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Hereford United’s Football Man

The crisis currently engulfing Hereford United continues to rumble on. Here’s John Perkins with the first of two updates from the club. Previously on 200%… Hereford United, a relatively well respected non-league club saved their Conference skins on the last day of the 2013/14 season. Off the pitch financial crises loomed but the fans and other good samaritans pulled together to meet an imminent tax bill. Meanwhile David Keyte was lying on a beach in Barbados and hatching a plot to ensure the demise of the club with as little impact to himself as possible. Enter a new face, Tommy Agombar, a secretive buyer of no obvious merit or fortune. Quick google searches revealed a very dodgy history and the people he surrounded himself with further increased alarm. A series of broken promises ensured that a large part of the fan base now wants nothing to do with him. The week’s excitement started with Tommy Agombar’s meeting with Herefordshire council, supposedly to get to know each other. However, Tommy’s agenda had been revealed earlier when it became known that he’d made enquiries to the council about transferring two of the leases on Edgar Street (probably Hereford United’s only asset) to his holding company. Ahead of the meeting he was asked for a chat by a couple of fans. Despite their non-confrontational interviewing technique, a number of his claims were...

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Hereford United: You Can Tell A Man By The Company He Keeps

When Tommy Agombar had his meeting with Herefordshire council the fans had as much interest in his companions as in what he had to say. While the third member of the party was relatively quiet, the man who stood by Tommy’s side throughout was not quite so reticent. He was quickly identified as Andrew Lonsdale, the President of Bedfont & Feltham FC in the Combined Counties league. Their ground was where trials had been held for Hereford players earlier in the month. Checking him out didn’t stop there and it was no surprise that his past was somewhat murky too. He had a number of haulage companies that have been liquidated and was disqualified as a director between 206 and 2012. He was convicted for dumping waste on green-belt land in Buckinghamshire six years ago and was involved in a very unsavoury episode at Feltham FC. While he was president of the club, Feltham’s ground was to be renovated and this was to include bringing in soil (16,000 m3) from other local sites. However, an investigation revealed that almost five times as much soil and rubble (73,000 m3) had been deposited with an estimated value to the company (Lonsdale’s All Transport Limited) of about £1.2 million. Lonsdale’s claim was that he’d made a loss because the revenue was much smaller, based on his assessment that he’d only deposited 2/3...

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The 200% World Cup: The Group A Final Round, Live!

Well, good evening again, everybody, and it’s time for the final round of group matches in Group A. There’s still all to play for for three of the teams in this group. Cameroon may well have been eliminated with a game to spare, but with Brazil and Mexico topping the table on three points and Croatia snapping at their heels on two points, any of these three teams – though probably not Brazil – could yet get eliminated at the group stages of the competition. Brazil have the easiest match, at home against a Cameroon side who didn’t look...

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The 200% World Cup: The Group B Final Round, Live!

Group B: land of contrasts. It wasn’t, might we date to venture, supposed to end up like this. Going into the first of the final round of group matches, it was supposed to be all about the tension and the excitement of two simultaneous matches being played, but the way in which this group has panned out means that we kick off the final round of group matches – and the sleep deprived amongst us are at least cheering the fact that the last of the eleven o’clock kick offs has now come and gone – with matches that...

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The 200% World Cup: The USA vs Portugal, Live!

Good evening, grapple fans. If you’re a fan of the United States of America national team, you could be forgiven a pang of deja vu about this evening’s match. The USA opened their 2002 World Cup campaign against Portugal, and their performance in a 3-2 win in that match reinvented many perceptions of America’s place in the football world. Moreover, there were parallels between the Portugal of 2012 and the Portugal of 2014, as well – a team with many desirable pieces that never quite seemed to be assembled in quite the way that they might have been, a...

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