Date of birth
Ian Gallagher – known to everyone simply as Buster – has a long-running affinity with the Club which stretches back to his childhood and he has been on the books in one capacity or another for over 25 years.
In 1992 he was signed on schoolboy terms as a tough-tackling central midfielder, progressing on to a scholarship in 1994 before being offered a professional contract with the Club in 1996.
A lifelong Pools fan who wears his heart on his sleeve, Buster went on to make his senior debut in front of over 11,000 people in a game at Plymouth Argyle in May 1996.
However, a serious knee injury meant that the no-nonsense competitor made only one more First Team appearance before being forced to retire from the game.
After hanging up his boots, Buster turned his attentions to physiotherapy and he was kept on as part of the Club’s medical staff while he studied for the required qualifications.
Now a Chartered Physiotherapist with an FA Diploma in Treatment Management of Injuries and an FA Advanced Resuscitation and Emergency Aid certificate, he took over as Head Physiotherapist in 2012.
His love for the Club was underlined at the end of the 2016/17 campaign when he formed part of a four-man management team for the final two games.