Pools are set to complete a footballing first on the final day of the season after being given permission to play in fancy dress at Plymouth Argyle.
And at the culmination of another stressful season which has seen the Club travel a record amount of miles to complete their League Two fixtures, the players wanted to show unity with supporters.
“We’ve spent so many hours on the road, particularly in the last month, that it’s given the lads a chance to chat about ideas to thank the fans for their backing,” explained skipper Billy Paynter.
“I remember when I was at Carlisle last season the special atmosphere the Poolies created not just in voice but in the colours they wore to that game and it gave me the idea that we could dress up too.
“I didn’t really think it was possible but I threw it out there and a lot of the other players liked it so we mentioned it to the Chief Exec Russ Green when we saw him during his March on Sunday.”
Since then Pools have been in discussions with both the Football League and opponents Plymouth and special dispensation has now been granted for the players to dress up for the season finale at Home Park on Saturday 7th May.
“When we first called the Football League, I feared they might take us for fools,” admitted Green, who is still recovering after walking ten marathons in ten days for Prostate Cancer UK.
“But they understand that this has been a tradition our fans have taken on over the years so they were open to the idea and think it’s a great gesture.
“As long as the outfits are absolutely identical, have the appropriate Football League logo on the sleeves and don’t pose any safety risks to other players then they’re comfortable with it.
“Obviously we’ll need to make sure it doesn’t clash with Plymouth’s home kit either but we’re really excited about this because we think it’s a first for any football team anywhere in the world.”
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