Old boys out in force for fans' team

Old boys out in force for fans' team

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FORMER striker Peter Heritage admits he’s saddened by the plight of Hereford United Football Club.

Heritage travelled up to play for the Hereford United Supporters Trust fans team in Sunday’s action-packed 5-3 defeat against Worcester City at Malvern Town.

“I have been monitoring it and I have spoken to a couple of the local lads,” said Heritage.

“It’s difficult when you are from afar and looking into it.

“Without being too controversial, what has been going on at the club just doesn’t look right.

“The saddest thing is that the fans of Hereford United are suffering.

“I just hope things get sorted soon.”

A bumper crowd of 812 flocked to Malvern Town’s Langland Stadium for the game which included ex-Hereford United players, with a total of more than 1,200 first team appearances and 130 goals.

Former Bulls Tony James, Steve Guinan, Alex Jeannin, Matt Clarke, Scott Goodwin, Jamie Edge, Rob Purdie, John Snape and David Titterton also played their part.

Worcester took an early 2-0 lead, with goals from Steve Lutz and former Bull Matt Gardiner, but HUST came back with goals from supporters Eli Drury (2) and Luke Griffiths.

Wes Joyce then equalised in first-half stoppage time and two late strikes from James Lemon secured Worcester’s victory.

Titterton said: “Hereford United have always been in my heart and I didn’t want to leave the club but circumstances changed and I moved on to Wycombe.

“It was great to play alongside –Peter Heritage - we used to call him Heritage the Helicopter and it was fantastic.

“You just can see what an event like this means to Hereford United’s proper supporters.”

Supporter Rob Thomas, who lives in Swindon, was among the crowd and he wanted to ‘make a statement against Tommy Agombar and the David Keyte regime’,

“I would love to save Hereford United 1939 but a phoenix club will have to be set up somewhere along the line in the near future.

“I am showing my support – in the only way I can – and that’s by turning up to this match.

“I will not be going to any official games this season from the official Hereford United 1939 Limited company.Justin Ratcliffe, chairman of the Hereford United Fundraising Group, said the day had ‘provided a fantastic sense of community’.

“These fans represented an even wider silent majority who are dismayed at events surrounding their beloved football club under new ownership at Edgar Street,” he said.

The HUFC fundraisers group was delighted to help raise close to £300 through a raffle in aid of the HUFC Supporters Trust.

Ratcliffe added: “One of the highlights of was the universal support and passion showed for the fans team and the supporters' groups activities.

“We spoke to Hereford fans who had travelled from far and wide, all adamant they will not be returning to Edgar Street under the current regime.

“These games though, are far more than just a protest by fans, they are a brilliant opportunity to support local football and engage the local communities.”

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