MATCH OF THE DAY: 5-1 win was snow joke for Pools

FROZEN: Ground staff clear snow from the pitch at the Victoria Ground before the fixture against Chester in 1947.
FROZEN: Ground staff clear snow from the pitch at the Victoria Ground before the fixture against Chester in 1947.
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POOLS became the talk of the town on February 8, 1947 - after a rousing 5-1 victory over Chester in Division Three (North).

Ground staff were forced to clear more than a foot of snow from the pitch at Victoria Park just before the match, with local children lending a helping hand.

The dressing room resembled a casualty clearing station. Almost every player suffered cuts and bruises through falls on the ice-bound ground.

Mail report

“The central and goal areas had a rock-like hardness. Even a dog, prancing among the snow-clearers, skidded in performing a sharp turn!” reported the Mail.

But the hard work paid off - as Pools players clocked up their biggest league win of the season; scoring three of their five goals in just nine minutes.

“It was a rousing victory and there are no suggestions of a fluke. Pools’ side of ‘giant-killers’ was not flattered by the margin of victory,” said the Mail.

“This was a bad blow to Chester’s promotion ambitions, and one they will not easily forget. Pools has been the talk of the town - and beyond - this weekend.”

The giant-killing Pools side was thrown together at the last minute - with “lightweight” players specially picked for their speed and agility in bad conditions.

“Both in style and speed Pools outwitted and outpaced their opponents. Chester had cleverness in flashes, but this did not pay against Pools,” stated the Mail.

“In previous games it has not been difficult to find the weak links. In this game solid team work won the day. Eleven players all pulled their weight.

“Every man shared in the win - and Mitchell and Price would be the first to admit that they had splendid support from a tireless half-back line.”

Victory, however, came at a price. Indeed, most of the team ended up with battle wounds due to the grim weather - although none was seriously hurt.

“The dressing room resembled a casualty clearing station. Almost every player suffered cuts and bruises through falls on the ice-bound ground,” added the Mail.

“But those who braved the biting cold to watch the game were well rewarded by an exhibition worth going a long way to see. A big pat on the back to everyone.”