Hednesford Town legend Joe O'Connor's FA Cup goals immortalised in Subbuteo form

By Luke Hatfield | Hednesford Town | Published:

Utter the name Joe O'Connor around Staffordshire and you'll be bringing up Hednesford folklore and FA Cup memories which truly echo the magic of the competition.

Joe O'Connor scored over 200 goals for Hednesford - with his brace against Boro as iconic as any

Listed on the Pitmen's roll of honour, O'Connor scored 220 goals - none less iconic than the brace he netted against Premier League side Middlesbrough in the FA Cup fourth round in 1997.

Hednesford Town v Middlesbrough FA Cup 4th Rd 1996/97

Now, thanks to the Twitter feed @SubbuteoLegends which is run by West Brom fan Paul Ridler, the striker's memorable night has been captured in a brilliantly candid format.

The social media page often posts figures from the classic football-based game Subbuteo remodelled into legendary moments.

Sergio Aguero's Premier League winning strike, Obafemi Martins' Carling Cup winner for Birmingham City and Maradona's 'hand of god' are just a few of the classic moments captured - and now you can add Hednesford Town to their ranks.

O'Connor scored twice for John Baldwin's side in front of over 27,000 fans at the Riverside. The GM Vauxhall Conference were 5000/1 outsiders for the fabled trophy, and they almost pushed Boro to a replay, eventually missing out 3-2 - having been level with just four minutes of normal time remaining.

But whilst his goals were memorable enough, it was the striker's celebrations which really caught the eye, first playing limbo with the corner flag after the Pitmen's opener, and then hailing the travelling masses of 5,000 proud fans.

Both celebrations are featured in the figures, although if you're keen on getting some of your own, you might be hard pressed - as each one is absolutely unique and aren't available to order.

Maybe next season we could see a similarly memorable run from Rob Smith's men, eh?

Luke Hatfield

By Luke Hatfield
Digital Sports Journalist - @LHatfield_Star

Sports Journalist with the Express & Star and Shropshire Star.


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