All right, Aston Villa fans -- how many of you know much about League 2 side Hereford United? What I know: they drew with AFC Wimbledon last weekend and they're called the Bulls. Oh, and Villa play them on Tuesday in the Carling Cup. Therefore, I got someone a bit smarter than me to give me the details. Thanks, Gary Andrews!
Hereford are very much a yo-yo club between non-league and the Football League. They've largely been a non-league team - they were elected to the league in 1976 and were relegated in 1997. They won the Conference playoff final in 2006 and went up to League One in 2008 but were relegated again the following season. Since then they've struggled, largely because their 2008 squad was build on loan players and they don't have much cash to attract new ones.
Not a big club, but one with a decent cup pedigree, although more in the FA Cup than league cup (they've only reached the 3rd round of this cup once). Famously, they knocked Newcastle United out of the cup in 1972 when they were a non-league team - it's regularly referred to as one of the greatest ever cup upsets. They did hold Arsenal to a 1-1 draw in the League Cup in 1985. Last season they reached the 4th round of the FA Cup, losing to Sheffield Wednesday.