Exhibition celebrating Hereford’s history at The Courtyard

In conjunction with ‘The Goal’, a professional Courtyard production in partnership with Hereford Football Club, The Courtyard are displaying an exhibition of photographs taken by Derek Evans of the historic 1972 FA Cup football match which saw Hereford United win against Newcastle United at Edgar Street.

Derek Evans was a photojournalist for national press and TV in the heyday of news photography, and took many photographs celebrating aspects of Herefordshire life.

His passion for photography led him to covering the Queen’s Coronation in 1953 for National Geographic, as well as having his work printed throughout Europe.

Derek’s studio files covered Hereford United faithfully for over 50 years and include images of the famous match against Newcastle United in the 1972 FA Cup Third Round Replay.

As part of their ‘Herefordshire Life Through A Lens’ project, Catcher Media have kindly allowed The Courtyard to exhibit a selection of these photographs alongside the production of ‘The Goal’. Images depicting everything from Bill Groves testing a snow covered pitch and Roger Griffiths nursing a broken leg following the match, to Billy Meadows being helped to take off his boot by a police officer and of course, Ronnie Radford’s monumental 35 yard goal, which is the pinnacle moment that inspired ‘The Goal’s’ creation.

‘The Goal’ is a nostalgic and bittersweet comedy celebrating Hereford’s history with the 1971/72 Hereford United season sitting at its heart. The play is the ball boys’ account of the season, watching their heroes, getting to know each other, swapping stories, secrets and more with the audience and each other.

The Goal will be showing from Monday 1 October – Saturday 13 October with an accessible performance on Thursday 11 at 2.30pm and an Audio Described performance on Saturday 13 at 2.30pm.

The exhibition will be free to view in The Courtyard’s foyer area until Saturday 13 October.

Find out more about the ‘Herefordshire Life Through A Lens’ project here.