Crisis at Edgar Street: Hereford United Football Club fail to pay football creditors

United against Stockport in February.

United against Stockport in February.

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HEREFORD United are staring at relegation from the Conference structure after failing to pay their football creditors.

United were told by Conference officials they needed to settle their debts with football creditors by 5pm or faced being expelled from the structure.

Hereford United’s players and staff tonight confirmed they have not received any payments from the club today.

And a message on Hereford United's official Twitter account says: "Hereford United will not be making any statement tonight regarding the current financial situation at Edgar Street."

New owner Tommy Agombar says he has the necessary £148,000 to pay off the Bulls’ football creditors, claimed Hereford United Supporters Trust vice-chairman Martin Watson.

However, Watson said Agombar had wanted written assurances from Conference bosses that the club would remain in the Conference Premier.

Conference general manager Dennis Strudwick told the Hereford Times yesterday that United were not in a position to call the tune and needed to play by the competition’s rules.

Hereford United Independent Supporters Association chairman Keith Dodd said he was extremely disappointed for the fans and the players.

Dodd said: “We are worried to death – it does not look like the deadline set by the Conference has been met.”

He added: “People will be in tears tonight and tomorrow will be absolutely devastating.”

Watson said: “We have not paid the football creditors so what the Conference are now going to do is probably the worst case scenario.”

On the pitch, United escaped relegation from the Conference Premier after a heart-stopping 2-1 win at Aldershot on the final day of the season.

But United’s fate will now be decided at a Conference board meeting tomorrow (Friday) at the Celtic Manor in Newport, South Wales.

David Keyte, who has had a much troubled and traumatic four-year reign at Edgar Street, remains as Hereford United chairman.

Keyte is expected to attend tomorrow's Conference board meeting.

The Conference’s annual general meeting takes place on Saturday morning.

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6:05pm Thu 5 Jun 14

Mr Tea says...

David Keyte is a disgrace and should be banned from the city Hereford.
David Keyte is a disgrace and should be banned from the city Hereford. Mr Tea
  • Score: 6

6:11pm Thu 5 Jun 14

Conference Fan2 says...

What i don't understand is , Welling owed £100k plus and their fans raised that money in a matter of less than a week and they have gone from strength to strength.

Hereford are a much bigger club, more fans etc and they've done NOTHING? NOTHING at all just sat and watched it go tits up.

Maybe Welling are a special club as most other times seem to go to the wall or drop lots of leagues and go CVA paying only pennies in the pound.

Maybe no one in Hereford cared enough to do anything about it as other clubs have in the past.
What i don't understand is , Welling owed £100k plus and their fans raised that money in a matter of less than a week and they have gone from strength to strength. Hereford are a much bigger club, more fans etc and they've done NOTHING? NOTHING at all just sat and watched it go tits up. Maybe Welling are a special club as most other times seem to go to the wall or drop lots of leagues and go CVA paying only pennies in the pound. Maybe no one in Hereford cared enough to do anything about it as other clubs have in the past. Conference Fan2
  • Score: 0

8:54pm Thu 5 Jun 14

ramblingsheep75 says...

People might want to actually stop and think what is going on here:

1. British Land have a shiny new £90m development next to the football ground, which is unsightly, falling down and dead land, other than for football.

2. Hereford council, the land owners are skint.

3. Who is Tommy Agombar? does anyone know him? have they met him? and why would he have £145k in his back pocket when his company, listed at companies house only has £16k cash in the bank???

I see a whole load of closed door discussions, brown envelopes and backwards hand motions, so the council can re-develop the land, and have a fall guy for the locals to blame, other than David Keyte and Herefordshire Council....
People might want to actually stop and think what is going on here: 1. British Land have a shiny new £90m development next to the football ground, which is unsightly, falling down and dead land, other than for football. 2. Hereford council, the land owners are skint. 3. Who is Tommy Agombar? does anyone know him? have they met him? and why would he have £145k in his back pocket when his company, listed at companies house only has £16k cash in the bank??? I see a whole load of closed door discussions, brown envelopes and backwards hand motions, so the council can re-develop the land, and have a fall guy for the locals to blame, other than David Keyte and Herefordshire Council.... ramblingsheep75
  • Score: 11

9:16pm Thu 5 Jun 14

ramblingsheep75 says...

More digging on Agombar - http://companycheck.
co.uk/director/91793
7630/MR-THOMAS-JAMES
-AGOMBAR
More digging on Agombar - http://companycheck. co.uk/director/91793 7630/MR-THOMAS-JAMES -AGOMBAR ramblingsheep75
  • Score: 3

10:17am Fri 6 Jun 14

mizza21 says...

What a debacle.

If the agreement to invest in the club was reached earlier in the week, why not start paying down the debts?
They knew this deadline was coming. The conference had told the club what the deal was so they could have headed this off.
It's no good Agombar saying now that he wants written assurance from the Conference that Hereford's place is secure without paying the debts first.
What a debacle. If the agreement to invest in the club was reached earlier in the week, why not start paying down the debts? They knew this deadline was coming. The conference had told the club what the deal was so they could have headed this off. It's no good Agombar saying now that he wants written assurance from the Conference that Hereford's place is secure without paying the debts first. mizza21
  • Score: 1

10:28am Fri 6 Jun 14

fordshire77 says...

Bring tears to my eyes to see what has become of OUR club, it’s never going to be a mega money maker so why would anyone invest in the club to try and make a quick buck! the investment needs to come from the fans, people who love the club through thick and thin....I would put £100 into the club (not that i can really afford it) but it’s the only chance we get to see real league football being played and a chance of one day recruiting that Newcastle game all those years ago in the FA cup.
Bring tears to my eyes to see what has become of OUR club, it’s never going to be a mega money maker so why would anyone invest in the club to try and make a quick buck! the investment needs to come from the fans, people who love the club through thick and thin....I would put £100 into the club (not that i can really afford it) but it’s the only chance we get to see real league football being played and a chance of one day recruiting that Newcastle game all those years ago in the FA cup. fordshire77
  • Score: 1

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