South Shields-Hartlepool United: Great North-East FA Cup derby

Craig Harrison.
Craig Harrison.

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 York

CRAIG 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).