FORMER mascot-turned-Mayor Stuart Drummond admitted he watched the second half of Hartlepool United’s 2-1 victory over Exeter through his fingers.
And after seeing his team pull off football’s very own ‘Great Escape’ he’s glad there will be no last-day drama at Carlisle next weekend.
Now we can look forward to the summer and forget about football for a while.Stuart Drummond, former mascot-turned–Mayor
Former mayor Stuart said: “I think relief is the word more than anything - I spent most of the second half watching the game through my fingers!
“A few months back it looked like we were going to have to prepare for life as a non league team.
“We had a fantastic March and then it seemed we couldn’t find the elusive win we needed. I was certain it was going to go down to the last game, so to be safe now is such a relief.
“We’ve not had much to shout about for the last three or four seasons so it was almost as nice as being promoted.
“Hopefully now over the summer we’ll see some investment and some assurances so we can look ahead.
“For two thirds of the season it looked like we were going down without a fight and that was the hardest thing to take.
“Pools fans have known poor times in the past but teams have always battled. Thankfully Ronnie Moore came in and instilled a fighting spirit. They got up for the fight and that’s what got us through.
“Ronnie Moore has done an inspired job, all credit goes to him. Hopefully we can keep him and can build his own team.
“Everyone can go to Carlisle now and just relax. For the first time this season the pressure is off.
“As a fan you go through the wringer. It’s been one of the most stressful seasons ever.
“Now we can look forward to the summer and forget about football for a while!”