It’s not Woolmer again is it?

Here at Talking Bull we are delighted to bring you another HUGE 70-page edition of the Independent Hereford Football Club Supporters’ magazine ahead of the FA Trophy Quarter-Final against Aldershot Town. Thanks to your enthusiasm this is the 12th issue we have produced during the pandemic and it is crammed full of content, with a plethora of articles from contributors old and new.

We bring you the legendary Rob Purdie who looks at the effect an excellent rapport in the dressing room can bring, and recalls a disturbing clash involving Trevor Benjamin and Stan Collymore.

We re-visit the Conference play-off semi-final against Aldershot in 2004 when ‘Woolmergate’ denied Hereford an opportunity of returning to the Football League despite a free-scoring season. Just how bad a decision was it to give Andy Tretton a red-card? What would VAR have made of it!

The Steve Niblett camera zooms in on another vital game against the Shots as Hereford thought they had performed the ‘Great Escape’ at the Recreation Ground in 2014. Were you there?

Chris Ammonds describes the National League governance as a shambles following the debacle surrounding the events which have led to making the season null and void. Should the 2020/21 campaign have even started?

Despite the stop-start nature of the season the Meadowender suggests that progress has definitely been made under the management of Josh Gowling and Steve Burr, but surely now is the time to secure the core of the playing squad. Steve Hughes also provides his own individual assessment of Josh Gowling – ‘The Boss’.

We bring you an insight into striker Joey Butlin and George Forsyth who have recently been given an opportunity at Edgar Street, and there is a pictorial debut for Michael Bakare and Ryan McLean as the latest signings.

In our Bulls Back in Time feature; Hereford won the Welsh Cup in 1990 and in Camels Corner we take a look back at the day the prize money for lifting the trophy was presented to the club at Edgar Street. But there was hardly a fanfare with supporters wondering ‘Where are the Sky-Divers?’

We are on the road again with Irish Bull doubting his choice of motor vehicles, Ian Sandford recalls a recent trip to Gateshead…but a funny thing happened along the way, whilst Chris Jones completes his epic journey as he finally becomes a member of the 92 club.

In addition to coronavirus the National League North has also been disrupted by the weather leaving Jim Clewer ‘Itchin to Play’. But just how many matches have Hereford ever seen postponed in a single season? Also frozen out is the former Hereford FC boss Peter Beadle who could not repeat his Edgar Street successes at the Hive with Barnet. Trevor Knell investigates. Not to be out done, Ruth Walkden cannot hide her disappointment at the news that ‘The Game is Off, Mate!”

We’re in conversation with Kyle Holmes who recalls his time at Edgar Street in the mid-1970s when, as part of the Bulls’ squad, he faced the likes of George Best, Stan Bowles, Micky Droy, Peter Taylor and Bob Wilson. On an adventure of his own is Richard Woods who reveals the trials and tribulations he has experienced as a Hereford fan in exile.

All this…and much, much more in the latest FREE edition of Talking Bull.

Talking Bull is the UK’s fastest fanzine with 12 issues produced during the pandemic. We haven’t charged for our online productions, but surely they’re worth a donation thereby recognising the time and resources involved. These are welcome via this link:

https://www.talkingbull.org/store/#!/DONATE-Talking-Bull-Digital/p/84511347/category=0

Around £700 has already been raised. All donations will directly help our club. Articles and letters from old and new contributors are always welcome. All you need to do is email the content to us and we’ll do the rest.

If you’ve missed any of our previous COVID-19 lockdown issues and would like a copy – they too remain available FREE. Just drop us an email: editor@talkingbull.org

UPDATE: This edition of Talking Bull has been superseded by the latest issue so is no longer available online. However, should you like a copy please contact editor@talkingbull.org and we will be pleased to email a FREE pdf copy to you.

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