THE father of Hereford United player Chris Bush has said that he has had to financially support him this season.
Bush – like the rest of the squad – is still owed wages as the club desperately tries to stay afloat.
His father Stuart saw him in action against Barnet on Saturday and said that he was thankful for the support that the Bulls supporters gave the players.
“It is hard when you’re not getting paid, but I said to Chris that he needs to run himself in the ground so he is not seen to be not pulling his weight,” said Stuart.
“It is a tricky situation, but he won’t get anything if he doesn’t stick it out.
“If you’re not trying, then fans will start to boo you.
“I have been to about 15 games this season, so to see the fans continue to sing throughout the game on Saturday was great and I am sure it helped the players.
“I have had to bail out Chris and support him this season, but he has just got on with things.
“But, I think for a couple of players, not being paid has affected them.
“Chris really likes it at Hereford and would like to stay there for another season.
“A lot of the players are in the same situation and it’s a real dilemma about what to do, but I’ve told Chris to just keep playing.”
Worried Hereford fans who travelled to Barnet last Saturday said that they are fearful about what the future holds for the Bulls.
“We’ve been here before, but I think it is naive to presume we will be ok this time,” said Adam Peters.
“A lot has been made about the severe cut in funding since dropping out of the league, but unrealistic budgeting and attendances and a risky ticket price cut have all contributed to the financial void which seems to be snowballing at an alarming rate.
“Hopefully Peter Beadle can instil some confidence and draw a good response from the players in the wake of a turbulent few weeks.”
Rob Jeffery said that he cannot see where the required investment that is needed will come from.
“I am worried about the club that I’ve grown up and supported and I want to make sure that they remain a football club,” said Rob.
“But, I am struggling to see where we are going to get £300,000 from and then we would need another £400,000 next year.
“But, I won’t be going anywhere and will still be there to watch them rise again.”
Mark Jordan travelled to the game with his 11-year-old daughter Emma from Stamford, Lincolnshire.
He said that, even though he was encouraged by Saturday’s performance, games are running out for the Bulls if they want to maintain their Skrill Premier status.
“I am confident that we can stay up though,” said Mark.
“The players put in a good shift at Barnet and worked very hard.
“But, the club desperately needs investment and I am worried about the future.
“But, we are where we are and everyone needs to get behind the club, because there’s no point getting on the players’ backs.”