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Keyte: Fans vital in fight to ensure Bulls survive
9:30am Saturday 17th November 2012 in Sport By Steve Carley - Midlands Sports Journalist of the Year 2013, @stevecarleyWN
CHAIRMAN David Keyte says donations are still needed to help keep Hereford United afloat.
Fans have been dipping into their pockets to raise money for the cash-strapped Bulls, who owe more than £100,000 in tax.
Although £20,000 has come in supporters’ donations, Keyte admitted at least £5,000 more per month is needed as the club aim to improve their bottom line by £30,000 a month. Director of football Gary Peters has already left the Bulls amid cost-cutting measures and general manager Terry Emmett departed this week.
United, who head to Lincoln City today (3pm), have only one Saturday home match in the Blue Square Bet Premier before the end of the year.
But the FA Cup second-round trip to Cheltenham will generate at least £68,000 from television coverage and they have an Edgar Street derby with Kidderminster Harriers on Boxing Day.
Keyte said: “The donations have slowed down but they remain hugely important to us and any will be gratefully received.
“We are now without a Saturday home league game until December 29. If we had been at home today, we could well have had a home following of 2,000 and reached that break-even figure which I’ve been banging on about.
“We also want to increase our home crowd by 300 to 400 people and that would imp-rove our gate money by £8,000 to £9,000 per match.
“We are confident we can pay the wages this month but we are in a position where we can’t make inroads into the PAYE and other bits.”
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