Edgar Street Like?
|What's Edgar Street Like?|
|On one side is
the Cargill (Edgar
Street) Stand. which is a
strange looking covered, two tiered affair. The upper
tier which is all seated and overhangs the lower
terrace, which has a number of supporting pillars.
Part of this stand which was built
in 1974 is given to away supporters. Opposite
is the Merton Meadow Stand, which is a raised, covered
single tier, all seated stand. This stand which was opened in 1968, is
used as a Family Stand and has the team dugouts
located in front.
The home end, the Merton Meadow Terrace, is a classic looking, partly covered (to the rear) stand. This stand is semi circular in shape, going out around the back of the goal and has a number of supporting pillars. Opposite is the Blackfriars end, another partly covered terrace, with a similar shape. Unfortunately this stand recently failed a safety inspection and was closed at the start of the 2009/10 season. However in 2010 the Club installed two small temporary stands in the space at the front of it, which contains a combined total of 650 seats. The ground also has some large, unusual looking floodlights.
The Club have announced plans to build a new seated stand at the Blackfriars End of the ground. With the existing terrace having to be closed for safety reasons, this has prompted the club to seek a replacement. The Club are seeking the permission of the ground landlords and local council to proceed, as well as hoping to partly fund the development with a grant from the Football Stadia Improvement Fund. The new terrace has a planned capacity of 2,000.
|Cargill (Edgar Street) Stand|
|What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?|
fans are mostly housed on one side (towards the
Blackfriars End) of the Cargill (Edgar
Street) Stand at one side of the pitch. This stand
has an upper tier of seating that overhangs a
lower tier of terracing. If demand requires it
then an additional 650 seats can be made
available in the Blackfriars End. Please not
though, that these seats are uncovered and
therefore open to the elements. Facilities within the
ground are basic and especially the toilets are
showing their age. However on the plus side there
are a good range of refreshments available, which
are provided by a local catering company.
|Where To Drink?|
|There is a club bar at
the ground, called Radfords. This is open before and
after the game and normally welcomes away fans, except
for certain high profile games. This small bar enjoys
views across the ground. Scott Lyndon adds, 'We found
that the Oxford Arms on the edge of the main car park
friendly. It has a beer garden and sky sports'. As the
stadium is in the city centre, there are many pubs and
chip shops around the stadium within short walking
distances. These include a Wetherspoons outlet on
Commercial Road, called the Kings Fee.
If you arrive at the ground early, then by turning left instead and following the ring road to its end, you will come to the Victory Tavern. A selection of real ales and a bar which resembles half an old sailing ship, complete with cannons! Also a short walk away on St Owens Street (going towards the town centre) is the Barrels pub, which serves amongst other Wye Valley ales. Like the Victory it is listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide.
Steve Meyer adds; 'I can heartily recommend The Lichfield Vaults as a good pre-match watering hole for the more mature drinker. It's in Church Street which is a narrow pedestrianised walk-through between the cathedral and the main shopping square. They serve a fine selection of well-kept ales - particularly Adnams Broadside - although the landlord does rotate the selection available, plus a good selection of hot snacks. From there it's about a 10 minute walk to the ground'. This pub is also listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide.
|How To Get There & Where To Park|
Leave the M5 at junction 8 and take the M50 towards South Wales. At junction 2, take the A417 towards Ledbury and then the A438 towards Hereford. Keep on the A438 into Hereford and after passing the Victory pub on the left, bear right onto the inner ring road that goes around the town centre. At the large roundabout, turn right onto the A49 Edgar Street and then right again into Blackfriars Street. The ground and car park entrance are down on the left.
From the South
From the South
Map showing the location of the Edgar Street football ground (at the bottom of this page).
Thanks to Richard Smith for providing the photo above.
|Hereford Station is under a ten minute walk away. On leaving the station entrance turn left and walk up to the traffic lights, with aMorrisons supermarket on your right. Turn right into Commercial Road and walk down to the Merton Hotel. Just past the hotel on the right and immediately next to the traffic lights, walk up the steps, under the arch and go through the cemetery grounds, cross the road and into Coningsby Street. At the end of the road cross over into Blackfriars Street and the football ground is about 200 hundred yards on your right. Entrance to the away end for visiting fans is at the far end of the road at the junction with Edgar Street. Thanks to Esmond Collins for providing the directions.|
Seating: Adults £16, Concessions £13, Under 11's £3**
Terrace: Adults £14, Concessions £10, Under 11's £3**
Concessions apply to Senior Citizens and Under 16's.
* Junior Bulls Members can be admitted for £5 in the Meadow End & Merton Stands providing the ticket is purchased prior to matchday.
** Must be purchased prior to kick off from the ticket office. Also must be accompanied by a full paying adult.
|Official Programme: £2.50|
|Shrewsbury Town, Kidderminster Harriers, plus any Welsh Club!|
|Hereford United FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website)|
|For details of disabled facilities and club contact at the ground please visit the relevant page on the Level Playing Field website.|
|Record & Average Attendance|
18,114 v Sheffield Wednesday,
FA Cup 3rd Round, January 4th, 1958.
2010-2011: 2,516 (League Two)
2009-2010: 2,139 (League Two)
2008-2009: 3,270 (League One)
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|Fans Reviews Of Edgar Street|
Gary Townley (Gillingham) 14/8/10
David Reynolds (Cheltenham Town) 15/8/09
Patrick Burke (Tranmere Rovers) 16/1/08
|Location map showing the location of Edgar Street, railway station and listed pubs.|
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* Hereford United moved into Edgar Street when the Club was formed in 1924. However the ground was already being used prior to that date by Hereford City Football Club.