Can't Be Bad!!!


Last month I said “More Consistency Needed”. And, believe it or not, the prayers were answered. Two home victories against Aldershot and Notts County (with two clean sheets); a creditable draw against Boreham Wood and then a victory against Solihull Moors. And what’s more, the games against Boreham Wood and Solihull were against two sides in play off positions.

It's not come about by accident. I’ve never known a recent Pools manager get such a good press on the social media. And Dave Challinor deserves it.

When we sold Peter Kioso to Luton he moved quickly to get a loan replacement and the defence has been strengthened by bringing in Gary Liddle. We’re no longer relying on academy players from Middlesbrough – Dave Challinor’s contacts spread much wider.
"Let’s hope that Dave Challinor doesn’t get Manager of the Month – we can do without that!"

Substutions are also relevant. As well, we’ve been unchanged for four games – another sign of consistency. There’s also variations in our attacking movements. No longer are we pumping so many balls from defence. There’s movement on the ground and that’s the way to put pressure on opposing teams in this league. Let’s hope that Dave Challinor doesn’t get Manager of the Month – we can do without that!

A look at the attendances for last Saturday reveals interesting figures. Boreham Wood attracted 932 spectators of which a third were Poolies. And Solihull Moors attracted the princely sum of 773. How these clubs can survive is beyond me. Pools are doing very well in the attendance stakes – shouldn’t be long before we’re attracting over 4,000.

Mention has been made of the support we’re getting from the North West Corner. It's very welcome and is aided by the existence of a drum. Drums are ok – as long as they’re not right behind you. I remember seeing an England v Sweden women’s international at Pools and the bloody drum was right behind me in the Neale Cooper Stand. Glad when the game was over!

On a personal note, this month is 45 years since we moved to Hartlepool. I’ve never regretted it and have watched Pools with varying success (and failure) over the years. My dad always liked to pay occasional visits to Victoria Park – preceded by a pint in the Mill House. He liked to go there most of all in the 1960s as the landlord was ex-boxer Teddy Gardner. He was still nimble In his later years!

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