Bulls in crisis: Hereford United's future is hanging by a thread

Bulls in crisis: Hereford United's future is hanging by a thread

Bulls in crisis: Hereford United's future is hanging by a thread

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THE future of Hereford United Football Club is hanging by a thread.

The Southern League had given United until today to pay all outstanding football creditors, the Hereford Times understands.

But it is rumoured the deadline for payments has been extended until tomorrow.

The payment of football creditors to allow competitive football to be played at Edgar Street next season is vital to the planned Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA) proposal to creditors.

The Football Association are understood to be monitoring events at Edgar Street.

And the Southern League are set to issue a statement on Hereford United’s situation.

United are due to be in the Royal Courts of Justice in London on Monday to defend a winding-up petition and present a Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA) proposal.

United advisor Joel Nathan has not responded to today's calls from the Hereford Times.

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2:32pm Wed 23 Jul 14

Whatabouttheleases? says...

Good work HT on following up on this.

Nathan said payments would be made. They haven't again. How long can the Southern League and the FA let this charade continue? All we get from the club are lies or silence. This is not the club I have supported since I was a kid. But I doubt Agombar, Lonsdale, Ellis, Nathan care about fans like me. I sincerely hope that in the coming weeks one of HMRC, the legal system or the football authorities throw the book at them and the fans can get their cub back.

Shame on you Agombar and co.
Good work HT on following up on this. Nathan said payments would be made. They haven't again. How long can the Southern League and the FA let this charade continue? All we get from the club are lies or silence. This is not the club I have supported since I was a kid. But I doubt Agombar, Lonsdale, Ellis, Nathan care about fans like me. I sincerely hope that in the coming weeks one of HMRC, the legal system or the football authorities throw the book at them and the fans can get their cub back. Shame on you Agombar and co. Whatabouttheleases?
  • Score: 23

4:02pm Wed 23 Jul 14

Hereford Common Sense says...

When will this end????/

Ok, Im prepared to be educated and accept Im not the fan of home turf football that I appreciate and respect others are. But wouldn't this work for the benefit of everyone??????? (Again correct me as having common sense is also about having the ability to be educated)

1) Hereford United is Bankrupt on paper so allow it to be bankrupt and wipe out all of the debts and prioritise those that can be paid. Wipes the slate clean for a new venture.

2) The current ground is on a majorly sought after site. I appreciate for nostalgic reasons people like the term and the idea of football being played at Edgar Street. However, if there is a situation where the majority become winners........Heref
ord Council sell the grounds for expansion of the Old Market Shopping centre, houses or whatever. This vast amount of money then goes to 3)

3) With the proceeds of 2) (The sale of edgar street), a new stadium is built outside the city (It worked for the cattle market). This new facility could be amazing as Im sure the sale of Edgar st will make more than enough. Perhaps a new football academy could be included.

4) A new Trust is set up and managed by the Hereford United supporters. Anyone with active links to the failed football business would not be allowed to sit on the new board. Agrobar would have to go with the defunct business too and his lesson is a) Dont tell fibs and b) dont buy into something without doing the necessary research first.

Now wouldnt steps 1-4 work? The stupidity of entering into a VA when you cannot play football at the ground? How do you propose to honour new commitments without an income. If you really want Hereford Football to "rise from the ashes like a phoenix" then you need to think of an idea like this or similar.

Thats my opinion as a non-football-fan.
When will this end????/ Ok, Im prepared to be educated and accept Im not the fan of home turf football that I appreciate and respect others are. But wouldn't this work for the benefit of everyone??????? (Again correct me as having common sense is also about having the ability to be educated) 1) Hereford United is Bankrupt on paper so allow it to be bankrupt and wipe out all of the debts and prioritise those that can be paid. Wipes the slate clean for a new venture. 2) The current ground is on a majorly sought after site. I appreciate for nostalgic reasons people like the term and the idea of football being played at Edgar Street. However, if there is a situation where the majority become winners........Heref ord Council sell the grounds for expansion of the Old Market Shopping centre, houses or whatever. This vast amount of money then goes to 3) 3) With the proceeds of 2) (The sale of edgar street), a new stadium is built outside the city (It worked for the cattle market). This new facility could be amazing as Im sure the sale of Edgar st will make more than enough. Perhaps a new football academy could be included. 4) A new Trust is set up and managed by the Hereford United supporters. Anyone with active links to the failed football business would not be allowed to sit on the new board. Agrobar would have to go with the defunct business too and his lesson is a) Dont tell fibs and b) dont buy into something without doing the necessary research first. Now wouldnt steps 1-4 work? The stupidity of entering into a VA when you cannot play football at the ground? How do you propose to honour new commitments without an income. If you really want Hereford Football to "rise from the ashes like a phoenix" then you need to think of an idea like this or similar. Thats my opinion as a non-football-fan. Hereford Common Sense
  • Score: 16

4:19pm Wed 23 Jul 14

littlewhitebull says...

Whatabouttheleases? wrote:
Good work HT on following up on this.

Nathan said payments would be made. They haven't again. How long can the Southern League and the FA let this charade continue? All we get from the club are lies or silence. This is not the club I have supported since I was a kid. But I doubt Agombar, Lonsdale, Ellis, Nathan care about fans like me. I sincerely hope that in the coming weeks one of HMRC, the legal system or the football authorities throw the book at them and the fans can get their cub back.

Shame on you Agombar and co.
Whatabouttehleases, you have summed up the situation in a nutshell. A brilliant post.
I have been attending Edgar Street since 1958 and have witnessed good times and hard times. True supporters stay true to their team.
What has happened to this once proud club is almost beyond belief.
As you rightly say we have been fed lies and half-truths.
Why has Agombar not written a statement on the club's website, or even contacted the HT to let the fans know the truth about what is happening.
Friends I have taken along to Edgar Street in the past keep contacting me to find out the news about the club. I can only tell them the truth, I don't know, because the management are silent on the issue. Believe me, they are as bemused and saddened as I am.
In my humble opinion, this is the end of HUFC as we knew it. May God have mercy on its soul.
But, please show no mercy for the morons who brought about this almighty mess.
[quote][p][bold]Whatabouttheleases?[/bold] wrote: Good work HT on following up on this. Nathan said payments would be made. They haven't again. How long can the Southern League and the FA let this charade continue? All we get from the club are lies or silence. This is not the club I have supported since I was a kid. But I doubt Agombar, Lonsdale, Ellis, Nathan care about fans like me. I sincerely hope that in the coming weeks one of HMRC, the legal system or the football authorities throw the book at them and the fans can get their cub back. Shame on you Agombar and co.[/p][/quote]Whatabouttehleases, you have summed up the situation in a nutshell. A brilliant post. I have been attending Edgar Street since 1958 and have witnessed good times and hard times. True supporters stay true to their team. What has happened to this once proud club is almost beyond belief. As you rightly say we have been fed lies and half-truths. Why has Agombar not written a statement on the club's website, or even contacted the HT to let the fans know the truth about what is happening. Friends I have taken along to Edgar Street in the past keep contacting me to find out the news about the club. I can only tell them the truth, I don't know, because the management are silent on the issue. Believe me, they are as bemused and saddened as I am. In my humble opinion, this is the end of HUFC as we knew it. May God have mercy on its soul. But, please show no mercy for the morons who brought about this almighty mess. littlewhitebull
  • Score: 12

6:37pm Wed 23 Jul 14

wyesider says...

I have to agree with the above comments. Although a Herefordian by birth and a supporter in my youth, I spent most of my working life in other counties. But, the Bulls were always the first result I looked for. And on visits to the city to see family and friends a visit to Edgar Street was essential. The last three seasons I have managed to see at least half of the home games and a few away matches.
The deterioration in the running of the clubs has been evident for all to witness.
As Littlewhitebull says above, I would like to hear the whole unadulterated truth from Mr Agombar and others.
The lack of information to loyal fans is a real slap in the face, and no way to entice any fan to return to Edgar Street. What are they thinking? Indeed, are they thinking.
Antagonise the fan base and you lose any hope of raising revenue needed to support the club. This has been a completely disastrous public relations exercise with dire consequences predicted.
When you read that a past Chairman is offered a job in recruitment after demonstrating less than startling attributes at Edgar Street, it raises more questions about the state of our country.
Bankers fail and are paid enormous sums of money. I'd better stop before I blow a gasket, or bore any readers. My apologies for ranting.
I have to agree with the above comments. Although a Herefordian by birth and a supporter in my youth, I spent most of my working life in other counties. But, the Bulls were always the first result I looked for. And on visits to the city to see family and friends a visit to Edgar Street was essential. The last three seasons I have managed to see at least half of the home games and a few away matches. The deterioration in the running of the clubs has been evident for all to witness. As Littlewhitebull says above, I would like to hear the whole unadulterated truth from Mr Agombar and others. The lack of information to loyal fans is a real slap in the face, and no way to entice any fan to return to Edgar Street. What are they thinking? Indeed, are they thinking. Antagonise the fan base and you lose any hope of raising revenue needed to support the club. This has been a completely disastrous public relations exercise with dire consequences predicted. When you read that a past Chairman is offered a job in recruitment after demonstrating less than startling attributes at Edgar Street, it raises more questions about the state of our country. Bankers fail and are paid enormous sums of money. I'd better stop before I blow a gasket, or bore any readers. My apologies for ranting. wyesider
  • Score: 16

7:28pm Wed 23 Jul 14

Gillian1961 says...

tell us some thing new
tell us some thing new Gillian1961
  • Score: -2

10:58am Fri 25 Jul 14

x-entricity says...

The United grounds are owned by the council and their location make them worth a fortune. Time to move the fottball pitch and sell the grounds. A lot of the council's financial problems would be solved in one go. If Hereford United are to survive they must do it on theirown without subsidy from the taxpayer.
The United grounds are owned by the council and their location make them worth a fortune. Time to move the fottball pitch and sell the grounds. A lot of the council's financial problems would be solved in one go. If Hereford United are to survive they must do it on theirown without subsidy from the taxpayer. x-entricity
  • Score: 1

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