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Here’s the result of my latest journey to the attic, a programme from the away game at Roots Hall in the 1985/86 season.

Pools lost 3-2 to Southend, with Pools' goals by Walker and Borthwick.

A few interesting facts from this match:
Bobby Moore was the Southend manager at the time and Frank Lampard senior (the Chelsea manager's dad) was playing for them.
The changes to the Pools line up printed in the programme were: 2 – Keith Nobbs; 8 – Alan Shoulder; 9 – John Borthwick and 11 – Kevin Dixon.

Note that in those days nobody worried about the away team's details being correct in programmes, since there'd be few away fans to spot any errors - otherwise John Berthwick and Keith Knobbs may have been spelled correctly!

That was, for Pools, a good season, finishing 7th. Unfortunately no play-offs in those distant days.

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