New chapter for Pools fan

Author Malcolm Errington pictured with the Hartlepool United book.
Author Malcolm Errington pictured with the Hartlepool United book.

A DEVOTED Hartlepool United fan has chartered the history of the club in a new book.

Malcolm Errington has spent the past five years pulling together statistics, photographs and stories from the past 104 years for the book titled Hartlepool United – The Complete Record.

The 68-year-old has described the project as a “labour of love” and hopes Pools fans will enjoy the latest book on their favourite club.

The book covers the early years, the war years, the post war years when football attendances were at their peak and glamour cup ties including the 1957 home tie against Manchester United’s Busby Babes.

Pools had to apply for re-election to the Football League on a staggering 11 occasions and that features heavily along with the Brian Clough years, the Harold Hornsey era and more recently the upturn in fortunes under owners IOR.

Malcolm has also pulled together a chapter on the top 100 players, pivotal games in the club’s history and a chapter on all 40 managers to have sat in the dugout at the Clarence Road club.

The 555-page book is part of the well known Breedon series of club histories, which has covered Middlesbrough, Newcastle United and Sunderland in the past and Malcolm’s book now completes the set of current North East Football League clubs.

Malcolm, a retired charted management accountant, said: “I just thought to myself why isn’t there one for Hartlepool United, we should be up there with the big boys.

“The book covers every aspect of Hartlepool United’s history from the early days of the North Eastern League through to membership of the Football League to the present day.

“This really has been a labour of love and I have thoroughly enjoyed putting it together.

“The book is comprehensive and I am really pleased with it.”

Malcolm thanked Bob Watson and Colin Foster for their help as well as the Central Library, in York Road, and the Hartlepool Mail.

He said he spent days on end researching the book inside the library going through old copies of the Mail dating back decades.

Malcolm, who lives in Warkworth Drive with wife Margaret, is dad to Graeme Errington, 34, and Kate Errington, 38.

The grandad-of-two loves to watch Pools from behind the goal in the Town End and the first game he went to watch was against Port Vale in 1953.

He says his favourite all-time player was record goalscorer Ken Johnson, with Cyril Knowles and Billy Horner his favourite managers.

As for the current crop, Malcolm said: “I think the die is cast for this season.

“They need to find promotion form in order to stay up but they have been relegated before and come back up and I’m sure they can do the same.”

The book contains more than 400 photographs and illustrations and every Football League season is covered.

Derby-based DB Publishing has published the book which is available from Atkinson Print, in Church Street, Hartlepool, for £20 or from Amazon.