Former Hereford United duo Stuart Fleetwood and Janos Kovacs star in Luton Town's FA Cup win at Premier League Norwich City

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TWO Hereford United old boys were at the heart of the action when Luton Town pulled off the most spectacular FA Cup giantkilling in more than 20 years last Saturday.

The Hatters became the first non-league side to beat a Premier League team when they won 1-0 against Norwich City at Carrow Road.

And it was the first time that a side from outside the elite 92 had beaten a top-flight side since Sutton United disposed of Coventry City at the third round stage in 1989.

Helping to ensure that Luton kept a clean sheet was defender Janos Kovacs.

And Stuart Fleetwood, who came on as a second-half substitute, was involved in the move which brought Scott Rendell’s decisive goal 10 minutes from time.

Luton’s shock win was a blow for Herefordshire girl Jojo Grisman, the partner of Norwich’s Anthony Pilkington.

Kovacs scored the first goal of Simon Davey’s short reign in a 1-0 win at Crewe Alexandra.

But he departed for Kenilworth Road the following season as United sought to cut costs.

Fleetwood, whose goals played a key part in keeping Hereford in the Football League in the 2010-11 season, was sold to Luton for a £50,000 fee in September 2011.

Hereford United’s win over Newcastle United back in 1972 is widely regarded as the greatest of all giantkillings.

United beat the Magpies 2-1 in a thirdround replay at Edgar Street.

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