Ronnie Radford

It’s just been FA cup third round weekend, and while listening with my usual nerves to Newcastle’s result (good season so far by the way), I heard mention yet again of Ronnie Radford‘s wonder-goal for Hereford against Newcastle in the FA cup in the third round replay in 1972 – credited (by Wikipedia) as possibly the greatest FA cup upset of all time (which is almost certainly true).  The goal is incredible – as is the pitch – impossible to imagine current Premiership players out on this, but it would be fun to watch…

I had the privilege (even thought I’m a Newcastle fan) of meeting Mr Radford three years ago for a Guardian feature on third round Saturday, visiting him in his home where he was making a dolls house for his grand daughter. He was incredibly welcoming and gracious, and wrote a lovely thank you letter after I’d sent him a print – one of those jobs which sticks in the mind for being so nice to have done. In the end I think the paper used one of him working on the dolls house, but I like the clarity and simplicity of this one.

Former Hereford Town footballer Ronnie Radford :: shot for the Guardian :: copyright Richard Hanson

Lighting is one Lumedyne head in a softbox (small 60cm square) to camera left, ambient light balanced to get the three lights above the dolls house to still have some colour.

And here’s the YouTube clip:

I’ve just watched that again – it really is the most incredible goal given the conditions!

Richard Hanson :: photographer

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