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Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Season Tickets Available Before West Brom Game


This from Hereford FC:

Hereford FC’s Commercial Director, George Webb, has confirmed that Season Ticket books for the 2015/16 season will be available for collection from Tuesday 14 July.
From 4pm ahead of the pre-season fixture against a West Bromwich Albion XI, supporters will be able to collect their books from Edgar Street giving fans plenty of chance to pick them up before the Midland Football League kicks off on Saturday 8 August.
However, Executive Club Season Ticket holders will be able to collect their Season Ticket books slightly earlier when they enter the Executive Club ahead of the FC United of Manchester game on Saturday 11 July, as their Season Tickets cover every game played at Edgar Street this season.
Happy Meadow EndSpeaking earlier today, Webb explained the thinking behind this plan:
‘After much discussion we have decided to wait to release Season Ticket books until after the FC United of Manchester game as Edgar Street is incredibly busy at the moment with match ticket and season ticket sales, as well as the huge amount of interest we are seeing in club merchandise.
‘When you add to this the enormous amount of work that is still going on to get the ground ready for our first game, we feel it would be foolish to over-stretch ourselves if it is not absolutely necessary.
‘The interest we are seeing in the club is fantastic, but it does bring with it problems in terms of us ensuring we have enough people available to do the jobs we need to cover. Especially when you consider we are relying on only two paid members of staff.
‘With that being the case, and as standard Season Tickets are not actually valid until the first home league game, we believe it is sensible to wait until we have our first friendly is out of the way before inviting people to collect their tickets.
‘By doing this we feel we can provide the best possible service to fans and also ensure we are being fair to our staff and the brilliant volunteers who continue to help with sales in all areas.
‘I’d like to thank supporters in advance for their patience and understanding in relation to this decision – I hope they can see it is the most sensible plan when you consider quite how much we still have to do as excitement builds towards the big kick off at Edgar Street a week on Saturday.’
Further information about where Season Tickets can be collected from will be announced in due course, but Executive Club members are reminded their tickets will be available for collection as they enter the Starlite Room on the day of the FC United of Manchester game.
Options for any individuals who cannot make it to Edgar Street to collect their Season Ticket books will also be announced in due course.


2,358 Tickets Sold For FCUM Game


This from Hereford FC:

We’re proud to report another busy day of sales, with the ticket and merchandise desk manned by volunteers Rob Bullock and Keith Hall seeing a steady stream of supporters throughout the day.
Ticket sales for the FC United of Manchester game now stand at 2,358, with over 1,300 tickets sold for the Meadow End.
Block C now has just five tickets remaining, whilst B Block is down to the last 150 tickets. There is still plenty of availability for all other areas of the ground.
Ticket sales continue on Saturday between 10am-4pm.
As well as a busy day of ticket sales, replica shirts and season tickets were also in high demand. The total number of season tickets is now closing in on the 1,020 mark.

News Round-Up


Former Bulls loanee Chris Weale has signed a new contract with League Two Yeovil. The 33 year old will also combine the playing role with being goalkeeper coach. Torquay have now axed 11 full time members of staff since their takeover. The latest to go is the Operations Manager, who had been with the club for the past four seasons.

Coventry Sphinx have signed Nic Evangelinos to play when available. The forward scored five goals in five games for Sphinx last term and will play when his university course in Manchester allows. Jonathan Gould has survived a backroom cull at West Brom. He was appointed as goalkeeper coach back in February and will remain in his post with two of the backroom staff leaving.

Darlington say they have delayed their planned return to the town due to a number of legal and commercial issues with the relocation to Blackwell Meadows. They have managed to get a grant from the Football Foundation for part of the work, and are now aiming to be in their new home in late Autumn rather than for the first game of the season.


Opening Weekend Events On And Off The Field


This from Hereford FC:

With the first game fast approaching, James Smith has unveiled a series of events taking place over the first weekend.
Friday 10th July
Launch Night @ Addison’s Bar
From 7pm
Be first to see the facilities at the all new Hereford FC, and an opportunity to meet the board members.

Saturday 11th July
Match day- Hereford FC v FC United of Manchester
Followed by Hereford United 90th Birthday Celebration
1924-2014 Presented By HUST
Live music from 8pm
King Mantis & Rocky Road to Ruin
Sunday 12th July
“Fans Day” Tour the ground/meet the board members/enjoy a FREE lunch
Book your places via email (limited numbers) events@herefordfc.co.uk
Tuesday 14th July
Match Day
Hereford FC v West Bromwich Albion XI


U18 Side To Play In Midland Floodlit Youth League


Hereford FC's u18 side will play in the Midland Floodlit Youth League this coming season.

Having been formally accepted into the league at their AGM on Monday night, they have been placed in the Southern Division. The division was won last year by Gloucester City, with Worcester City finishing as runners up. Local sides Pegasus Juniors, Westfields, Malvern, and Bromyard were also in the division.

It is understood that Westfields have withdrawn for the coming season.

The League have accepted a rule change at last night's AGM to allow rolling substitutes through a match. The rule, with can also be enforced at Step 7 and below of the senior game, will allow players substituted to be brought back into the game later on.

Meanwhile, a refurbishment is taking place at Victoria Park. 

New flooring being installed

External decoration

New signage being installed


Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Radio Hereford Set For Live Match Commentary


Radio Hereford will bring live match commentary of the first Hereford FC match at Edgar Street a week on Saturday.

The group, led by Keith Hall, say that their ongoing music broadcast will be occasionally halted in the coming days due to testing for the new service.


Meanwhile, Talking Bull are taking articles up to July 25th for their relaunch issue. Advertising is also available, and both enquiries for adverts and article submission can be made to editor@talkingbull.org.


'In Right Direction' For Safety Certificate


Herefordshire Council's Marc Willimont says that Hereford FC are on course to be granted a safety certificate on the Edgar Street ground.
More works are ongoing at the ground this week as the clock ticks down to the first home game against FC United of Manchester. William Powell builders have been onsite almost continually over the past few weeks completing various building works, while Melcon have worked on the electrical issues that have taken several weeks to complete.

Volunteers have also taken on the mammoth task of repainting the stadium, with all of the metalwork and much of the stonework painted over the past month.

Elsewhere, the club have announced that ABC Print will print the programme for the coming season.


News Round-Up


The owners of MFL side Coleshill Town have announced they are to install a 3G pitch at their Pack Meadow stadium. The new surface will be ready in September. Ex-Bull Jake Jervis has signed a one year deal with Plymouth after leaving Ross County. Jervis, 23, was also signed by Pilgrims boss Derek Adams for Ross, scoring five times for the SPL side last term.

Bristol Rovers have admitted holding talks with a Swiss financier over the sale of the club. Chris Samuelson was part of a group that tried to take over Reading, but says no deal has been done and any agreement is likely to hinge on the result of the Sainsburys court case. The Pirates have a debt of at least £7.5million including a £2million short term high interest loan taken out to fight the court case.

Former Bulls striker Andy Moran has signed for Welsh League side Buckley Town. The 35 year old forward has spent most of his time in the Welsh leagues including a six year spell at Rhyl.


First Day Of Pre-Season Training Tonight


Tonight sees the first day of pre-season training for Hereford FC.

Peter Beadle will take his first session on the hottest day of the year so far, with goalkeeper Harvey Rivers already commenting about it on Twitter:

Along with the seven announced signings, there is expected to be up to twenty trialists at the first session. They will also train on Thursday and Saturday before the debut match at Malvern next Tuesday.


Monday, June 29, 2015

Party In The Starlite Rooms After FCUM Game




Nominations Invited For HUST Board Elections


This from HUST:
Nominations are invited for the HUST Board elections to take place on Thursday, September 17th at the Edgar Street Athletic Ground.
Any full adult member is able to stand as a candidate providing they can get the backing of two other full members.
The election is for general Board roles, with the specific titles and jobs determined by the elected Board afterwards.
Anyone wishing to stand is asked to complete the Nomination Form in the link and return it to the Secretary by no later than Thursday, September 3rd – HUST_Nomination_Form-2015
Their site also contains a formal notice of the forthcoming AGM on September 17th.


Sunday, June 28, 2015

News Round-Up


Rocester have announced the signings of Gary Webster and Dan Martin. The Hillsfield based side finished mid-table in the Midland Football League last term. Hyde's Supporters Club now owns the club after buying it from owner John Manship. They are now planning to become a Supporters Trust having suffered two relegations down to the Evo-Stik Northern Premier.

Sporting Khalsa have added Tony Higgins and Ben Astley to their management team to assist boss Ian Rowe. The big spending side began pre-season training on Saturday, with a number of MFL sides also having begin preparations. Continental Star also returned to training under new boss Shaun Watson. The registered charity club plays at Rushall Olympic.

Dunkirk have announced the signing of midfielder Eugen Bopp. The 31 year old will take up a player-coach role having made 89 appearances for Nottm Forest in a career that saw him play 150 times in the Championship and League One.


Saturday, June 27, 2015

UITC Get Permission For Belmont Extension


United In The Community have announced that they have been granted planning permission for an extension to the sports pavilion at their Belmont Abbey facility.

The new extension will incorporate new changing rooms, toilets, and also improve the drainage at the site.

Meanwhile, their charity collection box continues at Waitrose until Tuesday. You can collect the green tokens at checkout to put in their box to help earn them a donation to the charity.

UITC also still have one kit unsponsored. Contact Mick Loader mickhufc@gmail.com for details on the £450 kit.


Over 2000 Tickets Sold For FCUM Game


This from Hereford FC:

Another busy day of ticket sales has seen the total number of tickets sold for the FC United of Manchester game reach an amazing 2,136!
This total includes 1,150 tickets sold for the Meadow End alone.
A great big thank you to everyone who has bought a ticket so far, we really appreciate your support!
Tickets go back on sale from 10am on Wednesday morning, this includes tickets for B&C Block which had been reserved for season ticket holders up until close of play today.
Tickets for Blocks A and B in the Merton Stand are starting to become limited, whilst just a handful of tickets for C Block are available.
There is still plenty of availability for the Meadow End, Len Weston Terrace and Len Weston Seating, as well as D Block in the Merton Stand.

1000 Season Tickets Sold


This from Hereford FC:

Taking into account season tickets sold as part of commercial deals and Executive Club membership, we’ve now reached an amazing 1,000 season tickets sold for the 2015/16 season!
Pictured with volunteer Rob Bullock are supporters Joe and Joel who purchased the 999th and 1,000th season ticket earlier this afternoon!
Once again, we’d like to say a great big thank you to everyone who has added their support in advance of the coming season.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Replica Shirts On Sale From 10am


Hereford FC will have the replica shirts on sale from 10am on Saturday.


Sizes available are 3XS through to 3XL. The shirt will also be on sale on the Macron website from Monday.

Due to limited resources, phone bookings for tickets are not available tomorrow but in-person sales will be available for Season Tickets, and match tickets for the FC United of Manchester and West Brom games, at the ground from 10am til 4pm.


News Round-Up


Former Bulls winger Dan Walker has signed for Aldershot. The 25 year old ended last season on loan at Eastleigh from Braintree, but started in just one of fourteen appearances. Nicky Featherstone has signed a new, longer, deal at Hartlepool. The monkey hangers had already exercised a clause in his contract to extend it into the 2015/16 season.

Tyler Weir has agreed a new deal with Worcester City. The defender was due to spend the summer in Australia but returned surprisingly quickly.


Over 1,000 Meadow End Tickets Sold


Over a thousand tickets have been sold for the Meadow End alone for the opening home friendly match in just over two weeks.

Sales continue at the club from 10am tomorrow with the home shirts also on sale for the first time. 

Meanwhile, the club is also seeking a video camera to film matches for the coming season for analysis use and also to provide highlights for supporters. Any companies that can help are asked to contact commercial@herefordfc.co.uk.


The Premiership Must Help Grass Roots Football


Hereford MP Jesse Norman has written in The Times about the need for more support for grass roots football:

By any measure, the Premier League has been a triumphant success.  Over 20-odd years it has grown from nothing to an international sports behemoth with annual revenues in the billions.  Its games are watched in households from Boston to Beijing. 

And yet there is something rotten in the state of football.  For while the Premiership flourishes, the grass roots that nurture it are dying back.

It’s not easy to get financial information about the Premiership, but there can be little doubt that it is awash with money.  In 2013/14 the combined revenues of Premier League clubs passed the £3 billion mark for the first time, over £1 billion more than their nearest European rival, the Bundesliga in Germany. 

And the league is getting richer still.  Last February it announced a live TV rights deal worth an extraordinary £5.1 billion.  Add in an expected £3-4 billion for overseas rights, and that’s a total of £8-9 billion in expected revenues over the next three years.

But here’s a thing.  According to the Save Grassroots Football campaign England has just 639 of the best all-weather artificial grass pitches, compared to 3,735 in Germany.  That’s 3,096 fewer pitches where talented youngsters can gain the skills that might one day see them representing their country – and the enthusiasm for football needed to pay eye-watering Premiership ticket prices. 

Pundits talk sagely about the “football pyramid”, meaning the thousands of teams that spread out in the various national, regional and local leagues below the Premiership.  But in financial terms the pyramid is upside down, with billions of pounds of revenue teetering on a base that is increasingly insecure and liable to topple over.  No wonder our national team has struggled to match Germany recently in international competitions.

What makes it worse is that the Premier League has repeatedly pledged to spend five per cent of its broadcast revenues on grassroots football.  The true number is probably barely half of this—some would say lower still—and even that includes “solidarity” and “parachute” payments designed to share revenue among the very top leagues and cushion the often financially ruinous effects of relegation.  Meanwhile Premiership funding has actually been cut to the Football Foundation, the charity which funds local club development.

The Premier League has attempted to counter criticism through its latest announcement of £1 billion over three years.  But this includes a commitment by clubs to pay the living wage to full-time staff; highly commendable, but nothing to do with the grass roots game.

The facts are clear.  The Premiership needs to honour its 5% pledge to the grass roots, and in a fully transparent and accountable way.  If it does not, the Government should look hard at a new football levy on the Premiership and its members to raise the required sums.  Our national game deserves no less.


FA Vase And Youth Cup Draws Next Friday


The draws for the early rounds of the FA Vase and FA Youth Cup will be revealed next Friday.

The announcement is expected to be made on the FA website around 11am.


Hereford FC Agree Partnership Deal For Club Bars


This from Hereford FC:

Hereford FC is pleased to announce that a deal has been agreed that will see James Smith – from the Stagecoach public house in Hereford – assist the club with the running of the bars and functions rooms at Edgar Street.
The deal will see Hereford FC work in partnership with James and means that the more trade that is generated by Radford’s, Addison’s and the Executive Club/Starlite Room, the more both parties will benefit.
While James will take responsibility for staffing and running the bars, the club will work with him on marketing the venues to ensure they are used as much as possible and become an important source of income for the future.
Speaking about this agreement – which will be finalised once contractual legalities are completed, Hereford FC Chairman, Jon Hale, said:
The bars have been a source of much debate for the Board of Directors, but we now believe we have agreed a deal which is a good one for the club.
We have reached this position as we have been unsuccessful in our search for the applicant we believe is the right one to run the bars here at Edgar Street, despite interviewing a number of people.
Therefore, we have agreed a deal with James Smith that will see the club benefit from every sale that happens in any of the bars, while also having a professional partner to work with who can help us get the bars up and running and ensure everything is then being run in a professional manner.
From the club’s point of view, working in partnership with James controls financial risk for us in the first two years as we look to build the club on solid foundations, while also bringing on board James’ expertise to help make this club a success.’
Giving his thoughts on the partnership he has agreed with Hereford FC, James Smith commented:
I’m delighted to have agreed this partnership and I am especially pleased that the deal we have struck means that the club will benefit from every sale made in the bars and every function booked.
This is a really exciting project to become part of and I’m looking forward to seeing how the club develops.
We are aiming to open Addison’s to the public for the first time the night before the FC United of Manchester game and we will then look at our regular opening hours once we have a full premises licence in place.
However, we are already taking booking for Radford’s and the Starlite Room, so anyone interested in hiring either of these venues is welcome to call me on 07967 709 017.
Moving forward, we will be setting up a specific booking hotline number with the club and we will advertise this number as soon as it is in use.’


Thursday, June 25, 2015

Beadle: Purdie "A Good Example And Good Leader"


Peter Beadle has spoken to BBC Hereford & Worcester's Trevor Owens about the signing of Rob Purdie:

"We're delighted with Rob. He took a bit of time, which is understandable as he's got a young family now and he wants the best for them. I think he found it too much of a draw and too much of a thing to be away from the club, especially in its first year back.

"We're delighted he's onboard. Like Tony (James) he'll add experience on the pitch, it's good having experience on the pitch and Rob's got an abundance of that. He loves the club and hopefully he'll be a good example and a good leader on the pitch as well as Tony."

The full video interview is on their Facebook page.


Club Requires Stewards, Turnstile Operators & More


This from Hereford FC:

We urgently require volunteers for the following positions working within the club on a matchday.
Stewards – 25 more required
Turnstile Operators – 10 more required
Programme Sellers – 5 more required
Stretcher Bearers – 4-6 more required
Stadium Cleaners – 6 more required (Monday mornings)
We want the role of volunteering to to be as stress-free and enjoyable as possible. The more people that volunteer their services for these roles, means that there will be less pressure amongst volunteers to attend every game.
Fans who volunteer on a matchday will be entitled to a complimentary ticket for the game(s) that they work.
If you would like to add your name to the volunteer list, please email volunteers@herefordfc.co.uk.


News Round-Up


Newport's Supporters Trust has launched a bid to take over the club from Les Scadding. The departed former chairman had been funding losses of six figures a season with this year's budget slashed from £1.4million to £850,000. They hope to complete a deal by the time the new season starts after Scadding left last week.

Former Bull Ben Purkiss has joined Port Vale on a two year deal. The 31 year old left Walsall at the end of the season after three seasons at the Bescot Stadium. Northampton are reported to be on the verge of being sold to new owners. An unnamed Indian consortium is reported to be set to buy out owner David Cardoza from both the club and the land surrounding their Sixfields home.

A fan has left Bishop Auckland £300,000 in his will to improve their ground. The Step 5 Northern League Division One side play at Heritage Park, opened in 2010. Stockport Council have ratified the purchase of Edgeley Park for around £2million. One Councillor called the football club 'a community asset'.

Highgate United have announced the signings of Shane Benjamin and Darryl Jones from MFL runners up Coleshill Town. The pair previously played for Highgate, with Benjamin having been top scorer in the division last term with 47 goals in 48 games.


HUST Juniors Competition - Win A Signed Ball And Meet Beadle


HUST have 2 balls available as prizes for junior HUST members where the lucky winners will get to meet Pete and the team, receive a signed ball and the opportunity for some photos from Hereford FC photographer Steve Niblett

The competition question is: Who scored the final goal at Edgar Street in Peter Beadle's last home league match as Hereford United manager? 

Email your answer to organiser Steve Niblett at modnite@hotmail.co.uk Entries must be received before midnight on Weds July 1st and the 2 lucky winners will be notified next Thursday July 2nd by email. Note this prize does not include entry to the FCUM match. Please quote your membership number.


New Balls Please!


Following on from last weeks opportunity to contribute towards Hereford FC’s maiden season, Pete Beadle has just taken a sizeable delivery of match and practice balls ready for the start of next weeks training sessions – although it was Roger Lloyd and Jonny Evans who had to physically lug them round. Pete is delighted as it symbolically heralds the imminent start of the club – and he extends his thanks to all the supporters who are backing the club before a ball is actually kicked.


As part of the deal Pete struck with the ball supplier, it also included 20 balls for the UITC youth teams. Steve Brotherwood of UITC is also is delighted to receive them - although his mind did appear not to be so much on the ball as he only has 2 more days left of being a singleton.


The monies raised for the balls were part of a HUST sponsored package to receive a signed ball off Pete and the contracted players after the FCUM match on Saturday 13th July. 


Did you miss out on the chance to sponsor a ball last week? The cost is £50 with a signed ball and you get to meet the manager and players after the FCUM match. We have crammed in 3 more spaces. You’ll need to be quick, email modnite@hotmail.co.uk to secure your spot and we’ll confirm if you’ve made the cut.


FCUM Sales Up To 1,800 But No Phone Sales Saturday


With the home shirt being launched on Saturday, the decision has been made to not accept phone sales on that day.

Supporters can still ring up today and Friday to purchase tickets but Chris Ammonds explains there are logistical problems in selling on the phone on Saturday: 

“With the launch of the new kit, and continued ticket sales for the FC United of Manchester and WBA matches, we have made the decision that sadly, we won’t be able to accept phone orders this Saturday.

“There are two main reasons behind this. Firstly, we currently only have one card machine available, and on Saturday it will be being used by three teams of people, selling kit, selling tickets and selling merchandise, therefore, we simply don’t think we will have the facility available to accept payments over the phone.

“Secondly, we feel we will be unable to commit to answering the phone on a regular basis throughout the day due to the expected volume of supporters coming to the ground in person. The last thing we want to do is promise that we will be able to accept phone orders, and then find that on the day that we are unable to do so. This would obviously be extremely frustrating to supporters who are trying to get through.”

“We’re sorry for any inconvenience caused, and I’d would like to thank supporters for their understanding. I’d also like to reassure supporters that we are aiming to get an additional card terminal will be in place by the beginning of the season.”


Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Prize Bull draw 57


This from HUST:

Prize Bull Lottery draw No. 57 took place on Monday night.
The winning numbers are:- 11 – 17 – 18 – 23
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.


News Round-Up


Hitchin Town have launched a crowd funding drive to help rebuild their Top Field home. The club have an initial target of £50,000 for initial repairs but say they could need up to £2million to build new stands and floodlights, and relay the pitch at the ageing stadium. Stockport have signed former Bulls loanee Micah Evans. The 22 year old winger spent last season at Southport, making 16 appearances.

Both Plymouth and Exeter have offered trials to every player released by Torquay's decision to scrap their Academy setup. 120 players under the age of 18 were left without a club following the decision, with both sides saying they cannot accommodate all of them. Carlisle have been revealed as charging £500 to appear in pre-season games at non-league sides. Matt Hessey, manager of Penrith, says his side are happy to pay the fee as they expect to make £3,000 from the match. It is reported to be the first time the Cumbrians are to have made the demand.

Farnborough have denied allegations by former chairman Brian Berger that the club got itself deliberately relegated to avoid paying its CVA. The club say they have written to Berger demanding an apology and retraction of the claim. The club also claims to be 'totally solvent' and says that Berger has been banned from the club.


Beadle "Can't Wait" To Get Back To Work


Sunshine Radio's Matt Healey has spoken to Peter Beadle this morning, firstly asking him if there was any news on further signings:

"Nothing as yet. We've got the seven we were pushing for and we'll look at other players in pre-season and recruit then."

"We've got good connections with other clubs locally at higher levels. We'll stay in contact with them and we can hopefully do each other favours with players that need a bit of fitness and we need some players."

"At Malvern we'll use as many players as we can to have a look at them. It's only fair we give these players a chance to have a look at them properly. They'll play a big part in games through pre-season before we decide on them. Some will play more than others, some will disappear pretty quickly. That's the way pre-season goes."

"We start in less than a week. We can't wait to meet up with the players and get back to work again."

The full audio interview is at https://audioboom.com/boos/3311331-peter-beadle