'Where would you like your statue?!': Hartlepool United fans hail Dave Challinor after promotion to League Two achieved

Hartlepool United are back in the EFL!

Sunday, 20th June 2021, 5:11 pm
Hartlepool United are going up!
Hartlepool United are going up!

After a dramatic afternoon at Ashton Gate, it was Pools who triumphed over Torquay United to seal their place in League Two.

Dave Challinor’s side won the tie on penalties after a 1-1 draw, in what was a memorable game for a variety of reasons.

Luke Armstrong looked set to become the hero on the day as he fired home in the first-half to put Pools ahead, only for Torquay goalkeeper Lucas Covolan to equalise deep into injury time to send the game into extra time.

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And fans were naturally delighted after the triumph! Here’s what they were saying on social media:

@ramsey_ian said: “What a mail biter. But #hufc win it after penalties. Great resilience after that 95 min heartbreak”

@Greggborofan added: “Get in! League 2 next year! Up the Pools!”

@12BBYTHESEASIDE commented: “THANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOU THANKYOU”

@garethblackwood asked: “So, Mr Challinor, where would you like your statue?”

@sinky72 posted: “What a game that was!! Incredible!! Had everything, disallowed goals, 5th minute injury time equaliser by the keeper then 5-4 on penalties (first 2 missed by both teams) #TORvHAR #pools Congratulations @Official_HUFC”

@__jesslca tweeted: “UP THE #pools #HartlepoolUnited ! May not be coming home for England but it's coming home for #HUFC”

@ladyworthi added: “Congratulations #Pools. That was a nerve wracking finish that needed cool heads. Well done everyone”

@ChrisMurph2210 said: “We are Football League say we are Football League, What a rollercoaster of a game and campaign, Well Done to the Club, Players and Staff”

@1JamesRobertson posted: “Never been so nervous watching a football match, what an unbelievable day for Pools”

@dredge5316 commented: “That’s why you never say die”

@kennyhiggs tweeted: “What a game it was. Unbelievable.”

@awayonsaturday1 joked: “Get In, Hartlepool!!!! Way that Torquay 'keeper was grinning during the penalties, revving up the crowd and trying to play the old mind games, I think I'd have blown him a little kiss, smiled and waved goodbye after the winning spot-kick went in”

@BigGibUK added: “Poooooools are back in the football league. Horrible game to watch and penalties to decide it was brutal. What a way to go up!!! We are back!!!”

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