Hartlepool United are well aware of what Saturday’s big FA Cup tie at South Shields means to the region because of their large North-East contingent .
That was the message from manager Craig Harrison who is “excited” by the fourth qualifying round tie atMariners Park.
We know that South Shields are dangerous – they have already put out Darlington and YorkCRAIG HARRISON
Pools, as a National League side just down from the EFL, will be favourites to see off the Evo Stik North leaders, but the all-ticket derby showdown promises to a great occasion and game.
“It’s very exciting and from my perspective it will be my first taste of the FA Cup,” said the Gateshead-born boss.
“For the area there couldn’t have been a better draw, we know that South Shields are dangerous – they have already put out Darlington and York in the last two rounds.
“It’s going to be a very tough game, certainly one we are looking forward to.
“With staff and players combined, we must have around 15 people who are from the North-East
“It’s something we’ve spoken about since the summer about create a togetherness, knowing what it’s about to be at this club.”
Wembley winners Shields have won 14 of their 15 matches this season – nine in the league and five in the cup competitions.
Meanwhile, Pools Ladies have been drawn at home to West Didsbury & Chorlton in the first round of the FA Cup on Sunday, November 12, following their 3-1 victory at Farsley Celtic in Sunday’s third qualifying round (see Page 39).