Our look back on last season reaches November as Pools play on national television and begin their FA Cup campaign.
The month of November started poorly for Pools with the news that central defender Harry Worley faced a minimum of three months out after being told he needed surgery on an ankle problem.
While the Club’s Youth Team were knocked out of the FA Youth Cup by Fleetwood Town, the First Team were hoping to do better when the hosted Cheltenham Town in the FA Cup First Round.
To aid them in the battle, Ronnie Moore moved in to the loan market and Adam Jackson arrived from Middlesbrough, while Jake Gray was borrowed from Crystal Palace – and both made their full debuts against Cheltenham.
The Robins gave as good as they got in a competitive cup tie at Victoria Park but it was Kudus Oyenuga’s first goal for the Club just before half time that saw Pools through to Round Two.
The Pools players had once again worn poppy-embroidered shirts during the game for Remembrance Day and a subsequent auction raised over £3,000 for the British Legion.
In the weeks previous to the tie, non-league outfit Salford City had been grabbing national headlines due to a BBC documentary surrounding their famous owners – and their publicity went through the roof when they humbled League Two Notts County in their FA Cup tie in front of the live cameras.
And so there was big excitement and a huge spotlight falling on Pools when Monday evening’s draw for Round Two handed the Club a trip to Moors Lane to take on the Class of 92.
Before that, Pools had some league business to take care of and Sky Sports were at The Vic to broadcast live as Leyton Orient arrived in to the north-east in the second week of November.
Boss Moore moved to further strengthen his hand for the television showdown by agreeing a deal to bring Mikael Mandron in on loan from Sunderland and Kal Naismith in on loan from Portsmouth – the duo both debuted against Orient.
Oyenuga helped himself to a second goal in successive games when he converted from the spot to level things on 20 minutes after Bradley Pritchard’s opener – but it was Jake Gray who stole the headlines, scoring twice in the second half to clinch a crucial 3-1 win over The O’s.
Pools looked to try and build on that victory when they made a trip to Mansfield Town the following weekend but they didn’t really get going and The Stags took the points thanks to a brace from Matt Green and a stunner from Adi Yussuf either side of Krystian Pearce’s own goal in a 3-1 win.
Off the field, Pools were continuing to cross their fingers that the injury that forced Billy Paynter off during the win over Cheltenham wasn’t too serious – but there were fears that the Achilles problem could keep him out for a number of weeks.
And Pools were further frustrated when they made a midweek trip to Accrington Stanley only for the game to be promptly called-off just after their arrival due to heavy rain.
Back on home turf, the final weekend of November brought Oxford United to The Vic and The U's took all three points as Danny Hylton climbed off the bench to score the only goal of the game.
The end of the month arrived with excitement building towards the FA Cup tie at Salford City – with Pools fans racing to snap-up the allocation of 350 tickets for the tie, which had been confirmed for live broadcast on BBC.
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