With weather permitting, Hereford United will hopefully focus back onto the League at Boxing Day, after back-to-back FA Cup and FA Trophy defeats to Cheltenham Town and Chelmsford City respectively and a postponed game against Ebbsfleet United. It is amazing however where they’ve come from, from where they were just two months ago.
In October David Keyte, Hereford United Chairman announced that the club owed around £170,000 to HMRC and pleaded with the fans and the club to approach this problem together or face imminent administration.
With stories of players, bills and staff not being paid, the fans hit the subject hard with sponsored head and leg shaves, sponsored walks and walk-in donations to the club. The club equally faced the problem by forming a donation section on their website, having special nights at the club and even auctioning seats on the team bus for games; the club and the fans began to stand together and got stuck into the events whole-heartedly.
Hereford United’s team spirit off the pitch had been replicated on it, getting to the second round of FA Cup and Trophy and in the top ten of the Blue Square Premier; all helping the coffers of the club.
Now with the Transfer embargo, imposed due to the HMRC lifted after an agreement was made, the brighter side is starting to show, the team and the fans are truly coming together for the sake of the club, showing a community (as opposed to a Christmas) spirit, that is hopefully for life; not just for Christmas.
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