The Luke Graham Blog: Lady luck and breaking my duck

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Get in there! What a fantastic week for Hereford United football club! Shrewsbury, Luton and Wrexham were all beaten by a spirited, brave and gutsy Hereford team.

Weeks like that are the very reason why we are all involved in this beautiful game. From the players to the fans, we experienced it all together.

The key word being ‘together’, no matter how small or big the contribution was.

The players have set their standards now and we have to keep them high, starting again at Lincoln Saturday.

With two weeks of ‘Movember’ gone, the lads are now sporting a ‘flash tash’ and we have raised over £500 so far.

Dan Hanford has dyed his blonde moustache black very sportingly and now looks like a blonde Freddie Mercury!

Some players our even taking supplements to make them grow quicker as they aren’t masculine enough to grow one. I’m not naming names (Sam Clucas, James McQuilkin and Phil Marsh).

Chris Carruthers and I have been likened to ‘Mario’ and ‘Luigi’ off the Nintendo games. I’ll let you decide which one is which!

Wrexham was a great day for many reasons. Two supporters Andy Boucher and Huan Davies paid to join us on the official team coach.

Seeing as it is a privilege to join us, I made up the rule that any newcomers on our coach should sing us a song as an initiation….

If only I had known we had Hereford’s best singer in Andy, who lapped it up, singing us many songs ranging from Tom Jones to Tina Turner!

It was made sweeter on the coach after we had won and the songs got louder! Thank you for the support and whoever pays next to join us on the coach, start preparing your song now, as it will be a hard act to follow!

A conversation between me and Chris Todd, on the Friday prior to the Wrexham game, clearly worked.

Neither of us had scored for more than a year and had been discussing how overdue a goal was. Would you believe it we both manage to get on the score sheet!

We never really got an opportunity to play with each other at Forest Green due to a Hamstring injury Toddy picked up after an hour on the opening day last season.

I had a say in his arrival to the club, as I believe we needed another character and experienced player. Then I injure my hamstring on our first game together for Hereford!

That Wrexham game meant a lot to us and it’s one we can remember fondly. He has contributed to our recent successes and I’m sure we will see him again.

On a personal note, celebrating that goal with the lads in front of another great away following was a great feeling and the atmosphere was awesome.

On Sunday, I went to watch my brother’s football team Risdene Rovers play. He was managing on the sidelines and I had asked him to show me something in the last 15 minutes.

He dusted his boots down and missed a sitter from two yards out. Yet still not ready to be undone by his little brother, he heads home from a corner near the end! Fair play Bro!

With spirits high in training, Tuesday brought a tough fitness day by the management team to keep us on our toes.

It had to be the hardest day of the season since pre-season and the weary tired boys had been told of another fitness session at 2pm. “Eggyboff” was called!

It’s a game invented by Peter Crouch years ago, where if “Eggyboff” is called, the players must obey the orders given out by the caller.

The instructions were clear, not to go into the gym and the first person to crack and go in was the “Eggyboff” and a hefty fine to boot!

Players hid everywhere not to be seen and after a long 10 minutes, Will Evans cracked under the pressure and became the new “Eggyboff”.

What followed the laughter was the reality of Sergeant Andy Porter, who duly added extra runs on to our session! Yes Sir!

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