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GREAT GRANDAD SHOUTY


By this time, the season should have been in full swing. However, this isn't to be and the immediate future is uncertain. How many will be allowed into the grounds and what if we get the nightmare scenario of a second Covid-19? The latter doesn't bear thinking about as footy would probably be one of the first activities to be subject to severe restrictions. 

The delay to the start of the season has no doubt forced many to look for something else to do. In my case, it was reading Jack Charlton's autobiography, doing a Pools related jigsaw puzzle and following Jimmy Anderson's path towards 600 Test wickets. However, my most satisfying activity was looking through programmes of when I saw Pools play away. They certainly brought home the highs and lows of following Pools on the road. Here's a selection.

BRADFORD CITY - 26th NOVEMBER 2005 - A Mark Tinkler strike gave Pools a 1-0 win. Before the game, we stood in silence to remember WPC Sharon Beshenivsky, so cruelly murdered in the course of her duties. After that, we had a two minute clap-in to celebrate the life of George Best who died the previous day.

BRENTFORD - 29th APRIL 2006 - A match Pools had to win to try and secure our League One status. A late goal by Michael Nelson levelled the score but, despite laying siege to the Brentford goal, we couldn't manage the winner. 

BURNLEY - 22nd AUGUST 2006 - A Joel Porter penalty saw Pools defeat the then Championship side and so make for a giant killing act in the League Cup.

CHELTENHAM - 16th FEBRUARY 2008 - The 'poshest' place in the league. A 1-1 draw. Joel Porter scored the equaliser and reckoned it was the best goal he'd scored in Pools' colours. The small band of Poolies gathered there that day wouldn't disagree.

CHESTERFIELD - 16th JANUARY 2001 - Working in Sheffield at the time so a doddle getting there. An entertaining 0-0 draw - defences on top and no yellow or red cards. £5 admission. Seats a bit hard but you can't expect everything for £5.

COVENTRY -16th MARCH 2014 - A 1-0 defeat. I just can't remember anything about this game. Devoid of atmosphere and a pain in the butt getting to the ground and back into Coventry city centre.

EXETER CITY - 3rd OCTOBER 2009 - Wifey wanted to go to Newton Abbot to see her niece and family. So why not go and see Pools play Exeter City? Met up with some Exeter City fans who took me and grandson Joe to the ground and we had a good old natter on the way there. Took the lead from Denis Behan but well beaten in the end 3-1. Left the ground to the strains of The Wurzels singing The Combine Harvester.

HUDDERSFIELD TOWN - 6th November 2007 - Well beaten 2-0. Expectations were high as we'd beaten Millwall away on the Saturday 1-0
"A 2-0 defeat and Pools were never in the game. That's what happens when your manager gets Manager of the Month."

LEICESTER CITY - 27th SEPTEMBER 2008 - A defensive lapse early in the game led to a 1-0 defeat. Difficult to believe now that we were at the ground of future Premier League winners.

LINCOLN CITY - 6th OCTOBER 2006 - A 2-0 defeat and Pools were never in the game. That's what happens when your manager gets Manager of the Month.

LEYTON ORIENT -22nd SEPTEMBER 2007 - The last time I visited London and what a way to go out. Pools beat the top of the table Orient 4-2. A familiar figure in an Orient shirt - Adam Boyd.

NORTHAMPTON TOWN - 12th January 2008 - Not a load of old cobblers from Pools. A 1-1 draw with Pools' equaliser coming from an unlikely quarter - Ben Clark.

PETERBOROUGH UNITED - 23rd September 2006 - What a game as Pools won 5-3. Jon Daly was brilliant.

ROCHDALE - 28th APRIL 2007 - A carnival atmosphere as Pools, already promoted, looked to secure a win to make them League Two champions. Sadly, it all fell apart as Rochdale won 2-0. Richard Barker and Andy Monkhouse sent off and Michael Nelson had to go off injured.

WALSALL - 19th MARCH 2011 - A 5-2 defeat after leading 2-0 into the second half. . The floodgates sure opened. Poolies waiting on Bescot Stadium station after the game chanted "2-0 up and we ****** it up" Back came the reply from the Walsall fans on the opposite platform, "Yes, 2-0 up and you ****** it up."

Quite a few memories - certainly highs and lows!!

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