Hereford United must find £78,000 within two weeks to avoid a winding-up order, an open meeting hears tonight

Hereford Times: Worried supporters have been told to club needs £78,000 within two weeks. Worried supporters have been told to club needs £78,000 within two weeks.

HEREFORD United must find £78,000 within two weeks to avoid a winding-up order, a fans' open meeting heard tonight.

Cash-strapped United owe the sum to HMRC, the meeting was told.

If United fail to raise the money, they could be wound-up in court, fans were told.

Bob Pritchard said the directors would not put the club into administration before Thursday.

Worried supporters packed into United's Starlite Rooms tonight to discuss the club's perilous financial position.

One supporter said he felt the club's plight was beyond the pale and that liquidation was the only option facing the club.

Hereford United player Rob Purdie told fans that the players had met chairman David Keyte this morning and were eager to do well in Saturday’s home match against Grimsby.

Long-term supporter Keith Hall said United should set up an SOS fighting fund to highlight the club’s plight.

He also said United's home match against Alfreton on Monday, April 21 could be a Fans United Day and welcome supporters from other clubs from across the country.

"There are no Premier League fixtures on the afternoon of April 21 and United could challenge fans of other clubs to come to Edgar Street or donate a signed shirt," said Hall.

Hall also suggested organising fans’ fund-raising matches and contacting Premier League clubs and United’s old Football League friends to support the club’s fight for survival.

Asking Premier League clubs to hold bucket collections at their grounds in support of the Bulls, was also mooted.

Other fans are donating signed shirts to be auctioned to raise funds for the club.

Herefordshire Councillor and landlord of the Victory, Jim Kenyon, will donate two barrels of beer a week to the club.

Donations to help support the club can be made through the Supporters’ Trust website.

The meeting was a joint venture between the Hereford United Independent Supporters’ Association and the Hereford United Supporters Trust.

BBC Hereford and Worcester sports producer Trevor Owens chaired the debate.

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7:10am Tue 25 Mar 14

ad47uk says...

It is all very well trying to raise funds, but then what happens the next time? Twice now the club have been on the verge of administration.

Well i am not a football fan, can't stand the game to be honest, I have noticed that HUFC have not been doing too well in the bums on seat department. If they can't get more people buying tickets then the problem will never be solved.
The fact that they are losing too many games is no doubt the reason why people are not going to watch the matches.

I know someone who used to have a season ticket and been following HUFC for years and went to every home match and some aways. they did not bother to renew their season ticket and have not gone for one game this season. their reason, They are not paying good money for bad football.

I hope HUFC gets things sorted, but they really need to get to the root of the problem otherwise people will be wasting money and the club will go under at some point anyway.

As i said, I am not a football fan, but it would be a shame to see the cub go under for people who likes to go and watch.

My Mum used to love going to watch them when she was alive, together with two of my Aunties.
It is all very well trying to raise funds, but then what happens the next time? Twice now the club have been on the verge of administration. Well i am not a football fan, can't stand the game to be honest, I have noticed that HUFC have not been doing too well in the bums on seat department. If they can't get more people buying tickets then the problem will never be solved. The fact that they are losing too many games is no doubt the reason why people are not going to watch the matches. I know someone who used to have a season ticket and been following HUFC for years and went to every home match and some aways. they did not bother to renew their season ticket and have not gone for one game this season. their reason, They are not paying good money for bad football. I hope HUFC gets things sorted, but they really need to get to the root of the problem otherwise people will be wasting money and the club will go under at some point anyway. As i said, I am not a football fan, but it would be a shame to see the cub go under for people who likes to go and watch. My Mum used to love going to watch them when she was alive, together with two of my Aunties. ad47uk
  • Score: 8

4:33pm Wed 26 Mar 14

NealR2000 says...

This isn't only a Hereford United problem. It's a problem that exists throughout the sport, and the further you get away from the Premier League, the worse it gets. It wasn't too many years ago that people had no way of watching live football, other than their local football club. Match of the Day, which was a condensed form of one of the days best matches, was about as good as you could get. These days, TV and Internet coverage enables most people to watch top-class football from not just the UK, but anywhere in the world. This was the start of the end for small, locally-supported football clubs. The overhead of running something like HUFC on a professional basis is simply unsustainable.
This isn't only a Hereford United problem. It's a problem that exists throughout the sport, and the further you get away from the Premier League, the worse it gets. It wasn't too many years ago that people had no way of watching live football, other than their local football club. Match of the Day, which was a condensed form of one of the days best matches, was about as good as you could get. These days, TV and Internet coverage enables most people to watch top-class football from not just the UK, but anywhere in the world. This was the start of the end for small, locally-supported football clubs. The overhead of running something like HUFC on a professional basis is simply unsustainable. NealR2000
  • Score: 6

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