Hereford United's board of directors appeal to fans to cover staff wages

Hereford Times: Hereford United have asked fans to help pay staff wages this month. Hereford United have asked fans to help pay staff wages this month.

HEREFORD United have appealed to fans to help raise £35,000 in the next 14 days to help to pay December's staff wages.

The club have failed to meet their PAYE obligations and expect to be subject to a winding-up order in February.

By that stage, however, they expect new leases to have been signed with Herefordshire Council, allowing a contract to be signed which will raise a six-figure sum.

This will be the up-front figure for the 30-year contract which will see the club through the remainder of the season.

Meanwhile, however, the club are asking season-ticket holders to consider paying £10 'or whatever they can afford' at the ground for the next three home matches - against Cambridge on Saturday, Forest Green on December 28 and Kidderminster on New Year's Day.

Other fans are being asked to donate similar amounts.

As recompense, the club will offer a discount from next season's season-ticket price  or shares in the club.

"Despite news that we are close to finally agreeing the new leases, the club needs your help today," says a club statement. 

"A short-term fix to secure the long-term future.

"We need to raise £35,000 over the next 14 days to ensure the club can meet its obligations to staff over this period.

"The board would ask you to please support your club at this difficult time, as you have on many occasions over the years."

The board will be evaluating further changes over the next two months, they say, while trying to support manager Martin Foyle to ensure that the club's league position improves.

They will then continue to 'adjust the cost base' to produce a break-even budget for the 2014-5 season.

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4:39pm Thu 19 Dec 13

mizza21 says...

Well, I'll be going to all the Xmas games at Edgar Street and I'll be bringing as many of my kids as I can convince to come with me.
I fully expect Hereford to beat Cambridge, FG and Kidderminister and to start climbing the table and really start a play off place push.
I hope the players think that too because if I didn't I wouldn't go and neither should they.
My 10 year old daughter believes in them too. Se still wants to go and she expects them to win every week.
Well, I'll be going to all the Xmas games at Edgar Street and I'll be bringing as many of my kids as I can convince to come with me. I fully expect Hereford to beat Cambridge, FG and Kidderminister and to start climbing the table and really start a play off place push. I hope the players think that too because if I didn't I wouldn't go and neither should they. My 10 year old daughter believes in them too. Se still wants to go and she expects them to win every week. mizza21

10:20am Fri 20 Dec 13

ad47uk says...

I have got very little interest in football, so lets get that out of the way to start with. I do read bits about Hereford united in the paper and how the club is in financial difficulties and the lack of people going to watch games. Maybe the reason people are not supporting the club is because of the prices and the fact that people are not getting what they paid for. Money is tight for a lot of people and if you are going to watch a game of football or any sport for that matter, you will want the team/person you are going to watch to make it worth while.

Of cause you don't expect them to win all the time, but you should expect something for your money.
So now Hereford United are asking people who already paying around £15 a game another tenner to pay the players wages. that would be like me going to the cinema, paying to watch the film and then being asked to give another tenner to pay for the staff.

Someone I know who used to follow Hereford United, stopped going after the last season, because they see a better game of football on the meadows, their words not mine.

I wish HU luck in getting the money they need, but maybe if they lowered the prices a bit more, they get more people going to see the game, which in turn will make more money,
I do think it is a bit cheeky to ask fans to pay player wages, as much as when someone said to me that local tax should be used to support the club, something which I certainly would not agree with.
I have got very little interest in football, so lets get that out of the way to start with. I do read bits about Hereford united in the paper and how the club is in financial difficulties and the lack of people going to watch games. Maybe the reason people are not supporting the club is because of the prices and the fact that people are not getting what they paid for. Money is tight for a lot of people and if you are going to watch a game of football or any sport for that matter, you will want the team/person you are going to watch to make it worth while. Of cause you don't expect them to win all the time, but you should expect something for your money. So now Hereford United are asking people who already paying around £15 a game another tenner to pay the players wages. that would be like me going to the cinema, paying to watch the film and then being asked to give another tenner to pay for the staff. Someone I know who used to follow Hereford United, stopped going after the last season, because they see a better game of football on the meadows, their words not mine. I wish HU luck in getting the money they need, but maybe if they lowered the prices a bit more, they get more people going to see the game, which in turn will make more money, I do think it is a bit cheeky to ask fans to pay player wages, as much as when someone said to me that local tax should be used to support the club, something which I certainly would not agree with. ad47uk

6:49am Sat 21 Dec 13

B the B says...

This is what you get when a wanna be takes over at a football club, people cant be expected to spend a considerable amount of money to watch football where its not much better than Sunday League.
Hereford doesn't have the benefit of wealthy people, especially those interested in football to plough money in, this is obvious in this board too. They have ruined United and although it would be a great shame for the name of HUFC to go perhaps in the long run they would come back stronger with a more loyal and dedicated fan base. Someone needs to run it with at least an idea, I can remember us getting great gates and people travelling form all over to come and watch. unfortunately I do believe the writing is on the wall and clearly the Directors aren't prepared to plough any more of their money in
This is what you get when a wanna be takes over at a football club, people cant be expected to spend a considerable amount of money to watch football where its not much better than Sunday League. Hereford doesn't have the benefit of wealthy people, especially those interested in football to plough money in, this is obvious in this board too. They have ruined United and although it would be a great shame for the name of HUFC to go perhaps in the long run they would come back stronger with a more loyal and dedicated fan base. Someone needs to run it with at least an idea, I can remember us getting great gates and people travelling form all over to come and watch. unfortunately I do believe the writing is on the wall and clearly the Directors aren't prepared to plough any more of their money in B the B

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