Questions and answers with the new Pools chairman

Harold Hornsey pictured answering questions at the Boilermakers Club event. On his left was the then Hartlepool Mail Editor Chris Cox and at the other end of the table was Hartlepool Uniteds Billy Horner and Stuart Bagnall.
Harold Hornsey pictured answering questions at the Boilermakers Club event. On his left was the then Hartlepool Mail Editor Chris Cox and at the other end of the table was Hartlepool Uniteds Billy Horner and Stuart Bagnall.
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Delving once again into the Hartlepool Mail archives I came across a selection of pictures taken at the Boilermakers Club in the mid 1990s of what appears to be a question-and-answer night with the then Hartlepool United chairman Harold Hornsey.

Many Pools players and managers have featured in Memory Lane over the years on the pitch, but this selection of pictures show the late chairman talking to the fans about his plans for the club that he had taken over from former chairman Garry Gibson in 1994.

Basically, as all Hartlepool United fans know, the the former Gray’s apprentice and successful businessman stepped in to save the club from possible bankruptcy and went on to see the Cyril Knowles stand built and the Town End redeveloped.

Personally I always found Mr Hornsey to be a very friendly and pleasant chairman to deal with at the club.

And on match days, if he was not in the directors’ seating area, he could be spotted stood watching the match at the back of the Rink End stand.

Sadly Harold Hornsey died in March 2004 leaving the club to be run by the current chairman Ken Hodcroft. What are your memories of Harold Hornsey? Write to Tom Collins at the Mail.