FORMER Hereford United chief Graham Turner is hoping football continues to be played at Edgar Street regardless of the outcome of Monday’s court hearing.
The Bulls are facing their latest winding-up petition from former manager Martin Foyle, as well as for an unpaid six-figure tax bill from HM Revenues and Customs, and could be liquidated.
However, club officials have insisted all is well and that fresh investment will be found in time to settle the debts.
It leaves United’s future very much in the balance ahead of today’s home Southern League Premier Division fixture against Burnham (3pm).
But Turner, who spent 15 years at Edgar Street as manager and chairman, wants the famous ground to remain in use whatever happens.
The 66-year-old returned to the city last Sunday to manage a Mayor’s XI side against the Hereford United Supporters’ Team, who won the game 4-1.
Turner said: “It’s a disastrous period for the club.
“All we can do is have our fingers crossed that in some shape or form the club is going to survive and continues at Edgar Street.
“Whether it survives as Hereford United 1939 Ltd or it becomes a phoenix club remains to be seen.”
The former Shrewsbury Town boss continued: “A football club is an important part of the fabric of the city.
“There were a lot of supporters here and it means so much to them.
“They will be desperate for the club to survive in some form or another.
“I just cannot come to terms with what has happened to the club from the position we left it in.”
The match, which took place at Hinton’s Broomy Hill ground, attracted a crowd of around 300, including Hereford MP Jesse Norman, who has supported the club’s plight, and former Bulls director Dave Preedy.
Former Hereford players Karl Broadhurst, Rob Elmes, Danny Williams, Simon Johnson and Gareth Davies all featured for Turner’s side.