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Warren – FM 2011 Hartlepool United End of Season 2010/11

Hi all and welcome back to yet another edition of this Hartlepool story and I’m glad to put people out of their misery and tell them how my season finished so quickly. We are now in the final two months of the season and hoping that we can nick one of the two promotion places that were still up for grabs.  With five games in all this month it was time to get the kit dirty and pull those socks up for a final push.

V Brighton (a) 2nd April 2011

The first game of this final part of the season was up against Brighton at The Withdean Stadium like the few matches and the next upcoming game this was a must win match.

Two more goals from top-scorer Haris Vuckic sent us back to Victoria Park with all three points. The first being a penalty after a foul on Donaldson and the second was a typical Vuckic goal being in the right place at the right time to slot the ball from a few yards out.

V Southampton (h) 9th April 2011

This has to be the biggest game of the season and it will go some way to deciding whether or not I am going to have to get promoted though the play-offs or get the automatic promotion spot.

Luckily for me it was the latter and we are now putting real pressure on Southampton to get some results and hold onto that 2nd place. A goal from Ryan Donaldson just before half time was enough to get the three points. The momentum was swinging towards Pools.

V Colchester (a) 16th April 2011

Next up was Colchester United and I again was looking for yet another win to increase this pressure on Southampton.

It took until the 87th minute for us to equalise as Colchester had taken the lead though a penalty in the 43rd minute of the match. Donaldson had a blistering start to the season but had not had the best second half of the season but just seems to get the important goals that I needed. Southampton also only managed to get a draw so we still had a big chance.

V Sheff Wed (h) 25th April 2011

With just three games to go I just had to get maximum points both us and Southampton were on 87 points. I could stress how big this game was for the season and I certainly let the players know that.

They certainly knew that this was an important game but they didn’t show it until late on. We managed to go in at half time 1-0 up thanks to an injury time at the end of the first half goal from Vuckic but in the 57th minute Sheff Utd equalised and from then on looked the more likely team to win this match. With 3 minutes to go Ryan Donaldson got yet another important goal to make it 2-1 and sent the Hartlepool fans mad. It got better as we ended up winning 3-1 when Yantorno scored a break-away goal and I heard that Southampton lost to Swindon it was back in my sights.

V Bristol Rovers (a) 30th April 2011

The last away game of the season and I could all but secure a place if results go my way but I had to concentrate on this game first.

I couldn’t believe what I saw at half-time as the performance of a few months back came at the worst possible time and we lost the game 3-1 and we were never in it for the first 70 minutes and by that time we were 2-0 down and Kuffour made it 3-0 five minutes later. We did manage to get a late conciliation goal but we had still lost 3-1 and to make it worse Southampton had picked up all three points at bottom club Millwall. It was going to be one hell of a finish to the season.

One game to go

This was how close it was going into the final game of the season and I was really nervous with just one goal separating the two teams. This means that even if I won I might even not finish in second place.

V Leyton Orient (h) 7th April 2011

The final game of the season was here and if I were to just win the game well I would be playing championship football next season.

I had calmed down by half-time when I was 3-0 up but I still was slightly on edge as I would put it past my team to completely buckle and end up dropping points. We did managed to hold and we could now celebrate as next season we would be play Championship football.

End of Season Results

A great set of result and it was back to the Hartlepool from the start of the season and the side that had taken them to the top of the table in December. I was so thrilled for the players and I cannot wait to see them play against championship sides. I had certainly put though a rollercoaster ride over the last season but I enjoyed every minute of it and I’m sure we will be fine next season after a few arrivals.


After the scare of the last few months it was a brilliant turnaround to get the final promotion spot and it good to get it in such dramatic fashion. I was relieved as I would have been massively disappointed if we were going to have to fight it out in League 1 again. Championship here we come!!!

Performance of the Month

I would say that the 3-1 win against Leyton Orient was the performance of the month as it was a game where we needed to win in order to get 2nd place and it would put a lot of pressure on my players they came out and relished the opportunity and came out comfortable winners.

Thanks for reading



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What a tremendous finish to the season Warren. I always knew you were going to get promoted to the Championship, so congratulations mate. Looking forward to your pre season report, hopefully you can bring in a few new good players.


I am so pleased with the fact that we managed to get the promotion spot as I felt that I wouldn’t be in the championship next season if I had to go through the play-offs. I cannot wait to see who I can bring in and how next season pans out

Lye Kuek Hin

Hi Warren,

Well done on the promotion. A really good finish. Championship football will be a challenge and i like to see some really good signings in pre-season. Good luck


Hi Lye

The challenge of playing my first season is the championship is something I hope to relish and we can have another good season if I am able to bring in the right players for the squad.


Wow, a really exciting end to the season Warren, and what a season it was for you! Well done, your side deserve promotion, and it’s a fine achievement. Looking forward to seeing how you get on next season in the Championship, and congratulations again.


I have really enjoyed the last season and I hope I can replicate that next season in the championship and hopefully there will be an influx of players coming to Hartlepool as I am hoping to build something special here.

Darren Smith

Wow, what an achievement mate!!! I must say Stelling would be very proud! Well done Warren, to overcome Charlton, Southampton, Swindon, Sheff Wed etc is very impressive. I cant wait to see what you do next season.


Stelling would certainly be pleased and I’m sure he’s excited to see how his side do next season and the championsip and I cannot wait to report on it.

Johnny Karp

Great job Warren, congratulations! The team held out well during the nervy finale and grabbed a well-deserved promotion. Good luck for the pre-season, I sense some heavy activity on the transfer market :)


I didn’t expect to have gone into the promotion spots in the matter I did. It was a fantastic way to end a fantastic season and yes there will be a lot of transfer activity in the transfer window…. I hope


Hi Warren
Firstly your posts came up quicker than I could read them so I went straight to this one so I apologize for not reading the others. Anyway, many congratulations on taking Hartlepool to The Championship in a very nail biting finish. You’ve managed this team really well and look forward to seeing how you prepare your team for a bigger challenge.


Hi Kevin

Yer sorry for the posts coming a day after each other but I am just slightly ahead in my story and I want to catch up. I was really nervous before the Leyton Orient game and I was so relieved that we got a good start in the game or I would have found it unbearable.

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