Haircuts, goals and loan signings: Part one of Liam Kennedy's quirky A-Z look at Hartlepool United's 2018/19 season

2018/19 was another year of transition for Hartlepool.

Monday, 6th May 2019, 10:35 am
Updated Monday, 6th May 2019, 10:36 am
Part one of our A-Z of Hartlepool United's season

The change, and uncertainty that goes with it, was not off the field this time at least. Instead, that shift came in the dugout and on the pitch. While 2017/18 was known for financial difficulty, ownership change and a threadbare squad due to a transfer embargo, last season saw plenty of players come and go, three managerial changes but Raj Singh remain a constant source of funds and security. Looking back over the National League season that was, our Pools writer Liam Kennedy gives a quirky take on the last 12 months at Pools with a two-part A to Z. Below is A to M, with N to Z in tomorrow's Mail.

Under new owner Raj Singh the prospect of this happening seems as far away as it has for some time. The owner is committed to Pools for the long-term.
His appointment was a risk and in the end it did not work out. At the time it was definitely a risk worth taking, as he had more than earned the right to manage the club on a full-time basis.
It's all change at Pools from this summer with the club shop revamp well underway. It will have an entrance straight off Clarence Road for the start of the new season.

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It's an instrument, when brought into the football fans' habitat can evoke rage. Many criticised at first, but it's created a tremendous atmosphere. Long may it continue.
Richard Money was one of the worst things to ever happen to Hartlepool. But, that decision, ensured Craig Hignett got the managers job, something that probably could, and should, have happened when he arrived.
A player who divides opinion but is loved by manager Hignett. His contract is up at the end of the season and the fanbase is split as to whether
Pools only hit the back of the net three times more in 18/19 than they did the year previous but they looked a whole lot more likely to score under manager Hignett than at any other time since he last left the club.
Liam Noble almost as many haircuts this season as Pools managed wins. Never change. He also ended the season as Pools' top-scorer with 13 goals from midfielder.
I'd be shocked if there is not considerable interest in Hartlepool's bright young hope Josh Hawkes. The likes of Middlesbrough, Sunderland, Leeds United and Newcastle United have looked at him in the past.
Scott Loach has become a 'have gloves will travel' type player having left Watford but he's really found a home at the Super 6 Stadium.
BLK have been bombed out after a disastrous two years as kit supplier to Hartlepool. From next season it will Irish firm O'Neills. This is no slight on the new boys but they're starting from a low base.
It's not always been a market Pools have used all that well in the past, but this time around they got it just right. Luke Molyneux was easily one of the best loans they've produced in years, and Nicke Kabamba was not too far behind.
This season was a near mirror image to last season. Pools managed just three more points, finished two places lower (17th) and scored three more goals.