United hope to turn focus to on-field events

Hereford United FC v Banbury United FC. Southern Premier League.
Hereford's Bilal Yafai greets the fans at the end of the match. 1434_66010 (9485972)

Hereford United FC v Banbury United FC. Southern Premier League. Hereford's Bilal Yafai greets the fans at the end of the match. 1434_66010 (9485972)

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HEREFORD United manager Jon Taylor is hoping that that focus will turn to events on the field after the club's immediate future seems to have been secured.

Creditors through out a proposed Company Voluntary Arrangement aimed at clearing the club's debts at a meeting last Thursday but directors Elke Thuerling and John Edwards and chairman Andy Lonsdale have since vowed to continue trading after saying that new investment had been secured.

"A lot of things seems to have settled down off the pitch and there is obviously a good team behind us with some good directors in place now," said Taylor.

"I think all of the financial issues have been eradicated and put in place - that does have an effect on the players' minds and it plays on our minds, too, as a management team.

"But now hopefully we can look forward."

"There were a series of meetings over the weekend and investors have basically decided to put more money into the club to make it run forward in the manner we want it to go," said Lonsdale.

"It is a large investment and we can go forward in strength. We certainly will not have any problem in satisfying the winding-up petition on September 1.

Lonsdale said that any redevelopment at the ground was two years away and that there were no plans to move the club away from Edgar Street.

"Football will stay at Edgar Street for ever, definitely as long as we are in control and for the future, as per the leases," he said.

Edwards admitted that, as of Tuesday night, the investors had 'yet to sign on the dotted line'.

"But we are very confident and we are now 100% sure that we have a business here," he said.

"Our first priority was and is the survival of this football club as a football club."

There was a turn-out of 569 at Tuesday night's 1-0 win over Banbury United, of whom 531 were from Hereford.

And a group of protestors were also in attendance outside the ground.

This weekend, United visit Arlesey on Saturday and then entertain Redditch United on Bank Holiday Monday.

United's fans team are also in action twice, at Royston Town on Saturday morning and then, on Sunday afternoon, when their team, managed by John Layton, will take on a Mayor's team, managed by former Bulls chairman and director of football Graham Turner.

For more on the situation at Hereford United, see page three of the news section and Sport 10 and 11.

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10:56pm Thu 21 Aug 14

Brownface60 says...

So Andy has his eyes on redevelopment, then. The cynical would say this is the investors' real intention, and has always been at the forefront of the minds of those from outside the county who are suddenly showing a great interest in the club. The council needs to be very careful over the leases, to write in that the likely asset stripping will still secure enough for the club to continue to exist - and even develop.
I cannot imagine that I will ever vote Tory, but it is clear that Jesse Norman is clued up over this point. I hope he continues to press his council buddies to be very wary over the potential asset strippers when considering the leases.
So Andy has his eyes on redevelopment, then. The cynical would say this is the investors' real intention, and has always been at the forefront of the minds of those from outside the county who are suddenly showing a great interest in the club. The council needs to be very careful over the leases, to write in that the likely asset stripping will still secure enough for the club to continue to exist - and even develop. I cannot imagine that I will ever vote Tory, but it is clear that Jesse Norman is clued up over this point. I hope he continues to press his council buddies to be very wary over the potential asset strippers when considering the leases. Brownface60
  • Score: 8

2:03pm Fri 22 Aug 14

Cendrick Smemt says...

I think the key bit is that the investors have not signed on the dotted line.
I think the key bit is that the investors have not signed on the dotted line. Cendrick Smemt
  • Score: 2

2:59pm Fri 22 Aug 14

Hereford Common Sense says...

I guess the September court ruling and outcome will decree if this is fairy tales again or indeed true. The fact that many will have a "wait and see" philosophy is based on the apparent porky pies that have already been submitted. September isnt too far away now
I guess the September court ruling and outcome will decree if this is fairy tales again or indeed true. The fact that many will have a "wait and see" philosophy is based on the apparent porky pies that have already been submitted. September isnt too far away now Hereford Common Sense
  • Score: 8

10:01am Tue 26 Aug 14

mizza21 says...

The key points in this article seem to be that creditors threw out a CVA proposal, any potential investors, if indeed they exist, have not yet signed anything and that the current manager and chairman are saying everything is now fine despite the club facing compulsory liquidation next week.

They are still behaving like they want to invest the absolute minimum to keep the club alive until the development gets the go ahead and then relocate the club then leave with a pile of money having ruined the club and taken the council for the fools they are.

Don't be surprised if the winding up petition is satisfied next week and the club scrapes along, stagnating in the southern league while the redevelopment of the ground, the real reason they are here is progressed in the background.
The key points in this article seem to be that creditors threw out a CVA proposal, any potential investors, if indeed they exist, have not yet signed anything and that the current manager and chairman are saying everything is now fine despite the club facing compulsory liquidation next week. They are still behaving like they want to invest the absolute minimum to keep the club alive until the development gets the go ahead and then relocate the club then leave with a pile of money having ruined the club and taken the council for the fools they are. Don't be surprised if the winding up petition is satisfied next week and the club scrapes along, stagnating in the southern league while the redevelopment of the ground, the real reason they are here is progressed in the background. mizza21
  • Score: 2
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