Hereford

Edgar Street

Capacity: 5,250 (Seats 1,761)
Address: Edgar Street, Hereford, HR4 9JU
Telephone: 01432 268 257
Pitch Size: 114 x 76 yards
Pitch Type: Grass
Club Nickname: Bulls or Whites
Year Ground Opened: 1924*
Undersoil Heating: No
Home Kit: White and Black

Merton Stand
Merton Stand
Meadow End
Meadow End
Len Weston Stand
Len Weston Stand
Blackfriars End
Blackfriars End
Blackfriars End and Len Weston Stand
Blackfriars End and Len Weston Stand
Edgar Street
Edgar Street
Looking Towards The Meadow End
Looking Towards The Meadow End

Beer In Hand Pub Sign HerefordThere is a club bar at the ground itself called Radfords. This is open before and after the game and normally welcomes away fans, except for certain high profile fixtures. This small bar enjoys views across the ground and serves real ale from the Wye Valley Brewery. Scott Lyndon adds, 'We found that the Oxford Arms near to the ground on Widemarsh Street to be friendly. It has a beer garden and shows Sky Sports.' Also on Widemarsh Street going towards the City Centre is the Herdsman Pub, which also serves food. If you like your ales then on Eign Street around a five-minute walk from the visitors' turnstiles is the Beer In Hand. This modern small bar serves a number of beers directly from the cask. 

If arriving by train and walking to Edgar Street then you will pass a Wetherspoons outlet on Commercial Road, called the Kings Fee. Also nearby to the Wetherspoons are a number of other pubs and bars including the Merton, Yates, Hogarths and TJ's. Otherwise, the ground is only a five-minute walk away from the City Centre where there are plenty of pubs and eating establishments to be found. 

Welcome To Edgar Street The Home Of Hereford FC SignWell, there is an old saying that 'they don't make like them like this anymore,' and that is certainly the case with Edgar Street. From the large chunky floodlights to the semi-circular terraces, the ground is certainly 'old school.' But it is a proper old-fashioned football ground that is both unique and memorable.

Since the Club's formation as a fan-owned club in 2015 (following the demise of Hereford United), a lot of effort has been put into bringing the facilities up to scratch and to brighten up the look of the ground. On one side is the Merton Stand, which is a covered single tiered, all seated stand. It has an unusual look as the seating area is raised above pitch level, meaning that supporters need to climb a small staircase to enter it. Below at pitch level, there are a number of glass windows running along the stand and you do wonder how many have might have been broken over the years, via a wayward football. Opened in 1968, it has a capacity of around 1800 and serves as the Main Stand at Edgar Street, as it contains the dressing rooms, corporate facilities, club offices and has the team dugouts located out front. 

Opposite is the Len Weston Stand. which is a strange looking covered, two-tiered affair. The upper tier which is all seated, with five rows of seats, directly overhangs the lower terrace, which has a number of large supporting pillars. Named after a former President of the Club, it is located very close to the main A49 road that runs behind. So you can see that the architects did very well to squeeze such a stand into a very tight space when it was built in 1974.

The home end, the 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. The opposite is the Blackfriars End, another partly covered terrace, with a similar shape. However, due to safety concerns, this stand has been closed for many years and it is unlikely to be re-opened in its current form. At the back of this terrace, a number of supporters flags have been hung up, which at least gives it some colour. The ground also has some large, unusual looking floodlights.

Away Supporters Entrance At Edgar Street Hereford Segregation is normally in force for most games at Edgar Street. Away fans are housed on one side of the Len Weston Stand at one side of the pitch. This stand has an upper tier of seating that overhangs a lower tier of terracing. The views from this areas are a bit mixed as there is an annoying (but necessary) guardrail running along the front of the seated section, that could impede your view from the lower row of seats. Also, it is quite hard at times to see the near touchline. On the lower terrace, there is a row of concrete pillars running across the middle, which could cause problems if there is a large away following.

Entrance to the away section is to be found at the corner of Edgar Street and Blackfriars Street. Cash is not accepted at the turnstiles, so if you are not already in possession of a ticket, or have booked online earlier to collect from the away turnstile. then you will need to first by one from the Hereford Ticket Office located on the other side of the ground. The facilities within the ground are pretty basic but adequate. Hereford have good attendances and normally the atmosphere is decent. The cathedral city is also a pleasant one to visit. However, I would exercise caution around the ground as some of the home support can get quite passionate about their team at times.

Football Ground SignFrom The North
Leave the M5 at Junction 8 and take the M50 towards South Wales. Leave the M50 at Junction 2 and 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 (by Debenhams) onto Edgar Street (A49) and then right again into Blackfriars Street for the ground. The car park entrance is down on the left.

From the South and London
Exit the M4 at junction 15 and take the A417 to Gloucester. Then follow the A49 to Ross-on-Wye and onto Hereford. After passing over the River Wye you will reach a large roundabout, where (keeping Debenham on your right) you go straight ahead into Edgar Street. Take Blackfriars Street (right) immediately before the football stadium. Turn left for parking.

From the South West 
Leave the M5 at Junction 18a and take the M49. Join the M4 at junction 22 and turn left over the New Severn Bridge. At junction 24 take the A449 and follow until the Raglan roundabout. Take the Monmouth (A49 east) road and follow through the first roundabout. At the next roundabout, take the A4137. Join the A49 (left) and follow the signs for Hereford. After passing over the River Wye you will reach a large roundabout, where (keeping Debenham on your right) you go straight ahead into Edgar Street. Take Blackfriars Street (right) immediately before the football stadium. Turn left for parking.

Car Parking
There is a large pay and display car park at the ground, which on Saturday afternoons costs £1 per hour or £5 for over four hours. On weekday evenings (after 6pm) it charges a flat rate of £1.50. Across from the entrance to the away section is the Old Market Multistorey car park which charges £4 for three hours, or £6 for four hours. On nearby Widemarsh Street (at the end of Blackfriars Street) is the St Thomas Cantilupe Primary School, that offers parking for £3 on Saturdays. On the same road is the Garrick Multistorey car park which charges £3.60 for three hours or £4.60 for four hours.

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Hereford Railway Station is located around three-quarters of a mile away from Edgar Street or a 15 minute walk. It is served by trains from Manchester Piccadilly, Birmingham New Street and Cardiff Central. As you come out of the station exit turn right and go straight along this road and you will see the stadium over on your left hand side. If intending to go to the Howard Arms then on reaching the first set of traffic lights, turn left and the Oxford Arms is a very short distance down on your right. 

If you wish to go via the City Centre where there are more pubs en route, then on leaving the station entrance, turn left and walk up to the traffic lights, passing a Morrisons supermarket on your right. Turn right at the traffic lights into Commercial Road and walk down to the Merton Hotel. Just past the hotel on the right and immediately next to the traffic lights (and with the Kings Fee Wetherspoons over on the left) turn right going up the steps under the old brick arch and follow the pathway through the cemetery grounds. On exiting the cemetery grounds, cross the road and into Coningsby Street.  At the end of this road, turn left and immediately cross over to turn right into Blackfriars Street. The Edgar Street football ground is about 200 hundred yards further down on your right.  Entrance to the away end for visiting fans is at the far end of Blackfriars Street at the junction with Edgar Street. Thanks to Esmond Collins for providing the directions.

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Seating
Adults £15
Over 65's £14
Under 19's £8
Under 16's £2*
Under 5's Free

Terrace
Adults £14
Over 65's £13
Under 19's £7
Under 16's £2*
Under 5's Free

Junior Bull Club Members are admitted for just £1.

Matchday Programme Price: £3

Hereford FC Fixture List (takes you to the Hereford FC website).

Kidderminster Harriers and Shrewsbury Town.

Record Attendance
For Hereford FC:
4,712 v AFC Telford United
FA Cup 1st Round, 4th November 2017.

For Hereford United at Edgar Street:
18,114 v Sheffield Wednesday
FA Cup 3rd Round, January 4th, 1958.

Average Attendance
2017-2018: 2,553 (Southern Premier League)

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Hereford v York City
National League North
Saturday 1st September 2018, 3pm
Jon Landers (York City)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Edgar Street Ground?
 
My first time at Edgar Street.the iconic location recalling their exploits against Newcastle United in 1972.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
A five-hour drive from Northallerton in North Yorkshire including a 30 minute breakfast stop and a 30 minute snarl up on the M18. The Edgar Street Ground and easy to find and parked at The Courtyard Arts Centre, two minutes away. Parking was £3.20 for 12 hours which was a tad reasonable!
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
Fuelled up at Sainsburys and called into the Cider Museum next door. Didn’t do the tour but had a coffee and cake in the cafe and checked out the shop. Staff friendly enough but there was a hint of League of Gentlemen about the place ie a local shop for local people! Home fans were personable, at this level we all share the same macabre sense of humour - it’s the hope that kills you.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of Edgar Street?
 
As a fifty-something year old, I yearn for decrepit grounds and the freedom to stand. Edgar Street like Bootham Crescent, Boston United and Stockport County ticks all the boxes. Unique floodlights stand out on the horizon as you approach and the ground is definitely from a bygone era which makes it all the more attractive. York fans were housed in Block E of the Len Weston Stand. The stand has steeply pitched seats above a standing terrace. We chose to sit down. There are only four rows of seats A to D. It os best sit on row A where there is more leg room and a good view. If you sit higher up the view of the touchline below diminishes. The terrace below has several large concrete pillars which obstruct your view depending on your position.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
The facilities in the away section to be generous were spartan. The refreshment kiosk was a small one-man shed serving pies, confectionery, hot drinks and soft drinks. The toilets were similarly minimalist but typical of Old Grounds and merely add to their charm. The game ended one each. York took the lead in the first half but were pegged back in the second. Both teams had several further chances but ultimately a draw was a fair result. The atmosphere was subdued for the most part 196 York fans in a crowd of 2558 made their presence felt. The only niggle of the day was a jobsworth Steward in the seats telling a group of four 60 years plus men to sit down. It was 30 minutes before kick off and they like me had spent five hours in a car so were enjoying a cup of tea stood chatting and stretching their legs. Needless to say they rounded on him and he came out with the old chestnut - I was only obeying orders - it was pointed out to him in no uncertain terms that the World had heard that one before at the Nuremberg Trials.
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Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
Absolutely no problem came out of the Car Park turned left onto the A49 and headed away to the M5 north. We stayed overnight at the Bromsgrove Holiday Inn.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
Beautiful weather an entertaining game in a classic Ground. Sadly the famous tree with the fan perched in it from that famous 1972 encounter is long gone but the spirit of those times lives on at Edgar Street. The only negative as mentioned previously was the misjudged and ultimately pointless attempt at officialdom by the Steward.

Hereford v Blyth Spartans
National League North
Saturday 4th August 2018, 3pm
John Hague (Blyth Spartans fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Edgar Street Ground?
 
It was the first game of the season, an awayday with Blyth to a classic lower league ground, terracing and four proper corner floodlight pylons... what's not to look forward to? It was also our talisman, Robbie Dale's 600th appearance for Blyth.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
Dave drove from Leicester and having relatives close to Edgar Street it was a doddle really. We got parked up the Merton Meadow Car Park and paid our £5.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
Thanks to this guide our first job was to get tickets followed by a trip to the club shop for a pin badge. The selection was poor but the staff helpfully told us about the badge man outside. Tickets and pins secured, we headed off to the Beer in Hand pub. A real gem with the best pub toilets I've ever been to. Friendly staff and friendly supporters, we met a couple of lads who were up from Bristol and a mate of theirs who lives in Hereford who were planning to join us in the away section.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Edgar Street Ground?
 
Apart from the closed terrace at the Blackfriars End, it's a true gem. Lovingly stuck in a 1970s time warp and all the better for it. I instantly fell in love with the place. The away section has some fantastic concrete pillars to obscure your view... I'm only half joking when I say 'if it ain't broke don't fix it' as the problems with the ground are what makes it so charming. The home terrace was packed and I bet it's a great place to watch Hereford from.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
Having only brought in a centre-back and midfielder on Friday, both of whom started it was always going to be tough. I also can't understand why Blyth didn't stay over on the Friday night. We looked like we'd been on a bus for hours. It wasn't too long before all our hopes were brought into sharp focus. Still at times we out-sang the home support and of course, we've got John The Toaster. The food really did let Hereford down. Until just before halftime all there was were hotdogs... and no onions either. The shack did get about 10 pies later but these were quickly snaffled. What was ludicrous was the only bloke serving had to shut up before halftime to go and get more hotdogs. Come on Hereford, sort it out.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
The traffic lights outside the car park seemed to be sequenced to cause maximum disruption to traffic but once through there it was easy getting out of the city.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
A disappointing start to our season, we already knew it was going to be tough but the 3-0 defeat sharpened our perspectives. Having said that I no longer dwell for long on defeats and I thoroughly enjoyed my Saturday.

Hereford v Cardiff City
Pre-Season Friendly
Saturday 28th July 2018, 3pm
Andy Munsley (Cardiff City fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Edgar Street Ground?
 
I always used to enjoy our visits to Hereford back in the 1990's and at one point we had quite a rivalry back when we were in the same division.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
I took the train from Cardiff. The Edgar Street ground is a short ten minute walk from Hereford Railway Station, though they've built a new road since we last played there, which I found confusing.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
My wife and I visited the local Wetherspoons The King's Fee for a meal. We saw one or two home fans but, this being a pre-season friendly, there didn't seem to be too many about on the walk to the ground.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of Edgar Street?
 
It was like going back in time! Apart from a few cosmetics changes, Edgar Street looks exactly as I remember it form 20 years ago. The only difference is that the old away end is now closed so we were housed in the terrace on one side.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
As our first team were playing another friendly elsewhere, the Cardiff team was mainly youngsters with one or two of the first team squad turning out as well. Hereford were competitive particularly in the first half but once we scored the gulf in class soon became apparent and we ran out comfortable 3-0 winners. Having already eaten, we didn't have any refreshments at the game so I can't comment on the food.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
We had a leisurely walk back the station and caught the train back to Cardiff.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
All in all, a very pleasant trip, though given the historical rivalry I'm not sure it would be quite so pleasant had this been a competitive game!

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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.

Updated 3rd September 2018

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