IT was a day to remember for supporters of the “biggest little club in the world”.
That was the message from ecstatic Poolie Phil Dunn after Ronnie Moore’s team secured its Football League status.
It was an amazing feeling, it was like winning promotion.Phil Dunn
There were times this season when Phil, spokesman for HUST, readily admits he questioned his own sanity as one defeat followed another.
But after a 2-1 victory over Exeter, his optimism has returned and he’s even hoping next season will see Hartlepool United trying to get out of League Two in an upwardly direction.
Phil said: “It was an absolutely brilliant day. I couldn’t sleep the night before, I think I managed about one hour’s kip thinking about what might be.
“But when I got to the ground I just had a feeling we would do it. It was cold and grey, windy and raining and I thought that would work to our advantage.
“The atmosphere was phenomenal but those two and a half minutes waiting for the Cheltenham result to come through felt like two and a half hours!
“Everyone was looking at their phones and when the news came through the celebrations were incredible.
“It was an amazing feeling, it was like winning promotion. Some people say there’s nothing to celebrate but it’s such a feeling of relief.
“Now we have the chance to go again next season and with Ronnie Moore in charge we can go places, I’d like to think we’ll be there or thereabouts next season.
“It’s massive for the town. Some clubs have taken years to get back after being relegated.
“It’s a huge thing in terms of status. You cannot overstate the importance of the town having a Football League club.
“People know who we are, look at Jeff Stelling and what he does for our profile every Saturday. It was vital we stayed up.
“I can remember going away to Northampton earlier in the season and seeing us lose. I got to Wetherby that night and just thought ‘What am I doing?’
“You question your own sanity. Days like losing in the FA Cup to Blyth were bad but days like Saturday are why you support them.
“Fans of Manchester United and Manchester City cannot get the feeling we had on Saturday, the feeling that comes from being a lifelong fan of a little club - but we’re the biggest little club in the world!
“Mistakes were made this season but next season can be brighter for us. And we can go to Carlisle and have a real party.
“Hopefully the club now give Ronnie Moore a ten-year contract and the freedom of Hartlepool.
“And they should build a statue of him too!
“If ever there is a candidate for Manager of the Season it is him.”