LIFE on the road has been tough going for Hartlepool United this season.
Indeed, for everyone connected with the club it has been a long, hard slog.
First and foremost those supporters who spend their hard-earned cash on travel arrangements, hotels, match tickets etc deserve a medal – given some of the rubbish they have witnessed.
Pools have had a solid away following all season and no doubt Ronnie Moore’s players will be backed by a vocal support at Morecambe and Oxford United on Tuesday – seriously, who organises these long midweek away trips?
The players have had it tough too – mind, most of the problems are down to them – but no clean sheet in 22 attempts away from Victoria Park makes grim reading,
No surprise they have won just twice away all season.
Spare a little thought for me too.
Now I know I have one of the best jobs in town (honestly!) but remember I have to share a car with my chauffeur Frank Reid on these long away trips.
He’s a good laugh Frankie (if you get him in a good mood) and he even lets you join in the conversation now and again.
Any medals going spare...
HARTLEPOOL United announced plans for a novel fundraising idea this week – from next season fans can sponsor a square of the pitch at The Vic.
The cash from the sponsorship idea for the 2015-16 season will help the club carry out pitch and ground improvements during the summer, say officials.
The idea was mocked in some quarters but clearly Pools are trying every avenue possible to raise some much-needed investment in the club.
A little more investment in the pitch itself or the players that play on it may have helped this season.
But nevertheless every little helps – or so says the advert for the national supermarket chain – and I’m sure it will prove popular among supporters.
To take part supporters are being asked to sponsor a metre square of the Victoria Park pitch for £10 per square.
In return, fans will get their name on the club website and mentioned in a matchday programme.
Sponsors also get a certificate plus there is a monthly draw for all pitch sponsors and the chance to win some canny prizes.
And if you sponsor the corner or either penalty spot then you get your name read out when a goal comes from that spot.
Just imagine, “Marlon Harewood scores from the Richard Mennear penalty spot”....
FINALLY, I see a lot has been made of the possibility of Premier League Academy U21 teams playing in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy next season.
My initial reaction was that it is hard enough for a side at our level to win a trophy without the Premier League big boys joining the party.
Also, it may make it harder for league clubs to attract the top players on loan if they are actually playing in a ‘proper’ competition.
But while the talks remain ongoing, it seems one thing is clear, money – as ever – will be the deciding factor.
The proposals are said to be “financially beneficial” for League One and Two clubs (although the chances of Pools remaining a League Two club seem bleak).
It will be interesting to see how it pans out.