Project - HUFC Centenary


When Hartlepool United football club reached it's 100 year milestone they asked Goffy Media to come up with ideas to celebrate the occasion.

We suggested a Centenary Dinner, and began assembling a host of former players from the club. This turned out to be a huge task, as many of the former players had little or no contact with the club since ending their playing careers - for some going back as far as 50 years. A real master stroke in marketing this event was to invite a host of former players to be guests at Hartlepool games ahead of the dinner. They were introduced to the fans at half time, and featured heavily in the match programme on each occasion, talking about their time at the club.

A less easy task was persuading them to come to Hartlepool on a wintery February Sunday evening , but we ended up with almost 100 former club players on the night!

images/gofpic119.jpg The venue chosen for the event was the Borough Hall in Hartlepool.

To make it special, we also secured the services of Jeff Stelling and Chris Kamara from Sky Sports.

They each gave an entertaining speech at the event - any regular viewers to Sky Sports will know that Hartlepool-born Jeff is the club's number one fan !

One of the club's best-known home grown former players is John McGovern (pictured right), who attended the event. John followed legendary Brian Clough to Derby County and Nottingham Forest, and captained  two cup-winning sides with Cloughie at Forest.

Players from every generation joined the capacity crowd to make this, in the words of the club's Chief Executive Russ Green "The greatest night in the club's history - off the pitch".



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