Comedian Omid Djalili raises £21,000 for cash-strapped Hereford Utd

The comedian was inspired by memories of club legend Ronnie Radford Photo: Ian West/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Comedian Omid Djalili has helped raise £21,000 for struggling Hereford United.

The Bulls could soon cease to exist if they do not pay a £78,000 tax bill to HMRC.

The Iranian actor played two sell-out gigs at the Courtyard Theatre yesterday (Sunday), to try and help the club's cause.

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I'll never forget this day #Hereford. Wonderful audiences & great cause #saveHerefordUnited all I ask is u keep the #SAS off my back

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Well done everyone tonight in push to #SaveHerefordUnited £2k raised from #cfc donated signed ball & my top. £21k raised. Great night

The performances were warmly received by around a thousand people.

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Comedy saves grass football! Crying with laughter @omid9 and maybe more heading our way http://t.co/FcHaAzbUrI

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A signed Chelsea shirt raised £1,000, as did a signed 'Djalili' Hereford United shirt.

"We would like to thank Mr Omid Djalili himself for offering his services so generously in our time of need. He has been a total gentleman throughout and has put on two absolutely hilarious shows that have raised a very large amount of money for the club. We are forever in his debt (10% discount in the club shop for life should do it!)."

– Hereford Utd statement