Hereford United – How It Came To This


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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15 Responses

  1. Tony Oleksy says:

    An excellent well balanced summary John.
    We may loose Hereford 1939 but there are enough good fans and spirit out there to start the journey back if needed.
    Nothing that is going on at present has any genuine reason for Hereford as a football club.Just a temporary vehicle for financial aims and gains.
    Shameful how players and staff have been treated.
    D Keyte may have had issues with some sections of the fans but disregard for those employees that went over and above is despicable.

  2. cyril nicholas says:

    having followed the bulls for 60+years living in malvern it as always been like an away game for me,to end up like this makes me feel i am being penalised for some thing i never did i would like to stress its a awful feeling to think i may never get to edgar st again,thanks c nicholas,

  3. C. Lynch says:

    I agree the summary was spot on i feel so sorry for the players and staff that have not been paid had the trust taken over the club the support would have been overwhelming for it i think the best thing that could have happened but i see no light at the end of the tunnel a big thanks to Jim Kenyon for helping to fight the corner with the council over this Hereford people have a stake in this club so why not just turn up at the club and get it back give the jailbird his money back and tell him to go forth and multiply elsewhere simple all those that donated money for the clubs future own that club every game i went to i chipped into the pot people we own it money was donated for a cause and that has not been upheld has the law not been broken here fraud i call it.

  4. Huw Williams says:

    Excellent article. Accurate and balanced. If only we could say the same for the drivel being spouted by our new owner and his cronies.

  5. Barry Vernon says:

    Thank you for an excellent, well thought out piece, John. As someone who first came to the Street in the 1950/1 season, I have more memories than most of our wonderful football club. The worst of this is that, like many others, I’ve seen this coming for many months, but it’s not made it any easier to bear. Like you, I agree, wholeheartedly, that HUFC (1939) must now be allowed to die. The once proud name of this Club has been tainted forever by the blatant dishonesty & selfishness of Keyte. The only solution is a supporter run Club, call it a phoenix if you will, which can start with a clean sheet and rebuild the proud heritage of Hereford within the football family.
    HUST asked for pledges to facilitate this a few weeks ago, and, I believe, received enough pledges to put up £200k. My pledge, towards that total, still holds good, and the sooner we can start collecting, and move forward, the better!

  6. Stevef says:

    Guys – every sympathy – the involvement of people looking to progress thier own interests in lower league football is a real problem. Supporter ownershiip must be the way forward but only if costs are trimmed so clubs operating within the bounds of income can compete….

  7. Chris Nicholas says:

    I started going to see hereford utd when I was a 7 year old that was 43 years ago! One man has single handedly destroyed my football club,not the biggest club in the land,not the most successful club in the land but it was my club and I’ve always been proud to support it and will continue to whatever league were in. Firstly we need to keep our home at Edgar st and secondly remove mr Keyte and co even if this means falling further down the pyramid and reforming into a fan run club whatever name we change to we will always be HEREFORD UNITED !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. Tim Creed says:

    Well said, I’m now 55 and have been a Hereford fan since the great days of the earls 70s, no matter where I am in the world Saturday afternoon is not complete without seeing how the mighty Hereford have done (wife does not understand me)
    I am totally baffled by what has happened, it would make a great TV soap with so many dodgy characters. I keep hoping I can win the Euro Millions and get the Bulls back where we belong, maybe not a Premiership team but a good local league 1 or 2 side. Whatever team your support it matters!
    Get rid of the current regime and I will be happy!!
    Let the Phoenix rise from the Ashes

  9. George Hill says:

    What breath of fresh air this article is. I have supported United for 55 years and will continue to do so when David Keyte and his corrupt crowd have gone. The sooner that happens the better. I made a comment on facebook this week about it being like a script to a sit-com too, which it is. Footballers Wives move over – enter Footballers Bent Boys.


    Brilliant article and totally agree with everything that has been said. I have been a supporter since 1963 and agree that it is time to get rid of this awful regime, let 1939 die and start again with Hereford United 2014.

  11. moodyb1 says:

    good luck hereford. wimbledon, newport, aldershot, halifax and chester prove that great football clubs never truly die and when they fall, they rise again. i have every faith that you will be back not just in the conference but in the football league in due course. see you there.

  12. Ray Skingsley says:

    Excellent article pinpointing everything that is wrong with ‘here today, gone tomorrow owners’ who have total disregard for the fans (custodians) of a football club. As a Chester fan I can honestly say that we’ve been there and would not wish your current plight on anyone. Let’s just hope that there is a new tomorrow around the corner.

  13. Ian Burrs says:

    I have just read this with interest as my Wife asked me to do so. I would like Tommy Agonbar to put out a statement regarding the future of this club and if he has got the funds then pay the debts or get out.

    I am sure there must be a consortium who can now take Hereford forward otherwise and re shape the club for the good as in my opinion we now need a 10 year plan hence beyond league 2 status as that is where we should of been by now but sadly not. instead we are in a terrible state,

  14. Lionel young says:

    My first match at Edgar Street was in 1935 as a7 year old with myfather,the Lillywhites we’re run by a committee in those days , i am 86. Now and it looks like the same thing is going to happen.

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