MEMORY LANE: Pools off on the cup trail

Hartlepool United beat Millwall 1-0. How the Mail reported the FA Cup win.
Hartlepool United beat Millwall 1-0. How the Mail reported the FA Cup win.

THE First Round of the FA Cup gets underway next weekend and Paul Murray’s Hartlepool United will be hoping for a decent run in the competition this year.

They started off well enough fifteen years ago with an impressive 1-0 win over Millwall from the Second Division. SportMail takes a look back through the archives at the cup win. Richard Mennear reports.

HARTLEPOOL United had eyes on an FA Cup adventure on this day 15 years ago.

Chris Turner’s Pools had just beaten Second Division side Millwall 1-0 at Victoria Park leaving the Pools manager dreaming big.

Gary Jones grabbed the glory with an injury-time winner - to end a 16-match goal-drought - as Pools reached the second round for only the second time in six years with the slim victory.

Their reward?

Conference side Hereford away in the second round of the competition.

Confident Turner said: “There is no reason why we can’t win.

“We have taken on a team from a higher division in Millwall and beaten them.

“I thought we deserved it and that should give us the belief and confidence to achieve the victory of Hereford.

“It certainly won’t be an easy game as Hereford showed in beating York at the weekend.”

Life was good at Victoria Park back in November 1999, the victory over Millwall meant Pools had won five successive games on home turf keeping clean sheets during that run.

Delighted Turner added: “It is a great achievement and the players have worked ever so hard for it.

“I have always said we had the potential to do well, but these things take time.

“I will not be getting carried away by it though because the hard work has got to continue.”

Turner was joined in the dugout for the first time by new assistant manager Colin West.

The Pools gaffer was delighted to see Jones net the winner.

He added: “I was pleased for Gary because he has deserved that goal.

“He has kept going when things have been difficult for him and has got the goal he has wanted.”

Jones netted the winner with just seconds left to play.

The fourth official had just signalled one minute left in stoppage time when Sam Shilton’s 20-yard shot spun out of play.

Amazingly referee John Kirkby gave a corner, from which the ball found Shilton on the left and his floating cross met the head of Jones, whose flick dropped into the corner of the net in slow-motion.

SportMail’s Alam Khan described the action.

He wrote: “There was just enough time to take the kick-off before The Vic descended into chaos as Pools celebrated their victory.”

The current Pools squad will be taking part in FA Cup action this weekend, when the first round gets underway.

Paul Murray’s men will be hoping for a similar result.

Pools: Hollund, Lee, Barron, Westwood, Knowles, Stephenson, Miller, Shilton, Clark, Jones, Freestone.

Subs: Dibble, Midgley, Lake, Boyd, Hughes.

Attendance: 2,847.


HARTLEPOOL Rovers secured a vital win over Gateshead Fell to go to the top of North East Division Three, although two injury-time goals by the visitors robbed the Friaragemen of a more realistic scoreline.

The home side turned in their best performance of the season so far but still left their followers believing that even better could be just on the horizon.

Hartlepool Rovers won by 32-22.

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