Hereford United Expelled From Football Conference
Wed 11th Jun 2014 | Clubs Ownership
Hereford United have been expelled from the Football Conference it was announced yesterday.
Following long running financial problems, the club confirmed it would not be able to meet the requirements, to which it previously agreed, set by the Board of the Football Conference Ltd on Friday, 6th June 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.” Read the statemnent released by the Football Conference.
“At the Annual General Meeting on 7th June of the Football Conference Ltd, the member clubs agreed to an alternative Constitution for the 2014/15 season, in case of the above eventuality.”
The expulsion of Hereford, who narrowly avoided relegation on the last day of the season, means 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.
Speaking of the situation, Hereford owner Tommy Agombar told the club’s official website, "The club was not in a position to pay the Football Conference's requirement of a £350,000 bond. A bond that we could not touch during the season. Neither Macclesfield Town or Salisbury City were put in the same position as we were regarding this.
"I am truly gutted that this situation has arisen, I bought the club in the knowledge that I was buying a Conference Premier side, but the amount of debt that we have discovered, and have to now deal with, has brought about unwanted changes to our initial plans.
"I have today made sure that payments are being made to both staff and creditors, and we will also be sorting out payments to Martin Foyle and HMRC this month.
"I am fully behind the club and will be making every effort possible to get it back to where it belongs, The Football League.
"When I came into the club I had a three-year plan to take the club forward and back into the League, the recent happenings have turned that into a four or five-year plan, but I'm still determined to turn it around for Hereford United. I want us to hit the ground running in the 2014/15 season and get this club back on track on the field and off it.
"I want to prove to United fans that we are serious, and we'll be putting together a team to prove that we are. We will have quality players coming into our club.
"I'm keen to talk to supporters as soon as I can and we will arrange a Fans Forum at the earliest possible opportunity".
Posted by: Aaron Gourley
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