A PHOTOGRAPHER who captured one of the most important moments in Hereford United history has died aged 81.

Barry Griffiths, was chief photographer at the Hereford Times when the Bulls beat Newcastle United, in that 1972 FA Cup tie.


Mr Griffiths was on had to capture the remarkable moments after the Bulls shocked English football.

Hereford Times: The team celebrate that famous FA Cup winThe team celebrate that famous FA Cup win

Along with sports editor at the time Ted Woodriffe the pair covered the famous match for the newspaper and also organised the matchday programme which sold-out at 6,000 copies and another 2,000 were printed at a later date.

Mr Griffths started photographing the Bulls from the early 1960s up until his retirement in 1995 and beyond.

"He was a regular fixture at Edgar Street for 40 years," said former Hereford Times sports editor Richard Prime.

"He was a very nice guy and very enthusiastic about sport.

"He was one of the good guys."

The previous two seasons before that famous match Hereford had sought election to the Football League.

Mr Griffiths and Mr Woodriffe led a successful campaign alongside the club's directors to gain Football League promotion in 1971-72, largely due to their FA Cup exploits.

"He and Ted put in a great effort at that time to get Hereford into the Football League," added Mr Prime.

Hereford Times: Ricky George, Ronnie Radford and Billy Meadows celebrate with the fansRicky George, Ronnie Radford and Billy Meadows celebrate with the fans

Mr Griffiths will also be remembered as a member at Weobley Bowls Club.

Ray Lloyd worked alongside Mr Griffiths in the photography department for over 30 years starting in 1962.

Mr Griffiths was a photographer in the days when cameras had glass plates in the back.

The big cameras had a bulb in the back before a working flash was invented.

Mr Lloyd started as a copy boy in the Bath Street office before beginning a photography apprenticeship learning from Mr Griffiths.

"He was great to work with," added Mr Lloyd.

"He had a good sense of humour and was an all around good person.

"He taught me a lot and we had a working friendship in and out of work.

"He was a genuine person and good to work with. He was very passionate about the football club and getting pictures of the goals in that FA Cup run.

"He was Mr Hereford United."