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Pools fan seeks help with book project

10 March 2021

A lifelong Hartlepool United fan is seeking help to producea historical football book.

Dave Sutheran (59) aims to publish the book which will

chart the history of Hartlepool United Intermediates (under 19s) between the

years of 1977 to 1989.

For most of this period, Dave's Dad, Kenny Sutheran, wasManager and was a popular figure in the North East footballing community.

The side played in the Northern Intermediate League,

punching well above its weight, winning the league title in 1980/81. Opposition

included the likes of Newcastle United, Leeds United, Sunderland,

Middlesbrough, Sheffield Wednesday and Sheffield United who were all topflight

clubs at the time.

Dave (59), who is self-employed, said: “The late 70s and

80s was a great era for Hartlepool United's Intermediates side with many of the

players going on to carve out successful careers in the professional game. When

they won the league title in 1980/81 it was typical Roy of the Rovers stuff

fending off several top 1st Division sides at the time.

“Most of the other clubs had full-time apprentices on their

books, whereas all of the Hartlepool lads were at college or had jobs and

trained just twice a week on a night.

“Dad got involved in 1977 when Ken Hale was manager of the 1st

team and along with Bobby Lumley, Stan Lewis, Albert Kelleher and Ronnie

Harrison this heralded the beginning of the club's youth system.

“Over the years, they enjoyed some great successes and had

some fun along the way, and it is this which I feel needs recording in the

book.

“Dad sadly passed away in 2005 and I think the book would be

a great tribute to him, the fantastic team he had around him and the success

they achieved.

“I've already made contact with lots of people, including

former players, but in particular I am appealing for old photographs, press

cuttings, programmes and anecdotes to help make the book an interesting read.”

Players who were part of the 1980/81 title-winning

Intermediates side included Andy Linighan, who went on to play for Arsenal and

scored the winning FA Cup Final goal in 1997 Final and Kenny Lowe, who played

for Birmingham City and managed Perth Glory in Australia.

Other former Intermediates' players include David Linighan,

who went on to captain Ipswich Town and Keith Houchen, who scored a famous

diving-header for Coventry City to help defeat Spurs in the 1987 FA Cup Final.

If anyone thinks they can assist Dave Sutheran with his

research, they should email him davidsutheran1962@gmail.com or

call 07511 014769.

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