When Alan Shoulder shot Pools into second round of FA Cup

Goal hero Alan Shoulder on the ball evades the challenge of the Macclesfield full-back with Phil Chambers watching.
Goal hero Alan Shoulder on the ball evades the challenge of the Macclesfield full-back with Phil Chambers watching.

Pools striker Alan Shoulder turned the clock back to relive his FA Cup glory days with Blyth Spartans in a match on November 16, 1985.

But this time the boot was on the other foot for Shoulder, as he struck twice with opportunist goals to end Macclesfield’s hopes of a giant-killing Cup run.

Wintery weather caused the cancellation of a game against Wrexham on November 30, 1985.

Wintery weather caused the cancellation of a game against Wrexham on November 30, 1985.

“The Multi-part League side must have been pretty depressed after the game, as they were perhaps unlucky not to get a draw or even win,” stated the Mail.

“Indeed, the conditions were in Macclesfield’s favour, with torrential rain and a strong wind - as well as a pitch cut up badly in recent rain.

“But a golden Shoulder eventually helped Pools through to the second round of the FA Cup draw.”

Macclesfield put Hartlepool under pressure from the first whistle, hardly allowing the Pools lads to dwell on the ball for more than a few seconds.

We had more clear cut chances than Macclesfield had, but they made the most of the play. If we had made a mistake at any time, they would have scored.

Pools boss Billy Horner.

But outstanding in a resolute Pools defence was captain Tony Smith, who had his best game of the season and made some great saving tackles.

Also outstanding for Pools, according to the Mail, was young midfielder Paul Proudlock - as well as Eddie Blackburn, who saved Pools on a number of occassions.

But it was essentially a team effort for Pools, while Macclesfield had two outstanding players - Colin Kersley and Keith Mountford.

“It was a very tough game and I was very pleased with the attitude of our players. Our lads responded magnificently,” said Pools boss Billy Horner.

“We had more clear cut chances than Macclesfield had, but they made the most of the play. If we had made a mistake at any time, they would have scored.

“They didn’t give us a second, we had to roll up our sleeves and battle. We were under a lot of pressure at times.”

As well as saves by Blackburn, Pools won several reprieves thanks to the woodwork. But, when chances came his way, Shoulder proved a huge asset.

“The first came in the 40th minute, when a poor kick by Macclesfield keeper Alan Zelem was met by John Borthwick,” said the Mail.

“He managed to evade a hard tackle and slide the ball up to his left, where Shoulder was on hand to finish clinically from ten yards.

“Then, two minutes after the break, Shoulder got his vital second goal - although Macclesfield bounced back to almost close the gap in the 57th minute.” Final scoreline 2-1 to Pools.