POOLE ECHO PIRATES
1990 NATIONAL LEAGUE KNOCKOUT CUP WINNERS
Back : Mervyn Stewkesbury ( Promoter), Peter Ansell ( Promoter), Lars Gunnestad, Gary Chessell, Rod Colquohoun, Tom Knudsen, Neil Street ( Team Manager), Richard Comben ( P.R.O.)
Front : Craig Boyce, Alun Rossiter, Tony Langdon, Steve Langdon.
1990 saw Poole side win the Division Two Knockout Cup for the first time in the club’s history.
They came close to lifting the Cup in 1989 but lost 83 – 109 to Berwick in a one sided final.
Having already won the 1990 National League championship, this victory also completed an historic ‘Double’ for the Dorset club.
Ridden over two legs, home and away, Poole were given a bye in the first round before beating old rivals Berwick 100 – 90 in a hard fought second round tie.
They then eased past Hackney 110 – 80 to reach the semi-finals where they were drawn against Ipswich, winning 109 – 83 to reach the final.
This saw Poole lined – up against Middlesbrough, with the Pirates winning 70 – 50 in the first leg at Wimborne Road, where Craig Boyce returned a paid 21 point maximum from his seven starts.Although they lost the second leg at Cleveland Park by 57 – 63 the Pirates still came out ahead on aggregate, winning by 127 – 113 to bring the silverware back to Poole