Tough times ahead for Hereford

Worcester News: (4660274) (4660274)

THE other day I was asked whether Hereford United would be placed in Conference North or South if they were relegated from non-league's top-flight.

I must admit, it was not something I had really considered because the Bulls getting relegated had not crossed my mind.

Although they have endured a largely miserable season, on and off the pitch, they looked to have done enough early on in the campaign to stave off the drop.

But now I'm not so sure. The Edgar Street side are perched precariously just five points above the bottom four and struggling for form, particularly at home, as highlighted by a 0-0 draw with long-since-doomed Hyde at the weekend.

The Bulls are seemingly on the road to nowhere. Even if they do stay up, next season looks like being another struggle unless some serious cash injection is forthcoming.

Going part-time has to be a consideration because it would seem they cannot sustain themselves in the long-term as a full-time outfit on the crowds they currently attract.

Hereford's financial situation has been well documented.

Players have not been paid on time on more than one occasion and a winding-up order was only avoided at the 11th hour in January.

In December the club pleaded with fans to bail them out to the tune of £35,000 but there has been little discernible improvement.

It is true that United have suffered hugely as a result of relegation from the Football League, which cost them around £750,000 in funding.

But that can't continually be used as an excuse. At some point they have to find a solution.

Chairman David Keyte has introduced cost-cutting measures and often propped the club up with his own money, as well as vowing to implement a break-even budget.

There are some big decisions ahead for Hereford, whichever division they find themselves playing in.

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2:03pm Tue 18 Mar 14

Hillbilly1 says...

and why is this of any relevance to the Worcester News? Hereford Times maybe (where they don't publish articles on Worcester City or Kidderminster Harriers?
This is the Worcester News covering Worcestershire items.
and why is this of any relevance to the Worcester News? Hereford Times maybe (where they don't publish articles on Worcester City or Kidderminster Harriers? This is the Worcester News covering Worcestershire items. Hillbilly1
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2:34pm Tue 18 Mar 14

steve carley says...

Because we sell papers in Hereford, as we do in Malvern, Droitwich and Kidderminster.
Because we sell papers in Hereford, as we do in Malvern, Droitwich and Kidderminster. steve carley
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2:54pm Tue 18 Mar 14

Hillbilly1 says...

and Malvern, Droitwich and Kidderminster are in ........Worcestershi
re!
and Malvern, Droitwich and Kidderminster are in ........Worcestershi re! Hillbilly1
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3:09pm Tue 18 Mar 14

steve carley says...

Historically, we have always had an audience in Hereford and that's why we have always carried content on them, and will continue to do so. It's not as if it's miles away as to not interest people in Worcester either.
Historically, we have always had an audience in Hereford and that's why we have always carried content on them, and will continue to do so. It's not as if it's miles away as to not interest people in Worcester either. steve carley
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3:55pm Tue 18 Mar 14

High Time says...

They must start to live within there means. if that means going part time or playing at a low level of football so be it. They are not the only football club struggling to survive.
They must start to live within there means. if that means going part time or playing at a low level of football so be it. They are not the only football club struggling to survive. High Time
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4:59pm Tue 18 Mar 14

liketoknow says...

this situation could only happen in football. if any other business operated under these conditions they would have gone to the wall years ago .
this situation could only happen in football. if any other business operated under these conditions they would have gone to the wall years ago . liketoknow
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5:42pm Tue 18 Mar 14

Carthaginian says...

If Hereford were to be relegated, it would be an unlikely set of circumstances that would see them placed in Conference South. It would depend on who else gets relegated from the Conference, and who gets promoted from the 3 feeder leagues to the Step 2 pool of 44 Clubs. Only when that pool of 44 Clubs is known (at the time of the Conference AGM in June) is the division made between the 22 most northerly and 22 most southerly Clubs. It is also questionable whether that division would be done on strict latitudinal terms, as travel distance may be more relevant, and the Conference South is largely centred around and within the M25. I haven't looked at latitudes, but Clubs like Oxford, Brackley, Histon, Gloucester (if not promoted or relegated at the end of the season) could be shifted to Conference South.

That it is a possibility that Hereford might be playing in the same league as Worcester next season seems a valid topic for a discussion piece, as it is not news, but an interesting discussion point. It was the subject of discussion outside the Co-op in Ledbury on Saturday evening. Hereford fans 'on the street' preferred the idea of being in the same league as Telford, but it was pointed out that Telford could well be swapping places with Hereford in the Conference National.

Hereford being in the same league as Stockport County surely cant be too much of a disappointment to Bulls fans?
If Hereford were to be relegated, it would be an unlikely set of circumstances that would see them placed in Conference South. It would depend on who else gets relegated from the Conference, and who gets promoted from the 3 feeder leagues to the Step 2 pool of 44 Clubs. Only when that pool of 44 Clubs is known (at the time of the Conference AGM in June) is the division made between the 22 most northerly and 22 most southerly Clubs. It is also questionable whether that division would be done on strict latitudinal terms, as travel distance may be more relevant, and the Conference South is largely centred around and within the M25. I haven't looked at latitudes, but Clubs like Oxford, Brackley, Histon, Gloucester (if not promoted or relegated at the end of the season) could be shifted to Conference South. That it is a possibility that Hereford might be playing in the same league as Worcester next season seems a valid topic for a discussion piece, as it is not news, but an interesting discussion point. It was the subject of discussion outside the Co-op in Ledbury on Saturday evening. Hereford fans 'on the street' preferred the idea of being in the same league as Telford, but it was pointed out that Telford could well be swapping places with Hereford in the Conference National. Hereford being in the same league as Stockport County surely cant be too much of a disappointment to Bulls fans? Carthaginian
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6:17pm Tue 18 Mar 14

Hillbilly1 says...

The Hereford Times covers Hereford United, Pegasus and Westfields as their main teams. The Worcester News covers Worcester City, Kidderminster Harriers and .....Hereford United. Why not Worcestershire teams like Redditch United or Evesham? I don't think fans of City or Harriers really have any feelings towards Hereford United, a very different County! I would be interersted in Evesham United though, so why not change the tabs under sport to reflect more football in this county? I actually have more affinity to Gloucester City, and they're closer! Or Leamington town?
The Hereford Times covers Hereford United, Pegasus and Westfields as their main teams. The Worcester News covers Worcester City, Kidderminster Harriers and .....Hereford United. Why not Worcestershire teams like Redditch United or Evesham? I don't think fans of City or Harriers really have any feelings towards Hereford United, a very different County! I would be interersted in Evesham United though, so why not change the tabs under sport to reflect more football in this county? I actually have more affinity to Gloucester City, and they're closer! Or Leamington town? Hillbilly1
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12:26pm Wed 19 Mar 14

steve carley says...

There's plenty in on Evesham United.
There's plenty in on Evesham United. steve carley
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11:31am Sat 22 Mar 14

bashby says...

The Worcester News is a great local paper that I subscribe to and support.

It just looks as though the Newsquest group have not researched or mapped the distribution very well.

It would make commercial sense if this paper covered Worcestershire though and not just Worcester and the rural southern bit as well Herefordshire.

I'm sure most inhabitants of Worcester have closer ties with the west midland conurbation rather than Westfields! It looks like the bods at the Newquest group do not know their local geography as there will be a huge potential readership and sponsors in Worcestershire, who unfortunately have been covered by the Dudley E&S and Birmingham Mail for a long while now.

Also... why do the job classifieds post opportunities in Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire rather than in Worcestershire... its all a bit confused and not relevant.

Would the Worcester News/ Berrows be sustainable if it split from Newsquest?
The Worcester News is a great local paper that I subscribe to and support. It just looks as though the Newsquest group have not researched or mapped the distribution very well. It would make commercial sense if this paper covered Worcestershire though and not just Worcester and the rural southern bit as well Herefordshire. I'm sure most inhabitants of Worcester have closer ties with the west midland conurbation rather than Westfields! It looks like the bods at the Newquest group do not know their local geography as there will be a huge potential readership and sponsors in Worcestershire, who unfortunately have been covered by the Dudley E&S and Birmingham Mail for a long while now. Also... why do the job classifieds post opportunities in Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire rather than in Worcestershire... its all a bit confused and not relevant. Would the Worcester News/ Berrows be sustainable if it split from Newsquest? bashby
  • Score: 2

11:33am Sat 22 Mar 14

bashby says...

The Worcester News is a great local paper that I subscribe to and support.

It just looks as though the Newsquest group have not researched or mapped its distribution very well.

It would make commercial sense if this paper covered Worcestershire though and not just Worcester and the rural southern bit as well Herefordshire.

I'm sure most inhabitants of Worcester have closer ties with the west midland conurbation rather than Westfields! It looks like the bods at the Newquest group do not know their local geography as there will be a huge potential readership and sponsors in Worcestershire, who unfortunately have been covered by the Dudley E&S and Birmingham Mail for a long while now.

Also... why do the job classifieds post opportunities in Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire rather than in Worcestershire... its all a bit confused and not relevant.

Would the Worcester News/ Berrows be sustainable if it split from Newsquest and was sold throughout Worcestershire?
The Worcester News is a great local paper that I subscribe to and support. It just looks as though the Newsquest group have not researched or mapped its distribution very well. It would make commercial sense if this paper covered Worcestershire though and not just Worcester and the rural southern bit as well Herefordshire. I'm sure most inhabitants of Worcester have closer ties with the west midland conurbation rather than Westfields! It looks like the bods at the Newquest group do not know their local geography as there will be a huge potential readership and sponsors in Worcestershire, who unfortunately have been covered by the Dudley E&S and Birmingham Mail for a long while now. Also... why do the job classifieds post opportunities in Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire rather than in Worcestershire... its all a bit confused and not relevant. Would the Worcester News/ Berrows be sustainable if it split from Newsquest and was sold throughout Worcestershire? bashby
  • Score: 2

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