Life in Hartlepool after another England World Cup exit in 1998

David Beckham is sent off for England versus Argentina in 2002.
David Beckham is sent off for England versus Argentina in 2002.

Twenty years ago this month, England fans were in total despair as their heroes crashed out of the World Cup.

A penalty shoot-out against Argentina went the way of the South Americans and England were left waiting another four years to dream of better times.

HMS Trincomalee.

HMS Trincomalee.

But what was happening back home in Hartlepool while Glenn Hoddle’s team was battling it with 10 men after David Beckham’s controversial sending off?

Let’s take a look:

* The regulars at the Globe in Northgate on the Headland had plenty to smile about after the pub underwent a £43,000 refurnishment of the bar and lounge;

* More visitors than ever were flocking to see the town tourist attraction HMS Trincomalee. More than 6,000 people took a look round in the first 12 weeks of the new season, said the man in charge of the project Bryn Hughes;

The Studio, Tower Street. Picture by FRANK REID

The Studio, Tower Street. Picture by FRANK REID

* Lorraine Crosby, the singer who duetted with Meatloaf on the mega hit I Would Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That), was on the bill at Owton Manor Club;

* Town firm Haani Cables planned to nearly double its workforce and create around 40 new jobs in a £250,000 expansion.

On top of all that, there were plenty of choices for the discerning television viewer.

There was Men Behaving Badly on BBC1 with Deborah and Dorothy taking a weekend break, leaving the men to their own devices. Also on BBC 1, Noel Edmonds was leading the way on Telly Addicts.

Over on BBC 2, Tiff Needell was on Top Gear Take Two and Juliet Morris was on The Travel Show.

On Tyne Tees, Jim, Liz and Steve were spending quality time together in the latest edition of Coronation Street. And on Channel 4, Montel Williams, Hollyoaks and NYPD Blue were among the hits.

Finally on Channel 5, there was the Oprah Winfrey Show, Family Affairs, Hot Property and Prisoner: Cell Block H.

On the town entertainment scene, there was dancing to Sounds In Sequence every Sunday at the Hartlepool Workingmen’s Club and a Monday quiz in the concert room.

A karaoke and singalong was pulling in the punters at the Hartlepool Catholic Club, while Taffy Turners Quiz was a big hit at the Belle Vue Social Club.

Over at the Rovers Quoit Club, you could try the flyer jackpot each Friday night or how about the quiz night on a Sunday.

DJs Antony Daly and Lee Robinson were on at The Studio in Tower Street.

And in East Durham, the live band was Flat Back Four at The Fleming.

And young football fans put World Cup disappointment behind them to get involved in the summer holiday coaching courses. They were held as part of the Hartlepool United Football In The Community scheme at Dyke House School’s Avondale Centre.

Give us your memories of 1998, whether it’s on football or any other theme of your own choosing.

Send them to chris.cordner@jpress.co.uk