Hereford FC are to be issued with an initial supply of 800 match tickets for their eagerly anticipated away clash in the Southern League Division One – South & West with Shortwood United.
The match will take place on Tuesday, 16 August with a 7:45pm kick-off.
It has been confirmed the game has been designated an all-ticket match following local safety authority advice.
The Hereford CEO, Ken Kinnersley, has re-iterated that an agreement with Shortwood United will enable ‘ticket sales from the Hereford FC website to commence later this week’.
It is understood 700 adult tickets will be made available, plus another 100 allocation specifically for Bulls’ under 16s fans. The face value of the adult tickets is £9, with junior tickets ‘free’.
Capacity at the Meadowbank ground has been set at 1,300 although it appears unlikely this limit will be tested on this occasion. Indeed, with an average ‘home’ crowd of less than 100 early indications are that should Bulls fans snap up their opening allocation, more may become available at a later date. The current record crowd stands at 1,240 when Shortwood faced Port Vale in the FA Cup.
The exact sales process is not yet confirmed, however, Bulls fans may have to book online and collect from the Edgar Street offices, or at the Meadowbank ground on the evening of the match. However, it is not yet clear whether a standard online booking fee will be applied.
The Hereford United Supporters Trust have additionally contacted the club to see if they can provide volunteers to assist in any way with direct sales for those fans unable to utilise a web-based solution. The HUST board maintain ‘discussions are ongoing and we hope that we will be able to contribute towards a resolution’.
Shortwood United officials are now fully briefed, and ‘understand the personnel and financial issues the Bulls face as the “away” team with the additional ticket sales, particularly, as Hereford FC have two home league games on Tuesday 9, Saturday 13 and an FA Cup tie on Saturday 20 August’.
Shortwood are keen to stress the local safety authority are insisting on a ‘no on-the-day ticket sales’ policy.
The game will be only the Bulls’ second away league game of the campaign and a high take-up of the allocation is envisaged.
Hereford FC are expected to enable season-tickets holders first option on the purchase of tickets, prior to general sales at a later stage.
Additional car parking facilities close to the Meadowbank ground will be opened up for travelling Hereford supporters.
By Road: 45 miles (GL6 0SJ). At M5 J13 head towards Stonehouse, then take by-pass to Stroud. At end of by-pass, left, then right towards Stroud rugby club and A46. right at the traffic lights, follow road through Woodchester to Nailsworth. At FGR roundabout turn right then left through shopping area, at the end of which the Britannia Pub is visible, take the left fork and continue up the hill towards Shortwood. Beware, the roads are famously narrow. Talking Bull ‘Ground Guide’ contributor Dave Baker says ‘Thin cars and collective breathing-in recommended!’