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20th March 2015 18:20

After the home victory against AFC Wimbledon last Tuesday night, secured a few minutes from the end of normal time, the Stags now travel to bottom club Hartlepool this weekend.

And Hartlepool come afresh from two very important victories on the road, secured at Morecambe and Oxford respectively, without conceding. But Pool need more of this to climb above the dreaded zone, in which Hartlepool have figured almost all season, costing them two managers, also dumped out of the FA Cup in the second round at home to eternal giant-killers Blyth Spartans a few weeks before the game between the Stags and Hartlepool at One Call Stadium last Boxing Day, a bruising encounter which ended in a 1-1 stalemate.

Last season’s home defeat to a 1-4 scoreline on October 5, 2013, started a run of thirteen FL games without a three-pointer, the longest Stags one during the same campaign in FL history. Note: the run of fourteen games in 2000 was spread over two seasons. But at Victoria Road in late March last year, the Stags gained revenge to a 4-2 scoreline, coming back from being 2-1 down early in the second half, and just before half-time with the sides deadlocked at 1-1, Alan Marriott made a crucial penalty save in one of his last FL games.

On September 23, 2000, under Billy Dearden's first reign, Field Mill was centre-stage for one of the Stags' greatest comebacks of all time. The opponents were Hartlepool and with just about seven minutes remaining, the Stags found themselves 3-1 down after Chris Greenacre had put the Stags in front. Just before half-time, Sam Shilton (son of ex-England goalie Peter Shilton) equalized. In the second half, ex-Stag Tony Lormor (who often scored against the Stags) put Hartlepool in front, then Henderson increased the lead. Enter Michael Boulding, who was in his second Stags spell when we played Hartlepool in 2007. He clawed back the deficit, then Greenacre equalized. Just two minutes later, Corden hit the winner in front of 2135. But Tony Lormor scored twice for the Stags in their away victory to the tune of 2-1 on November 10, 1998.

And if earlier League games between the Stags and Hartlepool (Hartlepools United up to and including the 1967-68 season) are anything to go by, there should be a couple of goals as only ONE of the previous 81 league and cup games between the sides have ended goalless, and that was as late as on October 27, 1984, at Hartlepool's ground in front of 4349.

Under the name of Hartlepools United, the north-easterners were on several occasions victims of Stags hat-trick heroes. But the worst one-man goal-blitz was, not unexpectedly, the one from Ted Harston on January 23, 1937, when he hit seven of the Stags' goals in the 8-2 victory in front of just 2696 at Field Mill. Any currently living Stags fan remembering this one? And in the 7-1 mauling at the same venue on October 29, 1949, TWO players scored hat-tricks. One was the then player-manager Freddie Steele, the other was Oscroft with two from the spot. More recently, Dungworth scored all three in a 3-0 win on March 14, 1983, one win which in a Swedish boulevard newspaper wasn't included in the league table for the Stags for a month, but the defeat was included in Hartlepool's records! That particular newspaper was ordered to correct the records! On October 22, 1983, Caldwell scored four in a 5-0 rout.

The biggest Stags away win at Hartlepool so far is a 4-0 on November 3, 1982 in front of just 1325 with Caldwell, the late Billy Ayre (who actually started his league career at Hartlepool), Nicholson and Woodhead with a penalty hitting the net. And the last Stags away victory against Hartlepools United before their name change was also the full-pointer with most goals scored as the Stags won 4-3 on May 13, 1963 in front of 2735. Roy Chapman scored twice, Sammy Chapman and Ken Wagstaff scored one apiece.

The home game in the old third division on Boxing Day, 1968, was the one which was followed by the FA Cup Third round win over Sheffield United. One player, Nick Sharkey, who went on to score one of the goals in the famous victory over West Ham, played for Hartlepool a few seasons later and in the 1970-71 season was their top scorer with eight league goals. And the 2-0 on October 8, 1994 was the Stags' first league fixture after dumping then Premiership side Leeds out of the League Cup a few nights earlier. That 2-0 victory was also the last of six straight Stags Field Mill victories against the Pool without conceding a goal, scoreline 18-0.

The Stags have twice secured auto promo thanks to wins over Hartlepool at Field Mill. The first opportunity came on April 5, 1975, when Clark and the late Hodgson scored in the 2-0 victory in front of 8860. Eleven years later, Hartlepool at one time challenged strongly with the Stags for promotion. But at the time of the game on April 22, 1986, the north-easterners had faded out of the picture. But the Stags needed just a win to clinch it. And they did it in style thanks to a 4-0 mauling due to two goals from Cassells, one from Chamberlain and an own-goal in front of 5545 on a Tuesday night. The six-year wait for the third level was finally over.

And it’s no wonder, then, that the teams have yet to play a goal-less league game in Stagsland. Fact is also, that the Stags have scored more than a century of Field Mill league goals against Hartlepool (and their north-east neighbours Darlington as well) over the years. On only five occasions, the Stags have failed to score at home to Hartlepool. On the other hand, Hartlepool have failed to do so on no fewer than 18 occasions at Field Mill, while the Stags failed to score in nine out of their so far nineteen defeats at Victoria Road.

On four occasions (the first as Hartlepools United in 1967-68), Hartlepool have been promoted, and on three of those, the Stags finished in a relegation position. But when Hartlepool, the side built by the late Brian Clough were promoted for the first time ever in 1967-68, the Stags were saved from relegation due to the demotion of Peterborough. But in 1990-91 and 2002-03, the Stags were relegated and Hartlepool promoted.

Hartlepool's latest promotion was followed by their longest-ever spell above the basement, a spell which lasted six seasons. A player who was instrumental in Hartlepool's successful last decade, Ritchie Humphreys with over 250 consecutive league appearances at one stags, played against the Stags for Chesterfield last season.

And Hartlepools United were one of the founder members of the old division 3 in the 1920's as well as being a Division Four founder member in 1958, then more often than not having to seek re-election, including five in a row in the early 1960's before the arrival of a certain Brian Clough as manager.

Played for both sides: Billy Ayre, Richard Barker, Rakish Bingham, Stuart Boam, Ian Bowling, Alexander Brown, Michael Carter, Darrell Clarke, Brian Cox, Jason Danskin, Fred Flanders, Gary Ford, John Gill, Paul Heckingbottom, Steven Istead, Colin Larkin, William Linacre, David Linighan, Tony Lormor, Carl Muggleton, Keigan Parker, Anthony Parry, Martin Pemberton, Chris Perkins, Nialle Rodney, John Rowlands, Nick Sharkey, Alan Waddle.

Stats file:

Home stats: P 41, W 31, D 3, L 7, GF 104, GA 37
Away stats: P 40, W 9, D 12, L 19, GF 50, GA 75

Season Home Date Away Date

1932-33 7-1 1933-05-06 3-6 1932-12-24 Div 3 (N)
1933-34 1-1 1933-08-26 1-3 1933-12-30 Div 3 (N)
1934-35 2-1 1935-03-09 1-1 1934-10-27 Div 3 (N)
1935-36 4-0 1935-12-26 1-4 1935-12-24 Div 3 (N)
1936-37 8-2 1937-01-23 0-3 1936-09-19 Div 3 (N)
1947-48 3-2 1948-02-14 0-1 1947-09-27 Div 3 (N)
1948-49 1-0 1949-04-16 1-1 1948-11-20 Div 3 (N)
1949-50 7-1 1949-10-29 3-1 1950-03-18 Div 3 (N)
1950-51 1-0 1951-03-10 1-1 1950-10-21 Div 3 (N)
1951-52 0-1 1951-12-26 0-2 1951-12-25 Div 3 (N)
1952-53 2-0 1953-02-28 0-2 1952-10-11 Div 3 (N)
1953-54 1-0 1954-04-03 1-3 1953-11-14 Div 3 (N)
1954-55 0-2 1954-11-27 2-1 1955-04-16 Div 3 (N)
1955-56 5-1 1955-12-31 2-4 1955-09-03 Div 3 (N)
1956-57 4-1 1957-04-23 1-2 1957-04-19 Div 3 (N)
1957-58 5-1 1957-12-14 0-2 1958-04-26 Div 3 (N)
1960-61 2-1 1960-12-26 2-3 1960-12-27 Div 4 (old)
1961-62 3-1 1961-12-02 1-0 1962-04-21 Div 4 (old)
1962-63 3-1 1963-03-23 4-3 1963-05-13 Div 4 (old)
1968-69 2-0 1968-12-26 1-1 1968-10-04 Div 3 (old)
1972-73 2-0 1972-12-23 1-1 1973-04-20 Div 4 (old)
1973-74 2-0 1973-10-13 0-4 1974-02-17 Div 4 (old)
1974-75 2-0 1975-04-05 1-2 1974-10-26 Div 4 (old)
1980-81 0-1 1981-03-16 1-0 1980-10-21 Div 4 (old)
1981-82 3-2 1982-01-16 0-3 1982-05-03 Div 4 (old)
1982-83 3-0 1983-03-14 4-0 1982-11-03 Div 4 (old)
1983-84 5-0 1983-10-22 1-4 1984-02-25 Div 4 (old)
1984-85 2-0 1985-03-02 0-0 1984-10-27 Div 4 (old)
1985-86 4-0 1986-04-22 1-1 1985-11-02 Div 4 (old)
1992-93 2-0 1993-02-16 1-0 1993-03-27 Div 2
1994-95 2-0 1994-10-08 2-3 1995-05-06 Div 3
1995-96 0-3 1995-12-23 1-1 1996-03-09 Div 3
1996-97 1-0 1997-03-31 2-2 1996-08-27 Div 3
1997-98 2-2 1998-04-18 2-2 1997-12-20 Div 3
1998-99 2-0 1999-04-24 2-1 1998-10-11 Div 3
1999-2000 2-3 1999-10-16 0-1 2000-04-22 Div 3
2000-01 4-3 2000-09-23 1-1 2001-02-24 Div 3
2001-02 3-0 2002-01-19 1-1 2001-08-11 Div 3
2006-07 0-1 2007-01-01 0-2 2006-09-12 League Two
2013-14 1-4 2013-10-05 4-2 2014-03-25 League Two
2014-15 1-1 2014-12-26 (at Mansfield) League Two

Cup games:

1935-36 2-3 1935-11-30 FA Cup 1st round at Field Mill
1953-54 1-1 1953-11-21 FA Cup 1st round at Victoria Ground
1953-54 0-3 1953-11-25 FA Cup 1st round replay at Field Mill

Games up to and including the 1962-63 season as Hartlepools United

Will the Stags follow up the victory over AFC Wimbledon with another one? Come on Mansfield!

Svante Bernhard aka Sweden Stag


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