Skip to main content Skip to site footer
Club News

Eddie Kyle Tribute

28 April 2023

Club News

Eddie Kyle Tribute

28 April 2023

By Rob Law

Those who are regular listeners to BBC Radio Tees Sport, you will be familiar with our expert Hartlepool United summariser, Eddie Kyle.

Eddie was the assistant manager to Alan Murray here at pools in the early nineties, guiding the club through equally turbulent but euphoric moments. From beating Crystal Palace in the FA Cup back in 1993 – where Eddie appeared from the dugout wearing shorts and t-shirt in below freezing conditions in a bid to convince the ref to let the game go ahead as the pitch struggled to thaw out.

For the past 13 years, Eddie has been a staple of the press box here at the Suit Direct Stadium. He’s been witness to promotions, relegations and everything in-between. His love of the club, together with his knowledge of the game is unmatched.

Sadly, after 13 years, Eddie has decided this season is his last behind the microphone. Without wanting to speak for him, I know this hasn’t been an easy decision for him and one he certainly hasn’t taken lightly.

In true Eddie fashion, he’ll want to bow out without too much acclaim or fan-fare… but, having shared the airwaves with him for many years, I refuse to let him off that easy!

For my money, Eddie is one of the best summarisers in the business bar none and I really mean that. He studies the opposition intently and isn’t afraid to say it like it is, one of the many things I admire hugely about him.

When I first started doing the Pools commentaries, he couldn’t have been more helpful. He had more belief in me than I had in myself at that time – something I’ll be forever grateful for.

We’ve shared some incredible memories since, none more so than that afternoon at Ashton Gate in the Promotion Final. I remember, as the game headed into extra-time after the Lucas Covolan equaliser, I was convinced Pools were doomed to another season in the National League. Eddie, however, was unwavering in his optimism and belief that Pools would come out on top. Not for the first time, Eddie proved to be right that day as he sang over the airwaves “WEYMOUTH NO MORE, WOKING NO MORE…”.

I can’t put into words how much I’ll miss having him along for the ride, through all the ups and downs of covering a club like Hartlepool. I know many of you who listen will miss his contributions just as much. That being said, he’s already sorting out his season ticket for next season, so he won’t be too far away, especially if you enjoy a pint in the corner flag after the game!

 


Advertisement block