October 06, 2017

What a Weekend!




What a Weekend!



TO THE HARTLEPOOL 2-0




Saturday 18 October 1975 featured the following fixtures: 
Div 2 Bristol Rovers v Sunderland 
Div 4 Exeter City v Pools 
Div 4 Torquay Utd v Darlo (evening match) 

Not being booked up on a coach for Exeter and living and working in Sunderland, here's what happened:

I persuaded the SAFC supporters club to allow me to travel on one of their (I think 3) coaches.

I travelled down overnight, and there was plenty of banter and interest about Pools - nice bunch of supporters. I said my thanks and wished them good luck against The Gasheads and was dropped at 5am at Bristol Temple Meads station.

From there I made my bleary-eyed way by train to Exeter and with greasy food and alcohol got to St James' Park early to witness Pools lose 1-3. I might be mistaken but I think Alan Goad got Pools' consolation goal that day and he an Exeter lad.

Then I blagged a lift on a coach with some Poolies who were down for the weekend and staying overnight at Torquay, at a guest house owned by a Poolie! We are everywhere! Off a load of us went to Plainmoor that Saturday evening to see The Scum beat Torquay 4-2 (Earlier in the afternoon, The Gasheads had beaten Sunderland 1-0).

The Torquay fans were curious but friendly when we joined them behind their goal to cheer them on and yell abuse at Darlo. Ah well.

I was drunk that night back at the guest house and managed to blag accommodation and a ride back on the Poolies' coach on the Sunday morning for a couple of quid.  It was a very long journey back up the motorway to the North East. They were the days. I couldn't afford to do it now.

It's Torquay for Pools on 28 October this year and as I write Torquay Utd haven't won in 12 games. Please, no...

 Greetings to all Poolies and Bunkerites from Cornwall