Breaking news: Leek Town cancel friendly against crisis-club Hereford United

Breaking news: Leek Town cancel friendly against crisis-club Hereford United

Breaking news: Leek Town cancel friendly against crisis-club Hereford United

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LEEK Town have cancelled Sunday’s friendly against Hereford United – less than 24 hours after publicising the fixture.

A host of Hereford United supporters took to Twitter last night urging Leek to cancel the fixture over the crisis at Edgar Street.

Leek join, among others, Gloucester City and Plymouth Argyle, Ledbury Town, Pegasus Juniors and Worcester Raiders in turning down matches against United's triallists.

However, Hereford travelled to Bolton and secured a 16-0 win over minnows Eagley FC last Saturday in a match switched at the 11th hour to a 'private facility'.

Hereford United's former players, management and staff are owed outstanding wages from last season, despite Tommy Agombar taking over the club at the end of May.

And Hereford United Supporters Trust, London Bulls and Scottish Bulls have voted in favour of a boycott at home matches at Edgar Street.

A statement posted on Leek Town Football Club’s website this morning says: “We were approached to play the fixture and agreed, being unaware of the issues currently surrounding the club and its supporters.

“Having now had the opportunity to review the situation, it was decided that it would be in the best interests of all concerned that the match does not go ahead.

“We hope that sometime in the future we will be able to welcome Hereford United to Harrison Park for a pre-season friendly when the club are truly ‘United’ again and wish the club and their supporters well in resolving the current issues of this historic club.”

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12:28pm Tue 15 Jul 14

JRHTUN says...

To this journalist :

"A host of Hereford United supporters took to Twitter last night urging Leek to cancel the fixture over the crisis at Edgar Street."

Crisis ? What a lily-livered choice of phrase ! The supporters will do anything for HUFC, but it must represent this town and those supporters with integrity, honesty and effort.

And to the journalist, and the Hereford Times editorial management :

Cancel the fixture over the charlatans at Edgar Street (sorry, Edgar "Road" ?), surely. How else would you describe (i) a chairman who appears who have been at best lax with his accounting and driven the Club into the dust before exiting (on unannounced terms - we'd be keen to know what lay behind the £2 rumours...) to (ii) a frontman buyer with a listed criminal conviction for dishonesty, who has repeatedly, and on camera, lied about his intentions towards creditors and the Club's directions; and who introduced (iii) a series of advisors, all apparently linked in a mesh of borderline previous enterprises, including (iv) a key advisor who has turned a ground in West London into a rubbish dump, and all of whom have (v) derided honest, hard-working ex-staff (as "cancer" within the Club) and supporters (on Bulls Banter) for their attempts to bring to light this madness that is infecting a Club we all love.

Crisis - what crisis ? Why not spell it out - the data is all retrievable online (as many of the Bulls Banter board have managed to do) ? The Hereford Times coverage has bordered on one-sided and it is only latterly that you start to speak up for supporters.

But is it too late ? What pressure are you, the local media, putting on the Council to ensure that nobody is playing fast and loose behind the scenes ? We've already had one senior Councillor refusing to investigate relevant matters. Where was the Hereford Times then, speaking up for its readers ?

Crisis ? That is a pathetic and woolly term for what is going on, presumably because you attempt to be "balanced". But, do the work and it's clear that this is not a neutral situation. Have some guts, do some proper (and, yes, possibly confrontational) work and take a view. Otherwise you'll have no readers to speak up for.
To this journalist : "A host of Hereford United supporters took to Twitter last night urging Leek to cancel the fixture over the crisis at Edgar Street." Crisis ? What a lily-livered choice of phrase ! The supporters will do anything for HUFC, but it must represent this town and those supporters with integrity, honesty and effort. And to the journalist, and the Hereford Times editorial management : Cancel the fixture over the charlatans at Edgar Street (sorry, Edgar "Road" ?), surely. How else would you describe (i) a chairman who appears who have been at best lax with his accounting and driven the Club into the dust before exiting (on unannounced terms - we'd be keen to know what lay behind the £2 rumours...) to (ii) a frontman buyer with a listed criminal conviction for dishonesty, who has repeatedly, and on camera, lied about his intentions towards creditors and the Club's directions; and who introduced (iii) a series of advisors, all apparently linked in a mesh of borderline previous enterprises, including (iv) a key advisor who has turned a ground in West London into a rubbish dump, and all of whom have (v) derided honest, hard-working ex-staff (as "cancer" within the Club) and supporters (on Bulls Banter) for their attempts to bring to light this madness that is infecting a Club we all love. Crisis - what crisis ? Why not spell it out - the data is all retrievable online (as many of the Bulls Banter board have managed to do) ? The Hereford Times coverage has bordered on one-sided and it is only latterly that you start to speak up for supporters. But is it too late ? What pressure are you, the local media, putting on the Council to ensure that nobody is playing fast and loose behind the scenes ? We've already had one senior Councillor refusing to investigate relevant matters. Where was the Hereford Times then, speaking up for its readers ? Crisis ? That is a pathetic and woolly term for what is going on, presumably because you attempt to be "balanced". But, do the work and it's clear that this is not a neutral situation. Have some guts, do some proper (and, yes, possibly confrontational) work and take a view. Otherwise you'll have no readers to speak up for. JRHTUN
  • Score: 13

1:04pm Tue 15 Jul 14

Whatabouttheleases? says...

The silence from the club on all these cancelled and rejected friendly requests (there must be 10-15 by now) and other matters is deafening. Oh, and have creditors been paid - HT you tweeted last night that you would be looking into this today. Am waiting to hear the news that FINALLY this has happened, after all Joel Nathan, current CEO of Grays Athletic Football Club, suggested to you it would (although of course, this is probably the fourth or fifth time that "creditors have/will be paid" has been stated by club)
The silence from the club on all these cancelled and rejected friendly requests (there must be 10-15 by now) and other matters is deafening. Oh, and have creditors been paid - HT you tweeted last night that you would be looking into this today. Am waiting to hear the news that FINALLY this has happened, after all Joel Nathan, current CEO of Grays Athletic Football Club, suggested to you it would (although of course, this is probably the fourth or fifth time that "creditors have/will be paid" has been stated by club) Whatabouttheleases?
  • Score: 4

4:16pm Tue 15 Jul 14

mizza21 says...

Ostracized by the football community
Unpaid players and staff
Unfit ground
Southern league unable to comment on acceptance
Can't get a friendly against anyone
Boycotted by the fans

Please go. Sell to HUST or the local Business consortium.
The club is the fans and they don't want you here.
Ostracized by the football community Unpaid players and staff Unfit ground Southern league unable to comment on acceptance Can't get a friendly against anyone Boycotted by the fans Please go. Sell to HUST or the local Business consortium. The club is the fans and they don't want you here. mizza21
  • Score: 2

5:12pm Tue 15 Jul 14

littlewhitebull says...

The posters's comments listed above are spot on. This once great club has been reduced to a level that few of us could ever have imagined. Keyte and now Agombar have acted without ant thought to the people who kept this club's head above water - staff who have still not be paid, players still owed money, council owed money, etc. As for the supporters, well - to say they have been treated with complete contempt does not do justice to the word contempt.
We are the last to be told anything relevant, or indeed truthful.
I notice that the club's official website states that tickets this season will be £10 and £5for concessions. Season tickets will be £200 and £90 for concessions.
Will I be buying a season ticket? Why should I? The club management might turn round and move the game to an undisclosed location at the last minute and still have my money!
Why should I trust a club that has treated its staff and supporters so badly?
Do they deserve the supporters who have been so loyal for so many years?
How do we, the loyal supporters get through to these people who are remaining so secretive?
Sorry, I don't have the answers, because no senior person at the club is listening.
The posters's comments listed above are spot on. This once great club has been reduced to a level that few of us could ever have imagined. Keyte and now Agombar have acted without ant thought to the people who kept this club's head above water - staff who have still not be paid, players still owed money, council owed money, etc. As for the supporters, well - to say they have been treated with complete contempt does not do justice to the word contempt. We are the last to be told anything relevant, or indeed truthful. I notice that the club's official website states that tickets this season will be £10 and £5for concessions. Season tickets will be £200 and £90 for concessions. Will I be buying a season ticket? Why should I? The club management might turn round and move the game to an undisclosed location at the last minute and still have my money! Why should I trust a club that has treated its staff and supporters so badly? Do they deserve the supporters who have been so loyal for so many years? How do we, the loyal supporters get through to these people who are remaining so secretive? Sorry, I don't have the answers, because no senior person at the club is listening. littlewhitebull
  • Score: 4

12:48pm Wed 16 Jul 14

fordshire77 says...

I had been told that they approached Weobley FC asking for a pre-season match but the weobley management apparently were so disgusted at the way the HU players and staff had been treated at the end of last season, that they did not want to be seen supporting the current management at Hereford United
I had been told that they approached Weobley FC asking for a pre-season match but the weobley management apparently were so disgusted at the way the HU players and staff had been treated at the end of last season, that they did not want to be seen supporting the current management at Hereford United fordshire77
  • Score: 0

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