FA Cup legend Ronnie Radford will be cheering on Hereford United against Gateshead (From Hereford Times)
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FA Cup legend Ronnie Radford will be cheering on Hereford United against Gateshead
HEREFORD United legend Ronnie Radford will be kicking every ball at Edgar Street tomorrow.
Radford, who is 71 years old in July, is hoping to celebrate three vital points for United.
United are involved in a relegation battle and are just above the Skrill Premier drop zone.
He believes the cash-strapped Bulls will come up trumps against promotion-chasing Gateshead.
“Gateshead are doing really well but I am sorry to say that we are going to dent their play-off hopes,” said Radford.
“I think Tuesday’s win would have been very important for Hereford.
“The fans will be up for this game and Hereford are playing against a team pushing for promotion, so the players will not need any motivation.
“I think the players will have grown in confidence and have the club at heart and I think Hereford will come through.”
Radford scored Hereford United’s most famous goal – which is known throughout the world - a 30-yard thunderbolt which helped knock Newcastle United out of the FA Cup in 1972.
But United have fallen on hard times and the club settled a £78,000 payment to HMRC this week which threatened the club’s existence.
He is having his photographs with fans between 10.30am and noon at the ground to raise money for United.
Radford is then watching the match before being involved in a sportsman’s evening at the club, together with a question and answer session, a raffle, disco and live music from King Mantis.
“I am more than happy to do anything to help the club,” said Radford, who lives near Wakefield.
“I have told the club that, if there’s anything I can do to help, I will try. I am looking forward to it.
"It has been a really testing period but the people of Hereford have showed their true spirit. It was a mighty relief when I read the news on the internet that the tax bill had been paid.
“It’s not just about a football club, it’s about the community. It feels like I am coming home.
“I will never forget the atmosphere at the ground that day in 1972 – it was incredible. It was a frenzy of energy and we could not wait for the next game.
“Every club has good times and bad times and, if you have had the good times, you look back on them and that rubs off on everyone.
“The equalising goal against Newcastle came from me but it was about the whole team – it wasn’t about me. It was a collective thing and we were a team.
“I probably felt happier when Ken Mallender scored his goal at West Brom.
“I never get fed up of seeing my goal – it’s an honour and a privilege – and I never get tired of talking about that day. It changed our lives. We are so proud that we did it for Hereford. It is a privilege just to be part of it all.”
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