IT was a moment to savour for the veteran victors.
Ritchie Humphreys and Adam Boyd proudly posed for the camera, capturing a snapshot reminiscent of their Hartlepool heyday.
The pair, Humphreys, 34, and Boyd, still just 29 but a Pools stalwart, had earlier bagged a goal apiece to secure Tuesday night’s 2-1 League One win at Bury.
The club captain, enjoying his first full 90 minutes since January 2, opened the scoring with a deft header before Boyd, on as a second-half substitute, hooked home in predatory fashion amid a goalmouth melee.
“We said when we had the picture taken after the game that it was like 2001 all over again!” quipped Humphreys.
But the senior star refuses to dwell on the glory of yesteryear, instead insisting both he and Boyd have a part to play in the immediate future.
“I’d not played for a month but it’s about staying right and ready and I’ve always done that,” Humphreys said ahead of tomorrow’s visit of MK Dons. To come straight back in and play 90 minutes, get a goal and a win was brilliant.
“I could still play better but I enjoyed the nature of the victory because it was much needed after the weekend at Wycombe (lost 5-0).
“There always comes an opportunity in football. Always.
“That’s why you’ve got to be ready. Because if you’re not, you can go in and look stupid.”
He went on: “Boydy’s the same, he has to remain ready. He came on against Bury and a lot of what he had to do was chasing around the centre-backs. But when it did come to him he kept it and then he got his chance for the goal. That’s what Boydy is – one chance and he’ll score.
“That’s what he’s done all of his career, in and around that six-yard box, and it shows what he can do.”
Humphreys should keep his place for tomorrow’s game with MK Dons. Teenage striker Luke James was missing for the midweek win because of a back problem and he’s rated as 50-50 ahead of the weekend.
James Poole is likely to be on the bench after coming through 60 minutes for Pools reserves at Hull City on Wednesday.
H Newcastle United’s Swedish winger Samuel Adjei is expected to sign a short-term loan deal after impressing during his recent trial at Pools.