Bulls faithful rally to battle winding-up order

6:40pm Tuesday 1st April 2014

CRISIS club Hereford United still need more than £50,000 to avoid a winding-up order next Monday.

The Edgar Street outfit owe HM Revenues and Customs £78,000 and have so far raised £20,000.

Fans have been rallying round to help the Skrill Premier strugglers, who are also facing the threat of administration even if the tax bill is paid.

Chairman David Keyte revealed last month that £300,000 was needed to see the Bulls through to the end of May.

He also announced a record loss of around half-a-million pounds – but he has insisted the club will not fold and reform lower down the non-league pyramid.

Around £9,000 towards the tax bill has come through donations, while the figure also includes income generated at Saturday’s home match against Grimsby Town, which Hereford lost 1-0.

A further £5,000 is expected from fans’ groups this week and up to £10,000 could be raised through this Sunday’s Comedy To Save The Bulls event featuring stand-up Omid Djalili.

The comedian has offered his services to the club and the Courtyard Theatre show sold out in 24 hours.

The Bulls are also hosting a play-off nostalgia evening on Thursday, focusing on their dramatic win over Halifax to secure promotion to the Football League in the 2005-06 campaign, and a race night on Friday.

Hereford hope to add to the total at Saturday’s match against Woking at Edgar Street (3pm).

Officials say they hope to make a payment by the end of the week in a bid to stave off their second winding-up order of the season, but cash raised over the weekend will still count towards the amount needed.

The defeat to Grimsby left Hereford just a point above the relegation zone and without a win in their last 12 matches.

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