19 December 2014

The Hereford United Connection

It is always sad when a football club "goes to the wall", and today that fate befell Hereford United. The Bulls' most famous moment pre-dated their 31 years as a Football League side, and it was a Northern Ireland goalkeeper, Iam McFaul, who clasped helplessly as Ronnie Radford's shot for the then Southern League club helped defeat the giants of Newcastle United in the 1972 FA Cup third round.


Founded: 1924
Folded: 2014
Ground: Edgar Street (1924-2014)

Club Honours:
Football League best season: 22nd Division Two (II) 1976/77
Division Three (III) Champions 1975/76
Division Four/Division Three/League Two (IV) Runners-Up 1972/73, Third 2007/08, Play-Off Winners 1995/96
Football Conference Play-Off Winners 2005/06
FA Cup best season: Fourth Round (8 times)
Football League Cup best season: Third Round 1974/75
Welsh Cup Winners 1989/90, Runners-Up 1967/68, 1975/76, 1980/81

League Career:
Birmingham & District League 1928/29-38/39; Southern League 1938/39-1971/72; Football League Division Four (IV) 1972/73; Division Three (III) 1973/74-75/76; Division Two (II) 1976/77; Division Three (III) 1977/78; Division Four (IV) 1978/79-91/92; Division Three (IV) 1992/93-96/97; Football Conference (V) 1997/98-05/06; League Two (IV) 2006/07-07/08; League One (III) 2008/09; League Two 2009/10-11/12; Conference Premier (V) 2012/13-13/14; Southern League 2014/15 (folded mid-season).

Hereford never fielded a "current" full Northern Ireland player, but a number of Ulstermen did appear for the club in their 90-year history.

Player
Hereford
Career
League
Games/Goals
International Career
Tony Capaldi (loan)
Ray Campbell (loan)
Matty Lund (loan)
Paul Millar (loan)
01/02
87/88
98/99
85/86-92/93
79/80-86/87
07/08
10/11
WW2
09/10-12/13
90/91
00/01
96/97
12/ 0
4/ 0
19/ 1
272/ 4
278/38
0/ 0
2/ 0
-
76/ 6
5/ 2
2/ 0
10/ 0
22 Full, Under-21*
18 Full
Uncapped
Under-21
3 Full, Under-21
Under-21
Uncapped
Under-21
B, Under-23, Under-21
46 Full
1 Full, B
* caps earned while with club.

Links:
FCHD
Wikipedia
Official Website

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