The Club are pleased to announce that the press box at Victoria Park has now been named “The Paul Mullen Press Box” in dedication to our former Media Manager.
It is ten years ago today that Paul passed away following a battle with Motor Neurone Disease and Club staff were keen to do something fitting to mark this particular anniversary and to keep his memory alive.
Paul – who was the co-founder of Pools’ fanzine Monkey Business – began work at The Vic in the late 1990s when he pioneered the Club’s Official Website and brought professionalism to media affairs.
Chairman Ken Hodcroft appointed Paul to his role as Media Manager at Pools in 1998, and admitted that it proved to be a very good decision for the Club.
“There was no central Football League network of websites at the time so Paul focused on setting-up a stand-alone site, which was quite a task!” Hodcroft commented.
“Many people told him it wouldn’t catch on because fans had a Saturday evening sports paper in Hartlepool at the time and match reports were in the Hartlepool Mail and Northern Echo on a Monday. Smart phone were not even an idea at the time!
“However, not too much further down the line we were then producing match commentaries via a website which was unheard of at the time.”
Paul took the Media Manager position very seriously and he was also a big fan of Pools, travelling to most of the Club’s away games.
He continued working for the Club until 2004, his final game being the epic play-off semi-final against Bristol City at Ashton Gate.
Chief Executive Russ Green was frequently a passenger with Paul on the way to games in those days and he too has great memories of his time at The Vic.
“I knew Paul really well and he was really the trail-blazer of our media department,” explained Green.
“He was the first man on board who got things going and the HUFC website was his vision because I don’t think anyone really understood the Internet and how much of a role it would play in our future.
“I think he made sure we were one of the most forward-thinking Football Clubs at the time and I feel that naming the press box after him is a nice tribute to what he put in to the Club.
“I’m also pretty sure he’d have been proud to have a press box like the one we have now considering what he had to work with and the size of it when he started!”
A special plaque has been produced which will be fitted to the Paul Mullen Press Box prior to Saturday’s game against Shrewsbury Town.