Hereford United's famous FA Cup hero, Ronnie Radford, the man responsible for the 'missile out of the mud' goal against Newcastle United in 1972, has admitted, for the first time, that he meant to go for the top right-hand corner, not the left.
Hereford, then a non-league team, stunned the footballing world by first drawing 2-2 at St. James' Park, and then knocking out the Magpies 2-1 at Edgar Street in the replay. Radford, the equalising goalscorer that day, has finally come clean about his 'rocket' of a goal that sent the crowd wild, and resulted in the craziest pitch invasion ever seen.
Policemen were seen laughing.
Nearly everyone was wearing a parka.
"I lumped the ball forward to Brian Owen, and he laid it back to me. It stuck in the mud, and I just hoofed it, aiming for the right-hand corner, as I looked, but my boots were clarted in mud, and it flew off towards the left!"
The ball evaded the despairing dive of Newcastle goalkeeper, Willie McFaul, and bulged the net, sending Hereford fans into delirium.
The crowd, already spilling over onto the pitch, flooded the playing surface, which, in parts, had degenerated so much, that it resembled Glastonbury after a particularly heavy cloudburst.
Ricky George scored a second in extra-time to give Hereford the spoils. In the next round, they were rewarded by another home tie against First Division West Ham United. The game finished 0-0, but in the replay at Upton Park, the Hammers ran out 3-1 winners.
Hereford were promoted to the Football League at the end of the 1971/72 season.
Geoff Hurst is 78.
Ronnie Radford is 76.