BILL THE BIRO looks back

I was looking through my box of old programmes and I found one from 39 years ago, for the Boxing Day match in 1976 at the Vic, against that long-defunct club Darlington. Well, to be precise, it wasn't a Boxing Day match on account of Boxing Day being a Sunday so it had to be played on the Monday instead. The programme featured the old triangular club badge on the front cover, and a league table that shows we haven't advanced much in all that time - 39 years ago Pools were third bottom of Division 4.

The match was a 1-1 draw with a 4885 attendance. John O'Donnell for Pools and Ron Ferguson for Darlo were the scorers, and the teams were:

POOLS Eddie Edgar, Peter Creamer, Dave Wiggett, John O'Donnell, Bobby Scott, Chris Simpkin, Bobby Scaife, Eric McMordie,Geoff Davies, Malcolm Poskett, Paul Bielby

DARLINGTON Phil Owers, David Crosson, Jimmy Cochrane, John Stone, Derek Craig, Bobby Noble, Clive Nattrass, Eddie Rowles, Ron Ferguson, Jimmy Seal, Dennis Wann.

I wonder how many people remember any of those players.

Alan Goad, Pools' longest serving player at the time, and recently promoted to player-coach, was the Pools substitute for that match (there was only one sub in those days.) Manager Billy Horner's usual page in the programme was given over to Alan for that game, and here it is: