Saturday, August 31, 2013
|Captain Luke Graham With Today's Mascots|
|Chris Sharp Scores - Action Pictures From Andy Compton Of The Hereford Journal|
|But Looks At The Lineman To Check It's Been Given|
Sponsers’ MOTM: Purdie
Cards: Yellow for McDonald, Purdie and Welling’s Clarke
|Jesse Norman Signs On The Dotted Line Watched By |
Treasurer Jack James And Tasha Webster
|Chris Sharp Scored Hereford's First Goal|
|Paul Green In A Tangle|
|Smith Gets An Arm Across Him|
|And Rankine Gets His Shirt Pulled|
|Celebrations After Rankine Scores Hereford's Second Goal|
|The Meadow End Applauding The Hereford Victory|
Meanwhile, Lateef Elford-Aaliyu has signed for Tamworth. The former West Brom trainee was a free agent after leaving Crawley after a short term deal in the summer.
|Healy Gets Above Smith|
|Dom Collins Takes A Throw-In|
|Welling Clear A Lewis Cross|
|Dan Walker Making Ground|
|Welling Goalkeeper Collects From A Lewis Corner|
|Martin Foyle In the Hereford Dug-Out|
|Rankine Looks To The Linesman Along With The Welling Defence But The Goal Is Given|
The Bulls beat Welling 2-1 in today's Conference match at Edgar Street.
Both Bulls goals came from the Welling keeper spilling fairly easy catches. Chris Sharp was close enough for the ball to bounce off him for the first, while Michael Rankine finished the second with aplomb.
Full report later.
Friday, August 30, 2013
On top of that there has been a couple of players with a bug.
Colin Addison was the final guest to speak last night at the launch of the Hereford United Supporters Trust. And it wasn't long before the former player and manager soon had the audience in fits of laughter.
MC Trevor Owens introduced him.
"Ladies and Gentlemen, he is a living legend at Hereford United - Colin Addison."
Colin started by getting personel.
"Thank you Trevor - he's put a little bit of weight on!"
And then he turned to Gareth Davies who had spoken earlier.
"Well done Ging, you did well as my warm up man, took all my jokes."
Earlier players Luke Graham and Sam Smith were at the launch.
"Have they gone? Oh bloody hell.
"No heckling tonight by the way."
Addison had spent the weekend in London with his family and on Monday had watched some football.
"I've got a lovely story to start with.
"A young player called Harry Pell sends his best wishes to everybody at Hereford United.
"We got tickets and went to see the game. Pell scored a super goal.
"I had twenty minutes with him at the end of the game.
"And he kept asking how's things at Hereford United. Please send my best wishes to everybody."
And then a story from Worcester Races last Tuesday. Both chairman David Keyte and director Nic Nenadich had horses running that afternoon.
"In between the running of Nic's two donkeys, believe me one is still going now, I managed to catch up with David. I missed both the Alfreton and Tamworth games.
"David was quite excited about the possibility that the trust is going ahead."
Then Colin look around for one of Hereford's best known supporters.
"He's still there?
"Mr Blandford, Mark, you'll need the boots on Saturday. Did you hear that?
"I'm going to do a bit of training tomorrow just in case I get a call."
Finally a pat on the back for the new Trust.
"There will be a Hereford United team here, that's for sure, we'll go on for years and years when we have people like you."
Former Bulls keeper James Bittner has been released by Newport after his month long deal expired. First choice Lenny Pidgley is fully fit after missing much of pre-season for personal reasons. Former Bull Lionel Ainsworth has joined Motherwell on loan from Rotherham until January. The 25 year old started only eight League games for the Millers last term and had been told he would not feature this season.
Halifax have signed released York midfielder John McReady. The 21 year old made only four sub appearances for the Minstermen last season but made 37 appearances for Darlington in the Conference the year before. Former Bull Darren Peacock takes in his first FA Cup game as a manager tomorrow when his Lancaster City side takes on Farsley in the Preliminary Round. Peacock is unbeaten so far, winning two and drawing two of the Dolly Blues' league matches.
Thursday, August 29, 2013
|Supporters Listening To The Proceedings|
"Ulitimately over a period of time the Trust will raise money and will have money in their coffers. We would like to think we will be in a position, at some stage in the future, that the Supporters Trust of Hereford United could buy shares in the football club.
"We want to have an influence in the way this football club moves on.
"We also accept that there are supporters around the world who can't get to games on a Saturday afternoon. We saw it when donations came in recently. We are trying to embrace that.
"We had 10,000 fans at Leicester on that brilliant game, we can get them back in even if they are not at the game on a Saturday afternoon.
"That's what the Trust is about. Give them a voice, get them back involved. We want that interest back at this football club ultimately for the benefit of Hereford United."
"I would encourage you all to become involved as much as you are able or as little as you are able and make it as successful as you possibly can make it," said Rye.
"And in the end achieve what every supporters trust tries to do as a minimum and become a partner in the ownership and the running of the football club on a regular basis.
"In the end that's the way to get Hereford on a more even keel in the future."
Next to speak was Gareth Davies but not before Trevor Owens had a few words to say.
"We have a few things in common. We both come from Mid-Wales. We both played in defence. He was quite good and got paid for it and I didn't!
"We've been good mates for a number of years. He's Hereford United through and through. Please welcome Gareth Davies."
"No, because I'm a Hereford United fan.
"I came here as a young kid and fell in love with the club.
"And you are all here for that reason too.
"With football it's what you do off the pitch and I'm trying to give little bits back to Hereford United in the spare time I've got.
"No different to you, we've all got jobs.
"We've all got skills to give Hereford United.
"It's important what we all do together, we become a team.
"It's not just those eleven players ot the squad of sixteen. It's not about them always, it's about what we do off the pitch.
"I don't buy food in town, I come here and buy a nice hearty breakfast!
"Everybody has got a part to play.
"We've got the different supporters groups, we got the local junior league, Roger from the HFA, Bulls News and we all need to work together.
"If the right arm doesn't know what the left arm is doing then we're not going to make this club stronger.
"Hopefully we can all work together to build a better club and better partnership in the future."
Trevor Owens thanked Gareth and then made an interesting point about how much easier it is to work with the club these days.
"When you are dealing with football clubs day in day out, this club at one stage had the PR skills, well frankly they were bloody awful.
"Today to their enormous credit, the current board and those working in the club like Lee and Jamie, they have improved 500% if not more.
"It's much, much better."
|Trevor Owens With Colin Addison|
More to follow later.
However a pre-season injury has kept him out of the FGR squad so far this campaign and the move to Edgar Street will give him a chance to get plenty of playing time.
Green is expected to make his first appearance for the Bulls on Saturday.
Food is also available to buy and the bars are open.
Club photographer Steve Niblett will be there snapping away, and Keith Hall will be grabbing interviews.
BBC Hereford & Worcester Sports Producer Trevor Owens will be Master of Ceremonies for the evening.
Doors open at 7pm, and it is free entry to all ages.
Come along and discover how the Trust can benefit supporters and Hereford United.
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Harwood Bull watched last Saturday's game at Edgar Street.
Smith did score an outstanding goal, starting on a run from the centre circle, he ignored passing options to left and right, and with three Tamworth players converging on him, let fly into the top corner from 25 yards out. All the more remarkable for the fact that for the other 89 minutes he showed none of the basic qualities that you would expect from someone with claims to be a professional footballer. I suppose if he scores a few more like that in the season we won’t complain, but I’m not holding my breath.
Walker is from the same mould. They are both big, strong, powerful players, but I’d trade some of that for some ability on the ball. Someone like Bowman for example …….
Rankine battled hard throughout the game, in an endless tussle with the centre backs. Most of it was 50-50 stuff, except the ref gave 90% of the decisions against Rankine. He finally saw sense and gave the defender a yellow late in the game.
Even Bush at left back is big lad, but for my money our two best players were the two smallest guys, Leadbitter & Artus.
The following match at Alfreton I didn’t see, but apparently we were ‘bullied’ out of it. I’m sure Foyle is a decent manager, but his interviews are just a string of managerial clichés, and I’m not entirely sure what he means. If he just means we lost out to a more physical team, what were all our big guys doing? They aren’t in the team for their flair, so they need to deliver on the physical side. I’m not convinced that size is the answer. Remember Kyle Perry?
|Michael West At Alfreton Last Monday|
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Alfreton have signed two more players, bringing in teenager Jack Andrews and 21 year old Jay McFadzean. Left sided utility player Andrews was released by Nottm Forest in the summer while McFadzean, whose two brothers both play for League sides, is the third member of his family to play for the Reds.
There are no Bulls in the England C squad to face Latvia on September 10th. The full squad is McDonald (Braintree), Walker (Dover), Oastler (Aldershot), Wood (Alfreton), Everton-Richards (Tamworth), Dunkley (Kiddy), Andrew (Macclesfield), Dean, Armson (Nuneaton), Dunk, Berry, Donaldson (Cambridge), Marsh-Brown, Hyde (Barnet), Norwood, Taylor (Forest Green).