Any Other Business


MERVYN THE MONKEY mops up



Well, nothing much changed. Pools duly finished fourth, given that, with no relegation and furloughing of players being an option, the lower half of the league provided less opposition than is normal in the closing stages.

So both Pools and Stockport inevitably won their final matches and the Hatters inevitably took third place. With the playoffs being little more than a lottery, Pools' chances are 50/50 for each match meaning they have a 12.5% chance of going up.

At least having a full week between matches should give time to recover should Pools beat Bromley, and Pools don't have to play on their plastic pitch again.

Since Pools seem to have "gone for it" this season, playoffs failure may leave the club in a perilous situation afterwards, but we'll have to cross that bridge when we come to it, and for now just wish the club all the best in their final three matches of the season.



We recently learned of a large prehistoric dog, now extinct, the Borophagus. Its claim to fame is that it could crush bones to extract the bone marrow.

We don't know what to do with that information but one of our regular contributors, who definitely isn't a Boro fan, may well have some idea.



So who do you think was the player of the season? Rhys Oates was given the accolade but probably half of the regular players from the latter half of the season could have been in with a shout.

Gary Liddle has been a rock, which has been proved whenever he didn't play
Nicky Featherstone has been reliably good and sometimes very impressive in midfield
Luke Armstrong gave Pools' promotion challenge the momentum it needed
Rhys Oates confounded everyone's expectations by becoming a good striker
Jamie Sterry's marauding runs and crosses created havoc for the opposition

You could also give honourable mentions to:

Ryan Johnson who is solid at the back and always a threat up top
Gavan Holohan who often seems to be not achieving much but scores regularly
Lewis Cass who is maturing into a class full-back
David Ferguson who is the left wing equivalent of Jamie Sterry

Let's hope most of them will be still with us next season.



So now that Monkey Business's big day has been duly celebrated, let's hope that it'll be Pools' turn (and that of every Poolie) to celebrate on June 20th.




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