ANTONY SWEENEY says Hartlepool United’s Cardiff reunion celebration was a “brilliant” idea.
Ten years after Pools agonisingly missed out on promotion to the Championship after a heartbreaking 4-2 League One final defeat at the Millennium Stadium, players, management and fans came back together this evening at the Borough Hall.
“It’s brilliant,” said Sweeney was in the middle of the midfield that day in Cardiff.
“It’s great to have all the lads together again.
“Many of us stay in touch and still see each other but everyone is spread so far and wide now.
“To have us all together is fantastic, we can reminisce about the day and have a few drinks.
“You don’t have to get on with everyone to be a success, just look at the big clubs.
“But here everyone did get on and I think the team spirit was a massive reason behind how well we did.
“The supporters love seeing Ritchie [Humphreys] who was the player of the century and Eifion [Williams] who was big fans favourite, Chris Westwood, Micky Nelson and the like.
“It’s nice everyone is sharing the night at the Borough Hall, players and fans, they were special times.”
The event was the inspiration of supporters Phil Dunn and Andy Wilson.
And aside from celebrating the 10th anniversary of Cardiff, it was also important in that monies raised were going to Hartlepool & District Hospice.
“There is a bigger meaning about tonight and that’s money being raised for charity,” said Sweeney.
“That’s a massive thing.”
The majority of the squad were in attendance at the Headland venue,including skipper Michael Barron, Humphreys, Westwood, Nelson, Adam Boyd, Dimi Konstantopoulos, Mark Tinkler, Matty Robson and John Brackstone.