HARTLEPOOL United fans have been praised by a pair of Portsmouth supporters.
Les Hyson, 79, got in touch with the Mail to say how impressed he is with a group of Poolies who have gotten to know his son Colin well over the last couple of years.
Colin first met the group when Pools were playing away to Portsmouth at Fratton Park and he has stayed in touch with them ever since.
The 50-year-old decided to meet up with the pals he knows as John, Steve, Big Ted, Marty, Paul and Ronnie at the recent Sky Bet League Two match between Pools and Wimbledon at Kingsmeadow.
He took his dad Les along with them and they all met up before the match before going inside the ground to watch the game, a match Pools won 2-1.
Les said: “Colin first met the lads when they travelled down to watch Hartlepool United away at Portsmouth.
“They were getting a bit of bother from some of the Portsmouth fans in the Rifle Club near the ground but Colin said they were good lads and they were welcome to stay.
“Their friendship started then really and Colin has been up to Victoria Park and also met up with some of them in Ukraine when England were playing there.
“He invited me to go to the recent match at Wimbledon with him to meet them and I have to say there was a great camaraderie between them.
“It was a great experience and the Hartlepool United fans were brilliant, I was extremely impressed.
“These are two proper sets of fans from good football clubs.”
Les, of Havant in Hampshire, was married to Ruth Hyson, who was originally from Seaham. Ruth sadly passed away at the start of August, aged 73.
Les added: “They were very friendly towards me and very supportive and seeing those lads from the North East brought back some nice memories of my time up there with Ruth.”