Tag: Hereford United

Raging Bulls: The Emphatic Return of Hereford FC

FA Cup Third Round weekend is traditionally a time of year at which most football supporters come to think of Hereford United, however fleetingly this may be. One of the tournament’s defining portmanteau images, of Ronnie Radford belting the ball past the flailing Newcastle United goalkeeper Iam McFaul before being swamped by youths in snorkel jackets, occurred at Edgar Street forty-four years ago, and even today broadcasters remain fonder of showing this particular clip than any other at this time of year. Grainy images from the past, however, cannot insulate a football club from mismanagement in the future, and...

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From Manchester With Love: The Rebirth Of Football In Hereford

The middle of July is not usually a time of year to be associated with club matches of significance. Elsewhere, the women’s singles final was being played at Wimbledon, whilst the England cricket team were on their way to a comprehensive first test win against Australia in The Ashes. In one small corner of the West of England, however, these two sporting events were only at the back of many people’s minds, because yesterday afternoon saw saw the return of football to Hereford, with a match between Hereford FC and FC United of Manchester, a pre-season friendly of considerably...

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Hereford United – Fan Initiatives Gain Momentum

Another week with many developments at Hereford United (1939) but the only result has been increasing polarisation between the club and the fans. Here’s John Perkins with another update from this summer’s crisis club du jour. Changes at the Club The club increasingly operates in isolation but there were a few developments that showed they were still continuing with their plan (whatever that is). First of all, Tommy Agombar pulled a Stephen Vaughan type sleight of hand on club ownership. Having withdrawn as a Director prior to the Southern Premier League’s decision to admit Hereford for the coming season,...

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The Players Of Hereford United & How We Treated Them

Financial trouble at a lower league football club doesn’t just affect the supporters. Here’s John Perkins on what happened next to last season’s Hereford United team. In the lower leagues and non-league football, the clubs are small enough that it’s possible for the fans and the team to become close over the course of the season even though it’s recognised that most of the players will only be around on a temporary basis. It’s easy for a successful squad to be adopted by the fan base so that in future years they’re viewed with real fondness. The Conference team of 2003/04 that came second to Chester is a good example of that. Sometimes, though, a bond forms between fans and players because they’ve weathered adversity together which describes the 2013/14 season pretty well as Hereford United was submerged in a continual financial crisis. The extent of the trouble became evident as the season closed and we knew that the players were not being paid on time. However, despite being treated very poorly they took inspiration from Peter Beadle and ensured Conference survival on the last game of the season. Their efforts during the last few games of the season transformed the team from itinerant players to part of the Hereford community. This is the Hereford first team squad from the 2013/14 season. These are the people that gave their...

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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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