Joel Porter receives hero’s welcome at Hartlepool United reunion celebration

LEGEND: Joel Porter

LEGEND: Joel Porter

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JOEL Porter brought the house down when he made a shock appearance at the Hartlepool United play-off final reunion celebration.

Porter was not expected to attend the bash to mark the 10th anniversary of Pools reaching the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, where they lost 4-2 to Sheffield Wednesday after extra-time.

The Aussie returned to live and play Down Under in 2009, leaving Pools to play for Gold Coast United.

Porter, who formed a lethal front-line combination with Adam Boyd, in the 2004-05 season, was brought to the event in secret and received a massive ovation from a packed audience at the Borough Hall.

The 36-year-old joined his old team-mates, including captain Michael Barron, Ritchie Humphreys, Dimi Konstantopoulos, Micky Nelson, Antony Sweeney, Mark Tinkler, Eifion Williams and Chris Westwood plus manager Neale Cooper, the man who signed him.

Martin Scott and Paul Stephenson, the management team on the day at Cardiff, were notable absentees while midfielder Gavin Strachan was also missing and Jon Daly, one of the scorers, could not attend because he is still playing in Scotland.