Where are they now? The Hartlepool United side that staged the spectacular 'Great Escape' four years ago

It was the most remarkable of relegation escapes - but what happened to the Hartlepool United squad that staged the Great Escape?

Friday, 26th April 2019, 14:09 pm
Updated Friday, 26th April 2019, 14:14 pm
Ronnie Moore celebrates Hartlepool United's 'Great Escape'

Having been ten points adrift of safety in January, Ronnie Moore rallied Pools to a spectacular surge up the League Two table - as they avoided relegation to non-league for the first time in the club's history. Survival was mathematically secured on April 25, 2015 courtesy of a 2-1 victory over Exeter City - but what happened to the squad that featured at Victoria Park that day? Scroll down and click through the pages to see what became of Pools' Great Escape squad:

The experienced stopper was a key component of Pools' Great Escape, and is still playing now. He is currently turning out for League Two side Cheltenham Town.
Austin spent six years at Pools, with the Great Escape campaign proving to be his last. He went on to join Shaw Lane, and signed a deal with Gainsborough Trinity at the start of the current campaign.
Harrison joined Pools on loan during the Great Escape season, later making the move permanent. He was released last season and joined Falkirk, who then loaned him out to Spennymoor Town.

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An experienced head in the backline, Bates went on to become player-coach at Pools before succeeding Craig Harrison midway through last season. He parted company with the club earlier this season.
The Hartlepool academy product came to the fore during the Great Escape campaign, but was released in 2016. He now plays for National League rivals Barrow after a spell with Grimsby Town.
Released by Pools in 2015, Franks briefly rejoined the club last season - and has since jetted off to Iceland to team-up with Icelandic top flight side IBV.
The former Pools loanee has gone on to enjoy a good career in the game. He remains contracted to Championship side Aston Villa, but has spent the current season on loan at Kilmarnock.
The only member of the Great Escape squad still at Pools is Featherstone, who continues to be a key player under Craig Hignett four years on from the heroics of 2015.
There were big hopes for Compton who, once a talented youngster, seemed to have bags of potential. But he has slipped down the leagues and now turns out for Chippenham in the National League South.
What a career this man has had since his loan spell at Pools - his exploits at Preston led to a move to Premier League side West Ham, and he is currently on loan at boyhood club Middlesbrough.
The striker's goal against Exeter proved vital, but he endured something of a nomadic career after leaving Pools. He's currently turning out for Chelmsford City in the National League South.
The experienced frontman's spell at Hartlepool was his last in the Football League - he now owns a car modification business helping footballer's secure customised cars.
The Great Escape campaign proved to be Miller's last for Pools, before he hung up his boots and turned his attentions to coaching. He is now assistant manager at Spennymoor Town.
The man that masterminded the Great Escape remains out of work - after a brief spell at Eastleigh in 2016.