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Hereford United given another week to pay tax bill

The club owe £78,000 to HMRC Credit: Stephen Pond/EMPICS Sport

Hereford United have been given an extra week to pay a £78,000 tax bill which threatens the club's future.

The Bulls have said a part payment was made towards the amount on Friday afternoon following negotiations with HMRC.

Today a judge in London agreed to a seven day adjournment which gives The Bulls time to pay the outstanding debt.

Last night, comedian Omid Djalili helped raise £21,000 for the club, by performing two benefit gigs.

'Boycie' actor John Challis congratulates Omid Djalili for Hereford Utd fundraiser

'Only Fools and Horses' actor John Challis has congratulated comedian Omid Djalili for helping to raise £21,000 for cash-strapped Hereford United.

The Iranian entertainer performed to nearly a thousand people at the Courtyard Theatre (yesterday).

Challis, who is famous for playing Boycie in the TV sitcom, lives in Hereford.

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Hereford pay part of outstanding tax bill

Hereford United have made a part payment towards an outstanding tax bill ahead of a court hearing tomorrow.

It means the club will be able to ask the Judge for more time to pay the outstanding amount.

It's after the attendance exceeded two thousand for the second home game in a row.

“We are extremely close to being able to make the payment, but we now need one final push over the weekend. Taking into account our expected income over the next 48 hours, and the very generous donation from Heineken, we believe we will need a further £8,000.”

– Director Dave Preedy

Hereford Utd asks for donations to avoid winding-up

Hereford United needs to find £78,000 to avoid a winding-up order Credit: David Davies/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Hereford United have opened a donations page as they look to find £78,000 in the next two weeks to avoid a winding-up order.

A fans' open meeting has been told the money is needed to pay debts to HMRC.

The club, which lies just four points outside the Conference relegation zone, have not been able to pay their players for more than two months.

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Hereford man jailed for life for murder of friend

Stacy Hales will serve a minimum of 22 years in prison for stabbing his friend Credit: West Mercia Police

A man from Hereford has been jailed for life for the murder of a friend in the city.

36-year-old Stacy Hales, of Belmont Road, was found guilty at Worcester Crown Court of murdering 46-year-old, Steven Paynter, in August last year.

Hales will serve a minimum of 22 years in prison.

A jury found Hales was responsible for stabbing Mr Paynter during a fight.

Steven Paynter was murdered in August last year Credit: West Mercia Police

21-year-old Stephen Munn, of Golden Post, and 22-year-old Mark Edwards, of Prior Street, were also sentenced to 30 months in prison each after pleading guilty to violent disorder at the start of the trial.

Hereford United face administration

Hereford United release financial details at club's agm Credit: Hereford United

Hereford United may be put into administration as the true extent of the club's financial troubles was revealed at an AGM tonight.

The Chairman told the meeting "significant investment" is need to secure the future of the club.

"As a result the club has a severe cash flow crisis that has resulted in employees going without payment on occasions between November and the present day."

He also admitted that the club was failing to pay taxes to HMRC every month.

The club has been looking into the option of playing part-time football to cut costs from next season when budgets for players are expected to fall below £250,000 from £440,000.

Hereford United are expected to make annual losses in the region of £400,000 by the end of the financial year in May.

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