Hereford United owner Tommy Agombar praises supporters after opening-day loss

Tommy Agombar.

Tommy Agombar.

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HEREFORD United's majority shareholder Tommy Agombar said it had 'been a wonderful day' for the club.

Agombar spoke to the Hereford Times after United's opening day 2-0 loss to St Neots at Edgar Street in the Southern League Premier Division.

Around 350 people staged a peaceful protest outside the ground to vent their frustration and anger at the club's new regime.

Agombar said: "It has been a wonderful day and I thank all the fans for turning up and they have supported the club. It has been a brilliant day.

"The players on the pitch were unbelievable and they gave it their all.

"We could have come back with a result had we taken our chances in the first half but that's life. We get ready for Tuesday's game.

"I am over the moon with the attendance. All these fans that have come out and supported the club - they are lovely people.

"I met a majority of them and they are lovely people.

"I am just pleased they are here.

"I am just sorry the supporters who were outside did not feel like coming in and supporting their club but it's their prerogative.

"It was a peaceful protest so you can't moan about it.

"I would love to be able to get them back onside."

Agombar said he was the only person willing to put money into the debt-ridden club when former chairman David Keyte decided to sell his shares.

"We are all missing the point because there was no one else to come in for the club," said Agombar.

"It was just me - I was the only person.

"The supporters trust supposedly had money in their coffers but they didn't and it was left to my money and this is where we are at this stage.

"But today was a fantastic day and I am just sorry that we did not get a result."

Agombar popped into the technical area in the second half.

"I just had a word with Jon to see if all the players were OK but it was not my decision to make substitutions - that the manager's job," he explained.

"We are full time and we must be the only team below the Conference Premier to be full time.

"My intention to stay full time is to go up and to win the league.

"Hereford is a massive club and I want my young players to do well.

" You could have a great nucleus of a squad here which could do wonders.

"Hereford is a cup team as well and imagine if we get a good team in the cup? We will give them a go - we will give anyone a go."

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8:14pm Sat 9 Aug 14

dodger3 says...

Gobbeldy gook and nonsense
Gobbeldy gook and nonsense dodger3
  • Score: 4

8:49pm Sat 9 Aug 14

mr.dig says...

WAS IT 530 ISH CROWD,WHICH IS GOOD FOR THAT LEVEL. IF WE TAKE OFF THE 10 ST NEOTS LADS ,THAT MEANS 520 HEREFORD FOLK ARE BEHIND THE TEAM..

TKS...
WAS IT 530 ISH CROWD,WHICH IS GOOD FOR THAT LEVEL. IF WE TAKE OFF THE 10 ST NEOTS LADS ,THAT MEANS 520 HEREFORD FOLK ARE BEHIND THE TEAM.. TKS... mr.dig
  • Score: -4

11:19pm Sat 9 Aug 14

Andy_Dragon says...

Unfortunately, due to the actions and events over the summer Hereford United is a club divided. And there will always be a proportion of fans who support the club no matter what; equally many fans (me included) believe that the Hereford United we supported is no more.
I in no way criticise those who still support the club, but I wonder at what point would people decide that what they are supporting isn't their team any more. I've made that decision because of the complete break with the previous staff, players, owners, fans, because of the multitude of lies and broken promises, the financial difficulties that events have caused people I like and respect and because I distrust the motives of Mr Agombar.
So let's play "Imagine".
Imagine that Tommy who likes his pink shirts decides that Hereford will play in pink in future (a bit like Cardiff) and fans are calling from the terraces "Come on you Pinks". Is this still your Hereford United or is playing in pink a step too far?
Let's imagine one step further and Tommy gets a fantastic deal and sells Hereford United for millions to a developer. Suddenly Hereford United is ground sharing with Worcester City (a bit like what happened at Wimbledon?) and fans have to travel down the A 49 wearing their pink shirts to watch Hereford. Is this still your team?
One step further - like in Rugby League, Hereford are no longer "Hereford United" but "Hereford Hurricanes". Same club but different name, different colours and different location. Is this still your team?
We will all make our different decisions on what Hereford United is or is not and whether it justifies our support or not. All I suggest is - just be sure where you stand and why you stand there.
Unfortunately, due to the actions and events over the summer Hereford United is a club divided. And there will always be a proportion of fans who support the club no matter what; equally many fans (me included) believe that the Hereford United we supported is no more. I in no way criticise those who still support the club, but I wonder at what point would people decide that what they are supporting isn't their team any more. I've made that decision because of the complete break with the previous staff, players, owners, fans, because of the multitude of lies and broken promises, the financial difficulties that events have caused people I like and respect and because I distrust the motives of Mr Agombar. So let's play "Imagine". Imagine that Tommy who likes his pink shirts decides that Hereford will play in pink in future (a bit like Cardiff) and fans are calling from the terraces "Come on you Pinks". Is this still your Hereford United or is playing in pink a step too far? Let's imagine one step further and Tommy gets a fantastic deal and sells Hereford United for millions to a developer. Suddenly Hereford United is ground sharing with Worcester City (a bit like what happened at Wimbledon?) and fans have to travel down the A 49 wearing their pink shirts to watch Hereford. Is this still your team? One step further - like in Rugby League, Hereford are no longer "Hereford United" but "Hereford Hurricanes". Same club but different name, different colours and different location. Is this still your team? We will all make our different decisions on what Hereford United is or is not and whether it justifies our support or not. All I suggest is - just be sure where you stand and why you stand there. Andy_Dragon
  • Score: 2

5:47am Sun 10 Aug 14

B the B says...

This is boring now. I've supported united for 40 years and this predicament is awful but if everyone got behind the club we could get back to where we belong. What is meant by I want my club back? at the moments HUFC is still going, different players etc but the name HUFC is alive. What is it that they want now, I am unsure. Is it simply they want the new owners out.
This is boring now. I've supported united for 40 years and this predicament is awful but if everyone got behind the club we could get back to where we belong. What is meant by I want my club back? at the moments HUFC is still going, different players etc but the name HUFC is alive. What is it that they want now, I am unsure. Is it simply they want the new owners out. B the B
  • Score: -2

8:16am Sun 10 Aug 14

Brownface60 says...

Only the name (and at present) the ground arethe same.
The true club - with its heritage of affection, trust and excitement - is no more. Sold down the M4 to a convicted criminal and run by someone with several failed companies behind him. Their eyes are on the ground's development potential, and the football club is only a means to this end. The true HUFC would not blatantly break promises, make misleading statements, or fail to pay staff.
Why should we close our eyes to these serious failings and choose to support any outfit which only has the same name as our old club? Time to withdraw or (even better) fight - and not appease.
Only the name (and at present) the ground arethe same. The true club - with its heritage of affection, trust and excitement - is no more. Sold down the M4 to a convicted criminal and run by someone with several failed companies behind him. Their eyes are on the ground's development potential, and the football club is only a means to this end. The true HUFC would not blatantly break promises, make misleading statements, or fail to pay staff. Why should we close our eyes to these serious failings and choose to support any outfit which only has the same name as our old club? Time to withdraw or (even better) fight - and not appease. Brownface60
  • Score: 5

11:22am Sun 10 Aug 14

Cendrick Smemt says...

Andy-dragon: that is the most speculative post I have ever read! Surely you could equally speculate that this is just a sorry chapter and the club will go on to happier times? Or that the moon will explode tomorrow?

B the B: Right on. I was very critical of the regime for several months and I really didn't expect it to start the season. But here we are and it's underway. I still see why people are angry, but I'm fed up with people who just want the club finished. I don't see how that helps anyone. I want the club to start winning some games.
Andy-dragon: that is the most speculative post I have ever read! Surely you could equally speculate that this is just a sorry chapter and the club will go on to happier times? Or that the moon will explode tomorrow? B the B: Right on. I was very critical of the regime for several months and I really didn't expect it to start the season. But here we are and it's underway. I still see why people are angry, but I'm fed up with people who just want the club finished. I don't see how that helps anyone. I want the club to start winning some games. Cendrick Smemt
  • Score: 6

8:24pm Mon 11 Aug 14

Duane Stringer says...

Perhaps when Tommy is a little less reliant on witholding maternity benefits from former employees those supporters with a long memory might return. Hereford United used to be a community club. David Keyte, Tommy Agombar et al have demonstrated that the community has no place within their plans. The desire for money and power are the only thing driving those associated with Hereford United now.
Perhaps when Tommy is a little less reliant on witholding maternity benefits from former employees those supporters with a long memory might return. Hereford United used to be a community club. David Keyte, Tommy Agombar et al have demonstrated that the community has no place within their plans. The desire for money and power are the only thing driving those associated with Hereford United now. Duane Stringer
  • Score: 0

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