Next Game: Champions Match - Royston Town at Home on Saturday 29th April at 3pm

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Ticket Details For Royston Game

This from Hereford FC:

Tickets for the Royston Town ‘Champions vs Champions’ game next Saturday will go on sale during the following periods.
Please note that seated Season Ticket Holders will have Monday and Tuesday to purchase their season ticket seat. Seated tickets will go on General Sale (from Club Shop and online) from Wednesday.
Terrace tickets are on general sale from 10am Monday.

Monday 24th April – 10am-6pm – Addison’s Bar Reception

SEATS – Only available to existing Season Ticket Holders (not available online)
TERRACE – General Sale – Available online and face-to-face

Tuesday 25th April – 10am-4pm – Addison’s Bar Reception

SEATS – Only available to existing Season Ticket Holders (not available online)
TERRACE – General Sale – Available online and face-to-face

Wednesday 26th April – 10am-4pm – Club Shop

SEATS – General Sale – Available online and face-to-face
TERRACE – General Sale – Available online and face-to-face

Friday 28th April – 10am-4pm – Club Shop

SEATS – General Sale – Available online and face-to-face
TERRACE – General Sale – Available online and face-to-face

MATCHDAY 29th April – 10am-2:50pm – Matchday Ticket Office

Tickets will be available on the day of the game, subject to availability.
There will be Cash Turnstiles on the Meadow End, subject to availability.
The game is played under cup rules, and therefore standard Season Ticket Holders are required to purchase a ticket for the game. The game is included in the Executive Club membership.

Beadle's Budget Will Increase Next Season Said Williams

Hereford FC vice-chairman Chris Williams spoke to BN after yesterday's 4-0 win over Winchester.

"A great end to the League season," said Williams.

"It's a beautiful day, Edgar Street looks in prime condition, three of the four were cracking goals and that's what we wanted today.

"A lovely party atmosphere in the crowd even in the Main Stand where we had chanting in C Block and then in D Block. B Block said don't leave us out so they had a sing-song as well. So really very good!"

The question of how generous the club would be to manager Peter Beadle and his budget next season was raised.

"We realise as we climb the Leagues the budget is going to have to increase but the one thing that this board of directors will do is to manage this club sustainably. We won't overspend.

"We will make sure those kids, who are here today, will have somewhere to watch football in the future and that's at Edgar Street."

Work still needs to be done to improve both the catering booths and the toilets.

"We have plans for that but one of the problems we've got is not having the Blackfriars End and so the issue is what do we do with away fans.

"We've managed this year as the away support has been quite small.

"What we are going to do is try and make provision for the away fans as we could have six, may be as many as nine games, with over 100 away fans here and they've got to be catered for. It's the rules, it's in the regulations that we have to make sure we cater for them."

In particular the booth under the Main Stand just isn't big enough as supporters were still waiting to be served as the second half started.

"Obviously that's part of our plans. We've budgeted for improvements. But we're not going to overspend in terms of making those facilities right.

"The ground is old but it's got an atmosphere. It's our biggest asset but it's also our biggest liability.

"It takes a lot of money to maintain it every year and make improvements.

"I was sat next to Jesse Norman today and he said that he could see the difference that's been made over two years in terms of not just the pitch but the ground quality. The fans matchday experience is much better because we've done these improvements."

Former chairman/manager Graham Turner was a guest and he noted the size of the gate.

"When you think where we are in the League to have crowds like today, it would have been nice in the Conference to have gates like that instead of the 1500 or whatever it was. So it's nice to see.

"Edgar Street is a lovely place when it's full. To see that Meadow End is just fabulous.

"I'm really pleased, one of the happiest days of my life today, two promotions on the trot, I'm really pleased.

"The aim is a third promotion and I believe we can do it. We want to win it next year but it may be through the play-offs and there's the FA Cup again so we can have another bash at that.

"The more we do, the better we'll get. It's all about experience."

Record-breaking pay-out in HUST 50/50

This from HUST:

Supporters achieved a record breaking pay-out in the 50/50 draw at the Winchester match yesterday.  

Winners came from all parts of our region. The lucky winners travelled from Lucton (£650), Bromyard (£425), Abergavenny (£250), Worcester (£125) and Hereford (£75). John 'ONeill (pictured) was one of the lucky winners. 

The 50/50 match day draw is currently run by HUST with half the proceeds handed out in prizes, and the other half given to the football club in support of its overall budget. Every pound is matched by shares purchased in the football club, thus every supporter who buys a ticket is contributing to the growth of HFC as a community club.

Thank you to every one of the hard working volunteers, and to you, the fans of Hereford Football Club for your continuing support.

Photos Of Supporters At Yesterday's Match

A selection of fans at Hereford FC's last South and West League match.


Players Pictured With 'Trophy'

A selection of pictures of Hereford players with the South and West 'Trophy'.


Hereford United v Manchester United 1990

I couldn't wait till Throwback Thursday. Thank you to David Glinos who has provided me with a Hereford United treasure chest of footage. This is the preview to the FA Cup tie with Sir Alex Ferguson's Red Devils on the 28th January 1990. The squad went to Torquay prior to the big game and trained on the beach. There are interviews with Captain Mel Pejic and Goalkeeper Tony Elliott.  We also get to hear Radio Wyvern's Sammy Southall play "Up for the Cup", and hear the comments of the Hereford Times Sports Editor Ted Woodriffe. There are great shots of the Cattle Market as well.

The game ended 1-0 with a late Clayton Blackmore goal.

Presentation Of Southern League South and West 'Trophy'

Hereford FC was presented with the Southern League South and West 'Trophy' yesterday.


Renovation Work Set To Begin At UITC's Central Park

With the last match (Hereford FC Under 18s girls) completed at Central Park earlier this morning, Highground have been commissioned to undertake significant renovation work over the coming weeks.
The work will include scarification, drill seeding and 60 tonnes of topsoil applied to the main pitch in addition to development of two smaller pitches so the site is better utilised during the football season.

Upgrading the spectator toilets is also currently underway and should be completed in the coming weeks together with a planning application which is due to go before Herefordshrie Council to improve the matchday parking provision.

Consistant Attendances At Hereford

Attendances at Hereford for their league games have stayed consistant over the last two seasons.

And the influence of their travelling support has ensured that nearly all the other clubs in the Southern League South and West have seen their average gates increase this year.

The highest percentage increase is at Bishops Cleeve where gates have risen by some 78%. 1365 watched their game against Hereford.

Attendance Statistics as published by

Team Lowest Highest Average +/-
1 Hereford 2133 4406 2829 -0.25%
2 Salisbury 478 1807 696 -1.56%
3 Taunton Town 222 1073 425 +35.78%
4 Evesham United 199 1578 330 +32.53%
5 AFC Totton 145 731 274 +1.86%
6 Tiverton Town 146 853 266 +34.34%
7 Wimborne Town 179 657 265 +34.52%
8 Barnstaple Town 115 983 249 +43.10%
9 Bideford 112 884 244 +32.61%
10 Swindon Supermarine 113 823 216 +24.86%
11 Yate Town 62 886 204 +8.51%
12 Bridgwater Town 0 756 203 +36.24%
13 Winchester City 89 580 174 +4.19%
14 Mangotsfield United 79 602 172 +23.74%
15 Larkhall Athletic 0 625 157 +18.94%
16 Bishops Cleeve 43 1365 139 +78.21%
17 Paulton Rovers 61 484 133 -21.30%
18 Didcot Town 0 292 132 +2.33%
19 Slimbridge 58 886 126 +48.24%
20 Shortwood United 0 595 109 +36.25%
21 North Leigh 44 364 96 +14.29%
22 Wantage Town 43 420 96 +31.51%

The Awards Ceremony

The end of season players awards took place at Edgar Street yesterday. Jimmy Oates received several of the awards and Jamie Molyneux received the young players award.


South And West Weekend Review

Here's the final Southern League South and West Weekend Review Of the season written by Steve Whitney.

The final day of the Evo-Stik League Southern Division One South & West season had very few issues to settle.
Only the positioning of the top five below long-time champions Hereford FC was left to sort out, and in the end, Salisbury FC finished as runners-up and will host Evesham United in one play-off semi-final, while Tiverton Town take on West Country neighbours Taunton Town at Ladysmead in the other.
Steve Claridge`s Whites finished second after winning 1-0 at Bideford, thanks to a goal from Tommy Wright 5 minutes after the break.
Taunton had to beat North Leigh and hope Salisbury lost to clinch second, but they were beaten when Roger James scored for the Oxfordshire hosts 4 minutes from time.
Tivvy warmed-up for the derby semi-final with a 3-1 home win over Paulton Rovers with goals from Levin Landricombe, Jamie Price and Jamie Short – Reeko Best replying.
Fifth-placed Evesham warmed-up for their battle with Salisbury with a 4-2 win at Testwood Park against AFC Totton, for whom Nat Sherborne bagged a brace in a losing cause as mark Magee did likewise for the visitors with Carl Brown and Paul Fahy adding the others.

Champions Hereford signed off a wonderful campaign in front of a crowd of 4,125 at Edgar Street, who saw the Bulls win 4-0 against Winchester City.
Top scorer John Mills from the spot after 8 minutes, Jamie Edge on the half-hour mark, Jamie Oates on the hour-mark and then Brad Williams 7 minutes from time were on the mark as celebrations began at the final whistle.

Elsewhere, Ben Brooks scored twice to help Larkhall Athletic to a 3-1 home win over seventh-placed Swindon Supermarine, while Ben Whitehead did likewise for Didcot Town as they won 3-2 at Cossham Street against eighth-placed Mangotsfield United.
Jack Ball from the spot and Ciaran Greening scored the goals that earned Yate Town a 2-1 win at Fairfax Park against already-doomed Bridgwater Town, and the team who go down with the Somerset outfit, Wantage Town, lost 2-0 at home to Bishops Cleeve, for whom Shane Bumphrey in the very first minute and then Jordan Stoddart 7 minutes from the end, were on target.
Louis Kellaway, Jamie Stokoe and Sam Davidson sealed a last-day win for Wimborne Town 3-1 at home against Slimbridge, and Jack Freeman`s 10th minute effort proved enough for Shortwood United to win at home to Barnstaple Town and finish a respectable ninth.

Supporters Applaude Players

Hereford supporters gave the players a big round of applause after the final whistle yesterday in recognition of a second promotion.

All Pay For Royston Game

Next Saturday's 'Champions' match against Royston Town will be all pay.

The match is not covered by season tickets.

Normal admission prices are set to be charged.

Confirmation of the details is expected by the club shortly.

Hereford 4 - Winchester City 0

For Hereford’s final league game of the season, manager Pete Beadle stuck with the starting XI that beat Evesham on bank holiday Monday. With Hereford were looking to finish their season off on a high, Winchester City boss Craig Davis was hoping for his first win after taking the reins last month.

Right-back Jimmy Oates started the afternoon brightly, intercepting a pass on the right wing within the first minute. But his attempted cross to the unmarked John Mills sailed behind for an early goal kick.

Nine minutes in the Bulls took the lead from the spot. After Mike Symons was bundled over by Jamie Barron, referee Philip Hardixty awarded the hosts a penalty. John Mills despatched the spot kick confidently with his right-foot despite the keeper diving the right way. 

Oates then came agonisingly close to doubling the lead with a great effort from the edge of the area, but visiting keeper Lewis Noice managed to get his fingertips to the ball to deny the 25-year old his first goal of the season.

Midway through the first half, Howard Neighbour was inches away from levelling the score, but his shot from six-yards hit the crossbar. 

Jamie Edge scored his first league goal of the season with a powerful low drive. As Jimmy Oates ran onto Rob Purdie’s through-ball, he pulled it back for Edge to fire home past the static keeper with his right-foot.

The Bulls continued to create chances, and perhaps should have had added another goal before half time. Mike Symons teed up Rob Purdie two minutes before the break, but the keeper pulled off a good save before easily catching Symons’ headed effort moments later.

HT: Hereford 2 - Winchester City 0

After the break, both sides had chances to add to the goal tally. Firstly, Winchester couldn’t keep their free kick down as it sailed over the bar from 25-yards, before a quick corner from Hereford also cleared the bar.

Jimmy Oates, who remains the only player who has agreed terms for next season so far, finally got his name on the score sheet on the hour mark. After an initial effort from John Mills was palmed wide by the keeper, Oates got on the end of Rob Purdie’s corner and with a thumping header planted the ball in the back of the net.

The Australian then went on a solo run down the right wing in search of his second, but his low cross-come-shot went wayward as City cleared the danger.

Substitute Jamie Molyneux gifted John Mills the chance to score Hereford’s fourth of the afternoon in the 75th minute, but after playing the ball through to the feet of Mills, the keeper smothered his shot.
But the 4,000+ fans inside Edgar Street didn’t have to wait too much longer for the fourth, as Bradley Williams sealed the win seven minutes from time. It was once again Jimmy Oates who was involved in the build-up – his pinpoint cross from the right was met by a firm header from Williams, beating the keeper and nestling in the top right hand corner of the net.

After scoring the fourth, Hereford seemed content to see the game out for another three points.

FT: Hereford 4 - Winchester City 0
Att: 4,125
Sponsors’ MotM: Jimmy Oates

Hereford: A. Harris, Oates, Edwards, Edge (Williams), Green, Preece, Purdie (Franklin), McGrath, Mills, Haysham, Symons (Molyneux).
Subs not used: Barnes, Horsell.

Winchester City: Noice, Tomasso (Hayward), King, Barron, Matthews, Ford, Smith (Jenkinson), Green (c), Feeney, Neighbour (Roberts), Briggs.
Subs not used: Hill, Hannam.

Next Game: Champions Match - Royston Town at Home on Saturday 29th April at 3pm