Six of the best (and worst)! How Hartlepool United have fared in FA Cup replays

Rhys Oates scores against Salford City
Rhys Oates scores against Salford City

Hartlepool United and replays. They do not always have a happy ending.

Ahead of tonight's second-round finale with Salford City, here are six replays which have stood out over the years for Pools:

1. Vauxhall Motors 0 Pools 1

First round 2010-11

Remember the original match at the Vic? Notorious hatchet man Ritchie Humphreys had been red-carded for a lunge on the Vauxhall Motors keeper.

A replay at Ellesmere Port looked a toughie for Mick Wadsworth's side even though they had spanked Brighton 3-1 in League One at the weekend.

There was no need to panic.

The godfather of goal James Brown left the subs bench just before the hour - ironically for James Poole who will be the only survivor from that night on the Vic this evening - to get the winner.

Brown was sent on in the 57th minute at Rivacre Park and headed in Evan Horwood's brilliant cross from the left to take Pools through to a second-round home tie against Yeovil.

Pools had an amazing 22 efforts on the Blue Square North outfit's goal. How they would love that stat this evening.

The match also marked the Hartlepool Mail debut for Craig Hope, complete with quiff and pointy shoes.

2. Pools 6 Marine 3

Second round 1975-76

Nine-goal thrillers at the Vic don't come along very often, but 5,673 enjoyed this Wednesday night feast.

Len Ashurst's side had drawn 1-1 on Merseyside, Bobby Scaife on target.

However, the plucky non leagers were put to bed in emphatic fashion, Mally Moore the hat-trick hero.

Scaife scored again while diminutive striker Kevin Johnson converted a penalty and John Rowlands was also on target.

It set up a 'glamour tie' at Manchester City where Pools turned out in a 'cheese and onion' yellow and green kit.

Over 2,000 Poolies went to Maine Road to see the side thumped 6-0 by a very gifted City. Thumped was the operative word after Denis Tueart broke skipper George Potter's cheekbone.

3, Pools 0 Ipswich Town 2

Third round 1991-92

Nearly 7,000 crammed into the Vic to witness an upset against Division Two Ipswich Town.

Alas the Tractor Boys had not received their copy of the script and eased home with two goals.

There was much anticiptaion after Paul Baker had scored on the Saturday at Portman Road, a tie which marked the finale of legend Rob McKinnon.

All the stars were out in force for Alan Murray's side, Martin Hodge, Keith Nobbs, John MacPhail, Steve Tupling, Brian Honour, Paul Olsson, John Tinkler and Steve Fletcher

To no avail unfortunately as goals by two Ipswich stalwarts Jason Dozzell and Simom Milton put them out.

Ipswich went on to be Second Division champions and win promotion into the top flight while Pools finished 11th in the Third Division (League One), their finest hour until the two consecutive sixth-places by Neale Cooper in 2004 and 05.

4. Pools 1 Scunthorpe United 2

Second round, 1972-73

Don't ask me why, but for some reason the Football Association chose neutral Roker Park as the venue for this second-round second replay.

I'm not sure how many grounds there are half-way between the Vic and the then Old Show Ground but Sunderland's famous stadium was not one of them.

Remarkably 7,917 were on Wearyside, 3,000 up on the crowds at Pools and Scunny for the two goalless draws in the first two fixtures.

Sadly, there was no fairytale finish.

Bobby Veart scored for Pools but the Iron snatched victory in extra-time.

Some great Pools servants were in the side, Barry Watling, George Potter, Mally Dawes, Willie Waddell and Honour. Brian's elder brother John on this occasion.

Even Len Ashurst turned out in his player-manager days.

5. Pools 0 Rotherham United 1

First round, 1983-84

Pools had the Doc in charge, but this was Mick, son of the legendary football boss Tommy.

Regretably, the former Sunderland man lacked the magic of Doc Snr and Pools were really in the mire.

They were rock bottom of the Fourth Division despite a side boasting the Linighan brothers at the back, Andy and Dave, plus a certain Phil Brown in his pre-tan days.

But optimism rose when Pools battled for a 0-0 draw at Third Division Rotherham United, Mark "Yossa" Robinson getting through a lot of graft in midfield.

The great story of the two ties was the fact Pools had to play 16-year-old youth team keeper Jeremy Roberts between the sticks.

Eddie Blackburn was injured and Mark Prudhoe was not eligible so the Doc put his faith in the teenager.

He did not let Pools doewn at Milmoor on the Saturday or the Vic in midweek.

But Pools could not find a goal - a familiar story - and were put out by the Millers in extra-time.

6. Pools 0 Rochdale 0 (Pools won 4–2 on penalties)

First round, 2006-07

Ritchie Humphreys from the penalty spot? It's either agony or ecstasy.

His fateful spot-kick in the 2002 play-off semi-final at Cheltenham – his attempt hit the bar, post and keeper and stayed out – and the club’s promotion 12 months later inspired a book, From Tears to Cheers.

It was cheers against Rochdale in a TV triumph for Pools on a Monday night.

After a 1-1 draw at Spotland, it was back to the Vic and there was little for the telly audience or 2,788 poor souls inside the ground to enthuse about.

It went to pens and Humphs had no hesitation in telling Danny Wilson - the boss who despatched him on loan to Port Vale - that he'd take the first.

And the Player of the Century did the business to tie matters up at 1-1 after Gary Jones scored first.

Keith Barker put his spot-kick into Morrisons car park and Alan Goodall saw his blocked by the legs of Dimi Konstantopoulos.

But the Pools’ dead-ball specialists were coolness personified as Jon Daly, Willie Boland and Ben Clark – like Ritchie before them – gave Matthew Gilks no chance in the Dale goal.