The Club was saddened to hear of the recent death of Pools stalwart Bill Spowart who served us in many capacities over the years and even helped win a game in the early 1980s!
Bill was a lifelong Pools supporter who spent many years working for the Club on a voluntary basis, arranging coach travel to away games, manning the gift shop inside the ground and even managing to persuade his wife Joyce to sell Match Programmes!
However, perhaps his most memorable moment in connection with the Club came in February 1982 when Billy Horner’s Pools side were playing host to Hereford United in Division Four.
During the game the referee was unable to carry on so the linesman had to take his place in the middle – which left a vacancy on the line which, if not filled, would have led to the abandonment of the game!
An announcement was made over the tannoy to try and find somebody to step in and that’s when Bill identified himself as a qualified referee who oversaw game in the local leagues.
He stepped in the role and helped ensure that the game could go on – and therefore played his part as Pools went on to secure a 2-1 victory over The Bulls.
Bill sadly passed away on 3rd December, leaving behind his wife Joyce, son Paul and grandchildren Chloe, Ben and Poppy as well as grandson Oliver. Our sincere condolences are with all his family and friends at this time.