Ex-Plymouth Argyle winger Nathan Thomas out to spoil Home party with Hartlepool United

Nathan Thomas. Picture by FRANK REID
Nathan Thomas. Picture by FRANK REID

Nathan Thomas says Hartlepool United’s players want to get in on the end-of-season fun by winning at Plymouth Argyle.

The gifted forward is marvelling at the fact that Pools fans are turning out in ‘force’ as Stormtroopers at Home Park for the last League Two fixture.

I played Pools on the last game of the season when the fans were Thunderbirds


But he says the players are keen to put on a show on the field too.

“I think we can go there and spoil their party,” said the 21-year-old who is returning to one of his former clubs.

“It’s a great finish to the season because they will sell it out – hopefully we can get a result.

“Plymouth are pushing for promotion so it will be a great game for everyone to play.

“It’s good to be up against one of the best teams in the league again.

“We can go and have a right good go, we haven’t got anything to lose.”

Pools fans will don Star Wars costumes this Saturday as they continue the tradition of fancy-dress-finale.

And Thomas has vivid memories of the 2014 Plymouth v Pools season-ending contest – he was on the Argyle bench that sunny April afternoon.

“It’s always brilliant,” said the Middlesbrough-born star.

“I played Pools on the last game of the season when the fans were Thunderbirds.

“I can remember another year it was oompa loompas!

“It’s absolutely brilliant. For the amount of people that do it is fantastic, how do they organise it?!

“They’ll have a great weekend and hopefully we can put a performance on for them because it a long away.

“I used to travel it all the time when I was playing at Plymouth and it is an incredible distance.”

Thomas will be looking to impress against his former team at Home Park.

The ex-Sunderland winger had a mixed afternoon when he came up against Mansfield Town last month.

Thomas was insatiable down the left though he was yellow-carded by referee Graham Salisbury after celebrating with gusto, leading to some pushing and shoving between several old team-mates.

The Stags fans in the Rink End also took exception, hurling some fearful abuse and directing chants at their former winger.

“Plymouth are up there and it’ll be a great atmosphere,” he said.

“When Home Park is rocking it’s brilliant.

“I enjoyed the Mansfield game at home, another one of my former teams, although that was a bit shady at times!

“You always want to get one over your former team.

“At Mansfield, maybe I didn’t play as much as I deserved to.

“Plymouth was a similar story so hopefully I can go there and upset a few of their fans!”