Welcome to our ongoing Talking Bull feature in which “Uncle Rob” attempts to answer some queries and sort out some problems in football, these are usually, but not exclusively, in and around Edgar Street.

Dear Uncle Rob,

I think I may have shot myself in the foot with my choice of a gun tattoo down the side of my shin – what do you think?

Raheem, Manchester


Dear Raheem,

It’s all very well and good bragging about your sharp-shooting in club colours, but you clearly forgot to pack any ammunition for the World Cup in Russia. However, we enjoyed your sinking of the Spanish Armada, so keep smiling.



Dear Uncle Rob,

I’ve come up with a clever plan to stop people making jokes like “he’s shot himself in the foot” with my own gun tattoo down the side of my shin; mine faces up, not down! Clever, eh? – what do you think?

Ken, Hereford


Dear Ken,

So, you’re saying it’s pointing at your head? Yes, very clever indeed. No, I can’t imagine how anyone could possibly make jokes about that.



Dear Uncle Rob,

My folks were always putting him down. They said he came from the wrong side of town. They told me he was bad, but I knew he was sad,

Name & Address Withheld.


Dear Mr/Mrs/Ms Withheld,

1. Don’t pick up the phone. You know he’s only calling ‘cos he’s drunk & alone.

2. Don’t let him in. You’ll have to kick him out again.

3. Don’t be his friend. You know you’re gonna wake up in his bed in the morning. And, if you’re under him, you ain’t getting over him.



Dear Uncle Rob,

Those “Pre-Match Meal” deals in the Hereford Suite look a bit scrumptious, but are all dietary requirements catered for? Sorry to trouble you by asking, you look like you’ve probably got enough on your plate as it is!

Claire Lee-Obvious


Dear Claire,

Ironically, in a county famed for beef, the veggie option has been popular here for many years, our well-seasoned “Rye and Greens”. Veggie sales will also have been boosted by diners’ recent uncertainties over the precise contents of a “Horsell Steak-Pie”. But, I’m sad to inform fans that our first “halal-certified” meal, sourced direct from the Middle East – “Jordan Lamb” – is currently off the menu, after a number of supply problems.



Dear Uncle Rob,

It’s sad, so sad. It’s a sad sad situation and it’s getting more and more absurd. It’s sad, so sad. Why can’t we talk it over? Sorry seems to be the hardest word.

Name & Address Withheld,



Come on now – I know it’s you and I have to say I’m rather disappointed. You of all people, pretending to be Mr/Mrs/Ms Withheld, and elbowing your way in on my working relationship with a vulnerable person who clearly needs and values my empathy and advice. Now, if you still feel you need to apologise, this really isn’t the right forum for it.



Dear Uncle Rob,

Let’s just say you were helping out somewhere, on a voluntary basis. How would you go about getting rid of one of the other chaps there who you’d taken a particular dislike to? Asking for a friend.

Mr T


Dear Mr T,

That “Bad Attitude” of yours keeps getting you into trouble. You’ll realise one day that you can’t be so high and mighty. When the dizzying heights overwhelm you, you need your A team to stay switched on and pull you through. Keep your feet on the ground, and remember; don’t abuse anyone’s trust.



Dear Uncle Rob,

As a long-standing fan of R.E.M., I was as disappointed as anyone by news of the band’s split-up in 2011. What I would like to know is how on earth did your football club persuade their former lead-singer Michael Stipe to take over as first-team manager?

Otto Matic


Dear Otto,

It surprised us all at ES, especially given the popularity of our former coach, country music Hall of Famer, Kenny Rogers. You may be interested in this photograph I once had taken with the guys in R.E.M. That’s me in the corner.

By Editor

Lifelong Hereford supporter who has endured the rise and fall of the club through progressive generations. Sports journalist, broadcaster and commentator who will never forget his Edgar Street roots.

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