Part Two of our look at Hartlepool United's 2018/19 season
Our Hartlepool United writer Liam Kennedy has taken a look at the last 12 months, and what the future may hold for Pools, using an A-Z as the framework. Here's his quirky take on goings on at the Super 6 Stadium, including a look at contracts, a style of play transformation and a moment of 'what could have been' from 2018:
From what Hartlepool have faced this season, even the teams at the top who are set to miss out on promotion, Pools have absolutely nothing to fear. On their day they've matched anyone and everyone.
Pools will be releasing their retained list soon. For the record it happened around two weeks after the end of the season last year. And it could be the case that a whole host of players are allowed to leave.
To a large extent the pressure has been off Craig Hignett when he has been in the Hartlepool dugout. but next season promotion will be very much the topic of conversation.
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Questions will be asked of Pools and Hignett if achievements aren't matched next season. My biggest fear is that Hignett may face the sack by his good friend and then the fun for everyone might stop suddenly.
This, for me, is the season that YOU got YOUR club back. Things might not have gone to plan, far from it, but there was a distinct change of mood in the fanbase.
It's fair to say Pools' armband was shared about a bit last season. Andrew Davies. Liam Noble, Nicky Featherstone, Scott Loach, Carl Magnay, and Ryan Donaldson all held the armband.
Luke Williams felt like he was just a fortnight away from getting out on the park last season. As we all know, it just never happened. Fingers crossed that changes next season.
Hartlepool United playing money for a player from another club is almost unheard of in recent memory. They did just that when they signed Fraser Kerr from cash-strapped National League rivals Gateshead.
Pools recorded just one more win - 15 - last season, compared to their debut campaign in the National League. They'll need to improve massively to be in with a top seven shout next season.
Rarely, if ever, will Pools experience weather conditions and a gale force wind like they encountered at AFC Fylde in March. For one of the goals the ball blew back into the box on to the home striker's head.
Pools came within an inch of knocking League One Gillingham out of the FA Cup after a replay but a handball and subsequent penalty equaliser saw the Gills win after 30 minutes of extra time.
This was the year that a number of age groups were cut from the club's academy due to the financial implications of dropping out of the Football League and losing parachute payments.
Some of Pools football at the start of the campaign nearly sent this reporter to sleep. Under Hignett, those days are long gone.