FOOTBALL fans could be described as being a mad bunch - travelling all over the country to support their team only for many to come home disappointed.

Well, for two Hereford FC supporters, that was definitely true at the weekend. 

Rob Ferguson is used  to driving up and down the M5 with his 11-year-old son Rhys from their home in Ivybridge, near Plymouth to watch the Bulls, but a 800 plus mile round trip to the north east even tested their stamina.

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The pair decided to travel to Blyth Spartans on Saturday to see Hereford's final National League North match of the season - a journey that would take seven hours. 

They got up at 2.40am before finally leaving at 5.30.

"We had a quick stop at Sedgemoor services before getting back to it," said Mr Ferguson, who has been supporting Herefordf since 1986 ahaving served at RAF Credenhill.

"As we join the A1 it’s another fuel stop before the last leg. After going through the Tyne Tunnel, I didn’t realise how far it still was to go but we ended up arriving at 12.30.


"It's straight to the clubhouse for the pint I allow myself plus some photo opportunities. Not long after some fellow Bulls fans arrive and club talk ensues.

"I must add it’s one of the most hospitable clubs I have ever visited but then again the north east is a football hotbed."

Blyth needed to win to have any chance to staying in the league, whereas Hereford were already safe. However, with many Bulls players told prior to the game that they would be released from the club, Yan Klukowski's side capitulated, losing the game 5-0.

"The game is a blur from our perspective of non commitment, passion or pride in the shirt, but unfortunately this season we have got used to it," said Mr Ferguson.


"As the game end, we hop back in the car and start our journey home.

"Two stops later we are at Strensham for a burger. It's full of fans but we keep our tops hidden due to the embarrassment.

"I hadn’t spoken to my boy for over three hours while replaying events in my mind. After a further stop at Taunton Deane we finally get home at midnight, our souls destroyed but our hearts intact.

"All in all, a great trip because it’s what you do. The performance was a disgrace, shameful and embarrassing but that’s football.

"Talk of reimbursement is ludicrous though. I want nothing from the club apart from pride and passion.

"While disappointing and being very angry, it’s our club so we will purchase seasons tickets for next season. It’s all money for the war chest."

"While upset and disillusioned, we will never abandon our club."