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 ...