vs. St Peters Albion
All matches in 1923/24

Match Details

Saturday, 17th November 1923
The Victoria Ground, Hartlepool
1923/24 FA Cup
Fourth Qualifying Round
B Smith 7, Cook, Lonie, Duthie 
Attendance: 2929
Ref: Not known

Match Report

Pools went into unknown territory as they faced St Peters Albion from Newcastle in the fourth qualifying round of the FA Cup. Their opponents had won through to this stage by virtue of a hard fought replay win against Walker Celtic. They been champions of the Tyneside League for the previous four seasons and were riding high again, with six wins out of six in the 1923/24 campaign. There was a fair amount of speculation at the time regarding the possibility of a shock, especially considering how the Pools forward line had been misfiring, with only seven goals in the first thirteen league games.

Within two minutes the amateurs realised that this was a step up in quality from their usual opposition. Once Billy SMITH had given Pools that early lead, the first half became a rout. Alec COOK and Arthur LONIE added goals on either side of SMITH`s second. SMITH completed his hat-trick within the half hour before John DUTHIE made it six. With the visitors well and truly beaten, SMITH scored his fourth, and then with half-time approaching Pools were awarded a penalty, which SMITH put away to make the half-time score 8-0!

To their credit, St Peters made more of a game of it in the second half. Pools lost some of their urgency and momentum, though with an eight goal cushion this was understandable. SMITH added two more goals to take his personal tally to seven, before the amateurs grabbed a late consolation through COOPER.


Manager: Davy Gordon
9010000901-1 flag flag0011Harry Summerfield
9020000901-1 flag flag0012Charlie Dixon
9030000901-1 flag flag0013Eddie Smith
9041000901-1 flag flag0014Arthur Lonie
9050000901-1 flag flag0015Percy Sutcliffe
9060000901-1 flag flag0016Billy Walsh
9070000901-1 flag flag0017Matty Young
9080000901-1 flag flag0018George Keenlyside
9097000901-1 flag flag0019Billy Smith
90101000901-1 flag flag00210John Duthie
90111000901-1 flag flag00111Alec Cook
Manager: Not known
9010000901-1 flag flag0001Parkin
9020000901-1 flag flag0002Cooper
9030000901-1 flag flag0003Heads
9040000901-1 flag flag0004Menuim
9050000901-1 flag flag0005Ferguson
9061000901-1 flag flag0006Cooper
9070000901-1 flag flag0007Bainbridge
9080000901-1 flag flag0008Brown
9090000901-1 flag flag0009Emmett
90100000901-1 flag flag00010Parker
90110000901-1 flag flag00011Gelatley
  AgeThis CompAll Comps
1070690     1  flag flag0011Harry Summerfield33y 135d00
2030380     1  flag flag0012Charlie Dixon32y 118d00
301020     1  flag flag0013Eddie Smith21y 26d00
411080     1  flag flag0014Arthur Lonie 
5010120     1  flag flag0015Percy Sutcliffe 00
601060     1  flag flag0016Billy Walsh 00
7010100     1  flag flag0017Matty Young 00
8010120     1  flag flag0018George Keenlyside34y 105d00
971080     1  flag flag0019Billy Smith22y 363d
1011020     1  flag flag00210John Duthie20y 314d
1111050     1  flag flag00111Alec Cook 
Average age of starting eleven = 27y 176d (based on 6 players)