Hartlepool United promotion extra special for family of former chairman credited with saving the club

Hartlepool United’s promotion victory was even more special and poignant for the family of one of its former chairmen.

Sunday, 20th June 2021, 6:53 pm
Updated Sunday, 20th June 2021, 6:55 pm
Celebration as Hartlepool United FC final against Torquay at Hornsey's. Hornsey's owner Spencer Hornsey.
Celebration as Hartlepool United FC final against Torquay at Hornsey's. Hornsey's owner Spencer Hornsey.

Spencer Hornsey, son of the late Harold Hornsey, celebrated the victory with fans at the family-run Seaton Carew bar on Sunday afternoon.

Harold is credited with saving the club when he took control back in June 1994 before selling it to Increased Oil Recovery in 1997.

Spencer visited his dad’s graveside on Sunday morning where someone had left a blue and white wreath and is sure he would have been watching down.

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Harold Hornsey.

He said: “He completely inspired me. This morning I went to his grave and had a few minutes.

“I knew it was going to be a special day. We’re all very happy right now.”

Spencer, who watched the game with his son Ruben, added: “That game was the best game of football I’ve ever seen in my whole life.

"The determination all season that Hartlepool has shown was all in that game.”

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