Speaking earlier today, Hereford FC Chairman, Ken Kinnersley, has said that everyone at the club is pleased to see the positive progress being made towards the redevelopment on the site of the old Furniture Importers store adjacent to Edgar Street. Hereford FC very much looks forward to extending a warm welcome to Premier Inn, a respected hotel chain, as our near neighbour.

Giving his thoughts on this important boost for the City of Hereford, Kinnersley said: ‘We are delighted that the development is proceeding well and welcome the continuing regeneration of the areas that will comprise the Urban Village around our stadium.

‘We are very much looking forward to working with Herefordshire Council and their development partners, Keepmoat, to develop plans and ideas for the redevelopment of the Blackfriars End of our historic stadium, so that we can return to accommodating spectators on all four-sides of the playing area as soon as possible.

‘Having a four-sided stadium is imperative as we look to continue our progression up the football pyramid and while we recognise that the current economic climate is challenging, we are looking forward to working in partnership to help continue the transformation of the area that includes our football ground.

‘There can be no doubt about the positive impact this football club is having on our city and we regularly receive positive feedback from retailers on the Old Market site about the increase in footfall they see when we play at home.

‘We are determined to continue our success on and off the field for the short and longer-term, and as we start to formally establish our community programme in the next few months, we are certain that we will become even more important to the local area.’