Hartlepool United Supporters' Trust appoint international umpire Michael Gough as new honorary president
Former Durham cricketer turned umpire Gough, a lifelong Pools fan, will take up the position in January and replaces Eddie Kyle in the role.
A HUST spokesman said Gough recently got in contact with some words of encouragement and was only too delighted to accept the role when he was approached on the back of it.
Gough said “I have been a massive supporter of Pools since my Dad took me when I was a young boy.
"My job of course takes me around the world, but I still always follow the games, listening whenever there is commentary available.
"Family keep me updated too. Pools are are really important to us.
"The situation going on the world is difficult for everyone, and it is so important that the football community comes together to help protect football clubs at our level.”
He added: “I will do everything possible to promote the trust during my term and I firmly believe that having a trust that is democratic, properly ran and audited is the way forward for the stability of our club.
"Any support we can give to Raj Singh and Jeff Stelling is so important for now and in future years.
“One of the reasons why I support HUST is that it is legally regulated and has the backing of the FSA which I know does great work nationally and is on hand to offer specific advice to HUST to help with any situations that arise at Pools.
"As an established organisation it is important that we build on the good work already achieved, and to help the membership numbers increase, and of course the funds in the bank.”
Ron Harnish, HUST chairman, said: “We are delighted that Michael has agreed to step into the role.
"He was already well respected in the town and beyond, but his performances this summer have meant that his stock has risen and we are delighted that someone with such an international reputation has agreed to support us.”