Match Preview: Hereford FC vs. Cardiff City U23

Match Previews

Cardiff City's U23 squad head to face the reformed Bulls in pre-season action...

Ticket Information

Adult: £10 | Concession: £9 | 16-18: £5 (Proof of age will be required) | U16: £1 | U5: Free of charge

Adult: £9 | Concession: £8 | 16-18: £4 (Proof of age will be required) | U16: £1 | U5: Free of charge

Visiting supporters will be allocated in the Len Weston Away Terrace and Len Weston Seating (Block E). Tickets are available to purchase online and collected at the Away Turnstile on the day of the game.

Tickets are also available to buy on the day of the game. Hereford FC operate cashless turnstiles and supporters wishing to purchase tickets on the day of the game will need to visit the Matchday Ticket Office beforehand. The Matchday Ticket Office opens at 12pm and closes ten minutes before kick-off. Cash and card payments at the Matchday Ticket Office. Turnstiles will open at 2pm.

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Know Your Opponent

Forever United. The Bulls have had quite the three years since reforming from the ashes of Hereford United. The phoenix club have won three promotions in three seasons, rising from the Midlands Premier League to National League North under the tutelage of former Newport County manager Peter Beadle.

There have been a number of changes to the squad at Edgar Street this season. Talisman forward John Mills & playmaker Pablo Haysham have moved on from Hereford during the summer, joining Bath City & Salisbury respectively. Mills netted an incredible 140 goals in three years at Edgar Street. Australian right-back Jimmy Oates was also a key part of the team that won three back-to-back promotions and the former captain’s talents have been recognised, with Oates this week signing a professional deal with League Two side Exeter City. Club legend Rob Purdie, a man who is said to have played in every position for the Bulls except goalkeeper, retired at the end of the 2017/18 season to join the Fire Service.

Beadle has been busy in the transfer market too, adding five permanent new squad players: defenders Keiran Thomas, Lewis Hall, Danny Greenslade, forward Harry White and midfielder Callum Sainty from Welsh Premier League side Barry Town United. In further squad news, the Bulls announced the one-month loan signing of defender Harvey Smith from Bristol City on Friday evening.

They kick-off their new campaign at Edgar Street on Saturday, 4th August 2018 against Blyth Spartans.

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Last time out & club connections

A City XI squad faced the Bulls at Edgar Street last summer as well, winning 5-1 thanks to goals from Ibrahim Meite, Craig Noone (2), Declan John and Matthew Kennedy.

U23 midfielder Tyrone Duffus, who was in the Cardiff City squad on that day, went on to have a loan spell at Edgar Street during the last campaign, netting a brace with the Bulls on his debut against Hitchin Town. Unfortunately this temporary spell was ended early due to injury.

Cardiff City FC Academy graduate Jamie Bird is currently playing his football at Edgar Street – as is former Wales and Bluebirds defender Ryan Green.

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Bird signed for the Bulls at the beginning of the 2017/18 campaign, while Green is in his fifth spell at Edgar Street. His only City appearance during a non-contract spell came in the 3-0 LDV Vans Trophy victory over Exeter City in November 2002. Brad Williams, another Academy graduate, had a spell with hometown club Hereford during the 2016/17 season.

John Charles, Paul Parry, Jon Brown, Stuart Fleetwood and Steve White are just a few of the players who have appeared for both Hereford United and Cardiff City.

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Catch-Up: Extended highlights of the match will be available to subscribers of Cardiff City TV.

Social: Live updates will come via our official Academy Twitter account, @CF11Academy.