Hereford United Supporters Trust (HUST) has tonight announced the winning design in the competition launched to create the new club badge for Hereford FC.
More than 900 votes were cast by HUST members in total, with 89% backing the design produced by Bulls fan, Huw Marriott, and his sons Max (11) and Louis (9).
‘I was born in Hereford and lived in Bodenham with my parents until I went to University in 1993. I now live in a small village near Northwich with my wife Jane, the boys and our dog (Rudy the beagle).
‘My Dad was a life long fan of Hereford United and often recalls the joys of United’s cup runs and the climb to the old Second Division. Obviously, I was indoctrinated into the club in the early 80s and don’t remember too much of the football – my early memories are of kicking a can around the front of the Blackfriars End.
‘I do remember the home game against Arsenal in 1985 – sat in a temporary stand that was erected for the game – and I also remember to being allowed to leave school early for the replay at Highbury. My Dad has still never forgiven David O’Leary for a professional foul on Chris Price when he was about to score.
‘I have followed the Bulls ever since. following them all over the country convinced that at the start of the season that this would be our year, but I remember finishing 17th a lot.
‘My highlights would be the 95/96 season when we got to the play-offs – the first league success in my memory after many dismal years and a brilliant cup tie with Spurs. This has to be trumped by the conference playoff game against Halifax though, what a game, what an atmosphere, never been with so many excited passionate Bulls fans.
‘The low point (aside from the recent demise) would be the home draw against Brighton in 97 when we were relegated to the Conference for the first time.
‘I don’t get to as many matches these days, living in Cheshire and with family responsibilities, but I try to get to the games in the North West and home games if I am visiting family still in Hereford. I also listened to Bulls Player every Saturday.
‘In the family tradition I took my boys to their first Bulls match at Hyde in August 2013, a 2-2 draw but they did get to see us score. Immediately Michael Rankine became Louis’ favourite player and he even has used it in his XBox gamer tag.
‘The boys have since then tried to convince the school friends the benefits of supporting Hereford and a few of them had HUFC as their third team, and so it begins (even though the team name has changed).
‘My sons requested HUFC kits from Granny and Grandpa (who still live in Bodenham) for Christmas, and now have the 2013 home and away kits.
‘We are all very excited to be involved in the development of the new club, and are hugely proud that our design has been chosen to adorn the chests of the players on the first day of the season and for many years to come.
‘We will be there with the other thousands of fans ushering in a brand new era in the history of football in Herefordshire and are sure there are many good times to come for us all.’
Huw and the boys have also produced a second version of the badge – with the scroll outside of the main shield – and it is likely to be this version that will adorn the shirts as the ‘Forever United’ scroll needs to be larger for embroidery purposes.
Meanwhile, HUST have also confirmed tonight that the jackpot for tomorrow night’s Prize Bull Lottery Draw is more than £2200.
The Prize Bull Lottery Draw takes place on a Monday night and offers a jackpot prize for the person correctly predicting the four numbers selected each Monday night from 24.
You can join the Prize Bull Lottery with a monthly standing order entry or via Paypal. More details at http://www.hufctrust.co.uk/the-prize-bull/.
Income streams such as the Prize Bull lottery will enable HUST to support the sustainable aims of Hereford FC in the future. For £1 a week (£4.33 a month by standing order or Paypal) you can win the jackpot by correctly identifying the four numbers picked at random each Monday.
Draw results are announced on Twitter, the HUST website, and on Bulls News.
You can now buy your Prize Bull Lottery entries with one-off weekly payments – 3, 5, or 10 entries can be purchased online with no ongoing commitment by using the ‘Buy Now’ button at the above link.
The entries will have random numbers generated for them, and these will be emailed to you prior to the draw.
With the draw being done after 7pm each Monday, we will have a closing time of 5pm for these random entries in order for the numbers to be sent out.