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HOSPITALITY | Dudley Tyler Special Guest On Saturday

25th September 2018 by Jamie Griffiths - Commercial

Dudley Tyler will be a special guest in the RE Resource Hereford Suite on Saturday when The Bulls play host to Spennymoor Town in Vanarama National League North action.

Dudley rose to national prominence thanks to his outstanding performances for The Bulls during the 1971/72 FA Cup run, and later joined West Ham United for £25,000.

Tickets are still available in hospitality this Saturday, priced at £40, which includes a two-course meal, table service, seats in the Central Roofing Merton Stand and complimentary team sheet and programme.

Existing Season Ticket Holders can upgrade their ticket to enjoy hospitality on Saturday for just £20!

For more information please email [email protected] or phone Commercial Manager, Martin Brain on 01432 268 257.


Words by Ron Parrott.

Born Salisbury 21st September 1944

As a youngster, Dudley was diagnosed as having a hole in the heart condition and although this didn’t prevent him from taking part in active sport, as he matured into a decent footballer he was rejected by several clubs because of it. To his credit he became a regular as a teenager in the Hellenic League side Pinehurst, who played on the outskirts of Swindon and he remained there for an incredible eight seasons until United’s manager at the time, John Charles, decided to take a chance on him and signed him for Hereford United in 1969.

During his time with Pinehurst, Dudley had trials with Reading, Swindon Town and Luton Town but none of them were prepared to risk signing him, although he had already been capped on 10 occasions as an amateur with Wiltshire. Dudley was an out and out right winger, with blistering pace and phenomenal ball control and was soon tormenting Southern League defences, whilst becoming a great favourite with the fans. After only three games for United as an amateur, his potential was recognised and he signed professional forms. Dudley rose to national prominence thanks to his outstanding performances in the Giantkillers’ FA Cup run in 1971/72.

He had impressed West Ham United’s manager Ron Greenwood to such an extent that at the end of the season he offered United a sum of £25,000 to secure his signature, a record for a non-league player at that time. Dudley made an immediate impact at Upton Park and looked to be set for a promising career but sadly, injury curtailed his appearances and in a season and a half, he only made 29 First Division appearances. Dudley scored just one league goal for the hammers but it was a memorable one, against England keeper Peter Shilton.

He returned home to Edgar Street in November 1973 for a fee of £15,000 and continued where he left off and tormented a new batch of Football League defenders. Ankle damage was one of the penalties of being a fast and tricky winger and it finally ended Dudley’s career the end of the 1976/77 season but during his time with United he had become a legend. Overall, he made 329 first-team appearances and scored 60 goals. After retiring from professional football, Dudley linked up with non-league Malvern Town and eventually became their player-manager. This was followed by stints at Westfields and Pegasus Juniors in Hereford, both as player and manager. Off the field Dudley worked as a salesman for a plastics company.

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