HEREFORD United supporters will be wearing black armbands and carrying a coffin from Edgar Street today in a funeral procession through the city.

United have been accepted into the Southern League Premier Division but worried fan Steve Alexander says he believes Hereford United is ‘already dead’.

A group of fans will be marching to Herefordshire Council’s Brockington headquarters to deliver a petition, signed by more than 7,200 people, to leader Tony Johnson at 12.30pm.

The petition is to urge Herefordshire Council not to assign the leases to United’s Edgar Street ground to the club’s new owner, Tommy Agombar. Alexander is urging supporters to join the procession which will leave Merton Meadow car park between 11-11.15am.

“There is a strong feeling among Hereford United supporters and even fur - ther afield about the events over the past few weeks at the club,” said Alexander, who lives in Hereford.

“Fans feel that the club has now gone away from the fans and has died.

“We want to try to highlight the situation and are hoping to get some televi - sion and press coverage for our march.”

Alexander, who grew up in Worcester, added: “In addition to a coffin being carried, the grim reaper will be joining the parade.

"We think between 20 and 50 supporters will be joining our parade.”

At the time of going to press, the Hereford Times was awaiting a statement from Hereford United’s new public relations officer Laura Phelps.

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United will be defending a winding-up petition in the High Court next Monday brought against the club by former manager Martin Foyle Foyle claims he had previously negotiated an agreed settlement with United but it was later withdrawn by Edgar Street chiefs.

Weobley, Ledbury Town and Gloucester City have turned down matches against Hereford United.

Weobley chairman Nick Locke said: “We were di - rectly approached with an offer to play Hereford United in a friendly match. I have asked our senior team coach to reject this offer and he has agreed to do so.

“This was a hard decision to make as the opportunity to play against a team that was in League One just five years ago does not come along often for a club like ours and as we are about to enter our 25th anniversary it would have been a great marquee fixture.

“At present though I do not feel it is appropriate for us to play against Hereford United while so many of its creditors, which include so many local, hard working people remain unpaid.”

At the time of going to press, the Southern League have not, as requested, given a public statement on Hereford United’s accept - ance into the structure.

lThe new regime at Hereford United are continuing to hold daily trials for players, under the direction of football agent Mark Ellis, at Victoria Park.

An Arsenal spokesman told the Hereford Times: “As far as our records show, Mark Ellis worked with Arsenal on a consultancy basis between December 2000 and May 2002 and was not a permanent member of staff. As far as our records show, Mark Ellis no longer has a connection with Arsenal Football Club.”