Hereford Utd v Darlington

Saturday 9th March 2019, 3pm
Vanarama Conference North

 
Hereford FC:
Edgar Street, Hereford, HR4 9JU
Tel: 01432 268257; Tweet: @HerefordFC

History: The original United club was formed in 1924, when two local clubs merged and started in the Birmingham leagues and eventually reached the Southern League. A non-league attendance record was set at Wigan in the FA Cup in 1954, with more than 24,500 watching. Hereford's most famous FA Cup exploit was the defeat of mighty Newcastle 2-1 in a third round replay in 1972, the year they were also elected to the Football League. Lost in the play-off semi-finals to Darlington in 1996 but then lost their league status a year later on the last day with Brighton staying up. Unlucky to lose out on promotions back under long-serving chairman and manager Graham Turner until the 2006 Conference play-off win over Halifax, while a second promotion soon followed, before the dropped back a division. The club went into financial meltdown in 2014, and like Darlo have had to pull themselves back up from the bottom, with the help of their own fans as a "phoenix" club.

Record Attendance: 4,712 vs A.F.C. Telford United (FA Cup, 2017); 18,114 v Sheffield Wed FA Cup 3, Jan 1958 (old club)
Capacity: 4,913
Last season: 1st (Southern League champions)
Honours: Division Three champions 1975/76, Div Four runners up 1972/73, Conference play-off winners 2006. Southern League Premier champions 2017/18; Southern League South & West champions 2016/17; Midland Premier champions 2015/16
Record victory: 151 vs Tenbury United (2017), 6-0 v Burnley, Div 4 (1987, old club)
Defeat: 0-6 v Rotherham Utd, Div 4, April 1989
Nicknames: The Bulls
Colours: White
Manager: Peter Beadle
Chairman: Ken Kinnersley

Click here for streetmap of the Hereford's ground

Admission prices (2018/19 ) Prices are Adults 15, OAPs 14,ages 16-18 £8; under 16s 2, under 5 free. If we get terracing, prices are adults £13, OAPs £13 and 16-18 are £7.

Distance from Darlington, 236 miles, allow 4.5 hours. From the North: Take the M1, M42 right to the end and head onto the M5 south, leaving at junction 5 (Droitwich). Follow the A38 towards Worcester, before taking the A449 signposted Hereford. Follow Hereford signs and the A49 will eventually take you into the city and straight past Edgar Street.

Parking: There are a number of pay and display car parks within 5-10 minutes walk of the ground, including the large council-owned car park next to the ground.

Darlington FC Supporters' Club
Coach Contact: Darlington FC Supporters Group, call 01325 250531 or 07951 434731 to book a seat.Details of the supporters' group travel can be found here.

Hereford Taxis: 01432 343343
City Taxis: 01432 340350
Blue Line Taxis: 01432 343435
Cathedral Taxis: 01432 343438 >

Less than a mile away, the ground is no more than a 15- minute walk from Hereford station. Turn right into Commercial Road at the end of the station approach - past Morrisons - and head towards the city centre. You pass a BP garage and shops on your right until ou reach the traffic lights (on the corner by a sofa shop, with a Subway restaurant ahead of you). Then turn right along Newmarket Street, then its right into Widemarsh Street and quickly left into Blackfriars Street to reach the away end.

The official site is very good with some useful travel information.

Near the ground and city centre:

Beer In Hand, 136 Eign Street, Hereford HR4 OAP
Micropub, which has opened since our last visit, specialising in a wide range of ciders and perries and five real ales. It's in a converted laundrette, not far from the ground.

The Victory, 88 St Owen's Street
A nautical-themed city centre pub, home to the Spinning Dog brewery and a home also, naturally this being Hereford, to real ciders, as well as guest ales. Food served. There's a beer garden at the side of the pub - the brewery is at the back. Directions: From the station, walk along Commercial Street and left at the lights into Bath Street - follow the road around past the social services offices, left at the junction at the lights and the pub is over a pedestrian crossing, opposite a Peugeot dealership. DAFTS recommended. Click for street map

Barrels, 69 St Owen's Street
On the same street as The Victory and my preferred choice - over the traffic lights - this has four or five Wye Valley real ales on hand-pull, cider, a choice of lagers, with four rooms, including pool table and Sky TV. The Wye Valley Butty Bach and stout are highly recommended. Very friendly place, the locals gave us a true welcome - very relaxed atmosphere. Also a beer garden at the back. DAFTS recommended

Other city centre/near station

Yates's, 58 Commercial Street
Airey free house, with food served

The Kings Fee, 49-53 Commercial Road
On the way up from the station, this JD Wetherpoon's pub is sizeable in the art deco style, with a garden at the rear. They had three beers on during our post-match visit, not bad as these places go, although it looked like a bomb had hit it, with the usual detrius of the afternoon drinking and dining crowd. Non-smoking throughout, Sky Sports screens on "silent" and a cash machine. . Open from 9am. DAFTS recommended.