Thursday, May 26, 2016

Hereford's Guard of Honour


There has been 22 videos uploaded to the club's official YouTube channel since the team departed for Wembley on Friday afternoon.

They include post match interviews from Mike Symons, Jamie Willets and Pete Beadle, as well as videos from the Open Top Bus on Monday.

One of the big talking points from Sunday was the Guard of Honour that the Hereford team formed after Morpeth collected their medals.


And let's not forget Ronaldo the bull being paraded around the National Stadium - a sight that probably won't be seen for a long while yet!


Here's a link to the YouTube channel (link) and a playlist of the goals from the 2015/16 season (link).


UITC Appoint New Victoria Park Manager


This from UITC:

UITC have today appointed Paul Harris as Victoria Park Manager.  Well known to Bulls fans he held a similar role for the old football club.

He replaces Paul Stevens who leaves the position so he can devote more time to his growing business.

The Board of Trustees would like to thank Paul Stevens for the huge contribution he has made to the organisation, not least in tackling the significant backlog of work which had to be undertaken at Victoria Park last year.


HUST Call SGM


The HUST Board have called a Special General Meeting of members, to take place Thursday 9th June. The meeting will be held in the Starlite Rooms at Edgar Street, and will commence at 7pm.

The agenda for the meeting will be as follows:
1. Apologies
2. Minutes from February Special General Meeting
3. Crawford Shares Discussion
4. Election Policy
5. Confirm AGM date – 20 October 2016


Further details will be announced by way of a press release following tonight’s HUST Board Meeting.


HUST Lottery Draw


The latest HUST Prize Bull Lottery draw No. 104 took place on Monday night.

The winning numbers are:- 10 - 21 - 22 - 24

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.


Wednesday, May 25, 2016

After The Final Whistle


Pictures taken at Wembley last Sunday at the end of the FA Vase.











 

Cinderford Turn Down Promotion


In a series of tweets from Cinderford Town this evening, they have announced that they have requested to remain in the Southern League Division 1 South and West despite securing promotion in the 2015/16 season. It is this league that Hereford have been promoted into.

"The club can confirm that we have today written to the league to request that we remain in the South and South West division in 2016/17.

"Whilst we have ambitions to play at a higher level, the sustainability of the club moving forward has to come first."

The news comes days after their chairman Ashley Saunders resigned from his role.

"There will be an AGM on June 5th where a new chairman will be elected along with a restructure of the club committee ahead of the new season."

The request first has to be granted by the league, before any 'reshuffling' can take place.

However the move is unlikely to affect Hereford.


Edit 8:10pm: Manager John Brough has also left the club with immediate effect.


Hereford To Play Merthyr In HFA Senior Cup


HFA Senior Cup
Hereford FC are to face Merthyr FC in the Final of the HFA Senior Cup.

The game will be played at Edgar Street on Saturday July 30th.

This is the first 'home' pre-season fixture to be confirmed.

Alvechurch and the Arch


Hereford fan and university history graduate Spencer Preece has written a short piece on his blog (link) about the Bulls' inaugural season.

Joel Edwards doing his let's all have a disco chant
Pictures from Bulls News
Well, what a year this has been. By now, the story about the demise of Hereford United has been well documented (including by myself in a couple of articles on here) and for many, the events of this season have not came as a surprise.

On the pitch, we’ve been treated to some absolutely brilliant football. You can attribute this to the opposition and Hereford’s superior resources but we really have seen some excellent stuff, with much of it happening on less than excellent pitches. The student from Sierra Leone, Mustapha Bundu has been brilliant and I’ve no doubt that he’ll play at a far higher level, once his student visa restrictions are lifted. 

Mustapha Bundu and Sirdic Grant with the County Challenge Cup
It is he and 50+ goal hitman John Mills who often get the plaudits but special mention has to be given to Herefordian and ex-Hereford United left back, and our captain this season, Joel Edwards, who has amazing throughout. 

Also deserving of special mentions are: our hero from our 2006 Conference final, Ryan Green, who also has been magnificent since he returned to the Whites, midfield dynamo Pablo Haysham and Cheltenham loanee Adam Page, who sadly got injured, but would doubtlessly be welcomed back with open arms next season, particularly after he appeared at various games since his injury and his loan expired. He was in our end and was as buzzing as anyone when we reached the Vase final and for a Robin, he’s a good ‘un. 

Adam Page in action for Hereford against Quorn in October
The connection with the supporters this season has been amazing and it is clear that the lads actually appreciate those who traipse across the country to cheer them on. As for that Vase final, credit to Morpeth and that’s all I’m going to say about that…

Off the pitch, people have continued to flock to Edgar Street in their droves, with the turnouts being phenomenal. with league and Vase attendances never dipping below the 2,000 mark and reaching highs of 4,000+ on four occasions. 

Away from home, the support and vocal support has been magnificent, with hundreds of Herefordians following the lads around the Midlands. Credit has to be given to the hundreds who made trips such as the one to Long Eaton on a Thursday evening. As for the away games I’ve been to, I can say that with the utmost respect, I’d never heard of Heanor, Hartley Wintney and Rocester, but going to these new places and experiencing them is something that will live long in the memory, no matter how high we climb in the coming years. 

Salisbury away was something special and we could have sold that away section out over and over again and the chaos that ensued in our end shall never be forgotten. What has also been refreshing, is the amount of new support and a renewed interest that was unseen for several of the final years as Hereford United. 

Particularly pleasing is the fact that so many of the supporters are younger, choosing to idolise Haysham instead of Hazard and Oates instead of Ozil. This in part has been down to the club’s inclusive price structure, so thanks must be given to Jon Hale and the rest of the board for their shrewdness in that regard. 

From left-right: Mike Langford, Jon Hale and Chris Williams
Obviously the club and board has its detractors, but I think they have been excellent this season and they certainly aren’t creating headlines like the Agombar and Lonsdale regime. 

Hopefully the support levels can continue next season, when the team will find it more difficult and hopefully at least some of the newcomers, in the crowd 20,000 strong Hereford section at Wembley, will be following the Whites next season.
The Hereford section of Wembley filling up prior to kick off
I must say that as an exile because of university, missing most of the inaugural season and such a successful one, has been less than brilliant! Kudos has to be given to the lads who have been creating video highlights packages all season and the fellas who have been commentating on games both home and away. 

It is one element of modern football that I’m certainly thankful for, because I’ve only managed to get to eight (and a half) games at home and seven games away from home. Oh, and Wembley, of course. It’s been torturous at times but getting to see highlights within a few moments of them happening and having live commentary has been a godsend.

So, after a fierce battle with serial penalty-missers Alvechurch, we finally secured the Midland League title and the Midland League Cup, as well as the Herefordshire County Cup and a day out at Wembley. It’s been relieving and pleasing to be able to just enjoy the football and enjoy our city once again having a team to represent us and to go watch at Edgar Street. 

I think I speak for the city of Hereford and the county of Herefordshire when I say I’m so proud of my football club. It’s been an amazing year and to quote the song that echoes around every ground we visit, we’re on our way!


UITC Statement About Brewer's Appointment

This from UITC:

Liam Brewer appointed Community Manager

United in the Community, an independent charity and the official player pathway into Hereford FC, is delighted to announce that Liam Brewer will take over as full time Community Manager, heading up the organisation from 1st September 2016.

He will report into Nick Vaughan, Chairman of the Board of Trustees and will be responsible for day to day management of the organisation and leading all aspects of its outreach.

The appointment comes at an exciting time for the Charity following another successful season for the Academy and Under 18s youth teams - with an ever expanding programme of activity in the community, both in primary schools and soccer schools taking place during the holidays.

In a statement the Board of Trustees said: ''This appointment highlights the ambition amongst the Trustees to grow and develop UITC into an organisation that thrives on improvement with big ambitions to extend all its core programmes. Liam has demonstrated over a number of years, culminating in his role this season as Academy Manager, that he is more than capable of taking on this position. We couldn’t be more delighted to have him leading the organisation.

Liam commented: “I am very excited to be taking on the role as Community Manager for UITC. I have been involved with their coaching for six years and am extremely grateful to the organisation (both present colleagues and past colleagues) for developing me as a coach and helping me achieve what I have achieved so far.

He added: “I am really looking forward to bringing the football club even closer to its community, developing all our community programmes and building greater relationships with schools, clubs and organisations throughout the County.”

“As a very passionate Bulls fans first and foremost, it’s a huge opportunity for me to put even more time into developing our player pathway to the Hereford FC senior team, from the community, foundation stages to the Academy and the U18s.”