Legend John still proud to be a Poolie

john mcgovern
john mcgovern

HARTLEPOOL United legend John McGovern will always be proud to be a Poolie.

Despite being born in Scotland, John grew up on the Central estate in Hartlepool after his family moved south when he was aged just seven.

He was spotted by Pools scouts as a youngster and played 72 games, scoring five goals, in his three-year spell at The Vic from 1965-68.

John famously followed Brian Clough to Derby County and then Nottingham Forest, where he lifted the European Cup on two occasions.

Now based in Sheffield and working as a media analyst covering Nottingham Forest on the radio, John was back in town last week for a fundraising dinner in aid of Billingham Town.

But before heading to Billingham, he couldn’t resist a look around his old stamping ground and took time to look up some old friends.

John said: “I was just a kid playing football with my mates on the Central Estate and I remember jumping on my bike and being so excited to learn the game with Pools.

“I always look out for their result each week and I owe them so much – from the Central Estate to holding the European Cup aloft was quite a journey!

“It’s always nice to come back to the town and see some familiar faces.”

Why not take your chance to show your passion about your town?

All we want you to do is pick up a copy of our new poster from the Hartlepool Mail reception or download it from our website at www.hartlepoolmail.co.uk It contains the slogan Proud To Be A Poolie.

Take it with you whenever you go on holiday or go away for a short break.

Have your photograph taken with the poster and send it to us so that we can publish it – and show that you have helped to spread the Hartlepool word.

Send your photos to the Mail newsdesk, Hartlepool Mail, New Clarence House, Wesley Square, Hartlepool, TS24 8BX, or log onto www.hartlepoolmail.co.uk

Our Proud To Be A Poolie campaign has so far reached:

AUSTRALIA: Melbourne; Laurieton, New South Wales; Sydney; Queensland; Darwin; Broome.

BRAZIL: Sugar Loaf Mountain

CANADA: Langley City; British Columbia.

CARIBBEAN: Cayman Islands; Grenada; British Virgin Islands.

CHINA: Hong Kong.

CYPRUS: Paphos.



FRANCE: La Rochelle; Cherbourg

HOLLAND: Amsterdam

IRELAND: Waterford.

ITALY: St Peter’s Square, Rome; Pisa.

LAOS: Nam Yone Village.

MALDIVES: Kuredu Island.


NEW ZEALAND: Whangamata Bay, North Island.

PORTUGAL: Funchia, Vilamoura.

SCOTLAND: Gretna Green.


SPAIN: Benidorm; Bilbao; La Coruna; Marbella, Canary Islands.

TUNISIA: Port el Kantaoui

TURKEY: Icmeler; Istanbul; Marmaris.

UK: Bakewell, Derbyshire; Crimdon; London; Derby; Hartlepool Marina; Summerhill, Hartlepool; Northamptonshire; Tonbridge, Kent; Alrewas, Staffordshire, Cadbury’s World, Birmingham, Goathland, North Yorkshire, where Heartbeat TV show is set; Manchester Arena; Liverpool; Billingham

USA: Tombstone, Arizona; Las Vegas; New York City; Gracelands, Memphis; The Alamo, San Antonio, Texas, Disney Land; Twin Falls, West Virginia.

UAE: Dubai.