Hereford United

Club Profile

First Played: 1995-6

Win Rate: 39% (from 23 games)

Last Updated: 30 June 2022

You can’t beat a bit of Bully – unless it’s Hereford United and those Bulls have beaten us again. But was that always the case? After all, all those red flashes of our home kit could be like a red rag to a, well, y’know. The short answer is “no”. It actually came as a bit of a shock to look back at how many times we ended up playing them over the years. And the idea that our friends from Edgar Street had it all their own way against us is total bullsh…

Our first match against Hereford United came in the FA Cup, but it wasn’t long before we were both competing as equals; the Bulls relegated to the Conference in 1997. For the next nine years, we were adversaries; Boro’ having the pleasure of edging them out of the 2004-5 Nationwide Conference playoffs. They won the race (back) to the League, though. After reuniting in League Two, the Bulls were relegated to non-league once more in 2012.

This time it was permanent; the club suspended by the FA in 2014 and eventually wound up in the High Court. The reason was because the Bulls’ debts had soared to a mammoth £1.3m – and soon the vultures started circling before the High Court stepped in for good.


Hereford United: The Facts

Who are Hereford United?

Sadly, this is more a case of who were Hereford United. Formed in 1924, the Bulls made their home at Edgar Street from the start and never budged. The club came to be after a merger between two local amateur teams called St Martins and RAOC (Rotherwas). The aim was to bring a higher standard of football to the town. But two others – Hereford City and Hereford Thistle – opted out of it.

After starting out in the Birmingham & District League, the Bulls became members of the Southern League for the 1939-40 season. The Second World War meant it was a bit of a false start at first. But, soon enough, they got into their stride; challenging for league titles throughout the 1950s. They scored their fair share of goals too. They couldn’t quite make it up to the summit, however.

Well, unless you count the North Western zone title in 1958-9. It landed them the overall title after beating Bedford Town, the South Eastern zone winners, in a playoff.

Anyway, let’s move on. The 1960s weren’t amazing to start with and the Bulls went down in 1964; relegated to Division One. The return was immediate, to be fair. And a few years later, the club finished second in the Southern League and joined the Football League. It came after the same season in which Ronnie Radford did a goal. We say “joined”. What we mean is “were elected into”.

Can you imagine a competition where there was no automatic promotion and relegation? No, us neither.

Why do we know the Bulls?

The Bulls rose rapidly up the Football League; reaching Division Two within five seasons. The bubble burst and they returned straight back down to Division Four again. And it was how things stayed for the duration after that. Only twice between 1978 and 1996 were the Bulls able to finish in the top-half. That’s whether it’s Division Four or Division Three.

The 1995-6 season was one of those two; the Bulls ending up in sixth and nabbing a spot in the playoffs. It wasn’t to be as Darlington knocked them out at the semi-final stage. The reason for banging on about this particular campaign is not because we saw title success. It’s actually because it’s the season in which we first met the Bulls. And it was by virtue of the FA Cup First Round.

Hereford United: Record vs Boro'

Pl W D L F A GD Pts* WR%
Overall 23 9 5 9 24 26 -2 28 39%
Home 11 3 2 6 8 15 -7 10 27%
Away 12 6 3 3 16 11 5 18 50%
League 20 8 4 8 21 23 -2 28 40%
Cup 1 0 0 1 1 2 -1 n/a 0%

* league points only

Hereford United: Result-by-Result (Boro' Scoring First)

Tuesday 08 March 2011

Tuesday 28 September 2010

Monday 27 February 2006

Saturday 10 September 2005

Friday 06 May 2005

Monday 02 May 2005

Saturday 02 April 2005

Saturday 28 August 2004

Saturday 03 January 2004

Saturday 30 August 2003

Saturday 22 February 2003

Saturday 21 September 2002

Saturday 27 April 2002

Saturday 22 September 2001

Monday 12 March 2001

Saturday 23 September 2000

Monday 28 February 2000

Saturday 18 September 1999

Saturday 30 January 1999

Saturday 10 October 1998

Monday 19 January 1998

Saturday 30 August 1997

Saturday 11 November 1995

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