Team From The Past - Hartlepool - 1974/1975

Malcolm Dawes - Defender

Dawes began his playing career at Aldershot Town making 176 appearances. He moved onto Hartlepool on August 19th 1970 against York City in the League Cup. He went on to play 213 games scoring 12 goals for Pools and won the Player of the year award in the 1974/75 season. Malcolm played his final game for Hartlepool United FC against Bournemouth AFC on 16 August 1975 in the League. During his time at Hartlepool Dawes was loaned to the NASL where he played for the New York Cosmos for two seasons and also made 19 appearances for the Denvor Dynamos. On his return to England he signed for Workington where he made 51 appearances.

David Embleton - Defender

Embleton started his career with Newcastle in 1971 and moved to Bury one year later. He joined Hartlepool in 1973 and spent 3 seasons with Pools but was not a regular in the starting line-up. He made 27 appearances over the 3 seasons at Pools scoring no goals.

Allan Gauden - Midfield

Gauden played professionally for Sunderland, Darlington, Grimsby Town, Hartlepool United and Gillingham between 1962 and 1976, and in total made 329 appearances in the Football League, scoring 75 goals.

He was the first substitute ever to be used by Sunderland in both the league and the FA Cup. He was also part of the summer trip of 1967 when while representing Vancouver Royal Canadians, Sunderland played in a tournament/league that was the foundation of the North American Soccer League.

After leaving Sunderland, Allan played for Darlington before being bought by Grimsby Town, with whom he won a Division Four Championship medal in 1972. Former Sunderland team-mate Len Ashurst then signed him for Hartlepool United and subsequently Gillingham. Allan went on to play for Bishop Auckland and Blyth Spartans before managing Durham City for a short spell.

Alan Goad - Defender/Midfield

Started his playing career with Exeter City before moving to Hartlepool in 1967. He was a young member of the promotion-winning side in 1967/68. Goad went on to make over 418 appearances scoring 11 goals for the club and is still ranked 5th in games played and still ranked 1st in League Cup Starts with 23. He played in every position and wore every number, except goalkeeper and is the only player in the club's history to be part of 3 name changes at the club (Hartlepools United, Hartlepool FC and Hartlepool United).

Alan was voted 'Player of The Season' in 1975 and was voted as a Player Of The Decade (1970's) along with Bill Green and Billy Ayre during the Club's Centennial Season in 2008. He was awarded a Testimonial Match in 1977 where Pools tied 2-2 with League Champions Nottingham Forest. In his final two seasons with Pools he was Player/Coach under Manager, Billy Horner and retired in 1978 before moving to Canada 

Alan resumed his playing career in 1980 when he was signed as Player/Coach for the Fraser Valley Allstars in Canada and then played two seasons for the Vancouver Whitecaps NASL Indoor team. He then resumed his coaching career with the Whitecaps Reserves and Youth Teams as well as running the Vancouver Whitecaps Coaching Camps.

Don Heath - Forward

Heath began his football career as an apprentice at local club Middlesbrough in 1962, Heath did not play first-team football until he signed a professional contract with Norwich City. Making a total of 105 league appearances for the club. He was sold to Swindon Town in 1967.

Heath made his début for Swindon on 16 September 1967 in a game versus Northampton Town that his new club won 4–0. He was a member of the squad that won the 1969 League Cup and also the 1970 Anglo-Italian Cup before injury forced him out of the first team.

He moved to Oldham Athletic in July 1970 and was a central figure in their successful promotion season of 1970–71. Peterborough United obtained his services on a free transfer the following season before he moved once more, this time to Hartlepool United where his league playing career finished.

Heath went on to play for non-league clubs Gateshead United, Crook Town, and South Bank before retiring.

John Honour - Forward

Honour was an apprentice at West Bromwich Albion before playing for Hartlepool United and Workington Town in the Football League. He made 112 appearances for Pool scoring 6 times. His final game for Hartlepool was April 7th 1973 in a 2-1 loss to Doncaster Rovers.

Kevin Johnson - Midfield

Johnson played as a midfielder in the Football League for Sheffield Wednesday, Southend United, Gillingham, Workington, Hartlepool United, Huddersfield Town and Halifax Town, and non-league football for Gateshead, during the 1970s and 1980s.

Johnson had to stints at Hartlepool, the first from 1974 to 1976 where he made 61 appearances scoring 8 goals. He then returned to Hartlepool in 1980 where he made 87 appearances scoring 3 goals.

Mike McBurney - Forward

McBurney is a Welsh footballer. His career started his career with Wrexham making 24 appearances scoring 4 goals. He moved to Bolton Wanderers for two seasons but only managed to crack the first team once. in 1974 he was loaned to Hartlepool for 6 games and then in 1975 to Tranmere for 5 games. In total McBurney made 36 appearances as a professional footballer scoring 6 times.

Kevin McMahon - Forward

McMahon started his professional career with York City where he made 93 appearances scoring 31 goals. In 1971 he was loaned to Bolton Wanderers and then signed for Barnsley in 1972. in 1973 He moved to Hartlepool where he scored 29 goals in 107 appearances with the club.

Malcolm Moore - Forward

Moore is an English footballer who played as a center-forward for Sunderland, Crewe Alexandra, Tranmere Rovers, Hartlepool United and Workington.

While at Hartlepool he scored 34 times in 129 appearances.

Bobby Park - Forward

Park would come up through the Aston Villa youth ranks, signing as a professional with them in 1963. Park would stay at Villa for 6 years, before moving to Wrexham where he made over 100 appearances for the Welsh club. After his time at Wrexham, he would spend a season at Peterborough United, a season at Northampton Town and a season at Hartlepool United where he made 17 appearances.

George Potter - Defender

Potter a Scottish defender who started his playing career with Forfar Athletic in Scotland before moving to Luton on March 6th 1968. He then spent two seasons with Torquay United. He moved to Hartlepool in 1971 where he made 242 appearances for Pools scoring 6 goals. Potter is most famously known for breaking his orbital bone after being head-butted by Dennis Tueart in a FA Cup against Manchester City. 

Jimmy Shoulder - Defender

Shoulder is a football manager and player. Most notably, he was the manager of the Australian national football team from 1976 to 1978.

As a player, Shoulder spent time at Sunderland, Scarborough and Hartlepool United. He was also part of the summer trip of 1967 when while representing Vancouver Royal Canadians, Sunderland played in a tournament/league that was the foundation of the North American Soccer League.

Rob Smith - Defender

Smith signed with Hull and spent 3 years with the club failing to make his debut with the first-team. In 1971 he signed with Grimsby Town making 11 appearances. in 1972 Smith signed for Hartlepool where he made 152 appearances scoring 4 goals. He later moved to Scarborough where he played until 1979.

Mick Spelman - Midfield

Spelman played as a midfielder in the Football League for Hartlepool United and Darlington. He was on the books of Wolverhampton Wanderers and Watford, without playing first-team football for either, and also played non-league football for Whitley Bay. He made 121 appearances for Pools scoring 4 goals.

Billy Ward - Midfield

Ward spent time with Spennymoor, Seaham Colliery, Shildon and Gateshead United. He played with Hartlepool from 1972 to 1975 where he made 91 starts and was a substitute 10 times scoring 11 goals.

Barry Watling - Goalkeeper

Watling played as a goalkeeper in the Football League for Bristol City, Notts County, Hartlepool United, Chester City, Rotherham United and Sheffield Wednesday. At Hartlepool he made 139 appearances.

He also played for the North American Soccer League's (N.A.S.L.) Seattle Sounders during the 1974 and 1975 seasons, and was named as the First Team All Star Goalkeeper for the 1974 season. During the 1975 season he amassed a 2nd-best goals against average of 1.15 per game.

Bob Worthington - Defender

Worthington played as a left-back, making nearly 300 appearances in the Football League.  He played for Halifax Town, Middlesborough, Notts County and Southend United. He finished his career at Hartlepool on loan where he made 6 appearances.


The images above were taken from the scrapbooks of Alan Goad. Custom art was created by Paul Goad.

Alan’s career at Hartlepool started in 1967 after a brief apprenticeship stint at Exeter City. In the 11 years Alan spent at the club he collected programs, pictures, and newspaper clippings from the many matches he played in Hartlepool (418 in total). I am happy to share these memories so that Hartlepool Fans around the globe can enjoy a piece of history.

Alan Goad is still ranked 5th in games played at the club, ranked 1st in League Cup starts, and is the only player in the club’s history to see the club go through 3 name changes. His time with the club began with the celebration of their promotion into Division 3 but the 70’s were unkind with many relegation votes required to keep the club in the league.

Despite the club's luck and with very little money to be made Alan remained committed to the club, the fans, and the town of Hartlepool. He looks back fondly of his time at the club and the career he was fortunate to have.

Special Thanks:

Special thanks to Phil Dunn, Geoff Wilkinson and John Phillips for their contributions, guidance and wealth of knowledge on Hartlepool and their Club.

Information on the above mentioned players and teams was sourced from various locations including match programmes, newspaper articles, Wikipedia and the "In The Mad Crowd" website -

The inspiration for the kit designs is from John Devlins, "True Colors: The Football Kit History Site". His staggering work is featured in books, publications and various websites. Check out his amazing work -

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