Djalili keen to see Hereford United survive

Ledbury Reporter: (5079433) (5079433)

TELEVISION star Omid Djalili said he is not prepared to let Hereford United go out of business.

The stand-up comedian is putting on two shows at the city's Courtyard tomorrow to raise money for the cash-strapped Bulls.

United, who host Woking at Edgar Street today (3pm), face a winding-up order in the High Court on Monday over an unpaid HM Revenues and Customs bill of £78,000.

Fans have been rallying round to raise the funds and Chelsea supporter Djalili is doing his bit for the cause.

“I have seen Hereford play and I think every football fan has Hereford United and Ronnie Radford in their hearts,” said Djalili, who is a season ticket holder at Stamford Bridge.

“My production manager Shaun Weager is from Ledbury. I had a number of tweets from fans about saving Hereford United and I saw one from Shaun.

"I have known him since 1995 and stayed in touch with him and he’s a smashing lad.

“I can’t let a grassroots club like Hereford United go out of existence and, rather than make a donation, I wanted to give my time for free because it means so much more."

He continued: "When my first show sold out within 24 hours, I said I would do another one in the afternoon.

"I love football and, although I am 48, I still play veterans’ football. There is a lot of football stuff I will do tomorrow and it will be a football-heavy show.

"Chelsea are my local team and I am a big fan of people supporting their local team."

Djalili, who has appeared in films such as The Mummy and Pirates of the Caribbean, added: “We are also taking bids for me to wear a Hereford United shirt.

"But I am worried - white is not a flattering colour for man of my size so I might wear black for the second-half.”

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7:03pm Mon 7 Apr 14

old misery says...

A very nice thought and deed but this will not solve the problem Hereford and all other clubs have to get their house in order or the problem will be back within 6 months.
A very nice thought and deed but this will not solve the problem Hereford and all other clubs have to get their house in order or the problem will be back within 6 months. old misery
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