Football legends visit The Courtyard
As part of a special Gala night performance of The Goal on Saturday 6 October, The Courtyard were honoured to host nine members of the original 1972 Hereford United team to celebrate the production as well as their historic victory against Newcastle United 46 years ago.
Fred Potter, Tony Gough, Dudley Tyler, Billy Tucker, Ronnie Radford, Colin Addison, Brian Owen, Ken Mallender and Peter Isaac all graced The Courtyard with their presence to watch the performance and kindly agreed to take part in a post-show Q&A with the audience.
“It felt very special having these sporting legends in our midst.” said Courtyard Board Chairman and Producer of The Goal, Roger Morgan, “ The highlight of the evening for me was Ronnie Radford’s response to being asked whether he received any royalties when the infamous wonder goal is shown on the television.”
“My royalties have been played out today,” responded Radford, speaking of the performance of The Goal, “absolutely brilliant. It’s reliving these memories over and over again and I’m so proud to be one of these guys.”
Described by an audience member as “one of the best things I’ve seen on a stage”, The Goal is an inspiring and funny coming of age story, steeped in 70’s history and local folklore, set against the backdrop of Hereford United’s famous FA Cup run and election to the Football League.
Six professional actors played a cast of thousands in a bittersweet, nostalgic comedy, filled with 70’s music, as The Courtyard celebrated Hereford FC’s greatest ever victory.
Whether a theatre fan, a football fan, a Hereford fan or a 70’s fan, there was something for everyone – audiences left feeling inspired, entertained, proud to be local and proud of their local football club!