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9:28am Thursday 27th March 2014 in Sport
SUPPORTERS’ chief Keith Dodd is urging fans to keep raising the profile of Hereford United's battle for survival.
Dodd, the chairman of Hereford United Independent Supporters Association, says Twitter has been awash with fans’ desperately pleading for a white knight.
Cash-strapped United must raise £78,000 in the next two weeks to stave off an expected winding-up order from HMRC, non-executive director Bob Pritchard revealed this week.
But Pritchard confirmed at Monday's open fans' meeting that the club would not be going into administration ahead of today's (Thursday's) deadline for a points deduction this season.
Mike Harris, chairman of Welsh Premier outfit The New Saints (TNS), said he planned to make a donation towards United’s survival fight.
And Harris said Hereford’s fans ‘would be most welcome’ to carry out a bucket collection tomorrow (Friday) at TNS’ home match against Rhyl.
Dodd said: “We are trying to keep things positive and, as fans, we have got to do as much as we can. Hopefully, we can raise the profile of the fight which the club finds itself in.
“We must try to chip away at the £78,000 in small chunks. The club has been down this road before and, under Graham Turner, had we lost a cup tie at Dover, that would have been the end. But this is as dark as I can remember.”
Donations can be made through the club's official website.
"Payments are made through ID Sports, who run the club shop and have a Paypal facility," said director Dave Preedy.
Funds are then transferred into the club account within 24 hours.
In a dramatic week at Edgar Street, manager Martin Foyle and his assistant Andy Porter left their positions last Wednesday.
The following day, youth-team boss Peter Beadle was placed in caretaker charge with Steve Jenkins as his assistant.
Last Friday, the players issued a statement to confirm that they are fully behind the club
"We all now stand 100% behind Pete Beadle and Steve Jenkins," said the statement.
"We would like to ask you the supporters to put aside your grievances with any one individual, be it player or chairman and allow the negativity to lift a little and have everyone pulling in the same direction between now and the end of the season."
Club captain Luke Graham confirmed that the players had been receiving support from the PFA over their plight, which has seen them without their full salary since the beginning of February.
"The senior players at the club, Rhys Evans, Michael Rankine, Rob Purdie and I have been liaising with the PFA," he said. "And the PFA have been working hard to guarantee that our salaries will be forthcoming from the club.
"They have been working hard on our behalf."