Courtyard to score with FA Cup giant-killing play

Published: 12 May 2020
Reporter: Steve Orme

On target: The Goal Credit: Russell Lewis Photography

The Courtyard Hereford is to première a live recording of its 2018 production of Nick Lane’s The Goal, which will be available online.

Created in partnership with Hereford United Football Club, The Goal is an “inspiring and funny coming-of-age story” set against the backdrop of Hereford’s famous FA Cup run. Steeped in '70s history and local folklore, Lane’s play celebrates the goal that made history and is still remembered today as one of the most memorable FA Cup moments.

On 5 February 1972, Ronnie Radford lashed a 35-yard shot past Newcastle United’s goalkeeper to steer Hereford to an FA Cup third round victory—one of the cup’s greatest giant-killing acts.

The Goal features James Holmes, Kate Powell, Tom Bevan, Ewan Goddard, Matthew Booth and Charlie Quirke.

Ian Archer, chief executive of The Courtyard, said, "after the success of streaming our pantomime Cinderella, we’re so glad to be able to connect with audiences by now showing The Goal.

“We recorded The Goal for archive purposes but really believe the whole of Hereford will love seeing this bittersweet, nostalgic comedy right now. It's truly uplifting. Whether you're a theatre fan, a football fan, a Hereford fan or a ‘70s fan, you'll watch it and feel inspired, entertained, proud to be local and proud of your local football club."

The Goal will be streamed for free on The Courtyard's YouTube channel on Saturday 16 May at 7PM and will be available to watch on demand for seven days.