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Sweeney Set To Make Carlisle Switch

20 June 2014

Long-serving Pools midfielder Antony Sweeney is set to leave the Club after agreeing terms on a move to Carlisle United.

The 30-year-old came through the ranks at Victoria Park and went on to make his First Team debut at just 18 when he was a late substitute in a 3-0 win over York City in October 2001.

Sweeney went on to make the starting eleven for the first game of 2002/03 but it wasn’t until the end of the following campaign when the attacking midfielder really began to make his mark.

Handed a run in the First Team by then boss Neale Cooper, Sweeney found his feet and chipped in with his first goals for the Club – including one in the dramatic play-off semi-final defeat at Bristol City in May 2004.

He carried that momentum in to the following campaign and was a key performer as he grabbed fifteen goals in all competitions as Pools made it to the League One Play-Off Final.

He was the Club’s top scorer in 2010/11 when he contributed another 14 as Pools continued to establish themselves in League One and he went on to win the Fans’ Player of the Year Award.

Sweeney hit the net a further nine times during 2011/12, continuing to show his expertise in drifting in to the box and getting on the end of things.

At the start of last term he was given the captain’s armband by new boss Colin Cooper but he suffered terrible luck when he was struck down by injury in the first home game and struggled to regain his place in the side on return to fitness.

His misfortune was summed up when he suffered another injury after coming on as a substitute against Mansfield Town in March – it proved to be his last game in blue and white.

In all, Sweeney scored 62 goals during an incredible 444 appearances for Pools in all competitions to sit third in the all-time rankings behind Watty Moore (472) and Ritchie Humphreys (543).

Everybody at Victoria Park would like to wish him all the very best in his future career.

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