Next Game: Dorchester Away On Saturday January 20th at 3.00pm

Friday, January 19, 2018

Tomorrow's Fixtures In The Southern Premier League

There's a full list of fixtures in the Southern Premier League tomorrow. However given that rain is forecast in some areas, one or two matches may be subject to pitch inspections.

Match of the day is probably at leaders King's Lynn where Weymouth (4th) are the visitors.

Although in 18th position, Merthyr's recent improved form might be good enough to take a point from their game against Kettering (2nd).

Hereford (3rd) have a tough looking away game at Dorchester (19th). The home team has had a decent run of form at home lately.  However Peter Beadle's squad have had a week off so may have a couple of players available again after injury.

Assuming it goes ahead Tiverton (5th) should be too strong for St Ives (21st).

Slough (6th) are away at Biggleswade (13th) and could make up some ground on those above them.

Banbury v Basingstoke
Biggleswade v Slough
Bishop's Stortford v Gosport
Dorchester v Hereford
Farnborough v Dunstable
King's Lynn v Weymouth
Merthyr v Kettering
Redditch v Kings Langley
Royston v Chesham
St Neots v Frome
Stratford v Hitchin
Tiverton v St Ives - Pitch Inspection 7.45am

Top of the League:
King's Lynn 28/59
Kettering 28/58
Hereford 24/56
Weymouth 28/56
Tiverton 28/50
Slough 22/47
Banbury 30/46
Royston 25/46  

Edgar Street 'Spectacular' Line-Up Announced

The line up and date for the eleven hour 'Spectacular' at Edgar Street has been announced.

For more details watch a video:

Admission is £35 for adults and £10 for Children under Ten plus booking fees.

Book here:  


Hereford 11/13 To Win At Dorchester

Hereford are 11/13 to win their Southern Prem fixture at Dorchester tomorrow.

Dorchester 14/5  Draw 119/40  Hereford 11/13

Meanwhile Hereford are currently 5/6 to win the League.

As ever prices from and are subject to change.

HUST boosts HFC shareholding

This from HUST:
The Hereford United Supporters Trust is pleased to be able to announce that a further £15,000 was handed over to Hereford FC at the shareholder’s AGM on 15th January.
It is less than three months since The Trust purchased £10,000 worth of shares at its own AGM. This takes the shareholding of the Trust to £135,000 and keeps it well on target to achieve its maximum allowable 50%.
Trust Chairman Richard Tomkins explained. “Our members have indicated on a number of occasions that the purchase of shares is a major priority of The Trust.”
“We are able to make a larger than normal purchase on this occasion due to the success of a number of fund-raising activities that have boosted the already impressive 50/50 sales”
Our picture shows Chairman, Ken Kinnersley, receiving the cheque on behalf of Hereford FC from Richard Tomkins & Joanie Roberts, HUST Directors.
If you would like to join our other fund-raising activities, Prize Bull 500 Club, Easy Fundraising online shopping, Bulls Lotto or 50/50 online, then visit the fundraising tab at

Pring Stays Until End Of Season


Loanee Cameron Pring is to stay with Hereford until the end of the season.

The Bristol City left back, who is 20 on Monday, will be in the squad to face Dorchester tomorrow.

He has already made eleven starts for the Bulls since arriving at Edgar Street in Mid-November.

Supporter Information For Dorchester Tomorrow

Here is the latest supporters information from Dorchester for Hereford fans going to tomorrow's game.

Please note that whilst in theory this game is segregated, Hereford supporters who are elderly, have special needs or are parents with children can ask to go into the stand.

Supporter information

We sincerely hope you enjoy your stay at Dorchester Town but we must draw your attention to some important rules and regulations of the ground.
Visiting supporters and supporters coaches should head to the railway embankment side of the stadium (turn left as you approach the stadium) where visiting supporters will enter the stadium via turnstiles 5 and 6.
Ground regulations prohibit bottles, cans and pyrotechnics being brought into the stadium. Supporters may be searched prior to entry into the stadium.
Following police advice regarding supporter safety, this match will be subject to supporter segregation. The segregated area includes a refreshment kiosk with hot and cold food and hot and cold drinks and cover.
However, segregation does not permit away supporters access to the main stand. Stewards will allow elderly, parents with young children and those with any special needs into the stand, at their discretion. Disabled supporters should contact the office on 01305 267623 to book a space, which are limited.

Hereford Have Mills And Reffell Said Thompson

Hereford travel to Dorchester tomorrow for a Southern Premier League fixture.

Dorchester's recent home form has been very good, four wins and clean sheets.

However manager Steve Thompson feels his side will have to be at its best to defeat third placed Hereford.  

“I have to be encouraged by the home form. I do think we’ll need to play better than we did against Redditch and Tiverton to beat them, hopefully we can," Thompson told the Dorest Echo.

“Those were good wins but we ground the Redditch one out. We’ll need to play well to even hope of getting a result.

“They’ve got John Mills and Keyon Reffell, who’s very quick. They’re good all over the place, that’s why they’re flying high.

“They’re very well supported, so it will be a good day. Hopefully they’ll bring 500 which will bring a bit of money to our club.”

Thursday, January 18, 2018

All Matters Dismissed Against Sam Elkins

All matters against the three players and staff from Didcot Town relating to alleged offences at their game against Hereford last year have been dismissed.

Players Samuel Elkins and Callum McNish appeared at Oxford Magistrates Court earlier today and matters dismissed.

Coach Sam Parish saw matters dismissed at an earlier hearing

Mr Elkins faced two charges of assault by beating and one of common assault.

Council Appoint Keepmoat As Development Partner

Herefordshire Council’s Cabinet Member for Contracts and Assets, Harry Bramer and Keepmoat Homes Chief Operating Officer, Peter Hindley shake hands on the City Link Road.
Herefordshire Council has formally appointed Keepmoat Ltd as their partner developer to
deliver ambitious housing and growth plans for Hereford City and the wider county.

The agreement, which will span over a ten year period, will see Keepmoat developing
sites along the City Link Road, and sites in the market towns over the next two years, with
further development planned over further years.

The Keepmoat Ltd bid was submitted in conjunction with a number of partner
organisations including Keepmoat Regeneration Engie, WMs Housing, Herefordshire
Housing Ltd and City Heart.

Councillor Harry Bramer, cabinet member contracts and assets said:

“The partnership will go much further than the delivery of new homes. It will also promote
economic growth across the county through a number of initiatives including developing a
strong local supply chain with at least 50 percent of suppliers and contractors coming
from within Herefordshire.

The council will also retain its ability to raise capital from the council’s land holdings,
whilst controlling the nature, speed and character of the county’s development.

Keepmoat will provide support for local businesses, third sector groups and the
community as well as improving skills and educational attainment through training and
apprenticeships. This, in turn will enable the development of new economic activity to
address the problem of low wages in the county.”

Peter Hindley, CEO of Keepmoat Homes, added:

“We’re excited at the prospect of working with Herefordshire Council over the next 10
years, or more, to deliver much needed high quality new homes across the county.

We are also committed to a significant Community Investment programme, including
sourcing local talent and creating opportunities for employment and training for local

This is a perfect example of how our business model of working in close partnership with local authorities, housing associations and other delivery partners can accelerate home building and improve local communities.” 

The partnership is to launch a programme of wider regeneration initiatives in March 2018 with the first new homes expected to be delivered early in summer 2019.

BN note: HFC chairman Ken Kinnersley mentioned Keepmoat during the Club AGM last Monday.

"People know the Blackfriars is a potential redevelopment site which is in the hands of the Council with their preferred development partner Keepmoat," said Kinnersley.
"We are in constant communication with both Keepmoat and the Council over the Blackfriars End.
"It is fairly high on their priority for re-development. What will be built there we don't know yet."

Information About Dorchester On Saturday

Some information for Hereford supporters travelling to Dorchester on Saturday.

The stadium is known as 'The Avenue Stadium' and is one of the nicest in the Southern League with an attractive main stand. It is situated just off the A35 ring road.

The ground is owned by the Duchy of Cornwall and was built in 1990 at a cost of around £3 million. Their original ground was sold to Tesco.

Please be aware the stadium will be segregated on Saturday, with Hereford supporters occupying the uncovered 'Tesco' end and home supporters in the main stand and bypass end. The refreshments will be provided for Hereford supporters within their segregated area.

Hereford supporters will be able to sit in the main stand only with permission from a steward.


Adults £10 – All Areas except VP section of main stand.
Concession £6 – All Areas except VP section of main stand.
Under 16 £1 – All Areas except VP section of main stand.
Definition of Concession:

The Concession rate applies to our Senior Citizens (sixty-five years) and over, the disabled (with free entry for their carer) and students aged 18 years and under in full time education with a valid student ID card.

Car Parking:

Car parking on match day is £2. Usually plenty of room.

Address and Sat Nav: 

The Avenue Stadium/Weymouth Av, Dorchester DT1 2RY

Throwback Thursday | Hereford United 0-3 Sheffield Wednesday - FA Cup 3rd Round - 4th January 1958

For this week's instalment lets head back to the oldest known footage of Hereford United. Sheffield Wednesday were the visitors on a misty Saturday afternoon 60 years ago.

Attendance 18,114

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

HUST To Ask For Nominations For HFC Board Member

Following the meeting last Monday between the board of HUST and the board of HFC, HUST are expected to ask for nominations for a member to be put forward for the HFC board.

Martin Watson quit the HFC board earlier this month and so HUST has the opportunity to propose someone to take his place.

The HUST Nominated Director (HND) Policy states that any HUST member can have their name put forward as long as they have been a member for at least twelve months.

'In order to be considered as a HND candidates must be nominated by two HUST members and complete a nomination form and candidate statement.

'Responsibilty for selecting the HND rests with the Society Board who will discuss the nominations at a board meeting. A decision as to appointments will be made afterwards.'

Interestingly the appointment can only be made by the HUST board, however should the HND not prove suitable a vote of no confidence would be required by the members to remove the HND.

The policy in full can be read at:

Segregation At Dorchester On Saturday

The Main Stand At Dorchester
Hereford supporters will be segregated from home supporters at Dorchester on Saturday.

'For clarification, Saturdays visit of will be segregated. Visiting supporters have been allocated the ‘Tesco’ End of The Avenue and will have access to a snack kiosk and a bar. Magpie supporters will be in the Bypass End as well as the Main Stand.'

'Cult Hero' Oates Featured In Aussie FourFourTwo

There's a feature all about Hereford FC captain Jimmy Oates in the latest issue of the Australian FourFourTwo.

'And we track down Jimmy Oates, the bloke from Manly in Sydney who is smashing up the English lower leagues as captain and cult hero at Hereford FC.'

Sneekes Joins Halesowen As Coach

Former Hereford United coach Richard Sneekes has joined Halesowen as their coach.

Sneekes, a former West Brom midfielder, joined Hereford in July 2011 but was released at the end of that season following the club dropping down to the Conference.

In recent years he has managed Rushall Olympic and later Sutton Coldfield.

Post AGM Interview With Hereford FC Chairman Ken Kinnersley

After Monday night's AGM at Edgar Street, Hereford FC chairman Ken Kinnersley kindly spoke to BN.

BN suggested it had been another successful AGM.

"I don't know," said Kinnersley

"You were there, you'll have to tell me! 

"I think the main point is that the club is solvent. That we are controlling expenditure. 

"We are looking forward to promotions and trying to build a bit of a war chest because of the probability of increased players wages as we go up the Leagues."

In the AGM the chairman confirmed that manager Peter Beadle was on a rolling twelve month contract.

"We need him to be, we don't want to lose him to some League club who might take a fancy to him."

Asked if there had been any approach for Beadle, Kinnersley said no.

"Not directly to me." 

What about the stadium?

"People know the Blackfriars is a potential redevelopment site which is in the hands of the Council with their preferred development partner Keepmoat.

"We are in constant communication with both Keepmoat and the Council over the Blackfriars End.

"It is fairly high on their priority for re-development. What will be built there we don't know yet. But we do have two letters of understanding from the Council. One is in connection with the stand which we would need to have to return to a four-sided stadium on the Blackfriars End. That is understood. 

"We thought that letter was neccessary because personalities change within the Hereford FC board and also within the Council. We wanted to get it in writing that we have reached this agreement so if any personalities change over the next five years, whatever the period might be, there is some record at least, it's not legally binding but it does show that we've had the conversation and that was the agreement.

"Simarily they also recognise that in the event we get promoted we need to return to a four-sided stadium and to develope the football side of it any grant aided funding is going to need a much longer lease period that the ten years lease we are just about to trigger in the next two years.

"So with that in mind they've written a letter to us to say that they understand that need, and they recognise that need, and it is within the bounds of possibility that as and when that need arises we can go back to them and look at a new lease.

"We can get a derogation at National Level so we've probably got four or five years but I don't want to look too far ahead because firstly it's got to be done on the pitch, we can't do it off the pitch, it's got to be done on the pitch and I can't control that."

Going back to the accounts the profit was only £5000 however a lot of money was spent on the stadium. This season less money is set to be spent on the stadium and the club has had two good cup runs. More profit this year?

"Yes, hopefully but what we didn't budget for was setting up the Academy. That has taken us a little bit by surprise although it was always the boards ambition to run an Academy, our own youth set-up which we control. It came quicker and unexpectedly but the set-up costs have been minimal."

Kinnersley paid credit to the coaches who have joined from UITC.

"They've been very understanding of our financial position so moving forward the football club will not supporting the Academy. It has to be self-financing, 100%."

One of the problems at Hereford is with potential players who have come through the Academy but are not ready for the first team. They tend to move elsewhere. Do you feel there is a difficulty in keeping them attached to the club?

"Very much so. We've been looking at an under 21 or under 23 team would help both with first team players recovering from injury and help to keep the older teenage players.

"It's something we've been actively looking at. But it comes down to the facilities, having access to facilities is the problem and we are hamstrung by the lack of facilities.

"We are talking to people who may be in a position to help but it's a little bit down the line yet. I wouldn't want to raise hopes too much.

"The Academy is important for us and at present with the level we are playing at any club can come in and take them but I think the pull for young local lads playing for Hereford FC in any League is strong if they are local born and bred.

"There's nothing our supporters like more than seeing a local lad on that pitch with the Bull on their chest. They love it, I love it.

"The Acamemy can be the start of a life long relationship with the club and the Junior Bulls as well.

"There are over 700 Junior Bulls, It's just incredible.

"I don't know why it's happened. I think it must go back to the old adage you don't know what you've got until you lose it.

"Parents come with their kids and have a great time. Jane is doing a fantastic job with the Junior Bulls and it is part of our community committment, which is an area we haven't really got into yet.

"Again if you moving into the community it takes finance."

The interview moved onto the Feeded Road set to go past the club. There will be more traffic and less car parking.

"We've asked the Council for a site meeting for them to see but we only use it twice a month on Saturdays and they work Monday to Friday. They don't see what happens here on a Saturday so with new feeder road joining the Old Market to the New Link Road which has just been opened, it is dangerous on a match day. The speed of traffic through the old Merton Car Park it is just dangerous and if you then add in a team coach unloading kit outside the compound with cars overtaking and pedestrians walking by in the traffic.

"We have raised the issue with the Council, we have asked for a site meeting so I'm sure they will look at it."

Finally the season on the pitch. The chairman was very cautious.

"I'm very happy where we are at present. I'm the eternal pessimist, my glass is always half-empty not half-full, so when it's mathematical impossible for us not to be promoted then I'll be happy but until then there's always a chance it won't happen."

Elkins In Court Today

The case against two players and a coach from Didcot FC goes to court again today at Oxford Magistrates.

Players Sam Elkins, Callum McNish and coach Sam Parish are on trial  over the events of what happened that day in March 2017 when Didcot's game against Hereford had to be abandoned.

They have all pleaded not guilty to various charges of assault and beating.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Tonight's Results In The Southern Prem

Here are tonight's results in the Southern Premier League.

Redditch 2 Banbury 2
Slough 2 Dorchester 0
Former Hereford players Adam Page and Stuart Fleetwood scored for Redditch.

Top of the League:
King's Lynn 28/59
Kettering 28/58
Hereford 24/56
Weymouth 28/56
Tiverton 28/50
Slough 22/47
Banbury 30/46
Royston 25/46

Basingstoke v Stratford Match Postponed

Tonight's Southern Prem game between Basingstoke and Stratford has been postponed.

The game was called off with Stratford just ten minutes away from the ground. They had set off from their base at 4pm.

"Huge frustration never mind the costs as game is called off so late in Hampshire," said a Stratford official.

"Pitch was ok at 4pm but a Rain, Sleet and Snow storm left slush on the pitch. Everyone here obviously very disappointed to say the least!"

Hereford's game at Gosport was called off at 9.30 this morning after a pitch inspection.

Jordan Cullinane-Liburd - Short Profile

Pic From Solihull Moors FC
23 year old defender Jordan Cullinane-Liburd joined Hereford FC earlier today from Rushall Olympic. 

He has played for several Midland based sides and was a regular at Redditch when they reached the Southern League play-off final.

He started his career as a youth at Leamington before moving to Alvechurch.

In September 2015 he moved to Tividale where he impressed manager Liam McDonald. He didn't stay long and moved to Redditch where his manager was, once again, McDonald.

In 2016 he had a short spell with Stratford making ten starts for them before returning to Redditch clocking up 30 appearances and scoring twice.

Last July he joined Solihull Moors where he made 12 appearances for Solihull and received 3 yellow cards in those games.

In early December another move. This time to Rushall Olympic who are currently managed by Liam McDonald. 

And today he's officially joined Hereford

Defender Cullinane-Liburd Joins Bulls

This from the official site:

Hereford FC are pleased to announce the signing of 22 year old Jordan Cullinane-Liburd, who joins from Rushall Olympic.

Speaking to the official Hereford FC website, Bulls boss Peter Beadle said "we're delighted to have got him, he's a player who can play anywhere across the back four, and he comes to us at a great age. He's got a lot of potential so hopefully we can help him continue to develop as a player.

"He's played Conference football, so although he is young, he's got that experience of a higher level behind him. His versatility is a big advantage and myself and Steve Jenkins see a lot of potential in him."

Jordan is available for selection this Saturday when The Bulls travel to Dorchester.

Tonight In The Southern Prem

With Hereford's game at Gosport called off there are just three fixtures in the Southern Premier League this evening.

Slough (8th), who have played even less games than Hereford, have a chance to make up ground on the leaders with a game against Dorchester (19th) which they should win. 

Banbury (7th) could also move up the table should they win at Redditch (15th).

Basingstoke v Stratford - Postponed
Redditch v Banbury
Slough v Dorchester

Gosport Match Called Off

Tonight's game between Gosport and Hereford has been called off due to a waterlogged pitch.

It's expected that it will now be played in early March, probably on March 6th.  Update: Confirmed for March 6th.

Meanwhile as the Gosport game is off, defender Dara O'Shea will now miss the games at Dorchester on Saturday and Biggleswade next Tuesday.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Harris Joins Westfields

Former Hereford FC goalkeeper Alex Harris has joined Westfields.

He made his debut appearance for them at Coleshill this evening.

However despite Harris saving a penalty, Westfields lost the game 2-1.

Shareholders Q and A With The HFC Board

After tonight's AGM at Edgar Street, shareholders in Hereford FC were given the chance to put their questions to the board.

The first question was about the capacity of Edgar Street.

Currently there are around 300 seats which can't be used for health and safety and/or fire regulations. There could be some changes to the accesses. A meeting is set to take place shortly with the revelent authorities.

The club was wary that if capacity was increased to over 5000 then insurance cover would rise.

Then questions about finance.

The club must be sustainable. The board were getting more regular updates about income and expenditure. 

The aim for the next few seasons was to keep ticket prices for children as low as possible. Season ticket prices would also be kept attractive but matchday tickets would need to rise if Hereford moves up the Leagues.

And a question about catering.

The decision not to do the catering in-house was explained by director George Webb. He had spoken to directors at Merthyr who had brought their catering in-house recently and had started to lose money on it. Pilfering was mentioned. Webb felt that having a regular income for catering was a better bet than the club trying to run it. 

Part of the problem he said was that there are only home games once a fortnight or so. Stock can go out of date and it's hard to recruit staff whereas if an outside company is running the catering they can move stock to another venue.

There's more money in hospitality he said.

Then a question about if/when the club might go full-time.

The answer was that it's very unlikely to go full time next season if promoted.

Manager Peter Beadle is on a 12 month rolling contract so if another club came in for him Hereford would receive compensation.

Finally HUST presented a cheque for £15,000 to the club for some more shares.

Report From Hereford AGM

The Annual General Meeting of Hereford FC took place this evening at Edgar Street.

Chairman Ken Kinnersley took the meeting. He was joined on the top table by four other directors, George Webb, Paul Quarrell, Peter Churchus and Mike Langford. 

Around ten individual shareholders were present along with several HUST directors.

After apologies the chairman spoke to the meeting.

He started by saying what a tremendous honour it was to chair Hereford FC. 

The aim of the board was league football but financial stability had to come first.

He praised the hard work of the three directors that have left the board recently, Mike Cole, Phil Eynon and Martin Watson and then introduced Paul Quarrell and Peter Churchus to the meeting.

After the AGM, the board were to meet with HUST to discuss a new board member given there is one vacancy.

The recently signed ten year lease was mentioned. As yet the board were undecided when to trigger the new lease as there are two years of the old lease left.

The club has received two letters of 'understanding' from Herefordshire Council. The idea of this is that should personnel change then there is a record of what's been suggested.

The first letter refers to the Blackfriars End and states that if it is redeveloped then a new stand would be included.

The second letter says that the Council recognise that the club may need a 35 year lease to obtain grants etc for further development.

Mention was made of the link road and the potential danger because of people walking to the ground. The club has asked for a meeting with the Council on this matter.

The chairman heaped praise on director George Webb for his work in generating income for the club. 

Turning to the club's new acadamy, the chairman admitted that it hadn't been in the club's plans to have set it up so soon.

An impressive handbook had been produced for parents. Former player Gareth Davies is the new football adviser and Steve Saunders head coach. Martin Watson will look after the admin side.

Later this month the directors are set to go on a 'Strategy Day' away from Edgar Street. One of the aims is to set up a three to five year plan going forward.

Two non-football events of note are to take place this year. The club were not putting in any finance into either event other than obtaining a licence.

The first one is 'Hereford's Biggest Ever Concert'. The chairman said he was impressed by the list of artists booked.

This event will be staged after the end of the season but before any groundwork was set to take place on the pitch. A narrow window. 

The second event is a joint production with The Courtyard. This is a play based around the Ronnie Radford goal against Newcastle in 1972. It is set to run for two weeks in October and might then go national afterwards. 

Financial Director Peter Churchus then spoke about the accounts. Introducing himself he said he had been a supporter for 50 years.

In the year ending May 31 the club had made a profit of £5708 in its second full year of trading. There had been quite a lot of expenditure on the ground, upgrading the toilets was mentioned, which was expected to be less in the current year.

However he noted that team costs (£256,000) would rise as the club, hopefully, rose up the leagues.

Fixed assets had increased mainly because of the purchase of the ticket office.

He felt that the club was trading sustainably and shareholders funds remained intact.

A resolution to reappoint the auditors was approved.

That ended the formal meeting but afterwards shareholders were given the chance to ask questions.

Pitch Inspection At Gosport At 9.30am

There will be a pitch inspection at Gosport at 9.30am tomorrow morning in advance of their game against Hereford.

There was heavy rain at the ground this morning. However the forecast does suggest that the weather will be more showery during the next 24 hours.

Should the game be postponed it would give several members of the Hereford squad more time to recover from various knocks.

O'Shea's Red Card Overturned

The red card handed out to Dara O'Shea at Wealdstone last Saturday has been overturned.

The young Hereford defender was sent off after the referee felt he had denied Wealdstone a goal scoring opportunity. 

O'Shea still has to serve a two match ban after being send off at Stratford. He will miss the away games at Gosport tomorrow and Dorchester on Saturday.

Meanwhile manager Peter Beadle has told the Hereford Times that he is trying to bring in another defender.

"He is quite flexible and can play anywhere across the back four," said Beadle.

"He is a bit older than Dara and will be a permanent signing rather than a loan."

Fresh Branding For The Len Weston Stand

The Len Weston Stand at Edgar Street has been given a fresh branding.

"We're thrilled to bits with the new look," Westons said in a tweet.

Hereford FC AGM This Evening

Hereford FC will hold their AGM this evening at Edgar Street.

The meeting is set to commence at 7pm.

Originally it was due to be held on December 11th but was postponed because of bad weather at the time.