SUNDAY marks the 40th anniversary of probably the biggest game in Hereford United’s history.

On February 5, 1972, the Southern League Bulls knocked First Division Newcastle United out of the FA Cup on a day which was to shape the future of the club for many years to come.

Ronnie Radford’s extraordinary goal — the goal of the century — is still shown regularly on television while the scenes of parka-clad youngsters excitedly invading the pitch at the final whistle are now part of United’s, and the city’s, folklore.

Next week, a series of events will be held to commemorate the famous win and the run which took the Bulls to the cup’s fourth round before being eliminated by another First Division side, West Ham, in a replay at Upton Park.

Eleven of the members of the squad who took part in the games against Newcastle and West Ham will attend events, the only absentees being the late Roger Griffiths, who died in 2006, and Ken Mallender, who is away on holiday.

Also attending will be the BBC’s Match of the Day commentator John Motson, who has always acknowledged the role that the Hereford/Newcastle match played in kick-starting his television career.

There is to be a question-and-answer session and buffet supper in the Starlite Rooms on Friday, February 10, featuring all of the available team members as well as Motson.

There are still some tickets available at £20 for the special evening when the FA Cup will also be on show.

There is a gala dinner, which has already sold out, on the following night.

Earlier in the week, on Tuesday and Wednesday at 6pm and 8pm, there will be showings of a film with 35 minutes of highlights of the Newcastle match and rarely seen footage of the West Ham match.

Tickets are available from the club, priced at £5.