HEREFORD United are to press ahead with the refurbishment of the former Supporters Club – the StarliteRooms.

The club was burnt out in late 1995 and has since been an eye sore on the Edgar Streetlandscape.

But Bulls chairman David Keyte sees the re-vamped club as being a stepping stone in the development of the ground before the new Blackfriars End comes on stream in twoorthreeyearstime.

“We see it as a six-month project and local tradesmen have been very supportive in their quotes,” said Keyte yesterday (Wednesday).

“I feel strongly that the Starlite Rooms are important to Hereford people and we want to keep the momentum going so that we do not lose the good-will built up over the last12 months.”

With off-the-field matters bubbling along nicely, United faceabusyspell on the pitch with four games - and the club Open Day – in the next six days.

Tonight (Thursday), United make the short trip across the city to Old School Lane to take on Pegasus Juniors,kick-off7pm.

There will be a half-time crossbar challenge, with a £50 prize, and a pre-match parade of Bulls’ legends including Colin Addison, Peter Isaac, Steve Emery, Dudley Tyler andEricTompkins.

The Old School Lane outfit have planned entertainment, including training drills demonstrated by Pegasus’ youth section.

Spectators will also be entered into a raffle for a £300 voucher towardsaweekendinLondon.

Saturday sees a visit of the Birmingham City first-team when United will be unveiling – and playing in – their new away strip for the comingseason.

Sunday’s Open Day starts at 2pm and fans can have photographs taken with their heroes.

The players will be involved in a training session at 2.30pm before mingling with supporters for photographs (3pm) and then autographs (4pm).

Other attractions will include the speedcage, barbecue, bar, and cake and bottle stalls. The club will also be launching new lines of leisure wear.

On Monday, United visit allpay.park to take on Westfields in the final of the Herefordshire Senior Cup.

And then, finally, next Tuesday evening, the Bulls travel to Shropshire to face Blue Square Bet Premier newcomers AFC Telford United.

Tom keeps his eye on the ball TOM John is one of the new intake of scholars, looking to make their way as professional footballers at Edgar Street.

John is one of the five youngsters signed by Bulls’ head of youth John Layton.

Sports writer Ian Morgan nipped down to Edgar Street to meet Layton and his new proteges – See sport 8.