Tag: Hereford United

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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A Weekend Is An Eternity In Hereford

Towards the end of the week that Hereford were expelled from the Conference, things continued to change rapidly.  Fan unrest was growing as the events of the last couple of days were enough to prove to a number of sceptics that Agombar and co were not good for the club. Here’s John Perkins with an update. Friday 13th June First of all, some good news. A friendly had been arranged for Saturday 14th June with Pegasus Juniors of the West Midlands (Regional) League Premier Division. The comments from Edgar Street about Pegasus Junior’s potential status as Hereford’s feeder club...

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Hereford United – How It Came To This

On the week that marked the start of another World Cup Finals, there was sad news from home with the expulsion of Hereford United from the Football Conference. Here’s John Perkins on how it came to this. The week starting June 9, 2014 is one that will be viewed with a special horror by many people. On the Monday, many people were devastated to hear of Rik Mayall’s untimely death at the relatively young age of 56. Worse was to come for a much smaller segment of the population at 11 a.m. on Tuesday June 10th when Hereford United fans were told that that the club had been expelled from the Conference for not satisfying the requirements to continue in the League. This was expected by many of us but it made it no less difficult to come to terms with. So how did we get here and what does it mean for the long term? And honestly why should anyone care about a team from a small city in the gloriously scenic border country with Wales? Hereford fans are occasionally accused of trading too much on the events of January 1972 but Ronnie Radford’s thunderbolt and Ricky George’s injury time winner against Newcastle are what set things in motion for the club after almost 50 years as a non-league outfit. They were promoted on the strength of this game via...

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Hereford United & The Costs Of Relegation

The end of Hereford Uniteds last stay in the Football League didn’t come without a fight. A four game unbeaten at the end of the season run saw the club finish just two points from the safety zone in League Two at the end of last season, with a win on the final day against Torquay United in front of a crowd of over 5,000 people not being enough to help them over the finishing line thanks to results elsewhere. Less than six months on from that day, the costs of that underwhelming season are starting to become more than apparent, with chairman David Keyte, who has already issued several stark warnings this season, stating this week that his club is close to entering into administration unless it finds fresh investment in the very near future. At the start of the season Keyte stated that the club had budgeted for average attendances of 2,400. This, on the surface of things, seemed like an optimistic figure. Herefords average attendance last season was 2,510, but this number was swollen by that large crowd on the final day of the season, amongst others. It is true to say that some supporters will be more likely to return after their club is relegated should it start winning matches at a lower level. It is also true, however, to say that there are some...

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Hereford & Torquay: Inconsistent Punishments For The Same Crime

I’m not generally a fan of points deductions, as they are the one punishment guaranteed to punish the club as an entity (as well as the players and fans), without really punishing the people responsible for the transgression in the first place. However, most of the points deductions in recent times have been off the field transgressions. Administration is an off the field issue, Luton Town’s whistle-blowing was an off the field issue, not being able to secure a CVA is an off the field issue. However, on the field transgressions that earn points deductions are rare, and with the exception of the points deductions handed out to Arsenal and Manchester United for a brawl back in October 1990, all on the field punishments that have been met with points deductions have concerned player eligibility. On February 1st, Torquay United hosted Hereford United, and Jake Robinson made his debut for the home side, having signed on loan from Shrewsbury Town the day before. The same day Hereford United signed Rob Purdie from Oldham Athletic, after he was freed by the Latics, having been on loan at Edgar Street for the previous three months. However, Football League rules state that, in terms of transfer window signings, players who sign after noon on the final day of the window, are not eligible for the next programme of games (in this case,...

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