Great Games: Hereford 2-1 Newcastle

In 1972, the FA Cup draw threw out one of those eagerly anticipated David V Goliath ties. Non-league Hereford did well enough to force the tie into a replay at their beloved Edgar Street but not even the most optimistic of fans would have thought they stood a chance of actually winning against much-fancied, first division side Newcastle.

The visitors seemed destined for the next round after going ahead through a late Malcolm Macdonald goal. But Ronnie Radford had other ideas. He scored one of the greatest ever FA cup 30 yard screamers to force the game into extra time.

Edgar Street exploded, but it was nothing like the way the fans celebrated after substitute Ricky George amazingly put the home side ahead. This really was a giant-killing

This game even became the launch-pad for the career of a certain commentator. It was John Motson’s first game since being hired by the BBC. What was only meant to be a five minute segment before the two main games, turned into the featured match. The nations favourite commentator had arrived.

Ronnie Radford and everyone associated with Hereford will regard this as an FA Cup all-time great. Once you watch the footage, who could blame them?

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