The Football Association may well see the FA Cup Final as the zenith of their football calendar but for many thousands of fans, the early rounds of the competition are the most exciting ones.
If gives the chance for Non-League clubs to put themselves on the map, and perhaps write a fresh chapter in history as cup giant killers.
Even though it was nearly 50 years ago, Hereford’s victory over Newcastle and the competitions best ever goal scored by Ronnie Radford must still be referred to in pre match team talks.
87 minutes of the game had elapsed, with Hampton’s Chris Dickson no doubt relishing the post match limelight after he had put them ahead from the penalty spot on 15 minutes. They had survived an onslaught from Latics which saw them hit the post several times and had efforts on goal cleared off the line.
The game seemed to be heading for a famous minnows victory until Rob Hunt steered a shot into the net from an excellent run and cross from Gardner.
There is nothing so stamina sapping and a blow to morale as a late equalising goal, and the writing was on the wall for Hampton & Richmond. A lengthy stoppage in play earlier after Baxter had been injured accounted for the eight minutes of extra time and in true party pooper style, Callum Lang hit the winner for Latics on 95 minutes.
Latics now move on to chapter two in the giant killing story with a visit to Maidstone United of the National League.