Perhaps the most infamous of all FA Cup upsets, and where the term giant-killing came from, Hereford United faced Newcastle United in the 3rd round of the 100 year anniversary FA Cup. This was a third round replay after fifth tier Hereford drew 2-2 at St. James' Park, frustrating the First Division outfit throughout. Heading back to Edgar street, Hereford played the same 11 that got the draw in the first game, made more remarkable that they only had one professional player in their side, Colin Addison.
Addison had also taken the role as player-manager, leaving him in charge not just of the midfield, but the entire team. The first half was dominated by Newcastle, hitting the crossbar multiple times and having a goal disallowed for a foul on goalkeeper, Fred Potter.
Hereford began to grow in confidence as the second half progressed, but it was Newcastle who scored on the break with Malcolm McDonald providing a powerful header from a cross to give the away side the expected 1-0 lead in the 82nd minute. Three minutes later, came one of the best FA Cup goals ever seen, with Ronnie Radford, a part-time carpenter, hitting a 30-yard strike into the top corner.
“What a goal, what a goa,l” exclaimed John Motson, helping launch his legendary commentary career and sending the game into extra time.
Substitute Micky George proved to be the match-winner for the non-league side, turning just outside of the box and placing his shot in the far bottom corner. The Bulls managed to hang on, producing one of the greatest FA Cup upsets of all time and being the first non-league side since 1949 to knock out a top flight opponent.