Next Game: Swindon Supermarine at Home on Saturday 25th February at 3pm

Saturday, February 25, 2017

First Half Pictures From Edgar Street This Afternoon

A selection of pictures captured during the first half of this afternoon's game between Hereford and Swindon Supermarine.

Comfortable Winners On The Day Said Jenkins

Steve Jenkins Talking To John Mills Before Kick-Off This Afternoon
Hereford's assistant manager Steve Jenkins spoke to the local press after his side defeated Swindon Supermarine 2-0 at Edgar Street this afternoon.

"I thought we were solid," said Jenkins.

"Scored a decent goal as well, great play by Pab and a great run by Mills.

"Overall we restricted them to very, very little and we were comfortable winners on the day.

"I think we restricted them to one shot on goal, a couple of corners, one or two entries into our 18 yard box but apart from that we totally dominated the game."

It was Hereford's first home win since January 28th.

"Obviously two draws in the last couple of games but last week I thought our performance warranted a win but we didn't get it so it was important we got back to winning ways as they games are coming down slowly, nine to go.

"I know it's a cliche but we are taking one game at a time. We've seen today out, now we focus on next week."

Top scorer John Mills felt his hamstring late in the game and had to come off.

"He's got a little twinge on his hamstring. Obviously Jonny will have a look at that and let it settle down for the next 24/48 hours, fingers crossed it's not going to keep him out for too long. But until we access it we can't really tell you what it is."

Supermarine appeared to come with a game plan.

"Pretty much as everybody sets up against us which we thought they would and they got to an hour and, probably pre-planned, they changed it to have a little go.

"We thought they would to make it difficult for us.

"It wasn't a great day for football, the wind, but I though we got it down and created chances and it was just a matter of time before we got that second goal and killed the game off."

Nine games to go.

"There will come a point, games are running out and hopefully we'll keep winning so we get to that situation when it's mathematically done, that's all we can do.

"Just focus on ourselves, not worry about anybody else and just making sure we are racking up three points in the coming weeks.

"Next week, we'll prepare this week, get everybody patched up, we'll probably have one or two with little niggles especially Millsy's situation, refocus and prepare right and we go again next week."

Back to the second goal, a Haysham Mills combination.

"It was the fact that Pab had chased that ball for sixty yards. It was a nothing ball and he's made something out of it. That's what is about. It's about desire, passion. Making something out of nothing, which he did.

"Great delivery and Millsy did what Millsy does, a great run, a great flick and a superb goal.

"It finished the game off for us at that point."

Today's Results From The South And West

Today's results from games played in the Southern League South and West.

AFC Totton 2 Didcot Town 1
Bideford 2 Wimborne Town 0
Bishops Cleeve 1 Winchester City 0
Bridgwater Town 0 Barnstaple Town 3
Evesham United 1 Slimbridge 2
Hereford 2 Swindon Supermarine 0
Mangotsfield United 1 Tiverton Town 2
North Leigh 2 Larkhall Athletic 2
Salisbury 3 Paulton Rovers 1
Taunton Town 2 Yate Town 0
Wantage Town 0 Shortwood United 2

Top of the Table:

Hereford 33/86
Tiverton 32/69
Taunton 30/64
Salisbury 31/62
Evesham 32/60

Interview with Swindon Supermarine manager Dave Webb

The Swindon Supermarine manager Dave Webb spoke to me after the game. Does he still think Salisbury are the best side in the league....

First Win in Three League Games

After 2-2 draws in their last two games in the Southern League South and West, Hereford got back to winning ways against Swindon Supermarine this afternoon.

John Mills gave Hereford the lead from the spot in the first half, before doubling the advantage after the break following some great build up play from Pablo Haysham.

Mills was then substituted in the final few minutes with what appeared to be a hamstring problem.

Full report, photos and reaction to follow.

Commentary from Hereford V Swindon Supermarine

Both Radio Hereford FC and BBC Hereford and Worcester will have full match commentary of this afternoon's Southern League South and West match between Hereford and Swindon Supermarine.

Keith Hall and Trevor Owens will be behind the microphone for their respective stations.

Another way to keep in touch is to follow The Bulls News Twitter Feed which will have all the action from Edgar Street this afternoon.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Collection For Hereford Samaritans At Edgar Street Tomorrow

The SamVan
Hereford Samaritans will be at Edgar Street for a bucket collection tomorrow.

"The Hereford Branch currently has 100 telephone volunteers and in the last 12 months our branch answered 25,000 telephone calls, met 200 people face to face in the branch in Berrington St and answered over 6,500 emails and SMS’s from people.

We are 100% self-funded and rely totally on kind donations from local companies and individuals, it costs us around £ 40,000 a year to keep the branch open so every single penny counts.

We will be bucket collecting tomorrow at the Swindon Supermarine game and we would be really grateful if fans could dig deep to give as much as they can.
All proceeds go to the Hereford branch so will have a direct impact on our local volunteers."

The collectors will be outside the entrances to the Main Reception, Radfords and the Meadow End from 12.15pm till 2.50pm and in the ground from 1.30pm till 2.50pm.

Please help if you can.

SL Confirm Two In At Marine

The Southern League transfer list has confirmed that Swindon Supermarine have signed two players just hours before tomorrow's game at Hereford.

As reported earlier today the two players are Scott Beven from Cirencester and Jonathan Else from North Leigh. Both are said to be defenders.

Meanwhile Lewis Thompson has left Supermarine for Cirencester.

Webb Looks For Better Performance After Salisbury Defeat

Swindon Supermarine travel to Hereford tomorrow and manager Dave Webb will be hoping his squad can bounce back from defeat against Salisbury last Saturday.

“I said before the Salisbury game that the next two games were always going to be difficult. We’re playing the two best sides but can we get anything out of them?,” said Webb as reported by the Swindon Advertiser.

“We weren’t anywhere near getting anything from Salisbury and this week, it could be even tougher going to play in front of 3,000 people at Hereford against the team who are top of the league.

“We will enjoy the day. We want to go there and put in a performance because last week was not pleasant and if we don’t want to get footballing lessons, we have to improve.

“That’s the challenge this weekend and it won’t be any easier than last weekend. We have to be harder to beat, we have to better on the ball, and we have to limit the opposition’s chances on our goal.

“You have to aspire to be better and try to improve, otherwise you will experience more days like we did last week which is not pleasant for me, not pleasant for the players, not pleasant for the committee and the chairman and the supporters – and that’s who I really feel sorry for because they deserve better.

“That’s 10 goals conceded in two games at home and it’s not what you expect from a team that has done exceptionally well this season.” 

Meanwhile Webb has signed two defenders ahead of tomorrow's game.

Jon Else has signed from North Leigh and Scott Bevan returns for a second spell.

Swindon Supermarine At Home Tomorrow

Swindon Supermarine are the visitors to Edgar Street tomorrow for a Southern League South and West fixture.

Currently 'Marine' are seventh in the table and have a good away record with eight wins, five draws and just two defeats.

So Hereford can look forward to, potentially, a very hard game.

Mike Symons Put Hereford Ahead At Swindon Supermarine Last October
When the two teams met earlier this season on a foggy night, Hereford won the game 3-0 with two goals from Mike Symons and one from Pablo Haysham.

Last weekend Hereford were held to a 2-2 draw at Larkhall whilst, somewhat surprisingly, Marine were defeated 6-1 by Salisbury.

Afterwards Marine manager Dave Webb commented "Hereford were very good but Salisbury were as good, if not slightly better."

Despite only drawing last Saturday Beadle felt his side had performed well other than for the two Larkhall goals.

"It's another point on the board and we keep going and there's a home game on Saturday and if we perform in the manner we've done today with a little bit more quality then we'll be fine."

Tickets for the game remain available online until 10pm this evening.

The club shop will also be open today from 10am to 4pm  and again tomorrow from 10am.

Edgar Street Inspiration Motivates Dennis And Jo

Dennis And Jo With Lulworth Cove In The Background
Dennis and Jo are two Hereford supporters on a mission to walk the South Western Coastal Path and so far have got as far as Lulworth Cove. Dennis is from Northampton and Joe comes from Abingdon, Oxfordshire.
Dennis, who has supported the club since 1973, told BN about their mission.
"This is a gruelling walk but we use the inspiration of what has happened at Edgar Street over the last couple of years to motivate us along 
"The walk itself is approx 630 miles and goes from Poole to Minehead . We expect it to take us a couple of months to complete 

"We are both keen walkers and we are doing it in stages. The plan is to do it bit by bit and the first stage was from Poole Harbour to Lulworth Cove.

"We aim to do the next section probably in a couple of weeks time. This is something we've been planning for a while. 

Dennis and Jo don't go walking every weekend.

"Jo through me has become a Hereford fan and is now a proud bull.

"We hope to be at the home game against Wantage on April 1st."

Thursday, February 23, 2017

No Open Chequebook Says Beadle

Peter Beadle Navigating The Steps At Larkhall Last Saturday
Hereford FC manager Peter Beadle hasn't got an open chequebook and isn't looking to add to his squad.

"It would be nice to have the open chequebook that everybody thinks we have, but we don't," said Beadle as reported by the Worcester News.

"We are quite tight on our budget and we've got what we've got at the moment.

"We're happy with what we've got and unless that changes, we won't be looking to change it any time soon.

"It's easy to say to get it wrapped up, but there's a long way to go.

"Yes the points gap is fairly sizeable at the moment, but if Taunton keep going with the way they are, that gap could go down to 13 or 14 points.

"There is no target or talk of 'wrapping it up', we've just got to take it one game at a time and keep taking points."

In the interview Beadle pours praise on striker Mike Symons.

Mike Symons Surrounded By Larkhall Players
"Mike has been as consistent as anyone this season and he offers something different.

"John [Mills] gets more plaudits because of his goals, but Mike links up well with him.

"I think some people don't recognise that, but he works the channels, tracks back and sets up play.

"Plus he has got 18 or 19 goals this season, which isn't bad going.

"He has been immense for us and I don't think there there have been many games where he has played poorly."

Storm Damage At Central Park

There has been some storm damage to the dug-outs at Central Park, Hereford this morning.

Central Park is the home of UITC.

If anyone can help repair the damage please contact UITC. 

Their e-mail address is:

HFA - Apprentice Vacancy

The Herefordshire Football Association are looking for a reliable and friendly person to join their close team based just behind the Lads Club close to Hereford city centre. 

Duties will include a range of different administration based tasks whilst working towards an internationally recognised qualification.

Bulls Lotto Jackpot Climbs to £6.8 Million

This week the Bulls Lotto jackpot has climbed again and Saturday's draw will see an estimated £6.8 million top payout, so why not join and have a chance of winning a life-changing prize.
The latest Lotto Draw took place on Wednesday, 22nd February 2017.

Winning numbers were: 01-05-07-25-42-46, plus the Star Number 3.

The Prize Categories:

6 Numbers + Star             £4,890,317.17

6 Numbers                         £2,124,744.35

5 Numbers                         £2,734.66

4 Numbers                         £33.78

3 Numbers                         £8.19

Star Number                      0.5 Free Lotto

This Wednesday saw even the 6 number payout exceed £2 million, with the jackpot itself just shy of £5 million.
But the Lotto always provides fans with two opportunities a week to win huge sums of money in the knowledge all proceeds are donated to the Hereford United Supporters Trust. Remember EVERY penny of the minimum 26% (39p) and a maximum of 50% of each Bulls Lotto entry that HUST receives will go to Hereford Football Club.

Prizes are on offer for matching one number or more and it’s easy to enter. Simply click to get started and be in with a chance of winning Saturday’s est. £6.8 MILLION jackpot.

All of the cash prizes are funded by Lotto Network.

If you enter other lotteries, why not make Hereford Football Club your “good cause” instead? You can register in less than 60 seconds with entries from £1.50 per draw.

The next Bulls Lotto draw is Saturday, 25th February 2017. For more details visit the Bulls Lotto website:

Throwback Thursday

Some footage from the 90's
Firstly a Chris Pike goals montage. Pike is the uncle of Real Madrid's Gareth Bale.
Secondly, Nicky Cross scores the winning goal against Lincoln in 1996.

Prediction League Round 42 Preview

Round 42 of the Bullsnews prediction league sees Hereford host Swindon Supermarine. Swindon are currently 7th in the league. Hereford won the reverse fixture in October 3-0. 

Last 5 results
Swindon 1-6 Salisbury
Swindon 2-4 Bishops Cleeve
Taunton 0-0 Swindon
Tiverton 2-3 Swindon
Swindon 2-0 Slimbridge

Predictions with attendance, score and username need to be sent before 2:30pm on Saturday to

*points and table now updated to round 41 and can be viewed here

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

From The Archives - Club Warn Lindley About Out Of Date Pies

With 'Piegate' in the news today, BN looks back ten years to when Hereford United accused Lindley Catering of having out of date pies and crisps at Edgar Street.

Thursday February 22nd 2007

Hereford United have sent a letter to the caterers at Edgar Street asking them to improve their standards. The contents of the letter have been released by the Official Site.

Lindley Catering Limited

Dear Paul,

Following the disgraceful situation when out of date pies and sausage rolls were delivered to our ground for sale to supporters, we have now received complaints that canteens are selling out of date crisps.

This is a situation that is intolerable to us and our supporters. We now require assurances that measure are put in place to prevent the problem reoccuring.

The effects of the incidents are that supporters have lost faith in your ability to provide the service required.

We have monthly liaison meetings with a small group of supporters. we would therefore suggest that a representative from your company attends a meeting to reassure the group that you will treat the matter with urgency and measurers are put in plave to prevent it happening again. 

Yours sincerely

Joan Fennessy Company Secretary / Director

The club will be supported by the vast majority of supporters who come to Edgar Street over their stand. A few weeks ago there were no lids and trays available for the fans to take their very hot coffee back to their seats. Very dangerous especially when children fetch drinks for their adult companions.

Lindley Catering, who are based at Stoke on Trent, claim to be the UK's leading sports stadia caterers in professional football, cricket and rugby.

Established in 1968, their turnover is around £30 million. They have 42 Football and Rugby Public Catering Contracts and employ 400 Full-time and 10,000 Part-time staff. 

Club Open Today For Sale Of Supermarine Tickets

Hereford FC's club shop will be open today from 10am to 4pm for the sale of tickets for Saturday's home game against Swindon Supermarine.

It will also be open on Friday at the same times and also from 10am on Saturday morning.

Tickets can also be purchased online at:

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Shortwood Draw With Yate

Just one result from the Southern League South and West this evening.

Shortwood 2 Yate 2

John Charles Died 13 Years Ago Today

John Charles At Hereford
John Charles, perhaps one of the best known names in Welsh football and former Hereford United player/manager, died 13 years ago today.

Days after his death Ricky George wrote this tribute to Charles which was published in the Daily Telegraph.

'Charles Was Held In Awe At Hereford'

"Don't call me boss," Hereford United player-manager John Charles told me when I signed from Barnet in February 1971. "I'm John, or Charlo."

I was in a dream and played like it in my early games for Hereford. A recurring ankle injury was proving troublesome, but I was desperate to stay in the team. The legendary Welshman was still playing at 38, and his mere presence on the pitch was worth a goal to us.

Observing this colossus at close quarters I understood where the tag 'Gentle Giant' came from. A scrupulously fair competitor, he detested dirty play and his anger only surfaced if he sensed injustice. Before a home game with Yeovil he called me into his office and told me he thought my ankle was bothering me and that he was leaving me out.

I begged him to let me play and in the end, with a broad smile, he relented. I had a terrible first half, missing two easy chances and as we came in at half-time a Hereford director verbally abused me from his seat. Charles rushed up into the stand, grabbed the man by his tie and warned him never to address one of his players in that manner ever again. I scored in the second half in a 3-0 victory.

John was a simple man, and by that I mean no disrespect. As a player he went out and performed by instinct. As a manager, without ever belittling anyone, he expected the same. "Where do you want me to play John?" asked Ronnie Radford on his debut. Charles looked at him in amazement. "You're a midfield player, aren't you?" "Yes," said Radford. "Well, play midfield then."

I don't think he realised just how famous he was, however there was one occasion when, along with Billy Meadows, Hereford's great goalscorer during the glory years of the early Seventies, I accompanied Charles to a midweek FA Cup tie at Arsenal. After the game we were invited into the Highbury boardroom where John introduced us to the late Joe Mercer, another football icon. Upon shaking hands with the former Arsenal captain, Meadows said: "It's an honour, now I can tell my grandchildren."

"You think meeting me is an honour?" said Mercer. "This man is the greatest player that ever lived."

"He knows that," grinned Charles. "He's just being polite."

For a footballer like me, John Charles took the mystery out of management. To be so famous yet so unassuming was his strength, although he did have a reputation for being a bit slow to the bar. However, as Meadows reminded me: "When he was in Italy he only had to raise his eyebrows and there was a gin and tonic by his side in seconds."

Charles left Hereford before the great cup run of 1972, but to the delight of everyone appeared in the dressing room after our historic win over Newcastle United. The following Wednesday we played West Ham United in the fourth round. As Meadows and I arrived at Edgar Street for the game there was Charlo, camelhair coat, steely grey hair, permanent suntan and wearing that broad grin. He was resting against the bonnet of his car and showed us an envelope. It read: Mr John Charles, two tickets, £2 to pay. "I wouldn't mind," he said as we stared at him in disbelief, "but I've only got 30 bob on me."

I knew that he had been suffering with Alzheimer's and two years ago I telephoned his home near Leeds to invite him to a function in London.

His wife Glenda called out to him: "John, its one of your ex-players, Ricky someone." "George," I heard the familiar voice say. As I took the phone I could barely speak. Once again the great man had made me feel 10 ft tall.

Rest in peace, Gentle Giant.

Swindon boss says Salisbury are 'best side' in the league

Swindon Supermarine's manager reckons Steve Claridge's Salisbury are the best side in the Southern League South and West.

Despite fifth-placed Salisbury trailing leaders Hereford by 24 points, their 6-1 victory over Swindon on Saturday left Dave Webb admiring their class.

Webb told the Swindon Advertiser: "Salisbury are on a fantastic run and have got quality players all through the side and they showed their class.

"They are in the play-offs and will undoubtedly be there at the end of the season. If they continue to play like that, I wouldn’t want to be another side in the top five when the play-offs come around and have to play them because, for me, they are the best side."

Hereford beat Supermarine 3-0 away from home in October, with the two sides meeting again at Edgar Street this coming Saturday.

"Hereford were very good but Salisbury were as good, if not slightly better.

"We weren’t at the level that it takes to compete with them and that’s the one thing my players have to take from the game."

Hereford Awaydays - Forthcoming Matches

Saturday 04th March 
Venue - Meadow Stadium - Capacity 3000 seats 350 
Pub stop - Harvester , Milton Gate ( booked 12-30pm)
Coach Details 
HEREFORD - Radfords                10-00am
LEDBURY    - Market House       10-20am 
Coach Fare Just ........................£15-00
Saturday  11th  March 
Venue - Kingsley Road - Capacity 6000 seats 375 
Pub stop - Many in town within 2 mins walk 
Coach Details
HEREFORD - Radfords                  08-30am
                    - Broadleys                 08-40am
ROSS          - Wilton Garage          09-00am 
MONMOUTH - Beach Road         09-10am
Coach Fare - Reduced to JUST....£20-00 
By Text - 07958 176 937 .....with  seat requirements 
By Facebook .................Post under the Away thread 

Prize Bull Lottery Latest Draw

This from HUST:

Prize Bull Lottery draw No.142 took place on Monday night.
The winning numbers are:- 2 - 8 - 20 - 21
Should you have the winning combination, please contact to claim the jackpot. 
More details on the Prize Bull Lottery and entry forms are on the Prize Bull Lottery page.

One South And West Fixture This Evening

There is just one fixture in the Southern League South and West League this evening.

Shortwood United play Yate Town.

Shortwood have only played 27 league games to date this season, some five games less than Hereford.

The league leaders don't have any midweek fixtures remaining. All Hereford's games are on Saturdays other than Easter Monday.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Beadle Coached At Sutton United

With Sutton United taking on Arsenal this evening, it's opportune to remember that Peter Beadle, currently Hereford FC manager, had a short spell as head coach at the club in 2014.

This came after Beadle had kept Hereford United in the Conference after just eight games in charge.

After not even being interviewed for manager of Hereford for the following season, Beadle took the Sutton position.

''I'm delighted to have been able to appoint Peter," said Sutton manager Paul Doswell.

"He's a UEFA 'A' coach, who has been a friend of mine for over 10 years now and did an excellent job with Hereford last season."

However Beadle was only with Sutton for two months.

“It was an amicable split with Peter [Beadle]," said Doswell.

"The relationship just was not working, he is used to being a number one.

“There is no point carrying on when you know it is not working."

Meanwhile former Hereford United defender Dean Beckwith is in the Sutton team this evening. 

And other former Hereford United player, Bradley Hudson Odoi, is on the bench. 

He didn't stay long at Hereford and may best be remembered for not having a spare pair of boots at an away game at Oldham.

Hereford, who suffered the indignity of having to substitute Bradley Hudson-Odoi, apparently because his red boots tore and he had no back-up pair - said a report in the Guardian. 

Discount for UITC's Easter Soccer Schools

UITC have announced details of their Easter Soccer Schools which take place 10th-13th and 18th-21st of April.

There's a 25% discount for bookings made before the 27th February, with  the schools taking place in Hereford, Ledbury and Leominster.

You can book online now by clicking here (link).

For more information you can email UITC's Community Manager Liam Shuttleworth -

U18's vs Tuffley

Hereford u18 girls came back yesterday morning to beat Tuffley Rovers 3-2 in the cup.  Goals came from Sian Bull, Amelia Stezaker and Tinny Conway. Next Sunday they face Forest Green at Victoria Park.

1.Stezaker 4.Bull 6.Devereux 7.Kenny 8.Conway 9.Brown 10.Bushell 11.Holman 12.Elcox-Bond 18.Young 19.Forrest-Blake. Sub: 5.Sullivan

David Brown Remembers His Time With Hereford

In a long and varied interview former Hereford United striker David Brown has told bwin news how he enjoyed his time at Edgar Street.

Before joining Hereford Brown had kept Hull City in the Football League with a goal he scored against Torquay.

On his time at Hereford and their current title charge…

“I loved every minute playing for Hereford United and to see them dissolve was incredibly difficult, but the re-formed team is doing really well. They’ve got an incredible fan base and Hereford is a great place to play, so they’ve got all the right things to be a good team.

“Adversity at a club brings people together, so I definitely don’t think they’ll be complacent when it comes to seeing out promotion and kicking on. In terms of the budget and fans, they will far exceed any others in their league. It was not long ago that they were in League One, so I’ve got every confidence that they’ll climb back up in the leagues again.

“It’s difficult for Hereford to drop out the league. When I was at Hull, we were vying to stay in the League against Scarborough. They were a massive club and when you look at their regression since getting relegated that season, they’ve disappeared as a football club in the last five to 10 years. As soon as the club moves down to the Conference, the money goes away, the sponsors go away and some of the fans go away, so it’s a very difficult task to get back out of it.”
Full article:,122046.html 

Larkhall Manager Happy With Point Against Hereford

Larkhall manager Phil Bates was reported to be a happy man after his side drew 2-2 with league leaders Hereford last Saturday at Plain Ham.

"I thought it was probably an even result," Bates told the Bath Chronicle. "We're a month off being beaten ten by Taunton.

"We've come a long way, made one or two additions and got rid of one or two.

"We're not the best team in the world, but we stick together, we've got a great team spirit and good shape about us now.

"We've come back twice against the top side in the league, who are winning it by 20-odd points, so I'm delighted with that.

"I don't think it was a penalty for their goal. That might be me blowing hot air, but I'm not sure it was a penalty.

"But to come back again after going down is fantastic for where we've been, where we are now and where we want to go.

"We haven't won today, but we've had a go and that does me. I'm really pleased for the supporters because it was a good day for the club and the biggest crowd ever.

"They've set everything up, earned a bit of money, and we want to be here next year; we want to be in the play-offs, that's our goal, and we want games like this all the time."