MALVERN businessman Jon Hale says he’s humbled after Hereford United Supporters Trust (HUST) members backed his proposal for a new football club at Edgar Street.

A HUST membership ballot has revealed 96.71% of voters accepted Hale’s new Hereford FC proposal, which has £150,000 underwritten by three local businessmen.

The result gives Hereford FC support from HUST in their negotiations with Herefordshire Council, who own the Edgar Street ground, and the FA in trying to launch a new club for next season.

Hale, a director of Hadopots Ltd, is a life-long supporter of Hereford United who are in liquidation after being wound up in the Royal Courts of Justice in London last month.

“As a group we are delighted by the support HUST members have shown us,” said Hale, the chairman of Hereford FC.

“For almost 97% of people who voted to accept our proposal is very humbling.

“We firmly believe the work we have put into this plan over the past eight months will give us a platform to show all supporters there is a bright, exciting future for Hereford FC.

“We are well aware there are months, years in fact, of hard graft ahead of us to ensure this club can be run sustainably, with both supporters and the local community at the very heart of its fabric.

“Our immediate priority will now be to liaise with Herefordshire Council to find out exactly what process we need to follow to apply to become the new tenants at Edgar Street."