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The Paul Rogers blog: What now for Hereford United?
I KNEW the financial problems at Edgar Street were bad, but not quite as bad as I thought.
To put it simply - the club is in a right old mess!
They need a £35,000 cash injection in the next week and cannot afford to pay their players' wages.
And if that is not bad enough, the Bulls will also have to find an additional £240,000 by the end of November.
The fact that administration is being talked about spells very grim news for the club.
For those of you who do not know, I am a season ticket holder at Hereford United and a life-long supporter.
The club is in my blood and it pains me to see them experiencing such problems.
At the start of the season, Hereford chairman David Keyte budgeted for home attendances of 2,400.
Based on what exactly?
The club had just got relegated, the home form over the past few years has been very poor to put it mildly and there would be a much lower away following for most matches in the Blue Square Bet Premier.
Admission prices are also a concern.
Yes, the club reduced season tickets, with an early-bird one being £234, but in my opinion match-day prices of between £16 and £18 is just too high.
I remember not too long ago when it was just £10 to watch Hereford United and it was increased by £1 if they were in the top five.
I know football prices have increased across the board, but I think that the Bulls should have either frozen or reduced their prices following relegation.
The die-hards will aways follow the Bulls, regardless of what league they are in.
But it is the fans who have disappeared that we need to get back to Edgar Street.
We took 10,000 to the Walkers Stadium for the Conference Play-Off Final against Halifax six years ago and there's been a number of occasions when we have taken great followers to other away games.
So why don't fans no longer go to matches?
Performances on the pitch don't help of course and may be they don't care about the club as much as they used to.
If that's the case, then the club has a huge task on its hands to try and get them back.
Because Hereford is crying out for them now.
If the Bulls lose to FC United of Manchester in the FA Cup on Saturday and lose out on the £12,500 prize money, not to mention potentially more money in further rounds, then it will really be crisis time at Edgar Street.
David Keyte has suggested that 2,000 people could each donate £100 to stablise the club.
In all honesty, I think you will struggle to find 1,000 people willing to do that, let alone 2,000, considering the attendance for the last home game was only 1,537, but it is an option.
Football can be great in uniting people, especially when times are tough.
Yes, it's easy to be angry to see the club in such financial ruin and it's easy to blame people for it.
But the thought of Hereford United going under is too much to bear.
It's the county's number one club when only four years ago was mixing it with Leeds United and Leicester City in the same league.
Whatever it takes, we all need to do something to try and help the club in any way we can.
If we don’t then it could spell disaster for the club.
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