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Hartlepool United legend can’t wait to see daughter play at The Vic for England

Former Hartlepool United defender Keith Nobbs and his daughter Jordan who is set to play in England Womens's international against Sweden at Victoria Park.

Former Hartlepool United defender Keith Nobbs and his daughter Jordan who is set to play in England Womens's international against Sweden at Victoria Park.

A HARTLEPOOL United legend admits seeing his daughter wearing the Three Lions shirt as she steps out onto the turf he used to grace will be one of his proudest moments.

Jordan Nobbs is set to follow in the footsteps of her father, Pools favourite Keith, and play at Victoria Park when England take on Sweden on Sunday, August 3.

Arsenal midfielder Jordan, 21, already has 11 England caps, scoring three goals and is hoping to play on the ground where her no-nonsense defender dad made 327 appearances for Pools between 1985 and 1993.

Jordan, who has been named in the provisional squad, was too young to see her dad play a match at The Vic but was a regular visitor as a youngster once he’d retired and she took part in the community summer-schools he organised.

Keith, 52, said: “It will be a very proud moment seeing Jordan play in an England shirt at Hartlepool.

“It would be lovely, I had a great connection with the crowd here.

“She will be really excited, she knows all about the history of me playing here.”

It is England’s last match before a crucial qualifier against Wales, on August 21, where one point will see England qualify for the FIFA 2015 Women’s World Cup in Canada.

Jordan said: “Growing up I never thought I would get to play at Victoria Park - where my dad used to play.

“My dad has been a massive inspiration for me and it would be a great moment if I can be part of that England team.

“I watched a lot of Hartlepool games when I was younger, most of my childhood football was playing in Hartlepool, at my dad’s football in the community events.

“After every Saturday we would then come to The Vic to watch the games. I used to love watching and Hartlepool will always be one of my favourite teams.

“I was unlucky not to see my dad play so it would be great to play on the same pitch as him, he will be really proud.”

The Arsenal midfielder scored in the Gunners’ 2013 FA Cup final win over Bristol producing a player of the match performance and scored on her England debut against Italy in the 2013 Cyprus Cup.

Keith, who was part of the promotion-winning Pools team in 1991 and is now Pools’ Community Sports Foundation Officer, scored one goal for Pools during his time at the club, at The Vic, against Aldershot in 1985.

He hopes his daughter will be able to match - or even better - his record when England come to town.

Keith, whose wife Kerry and son Liam will also be at the match, added: “Jordan is a very exciting player, she has a great attitude, very committed and she scores goals.

“The crowd pick up on that especially at the Vic and the only advice I could give her is to play her natural game. To have the game here is excellent for the town.

“We’ve done a lot of work promoting Girls Under 14 and 15 football in partnership with the Football League and the Durham FA in the last few months, for the club it’s fantastic.”

Ex-Sunderland Ladies player Jordan, recently returned from a back injury which has sidelined her since February. England take on Sweden on Sunday August 3, kick-off at 2pm.

The final 23-strong squad will be named on July 21.

Tickets are on sale now priced at £5 for adults and £2.50 for children.

They can be purchased by calling (01429) 272584, via TheFA.com’s ticketing page or at the Hartlepool United ticket office.

* See SportMail for a preview of the match at Victoria Park.

 

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