Consortium reveals its plan for alternative Hereford United future as battle for soul of club continues

Businessman Jon Hale and HUST Chairman Chris Williams believe they can create a sustainable phoenix club should Hereford United get liquidated.

Businessman Jon Hale and HUST Chairman Chris Williams believe they can create a sustainable phoenix club should Hereford United get liquidated.

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A GROUP of businessmen believe they can save Hereford United if the club is liquidated.

Jon Hale, director of Malvern-based polythene packaging manufacturer Hadopots Ltd, met Herefordshire Council officers on Tuesday to discuss the plan that he thinks is “viable” and “sustainable”.

Mr Hale was joined by accountant Phil Eynon, Richard Howard, a former chairman of the Hereford United Vice Presidents Club, chartered surveyor Phil Pratt, from Alder King Commercial Property Consultants, and Hereford United Supporters Trust (HUST) chairman Chris Williams.

The group’s idea is to create a “phoenix club” should the present club go under.

Mr Hale confirmed the group already has £150,000 underwritten to see the new club through the initial formation stages and is confident it can play at Edgar Street.

The pledges already made to HUST would also be added to the pot.

“The meeting gave us the opportunity to talk about our plans to secure a sustainable future for professional or semi-professional football at Edgar Street and also demonstrate we already have a viable business plan in place,” said Mr Hale.

“I am confident we were able to show how serious our proposals are and the level of professionalism within our group.

“Our proposals would see the creation of a new football club to play at Edgar Street – a club that’s sustainable and community run, but with a number of local investors in the background to ensure a solid financial base.”

Last week, Mr Hale said the group has “grave concerns” over Tommy Agombar’s ownership of Hereford United, which include his failure to make payments when promised and the news he met the council on Monday to discuss the three ground leases.

However, Mr Hale said now is the time to look forward and ensure there is still a club at Edgar Street come next season.

“We believe there is a real danger there may be no football played there this coming season and that worries us greatly,”

he said.

“ We have grave concerns about the future of Edgar Street full stop.”

“With the council’s support relating to the existing leases, or at least to agree an initial licence to use the stadium secured to an agreement to grant new leases, we believe we could make our business plan operational almost immediately and, with the initial financial guarantors we already have, form a club and recruit players to compete in 2014/15.”

If a new club is created, it would be community and supporter-led, with HUST playing a key role.

HUST chairman Chris Williams said that the group’s intentions is not to make a profit or sell off assets.

“HUST runs on openness and transparency,” he said.

“Because of the previous mismanagement, it’s gone too far – there’s no salvation.

“We’ve got no manager, no fixtures – we don’t even know what league we’ll be in.

“Our offer to help wasn’t taken up, so we’re looking at alternatives.

“We should be able to provide a football club for fans to watch and ensure there’s one worth fighting for.”

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5:33pm Fri 20 Jun 14

megilleland says...

Sounds as if they have a plan to keep Hereford playing football, compared to Mr Agombar who keeps shouting from the sidelines.
Sounds as if they have a plan to keep Hereford playing football, compared to Mr Agombar who keeps shouting from the sidelines. megilleland
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10:47pm Fri 20 Jun 14

A.Non01 says...

These guys need to be supported by the people of Herefordshire.

Please do so by signing our petition.

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These guys need to be supported by the people of Herefordshire. Please do so by signing our petition. http://www.change.or g/petitions/hereford shire-county-council -reject-proposals-to -transfer-developmen t-land-leases-from-h ereford-united-to-mr -tommy-agombar?fb_ac tion_ids=10152554561 848277&fb_action_typ es=change-org%3Arecr uit&fb_ref=__cagsCKy RJa A.Non01
  • Score: 1

5:42am Sat 21 Jun 14

B the B says...

What are the plans?
If the club go under then what league would they play in?
What about the creditors?
Still loose Hereford United

I am not being negative here but the fans have been through so much, they need openness and honesty that is the only way forward. he whole situation is terrible and needs some sort investigation into the goings on.
What are the plans? If the club go under then what league would they play in? What about the creditors? Still loose Hereford United I am not being negative here but the fans have been through so much, they need openness and honesty that is the only way forward. he whole situation is terrible and needs some sort investigation into the goings on. B the B
  • Score: 3

10:49pm Sat 21 Jun 14

roger3589 says...

I write this message with a heavy heart.

This petition against the leases baffles me. The Council have already said that they will not assign the leases to big tommy.

Even if they do in the end the profits have to be assigned to the club doesn't it?

The petition has been signed by some 7,000 FANS. Where do you get 7,000 fans from. If we have 7000 fans WHERE ARE THEY ON A SATURDAY AFTERNOON?

I repeat WHERE ARE THEY ON A SATURDAY AFTERNOON?!!!!

I think they just want to jump on the bandwagon. I am sure that they are not all genuine votes and these people are obviously NOT genuine supporters.

I have supported this club since 1955, I love the club and do not want to see it die. Southern League is better than nowhere, we have been there before perhaps some people don't know that. If the club dies at best we will play in TIER 12. There is a vacancy there in the West Midlands regional league Division 2. Will you support the club there? Think about it.

YOU DID NOT SUPPORT THE CLUB IN THE CONFERENCE!!

HEREFORD UNITED WILL AGAIN NOT BE ABLE TO SUSTAIN FOOTBALL AT EDGAR STREET AT THIS LEVEL.

I again repeat what I said before. Where has the money gone. David Keyte bought the club, has he taken his money out. Do United owe him any money, I would suspect not. Have United been trading whilst insolvent. OF COURSE THEY HAVE. THIS IS ILLEGAL and people who have taken money from the club have made themselves preferential creditors. Again this is ILLEGAL and someone should be in investigating it.

All this rubbish saddens my heart and I have just about had enough. I have tried to support other clubs over the years but I always return to United. Perhaps I will have to try harder.

Good night, god bless and rest in peace Hereford United.

This is the end for me.
I write this message with a heavy heart. This petition against the leases baffles me. The Council have already said that they will not assign the leases to big tommy. Even if they do in the end the profits have to be assigned to the club doesn't it? The petition has been signed by some 7,000 FANS. Where do you get 7,000 fans from. If we have 7000 fans WHERE ARE THEY ON A SATURDAY AFTERNOON? I repeat WHERE ARE THEY ON A SATURDAY AFTERNOON?!!!! I think they just want to jump on the bandwagon. I am sure that they are not all genuine votes and these people are obviously NOT genuine supporters. I have supported this club since 1955, I love the club and do not want to see it die. Southern League is better than nowhere, we have been there before perhaps some people don't know that. If the club dies at best we will play in TIER 12. There is a vacancy there in the West Midlands regional league Division 2. Will you support the club there? Think about it. YOU DID NOT SUPPORT THE CLUB IN THE CONFERENCE!! HEREFORD UNITED WILL AGAIN NOT BE ABLE TO SUSTAIN FOOTBALL AT EDGAR STREET AT THIS LEVEL. I again repeat what I said before. Where has the money gone. David Keyte bought the club, has he taken his money out. Do United owe him any money, I would suspect not. Have United been trading whilst insolvent. OF COURSE THEY HAVE. THIS IS ILLEGAL and people who have taken money from the club have made themselves preferential creditors. Again this is ILLEGAL and someone should be in investigating it. All this rubbish saddens my heart and I have just about had enough. I have tried to support other clubs over the years but I always return to United. Perhaps I will have to try harder. Good night, god bless and rest in peace Hereford United. This is the end for me. roger3589
  • Score: 6

5:19am Sun 22 Jun 14

B the B says...

I totally agree roger 3589
I totally agree roger 3589 B the B
  • Score: -2

9:04am Tue 24 Jun 14

DavidRPSmith says...

roger3589 wrote:
I write this message with a heavy heart.

This petition against the leases baffles me. The Council have already said that they will not assign the leases to big tommy.

Even if they do in the end the profits have to be assigned to the club doesn't it?

The petition has been signed by some 7,000 FANS. Where do you get 7,000 fans from. If we have 7000 fans WHERE ARE THEY ON A SATURDAY AFTERNOON?

I repeat WHERE ARE THEY ON A SATURDAY AFTERNOON?!!!!

I think they just want to jump on the bandwagon. I am sure that they are not all genuine votes and these people are obviously NOT genuine supporters.

I have supported this club since 1955, I love the club and do not want to see it die. Southern League is better than nowhere, we have been there before perhaps some people don't know that. If the club dies at best we will play in TIER 12. There is a vacancy there in the West Midlands regional league Division 2. Will you support the club there? Think about it.

YOU DID NOT SUPPORT THE CLUB IN THE CONFERENCE!!

HEREFORD UNITED WILL AGAIN NOT BE ABLE TO SUSTAIN FOOTBALL AT EDGAR STREET AT THIS LEVEL.

I again repeat what I said before. Where has the money gone. David Keyte bought the club, has he taken his money out. Do United owe him any money, I would suspect not. Have United been trading whilst insolvent. OF COURSE THEY HAVE. THIS IS ILLEGAL and people who have taken money from the club have made themselves preferential creditors. Again this is ILLEGAL and someone should be in investigating it.

All this rubbish saddens my heart and I have just about had enough. I have tried to support other clubs over the years but I always return to United. Perhaps I will have to try harder.

Good night, god bless and rest in peace Hereford United.

This is the end for me.
Its sad to say, but even if Hereford pulled a crowd of 7000 each home game, Im pretty sure we would still be in this position now. David Keytes couldnt run a bloody bath let alone a football club. He was only ever in it for one reason and that was self gain. His greed and inability has ruined a beautiful, historical football club.
[quote][p][bold]roger3589[/bold] wrote: I write this message with a heavy heart. This petition against the leases baffles me. The Council have already said that they will not assign the leases to big tommy. Even if they do in the end the profits have to be assigned to the club doesn't it? The petition has been signed by some 7,000 FANS. Where do you get 7,000 fans from. If we have 7000 fans WHERE ARE THEY ON A SATURDAY AFTERNOON? I repeat WHERE ARE THEY ON A SATURDAY AFTERNOON?!!!! I think they just want to jump on the bandwagon. I am sure that they are not all genuine votes and these people are obviously NOT genuine supporters. I have supported this club since 1955, I love the club and do not want to see it die. Southern League is better than nowhere, we have been there before perhaps some people don't know that. If the club dies at best we will play in TIER 12. There is a vacancy there in the West Midlands regional league Division 2. Will you support the club there? Think about it. YOU DID NOT SUPPORT THE CLUB IN THE CONFERENCE!! HEREFORD UNITED WILL AGAIN NOT BE ABLE TO SUSTAIN FOOTBALL AT EDGAR STREET AT THIS LEVEL. I again repeat what I said before. Where has the money gone. David Keyte bought the club, has he taken his money out. Do United owe him any money, I would suspect not. Have United been trading whilst insolvent. OF COURSE THEY HAVE. THIS IS ILLEGAL and people who have taken money from the club have made themselves preferential creditors. Again this is ILLEGAL and someone should be in investigating it. All this rubbish saddens my heart and I have just about had enough. I have tried to support other clubs over the years but I always return to United. Perhaps I will have to try harder. Good night, god bless and rest in peace Hereford United. This is the end for me.[/p][/quote]Its sad to say, but even if Hereford pulled a crowd of 7000 each home game, Im pretty sure we would still be in this position now. David Keytes couldnt run a bloody bath let alone a football club. He was only ever in it for one reason and that was self gain. His greed and inability has ruined a beautiful, historical football club. DavidRPSmith
  • Score: 1

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