Kelly’s Eye on Hartlepool United: Sponsor a Pools player

GOING HALL THE WAY FOR POOLS: Darren Holden clears the ball off the line against Southend United at Roots Hall. Picture by FRANK REID

GOING HALL THE WAY FOR POOLS: Darren Holden clears the ball off the line against Southend United at Roots Hall. Picture by FRANK REID

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FIRSTS. We always tend to remember them, don’t we?

In no particular order, our first pay packet, first Pools match, first girlfriend, first kiss.

Not that I’ve had that many kisses.

Being too fat, too short and too ugly, romantic interludes have been infrequent.

I think John Major was prime minister when I had my first kiss and Tony Blair was ruining the country, sorry, running the country when I had the last one.

But I remember the first Pools player I sponsored. I can’t recall the second year, but I know the first.

It was a lively young striker called Paul Thompson, around the 1993-94 sort of time.

Myself and then colleague Neil Watson had put together a nice little book called Up the Pools. You may hace seen it and I still have a copy or 10 left in me garage if anyone is interested?

Putting a few quid into Pools was a way of saying thanks for their help and support with our project.

Pools are currently inviting people to sponsor the kit of the squad of 2013-14 for a bargain price of 99 quid, plus VAT.

When Up the Pools sponsored Thomo, all we got I think was a certificate and our name in the programme.

At least now, you get to own the shirt your player wears come the end of the campaign.

Pools have a number of players who are still unsponsored. Why not give it a go?

Home & Away: Scott Flinders, Sam Collins, Jordan Richards, Greg Rutherford, Darren Holden, Lewis Hawkins, Josh Rowbotham, Dan Jones, Nialle Rodney

Away: Jonathan Franks, Michael Duckworth

If you fancy any of those fine players, so to speak, call Natalie in the commercial department on (01429) 27584 (option 3) or email commercial@hartlepoolunited.co.uk.