Hereford United expelled from Conference

South Wales Argus: OLD RIVALS: County's Christian Jolley in action at Hereford in 2013 OLD RIVALS: County's Christian Jolley in action at Hereford in 2013

HEREFORD United have been expelled from the Football Conference following their failure to pay their bills, leaving the club’s future in doubt.

Chester, who were relegated on the final day of last season, will be reinstated as a Conference Premier club.

The Conference statement reads: “The Football Conference Ltd has issued the following statement concerning the membership of Hereford United.

“The club has confirmed it will not meet the requirements, to which it previously agreed, set by the Board of the Football Conference Ltd on Friday, June 6, enabling the club to retain its membership.

"As the club was advised at the above meeting, the Board has exercised its unanimous decision that should the club fail to fulfil the requirements it would be expelled from the competition and the Company under Article 5.2.

“At the Annual General Meeting on June 7 of the Football Conference Ltd, the member clubs agreed to an alternative Constitution for the 2014/15 season, in case of the above eventuality.

“Chester FC will now be reprieved from relegation from the Conference Premier and Hayes & Yeading United FC will be reprieved from relegation from Conference South."

Newport County AFC coach and former Bulls player Tony James reacted to the news on Twitter.

James, who played more than 250 games for Hereford between 1998 and 2006, said: “Sad, sad day for my old club…mis-management has cost them dearly. Feel sorry for every player and fan at this moment.”

Former County and Hereford manager Colin Addison told the Hereford Times: "I have just got the news and cannot believe what has happened.”

Hereford avoided relegation on the final day of the season thanks to the efforts of former Exiles boss Peter Beadle and his assistant Steve Jenkins, also an ex-County player and coach.

Beadle took charge at Edgar Street on a caretaker basis in March following the departure of Martin Foyle.

The Bulls ended the campaign in 20th place, finishing above the relegation zone on goal difference after beating Aldershot Town 2–1 at the Recreation Ground on the final day of the season.

Beadle was appointed head coach at Sutton United last month, while Jenkins has left his managerial role at Monmouth Town and is now in charge of Merthyr Town.

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11:54pm Tue 10 Jun 14

Frankfurt says...

Sorry to hear this. We experienced losing our football club in Newport in 1989 and I wouldn't wish that on anyone.The key factor now is their Edgar Street ground. The best outcome would be for a new club to keep hold of the stadium and maybe enter the Southern League next season. Is there a David Hando in Hereford?
Sorry to hear this. We experienced losing our football club in Newport in 1989 and I wouldn't wish that on anyone.The key factor now is their Edgar Street ground. The best outcome would be for a new club to keep hold of the stadium and maybe enter the Southern League next season. Is there a David Hando in Hereford? Frankfurt
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10:00am Wed 11 Jun 14

county mad says...

Its a crying shame to lose a club if such pedigree and history
Its a crying shame to lose a club if such pedigree and history county mad
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8:08pm Fri 13 Jun 14

Foxyboy3rd says...

Yes a real shame I feel sorry for the supporters .Hope that they can do a "County" and get back into the F. LEAGUE itself. They'll have their cup memories as an incentive.
Yes a real shame I feel sorry for the supporters .Hope that they can do a "County" and get back into the F. LEAGUE itself. They'll have their cup memories as an incentive. Foxyboy3rd
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