The Club is saddened to learn of the death of former player Fred Richardson at the age of 90.
Born in Spennymoor, Richardson began his career with Bishop Auckland but earned a big move to Chelsea where he played alongside Tommy Lawton.
Returning to the north-east in 1947, the front man signed for Pools and went on to hit the net 16 times in 43 appearances before Barnsley paid £5,000 for his services, beating off competition from Arsenal and Sheffield United for the highly-rated forward.
In the summer of 1950, West Bromwich Albion stumped up £7,125 to take Richardson to The Hawthorns where he was a regular for two seasons before being sold to Chester City for £3,000.
After a ten-month spell there, he returned to Pools in 1952, going on to add a further 27 goals to his Pools tally in just over a hundred more appearances for the Club.
Following his departure from Pools he played for a season at Thornley before retiring due to injury and he went in to coaching, eventually being named manager of Whickham FC.
A keen cricketer, Richardson was a builder by trade and had spent his retirement years living in Coxhoe, where he enjoyed nothing more than reminiscing on his time with Pools.
The Club would like to pass on its sincere condolences to his family and friends at this time.