The Phoenix Has Risen And Is Going To The Home Of Football
That may be a dramatic title, but when you consider that Hereford United Football Club was wound up in the High Court on 19th December 2014, the fact that a football club from Hereford will be playing at Wembley stadium on the 22nd May 2016 is a fantastic achievement.
When Hereford United FC was wound up in the High Court it brought an abrupt end to a club that had existed since 1924 when two local sides merged. It left a City and county with a proud footballing tradition without a ‘major’ club representing it, and left a massive hole in the sporting community.
A football club in Britain is a source of pride and identity to a local region especially to an area whose club support is provincial only; a club that has played only one season in the second tier of the English league in 1976/77. It is an identity that is synonymous with a region and when it goes missing it leaves a hole.
With the support of the fans and local business a football club bearing the name Hereford F.C. a ‘Phoenix’ club was reborn from the ashes of Hereford United. This new club plays at Edgar Street the old home of United and while a new beginning, it embraces and celebrates the past club.
The first league game of the new club was played on Saturday 8th August 2015 at Edgar Street in the Midland Football League Premier Division (equivalent of division 9 in English league system) against Dunkirk, which Hereford won 4-1 in front of a crowd of 4,060.
During this inaugural season for Hereford FC fantastic support from the supporters has seen the club go from strength-to-strength which has seen them embark on a successful campaign in the F.A. Vase (an annual football competition for teams playing below Step 4 of the English National League System). This cup run has resulted in reaching the final that will be played at Wembley Stadium “The Home of Football” against Morpeth Town on Sunday 22nd May 2016.
Hereford have sold over 16,000 tickets for this game which shows how the people of Hereford and Herefordshire identify with the team and how important that local identity is. Philip Morris & Son can identify with this as we have been serving the people of Hereford and Herefordshire since 1845 and know how our local customers regard that special bond with a local store that is unique to the area.
We wish Hereford F.C. the best of luck for the FA Vase final and hope they bring the trophy back to Herefordshire.