Andrew Davies has spoken of his enormous pride at being able to follow in the footsteps of some of his childhood heroes by wearing the captain’s armband at Victoria Park this season.
Having grown up in Seaton, Davies was a regular at The Vic as a youngster and was even a ball boy on numerous occasions along with his brother Mark – including for the infamous FA Cup win over Crystal Palace in 1993.
The passion for Pools was a real family affair too because Andrew’s mother Lynn was involved with the Club for a number of years, helping to organise the ‘Pools On The Move’ lottery scheme.
Now 33, Davies has admitted that it’s a dream come true to be given the opportunity to lead the Club which gave him so many wonderful childhood memories.
“I just feel a massive pride,” he told us.
“I’ve spoken about it before but I used to be here watching games all the time as a kid so it’s a bit surreal to be Club Captain now.
“I was only very young but coming to The Vic was the first time I’d watched football in a stadium so that gives captaining this Club an even prouder feel.
“All the other clubs have been important to me but this just means that little bit more because of the connections, my mam worked here, I’ve been a fan and a ball boy – it’s probably the proudest I’ve been to captain a club.
“To follow in the footsteps of people I watched play and looked up to, the likes of Brian Honour and John MacPhail, is massive for me and a huge privilege.
“I know Brian still gets to a lot of the games here and he still has that massive feeling for the Club so I hope I can help make him proud and I’ll try and instil that in to the other lads as well.
“Time flies but it’s something I’m really excited about and it’s a challenge I’m ready to hit full on to try and get this Club back to where it deserves to be.
“Carl (Magnay) was captain last year and we had a little chat and be both have a lot of respect for each other from the very start really.
“Obviously a lot of credit must go to him because last year was such a hard season so for him to lead the team to safety was a brilliant achievement so I have a lot of respect for him and I am looking forward to working with him.
“I think we have a team full of leaders though and that’s what you need to get yourself out of this division. You need three, four or five in the team – even some of the young lads coming through, I watch them in training and like what I see so that stands us in good stead.
“I am really enjoying my time at the Club so far, it’s a fresh start for me.
“I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Scotland but I am now looking forward to working under the gaffer – from first impressions of what he’s all about and how he demands the best from everyone, I think we’re going to work well together.”