numbers are:- 2 - 3 - 4 - 20

Should you have the winning combination, please contact prizebull@hufctrust.co.uk to claim the jackpot. More details on the Prize Bull Lottery and entry forms are on the Prize Bull Lottery page (link). 


Monday, June 20, 2016

Squad Almost Complete as Birch Signs


It has been announced that midfielder Aaron Birch has agreed terms to remain at Edgar Street for the forthcoming season.

In BN's End of Season Awards, Birch was voted for as the Most Consistent Player.

Birch celebrates with Ross Staley and Jimmy Oates
Beadle told the official site: "I’m delighted that Aaron has agreed to sign for next season, he deservedly won the fans vote for player of the season having been one of our most consistent and influential players last season.

"His signature means that we are very close to completing the squad for next season, I’m really happy with the way things are shaping up."



Paulton Announce Overseas Preseason Tour


Paulton Rovers, who are one of the teams Hereford will come up against in the league next season, have announced they are to head to Gibraltar to 'kick start' their season.

They fly to Malaga on July 7th for the start of their first ever overseas preseason tour, before crossing into Gibraltar where they will train and play two friendlies.

They face a team from the Royal Gibraltar Army Regiment on Friday 8th at 2pm local time, before a game against the National U21 side at the National Stadium at 6pm on Monday 11th.

They will then fly home the following day.


National League Scrap Transfer Windows


The National League have scrapped the transfer windows in August and January following their AGM, and clubs can now sign players up until the end of March.

Clubs will be allowed to loan players all year round as 'emergency loans' are also removed.

This means the National League Premier will be in line with the policies already in place in the North and South Divisions.

Maidstone manager Jay Saunders has hailed the decision, saying that it will help his side in their first season in non-league's top flight.

"The transfer window going is a massive bonus. With the window in place, it makes life that little bit harder, especially in your first year up," he told Kent Online.

"We’ve got untried players and we need to see whether they can do it at that level.

"When you’ve only got until the end of August to bring people in, you end up running with a bigger squad in case there are lads who can’t make the step up.

"Now it’s gone it takes the pressure off because we’ve got a lot of young lads who haven’t played at this level before.

"You want them to do well but there might be one or two who can’t do it. With no window, it means we can be a little more patient."



Sunday, June 19, 2016

Bidding on Bonella's Signed Shirt Ends Tomorrow


The Dylan Bonella signed home shirt received by those members of the Meadow End Forum who sponsored Dylan during the club's inaugural season is being auctioned on eBay.



As of 8.15pm, the current bid is £51.00, and a link to the auction can be found here (link).

Bidding ends tomorrow at around 3pm.

The net proceeds of the sale will be donated in equal portions to the Adam Stansfield Foundation, UITC, and HUST.

Dylan Bonella (left) and John Mills (right)

UITC Seek Sponsors for U18s


UITC is seeking sponsorship for its under 18s football kit for the forthcoming season together with various equipment which is now required so its compliant with regulations as set out by football conference.

Nick Vaughan, Chairman said: "We were only made aware towards the end of last season that Hereford FC would be changing its home kit but I am obviously keen our Under 18s wear the same kit as the first team"

He added: "With Hereford FC currently not committed to sponsoring the Hereford FC Under 18s kit I would be delighted to welcome any offers of sponsorship from the local community."

For further information please email: info@uitc.uk.com


Saturday, June 18, 2016

Pitch Is On Target For Merthyr


Hereford groundsman Ben Bowen has updated fans on the progress of the Edgar Street pitch following the work carried out last month.

The work included taking about 15mls off, seeding it with 500kgs of seed and then top dress it with 90 tonnes of top dressing.

"The old girl is really doing well, these pictures are from today - 6 weeks after we did the renovations," he said.

"With the rain we had last week has really helped with the progress, we are on target for the game against Merthyr."

Hereford are set to entertain Merthyr in the HFA Senior Cup on Saturday 30th July.

Pics - Ben Bowen via Facebook



New Southern League Chairman


One of the outcomes of today's Southern League AGM was that Terry Barrett successfully took over from Ken Turner as chairman of the league.

Turner was the chairman of the league at the time when Hereford United were accepted into the Southern League Premier Division following their expulsion from the Conference.

Barrett on the other hand comes from Hitchin Town, and has given 25 years of his life to the club. He served on Isthmian League Board before the club were transferred to the Southern League in 2004, where he was also on the board.


Terry Barrett - Pic Hitchin Town
The league also has a new Vice Chairman, Brian McCarthy from Chesham United.

McCarthy has been on the league board since 2004, and has recently been the Chairman of Ground Grading and League Development Director. 


Brian McCarthy - Pic Chesham United
He first joined Chesham in 2000 as Commercial Director, but moved to Aylesbury United in 2002 when a similar role became available.

He then joined back up with the club in 2004, and enjoyed a short stint as chairman, but circumstances out of his control meant he had to leave the club once more.

These days, his responsibilities include the role match secretary, as well as being a director. 

Meanwhile, Mangotsfield United's Twitter is also reporting that all Southern League clubs will have electronic scoreboards next season.




And finally, club secretary Martin Watson has confirmed that the fixtures are set to be released on July 15th at 9am.


Google Earth Tour of Next Season's Grounds


Similar to last year, Bulls Banter Forum member yeoldebull has compiled a Google Earth Tour of the grounds in the Southern League Division One South and West next season.

"The exception is Evesham which is showing as a field because the Google Earth view has not been updated to see the new ground," he said.

"When the fixture list comes out I will rearrange the grounds in date order."

The tour can be viewed here (link).


HUST Release Fifth Investor FAQ



This is from HUST:

Available for download below is a document prepared by the HUST Board which seeks to answer some of the questions raised by members on the topic of the proposed fifth investor in Hereford FC.

These questions have been raised in emails directly from members to the Trust board, queries on social media, and by members who attended last Thursday’s Special General Meeting.

The HUST Board hopes that this additional information will allow members to make an informed decision when casting their vote in the ballot, which opens tomorrow.

Members are reminded to check their junk mail folders for their individual ballot email, and to contact ballot@hufctrust.co.uk in the event of any queries.

The Fifth Investor FAQ Document can be downloaded here (link).


Friday, June 17, 2016

Club Shop Open Tomorrow


In addition to the times published on Bulls News earlier (link), the club shop will also be open tomorrow (Saturday) from 9am-1pm for season tickets sales. 


The club have said that they have now sold in excess of 850 season tickets, and they 'hope' online sales will be available at 'some point next week'.

There will also a range of merchandise on offer tomorrow, including Fathers Day gifts.


Southern League AGM Tomorrow



The Southern League AGM and dinner will be held at The Palace Hotel in Torquay this weekend with over 300 representatives1 in attendance.

All those clubs who are due to join, as well as those leaving, will have 2 representatives at the meeting.

It is thought that Hereford can only join the AGM 'halfway through' as they first have to be voted in.

New Opening Hours of Club Office


The club have released reviewed opening hours of the club office.

Season tickets can now be purchased on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 10am-4pm from Addisons Bar Reception.


Fleetwood Enjoyed His Time In Herefordshire's Sunday League


After leaving Sutton United in April, ex-Hereford United player Stuart Fleetwood returned to Herefordshire to play Sunday League football for Rosey Athletic, a move which he said was strange but enjoyable.

Fleetwood also played in the Don Cooke Memorial match last month
"I put out a message on Facebook asking if anyone needed a ringer,”" Fleetwood told The Non-League Paper. 
"I think my mate thought I was joking but I said, ‘No, I’ll come and play’ and I signed my Herefordshire Sunday League forms.

"It was a bit strange paying £5 to play. I asked what I needed and I had to take my own socks at times. He even asked me to wash the kit once, but you have to draw the line somewhere!

"I enjoyed it, though. We won my first game 12-0, so that was nice. I think a few Hereford fans recognised me and one week a referee said, ‘You look like that Stuart Fleetwood’.

"I just thought he was having a laugh. Then, later on, he said, ‘Oh, it actually is you!’ I played four or five games and scored a few goals, so it was good."

Fleetwood has since signed for Bath City, a side who finished 14th in the National League South last season.

"I always said I didn’t want to sign for a club who weren’t looking to achieve and they want to push for the play-offs,” he said. "I know a few of their players from playing against them and they’ve always been tough," Fleetwood added.

"There are some good players in this league. You look at Sutton last year, with the likes of Craig Eastmond and Nicky Bailey, and the players at Ebbsfleet, too. It’s a good league and sometimes I don’t think it gets enough credit."


Thursday, June 16, 2016

HFA Offer Free Entry Into The New County League



All teams wishing to be take part in the newly formed HFA County League will be offered free entry for next season. The HFA say this is in order to try and encourage teams to participate and to keep their costs to a minimum.

The HFA have agreed a 3-year sponsorship deal with Shobdon's Supercraft Structures Ltd, which will help the football association to provide a number of benefits for participating teams.

An online system will also ease the player registration process and improve communication between the league and players.

"The County League is an opportunity to improve standards with the aim of making participation more enjoyable," said HFA's chief executive Jim Lambert.

"Reducing costs will also assist new teams to start up," he added

Any teams wishing to take part have until Sunday 26th June to register their interest, this includes newly formed sides.

New clubs should contact info@herefordshirefa.com for assistance in the setting-up process.


Updated Map Of Southern League South And West Clubs


After yesterday's league reshuffle, here's an updated map and list of the clubs in the Southern League Division One South and West next season.


AFC Totton
Barnstaple Town
Bideford
Bishop's Cleeve
Bridgwater Town
Didcot Town
Evesham United
Hereford
Larkhall Athletic
Mangotsfield United
North Leigh
Paulton Rovers
Salisbury
Shortwood United
Slimbridge
Swindon Supermarine
Taunton Town
Tiverton Town
Wantage Town
Wimborne Town
Winchester City
Yate Town