Next Game: FA Trophy – Oxford City Away on Saturday 25th November at 3pm

Friday, November 24, 2017

Preview: Oxford City vs Hereford


Hereford travel to Oxford City in the third qualifying round of the FA Trophy this Saturday. This is a game where a draw may well be the worst result for both sides as a Tuesday night replay would help neither in their FA Cup preparations next week.   

Last Saturday the Bulls returned to league action in some style with a rather convincing 5-0 win at home to Hitchin Town. New signing Tyrone Duffus scored two goals in an impressive debut with Lance Smith bagging a hat trick over the mid table side. 

As well as a 5-0 win over Hitchin on Saturday there was another good result with Dorchester winning 4-1 against Kettering. The Bulls improved their goal difference over now 5th placed Kettering by 8 goals in just one afternoon. Football, it’s a funny old game!

Hereford played St Ives at Edgar Street on Tuesday night winning 4-0 thanks to Tyrone Duffus and Mike Symons scoring either side of a John Mills brace. 

John Mills surrounded by Hereford players after his first goal
Those two goals from Mills make him the league’s joint top scorer as things stand. 

Things only got better for the Bulls as 3rd placed Slough were held to a 2-2 draw at Banbury later that evening. This result left Slough a point behind the Bulls having played a game less. The full league table can be found here (link).

Pete Beadle may have to alter the side ahead to this weekend’s tie due to the ever-changing injury list. The latest casualty was Duffus who appeared to pick up a slight knock and is likely to be rested ahead of next weekend. Fellow midfielders Dinsley and McGrath remain side lined. 

New signing Eliot Richards will not be featuring this Saturday as he is cup tied. The 26-year-old is also still awaiting clearance after joining the Bulls from Merthyr. Cameron Pring is available this weekend but the loanee will be cup tied for next Saturday. 

BN understands that Tyrone Duffus has also be ruled out after picking up a knock at Edgar Street on Tuesday. It's thought he could be out for up to six weeks.

The Bulls come into this round following the unwanted replay in this competition at Potters Bar. Pete Beadle mentioned this week how he’d like his side to win the game on the day but Oxford have recently hit a good run of form. 

The National League South side climbed out to the relegation zone in mid-week thanks to a goalless draw which takes them too five games undefeated. That run includes a 1-0 win over league two side Colchester United in the FA Cup.  

Oxford are also going to be making changes for this weekend ahead of their FA Cup tie against Notts County. Mark Jones’ side, who play on a 4G pitch, will be certainly taking the game seriously with good prize money available in the competition but may look to rest the odd few ahead of their big day next weekend.  


News Round Up


Gosport Borough's manager has told the Portmouth News that he thinks the new faces he's brought in have given his side a boost.
After having their transfer embargo lifted last week, Borough picked up their first win of the season on Saturday against Dorchester.

Only a limited number of tickets are left for the home end when Slough Town entertain League One Rochdale in the FA Cup second round. They will be on sale to fans ahead of next Tuesday's game against Redditch.

The Just Giving page for cash-strapped Merthyr Town has now reached over £15,000. Former Cardiff City defender Danny Gabbidon and Hollywood star Michael Sheen are among those to have donated towards their £25k target to cover an outstanding tax bill.

The manager of Fleetwood Town, who Hereford will face in the FA Cup, has admitted this is his most challenging time at the club to date. Uwe Rossler's side lost 4-2 to Walsall midweek, saying it's important everyone 'stays together'.

After he suffered harrowing facial injuries earlier in the season (link), Tiverton Town are set to host a pay what you want match to raise funds for striker Jordan Rogers. The match against Willand Rovers will take place at Ladysmead on December 12.


Oxford Boss To Make Changes for Tomorrow's Game


Oxford City boss Mark Jones will make a couple of changes for tomorrow's FA Trophy game against Hereford.

City continue to prepare for next weekend's FA Cup tie against Notts County, with Jones looking to keep things fresh.

"Hereford is a good draw for us," Jones told the Oxford Mail.

"Our players like playing games in front of big crowds, and by all accounts, they could be bringing 400 or 500 fans.

"The FA Trophy is a good competition and one we will certainly take seriously, but I will look to make one or two changes.

"We've had a lot of tough games in recent weeks, and we have arguably the biggest game in our history next week. I just want to make sure we keep everybody fresh, fit and available."

Oxford drew 0-0 with Bognor Regis midweek, extending their unbeaten run to five games, including their 1-0 FA Cup win over Colchester.


Remaining FA Cup Tickets On Sale Today


The remaining 500 tickets for the cup game at Fleetwood next Saturday are on sale today.

They can be bought online via the Hereford FC website, or in person at the club from 10am-4pm today.

Demand for these tickets is expected to be high, with the majority to be sold today.

550 were bought by season ticket holders and HUST members during the priority period earlier this week. 

Meanwhile, a number of items from the club shop will be reduced to £20 today for Black Friday.


Thursday, November 23, 2017

Hereford Win Sports Personality of the Year


Hereford have been awarded the Herefordshire and Worcestershire Sports Personality of the Year award.



They beat Bromsgrove Sporting FC, Daryl Mitchell, Droitwich RFC, Evie Richards and Johnny Arr.

The ceremony was held at Worcester Warriors on Thursday evening and was hosted by BBC H&W's Kate Justice.

Cuss Joins Kington on Loan



Jamie Cuss has joined Kington Town on loan, as reported by the Hereford Times.

The striker had an operation earlier this year after picking up a serious knee injury while playing for Hereford.

Cuss has since returned to full training, and came off the bench during the county cup game against Tenbury two weeks ago.

He's joined the West Midlands (Regional) League Division One side in order to get game time.


Next Up is Oxford City in the FA Trophy


Hereford's next game is an FA Trophy third qualifying round tie at Oxford City.

Oxford crept out of the National League South relegation zone on Tuesday with a goalless draw at Bognor Regis.

The Bulls had a replay against Potters Bar in the last round, but looking ahead to Saturday, manager Pete Beadle says his side will try to win the game on the day.

"We always go with a game plan of trying to win the game," Beadle told BBC HW.

"That might be we sit back, defend and try and hit them on the break, or we might start of the front foot.

"But we never go other than in a positive frame of mind and try and win."

Despite being 19th in the league, City are undefeated in five games, which includes a 1-0 win in the FA Cup at League Two Colchester United. 

"Saturday is going to be tough, since their cup game at Colchester they've hit a nice purple patch of form which will lift their confidence and keep them going.

"But we're also on a good run of games, so it's a game where we'll give our best, as always, and we're going to try and win the game on the day."


Hereford have been given 1,450 tickets for the game, which are available on the day and in advance.

Prices are:
Adults £12
Concessions £6
Students £3
U16s Free

'Print at home' tickets can be booked here (link).

The match will be segregated, with 200 seats available for away supporters.


Throwback Thursday - Hereford United 3-0 Wigan - 25th September 1993

For this week's edition we head back to the era of Greg Downs as manager, back then Wigan were Division Three strugglers too, and this was just before Dave Whelan's arrival on the scene as chairman, which later achieved nine seasons in the Premier League, and FA Cup winners in 2013. The game is remembered for a fantastic strike from Max Nicholson. Gareth Abraham and Leroy May with the other goals.


Hereford Lined up

Hereford
1 Alan Judge
2 Gareth Abraham
3 Greg  Downs
4 Gareth Davies
5 Kevan Smith
6 David Morris
7 Derek Hall
8 Paul Eversham
9 Leroy May
10 Chris Fry
11 Max Nicholson
Sub Steve Clements

Attendance 1,813


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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

500 Fleetwood Tickets To Go On General Sale


Hereford have reported they have sold 550 Fleetwood tickets during the priority period for STHs and HUST members.

The remaining 550 tickets are due to go on general sale at 10am on Friday morning, online and in person.

The club expect most of these to be sold on Friday, with no orders being taken over the phone.


Fleetwood 'Gutted' to Leave Merthyr


Fleetwood made 92 appearances across two spells at Edgar Street 
Stuart Fleetwood has spoken about the situation at Merthyr and is 'gutted' that his time at the club has come to end.

Last Thursday financial problems at the South Wales club came to light when 80% of the players were told to find pastures new.

There have been seven resignations in seven days from the board, and since Monday's emergency meeting there's a new interim board in place (link).

Fleetwood told the In Off The Post Podcast: "At the start of last week there was a couple of high profile resignations within the board, and obviously a few rumours started flying round.

"On Thursday the club rang the players and told them there wouldn't be a training sessions that night. It's not that some of us were surplus to requirements, it's just they didn't have the money to pay us until further notice.

"It was very out the blue."

Fleetwood (right) played for the Martyrs against Hereford earlier this season

The 31-year old striker spoke with manager Gavin Williams on Thursday morning.
  
"I spoke to Gavin Williams who rang me and was very apologetic, but I couldn't accept his apology as it wasn't his fault. I was told to sort myself out and go and find another club.

"I said to Gavin that I'd happily go and play Saturday for free if it would give the club a chance of getting the fixture on and keeping it afloat for another week.

"But it was already agreed that a youth team would go to the game because they didn't want to be unfair to the players because there'd be no travel and we'd have to drive ourselves. They also didn't want to give the players any false hope that they might be staying."


How does Fleetwood feel about leaving the club so abruptly?

"I'm gutted, I went there with a lot of hope at the start of the season and the club seemed very well run from the outside looking in. 

"Even when I was there, there's never been any issues with wages, and even if I drove to games I'd been given expenses without having to ask."

On Monday it was announced that the former Luton Town striker had signed for Southern Premier side Redditch United. How did that come about?

"Luckily I managed to get something sorted pretty quickly for myself, but other players aren't sure where their next pay check is coming from.

"I was looking for clubs close to me and I want to still be competitive. I just put in a call [to Darren Byfield, Redditch manager] and explained the situation.

"He said '100% I'd get you in - let's get it done.' It was a matter of 24 hours and it was done, we're just waiting for the clearance now.

"I'd urge any of the other players if they're unsure about what they're going to do to just make some calls. I think there's a lot of uncertainty about what's going on at the moment."

The full interview, which includes the striker talking about his coaching role at Cheltenham Town, can be listened to on SoundClound here (link).

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Tuesday's Southern Prem Review


Steve Whitney rounds up last night's games.

Hereford FC moved into second place in the Evo-Stik League South Premier table on Tuesday night following their comfortable win against third-bottom St Ives Town.

The Bulls virtually dominated the match from the start at Edgar Street in front of a crowd of 1,705.

First half goals from Tyrone Duffus after 19 minutes and a brace from top scorer John Mills in the 35th and 40th minutes saw Peter Beadle's side enjoy their half-time cuppas in happy mood.

Mills had an effort come back off the inside of the post before Mike Symons added a fourth for the home side 11 minutes from time.

Banbury twice fought back from a goal behind to earn a point against high-flying Slough at the Spencer Stadium.

James Dobson gave the Rebels an early 7th minute lead that recent signing Ellit Sandy cancelled out after 24 minutes.

Banbury's best home performance for some time looked like counting for nothing when Chris Flood restored Slough's lead with 13 minutes left to play.

However, Leam Howards popped up with an 87th equaliser for the Puritans.

Redditch United recovered from two consecutive league defeats to inflict a comfortable 4-1 win against a Frome Town side who started the game ahead of the Reds in the table.

But it was a commanding win for Darren Byfield's side at the Trico Stadium with new signing Ashley Sammons giving them a 21st minute lead.

And just 3 minutes later, Dior Angus doubled the Reds lead with almost a replica finish to the opener.

And the home side made a blistering start to the second half with two goals in 3 minutes from Orrin Pendley and then Kevin Montero.

Frome got one back from Mitchell Page from a corner after 64 minutes, but the damage had already been done.

Stratford Town pulled themselves up to eighteenth in the table after a 3-1 home win over fellow strugglers, Kings Langley.

It took half-an-hour for Stratford to make the breakthrough with Will Grocott on target, and just 3 minutes later, Dan Summerfield added a second to take them into the break two-up.

However, a Loyiso Recci own goal 8 minutes into the second half gave Kings hope, but Ben Stephens made sure there was to be no comeback when he added Stratford's third in the 63rd minute.

Chesham United, who hit 13 last weekend against beleaguered Merthyr Town, couldn't find one at The Meadow on Tuesday as they shared a 0-0 draw with Farnborough.

And the evening's other game saw mid-table sides Biggleswade Town and Royston Town share a 1-1 Carlsberg Stadium stalemate.

Connor Hall gave the Waders a great start with the opening goal in just 6 minutes.

John Frendo pulled the Crows back on level terms on the half-hour mark, but neither side were able to find a winner.

Former Hereford United Defender Rejoins Redditch


Redditch United have signed Ashley Sammons, who had a two month stint at Edgar Street in 2012, from Solihull Moors.

It will be the 26 year old's fourth spell at the club, having previously made 114 appearances and scoring 43 goals.

Sammons was a trailist for Hereford in the 2012 HFA Senior Cup against Westfields












The midfielder signed for the Bulls after a trial prior to their first season back in the Conference, but was released after two months.

Manager Martin Foyle said Sammons was released from his non-contract deal to allow them to bring in someone new.

Hereford 4 – St Ives Town 0


For the visit of St Ives Town on Tuesday evening, one change was forced on Hereford. After picking up his fifth yellow at Potters Bar last week, the suspended Ryan Green made way for Jimmy Oates’ return to the starting XI.

At a chilly Edgar Street, Hereford saw a couple of early chances in front of the Blackfriars End. Lance Smith got on the end of Cameron Pring’s cross, but his glancing header went wide at the far post.
A corner moments later saw Garyn Preen’s low drive smothered by visiting keeper James Goff, before John Mills wasn’t able to get enough on the ball as he turned an effort wide in the 11th minute.

It was a case of déjà vu in the 17th minute as, like on Saturday, Tyrone Duffus opened the scoring with a headed effort. The Cardiff City loanee burst forward to meet Garyn Preen’s corner, firmly heading the ball past the keeper.




In the 25th minute, Jimmy Oates’ determination to whip in a cross from the right paid off, as he found John Mills in the box. As the Hereford marksman tried a shot from an acute angle, it flashed across the face of goal before curling behind for a goal kick.

But eight minutes later, Mills grabbed his first goal of the game. Following a lengthy spell of possession, Garyn Preen cut into the box and quickly teed up Mills. After creating enough space to get a shot away, his left-footed strike snuck in at the near post.




After a quiet game in front of goal on Saturday for Hereford’s top scorer, he looked certain to grab his second in the 36th minute. After quickly breaking forward, Mills tried a shot from the edge of the box, but it ricocheted off the foot of the upright to prevent a goal.

Goal number three followed, once again courtesy of John Mills. Garyn Preen’s cross couldn’t find a white shirt in the box, as Phil Draycott headed the ball away as far as Jimmy Oates. The Bulls’ captain saw his 20-yard effort parried, but Mills was on hand to smash the ball home.

Before half time, Keyon Reffell had a great chance to make it four, but couldn’t keep his shot down as it went high and wide from 12-yards.

HT: Hereford 3 – St Ives Town 0

The second half got underway with Lance Smith going close, but after beating two St Ives defenders he drilled his shot wide.
Smith was then involved in the build up for Tyrone Duffus’ chance. Afrer making progress down the right wing, the ball was played back to Duffus but he blazed well-over.

In the 63rd minute the Bulls saw their second shot of the evening denied by the woodwork. Garyn Preen’s ambitious effort from range hit the inside of the post, before the ball was cleared off the line by Tom McGowan.



A quieter period followed, with two Hereford subs the only talking point. Garyn Preen and Tryone Duffus made way for Adam Page and Mike Symons.

Symons made an instant impact on the game, adding the fourth goal in the 79th minute. With Symons being closely marked on the left wing, he did well to cut into the box before finding the bottom left-hand corner of Goff’s goal.





The Whites had two late chances, but couldn’t capitalise on them. Deep into stoppage time Keyon Reffell saw a shot whistle past the post, before Bird’s rasping shot was blocked after being set up by Symons.

FT: Hereford 4 – St Ives Town 0
Att: 1,705 with nine away
Sponsors’ MotM: Jack Deaman

Hereford: Horsell, Oates (c), Pring, Purdie, O’Shea, Deamna, Preen (Page – 67’), Duffus (Symons – 75’), Mills, Reffell, Smith (Bird – 80’).
Subs not used: Preston, A. Harris.

St Ives: Goff, Smith, Draycott, Ferrell, De’ath (c) (Sawyer – 79’), Moyes, Seymour-Shove (Wright – 83’), McGowan, Hall (Ogbonna – 79’), Clark, Hartley.

Next Game: FA Trophy – Oxford City Away on Saturday 25th November at 3pm



Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Second Half Photos

Photos from the second half of Hereford 4-0 win over St Ives this evening










First Half Photos

Photos from the first half of Hereford 4-0 win over St Ives this evening









Beadle Delighted With Nine Goals and Two Clean Sheets


Pete Beadle talking to the media - Pic: @HerefordGoals

After Tuesday's 4-0 over St Ives Town, Hereford manager Pete Beadle spoke to the local press.

"First half I thought we were excellent, we carried on from Saturday," Beadle told BBC HW's Keith Hall.

"We were bright and moved the ball really well, it took little while to get the first goal but Ty got that with a header from a corner. After that we were in control, and when teams come and out five across the back line it was always going to be tough to break down.

"But once we got the second and third the game was done. We kept and moved the ball really well, and on other day maybe a couple of goals more.

"Nine goals in two games and two clean sheets - we're more than delighted."

Tyrone Duffus has impressed during his two games at Edgar Street so far, but he came off in the second half with a calf injury.

"A little niggle, we'll see how he is on Thursday. Coming out of 23's football, he's had two games in four days and he's played ever so well in both of them.

"Hopefully nothing too serious, but we'll see."

Jimmy Oates started as Ryan Green served a one match ban, and Adam Page came on in the second half for Garyn Preen.

"It's important we use all the players as much as we can, it's difficult at times. The last two games him and Jamie [Bird] have had a bit of game time, and we've got Jimmy [Oates] back in today.

"Mike [Symons] is ticking along nicely, and came on and scored a really good goal second half. It's just trying to balance it and make sure everyone is up to speed.

"Everyone is doing fine, and apart from one or two niggly things, hopefully we'll have a full bill of health very soon."


Reaction from St Ives Manager Ricky Marheineke

Despite a 4-0 loss tonight and a coach journey to Edgar Street near to 5 hours. The St Ives manager Ricky Marheineke was impressed with the character his team showed in the 2nd half


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Evo-Stik South Premier Results


Tonight's results from the Southern Premier.

The result that stands out is Banbury holding Slough to a 2-2 draw.

Banbury United 2-2 Slough Town [325]
Biggleswade Town 1-1 Royston Town [143]
Redditch United 4-1 Frome Town
Stratford Town 3-1 Kings Langley [130]
Chesham United 0-0 Farnborough
Hereford 4-0 St Ives Town [1705]

With Slough dropping points, Hereford move up to second.


Bulls Comfortably Beat St Ives


Hereford defeated St Ives Town 4-0 at Edgar Street this evening, with the goals coming from John Mills (2), Tryone Duffus and Mike Symons.

The result means Hereford are up to second in the table, as Slough were held to a 2-2 draw at Banbury.

More later.

Commentary from Edgar Street

BBC Hereford and Worcester and Radio Hereford FC will have full match commentary on this evening's home game vs St Ives Town.

Both can be listened to online, with BBC HW also on 94.7fm in Herefordshire.

Hereford Goals will be on hand to capture the action on the pitch and provide almost instant video updates on Twitter.

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Farnborough Given Replay in Trophy


Despite failing to fulfil their FA Trophy second qualifying round tie against Banbury, the FA have given Farnborough a second chance.

The match couldn't go ahead after only six Farnborough players arrived at Banbury, but the FA won't sanction the club and have granted a replay which will take place on Saturday.

A Farnborough statement said: "The Club pleaded guilty to not fulfilling the fixture (as clearly we didn’t) but having shown the mitigating circumstances, the FA ordered the game to be replayed, no fine or costs were ordered against the Club and we are grateful to the committee."

But for Banbury, their manager says it's a frustrating situation to be in.

Mike Ford told the Banbury Guardian: "The situation we found ourselves in was very frustrating but the FA has made it’s decision and we just have to get on with it. We’ll be very keen to win the game on Saturday."


Frome Game Postponed Due To FA Cup Preparations

Next Tuesday's home game against Frome Town has been postponed.

Hereford say it will allow them to fully focus on the FA Cup tie at Fleetwood the following Saturday (2nd).

However, should a replay be required in the FA Trophy, that will still take place on Tuesday (28th).

Six Southern Prem Fixtures This Evening


There are six Southern Premier League fixtures this evening.

Hereford are at home to St Ives and manager Peter Beadle will be hoping they can put on a performance similar to that of last Saturday when they defeated Hitchin 5-0.

Of the other promotion contenders only Slough have a game. It would be a surprise if they don't take all three points at Banbury.

Banbury v Slough
Biggleswade v Royston
Chesham v Farnborough
HEREFORD v St Ives
Redditch v Frome
Stratford v Kings Langley 

King's Lynn 18/43
Slough 15/37
Weymouth 19/37
Hereford 16/36
Kettering 16/36

Monday, November 20, 2017

Williams Thanks Hereford Fans For Their Support


Merthyr manager Gavin Williams has thanked Hereford supporters for helping raise funds to help the struggling club.

Merthyr play Hereford on Boxing Day and are hopeful of a full house.

“That’s the thing about the football community," said Williams during a meeting of Merthyr supporters this evening.

"They will know what we’re going through and I know a lot of Hereford fans have put in donations.
“We can only thank them for that and hopefully they’ll bring as many fans as possible.”

Earlier former Merthyr treasurer John Strand told the meeting that the playing budget was £200,000. However receipts from the last home game were £1700 gross.

"As of last Friday our cash reserves were equal to the bills due that day.

“The situation is that if we try to pay overdue tax bills we will have overspent by about £20,000.

“We hope to get that down to £8,000 by the Hereford game."



Arrangements For Oxford City On Saturday


This from Oxford City FC:

City entertain Hereford this Saturday in the FA Trophy and with a large crowd expected the police have asked for the ground to be segregated. In light of this decision away tickets will be made available in advance & can be purchased via http://www.wegottickets.com/event/422952

The club has also taken the decision to allocate the Clubhouse End of the ground to Hereford, meaning that home supporters will be hosted in the Casuals Lounge & will enter the ground via the Community Arena. The usual food & drink facilities will be available within this building.

The ground will open from 12.00 with all bars shutting at 2.45pm due to FA rules regarding the consumption of alcohol within the ground.

Tickets will be priced at normal league rates:
Adults: £12 Concessions: £6 U16's: Free
Proof of age may be required for Concession and U16's rates.


Fleetwood Signs for Redditch


Former Hereford United forward Stuart Fleetwood says he 'can't wait to get started' after signing for Redditch United.

The Southern Prem side currently lie 9th in the table, losing 2-1 at Royston Town on Saturday.

Manager Darren Byfield was quick to snap up the striker after being told to find pastures new by Merthyr.  

The move is subject to international clearance.



Two More Tuesday Night Games For Hereford


Hereford FC has reported that they have agreed to play two of their postponed games on Tuesday night's in January.

On January 9th they will travel to Stratford and on January 16th to Gosport. 

Richards Signing Complete


Keyon Reffell On The End Of A Challenge From Eliot Richards Last August
As predicted on BN last Friday, 26 year old Eliot Richards has today completed his move to Hereford from Merthyr subject to international clearance.

"We've showed an interest in Eliot for sometime," said Beadle.

"We tried to sign him in the summer and in fact we went in for him before we knew about the troubles at Merthyr.

"He's fit and wants to be playing and he'll bring another dimension to the team. Hopefully not too long for clearance."

Caerphilly born forward Eliot began his career at Bristol Rovers where he made more than 100 appearances, before moving on to Tranmere Rovers, Cheltenham Town, Tampa Bay Rowdies, and represented Wales at under 19 and 21 levels. Eliot also had loan spells at Exeter City and Bath City, and joined Weston in the summer of 2016.
Whilst with Weston he went on loan to Merthyr in October 2016. In January 2017 he signed for Merthyr.
He spent the last pre-season training with Gloucester City and appeared in friendlies for the Tigers, but started the campaign at Merthyr.

Meanwhile, the Hereford Times has confirmed that Cameron Pring isn't eligible for the FA Cup game, but fellow loanee Tyrone Duffus is.


St Ives Tickets On Sale


Tickets for tomorrow's home game against St Ives Town are now on sale online at: https://herefordfc.cloudvenue.co.uk/stives

They can also be purchased from the club shop from 10am this morning.

Hereford Fan Donates £1k to Merthyr Crowdfunding Effort


One Hereford supporter has donated £1,000 to help Merthyr Town pay their outstanding tax bill, which forced the club to slash its playing budget.

It's reported 80% of players left the club as a result, and manager Gavin Williams had little option but to field a development side in Saturday's 13-1 defeat at Chesham.

But Jason Jones, who donated the sum, says he did so because he knows what Merthyr are going through.

He said: "I've followed Hereford from 1975, seen not good times in the early days with re-election due to the football league, then a dream to be given a contract as a YTS lad under John Newman and Alan Ashman.

"But enough about that - I've seen our club go through turmoil like Merthyr, so I just thought I’d send a few quid that might help out."

Radio Hereford FC's Frank Williams, commercial director George Webb and Hereford Awaydays organiser Reg Reynolds have also aided the crowdfunding effort.

So far, £8,267 has been raised. The initial target was much lower than this, and any fans wishing to donate can do so here - https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/mtfc-2017appeal

Meanwhile, fans met at the Park View pub last night to discuss the situation.



A meeting of the club's owners is set to take place tonight.