Thursday, February 28, 2002

News update
For all the news from Hereford United, click the links in the table below.

Tuesday, February 26, 2002

Season still alive: coach
Hereford have to recover from the FA Trophy defeat and focus on the league, says Phil Robinson. [More]

Monday, February 25, 2002

Fans clash in city centreShoppers looked on in horror as rival football 'fans' clashed in Chester city centre. More...
Robbo choked by defeat
Hereford United coach Phil Robinson was extremely unhappy with his side's 2-1 FA Trophy defeat at Chester City on Saturday.

"Their winning goal was a real choker," he told the Evening News. "We started to defend a bit too deeply. When you defend deep and you make a mistake, as we did, then it can prove costly."

He added: "It's common knowledge that we are struggling financially and we desperately wanted to do well in this competition. I have told the players to get themselves prepared to come in this week and work hard."

City's chairman Stephen Vaughan told the Chester Chronicle: "It's been a great weekend for the club; firstly we progressed to the quarter-finals of the Trophy with a superb victory, then we see two of our great young prospects signing new deals because they can see what a bright future we are building at the club."

Chester now play Burton Albion in the quarter finals, whilst Hereford hope to improve their league form.

Saturday, February 23, 2002

Injury time heartbreak for Hereford
Chester City 2 - 1 Hereford United... More...

Friday, February 22, 2002

Bulls look for quarter finals place
With good morale, Hereford United are confident of victory in tomorrow's FA Trophy tie at Chester City. More...

Thursday, February 21, 2002

Baker signs new contract
Hereford United's young goalkeeper Matt Baker has signed a new contract. More...

Tuesday, February 19, 2002

News updates
Many thanks to Roger and Tim for keeping the site going whilst I was away; today's news update can be accessed in the table below. Also, a big welcome to Helen Weaver who has joined the team - she went to the Boston match last night, and her report can be viewed here.

Sunday, February 17, 2002

Boston Preview

Hereford go into Monday nights live Sky match with no new injury worries, but this is being written on a Sunday so keep an eye open on in case this situation changes. The Bulls will be keen to impress on the TV, and to make amends for the last minute defeat earlier in the season at Edgar Street

As for Boston, they have new signings Kevin Evans, from Cardiff, and Jim Rodwell, from Rushden, waiting to make their debut for Boston. Also, Boston have not played a match since the 26th of January when they lost 2-1 away at Stalybridge and have been replaced at the top of the Conference by Dagenham, who drew 3-3 yesterday with Yeovil to over take Boston at the pole. Other results have seen Woking beaten 4-0 at York Street, draw away at Nuneaton, a trashing of FGR 6-1 at home, plus a win and loss against Northwich. Again this is being written on Sunday so keep an eye on the Boston United official site at

Match coverage by Sky starts at 7:30pm on Sky Sports One, with a 8:05pm kick off.

Thursday, February 14, 2002

New updates...
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Wednesday, February 13, 2002

James reacts to club statement
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Hereford United 4 - 1 Hampton & Richmond Borough
Hereford United progressed to the fifth round of the FA Umbro Trophy after overcoming Hampton & Richmond Borough at Edgar Street, eventually convincingly.

The 4-1 victory sets up a big tie in the fifth round - away at Chester City - but tonight's result do not display the resiliant nature of the Hampton performance for eighty minutes.

Phil Robinson named an unchanged Bulls side for the encounter, with Gavin Williams and Paul Parry in attack. Hampton played Craig Maskell at number 10; it was his shot that rebounded to Robbie Reinelt five years ago that sent Hereford out of the Football League instead of Brighton & Hove Albion.

The twice-delayed tie saw Hereford dominate early proceedings; Gavin Williams' first minute shocked was blocked and from the resulting corner, captain Ian Wright headed inches over Stuat MacKenzie's crossbar. Despite the Bulls dominating the attacking play and possession, Hampton's Darren Deegan clashed with Matt Baker whilst on a rare attack after twelve minutes. Baker cleared the danger but Deegan had gone down in the challenge and after a spell of treatment, he was stretchered off. It was announced after the match that Deegan had broken his leg, and he was replaced on the field by Marvyn Watson.

Midway through the half, United's Gavin Williams fired over from twenty five yards as Hampton were restricted to counter attacks. Five minutes later, Hereford took a deserved lead. Scott Goodwin crossed from the left and Matt Clarke, who was well positioned on the far post, headed home from close range.

Ian Wright and Scott Goodwin went close with efforts as Hereford looked to increase their advantage, but it was Hampton who were next to get the ball in the net. After thirty eight minutes, goalkeeper Baker came out to clear a loose ball but John Snape, who had come back to challenge the attacking Raphael Nade, appeared to slip the ball past Baker and into his own net. The goal was credited to Snape, but Nade appeared to get the final touch.

In the remainder of the half, Hereford had all the possession. Gavin Williams tried another long range effort as seen against Wrexham and Swindon, but the goalkeeper was able to save low on his line. The 1-1 half-time scoreline did seem a little unbalanced, but the twenty eight travelling fans from Hampton were delighted to be holding a Conference side. The first half statistics reveal one shot on goal for Hampton compared with five for Hereford.

Four minutes into the second half, Hereford took the lead. Gavin Williams was brought down in the box by Steve Omonua, and Tony James stepped up to slip the spot kick down the middle as Hereford scored just their second penalty of the season. Hampton can have no complaints as two minutes before the break, Matt Clarke's appeal for a penalty were turned down.

Paul Parry was foiled on two occasions as Hereford searched for a killer third goal, but Hampton's Nade fired over from the left at the other end as the Ryman League's were restricted to counter attacks. Both sides made changes, with Rob Elmes coming on for Scott Goodwin for the Bulls, and with seven minutes left, Hereford found another goal. An Ian Rodgerson cross was headed home by Gavin Williams, effectively sealing a Hereford victory.

A superb double save from Stuart MacKenzie meant Paul Parry was prevented from getting on the scoresheet again, but in added time it was Parry's free kick from the left than set up the fourth. Captain Ian Wright got onto the end of the ball to fire home as Hereford progressed to the fifth round.

The crowd of 1,167 will be pleased with the Hereford performance, but would be excused from thinking that the Bulls should have scored more. Man of the match Tony James was outstanding at the back, and scored a penalty, but nobody had a bad game for Hereford. The Bulls will play Chester in the next round, after they overcame Solihull Borough 4-2 in the replay tonight.

Tuesday, February 12, 2002

Two late goals secure Bulls win
Hereford United 4 - 1 Hampton & Richmond Borough
Hereford will play Chester City in the fifth round of the FA Trophy after they beat Hampton 4-1 at Edgar Street tonight. Matt Clarke, Tony James, Gavin Williams and Ian Wright scored the goals for the Bulls.
Hereford hope for two wins
Not only do Hereford United hope to win against Hampton & Richmond Borough in tonight's FA Trophy fourth round clash, but need to beat the weather in order for the game to go ahead.

Tonight's game is ON at the moment, kick off at Edgar Street is at 7.45pm. The Bulls have to revive themselves after a 1-0 league defeat against Leigh RMI at the weekend, and coach Phil Robinson wants a good performance. "We can play at a higher tempo and we will need to because Hampton are treating it as their cup final," he told the Evening News. "They rested some players on Saturday for tonight's game and are really approaching it as a one-off. I think Hereford fans enjoy their cup football and it would be nice to have them out in force cheering us on."

Hereford have no injury doubts after Saturday, in which he was very disappointed with the result. "We missed having a game in the middle of a two-week break and didn't perform," he said. "The unbeaten run had to come to an end sometime but it was a shame it happened the way it did. We restricted them to two efforts one of which went in but we had a number of chances but it didn't go for us."

Hampton drew 1-1 with second-placed Canvey Island on Saturday, but are still languishing in seventeenth in the Ryman League Premier Division.

If the game is called off, further details will be added here.

Monday, February 11, 2002

James still top of the league
Tony James is still the best-rated player in the two counties. More...
James still leads award
Tony James is still top of the Ray Mercer Evening News Trophy as the best-rated player in the two counties this season.

Hereford's highly rated defender averaged 7.43 from thirty-two games and he is ahead of rivals from Stourport Swifts and other Herefordians. Matt Baker and Gavin Williams are both averaging 7.0.

Kidderminster Harrier's Dean Bennett is leading their team's performances with 6.85, Worcester's Paul Carty has 7.11, Stourport's Asa Charlton is on 7.32 and Evesham's Jay Powell has 6.65.

Meanwhile, Hereford coach Phil Robinson was disappointed with Saturday 1-0 defeat against Leigh RMI. After the match, he told the Evening News: "We didn't really perform today and, fortunately, I don't think that we can play that badly again. Our passing and shooting wasn't up to standard and I have had a word with the players.

"At least we have got a game under our belts now and hopefully that should put us in good stead for the FA Trophy fourth round match tomorrow night. But we have got a few things to work on."

Sunday, February 10, 2002

Waywell full of Harrison praiseLeigh boss Steve Waywell said that Gerry Harrison was the key to yesterday's 1-0 win. More...
Waywell full of Harrison praise
Leigh boss Steve Waywell said that Gerry Harrison was the key to yesterday's 1-0 win. More...

Saturday, February 09, 2002

Dodge blames throat for defeat
Hereford's Ian Rodgerson used his sore throat as an excuse for today's defeat to Leigh RMI. More...
Hereford United 0 - 1 Leigh RMI
Hereford failed to extend their unbeaten as Leigh took all three points. More
Snapper hopes for nine
John Snape is hoping to extend Hereford's unbeaten run as the Bulls host Leigh RMI. More...

Friday, February 08, 2002

RMI to provide tough test
Hereford United host Leigh RMI at Edgar Street in the Nationwide Conference tomorrow, kick off 3pm.

Leigh's away record is better than their home after to recent wins at Northwich and Telford but Hereford player/coach Phil Robinson is eager to end that run. "Their current form is decent and they have picked up quite a few places in recent games," he told the Evening News.

"Even though they are below us we are not going to be taking them lightly and know we have to carry on our recent form if we want to continue our eight-match unbeaten run. Everybody is fit apart from those three (Cooksey, Voice and Piearce) and everyone is raring to go having had the last few matches called off."

"Attendances have slipped gradually away during the season and what I am trying to say to people who have not come for a while is come and have a loot what we are about. We're playing some excellent football, scoring a lot of goals and the more people we have cheering us on the better."

Leigh boss Steve Waywell expects to have a virtually fully-fit squad for the trip to Hereford. Midfielder Gerry Harrison is set to return to the side after missing the 2-0 FA Umbro Trophy defeat at Margate last week. Harrison played for United in the 1996/97 season,

RMI could welcome Mark Westhead - who was expected to sign for League of Wales side Barry Town this week - into their squad for the game. The goalkeeper could start in a struggling side.

Waywell said: "Of course, every game is a cup final for us in our situation but team spirit has probably never been better than it is now and I am just looking forward to Saturday's game. The lads will be really up it and to get back into a groove and Hereford are only a few places above us so it should be a really tight game."

Thursday, February 07, 2002

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Robbo wants fans back
Hereford United coach Phil Robinson has asked for supporters to back two wins in four days.

The Bulls take on Leigh RMI at Edgar Street on Saturday in the Nationwide Conference before playing their delayed FA Trophy clash at home against Hampton & Richmond Borough on Tuesday.

Crowds at Edgar Street are still too low with the club unable to cover costs, and Robinson told the Hereford Times: "We have been playing some good football lately, and it would be fantastic if the supporters who hadn't been to Edgar Street for a while came along and gave us another go.

"We received tremendous support from the terraces when we played Wrexham in the FA Cup earlier in the season and that level of support gives the players a huge lift."

Hereford should have a fully fit squad for Saturday's encounter with only Steve Piearce a doubt with an ankle injury. Long term victims Scott Cooksey and Scott Voice remain sidelined, but the Bulls are confident of securing the double over Leigh who they beat 1-0 at Hilton Park in October.

Captain Ian Wright said: "The confidence is high at the moment and we have been scoring a few goals at home lately, so we will be desperate to continue our unbeaten run. We played well at Leigh and I recall that John Snape scored a great winner that night."

Leigh are sixteenth in the Conference but have won five of their thirteen away games. In their last match, they were defeated 2-0 at Margate in the FA Trophy but haven't lost a league game since their start of January when they were hammered 5-0 by Southport.

On Tuesday, Hereford host Ryman League Premier Division strugglers Hampton & Richmond Borough in the FA Trophy fourth round. The winners will play Chester City or Solihull Borough in the next round, who replay in the Black Country on Tuesday night.

Wednesday, February 06, 2002

Stadium broken into

The official website ( have reported that Hereford United's Edgar Street stadium was broken into last night.

Whilst the intruders did little damage, two doors were damaged and stewards' coats were scattered onto the pitch.
Cooksey to quit?
Scott Cooksey could retire from football after being told that he needs more surgery on his injured wrist.

The Hereford United goalkeeper hasn't played since last May after blood poisoning destroyed the ligaments in his wrist and severely weakened it. He featured for the reserves in January, but coach Phil Robinson told the Evening News: "Doctors are considering a further operation to try and improve things. Scott is currently considering his options and his future because he has a lot to think about."

Cooksey said the damage done by the infection, which left him in hospital for three weeks and almost killed him, made it unlikely the wrist would ever recover its full strength and mobility.

Tuesday, February 05, 2002

Hampton game off
Tonight's match against Hampton has been postponed. More...
Tonight's game postponed
A lunchtime pitch inspection has resulted in Hereford United's FA Trophy fourth round encounter against Hampton & Richmond Borough being postponed.

The pitch was playable yesterday, but heavy has resulted in the cancellation of the fixture for the second time in four days.

The winners of the tie, whenever it is played, with compete with either Nationwide Conference side Chester City, or Solihull Borough from the Dr Martens Western Division in the next round; the two teams replay at Solihull tonight. However, that game is subject to a 2pm pitch inspection.

"It would have been nice to have been handed a home tie, but with Chester City in the lower reaches of the Conference and Solihull Borough from a lower league it is still a good draw for us," said Robinson.

Monday, February 04, 2002

Trophy draw made - Hereford or Hampton away
If Hereford United overcome Hampton Borough in the FA Trophy fourth round, they will face an away tie to the winners of the Chester City vs Solihull Borough match.

If Hereford and Conference rivals Chester progress, they will play at the Deva Stadium in the Trophy but if both are eliminated, the two will compete in a league match at Edgar Street. Solihull play in the Dr. Martens League Western Division, and are currently fourth. Chester and Solihull drew 0-0 on Saturday, and replay at Damson Park tomorrow night.

The game will be played on Saturday 23rd February, along with the other fifth round ties. The draw in full is:

1 Barnet or Scarborough vs Morecambe

2 Gravesend & Northfleet or Hendon vs Mangotsfield United or Stalybridge Celtic

3 Margate vs North Ferriby United or Braintree Town

4 Stevenage Borough vs Forest Green Rovers

5 Yeovil Town or Doncaster Rovers vs Canvey Island

6 Farnborough Town or Burton Albion vs Woking

7 Chester City or Solihull Borough vs Hereford United or Hampton & Richmond Borough

8 Northwich Victoria vs Telford United

Meanwhile, ex-Hereford and Swindon defender Gareth Davies looks set to join Chippenham Town of the Dr. Martens Western Division.

He quit professional football with a knee injury last month, but the 28-year-old is likely to run the academy and trained with the first team on Thursday night.
Trophy draw made
If Hereford United overcome Hampton Borough in the FA Trophy fourth round, they will face an away tie to the winners of the Chester City vs Solihull Borough match.

More details soon.

Sunday, February 03, 2002

Bulls blasted over signings
Kington Town chairman Bill Mayglothing has expressed his disapproval at Hereford's signing of two of their players. More...
Bulls blasted over signings
Kington Town chairman Bill Mayglothing has expressed his disapproval at Hereford's signing of two of their players. More...
Bulls blasted over signings
Kington Town chairman Bill Mayglothing has expressed his disapproval at Hereford's signing of two of their players. More...
Non-League restructuring plans
The majority of non-league clubs have voted for their choice for the restructuring of the game. More...

Saturday, February 02, 2002

Game off
Today's match against Hampton & Richmond Borough is off due to a waterlogged pitch. More

Friday, February 01, 2002

Game to go ahead
Hereford United have said that tomorrow's FA Trophy fourth round game will go ahead as planned and no pitch inspection is expected, despite heavy rain in the city.

A club spokesman told "It's been raining but the water is running off it. It's been wetter."

We will keep you informed on any developments between now and kick off, which is at 3pm tomorrow.
Game to go ahead
Hereford United have said that tomorrow's game will go ahead as planned. More