FOR supporters of Hartlepool United, this, so far, has been a season very much to forget.
Yet, if – and it still remains a big if – we manage to stay above Tranmere Rovers and Cheltenham Town when the final whistle blows in just over a week’s time, then it might yet be a memorable one after all.
Memorable for the fact that, just a few weeks ago Pools appeared to be dead and buried as far as League Two football was concerned.
The Conference loomed large on the horizon, and we seemed incapable as a team – despite the continued support of thousands of Proud Poolies – to do anything about it.
Yet, from somewhere hope suddenly sprang eternal with those four back-to-back wins, and the much-talked about Great Escape seemed on.
Unfortunately, someone “found the tunnel” and the players, for whatever reason, have conspired to turn our escape to victory into the longest day (if it all goes down to the Carlisle match, it will seem like it).
However, in spite of recent poor performances, the fans have remained steadfast, giving their all to try to will their team to safety.
So on Saturday, I am calling on all Poolies, regular match-day-goers and all you fair-weather supporters to fill the Vic – and cheer the boys to victory.
There’s no doubting the passion and commitment that has come from the terraces and the stands in the light of some abject performances this season.
If we can give even more for this coming 90 minutes, then perhaps the penny will finally drop with (some of) the players as to how much our club, and league safety, means to us.
Five thousand standing shoulder to shoulder to sing the blue and whites to victory.
With the reduced ticket prices, let’s make it 6,000 or even 7,000 and get the Vic rocking like we used to do on those long-ago Friday nights.