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English League One soccer side Hartlepool have rarely made international headlines in their 105-year history.

Rather than football, the small town on the north-east coast is better known for supposedly hanging a monkey during the Napoleonic Wars for being a French spy - then 200 years later electing as mayor a man who dressed in a monkey costume who promised free bananas for schoolchildren.

However, all that changed on Saturday when the aptly-named Peter Hartley and James Poole scored to give their side a vital 2-1 win over Notts County.

It's believed to be the first time two players with monikers that make up the name of their of their team have scored in the same game.

Former Manchester City trainee Poole opened the scoring in the fifth minute before Jamal Campbell-Ryce levelled for County early in the second half.

But midfielder Hartley ended a run of seven successive home defeats for his side with a well-struck effort 20 minutes from time to lift them off the bottom of the table.

"It was important to get that monkey off our back in terms of the home victory," said manager John Hughes.

"It's been a long time since we won at home so to overcome that was important. We'll go and enjoy it tonight."