Donnerstag, 19. Dezember 2013

Insolvenzticker: Hereford United

Das langjährige englische Football-League-Mitglied Hereford United hat seine Anhänger und Sponsoren heute morgen aufgerufen, den Klub mit Spendengeldern zu unterstützen. In den nächsten 14 Tagen müssen 35.000 Pfund zusammengesammelt werden, ansonsten droht den "Bulls" ein Insolvenzverfahren.

In einem Statement auf der Vereinshomepage heiß es, der derzeitige Fünftligist verliere Monat für Monat Geld, weil die Kosten höher als die Einnahmen sind. Zudem wurde für im Sommer verkaufte Spieler nicht die erhoffte Einnahme erzielt. Die Zuschauerzahlen des Klub sind in den letzten Jahren kontinuierlich zurückgegangen. In der ablaufenden Saison 2012/13 fanden sich durchschnittlich nur noch 1.793 Zahlende pro Spiel im Stadion an der Edgar Street ein. Derzeit laufen Verhandlungen über Baumaßnahmen bzw. Investitionen an beiden Hintertorseiten des Stadions, die den Klub finanziell stabilisieren könnten.

Hereford wurde 1972 in die Football League gewählt und spielte 1976/77 in der alten Division Two (Championship). 1997 aus der Football League ausgeschieden, kehrte man 2006 zurück und stieg 2012 abermals in die Conference ab.


Weitere Infos:
BBC: http://www.bbc.com/sport/0/football/25449401

offizielles Statement des Vereins: http://www.herefordunited.co.uk/news/article/club-statement-181213-1244040.aspx
The statement, released on the Official Hereford United Website reads: 

As you are aware, the club has recently undertaken a series of cuts to its cost base in an attempt to bring revenues and costs further into line. 

This decision was taken after a full review of current business activities and in light of revenues from attendances at home matches and off field activities. 

Additionally, the club received 50% less than budgeted from the transfers of Sam Clucas, Ryan Bowman and Marley Watkins. Although we hope press speculation is correct and Sam Clucas gets a move in January, as the club will be set to receive a 15% add on fee.

Whilst we have generated close to £50,000 from the recent share issue and are truly grateful to those supporters that have contributed to this and other schemes, the club has continued to lose money on a month by month basis. To date this deficit has been underpinned by a small number of people most notably the current Board of Directors. 

We are at the final hurdle for signing the revised leases with the Herefordshire Council that will, at last, enable us to approach developers with regard to the Blackfriars and Meadow End sites. This is an exciting development which, quite frankly has taken too long to complete but we are nearly there. 

Upon completion of the leases, which we now estimate to be during the first week of January, the club will also be able to secure a 30 year contract that will see us receive an upfront six figure sum to support the club through the remainder of the season. 

Discussions are also underway with a high profile developer on the Blackfriars End and a development agreement has been prepared by our solicitor for discussions on a confidential basis.

We have thought for the past four months that the new leases and therefore the new commercial contract would be secured ‘at any time’. Whilst the delay continued the shortfall has increased so we have needed to make further cuts around the club this month. 

We have also missed the recent PAYE payment to the HMRC and will no doubt hear shortly that legal proceedings have begun that will make the club the subject of a Winding-Up Order, most likely in early February 2014. 

You will recall that we were in a similar position this time last year, but we benefitted from the televised cup match against Cheltenham. The sums involved were actually worse last year. This year we will be able to settle with the HMRC before going to Court by using some of the contract monies expected to arrive in January.

Despite the positive news that we are close to finally agreeing the new leases, the club needs your help today. A short-term fix to secure the long-term future, if you will.

We need to raise £35,000 over the next 14 days to ensure that the club can meet its obligations to staff over this period.  

We are asking all season ticket holders if they would consider paying £10, or whatever they can afford, at the ground for the next three matches (Cambridge/Forest Green/Kidderminster) and all other supporters if they would donate a similar amount each to achieve this goal. Donations can also be made online.

In recognition of any help received, the club will offer an equivalent sum in return through:- 

a) a discount off next year's season ticket prices; b) shares in the club

All of the Club Directors are 100% committed to the fight to ensure the long term future of Hereford United Football Club in its present form and would like to re-assure all supporters that moving forward, this football club will run on a budget based in line with current revenues and gates and will only deviate from that position as and when we have seen a consistent upturn in revenues or when we have received substantial investment from outside parties.

It has not proved possible to adjust to the significant loss of Football League funding in a much shorter timescale than now due to such things as contractual obligations.

However, whilst the current Board of Directors remains in situ, its intention is to adjust the cost base still further in order to produce a break-even budget for the season 2014-15, commencing on 1st June 2014.  

To achieve this we will be evaluating further changes over the next two months whilst also trying to support the Manager to ensure we improve on our current league position.  

We equate the present situation to the very difficult and challenging period in the mid to late nineties following the club’s previous relegation from the Football League in the knowledge and belief that there will be an upturn and we have to all keep working together to achieve that upturn. 

The Board would ask you to please support your club at this difficult time, as you have on many occasions over the years. We see both the Supporters Trust (HUST) and HUISA organisations as an added strength to this great club and also welcome their considered views on the present situation.

Thank you once again for your continued support in these difficult times. 

Read more at http://www.herefordunited.co.uk/news/article/club-statement-181213-1244040.aspx#3psaRFmkUWPhZUMm.99
The statement, released on the Official Hereford United Website reads: 

As you are aware, the club has recently undertaken a series of cuts to its cost base in an attempt to bring revenues and costs further into line. 

This decision was taken after a full review of current business activities and in light of revenues from attendances at home matches and off field activities. 

Additionally, the club received 50% less than budgeted from the transfers of Sam Clucas, Ryan Bowman and Marley Watkins. Although we hope press speculation is correct and Sam Clucas gets a move in January, as the club will be set to receive a 15% add on fee.

Whilst we have generated close to £50,000 from the recent share issue and are truly grateful to those supporters that have contributed to this and other schemes, the club has continued to lose money on a month by month basis. To date this deficit has been underpinned by a small number of people most notably the current Board of Directors. 

We are at the final hurdle for signing the revised leases with the Herefordshire Council that will, at last, enable us to approach developers with regard to the Blackfriars and Meadow End sites. This is an exciting development which, quite frankly has taken too long to complete but we are nearly there. 

Upon completion of the leases, which we now estimate to be during the first week of January, the club will also be able to secure a 30 year contract that will see us receive an upfront six figure sum to support the club through the remainder of the season. 

Discussions are also underway with a high profile developer on the Blackfriars End and a development agreement has been prepared by our solicitor for discussions on a confidential basis.

We have thought for the past four months that the new leases and therefore the new commercial contract would be secured ‘at any time’. Whilst the delay continued the shortfall has increased so we have needed to make further cuts around the club this month. 

We have also missed the recent PAYE payment to the HMRC and will no doubt hear shortly that legal proceedings have begun that will make the club the subject of a Winding-Up Order, most likely in early February 2014. 

You will recall that we were in a similar position this time last year, but we benefitted from the televised cup match against Cheltenham. The sums involved were actually worse last year. This year we will be able to settle with the HMRC before going to Court by using some of the contract monies expected to arrive in January.

Despite the positive news that we are close to finally agreeing the new leases, the club needs your help today. A short-term fix to secure the long-term future, if you will.

We need to raise £35,000 over the next 14 days to ensure that the club can meet its obligations to staff over this period.  

We are asking all season ticket holders if they would consider paying £10, or whatever they can afford, at the ground for the next three matches (Cambridge/Forest Green/Kidderminster) and all other supporters if they would donate a similar amount each to achieve this goal. Donations can also be made online.

In recognition of any help received, the club will offer an equivalent sum in return through:- 

a) a discount off next year's season ticket prices; b) shares in the club

All of the Club Directors are 100% committed to the fight to ensure the long term future of Hereford United Football Club in its present form and would like to re-assure all supporters that moving forward, this football club will run on a budget based in line with current revenues and gates and will only deviate from that position as and when we have seen a consistent upturn in revenues or when we have received substantial investment from outside parties.

It has not proved possible to adjust to the significant loss of Football League funding in a much shorter timescale than now due to such things as contractual obligations.

However, whilst the current Board of Directors remains in situ, its intention is to adjust the cost base still further in order to produce a break-even budget for the season 2014-15, commencing on 1st June 2014.  

To achieve this we will be evaluating further changes over the next two months whilst also trying to support the Manager to ensure we improve on our current league position.  

We equate the present situation to the very difficult and challenging period in the mid to late nineties following the club’s previous relegation from the Football League in the knowledge and belief that there will be an upturn and we have to all keep working together to achieve that upturn. 

The Board would ask you to please support your club at this difficult time, as you have on many occasions over the years. We see both the Supporters Trust (HUST) and HUISA organisations as an added strength to this great club and also welcome their considered views on the present situation.

Thank you once again for your continued support in these difficult times. 

Read more at http://www.herefordunited.co.uk/news/article/club-statement-181213-1244040.aspx#3psaRFmkUWPhZUMm.99
The statement, released on the Official Hereford United Website reads: 

As you are aware, the club has recently undertaken a series of cuts to its cost base in an attempt to bring revenues and costs further into line. 

This decision was taken after a full review of current business activities and in light of revenues from attendances at home matches and off field activities. 

Additionally, the club received 50% less than budgeted from the transfers of Sam Clucas, Ryan Bowman and Marley Watkins. Although we hope press speculation is correct and Sam Clucas gets a move in January, as the club will be set to receive a 15% add on fee.

Whilst we have generated close to £50,000 from the recent share issue and are truly grateful to those supporters that have contributed to this and other schemes, the club has continued to lose money on a month by month basis. To date this deficit has been underpinned by a small number of people most notably the current Board of Directors. 

We are at the final hurdle for signing the revised leases with the Herefordshire Council that will, at last, enable us to approach developers with regard to the Blackfriars and Meadow End sites. This is an exciting development which, quite frankly has taken too long to complete but we are nearly there. 

Upon completion of the leases, which we now estimate to be during the first week of January, the club will also be able to secure a 30 year contract that will see us receive an upfront six figure sum to support the club through the remainder of the season. 

Discussions are also underway with a high profile developer on the Blackfriars End and a development agreement has been prepared by our solicitor for discussions on a confidential basis.

We have thought for the past four months that the new leases and therefore the new commercial contract would be secured ‘at any time’. Whilst the delay continued the shortfall has increased so we have needed to make further cuts around the club this month. 

We have also missed the recent PAYE payment to the HMRC and will no doubt hear shortly that legal proceedings have begun that will make the club the subject of a Winding-Up Order, most likely in early February 2014. 

You will recall that we were in a similar position this time last year, but we benefitted from the televised cup match against Cheltenham. The sums involved were actually worse last year. This year we will be able to settle with the HMRC before going to Court by using some of the contract monies expected to arrive in January.

Despite the positive news that we are close to finally agreeing the new leases, the club needs your help today. A short-term fix to secure the long-term future, if you will.

We need to raise £35,000 over the next 14 days to ensure that the club can meet its obligations to staff over this period.  

We are asking all season ticket holders if they would consider paying £10, or whatever they can afford, at the ground for the next three matches (Cambridge/Forest Green/Kidderminster) and all other supporters if they would donate a similar amount each to achieve this goal. Donations can also be made online.

In recognition of any help received, the club will offer an equivalent sum in return through:- 

a) a discount off next year's season ticket prices; b) shares in the club

All of the Club Directors are 100% committed to the fight to ensure the long term future of Hereford United Football Club in its present form and would like to re-assure all supporters that moving forward, this football club will run on a budget based in line with current revenues and gates and will only deviate from that position as and when we have seen a consistent upturn in revenues or when we have received substantial investment from outside parties.

It has not proved possible to adjust to the significant loss of Football League funding in a much shorter timescale than now due to such things as contractual obligations.

However, whilst the current Board of Directors remains in situ, its intention is to adjust the cost base still further in order to produce a break-even budget for the season 2014-15, commencing on 1st June 2014.  

To achieve this we will be evaluating further changes over the next two months whilst also trying to support the Manager to ensure we improve on our current league position.  

We equate the present situation to the very difficult and challenging period in the mid to late nineties following the club’s previous relegation from the Football League in the knowledge and belief that there will be an upturn and we have to all keep working together to achieve that upturn. 

The Board would ask you to please support your club at this difficult time, as you have on many occasions over the years. We see both the Supporters Trust (HUST) and HUISA organisations as an added strength to this great club and also welcome their considered views on the present situation.

Thank you once again for your continued support in these difficult times. 

Read more at http://www.herefordunited.co.uk/news/article/club-statement-181213-1244040.aspx#3psaRFmkUWPhZUMm.99

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