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Pools play name game

Goal scorers Peter Hartley and James Poole at the end of the game against Notts County. Picture by FRANK REID

Goal scorers Peter Hartley and James Poole at the end of the game against Notts County. Picture by FRANK REID

FOOTBALL fans have waited 18 months for these Hartlepool United team-mates to strike on the same day.

In the end, it appears they were saving it for a special occasion.

Peter Hartley and James Poole are the pair in question.

Ever since Poole signed for the club in the summer of 2011, headline writers have been anticipating for this moment.

And, on Saturday during the 2-1 win over Notts County, the aptly-named duo eventually found the back of the net, bringing to an end Pools’ five-month wait for a home victory.

Cue “Hartley-Poole” headlines across the land.

They even found themselves on Sky Sports television yesterday morning.

And skipper Hartley told the Mail: “We just need to discuss about getting a cut of things for our image rights now!”

Poole had scored the opening goal of the game when he volleyed home in the fifth minute.

And the 22-year-old was immediately aware of what Hartley’s goal meant when he headed the winner midway through the second half.

“I knew when Peter scored what it meant,” said Poole.

“Afterwards, people wanted pictures and then it really took off.

“We’ve had the attention since I first signed for the club.

“I thought things had died down a bit but now this has been incredible.

“It’s all good fun and is good for the club as well.

“I suppose it’s the first time something like this has happened in football.

“It’s a bit like the old East Fife 5 Forfar 4 result in Scotland!”

Pools manager John Hughes celebrated his first win at Victoria Park thanks to the pair.

And he joked: “We’re getting that good now that we can even pick our goalscorers to make the best headlines!”

Bookmakers have quoted odds of 66-1 that Hartley and Poole repeat the trick at Swindon Town on Saturday.

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