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‘Hartley’ and ‘Poole’ give Hartlepool win

James Poole (L) and Peter Hartley

A clash between Hartlepool United and Notts County in a League One would not normal garner much attention but there was something truly unique about the clash between the two teams on Saturday.

Hartlepool won the match 2-1 to record back-to-back victories for the first time in 17 months but the real story emerges when you look at their goal scorers.

James Poole put them in front in the fifth minute and then Peter Hartley netted the winner in the 70th after Jamal Campbell-Ryce had equalised for the visitors.

That's right, Hartlepool won and their goalscorers were called 'Hartley' and 'Poole.'

It is not like the two players have been banging in the goals this season either. Poole is a striker but his goal was only his third of the season while for defender Hartley it was the first time all campaign he has found the back of the net.

It is not the first time that the North-East club has made headlines for rather odd reasons. In 2002 their team mascot "H'Angus the Monkey" was elected mayor of the town, while a photo of their away fans went viral last year as they all arrived on the London Underground for a match at Charlton dressed as smurfs.

Hartlepool also have a rather odd collection of celebrity fans that includes Meatloaf, Sky Sports presenter Jeff Stelling, Iron Maiden guitarist Janick Gers, the bloke who played Des Barnes in Coronation Street and Peter Mandelson.