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Double-Sided: Carlisle United

5 April 2016

We profile three players who have worn the colours of both Pools and Tuesday evening’s opponents Carlisle United.

Rob McKinnon
Glaswegian star Rob McKinnon is in the history books as one of the finest players to have worn Pools colours, having made 300 appearances during two spells in the 1980s and 1990s.

He first arrived at The Vic from Newcastle United in 1986 and went on to pin down a regular spot in the side at left-back, going on to play a key role in the Club’s promotion in 1990/91.

His consistent form earned him a move to Scottish Premier League outfit Motherwell where he won three caps for Scotland, moving on to FC Twente in Holland and then Hearts.

McKinnon returned for a brief loan spell at Pools in 1999 before joining Carlisle United that summer, playing eight times for The Cumbrians prior to a move to Clydebank in 2000.

Kevin Henderson
Whole-hearted centre-forward Kevin Henderson made fourteen appearances for Burnley between 1997 and 1999 before he was brought to The Vic by then-boss Chris Turner.

‘Hendo’ went on to become very popular with the Pools faithful, scoring 32 goals in 148 appearances which included 19 in an excellent 2000/01 campaign for the Ashington-born forward.

He was often used from the bench during his latter days at The Vic, before being allowed to join Carlisle United on loan in 2003, a move he soon made permanent.

Henderson spent eighteen months with The Cumbrians, making 24 appearances, before short stints for Gateshead and Morpeth Town prior to his retirement.

Matty Robson
The talented left-sided player came through the ranks at Pools and his progress saw him named Young Player of the Year at the end of the 2002/03 campaign.

That award caught the eye of incoming manager Neale Cooper and he handed the left-back his full debut in the opening game of the following season – and Robson was one of four debutants to score in a thrilling come-from-behind 4-3 win at Peterborough United.

He managed to establish himself more regularly in the side during the 2004/05 Play-Off Final campaign and was a starter against Sheffield Wednesday at The Millennium Stadium.

In all he made 170 appearances for the Club and scored ten goals before turning down the offer of a new deal in the summer of 2009 to make a move to Carlisle United.

He went on to add another near-200 appearances to his tally for The Cumbrians, often coming back to haunt Pools by scoring goals in games both at The Vic and at Brunton Park.

Robson was loaned to Gateshead last season before being released in the summer and he is currently on the books of Northern League outfit Shildon.

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