No old pals act when York City keeper Scott Flinders takes on Hartlepool United

Scott Flinders
Scott Flinders

Sam Collins is looking forward to renewing aquaintences with old friend and team-mate Scott Flinders – but still hopes Hartlepool United “put a few goals past him.”

Flinders skippered Pools to safety last season in the club’s amazing great escape act but turned down the offer of a reduced-terms contract in the summer.

Scott was different class when he was here – he’s a good lad and a good pro.


The Yorkshireman was outstanding in goal for Pools, as he was throughout his entire six seasons at Victoria Park, but now he stands as York City’s last line of defence at Bootham Crescent tomorrow.

“It will be good to see him,” said Collins.

“He had a good few years here. He was great for us.

“But these things happen in football, people move on and personnel changes.

“He’s gone to a new club and I’m sure he’ll be keen to do well.

“Scott was different class when he was here – he’s a good lad and a good pro.

“But that won’t change the fact that we’ll go there looking to put a few goals past him!”

Flinders made more than 250 appearances for Pools, earning the reputation as one of the best keepers the club has had – certainly one of the longest-serving.

The 29-year-old has only played twice for new club York but has earned instant fame after his heroics in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday night.

Flinders saved penalties from Tony McMahon and Christopher Routis as the Minstermen beat Bradford City 4-2 on spot-kicks after the tie had finished 2-2 after extra-time.