GIANTKILLERS boss Colin Addison is thrilled at the latest recognition of the exploits of his legendary side.

The Football Association has announced that a new annual award will launch this season for the team which achieves the most impressive giantkilling act in the FA Cup sponsored by E.ON.

The award is to be named after Ronnie Radford whose long-range goal for Hereford United against Newcastle United in 1972 brought about arguably the competition’s most famous giantkilling.

FA general secretary Alex Horne said: “The giantkilling nature of the FA Cup is part of the competition’s unique magic.

“Perhaps the most famous giantkilling act of all was Hereford’s triumph over Newcastle. Ronnie Radford’s spectacular goal on a mud-covered Edgar Street pitch is a constant and wonderful reminder of that FA Cup magic.

Radford himself said: “It is a real honour for me that the FA has chosen to use my name for this new award.

“I would never have imagined when I scored that goal back in 1972 that it would still be shown on television almost 40 years later and recognised as one of the FA Cup’s most famous moments.

"I’m proud to have played my part in its wonderful history and I look forward to seeing many more small teams upsetting the odds.”

Addison, who entertained Ronnie and his wife in the city after Hereford United’s recent First Round win against Hythe Town, said: “This latest accolade is fantastic recognition. I am delighted for the Radford family and it represents further prestige for the club and the city.

“Mind you,” he added, “Ronnie always, typically, points out that the whole episode 40 years ago was a triumph for the team and not just one player.”