Monday, March 31, 2014
"Personally I tend to be a person that puts on a face, a front to it, but it does eat away and certainly family-wise, home-wise.
"Financially I've put too much money into it but that seems to get forgotten at this stage and if it truely is the saving grace that Ketye walks, or get Keyte out, then I can accomodate that."
He was then asked if he regreted buying the club.
"Well I think you've got to have some moments when you think that.
"I said before that I had a figure in my mind that I was prepared to put into the club.
"What I've not be able to account for is probably not being able to walk away at that figure and of going past it and double now in four years.
"That's what I have to grapple with from a family point of view."
Will Hereford United be here next season?
"That's the plan and ideally in the Hereford United 1939 format.
"None of us on the board are working towards a real-vamped club, AFC Hereford is not on our agenda but if other people want to dictate that then we have to listen."
Also interviewed was the leader of Hereford Council Toby Johnson.
"We can't offer cash," said Johnson.
"But we can offer help, advice, terms of lease, negoations on rent and we're doing all of those things and everelse we can do that doesn't involve direct cash we'd be happy to talk about.
UPDATE Tuesday 7.45pm: The BBC report appears to be incorrect. According to Hereford United no money has yet be sent to HMRC
Meanwhile the club has said that anyone wanting to help the club can purchase tickets for next Saturday's game against Woking.
Go to: http://www.idsports.net/shop/Hereford-United-FC-Tickets/
In other news the Hereford branch of Morrisons will be helping raise funds for the Bulls on Wednesday.
And on Thursday evening a 'Nostalgia Evening' at the Starlite Rooms - all about the Conference Play-Off final from 2006.
All seats £20, no concessions or group discounts
Tickets are on sale at a price of £20 and can be booked through The Courtyard's box office in person or by telephone on 01432 340555.
Online sales should also be available shortly.
UPDATE: Over 120 tickets sold by 6pm this evening.
Sunday, March 30, 2014
Ronnie Radford’s rocket stunned Newcastle United and created an FA Cup legend that is still recognised today with an award handed out before each final at Wembley to the team who can claim that season’s greatest shock.
But that stand, the last renovation at the ageing ground, has been a lonely place on match days this season.
Crowds are down and cash has dried up. Hereford are one place above the relegation zone in the Skrill Conference Premier but, more importantly, on the brink of oblivion.This week it was revealed that the club need to raise £78,000 by April 7 to meet a tax demand - or face being issued with a winding-up order.
For a club in League One as recently as 2009, their slide out of the Football League two years ago has proved tougher to deal with than ever imagined.
Gone is the £750,000 assistance each year from the League, replaced by an annual sum of just £48,000 from the Conference, plus a parachute payment last year of £250,000.
If not quite dropping off the face of a cliff, revenue streams have certainly sped quickly down a very steep hill. Average attendances have dwindled from 3,421 in 2007-08 to 1,658 this season.
Chairman David Keyte, whose father John was chief superintendent in the city when Newcastle, Malcolm Macdonald and all, came to town in 1972, has attempted to cut costs.
Around £800,000 has been slashed off a £1.2million wage bill in two years. The playing squad is threadbare... and they have not been paid in full for nearly two months.
Results have suffered with no wins in 11 games leaving Hereford four points above Aldershot in the final relegation spot.
Manager Martin Foyle and assistant Andy Porter, who are believed to have gone without pay since Christmas, were dismissed last week and replaced by youth boss Peter Beadle.
Radford, now 70, said: ‘Obviously it’s painful at the moment, the club is in a really desperate situation. I feel so sad. All we can hope is that things can get turned round.’Radford knows a thing or two about beating the odds. It was his goal, a wondrous strike that shook the country and launched the career of a young John Motson, which levelled an FA Cup third round tie with First Division Newcastle five minutes from time.
Thousands of fans flocked on to the muddy pitch as he celebrated, arms aloft.
When Ricky George came off the substitutes’ bench to win the tie in extra-time, Hereford forever had a place in English football folklore
Saturday, March 29, 2014
Quite of lot of fundraising by Hereford United supporters today.
|This Group Started at The Victory Pub|
|And Continued In High Town Raising Over £500. Others Went To Tesco.|
|'Dave's Models' With Some Donated Shirts Which Will Be Auctioned|
|Showing The Shirts To The Meadow End|
|Functions Manager Ellen Moore With An Unclaimed Prize|
|Jarrod Bowen With The Ball|
|Man Of The Match Frankie Artus|
|Sam Smith Gets Squashed|
|Cory Williams Keeps His Eye On Hatton|
|Dan Walker Is Tripped And Gets A Free Kick|
|Some of the marchers pictured with the Store Manager at Tesco Bewell Street|
Staff at the store will be continuing the collection tomorrow.
|Edgar Watches The Officials And Teams Come Onto The Pitch|
|Sam Smith Watches A Grimsby Foot|
|The Grimsby Keeper Wore A Hereford Shirt|
|Home Debut For Jarrod Bowen|
|Handbags Between Scott Kerr And Kingsley James|
|Jarrod Bowen's Shot Hit The Side Netting|
|Lloyd-Weston Gathers The Ball|
|Chris Sharp Felt This Grimsby Boot On His Ankle|
|Sam Smith Heads The Ball|
|Frankie Artus Takes A Corner In The First Half|
He was asked whether the Bulls could avoid relegation.
"There are six games to go and every game is going to be vital. The sooner we can get points on the board the better."
The interview then turned to the financial situation with the players not being paid.
"We try to leave the football and the financial situation apart but when it's everyday life, everything you do revolves around money.
"It quite hard but in the last couple of games we're tried separating that and concentrating on our football.
"I think we've played well at times in games but it's just that cutting edge, we need to score goals and win games.
"It's that final third but I think once one goal goes in confidence will lift.
"It seems impossible at the minute but if we keep working hard on the training ground I'm sure we'll score in the next game."
Hereford are in 20th position.
|21||Aldershot Town *||40||13||12||15||58||54||41||4|
|Steve Jenkins and Peter Beadle|
"We'll work again this week and do some more stuff in the final third.
"We knew it wasn't going to change overnight, we're asking them to do different things, to be brighter, to be comfortable and trust people with the ball and they're doing it.
"But we're just not opening teams up yet."
Beadle admitted the team needs a goal.
"We just need that goal, we need to get that goal, we need that bit of luck or a bit of magic like Grimsby had today.
"We need someone to come up and get us that goal.
"A goal would have been a big plus for us today but we didn't get it.
"Fair play to Grimsby they came and did a job."
A solitary 20 yard rocket saw the Bulls lose 1-0 to Grimsby in today's match at Edgar Street.
The Mariners ended the game with ten men but the advantage, and the vociferous support of a swelled crowd, couldn't sharpen the Bulls' front line.
Full report later.
“For that to turn into the way it is now in a couple of years, I can’t get my head round it.
“I had some good times down there and it’s such a friendly club.
“The fans are great and stick by you, through thick and thin. I’m astonished.
“I’ve been speaking to a few people, who said it might get liquidated and become one a phoenix club, like Chester.