FA Cup hero Ronnie Radford to give name to housing estate
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing
Former Hereford United footballing hero Ronnie Radford is to have a housing development named in his honour.
Mr Radford, 70, famously scored an extraordinary 30-yard goal for non-league Hereford against Newcastle United in a 1972 FA Cup game.
Now the former midfielder will have a new 259-home estate named after him at the site of Herefordshire Housing and Keepmoat's redevelopment of 'The Oval'.
Arguably the biggest ‘giant-killing’ in the history of the FA Cup, Mr Radford's super strike equalised for Hereford in the 85th minute. And the Bulls went on to win the game 2-1 after a Ricky George goal in extra time.
Mr Radford, who now lives in Wakefield, Yorkshire, visited 'Radford Gardens' - the marketing name for the new development - as the scheme marked a major milestone with the opening of its sales centre.
Set in the south of the city, Radford Gardens will see the creation of 129 high-quality homes for private sale by Keepmoat, which will help fund the construction of 130 new homes for rent to be managed by Herefordshire Housing, as part of the biggest regeneration project in the West Midlands.
Mr Radford, who was paid £25 a week as a Hereford United player, said: “This is a tremendous honour. It’s truly unbelievable.
“When I was interviewed after the game and someone asked me whether that goal would change my life, I said: ‘no’. I was mistaken though. That goal has led to some amazing celebrations and anniversaries over the years. I feel like I have been blessed. I never stop being asked about it and I can never stop thinking about it.
“The people of Hereford love their football and it’s nice that that magical period in Hereford United’s history will be remembered in this way. The win over Newcastle is something that Hereford people are very proud of and it’s nice that Radford Gardens will serve as a reminder of that.”
Paul Degg, new build managing director for Keepmoat in the Midlands, said: “Building hundreds of high-quality new homes will help breathe new life into The Oval and regenerate this part of the Newton Farm area of Hereford. The plan for Radford Gardens is to bring highly aspirational and affordable new homes to Hereford which will help families to get on the housing ladder.
“We launched a competition for local residents to come up with the marketing name for this development and Ronnie Radford’s name kept cropping up.
“By naming this development Radford Gardens we pay homage to Ronnie and hope we can help his achievement to live on."
Paula Kennedy, executive director at Herefordshire Housing, added: ““As the largest Social Landlord in the county, we are always looking for ways to increase housing choice and opportunities for Herefordshire residents and we are working hard with our partners to deliver for the diverse communities we serve. Ronnie inspired a generation with his goal and we hope the transformation of the Oval will inspire the local community and beyond.”