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Hereford football team 'could play at Edgar Street in 2015'

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Media captionThe club was wound up after a tenth hearing at the High Court in London

A football team could be playing at Hereford's Edgar Street stadium as soon as next season, Hereford United Supporters Trust has said.

The club was wound up at the High Court on Friday after failing to pay off its debts.

The petition was brought by HM Revenue and Customs, believed to be owed £116,000.

Chris Williams, chairman of the supporters trust, said a "phoenix club" could be set up in time for August.

'Community-owned club'

He said the trust had been working on plans for some time, while former players and managers, including long-term boss Graham Turner, had already pledged their support.

"If it was down to us, we'd be playing in January, but it's quite complicated," Mr Williams said.

"But we think we could be holding triallist matches in the spring and be ready for next season.

"It's a real opportunity to build a club for another 90 years, that's our ambition."

Mr Williams said the plan was to create a community-owned club, similar to those playing in Wrexham, Chester and Telford.

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Image caption Hereford United were relegated from the Football League after a match against Torquay in 2012

Hereford United were relegated from the Football League in 2012, and then the club was expelled from the Football Conference in June of this year, because of its debts, and has been playing in the Southern Premier league.

Mr Williams said he expected any new club to be playing even further down the league pyramid next season, although it could provide an opportunity for current academy players to be part of the team.

Edgar Street stadium is owned by Herefordshire Council, which has already said it wanted to see the "continuation of football" there.

Rather than negotiate long-term leases, Mr Williams said it could propose licensing use of the ground from the council on a one or two-year basis.

Any club would have to choose a new name, however, with the name Hereford United banned by the Football Association, Mr Williams said.

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Image caption Hereford United's most famous hour remains the 1972 FA Cup win over Newcastle as a non-league side

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