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Pools Capturing Imagination In New York

7 January 2015

A group of die-hard football fans are helping to spread the passion for Pools across the pond in America after setting up a brand new Supporters Club in New York!

Patrick Finley, an attorney in New York City, has been an avid fan of football from a young age and he and his friends have become hooked an all things Pools after deciding to set-up USA Pools back in November.

Since then, membership of the group has grown to ten people and they gather at a bar in Garden City for every game to follow coverage of Pools in their battle for League Two survival.

“I grew up playing soccer here in New York and have been following the English Premier League for over a decade now,” explained Patrick.

“In the last few months I became interested in learning more about the English game beyond the Premier League. This caused me to turn towards League One and League Two and some of England's historic clubs.

“Hartlepool's crest initially caught my eye with the words "the town's club" underneath the ship's wheel and I began to do some research on the Club. This research lead me to the grounds. I absolutely love the look of The Vic. 

“From there I started to look into the supporters. I quickly fell in love with the passion of the supporters and had to share it with my friends and family here. Everything seemed to fall in place.  

“I'm part of a group that meets on Saturday and Sunday mornings at Prost Bar in Garden City. We are all passionate about the game and get up early to watch the EPL matches together.

“I walked into the bar a few weeks ago and told the guys about Hartlepool, some of the history of the club, the never say die attitude of the supporters and they immediately got on board. 

“We decided on the spot to form a supporters group and this the USA Pools were born. The management at Prost shared our enthusiasm and that’s how Prost became our official bar.”

The first meeting of USA Pools saw around five members gather to follow the game against Wycombe Wanderers on 29th November as they tried to stay up to date on their mobile phones.

Since then they’ve signed up to Pools Player and now get together to listen to live commentaries of the games, and were also able to watch live as Pools took on Blyth Spartans in the FA Cup last month.

“When we initially started there were about five of us so we've doubled in just the last few weeks. We're hoping to grow a little more with each passing week,” said Patrick.

“We've met seven times so far.  Our biggest event so far was viewing the Second Round of the FA Cup. We had to hook up a laptop to the television at Prost in order to watch the match live but it was amazing.  The result, not so much!

“We get together at least once a week to talk Poolies as well as other goings on in the football world. I signed up for a Pools Player membership so now we listen to the matches at Prost.  

“When people come in they ask what we're doing and it’s a great conversation starter. It's a shame we can't get a live video feed over here!”

While at the moment Patrick and USA Pools are following the Club from afar, he revealed that they do have plans to come across and attend a game at some point in the future.

And he believes that in Ronnie Moore, Pools have the right man to ensure that when USA Pools do come to the north east, they’ll be watching Football League action.

“I can't wait to see The Vic with my own eyes.  I am also looking forward to meeting some of the players and of course the great supporters who we've connected with over Twitter.

“I believe the signing of Ronnie Moore was absolutely brilliant.  He has a fire within him which has already had an impact. I also love that Mr. Moore had a stint in the US with the Chicago Sting back in 1977.  Just another example of the Hartlepool / USA connection! 

“I have faith that some positives moves will be made during the January Transfer Window and am looking forward to a bright future. 

“The new ownership seems committed to Hartlepool avoiding relegation but most importantly Poolies Never Say Die! I know the supporters will be out to cheer the players on and they'll give it their all to keep Hartlepool up.”

@USAPoolsYou can connect with USA Pools and follow their activities on Twitter by going to

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