Who are Hereford FC?
Hereford FC are another phoenix club, founded in December 2014 by the Hereford United Supporters Trust after the demise of Hereford United.
We’ve played them 6 times officially, winning 5 and drawing 1, and there was also a 0-0 draw in the Covid era.
Their first season 2015-16 they competed in the Midland Football League, and they won three league titles in their first three campaigns, the other two being the Southern League South and the Southern League Premier before finding themselves at National League North level.
So, the first time we met was in 2018 and resulted in a 3-0 win at Edgar street, the ground that they inherited from the former club. The new club also has the same colours, the nickname and the bull mascot.
In terms of former players I know of James Caton and Andrai Jones having played for both clubs.
We have more of a history with the former club Hereford United having met them 23 times. We won 2, but we only lost 8.
An incredible 13 of them were draws, including the 1-1 draw back in 2006 where 182 Sandgrounders made their way down to try and roar the Sandgrounders on to Conference survival.
The Liam Blakeman goal will live long in the memory that day.
We met regularly in the Conference national between 1997 and 2014, and also played them 4 times in the Football League.
We had quite a few players play for both clubs, including goalkeeper Daniel Lloyd Weston who was Hereford player of the year in 2014, but the most famous are probably Chris Lane who we prised away from Hereford in 2000/01 and Eric Redrobe who we sold to Hereford for, and reports vary, either £6000 or £7000 after 8 games of the 1972/73 season. He didn’t want to go and we sold him without his knowledge but he ended up being idolised at both clubs. He was inducted into our Hall of Fame in 2019. He was arguably the best £27 a week we ever spent.
We’ve met before
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The official for this one is Neil Pratt. As a resident referee in the Midlands, he has taken charge of both National League North and South games this season – 7 and 5 respectively this season. The most recent game was Kiddy’s 3-1 win at home to Blyth last Tuesday (31st January). He is yet to referee a Port game, so will be his first time officiating the club.
Hereford – Tuesday – 19:45 Kick Off – Edgar Street – HR4 9JU
Edgar Street has been the home of the newly formed Hereford FC since 2015, however the old Hereford United have been playing at Edgar Street since 1924. The ground has a capacity of 5,250 (1,761 seated) and is enclosed with stands on all four sides.
Segregation is usually in force for most games with away fans being hosted on one side of the Len Weston stand. The entrance to the away section is to be found at the corner of Edgar Street and Blackfriars Street.
How to get there
3 hour drive – approx (139 miles)
Google Maps Route Link: https://goo.gl/maps/f7Q79v8P2VumVXt1A
Hereford Train Station is a 10/15 walk from Edgar Street with regular services to Wales and Birmingham and Crewe.
You can get back to Chester after the game but will require a taxi from there to get home. Best bet is to stay over. But hotels are expensive for Hereford on this night – i.e. the Premier Inn we are booked into in central Hereford is £151 for one night. We paid £60 a few weeks back.
No current planned train strikes
No cash turnstile – you need to have a ticket.
The matchday ticket office is open between 6pm-7:45pm – however it does get busy so they do recommend buying online using the following link: https://herefordfc.ticketco.events/uk/en/e/southport
Prices are as follows:
- Adults – £18
- Concessions – £15.50
- Student – £8
- Under 16 – £3
Looks like we have been assigned the seated area above the terrace – bit disappointing.
Will update preview if there is a change in circumstances etc
Where to eat?
There are also a number of food concessions within the stadium itself selling hot and cold drinks and a range of food.
Where to drink?
No alcohol is allowed to be consumed within the ground. However there are many good pubs around Hereford. The ground is pretty central to Hereford town center so there are many great pubs recommended including The Victory, Queens Arms, Litchfield Vault and The Barrels. I do believe there is a good bar in the ground also – but you aren’t allowed to take alcohol to your seat.
Please remember – Drink responsibly & don’t drink and drive, or be a dick.