Keith Dodd doesn’t want to contemplate relegation shoot-out against Aldershot

Ex-Liverpool ace John Aldridge is speaking at United next Friday night.

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First published in Sport

SUPPORTERS’ chief Keith Dodd admits he doesn’t want to contemplate a relegation shoot-out against Aldershot on the final game of the season.

And he is appealing to United’s fans to get behind the team for the next two matches to avoid a do-or-die battle at Aldershot on April 26.

United have slipped into Conference Premier drop zone and travel to relegated Tamworth tomorrow night (Friday) before hosting Alfreton on Easter Monday.

Dodd, chairman of Hereford United Independent Supporters Association (HUISA) , said: “I plead with as many Hereford fans as possible to get to our matches against Tamworth and Alfreton and to encourage the players.

“We need to get six points from our next two matches or a minimum of four points.

“I don’t want to be going to Aldershot on the final day of the season needing three points to stay up.

“We got relegated on the last day of the season after playing against Torquay and Brighton.

“I don’t want it be a relegation hat-trick. I don’t want to contemplate relegation out of this league.”

United have officially settled the £78,000 payment to Revenue and Customs (HMRC) but Dodd stresses that the fund-raising for the cash-strapped club has not stopped.

Dodd said: “In my view, there are three stages and we have got through the first one, which was paying the tax bill which threatened the club’s existence.

“Stage two is to continue with the fund-raising, which we are doing, and the third stage is for the club to pay off the creditors before the Conference’s annual general meeting.”

Members of HUISA, Hereford United Supporters’ Trust (HUST) met with the United board of directors on Monday night.

“There has been a talk of potential investors but, from a supporters’ point of view, we have to get to the end of the season and take stock.”

Meanwhile, club director Grenville Smith believes the off-field issues will not affect the players’ performances.

They will want to finish on a high. If they are professionals they will want to put their all into it, even if they are not paid some until the end of the season.”

Names from the club’s past continue to rally round to support United.

A “humble” Ronnie Radford hosted a night at the Starlight Rooms last weekend, that Smith called a big success.

“Ronnie was very worried about the future of the club,” said Smith.

“He said that we have to do whatever it takes to keep the club going, given its long history.”

Colin Addison has reached out to one of his footballing connections, former Manchester City star Mike Summerbee, to help out with memorabilia to be auctioned at sportsman’s evening with Liverpool legend John Aldridge night at the Starlight Rooms next Friday.

Summerbee has given the Bulls a signed shirt from City star Sergio Aguero for the auction, as well contributing a framed shirt from his own 1969 FA Cup-winning campaign and a signed ‘Escape to Victory’ DVD.

Smith is also in the process of organising a sportsman’s night with former manager John Sillett, who donated £500 to the club’s coffers.

Tickets are still available for John Aldridge fund-raiser next Friday – which will also feature a meal and a comedian – costing £25 each. For tickets, call 01432 375630.

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