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Ex-Bull Rob Purdie relishing derby FA Cup tie
9:00am Saturday 27th October 2012 in Sport
FORMER Hereford United favourite Rob Purdie is relishing an early chance to return to Edgar Street after the FA Cup first round draw.
The versatile midfielder or full-back has recently been on the bench at the Bulls’ League One opponents Shrewsbury Town who he left for in the summer.
Purdie believes Hereford will provide a stiff challenge when the old rivals clash next Saturday at 1pm.
The tie will also see ex-United manager and chairman Graham Turner lock horns with his old club.
Purdie, 30, said: “It is a good draw for both teams, although it’s not the best one for the police.
“It is something for the fans to look forward to and gives both teams a bit of revenue, much-needed in Hereford’s case.
“It’s a local derby and anything can happen, especially in the FA Cup. We know Hereford will be ready for it and, in Martin Foyle, they have a manager who will be up for the challenge.”
Purdie was sad to see the cash-strapped Bulls unable to pay their £35,000 tax bill this week and struggling to afford the staff’s wages.
He added: “It is never nice to see a team struggling but I think budgeting for attendances of 2,400 was a bit optimistic.
“If they are at the top challenging, they could get 3,000 but they have had two bleak seasons, so I would say that about 1,800 to 1,900 for each game would be more realistic.”