Former Newcastle United defender Jamie Sterry reveals goal scoring bet with Hartlepool United teammate
Of all the things on the line in Sunday’s play-off final at Ashton Gate, Jamie Sterry’s Apple watch is comfortably one of the smallest.
Oates 76th minute strike was his 17th of the campaign and third in Pools’ two play-off matches so far.
“What was going through my mind was ‘don’t shoot’ or go back on your right foot and shoot,” Sterry said after the game when discussing Oates’ goal.
He then revealed that Oates had actually lost the initial bet which has since been amended for the play-offs.
“Oatesy has been tremendous this season and I’ve had a little bet with him that I’d give him my Apple watch if he scored 15 goals in the league,” the Hartlepool number 23 added.
"He didn’t get there (he scored 14) but I made another bet where if he scored three in the three play-off games then I’d give him it.”
Oates helped Pools progress in the play-offs with a brace in the 3-2 eliminator round win over Bromley at Victoria Park before scoring the crucial goal to set up Pools’ place in the final at Ashton Gate on Sunday (2pm kick-off).
“That last Bromley game didn’t count because it was two goals in one game so he’s got to score again next week to get it!" Sterry laughed.
“It’s just a bit of fun, a bit of banter and he’s been tremendous this season. As long as we win next week he can have it.”