As 2016 draws to a close, we’ve asked Pools legend Brian Honour to look back over the past twelve months and pick out the good, the bad and the ugly from the Club’s year.
The Best Goal
I think the best goal for me was Nathan Thomas’ second at Morecambe in April – because it also typified what was a brilliant individual and team performance that day. It wasn’t just the goal but it was the display that afternoon which gave everyone who travelled a wonderful occasion to enjoy and plenty of optimism for the future.
The Best Signing
Again, I would have to say that it would be Nathan Thomas who arrived at the Club in January. When he first signed there weren’t many of us who knew much about him but there were stories that he came with some baggage and had been a bit of a journeyman to a few lower-league clubs. However, from the first moment he pulled the shirt on he’s been a breath of fresh air and, as a former winger myself, I love watching him play. He has definitely been the best signing of the calendar year.
Trevor Carson. He’s been absolutely outstanding week in and week out. This year we have struggled at times but his levels have been fantastic and he’s won us games and gained us points. Even when we’ve lost games, sometimes his performances have ensured we’ve not had a real seeing to. To be playing international football for Northern Ireland while in League Two is also testament to how good he is. And as well as that, off the pitch he’s done loads of stuff for charity, in the community and generally with the supporters. I don’t know him well but from what I hear and see about him he’s definitely the hero of 2016, 100%.
The One To Watch
The young full-back James Martin is definitely one who has the potential to develop in to a star. I have only seen him play two or three times but when he’s been handed the opportunity he’s looked good and more than comfortable. He’s not the biggest in stature but he’s very good on the ball and looks as though he could catch the eye during 2017.
The Best Moment
I would have to go back to that victory at Morecambe in April as the best moment of 2016. I just think it was one of those games that had the lot – it was a great team performance but there were also some superb individual displays too. I know fans who were there that day and they say it’s the best away game they’ve been to in a long time for enjoyment and atmosphere. It’s got to be the highlight of the year for me.
The Worst Moment
Well, the 6-1 defeat at Stevenage would be up there but I think the recent defeat to Cambridge United would be a contender too. I think when you get beaten so heavily at home like that it affects everyone at the Club; the players, the staff, the fans, everyone. Sometimes, as a player, you have a bad day at the office and that’s what we have to put that down to because it was difficult to take.
The Hope For 2017
I just hope we can string some wins together so that come the Spring months of the season we are looking up rather than down. In recent seasons we’ve done the relegations scraps and Great Escapes, and that nervousness of going in to games needing to win is hard to live with. I would love to think that by the time the light nights come around again we are more comfortable than that and not looking over our shoulders. I can’t be doing with that anxiety again!
I just want to end by wishing all supporters a very Happy New Year. 2016 was the year that I became a Granddad for the first time so that made me very proud and hopefully there are more great things to come in 2017. Keep the faith and keep being positive and hopefully we can put a run together in the New Year.
Never Say Die.