IN his monthly column for the Hereford Times, chairman of Hereford FC Jon Hale says a jubilant mood has returned to Edgar Street:

FOUR wins in our last four league games have catapulted us within distance of the National League North play-offs, with a game in hand, and how it has made a difference to the buoyancy around the club.


The atmosphere at Edgar Street before, during and after Saturday’s win against Chester was brilliant, with fans of all ages basking in the jubilant mood around the ground.

The bars were busy, our hospitality Hereford Suite was full to the brim, we had ex-players getting involved with radio commentary and speeches, and it was highest home gate of the season with over 2,200 fans inside the ground.

There is a feeling, once again, that everything is coming together on and off the pitch and we can have a concerted effort to move on through the gears.

With the bars and events programme ’in-house’, our community under-18 team up and running well, fan engagement high up on our agenda, great support from our staff, sponsors and volunteers, and increasing attendances things do feel very bright across the club again.

I am delighted for Josh (Gowling) to see positive results on the pitch.

Many would say our performances most of the season have deserved more victories, but football doesn’t work like that.

Sometimes you can play well and lose; it could simply be a slight defensive mistake or a lack of concentration, then a miss-hit shot in front of goal, or a crossbar, and you come away with a single goal defeat.

The recent winning run has been built on the back of solid defending, organised and enjoyable attacking play, and taking our chances when they arrive.

On Saturday the 1-0 win over Chester was met with great scenes as our magnificent supporters celebrated the goal, and ultimately the win at full time, before staying behind to show their appreciation for the players.

The management and players know we have plenty of hard work to do this season, and there is never an easy game, but they are a hard-working together squad of lads who want success for Hereford FC.

We continue to build lasting and mutually beneficial partnerships with our local community, with the likes of all local clubs, the police, Hereford Sixth Form College, local schools, RNC College for the Blind, and the Herefordshire FA amongst plenty of other organisations, and we treasure these links.

It is very important as the county’s senior football club to create, develop and cherish these relationships and through our community division, headed up by Jonathan Nash, that is exactly what we are doing.

Everyone is pulling in the same direction, and that can only help build the base for what will hopefully be a successful season and future for Hereford FC.