The Hereford Premonition

Every so often, about once or twice per season (on average) I get this absolute conviction that we are going to win a game. It’s SO certain that it is almost as if the game has already happened and I am thinking back on it as a win. Whenever I have had this conviction it has ALWAYS been right. So, as you can imagine I’m filthy rich from all the money I have made betting on this outcome. 

No, that’s not how it works. It’s complicated, but if I have this premonition then I know I must not tell anyone about it or act on it in any way, or it will not come true (until the game is over). I know, I know, completely irrational, illogical and frankly potty, but there it is. So, to cut a long story short, Hereford was one of those. 

From the moment last week’s game against Morecambe ended, to the moment the referee put his whistle to his lips to start the game, I KNEW we were going to win this one. This was without the knowledge of quite how bad Hereford were going to be, or how well our team were going to play as a unit. Once again the boys made us proud. Chris promised us some entertaining performances this season and he is certainly delivering accordingly. 

It was an odd ground to generate an atmosphere in.  The upper tier was steep (felt dangerous) with poor visibility.  I could not take part in my favourite past time of berating the lino beacuse I could never see him.  The queue for the toilets at half time were epic.  As fans we did our bit:

Our performance rated for Hereford Away

This is a weekend that will live long in the memory. We practiced a bit of what I preach by making a weekend of this game. We had some good food, plenty of celebratory drinks (never trust @yellowtim to order the drinks in a restaurant immediately after an Oxford win) and lots of fun outside of the game itself.

The people of Hereford before and after the game were warm welcoming and a credit to their town, which I would not hesitate to visit again. The memory that will live longest, I think, was our walk back to the hotel from the restaurant when spontaneously our little group reflecting on the day filled the dark empty, echoing streets with a chorus of “E-I-E-I-E-I-O”; two grown men and their kids terrifying the locals.Here’s to Stockport, which, by the way, I’m afraid I have no premonition for (yet) and if I did, I could never tell you…..

Monumental toilet queue at Hereford

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Why not make a weekend of….Hereford

Serving Suggestion: Use the Oxford United Fixture list as a touring itinerary of our amazing country and..

So bad, it’s GOOD:

Virtual tour of the town: http://www.visitherefordshire.co.uk/tours/hereford/hereford.htm

Things to do and see: Highlights are listed below:   

  • Hereford Cathedral – One of England’s finest Norman Cathedrals
  • Sufton Court –  Explore the park and grounds of this Palladian mansion
  • Mappa Mundi Exhibition – See the world famous medieval map of the world
  • Cider Museum and King Offa Distillery– A museum to Cider making, you can sample the stuff too
  • Forest of Dean – It has trees and other vegetation, possibly some animals too
  • Crazy golf – At “Adventure golf” –  TGS bowling: http://www.tgsbowling.co.uk/adventure.htm
  • Ross on Wye – Half an hour down the A49 is the beautiful town of Ross-On-Wye.  There is lot’s to see here and some great walks
  • Amazing Hedge Puzzle – It’s at Ross.  Allow plenty of time, best not to get lost in a maze before the game

A searchable list with links to most of the places above (and many more) can be found here:

http://www.visitherefordshire.co.uk/thedms.asp?dms=10&groupid=2&param1=1

Looking for somewhere to stay?:

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g186302-Hereford_Herefordshire_England-Vacations.html

NB: I happen to know that the Premier Inn is full for the weekend so don’t bother

Looking for something nice to eat:

http://www.toptable.com/venues/?l=2215

 I want pubs near the ground: 

http://awaydays-client.salgo.net/away-ground-guide.html#hereford-united

 How do I get to the ground?: 

http://www.herefordunited.co.uk/page/Directions/0,,10835,00.html

 I want to go on the train: 

 http://ojp.nationalrail.co.uk/en/s/timetable/times

NB: The 9:21 and 11:21 from Oxford Station goes direct to Hereford (no changes) and arrive 2 hours 20 mins later.  The ground is walking distance from the station:

 Come out of the station and turn left and down the road towards the Safeway supermarket. Cut through the Safeway car park (heading left) and follow the pedestrian walkway out of the store out onto Commercial Road. Go left down Commercial Road, where you will pass the Merton Hotel on your right and a Wetherspoons pub on your left. At the top of the road at the traffic lights, turn right (against the direction of the traffic) into Blueschool Street. Keep walking along here until you come to a set of lights and a multi storey car park opposite and to the right (this is Widemarsh Street). Cross over and bear slightly right and cut up a walkway between the car park and Garrick House (council offices) where you come into a car park (if you head left you will find the Newmarket Pub) head right and walk out the car park. Turn left and you can’t miss the ground, it’s on your right.

 History and stuff:

 If “Oxford” means the ford where the Oxen cross, then presumably Hereford is the part of a river where the “Here” cross.  “Here”, in Saxon meaning army.  Unsurprisingly then, Hereford has seen a lot of military action with the Welsh (and even the Danish) having a go at various points throughout early history.

Hereford is famous for being the home of the “Map of Munters” which was a medieval map showing where the ugliest folk of the known world reside.   Apparently, Swindon was on it.

More recently the towns of Hereford and Worcester merged to become one massive building society, providing employment to those that had otherwise been employed in the wool trade.

As a reward for reading this far, I suggest you go to YouTube and type in Hereford Rap – click on this: “Rford n B hereford rap hereford song”.  It’s very educational but is only for a mature audience – do not do this if you are under 18.

What’s missing from this guide?: Add your comments below! 

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