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Public address announcer Matt Healey give his View from Edgar Street
12:02pm Tuesday 24th December 2013 in Sport
This week, it's public address announcer Matt Healey.
I first started watching the Bulls in October 1988.
It was a 2-1 home win over Carlisle and I was hooked. Its definitely been a roller coaster ride.
We’ve enjoyed numerous promotions and a Welsh Cup Final win, as well as relegations and defeats to non league opposition in the FA Cup.
I was born in Hereford and my affiliation is with my hometown club. I just couldn’t take the easy option and support a Premier League team and be an armchair fan.
I just don’t see the fascination in following a club miles away from where you were born.
Hereford United are my hometown team and I will support the Bulls through thick and thin.
Hereford have a fantastic FA Cup tradition, and I have recently watched some of the historical FA Cup footage on YouTube, its absolutely incredible to see Edgar Street ram packed and supporters so passionate about their hometown club. It would be amazing to see that type of support again
I’ve been working at Edgar Street since September 2002. I was originally ask to do the PA for a charity game between Emmerdale and Coronation Street.
I don’t remember much about the game, but Alan Halsall (Tyrone) definitely played, and maybe James Hooton (Sam Dingle) for the Emmerdale.
It was good fun and I got asked to stay involved and operate the scoreboard, and subsequently moved onto the microphone in 2004.
I still operate the scoreboard today. It’s a very useful tool for the club to have.
It was installed in 2000, as part of the will of life long supporter Anthony Tindell. Its been a vital mainstay the last 13 seasons, and just doesn’t show the score.
It has provided around a thousand birthday messages over the years to supporters, as well as helping the club in promoting events at the Starlite Rooms and getting important safety messages across.
Latest scores from other games are also shown and can provide a psychological boost.
Back in April 2012 we were at home to Northampton, and Macclesfield, who at the time were one of our relegation rivals, went a goal down after 70 minutes.
The score was immediately flashed onto the scoreboard and it lifted the crowd to respond with more vocal encouragement.
We dictated play for the remainder of the game, and it was so agonising to see Nicky Featherstone’s injury time effort smash against the post.
Times are tough being a Hereford United fan.
The financial situation is well publicised and recent cost cutting has taken place.
The youth team though are providing supporters with extra cheer.
Pete Beadle has done a fantastic job in a short space of time, and its been good to see the likes of Cory Williams, Owen Evans and Billy Murphy be included on the first team substitutes bench.
The young Bulls will play Manchester City in the next round of the FA youth cup, and I hope they enjoy the experience of playing against a massive club.
It would be fantastic if these lads could make the club some money in the future and follow the likes of Kevin Sheedy and Chris Price into the top flight
As a city we all need to pull together and get behind the team. This is our team and our city. Relegation again would be horrible.
We need to make sure we stay in the Skrill Premier and then look to build for next season