HEREFORD FC chairman Jon Hale says the nett loss of revenue lost from the postponed Christmas matches is 'quite significant'.

The Bulls were expecting big crowds at Edgar Street for home matches against Kidderminster Harriers and Gloucester City.

However, a Covid-19 outbreak in the Hereford squad meant both matches were postponed.


"The loss of revenue is a big concern to us because we could have been looking at a 3,000 gate for both of those games," said Hale talking to the club's website VIDEO HERE.

"On a Tuesday night you might be looking at 2,000 rather than 3,000 for both games.

"That nett loss of revenue is quite significant if I'm honest. From that angle it's really disappointing to lose it there is the bars, the club shop and hospitality.

"All those things that the bigger gates bring, not just people through the turnstile, you lose a percentage of that by going to a Tuesday night.

"It's a fact, you can't help it. We were already experiencing lower gates in the lead up to Christmas which is understandable with people being nervous coming into crowds.

"What we have to do now is maximise our gate revenue and also any other streams of revenue we can devise or look at.

"Really the bottom line being to try and push this season the best we can but also next season as well, we've got to look at that.

"The lost revenue doesn't just re-appear you have to work at it to set-up a decent level of budget for next season."

Hale added that losing the festive games was a 'massive disappointment' especially as the team had an unbeaten run during November.

"We were all so much looking forward to those especially on the back of a good run of form as well," added Hale.

"I think we all feel a little let down in the fact we couldn't play them.

"We're doing everything we possibly can here and talking to the team management and league who have been fantastically helpful to us.

"We are making sure that everything we do abides by all the procedures and protocols the league have set down.

"Josh (Gowling) is well aware and he understands the need for us to get football matches on.

"At the end of the day the league make decisions on whether games go ahead and unfortunately over Christmas we have lost them two games.

Hale added that he believes a play-off position is definitely with Hereford now having games in hand over their rivals.

"We're very well positioned to do that on the back of a very good run of form," added Hale.

"Who's saying that run of form couldn't have continued over Christmas. Hopefully we can stay in that mix, we've got a very good squad of players with momentum behind them now.

"There is absolutely no reason why we can't push forwards, hopefully backed by good crowds and push on into the play-offs."