Not Bad!!


Well, September wasn't a bad month was it? We maintained our unbeaten home record and secured a point away from home.

The home point against Exeter was well deserved. The creativity was first class and we certainly put the Exeter defence under pressure - eleven corners providing the necessary evidence. Shame we couldn't have made at least one of them count.

October will be a challenging month. Home fixtures against Harrogate and Northampton Town will be a stern test. Let's hope we can get the injured players back.

The big news of last week was, of course, Dave Challinor signing a three-year contract. It put an end to the uncertainty and provided stability to the club. Let's hope he can go from strength to strength with Pools. The problem is, of course, that if he continues to do well, the vultures (probably League One clubs) will gather ready to swoop. Previous managers who have done well at Pools (Brian Clough, Len Ashurst, Chris Turner and Danny Wilson) all went off to richer pastures and this is an inevitable part of the game. Still, with a three-year contact, at least we'll be able to claim compensation!!
"Still, with a three-year contact, at least we'll be able to claim compensation!!"

Speaking of Len Ashurst, it was sad to read of his death last week at the age of 82. I had the pleasure of meeting Lenny the Lion at Pools some years ago. I introduced him to Grandson Joe and Len shook his hand and signed his autograph book and gave him a few words of encouragement. A true gentleman.

The same week also saw the death of Len Ashurst's coach and trainer, Tony Toms. An ex-Royal Marine commando, Tony had the Pools' squad on assault course at Catterick Camp. Later on, he served in the same capacity at Sheffield Wednesday with Len Ashurst and Jack Charlton. On one occasion, after Wednesday were in a bad run, he had the squad camping out on a moor just outside Sheffield. It had the desired effect - Wednesday won their next game.

Finally, yet another club is in trouble - this time its Oldham Athletic. To restrict home fans from buying tickets is an extreme measure and we can only hope that the enquiry head by Tracey Crouch MP will come up with the answer to clubs falling into the hands of owners who alienate supporters. Quite clearly, the EFL don't seem to police the clubs.

Are you keeping an eye on the National League? I suppose it's force of habit and let's hope that Chesterfield can maintain their early promise and get automatic promotion. Another not-too-far-away game.

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