We knew all along that we’d get our club back, and the news that Hereford FC is set to kick off next season at Edgar Street was met with a collective sigh of relief.
The company may be different but most people know this is a continuation of Hereford United, with the same history, the same colours and most importantly the same fans.
There is one major different between FC and United though. That is the relationship with other football clubs, and in particular the local ones. The support given to us from the likes of Pegasus Juniors, Westfields, Malvern Town and Kidderminster Harriers cannot be understated. I for one will long remember that night in front of the TV cameras at Aggborough. The football community certainly rallied round when we needed them most. Shame the Football Association didn’t do the same.
But we need to learn from the Keyte/Agombar/Lonsdale debacle. That situation should never be allowed to happen again. Most of us fans have faith in the supporters’ trust (HUST), and chairman John Hale, to do things right.
But we need to be vigilant; no individual is bigger than this club. All decisions made by the new board should be looked at critically, and any problems should be flagged up via HUST. We again urge anyone who hasn’t already to join HUST. As the saying goes, ‘there’s power in a union’.
But let’s not be too critical. Things are moving forward rapidly and the future looks bright. As we go to print, interviews for the new manager have been completed. Also season tickets are now on sale, with many people set to buy one as a way of funding the new club, whether they can make every game or not.
That first friendly on 7th July away at Malvern Town is going to be an emotional day. Some people say that football is the opium of the masses. Well if that is the case then we at Heckler HQ are bunch of junkies.
Bring it on. Come on you Whites!
We have our club back! We have our club back! Jon Hale and HUST are in the driving seat and it’s excellent news.
A whopping 97% of Hereford United Supporters Trust members voted in favour of the Jon Hale–HUST Hereford FC plan, which will bring the club back to the community. Despite some unanswered questions behind the model, Hale seems genuinely passionate about football and a fan that wants the best for the club – both fans and the community! He has the Heckler backing and we hope next season will be one to remember. Fingers crossed!
Starving out the Essex crooks worked despite threats, abuse and lies thrown at us. The rumours are now that the football tumour that is Andy Lonsdale is trying to attach himself on to the flagging corpse of Farnborough. A team which previously had trouble with crooked thieving owners and had to start from scratch. To allow this to happen yet again is completely unacceptable. All rivalries, opposing views and bickering need to put aside when this thieving salad-dodger is in town. Any club deserves our advice and support and Farnborough need it now. Apparently Lonsdale and lorry thief Tommy Agombar had already tried Swindon and Bristol Rovers but was rightly told to fuck off.
English leagues seem to be abundant with corrupt owners with dodgy backgrounds. Look at Man City, Chelsea and Man United for example, all ‘run’ by extremely suspect characters with endless pots of money making the whole league an uneven playing field. Will Stoke ever finish in the top four!? Will they fuck!
The ex-Leeds owner Massimo Cellino has now only been temporarily removed from his position until 10th April after the FA finally woke up and worked out that he was convicted of attempted embezzlement and fraudulent behaviour in 2013. It seems odd he will probably be allowed to become chairman again on his return. This is weird as Lonsdale has liquidated almost all of the 30 companies he has owned but is free to takeover another club with not even a suspension, despite previously failing the ownership test. It just goes to show how the FA favour and allow the big teams to break the wage structure and debt laws as much as they like.
We hope the Hale model takes off over here. The English game can certainly learn a lot from the German Bundesliga where tickets are affordable, the league is even, fans must own a percentage of the club, drinking is allowed in the stadium, terracing is still legal and the atmospheres at the games are amazing.
Viva Hereford FC!
A statement from Hereford United Supporters Trust
The Hereford United Supporters Trust fully support and endorse a peaceful protest to take place by Hereford United fans next Wednesday, October 8th, at Aggborough when Kidderminster Harriers take on Welling United in a Conference Premier match televised on BT Sport.
Following on from a fan suggestion, HUST spoke to their counterparts with the Kidderminster Harriers Independent Supporters Trust and, after approval of the Kidderminster Board of Directors, and from the police and local safety group, it has been agreed that Bulls fans will be allocated the away terrace (South Stand) at Aggborough for the match.
Bulls fans will take part in a peaceful protest bringing attention to the current situation at Hereford United that sees dozens of former employees still without pay and basic tax documentation from their time working for the club – money that was supposedly demanded by the Southern League to be paid before the club kicked off the season – while banned owner Tommy Agombar remains heavily involved at the club despite failing the Owners and Directors Test.
The game takes place on Wednesday, October 8th, kicking off at 7.45pm.
Hereford United Supporters Trust
1st October 2014.
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A bad smell has descended on Edgar Street. It’s not the smell of bullshit spoken by the current owners of the club. It’s not even the rotting pile of rubbish in the Blackfriars end. No, this is the smell of an individual who can’t help but turn to shit everything he touches.
Jabba the Blake, also known as Stuart Blake, is a local ‘businessman’ who has left a trail of debts and failed businesses across the county. A brief search of the Companies House website shows at least 14 failed enterprises. He’s currently making money off the hard work of others through his current business Herefordshire Recruitment. Not surprisingly David ‘I killed HUFC’ Keyte is a big buddy of Blake, even having a directorship in Blake’s firm.
Blake’s first involvement at Edgar Street was as a non-executive director under Keyte. This was until it was pointed out that people with Individual Voluntary Arrangements aren’t allowed to sit on the board of football clubs. An IVA is the alternative people take out to avoid going bankrupt. Doesn’t sound good really does it. A failed businessman helping an incompetent businessman to ruin a football club!
Well he’s back; Jabba just can’t help himself. He’s been seen sitting in the stand at Edgar Street next to Tommy ‘football man’ Agombar, looking like a little boy who’s too impressed by the bigger boys.
One thing that was clear from Jabba’s first stint at Edgar Street is that he is a fantasist. This is the man who dreamt up the Arab investors! Yes, really! He convinced himself—but failed to convince many other people—that a group of Arabs were going to arrive with bags of cash and make everything ok.
So guess what. He’s convinced Tommy and Mandy that the Arabs are still interested! You can’t make this shit up.
The drama continues.
Has Lonsdale stooped to a new low?
Back in August Hinton Football Club hosted a charity football match between Hereford United Supporters Trust Fans’ Team and the Mayor’s Xl, with proceeds split between the mayor’s chosen charity and the Adam Stansfield Foundation. The Foundation was set up after the sad death of ex-United player Adam Stansfield from bowel cancer.
In the lead up to the game HUST were contacted by Hereford United chairman Andy Lonsdale who said he’d like to donate a Lionel Messi signed Barcelona shirt. This kind offer was accepted by HUST who passed the shirt on to the foundation to auction online.
Information passed on to the Heckler this week suggests the Andy Lonsdale himself won the auction but has failed to pay for the shirt! The auction was held on eBay with the winning bid of £255. It came from someone going by the same name as Lonsdale with other personal information matching that of the current United chairman. After repeated efforts to contact the buyer, the foundation are now at a loss of what to do.
Now it may well be that someone has maliciously taken on Lonsdale’s ID, which is not a difficult thing to do on eBay. Either way, some sicko or Londale himself is ripping off a charity. We recommend that Lonsdale either pay up or contact the foundation to settle the issue.
We did think of contacting Hereford United to get a comment from Lonsdale but with the club’s track record of not communicating with anyone we decided not to waste our time.
The Adam Stansfield Foundation can be contacted here firstname.lastname@example.org