A Sad Day For Football As Hereford United Are Wound Up
The Bulls were finally put out of their misery at the High Court, as Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (HMRC) finally said enough is enough.
Friday, December 19th. A day of mourning for fans of the famous old club that once knocked Newcastle United out of the FA Cup. It’s the day that the club they love were killed off in the courts. HMRC finally pulled the plug after the club failed to pay £116,000 it owed, but there were debts totalling more than a million pounds.
In all honesty, most of the club’s fans would probably argue the club died long ago, and has finally had its life support machine switched off. Supporters have boycotted games in recent weeks, which has seen attendances plummet by eighty percent.
It has been one of the strangest and longest running sagas in football. Multiple adjournments have been allowed, likely due to false promises that the necessary finances were in place to save the club.
Sadly, though, this has proved time and again not to be the case. It’s a joke really that things have been allowed to continue as long as they have. Not that I’m glad the club has been wound-up, not at all. More that this has just delayed the inevitable. Nine times the club has had a stay of execution. Nine. That is unprecedented in cases like this. You can’t say they haven’t been given a chance to sort themselves out!
The question is: why has this gone on so long? This could have been done in the summer, and the club could then have rebuilt, or reformed, and been looking to start again in time for next season. Look at Salisbury City. They will probably be ready to go at the start of next season, with a management hierarchy in place and the final act being to decide on the name of the new club.
Will Hereford be ready in time? Let’s hope so. The previous owners have killed the club, and have shown no remorse, or willingness to get it back on its feet. Andy Lonsdale, the man who claimed to have the money needed to satisfy this winding-up petition, was reportedly stuck in traffic as he tried to make his way to the court. Ridiculous! If he really wanted to save the club, surely he would have been at the court all day? It is a joke of an excuse, and it sums up this whole pathetic mess perfectly.
Personally, I am glad this has finally ended, and the club have been wound-up. Hang on, let me finish!
I am not happy that the club are gone, far from it. I am happy that the people (I’ll use that term to avoid libel!) in charge of the club will no longer be. I am happy that the fans of Hereford United have their club back. It will take them some considerable time to get plans in motion to reform, but I am sure they will be back. They are a grand old club, and one we should all be helping get back on their feet.
To that end, there are a few twitter accounts I’d like to point you in the direction of. These will be a great way of keeping up to date on what’s going on at Edgar Street (assuming the council don’t get hold of it). Follow all three, and if there is anything you can do to help in the future, please do so!