Any Other Business


December was a month of heavy weather which knocked out a few Pools matches, stranding them down there with the strugglers, and also of them making heavy weather of beating a team of part-timers over three and a half hours. 

Perhaps the January transfer window, coupled with the chairman's positive stance, may help, but it all seems a bit too reminiscent of last season at the moment, especially since the so-called 'Great Escape' was more down to the people at Whaddon Road and Prenton Park than anyone at the Vic.

Pools may have had an unwanted winter break, but before that they achieved something unheard of - not only having three of their matches televised live in the same season, but also remaining unbeaten in all of them.

The two against Salford may have been completely and utterly embarassing, but we Poolies are used to finding positives where few exist!

In 1927, on the 29th June, a total eclipse of the sun occurred, and its centre passed right over Hartlepool. If it had happened during the footy season, and Pools had been playing, they wouldn't have gained any advantage from it though. Until 1967 steam trains used to pass on the other side of Clarence Road, and sea breezes would blow steam across the pitch during most matches, completely obliterating the view for perhaps half a minute. Whenever this happened, and despite having seen it before (unlike some of the opposition), Pools could never do anything with it, so what chance would they have had with a long-predicted eclipse?

We recently came across The Legacy of Hartlepool Hall, a 2011 novel by Ed Torday (author of Salmon Fishing in the Yemen), and were surprised that the fictional hall in the title was not named after the town, but after the family who owned it. We've never heard of Hartlepool as a surname, and wondered if anyone else has.

The death has been announced, at the age of 82, of Ambrose Fogarty, who played for Pools in the mid-sixties. When he arrived (from Sunderland, for a club record fee that now wouldn't buy you the cheapest new car) he was like a breath of fresh air. This was the tail-end of Pools' terrible run of annual re-elections to the league. The team wasn't very good at all, so he didn't have to do much at all to impress, yet impress he did, being the midfield general that Pools could do with right now. And for a few seasons he lit up the Vic. Thank you Amby for brightening up those dark days.