Following the winding up of Hereford United on 19 December 2014, the Hereford United Supporters Trust (HUST) vowed to rebuild and start a new phoenix club. On 22 December 2014, it emerged that local businessman Jon Hale, who had earlier been chairman of HUST, had registered the name Hereford Football Club with the Herefordshire Football Association, in conjunction with the trust and a group of local businessmen.
A new press release followed on 24 December 2014, outlining plans to let HUST members decide on the club’s kits and crest. It also addressed the issue of the ownership structure, with the Hereford United Supporters Trust being given the opportunity to become the largest single shareholder, with individuals and corporate benefactors being barred from owning more than 24 per cent of the new club. The press release stated that HUST’s stake would be ‘much more’ than this 24 per cent.
On 20 and 21 January 2015, HUST members voted in favour of the proposal from the Hale group, with 96.71 per cent voting to accept the plans. On 10 February 2015, HUST confirmed that the Hereford FC bid had been the only approach submitted to them.
On 24 February 2015, Herefordshire Council confirmed that the club had secured a five-year lease for the city’s Edgar Street stadium and, on 14 May 2015, the FA confirmed that Hereford would compete in the Midland Football League Premier Division for the club’s first season.