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The surprising choice of former Middlesbrough player and Hartlepool Chief Executive Alan Murray to take over proved to be a master stroke; under Murray, the team's form improved further and the club went into the final day of the season as one of several clubs that could win not just promotion but the title. A 3-1 win over Northampton was enough to secure promotion in 3rd place; Allon scored 35 goals, and Baker and Paul Dalton also reached double figures.
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As the hosts dominated the early exchanges, Kirby and Taylor again combined to force a spectacular save from Hedvig Lindahl in the Sweden goal.
It was a hard ten days (in Austria) but that’s what it’s there for.
Among those also handed starting berths were debutant duo Kirby of Reading and Jodie Taylor, who plays her club football in America with Washington Spirit.
Big Sam was in the dugout as the Black Cats beat Hartlepool but confirmation he will succeed Roy Hodgson is expected soon
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The new manager appointed though would become a legend at the club. Cyril Knowles had been a distinguished player, and had a growing reputation as a manager; with the addition of several new signings, he achieved a remarkable turnaround. From having 9 points from 19 games, Knowles lead the side to 55 by the end of the season - and a safe 19th place in the table.
1978-79 saw a finish in 13th place; 19th the following season was still enough to stay clear of the re-election zone, and then 1980-81 saw the team produce its best season in over a decade, never being out of the top 10 and looking promotion contenders for a long spell before falling away to finish 9th. Keith Houchen was top scorer with 17 league goals, with Newton also making double figures.
On 4th October 2016 over 50 Year 3 students from our feeder primary schools joined us at English Martyrs for a Football Tournament out on our All Weather Pitch. Each team played 7 rounds and Sacred Heart team 2 ended up being crowned champions by goal difference after collecting the same amount of points as 2nd place Sacred Heart team 1 and 3rd place St. Teresa's team 1.
Dissatisfaction with the club's board grew; attendances fell; performances remained poor. An eventual finish of 23rd, and a club record low attendance of 790 for the game with Stockport on 5 May 1984, showed a club that looked to be going nowhere. The application for re-election was again successful, with the club once more polling the lowest figure of the League clubs. During the close season Chairman Barker left the club, John Smart taking over.
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Read James Hunter’s verdict on tonight’s friendly win here.
On 1 January 2007 Hartlepool United equalled the all-time Football League record of consecutive wins without conceding a goal. The 1-0 win at Mansfield Town was the 8th straight win without conceding. The record was also held by Barnsley F.C. and Wigan Athletic. However, the record was then broken by Stockport County on 3 March 2007 when they recorded their ninth successive win without conceding.
Naturally we are aware of the intense media speculation this evening, however, at the present time Sam Allardyce remains Sunderland manager.
It is not his own return to goalscoring form that Padraig Amond credits with Hartlepool United turning the corner in League Two of late.
Mike Madine, sewerage and new development manager for Northumbrian Water, said: “We are making significant investments to look after our sewer network in order to be better prepared for the future.
Even better was to follow the next season. With the partnership of Paul Baker and Joe Allon working well in attack, the team were in the Top 10 for much of the season and in with a good chance of reaching a playoff place. Then, tragedy struck: Knowles was diagnosed with a brain tumour and had to step down from his duties. Sadly, Knowles died at the end of August 1991; one of the stands at Victoria Park is named in his honour.
The visitors were beginning to find their feet in the game but the Lionesses remained in control, and got their reward just after the half-hour mark.
During the 1992-93 season, Hartlepool set a new English football record of thirteen consecutive games without scoring a goal. The streak ended when they visited Blackpool for a league match on 6 March 1993.
The next five seasons saw constant struggle and a succession of managers. Gibson finally sold the club to local Businessman Harold Hornsey, who at least was able to financially stabilise the club; but with little money available for players times were hard. MacPhail left early in 1994-95 and was replaced by Dave McCreery; he was replaced towards the end of the same season by Keith Houchen, who had returned as a player. Houchen was in turn replaced after 18 months by Mick Tait.
The following season was an unmitigated disaster. With no money to bring in players, the team struggled all season. Busby was replaced in November 1993 by John MacPhail, but he could do little as the team remained in the relegation places from November until the end of the season. Relegation was assured following a 7–0 defeat at Rotherham United; the final day of the season saw the team thrashed 8–1 by Plymouth Argyle at the Victoria Ground.
Bird had however made something of a name for himself as a manager, and when early season form saw Hartlepool United in 2nd place at the end of September 1988, he left the club to join York City. Former Newcastle United Captain Bobby Moncur was appointed to succeed Bird, but failed to inspire the team; results suffered, and the eventual finishing position of 19th could even have been worse with the team as low as 22nd late in the season.
Hartlepool United defender Jordan Richards and young goalkeeper Ben Dudzinski took part in a training session with a difference to back a charity.
Hartlepool United boss Craig Hignett has been dealt a boost with the news that midfielder Michael Woods is nearing a first-team return.
Brian Clough was invited to manage Hartlepool in 1965. His reaction was: "I don't fancy the place," but he took the job, anyway.
Sunderland are not putting anyone forward to talk after the game, amid the Allardyce rumours.
BBC Sport takes a look at five of the things you may have missed from Saturday's Football League action.
Hartlepool United boss Craig Hignett is backing calls for the whole of the English Football League to be exempt from playing football during international breaks.
England continued to press and hurry their illustrious opponents, never allowing them to settle on the ball and denying them the opportunity to fashion any sort of rhythm to their play.
Nike currently manufacture the club's kits. The current home shirt sponsor is, Seneca Homes, a local housing company. Previously, the home shirt has been sponsored by Dove Energy, DNO International and Cameron's Brewery. The club are set for a new away kit sponsor for the upcoming 2015–16 season. The club's previous away sponsors have included Bartercard, Drive Vauxhall and former owners IOR.
Corner was headed towards the top corner but he got up well to tip it over the bar.
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In recent years the most visible fan of the club has been Jeff Stelling, presenter of Soccer Saturday on Sky Sports. The rock star Meat Loaf, Janick Gers of the metal band Iron Maiden, MP Peter Mandelson, Christopher Timothy and film director Ridley Scott are also fans of the club.
The club is owned by JPNG Recruitment, a Dubai based recruitment company, who purchased it from IOR Ltd (Increased Oil Recovery) on 22 June 2015. Hartlepool United F.C. is legally registered in the British Virgin Islands so that untaxed income can fund the club and foreign players can enjoy lower income tax.
Hartlepool United boss Craig Hignett has made six changes for the visit of Crawley Town to the Northern Gas & Power Stadium.
Substitutes not used: 13 Siobhan Chamberlain, 14 Gemma Bonner, 16 Jo Potter, 17 Jade Moore, 21 Carly Telford, 22 Natasha Dowie, 23 Jess Clarke.
Man Utd want Everton's Seamus Coleman, Philippe Coutinho set for new Liverpool deal, Roberto Mancini eyeing England job, plus more.
SAFC cruised through the first half. Three goals, and hit the woodwork three times. Defence remains untested.