vs. Darlington
All matches in 1970/71

Match Details

Monday, 31th August 1970
The Victoria Ground, Hartlepool
1970/71 Football League Division Four
Match 4 of 46
Wright 39', Crook 55' 
Gauden 78', Harding 88' 
Attendance: 5032
Ref: Not known
GOAL: Les Crook (2-0) Substitution: Peter Barlow for Alan Goad GOAL: Ralph Wright (1-0) GOAL: Alan Harding (2-2) GOAL: Allan Gauden (2-1) Full time 75 min 60 min Half time 30 min 15 min Kick-off GOAL: Les Crook (2-0) Substitution: Peter Barlow for Alan Goad GOAL: Ralph Wright (1-0) GOAL: Alan Harding (2-2) GOAL: Allan Gauden (2-1) Full time 75 min 60 min Half time 30 min 15 min Kick-off

Match Report

Hartlepools ran out to face old rivals Darlington looking for their first win of the season after starting with a defeat and two draws. Ralph Wright returned to the Pools lineup in place of Peter Barlow, who dropped to the bench. The Quakers team included Cliff Wright who had moved to Feethams in a swap deal with Lance Robson six months earlier. Despite their indifferent start to the campaign, Pools played with confidence and outplayed their opponents in a one-sided first half. Crook, Clarke and Hurd controlled the midfield and the Quakers struggled to get out of their own half. The only real surprise in the half was that it took the home side so long to break the deadlock. The goal finally arrived six minutes before the break. Nick Sharkey`s low corner from the right was semeingly miscontrolled by Ralph WRIGHT, but the striker regained possession, rounded his marker, and shot across the keeper into the far corner.

Despite losing the injured Alan Goad shortly after the restart, Pools continued to dominate the game and looked to have sealed the points when they doubled the lead on 55 minutes. Hurd, causing his marker all sorts of problems, slipped the ball inside to Wright who hammered a low driven cross to Clarke. Clarke`s shot was well saved by Moor, but Les CROOK sprinted into the area to slot home the rebound. At this point it was all Pools and a comfortable victory looked assured. The Quakers attempted to change things by introducing Bobby Malt and the substitute inspired his team-mates into an unlikely comeback. First, Wright headed a clearance straight to Alan GAUDEN whose half-volley halved the arrears. Then with a couple of minutes remaining Hurd was dispossessed and Graham sent HARDING clear to equalise.

A competitive encounter saw Ralph Wright and Peter Carr booked for fighting, but it was Pools who were left feeling bruised after failing to win a game in which they had completely outplayed their rivals.


Manager: John Simpson
9010000901-1 flag flag0011Des McPartland
9020000901-1 flag flag0012Tony Bircumshaw
9030000501-1 flag flag0013Alan Goad-50
9040000901-1 flag flag0014Tony Parry
9050000901-1 flag flag0015Bill Green
9061000901-1 flag flag0016Les Crook
9070000901-1 flag flag0027George Herd
9080000901-1 flag flag0028Malcolm Clarke
9090000901-1 flag flag0029Nick Sharkey
90101010901-1 flag flag00110Ralph Wright
90110000901-1 flag flag00111Dennis White
901200050901-1 flag flag00112Peter Barlow+50
Manager: Len Richley
9010000901-1 flag flag0011Tony Moor
9020000901-1 flag flag0012John Peverell
9030000901-1 flag flag0013Billy Horner
9040010901-1 flag flag0014Peter Carr
9050000901-1 flag flag0015Brian Albeson
9060000901-1 flag flag0016Peter Graham
9071000901-1 flag flag0017Allan Gauden
9080000901-1 flag flag0018Ken Hale
909000001-1 flag flag0019Mike Wright
90100000901-1 flag flag00110Maurice Peddelty
90111000901-1 flag flag00111Alan Harding
90120000901-1 flag flag00112Bobby Malt
  AgeThis CompAll Comps
10140150     1  flag flag0011Des McPartland22y 330d00
2014811561     1  flag flag0012Tony Bircumshaw25y 204d55
309501030     1  flag flag0013Alan Goad22y 23d44
4013061416     1  flag flag0014Tony Parry24y 357d55
50113114     1  flag flag0015Bill Green19y 252d00
614050     1  flag flag0016Les Crook21y 66d
704050     1  flag flag0027George Herd34y 117d00
804050     1  flag flag0028Malcolm Clarke26y 63d00
904050     1  flag flag0029Nick Sharkey27y 119d12
1013040     1  flag flag00110Ralph Wright23y 28d
110273293     1  flag flag00111Dennis White21y 294d00
1202222     1  flag flag00112Peter Barlow20y 234d00
Average age of starting eleven = 24y 168d

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