Humphreys hopes for better FA Cup memories

Ritchie Humphreys plays the ball down Pools left during the first half. Photograph by FRANK REID

Ritchie Humphreys plays the ball down Pools left during the first half. Photograph by FRANK REID

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RITCHIE Humphreys is hoping this year’s FA Cup throws up better memories than last season, writes CRAIG HOPE.

The Pools legend was shown the sole red card of his 16-year career at the first-round stage 12 months ago.

Humphreys was given his marching orders during the closing stages of the goalless draw with non-league Vauxhall Motors at Victoria Park.

The striker, challenging for a loose ball with goalkeeper Scott Tynan, arrived a fraction later than the visiting gloveman and the collision left his opponent stricken on the turf.

A 17-man melee ensued before Tynan was stretchered from the field and Humphreys flashed a straight red card.

And the 33-year-old reflected: “It was unfortunate and I was very disappointed at the time.

“It was a genuine attempt to win the ball and there was never any malicious intent.

“It was late in the game, it was 0-0 and the ball was there to be won.

“It’s one of those things but I was very disappointed to be sent off because that’s not me and thankfully their lad was okay in the end.”

FULL story in Saturday’s Mail ...