Beating Crystal Palace in 1993 saw Pools become the first lower division club to knock a Premier League side out of the FA Cup. The ‘unquestionable penalty’ and ‘not particularly cold for Hartlepool’ weather are now the stuff of legend. Three players from that game give us the full story!
With the big match against Crystal Palace approaching HUST spoke to Eddie Kyle, Alan Murray’s assistant manager on the freezing January day in 1993 when Pools became the first lower division club to dump a Premier league team out of the FA Cup. We wanted to know the ingredients for an FA Cup upset and Eddie was happy to reveal what went on behind the scenes.
Former Chairman, saviour of the club, and lifelong Hartlepool United fan Harold Hornsey passed away 17 years ago today. For those who were around in 1994, we’ll always remember what he did for the club he was so passionate about. For newer and older fans alike we revisit his legacy here. The words were first published the day after his death and written by the fan only known as Albatross for the Box of Kippers website, and remain as relevant today as then.