1 Hereford Utd 2:1 Newcastle Utd 1972
If you want the archetypal FA Cup shock then look no further than Edgar Street on the
5th February 1972. This clash between non-league nobodies and top-flight title chasers
had just about everything, from the mud-bath pitch to the crazed
MOTD commentary of a 26 year old novice called John Motson, to not one, but two Parka-Coated pitch invasions,
fans watching from trees and pylons,
'that' Ronnie Radford goal, and someone managing to playing 80 minutes with a broken leg !
Make no mistake, this is the King of FA Cup 3rd round shocks, but possibly just as remarkable
was Hereford's initial 2:2 draw up at St James Park.
Incredibly, the visitors took the lead after just 17 seconds but Newcastle quickly recovered
and went 2:1 up. However, Hereford's player-manager Colin Addison
crashed in a long range effort to seal a famous draw. As a side-note to this game, it's often
suggested that Malcolm McDonald claimed he would score 10 in the replay although he's denied this
in recent years.
And so for the match... on a quagmire of a pitch Hereford more than held their own until, with just 8 minutes left,
Supermac headed in Viv Busby's cross from the right.
Addison and his team responded immediately by making a substitution - right back Roger Griffiths
had somehow managed to play an incredible 80 minutes with a broken leg, but was eventually
taken off and replaced with Ricky George. The response was immediate, as 3 minutes later
Radford's one-two with Brian Owen somehow sat up on the mud and allowed him to lash home
that phenomenal 30 yarder. You know the rest - green Parka Coat's everywhere as Edgar Streets
terraces emptied onto the pitch.
Into extra-time, and a couple of minute's before the end of the 1st period Ricky George
somehow manages to find enough space to turn and slam a shot beyond Willie McFaul to spark
another pitch invasion. Motty could hardly believe his luck.