Wadsworth hails Pools legend Humphreys

Ritchie Humphreys plays the ball up field. Hartlepool United V M K Dons League1 0-1 19022011. Photograph by FRANK REID
Ritchie Humphreys plays the ball up field. Hartlepool United V M K Dons League1 0-1 19022011. Photograph by FRANK REID
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MICK Wadsworth has praised the “honesty and integrity” of Hartlepool United legend Ritchie Humphreys as he prepares to take his place in the club’s history books.

The 33-year-old moved level with Watty Moore on 472 appearances in the blue and white of Pools during the weekend defeat against MK Dons.

And, should he play some part when Southampton visit Victoria Park tomorrow night, Humphreys will etch his name in Poolie folklore.

“It’s some achievement and record for him,” said Wadsworth.

“It’s remarkable in this age and he’s even played a few games before he came to this club.

“But it’s testimony to the man himself - Ritchie is a real, honest, decent guy.

“I put that above everything about him being a decent footballer and coach.

“The main thing he is a very decent guy, with integrity and honesty and it’s nice to see the good guys get rewarded.

“It doesn’t happen too often these days in football and if anyone deserves it, then it’s him.

“You can see by the reception he gets from the fans week in week out how highly they hold him because they know he is a truly genuine person.”

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