Defence blunders left Pools with 2-2 draw

Pools players in the 1950s - pictured with their mascot.
Pools players in the 1950s - pictured with their mascot.

Hartlepools United started their derby with Gateshead rather below par on February 1, 1958.

In fact, the visitors had slightly the better of the goal-less first half, but the final 45 minutes were to prove exciting.

“After the restart, Peter Thompson launched a Pools offensive with a brilliant goal,” reported Mail sports pundit Sentinel.

“Then the score went 2-0, 2-1, 2-2. Pools only had themselves to blame for Gateshead snatching a draw.”

The match looked, on paper, a surefire success for Pools as Gateshead had failed to win at the Victoria Ground for eight seasons.

But, after Gateshead won the toss, they threatened danger in an early raid, forcing a free kick which had to be headed clear.

“Pools took some little time to settle down and, when Johnson cut through to goal, he finished weakly and Gateshead weren’t troubled,” said Sentinel.

“It was the visitors, in fact, who were the more impressive in the opening exchanges, and Pools’ defence was constantly menaced by a lively Gateshead.”

By 52 minutes in, however, Pools were leading 2-0. Less than 30 minutes after that, though, the players left the pitch after securing just a draw.

“Unhappy Pools. Nothing is going right,” added Sentinel.