KELLY’S EYE ON POOLS: Time for Pools to get a Special result

CHRIS SAVES THE DAY: The Footy Mail from 15 years ago
CHRIS SAVES THE DAY: The Footy Mail from 15 years ago

THERE are things this fat fool misses.

Mainly my parents and a few good friends who are no longer around.

On a professional level, if a talentless oaf like me can call himself that, I miss the Mail Sports Special or the ‘Footy Mail’ to 99 per cent of you people out there who are 30-plus.

Mind you if you are under 30 you might have to ask someone of more senior years what it was.

Long before the internet, mobiles, smart phones, Gillette Soccer Saturday on Sky and all that jazz, there was only one place on a Saturday to get all your Pools and sporting info – the Mail Sports Special. It would come out just before 6pm that night.

It would carry a Pools match report and pictures and we’d have reporters at all the other North-East games, plus the rugby and non league.

Now you can just go on your phone to find out pretty much whatever you want.

Back in 1999, the Sports Special was reporting on Hartlepool United’s last battle for Football League survival as Chris Turner’s side.

Almost 15 years to the day, a Pools team featuring Michael Barron, Darren Knowles, Tommy Miller and Peter Beardsley beat Scarborough 3-0 at the Vic in the second bottom v bottom clash. In those days, only one club was relegated.

Chris Freestone scored twice and Paul Baker added a late third and Pools went on to survive with something to spare.

Kelly’s Eye doesn’t know whether it’s just the passing of time, but I could have sworn there was a bigger gate than 5,098.

When Pools this week announced the brilliant venture of Pack the Park for Easter Monday’s match with Morecambe, my mind went back to the Pools v Scarborough showdown.

Wouldn’t it be great I thought if there could be another crowd like that?

To be honest, having checked my facts (not like me I know) I would be a bit disappointed if Pools could not better that figure.

It’s Easter Monday, there’s nowt else to go and watch, and Pools need a huge crowd to inspire them to victory over the Shrimps.

It’s only a fiver, I might even have a look in myself.

Yes, it’s a shock it has come to this, especially given Pools were ninth on March 1, just five points shy of the top seven.

But that is what happens when you take zero pints from a possible 15.

Pools though have made progress this season.

They have some bright young players – and a few of more senior years – under a bright, young manager and next year I think you will see Pools grow, just as they did in 1999-00 under Turner.

The current squad have just ran out of gas, that’s all.

Pools need a hand just to get to safety. Will you go and give them a cheer today?