Next Game: Preseason Friendly - AFC Wulfrunians Away on Tuesday 11th July at 7.45pm

Monday, May 22, 2017

Third Robin Turns Down Bulls Move

Linden Dovey (left) marks Rob Purdie. Pic: BN.

Hereford have already signed Lance Smith and Garyn Preen from Evesham United, and it's been reported by Gloucester Live that a third player turned down a move to Edgar Street.

Skipper Linden Dovey, who scored against Hereford in January, said it was tough to turn down a move to a 'massive club'.

The Mirror likened the centre-back to Lionel Messi for his goal, as he broke forward and evaded challenges from five Hereford players.

Speaking about why he turned down the move, Dovey said: "I had a couple of offers during the season from higher clubs which I wasn't interested in because of what we were trying to achieve in promotion.

"I've had a few more offers at the end of this season, which I didn't expect, including Hereford so it's been a little bit of an eye opener that people are always watching and keeping tabs on how you did.

"I've been very happy here the last three or four seasons but Hereford are a massive club and when we went to Edgar Street the crowd and atmosphere was unbelievable so of course it made it a hard decision.

"I live in Dudley and work in Walsall so it's not exactly easy to get Evesham midweek and to midweek games away let alone further afield to Hereford."

The full article by Jon Palmer can be read here (link).

Bulls Lotto Jackpot Hits £16.3 Million


Hereford supporters have a chance to win an amazing £16.3 Million in the Bulls Lotto this Wednesday.
It was a rollover weekend with the top prizes of £15.2 Million and £1.5 Million for the 6 Number draw.
Fans are regularly winning cash prizes on the Bulls Lotto which continues to take place on Wednesday’s and Saturday’s throughout the summer months, so why not join and help raise funds for the club. You have a 1-in-10 chance of winning something.
The Bulls Lotto has already raised over £1,200 for Hereford Football Club, which will no doubt assist the budget ahead of the upcoming Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division campaign.
The latest Lotto Draw took place on Saturday, 20th May 2017.

Winning numbers were: 01-15-29-34-37-44, plus the Star Number 7.

The Prize Categories:

6 Numbers + Star             £15,271,694.03

6 Numbers                         £1,543,584.89

5 Numbers                         £5,802.91

4 Numbers                         £58.68

3 Numbers                         £12.80

Star Number                      0.5 Free Lotto

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 goes to Hereford Football Club. 

Prizes are on offer for matching one number or more and it’s easy to enter. Simply click https://www.lottofc.co.uk/bulls/index.htm to get started and be in with a chance of winning.  

All of the cash prizes are funded by the Lotto Network.
Enter your lucky numbers by joining here:  https://www.lottofc.co.uk/bulls/index.htm
If you currently enter other lotteries, why not make Hereford Football Club your “good cause” by entering the Bulls Lotto instead? You can register in less than 60 seconds with entries from £1.50 per draw.  

The next Bulls Lotto draw is on Wednesday, 24th May 2017 with an estimated jackpot of at least £16.3 Million.  

For more details visit the Bulls Lotto website:   https://www.lottofc.co.uk/bulls/lotto.htm



Twelve Months Since Wembley


Today marks one year since the FA Vase final between Hereford and Morpeth Town. Despite being on the wrong end of the 4-1 scoreline, the experience was one that the 20,000 Hereford fans won't forget.

As for the game itself, the Bulls got the afternoon off to a great start as Rob Purdie scored in the 2nd minute with a fantastic strike.

Hereford players celebrate the opening goal

45-year old Chris Swailes became the oldest scorer in a Wembley cup final when he equalised for the Highwaymen before half time.

Second half goals for Morpeth from Luke Carr, Sean Taylor and Shaun Bell meant the day unfortunately ended in heartbreak for Hereford.

A tearful Rob Purdie pictured after the final whistle with his daughter

Despite the outcome of the match, the Bulls remain the first, and only, team to have taken a live mascot to the stadium.

'Ronaldo' the bull was paraded around the pitch before kick off

Fans also took time during the game to remember Adam Stansfield - a former Hereford United striker who sadly passed away in 2010. In the ninth minute of the game they paid a tribute to the striker who wore the number nine shirt.

Supporters remembered Adam Stansfield with a minute's applause

One supporter told BN that he will never forget it.

"The feeling I had when I could hear people telling others to be quiet just before the beginning of the ninth minute,and then for all of the Hereford fans standing and applauding, is something I personally will never forget."

The interest that the Vase final generated was staggering. Not only the ticket and merchandise sales, but the general buzz around the county. In the summer of 2015, the reformed club were yet to play a competitive game, but less than a year later they were at the National Stadium.

Manger Pete Beadle led the team onto the pitch, followed by captain Joel Edwards

In the post match press conference, Peter Beadle spoke briefly about the benefits of the day.

Beadle said: "The city has bought into it because of the runs we’ve had through the league programme and obviously in the cup have really got people excited again.

"Commercially and financially, as long as we keep attracting the support that we are it’s huge. 

"To have 20,000 here, probably 1,000 of them would have had club shirts on, but that doesn’t count for anything unless we continue this momentum next season."

This season the Whites have achieved a second consecutive promotion, retained the County Cup and also lifted the Southern League 'Champion of Champions' trophy.

Hereford were presented with the Southern League South and West shield last month


Sunday, May 21, 2017

Bishop Leaves Seasiders


Matthew Bishop (left) with John Mills
Aberystwyth Town have confirmed that former Hereford assistant manager Matthew Bishop has left the club.

Bishop took up the managers role at the Welsh Premier club last May after departing Edgar Street, but poor results meant he was put on gardening leave in March.

Chairman Donald Kane said: "On behalf of the Board of Directors I'd like to express my gratitude to Matthew Bishop for his hard work at the Club over the past year and sincerely wish him all the best in his future career." 


North Continues Rich Vein of Form in Vase

Northumberland-based Morpeth Town were last year's winners

South Shields beat Cleethorpes Town 4-0 in this afternoon's FA Vase Final at Wembley, being the eighth Northern side in nine years to win the vase.

In the FA Trophy Final, which Hereford crashed out of in October, York City beat Macclesfield Town 3-2 in a close-fought game.

The combined attendance for the games was 38,224, compared to last year's 46,781.

Tomorrow, May 22, marks one year since Hereford's appearance at the National Stadium. More on that tomorrow.

Beadle Adds Preen



Garyn Preen Playing For Evesham Against Hereford Last Month
The club have announced the signing of Garyn Preen from Evesham United.

The 25 year old forward played 21 games for the Robins, plus one substitute appearance, scoring three goals.

He was also part of the Hungerford side who won promotion from the Southern Premier in 2016. Preen spent two months on loan at the Jubilee Stadium before making the move permanent in February.

Manager Pete Beadle told the Hereford OS: "He’s a quick lad with good control and a burst of pace. 

"He’ll give us a number of options and is another player that should excite this coming season."

Preen is Beadle's third new signing, and it's reported that he can play anywhere across the front line or midfield. He follows in the footsteps of Lance Smith who signed from Evesham earlier this month.

Short Profile: Garyn began his career as a youth player for Cardiff City. In 2010 he joined League Two side Burton Albion on a free transfer, then later went on loan to Stafford Rangers. He joined Neath in 2011, and has also played for Salisbury City, Methyr Town and Cinderford before joining the Crusaders. He played for the Wales National Team at U17 and U19 level.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Win £1,500 on 30th May!



HUST are delighted to have enhanced their existing Prize Bull Lottery draw, and have launched the ‘Prize Bull 500 Club’ as its replacement.


A GUARANTEED £1,500 PRIZE WILL BE WON in the opening draw of the newly revamped fund raiser which will take place on Tuesday, 30th May at 8:30pm ‘Live’ on Radio Hereford FC.

All current members of the Prize Bull Lottery will automatically be transferred over to the enhanced draw but can, of course, increase their chances of winning with further entries.

Do you want to have the chance of winning weekly, monthly and annual prizes of up to £2,000 and other exciting prizes?

And do you want Hereford United Supporters Trust to raise more money to support the football club by purchasing more shares in the club, helping the club with the costs of updating Edgar Street, and support community projects which will benefit the club and the local community?

If so, please support HUST and Hereford Football Club by joining our new Prize Bull ‘500’ Club. The Prize Bull 500 Club is simple to join and every participant has the chance to win in the weekly draw. Members must be over 16 years old to join and pay by standing order, automated payment or cheque. The rules are simple. The entry tickets are £5 per month if paying automatically by standing order or alternatively £60 per year by cheque. The full rules are contained on the HUST website.

YOU CAN ENTER IMMEDIATELY:



All you need to do is decide HOW MANY NUMBERS YOU WANT, complete an easy ONLINE entry or download an application form via the HUST website, and hand it back to a HUST board member or post it with your cheque for £60 per number made payable to HUST to ‘The Prize Bull 500 Club’ Administrator, HUST, c/o UITC Office, Blackfriars Street, Hereford, HR4 9JU. You will receive a letter confirming your draw number and details of the period you will be included in the Prize Bull 500 Club draw.

Alternatively, you can complete the standing order form which can be downloaded via the HUST website, and hand it back to a HUST board member or post it to: ‘The Prize Bull 500 Club’ Administrator, HUST, c/o UITC Office, Blackfriars Street, Hereford, HR4 9JU. You will receive a letter confirming your draw number and details of the period you will be included in the Prize Bull 500 draw. We will process your standing order of £5 per month in favour of HUST Prize Bull 500 Club Draw. Once your first payment is received by HUST then you will be entered in the weekly draws.

Although we are calling it the Prize Bull 500 Club, we will of course run it with as many subscribers as possible. We will increase the monthly prizes as more people join. The first Prize Bull 500 Club draw on the launch day of Tuesday, 30th May will pay out a £1,500 jackpot.

The Prize Bull 500 Club will additionally pay out annual Christmas prizes of £1000, and £250, plus monthly and weekly prizes from £200 to £10 but we also intend from time to time to have other non-cash prizes which anyone can win.

The Prize Bull 500 Club is not solely aimed at supporters of Hereford Football Club as anyone can join, so why not let friends, family and work colleagues know.

Please note that monthly subscriptions must be received before the monthly draw otherwise your numbers will not be included in that particular draw. We have made the date of the standing order payments for the 20th of each month. The winning numbers will be posted on the HUST website, and other social media platforms each week. You will also have the option to become a member of HUST once you have joined the 500 Club if you are not already an existing member.

This is an initiative to re-launch the Prize Bull Lottery and generate more income for HUST and Hereford Football Club, and gives members regular chances to win some cash (and other) prizes. There will continue to be 52 weekly draws, but now additionally 12 monthly draws and an annual Christmas Draw.

The cash prizes increase as the membership increases and I am sure the winners will be pleased with their winnings which total hundreds and thousands of pounds on occasions. The rules are fully explained and it is simple to join. The commitment from members is £5 per month which gives you decent returns and you are helping to improve our club, so please give it due consideration and divert some of your disposable income to help HUST and Hereford Football Club, and you never know you could be a winner.

YOU CAN ENTER IMMEDIATELY:



HUST Presentation


The Supporters Trust are delighted to confirm a £10,000 presentation was made to Hereford Football Club at last night’s Sportsman’s Dinner.

After a highly entertaining evening with Steve Daley and comedian Nick Page, HUST vice-chairman Russell Cheasley was on hand to present the cheque to the Hereford Football Club chairman Ken Kinnersley.


Old Hereford United Footage Appeal


With the season being over ive currently got a lot more time on my hands to upload archive footage. Im asking supporters if they can let me borrow any Hereford United footage they may have , im especially after Central News South clips from the 1990's but anything will do as im trying to build an online library of historic Hereford United matches. I can be contacted at matthewhealey@hotmail.com. 

Lund Joins Burton


Another former Hereford United player is on the move.

Midfielder Matty Lund has signed for Burton Albion on a two year deal.

Formerly he was at Rochdale. 

Lund joined Hereford on a one month loan from Stoke in November 2010 when Jamie Pitman was manager.


Friday, May 19, 2017

Prediction League

The final table for the prediction league has now been sorted and the league was won by Ryan Murphy. Top 5 was: 

PositionParticipantPlayedTotal Points
1Ryan Murphy 53384
2Kevin53358
3Lottie 0853354
4Organic53353
5Old  bull53352
Full table at http://bullsnewspredictionleague.blogspot.co.uk/

Keeper Harris Moves To Gloucester


Alex Harris Following Joel Edwards At Taunton Recently
Goalkeeper Alex Harris has left Hereford to join National South Gloucester City.

The move comes after Gloucester keeper Jasbir Singh decided to leave.

"Tim Harris did it the right way," said Hereford manager Peter Beadle as reported by the OS.

"He rang me today and asked to speak to Alex. Alex spoke to them and was keen to test himself at the highest possible level.

"I'm disappointed to lose him but wish him all the best." 

Meanwhile Tim Harris has commented on the signing.

"Alex is highly thought of and he's a winner who has enjoyed two highly successful seasons

"He is a big lad, who is dominant and kicks it well.

"He has good pedigree and I am delighted to sort out a new goalkeeper so quickly.

"Good goalkeepers are hard to come by and we have been looking at potentially bringing in an academy lad on a season long loan.

"But to snap Alex up this early on his extremely pleasing because he's developed into a fine keeper and is a great age." 

McDonald Joins Coventry


Rob McDonald has signed a two year deal to play for Coventry.

The former Hereford United defender has moved from Northampton for an undisclosed fee.

“I am delighted we have signed Rod, who is a player who was interesting a number of clubs," said Coventry manager Mark Robins 

“Having met him and spoken with him about our plans, he made his mind up quickly that Coventry City was the Club he wanted to join.

“I’m really looking forward to working with Rod. He is a quick, strong and aggressive centre half, who can also read the game well."

Stourbridge Friendly On August 5th


Hereford FC have revealed that the final pre-season friendly will be against Stourbridge at Edgar Street on August 5th.

Stourbridge finished third in the Northen Premier League last season.

Fleetwood Joins Merthyr


Stuart Fleetwood After Scoring Against Crewe in March 2011 - Picture By Andy Compton

Former Hereford United striker Stuart Fleetwood has joined Merthyr Town.

Fleetwood told the Merthyr OS: "This feels like the perfect move and the perfect fit for me. I've been in contact with Gavin for a few Months and I'm thrilled to be joining a Club full of ambition. I know how challenging this league can be after spending a season on loan with Weymouth and I'm looking forward to joining up with the rest of the squad in pre-season"
 
Williams revealed "I'm delighted to announce that Stuart will be joining us next season. His experience and talent will be invaluable as we push towards ours goals. It's great to see that the club is making these steps in the right direction and that we are making positive progress both on and off the pitch"

Fleetwood, now 31, spent last season on loan at Weymouth scoring 17 goals.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Shirt Auction


Hereford Goals and The Fun bus have listed 4 signed Mike Symons shirts on Ebay. 

A signed 2015/16 home and 2016/17 away shirt are being auctioned to raise fund for the Adam Stansfield foundation and UITC

An away 2015/16 shirt and 2016/17 home shirt are being auctioned to raise some funds for accessories and equipment for Hereford goals next season.

UITC Launch Girls Training Sessions


UITC are launching girls open training sessions for those aged U9, U11 and U13. All sessions will take place at Central Park, Hereford, HR1 1AW, from 6pm – 7pm and will include lots of fun and technical practices that will encourage and build confidence for all.

The sessions will run on the following dates;
  • Tuesday 13th June
  • Tuesday 20th June
  • Tuesday 27th June
  • Tuesday 4th July
  • Tuesday 11th July
  • Tuesday 18th July

Each session will cost just £2 OR £8 for all 6 online. All players must email to register, and send the following details : Contact email address, Name of participant, DoB, Address, School, Parent Name/Emergency Contact. 

There is a link to the sign-up page: http://playtheherefordway.com/girls-form.html

For any further questions, please contact girls@uitc.uk.com

Beadle Has 'Great Faith' In Edge


Jamie Edge After Scoring Against Romulus In The FA Cup Last September
Hereford FC manager Peter Beadle has 'great faith' in midfielder Jamie Edge.

Edge failed to hold down a place in the starting eleven last season but Beadle feels there are a couple of reasons why that happened.

"Jamie was coming out of full-time education and then started working, which can take its toll with travelling to every game, but I have great faith in him," Beadle told the Hereford Times.


"He understands that he has got to do certain things better and would be the first to admit that he didn't have the best of seasons.


"He is still a young lad, but with vast experience who spent time at Arsenal and West Bromwich Albion and has played in Conference North and South.


"He is an excellent technician who brings a lot to the table, we just didn't see enough of it last year." 

Joel Edwards
Beadle has also spoken to the Hereford Times about Joel Edwards who has been released.

“Joel is a local boy and has got family living here, but for where the club is trying to go, it was the right thing to do,” said Beadle.

“I’ve got certain expectations in certain positions and what I expect my players to do in terms of their performances.

“I asked Joel to do that this season and some things he did well but on other things he struggled a bit.

"People can see that he’s dynamic and see his commitment in his tackling but there were certain things that I asked from him and I haven’t quite seen it."


Patricia George Has Died


It has been announced that Patricia George, the wife of former Hereford United player Ricky George, died last weekend.
 

Bulls Lotto: Your Chance to Win £14.6 Million


Hereford supporters are regularly winning cash prizes on the Bulls Lotto which will continue to take place on Wednesday’s and Saturday’s throughout the summer months, so why not join and help raise funds for the club.

It is a rollover this coming Saturday with an estimated minimum jackpot of at least £14.6 Million up for grabs.

The latest Lotto Draw took place on Wednesday, 15th May 2017.

Winning numbers were: 01-02-23-26-36-43, plus the Star Number 3.

The Prize Categories:

6 Numbers + Star             £12,600,668.91

6 Numbers                         £751,701.46

5 Numbers                         £5,369.27

4 Numbers                         £56.42

3 Numbers                         £11.15

Star Number                      0.5 Free Lotto

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 https://www.lottofc.co.uk/bulls/index.htm to get started and be in with a chance of winning.  

All of the cash prizes are funded by the Lotto Network.
Enter your lucky numbers by joining here:  https://www.lottofc.co.uk/bulls/index.htm
If you currently enter other lotteries, why not make Hereford Football Club your “good cause” by entering the Bulls Lotto instead? You can register in less than 60 seconds with entries from £1.50 per draw.  

The next Bulls Lotto draw is on Saturday, 20th May 2017 with an estimated jackpot of at least £14.6 Million.  

For more details visit the Bulls Lotto website:   https://www.lottofc.co.uk/bulls/lotto.htm



Throwback Thursday - Quickest ever goal, Paul McLoughlin, The Crazy Gang

As always don't forget to subscribe to www.youtube.com/djmatthealey  I am currently on the 2nd John Sillett era and about to start the FA Cup run which culminated in 4th round defeat to Nottingham Forest.

With conditions similar to the Leicester Nirvana abandoned match. Here is a 3-0 win over Lincoln on the 28th September 1991. Peter Heritage scores the quickest goal at Edgar Street in 14 seconds.


The best of series this week features Paul McLoughlin who played for Hereford from 1987-1989, and formed a formidable partnership with Phil Stant.


Finally, here is the preview to the 1988-1989 season. A couple of months earlier Wimbledon had won the FA Cup, and Bobby Gould bought the crazy gang down to Edgar Street to play in Jim Finney's testimonial. Peter Hill talks finances, and Ian Bowyer gives his views on the coming season.
















Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Hereford Decide Not To Take Part In Southern League Cup


For the second season running Hereford FC have decided not to take part in the Southern League Cup.

Manager Peter Beadle feels there is not enough prize money to warrant taking part.

"It's not being disrespectful to the competition, but it's not a priority for us," Beadle told the Hereford Times.

Meanwhile former Hereford United player Gavin Williams has accepted a new two year deal to manage Merthyr Town.
 

Mr Westfields Wins The NonLeaguePaper Lifetime Achievement Award.


Andy Morris, the Chief Executive of Westfields FC, has won this year's Non League Paper's Lifetime Achievement Award.

As well as having an excellent run in the FA Cup, it is also the club's 50th Anniversary Year.

Clubs In The Southern Premier




Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Hereford Will Be One of the Favourites says Tivvy Boss



Tiverton Town boss Martyn Rogers has said that he thinks Hereford will be one of the favourites to win the Southern League Premier this coming season.

Tiverton were promoted after they beat Salisbury 2-0 in the play-off final earlier this month.

"There's some tough teams there," Rogers told Devon Online.

"You've only got to look at Hereford to tell you that because they'll be one of the favourites, I'd say. 

"We've obviously got to try and bridge that gap – they won the league quite comfortably last year but, in the two games against them, I thought we showed a lot of character, especially at home, so I don't think we're a million miles away, we just need to be a little more consistent like they were."

Rogers, whose career at Tiverton spans some 27 years, went on to talk about the increased costs that come with promotion.

"There's a lot made of the travelling but the thing from the club's point of view is it's the actual cost of travelling – it's not cheap now, you're talking £1,200 to go to Kings Lynn, which is a lot of money to find when you're not getting anything from the away trip.

"The thing is, we know what it's like, we've been there before and most of the directors were at the club the last time we were in this league, so we know it – hopefully what we can get this year is a few more people through the gate.

"You certainly get more people coming through the turnstiles, that's for sure, with the away supports, too, as you've only got to look at what Hereford brought down last year."

Read more here (link).


Hereford FC Club Shop Sale


Hereford FC Club Shop is to hold an end of season sale starting this coming Saturday.

END OF SEASON SALE - UPTO 50% OFF - STARTS 10AM THIS SATURDAY!!

We will be open this Saturday 10am-4pm and Sunday 10am-4pm for the start of our end of season sale.

✔ Upto 50% off.
✔ At least 10% off everything.
✔ 20% off our home shirts,
✔ Children's t-shirts from £5,
✔ Children's pyjamas from £6
✔ Lots of great offers will run until Friday 26th May.


All offers relate to shop purchases.

This Week's Prize Bull Lottery Draw


Prize Bull Lottery draw No.155 took place on Monday night.

The winning numbers are:-  1 - 13 - 15 - 21

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.

Jackpot now stands at £1550

Volunteers Wanted For UITC BBQ


United in the Community need volunteers to help out with their Presentation evening on Friday 26th May. 

The event will take place at Central Park, HR1 1AW, gates will open at 6pm, the presentation finishes at 9:30pm.

If anyone would also like to donate anything for the evening, please contact info@uitc.uk.com.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Keyon Reffell - Short Profile


Aaron Birch And Keyon Reffell  - Pictured In July 2016
As reported earlier on BN,  Hereford FC manager Peter Beadle has signed Keyon Reffell from Merthyr.

Assistant manager Steve Jenkins will know the player well as he signed him from Kidderminster whilst in charge at Merthyr.

"I’m really delighted to bring Keyon in. He’s extremely versatile and will add quality, pace, and drive to the group," Beadle told the OS. 

Born in October 1990, Reffell was a Cardiff City trainee.

He joined Afan Lido, then moved to Carmarthen in January 2014. Next was a move to Port Talbot in July 2014.

Kidderminster signed him in January 2015 but he was released the following December. Whilst with Kiddy he had a spell on loan at Halesowen.

He then joined Merthyr in January in 2016 and played in a pre-season friendly for them at Edgar Street in July 2016.

In that game he scored in front of the Meadow End.

One of his last games for Merthyr was in the Southern League play-offs at Hitchin.

'Hitchin were under severe pressure and Merthyr played some excellent football with Keyon Reffell their most dangerous player.'

The game went to penalties and Reffell took one but it was saved.


Major Changes for 2018/19


The EVO-STIK League Southern is looking forward to playing its part in Non-League’s brand new pyramid after the Football Association announced the results of the biggest shake-up to the structure of the grassroots game in more than a decade.

The EVO-STIK League Southern was chosen on Thursday to manage and run the new Step 3 division which is being created for the start of the 2018-19 season. This follows a long-awaited review of Steps 3 and 4 of the National League System to iron out geographical anomalies, cut down on travelling costs and time for fans, players and officials and encourage more Step 5 clubs to climb the pyramid.

The first major restructuring of the game since 2004 will also see the creation of a new Step 4 division which will be run by the Isthmian League.

In total, the 276 clubs currently playing in Steps 1 to 4 will increase by 20 to 296 when the two new divisions kick-off in August 2018. Across the board, the reshuffle will see the three current Step 3 divisions of 24 clubs increase to four divisions of 22 clubs while the six Step 4 divisions currently run by the Northern Premier League, Isthmian League and Southern League will rise from 136 clubs playing in six divisions to seven 20 club divisions.

To achieve its aim, the FA also confirmed that only the bottom clubs in the current Step 3 divisions will be relegated at the end of season 2017-2018. In addition, only the clubs finishing last in the six divisions currently operating at Step 4 will be relegated next season with 26 clubs coming up from Step 5.

EVO-STIK League Southern chairman Terry Barratt said: "We are are delighted. This is great news after a great deal of hard work by the league and we are now looking forward to catering to thousands of more fans from 2018-19 after beating off stiff competition from a number of other leagues who'd declared an interest in running the new divisions."