Sunday proved to be a very busy day for football fans.
Chelsea won the Capital One Cup, Liverpool scraped a vital result against Manchester City and Arsenal came back from their terrible Champions League result with a resounding 2-0 victory against Everton.
But a footballing legacy was today born in the shadows amidst all of the high-profile Premier League results.
Hereford returned to the footballing world today after going bust in 2014. A winding-up order was served against the former side ‘Hereford United’, and that was the end. Until today.
Hereford has always had a bit of a footballing love affair with its team, with memories aplenty. Who could forget their 2006 promotion back to the football league or Ronnie Radford’s goal for the Bull’s in the colossal FA Cup victory against Newcastle in 1972? The club are awash with history, and it was a sad, sad day when it all came to an end in 2014.
But they are back, led by businessman Jon Hale, and the future looks bright already. The interest in the managerial job has been huge and they have secured the lease of Edgar Street for five seasons.
Great news for fans
Backed by the passionate Hereford United supporters trust, they finally have part of their old club back.
A joint statement by Mr Hale and Chris Williams, Hereford United Supporters' Trust chairman, read: ‘As a partnership we’d like to thank the local authority for its commitment to seeing football continue at this historic, much-loved stadium and we look forward to building a strong relationship with our landlord as the club moves forward’.
Other supporter-owned/influenced clubs have gone on to prosper- AFC Wimbledon, Aldershot Town and FC United of Manchester are all doing well, and just go to show that there is a market for fan ownership.
What is certain is that Hereford have definitely got a piece of their heart back. Let’s hope the historic supporters of the club will welcome the news, and support the new side with the same passion as they did when it was Hereford United.
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