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Introducing The Pools Panel

20 March 2020

Just before Christmas in 1963 a freezing fog sat acrossBritain and forced the postponement of dozens of football matches nationwide.

The Big Freeze refused to retreat and football's fixture

schedule was decimated for a couple of months, leaving fans all over the

country completely devoid of their weekly fix.

Step forward, The Pools Panel – a selection of experienced

and knowledgeable professionals brought in to deliberate behind the scenes and

serve up the results the country craved.

Back here in 2020 we're now facing a similar predicament with

clubs, players and fans all crying out for clarity over whether the current

season can be finished and what the future holds.

Here at Victoria Park we decided to do something about it so

that football fans can continue to see results come in from the Premier League

down to the National League - and watch the tables evolve during the break.

With that in mind, please welcome the all-new Pools Panel2020 or, as we like to refer to them, the saviours of football…

Jeff Stelling

Delivering the scores to people in their homes is literally his job. He lives

for it. So when we told Jeff we were going to be giving the public what they

wanted he was on board straight away to chair our Pools Panel.

Jeff Winter

There was a referee on the original Pools Panel in 1963 so we've signed up a

former Premier League whistler in Jeff Winter to keep tabs on things this time

around. Jeff will keep everyone right and ensure we maintain fairness and

neutrality throughout the process.

Dave Challinor

The gaffer has been involved in professional football for over 25 years and

therefore brings a wealth of experience to the table. Blessed with massive

knowledge and a one-time world record holder, he was quick to throw his hat in

to the ring for the Pools Panel.

Micky Barron

A Pools legend and a leader of men who captained the Club with distinction

during successful times in both League One and League Two. Well-respected in

the game, Barron will be an integral part of the Panel as we move forward.

Ryan Donaldson

The current skipper had to have his say too. Always considered in his views,

Donaldson is a student of the game and has played across various levels during

a good career so far. An important signing for the Panel.

The Pools Panel will sit for the first time this weekend and

their instructions are simple – use all available evidence, form and insight to

predict impartially the results of all postponed matches.

This starts immediately – the first game to be predictedwill be this evening's planned encounter between Spurs and West Ham United.

Look out for their verdict, as well as the evolving leaguetables, here and across our social media platforms over the weekend.

Football, we won't let you down.


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