The Hartlepool United squad around the time of the 1988 triumph over Sunderland.

Your memories of Hartlepool United's famous cup win at Sunderland

February 9 marks the anniversary of one of Hartlepool United's more notable footballing scalps.

Here's the story behind their 1-0 victory at Sunderland in the Sherpa Van Trophy and your memories of that windy 1988 night.

Sunderland and Hartlepool United have only ever met twice competitively.

1. Scene setter

Sunderland and Hartlepool United have only ever met twice competitively.
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The first clash was at Sunderland's former Roker Park home on Tuesday, February 9, 1988, in the northern quarter finals of the Sherpa Van Trophy.

2. Derby day

The first clash was at Sunderland's former Roker Park home on Tuesday, February 9, 1988, in the northern quarter finals of the Sherpa Van Trophy.
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Sunderland were competing in the tournament for the first time after their relegation from the former Division Two the previous May.

3. Lower leagues

Sunderland were competing in the tournament for the first time after their relegation from the former Division Two the previous May.
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While Hartlepool United were enjoying a promising season in Division Four under John Bird, Sunderland were challenging for automatic promotion from Division Three and firm favourites to win the tie.

4. Rank outsiders

While Hartlepool United were enjoying a promising season in Division Four under John Bird, Sunderland were challenging for automatic promotion from Division Three and firm favourites to win the tie.
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