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Club Pays Tribute To Former Keeper

19 July 2016

The Club is saddened to learn the news that former keeper John Hope has passed away at the age of 67.

Born in Shildon, Hope made 28 appearances for Pools during the 1975/76 campaign, having arrived at The Vic from Sheffield United.

Hope, who played in goal for Pools during the Club’s big FA Cup tie against Manchester City in January 1976, had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease twelve years ago. 

The son of former Shildon keeper George Hope, he joined Darlington as a teenager before earning a move to Newcastle United where he was a member of their 1969 Fairs Cup winning squad.

During his time with The Blades, Hope was between the posts at Old Trafford when the legendary George Best danced round five defenders and clipped the ball in to the net – it was a goal which was later voted the 18th greatest in world football history.

Our thoughts and condolences are with his family and friends at this time.

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