Still on the right lines


Although we didn’t beat Wrexham on Tuesday night, we still emerged with credit. Despite going down to ten men for most of the game, Wrexham could only win 1-0.

After the game, our record read as follows:

Home: Played 9 Won 3 Drawn 4 Lost 2
Away: Played 9 Won 4 Drawn 3 Lost 2

When you consider what it was like just under a year ago, then you’ll realise how far we’ve come – both on and off the field. Its not going to be easy to get out of this league and its suggested that Raj Singh has a three year plan. Wrexham give us some idea of the difficulties involved. They were relegated to the National League at the end of the 2007-08 season and are now making promotion a realistic possibility. Once the foundations have been laid, there’s no reason to be overawed by League 2. Tranmere and Lincoln aren’t doing too badly are they? A look at the current National League table reveals just how badly Chesterfield are doing. Know the feeling!!

Speaking of Wrexham, how many of you remember the home game on Saturday, 5th March 2005? Wrexham came to Pools as certs for relegation but what a surprise we got. It all looked good when Gavin Strachan scored an early goal but what followed shocked everyone. Wrexham ran out 6-4 winners, with Juan Ugarte scoring five of them. I think it was one occasion when Neale Cooper was lost for words. Wonder what odds the bookies would have offered for that score?

"A look at the current National League table reveals just how badly Chesterfield are doing. Know the feeling!!"
Two matters are of concern the National League. The first is referees and nearly every time you go on social network there’s always complaints about the whistlers. I have my own theories – first is that they lack experience and, secondly, they’re a bag of nerves when officiating in front of what for them are large crowds. Its something the National League will need to address and I’m sure that supporters of other teams will have their gripes as well.

The other concern is reported violence at the end of Salford City’s home games. There were reports of crowd trouble after the Pools game and when they played Braintree. After the latter game, the Braintree chairman found it necessary to intervene. Hope it stops pronto.

Finally, after a visit to Sheffield this week I was asked about a game at Hillsborough between Wednesday and Liverpool which was played on Sunday, 11th May 1997. At the time, I was working in Sheffield and thought I’d spend my Sunday afternoon at the game. It was a 1-1 draw which enabled The Mags to qualify for the then European Cup. The talking point of the game was that Wednesday played three goalkeepers. Kevin Pressman had to go off injured and his replacement,. Matt Clarke, was sent off for handling the ball outside the penalty area. Andy Booth went in between the sticks. However, included in the Wednesday line-up was one Ritchie Humphreys. But that’s another story!!

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