‘Pools’ survival is good for whole of Hartlepool’

Hartlepool United manager Ronnie Moore celebrating at the end of the lap of honour for Pools after the 2-1 win over Exeter City which saw Pools retain their Football League status. Picture by FRANK REID
Hartlepool United manager Ronnie Moore celebrating at the end of the lap of honour for Pools after the 2-1 win over Exeter City which saw Pools retain their Football League status. Picture by FRANK REID

HARTLEPOOL is still buzzing from Pool’s relegation battle at the weekend which saw the team fight to hold its place in League Two.

The Mail spoke to people in the town to see what Hartlepool United’s triumph meant to them.

Sue Dawson. Picture by FRANK REID

Sue Dawson. Picture by FRANK REID

Blue and white supporter Michelle McKenna was at the match on Saturday.

“I was more nervous than excited,” she said. “I had butterflies all day.

“I thought we’d done it until they scored that equaliser. Once they got that thought ‘we’ve lost it.

“But it was absolutely amazing. We defended that goal for 45 minutes and it was hard at times.”

Ken Dawson. Picture by FRANK REID

Ken Dawson. Picture by FRANK REID

She added: “It’s extremely important for Hartlepool to have a professional football club. We don’t have enough fans in this town and if we’d gone into the Conference League it would have been negative all round.”

Dad-of-one Kevin Fox said agreed saying: “It’s good for the town, we need a football club, and I think it’s good that they’ve stayed up.

“It would be a sad state of affairs if they did go down.

“I know the lads I work with are all Hartlepool season ticket holders and they are over the moon that they’ve stayed up.

Kevin Fox. Picture by FRANK REID

Kevin Fox. Picture by FRANK REID

“I think Ronnie Moore has done a great job in keeping the team up.”

He added: “Every week football games bring different sets of people here to show off what the town’s about.”

Ken Dawson said he was also happy about it.

He said: “Considering a few months ago they were so many points behind, to pull it back is good for us.

Michelle McKenna. Picture by FRANK REID

Michelle McKenna. Picture by FRANK REID

“It makes me feel good.

“I thought we were going to go down definitely.

“It makes the town happy, the football fans happy, and me happy!”

Ex professional footballer-turned-businessman Graham Richardson believes Moore has done a “superb job.”

He told the Mail: “It’s an excellent achievement.

“I’d like to think the club has learned lessons from what’s gone on this year and put things in place to make sure it doesn’t happen again.”

Graham Richardson. Picture by FRANK REID

Graham Richardson. Picture by FRANK REID

He admitted that he was not hopeful that the team would clinG to League Two.

“To be honest, I thought that being 10 points adrift it would be too long a way to catch up,” he said. “But obviously whatever he did worked and full credit to the man.”

He added: “It’s very important because it keeps the town on the map. It’s vitally important that we keep the tradition and the club in the football league.”

Die-hard fan Carl Steadman said he was “relieved”.

He said: “I’m absolutely ecstatic that we stayed up. The atmosphere was electric.

“We were so far adrift. What Ronnie’s done to get the lads fighting, and that’s the word, fighting, to stay up it just brilliant.

“It hasn’t been attractive football and it hasn’t been brilliant at times but what matters is that we are in the football league and we go to Carlisle next week with smiles on our faces.”

Sue Dawson, who is not an avid Pools supporter herself, was happy to see the team save itself from limping into the Conference League.

She said: “It’s good for the town and it’s good for the people.

“My husband is a keen footballer and our grandsons all love their football.

“We’ve lived here all of our lives and we do think it’s a good thing.

“I wouldnt like to see them go down.”

Carl Steadman. Picture by FRANK REID

Carl Steadman. Picture by FRANK REID

Hartlepool United manager Ronnie Moore celebrating in front of the Pools fans after the 2-1 win over Exeter City which saw Pools retain their Football League status. Picture by FRANK REID

Hartlepool United manager Ronnie Moore celebrating in front of the Pools fans after the 2-1 win over Exeter City which saw Pools retain their Football League status. Picture by FRANK REID