赫里福德俱樂部對樸茨茅斯。足總杯第一輪中的情感之夜等待着我們

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赫里福德俱樂部對樸茨茅斯。足總杯第一輪中的情感之夜等待着我們

赫里福德俱樂部周五與樸茨茅斯的足總杯第一輪比賽看起來將是一個在埃德加街的情感之夜。

在1939年和2008年兩次贏得獎盃的龐貝隊的比賽,增加了杯賽的魅力。

而本周,1972年足總杯英雄羅尼-拉德福德的不幸去世,使得周五的電視轉播比賽更加令人感慨。

"公牛俱樂部秘書傑米-格里菲斯說:"我們只是希望我們能讓羅尼感到驕傲。"BBC在這裡只是增加了這個場合,讓它變得更加特別。"

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拉德福是足總杯歷史上最著名的進球之一--可以說是最著名的--他在最後40碼處鑽進了轟動性的扳平球,激勵公牛隊繼續前進並贏得了對頂級球隊紐卡斯爾聯隊的著名的第三輪複賽。

這個進球後來被無數次播放,最近一次是在2月份俱樂部慶祝那一天的50周年時。

"我們當時和他有聯繫,"格里菲斯補充說。"但遺憾的是,他身體不夠好,不能從他在約克郡的家中趕來參加。

"因此,儘管我們知道他身體不好,但聽到他去世的消息還是很震驚--我們將盡力幫助他進行適當的送別。"

這只是另一場比賽

與丹尼-考利的龐貝的會面將是赫里福德在足總杯預選賽階段之後的首次亮相,因為他們在2017年第二輪複賽中擊敗了AFC特爾福德聯隊,而後又在第二輪比賽中輸給了烏韋-羅斯勒的弗利特伍德。

這是一個國家聯賽北區第14名,即第六級聯賽,對陣第一級聯賽的第五名--在英格蘭足球金字塔中的差距為81位。公牛隊對陣考利斯隊。

但主場老闆喬什-高林,也就是赫里福德過去三個賽季的經理,堅持認為 "這對我們來說只是另一場比賽"。

"我們不會變得太高,也不會變得太低。如果我們贏了,那麼我們只看下一場比賽,"高林補充說,他是2014年獲得第四輪比賽的基德明斯特鷂子隊的一員。

"但從某種意義上說,我們已經贏了,因為它讓俱樂部重新回到了聚光燈下,它已經有一段時間沒有出現了。而且在經濟上,這對俱樂部來說也很好。"

最大的單一收入來源是赫里福德和樸茨茅斯都為在BBC二台播放的比賽收取的5萬英鎊(報道開始於北京時間19:30,開球時間19:55)。

赫里福德因為是主場而獲得額外的10,000英鎊,而如果他們獲勝,還有41,000英鎊的獎金。

在第二輪資格賽中1-0擊敗布羅姆斯格羅夫運動隊,獲得3375英鎊的獎金;在第三輪資格賽中3-0戰勝蘇塞克斯郡的三橋隊,獲得5625英鎊的獎金;在第四輪資格賽中2-1戰勝全國聯賽的佼佼者布羅姆利,獲得9375英鎊的獎金,這對球迷擁有的俱樂部來說是值得歡迎的財政援助。

而且還有錢進來。格里菲斯補充說:"我們已經賣完了,"。"我們在招待費和贊助費方面也賣光了。在我們本周對費爾德的比賽中使用的優惠券系統中,我們也有3200張優惠券。

"我們不允許像我們在足球聯賽時期那樣滿員,因為我們仍然只有一個三面的體育場,我們失去了一些座位,因為我們有電視攝像機在這裡,但我們仍然會有4939名觀眾。而且,這應該仍然是一個偉大的氛圍。"

樸茨茅斯老闆考利承認,羅尼-拉德福德的去世將是埃德加街賽前議程的重中之重。

"他告訴BBC索倫特電台說:"聽到他去世的消息,這真是一個令人悲傷的消息。"羅尼-拉德福德的進球有點超越了時代。

"它總是出現在大多數BBC足總杯節目的開頭。任何像我們這樣年齡的人都會記得那個不可思議的進球。

"我可以清楚地記得那些泥濘的照片,約翰-莫特森對他在35-40碼外擊球的評論,以及人群在球場上奔跑的情景。

"這將是赫里福德紀念和慶祝他去世的一個機會,我們完全理解這場比賽的重要性。

"事實證明,它對尚未到來的這麼多勝利的弱者來說是一種鼓舞。"

考利本人對這種杯賽的魔力了如指掌,在2017年將當時的國家聯賽球隊林肯城帶入了四分之一決賽,這是任何非聯賽球隊在比賽中走得最遠的一次。


Hereford FC's FA Cup first-round tie with Portsmouth on Friday looks set to be a night of emotion at Edgar Street.

Playing twice winners in Pompey, who won the trophy in 1939 and 2008, has added to the cup magic.

And this week's sad passing of 1972 FA Cup hero Ronnie Radford makes Friday's televised match even more poignant.

"We just hope we can do Ronnie proud," Bulls club secretary Jamie Griffiths said. "The BBC being here just adds to the occasion and make it even more special." • None The FA Cup on the BBC

Radford was the scorer of one of the most famous goals in FA Cup history - arguably the most famous - when he drilled in the sensational late 40-yard equaliser that inspired the Bulls to go on and win their famous third-round replay against top-flight side Newcastle United.

It is a goal that has been shown countless times since, most recently in February when the club celebrated the 50th anniversary of that day.

"We were in contact with him at the time," Griffiths added. "But he sadly wasn't well enough to come down from his home in Yorkshire to attend.

"So, although we did know that he had not been well, it was still a shock to hear of his passing - and we will do our best to help give him a fitting send-off."

'It's just another game'

The meeting with Danny Cowley's Pompey will be Hereford's first appearance beyond the FA Cup qualifying stages since beating AFC Telford United, another side of great cup folklore, before bowing out in a second-round replay to Uwe Rosler's Fleetwood in 2017.

It is a case of 14th in National League North, the sixth tier, against fifth in League One - a gap of 81 places in the English football pyramid. The Bulls against the Cowleys.

But home boss Josh Gowling, Hereford's manager for the last three seasons, insists "it's just another game for us".

"We're not going to get too high and we're not going to get too low. If we win, then we just look at the next tie," added Gowling, who was part of the Kidderminster Harriers side that got the fourth round in 2014.

"But we've already won in a sense, as it's put the club back in the spotlight that it hasn't been for a while. And financially it has been great for the club."

The biggest single source of income is the £50,000 both Hereford and Portsmouth collect for the game being shown on BBC Two (coverage starts 19:30 GMT, kick-off 19:55).

Hereford get an extra £10,000 for being the home side, while there is a further £41,000 on offer on prize money if they win.

Coming on top of the £3,375 in prize money for beating Bromsgrove Sporting 1-0 in the second qualifying round, £5,625 for winning 3-0 at Sussex side Three Bridges in the third qualifying round and £9,375 for winning 2-1 in Kent against National League high fliers Bromley in the fourth qualifying round, it is welcome financial assistance for the fan-owned club.

And there is still money to come in. "We're sold out," Griffiths added. "We're sold out on the hospitality and sponsorship sales too. And on the voucher system we used for the Fylde game this week, we had 3,200 in for that too.

"We're not allowed to be as full as we were in our Football League days, as still only have a three-sided stadium and we lose a few seats because we have the TV cameras here, but we will still have a capacity crowd of 4,939. And it should still be a great atmosphere."

Portsmouth boss Cowley acknowledges that Ronnie Radford's passing will be top of the pre-match agenda at Edgar Street.

"It's really sad news to hear of his passing," he told BBC Radio Solent. "Ronnie Radford's goal kind of transcends eras.

"It would always be shown at the start of most BBC FA Cup programmes. Anyone of our kind of age will remember that incredible goal.

"I can vividly remember the pictures of the mud, John Motson's commentary as he hit the ball from 35-40 yards and then the crowd running on the pitch.

"It will be an opportunity for Hereford to mark and celebrate his passing and we fully understand the magnitude of the game.

"It proved such an inspiration for so many victorious underdogs yet to come."

Cowley himself knows all about that sort of cup magic, after taking then National League side Lincoln City to the quarter-finals in 2017, the furthest any non-league side has been in the competition.

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