We can confirm that big Poolie Michael Gough, aka the Don Bradman of Umpiring, has agreed to be HUSTs new honorary president from January.

Michael has been a long-term supporter of HUFC, and has been a member of HUST for some years now. He recently got in contact with some words of encouragement and was only too delighted to accept the role when HUST approached him on the back of this.

Michael said “I have been a massive supporter of Pools since my Dad took me when I was a young boy. My job of course takes me around the world, but I still always follow the games, listening whenever there is commentary available. Family keep me updated too. Pools are are really important to us. The situation going on the world is difficult for everyone, and it is so important that the football community comes together to help protect football clubs at our level.”

Michael will be replacing Eddie Kyle who has worked tirelessly in his two years in the role, and is keen to highlight that he will still promote HUST as much as possible. “Although the short-term focus has changed following Mr Singh declining HUSTs offer of investment, I strongly believe that it is now even more important that HUST work with the Club and in the background ready for when they may be needed more formally in the future”.

Stability of the Club

“I will do everything possible to promote the Trust during my term and I firmly believe that having a Trust that is democratic, properly ran and audited is the way forward for the stability of our Club. Any support we can give to Raj Singh and Jeff Stelling is so important for now and in future years” Michael added. “One of the reasons why I support HUST is that it is legally regulated and has the backing of the FSA which I know does great work nationally and is on hand to offer specific advice to HUST to help with any situations that arise at Pools. As an established Organisation it is important that we build on the good work already achieved, and to help the membership numbers increase, and of course the funds in the bank.”

Michael adds “I would encourage every Pools supporter to join the HUST. It’s your opportunity to have your own voice and opinion heard regarding the future of our club. The Club means so much for so many people, so please join up as we want our Club to be around for many years to come. Up the Pools!”

Ron Harnish, HUST Chairman was delighted that Michael accepted the offer without hesitation.  “We are delighted that Michael has agreed to step into the role. He was already well respected in the Town and beyond, but his performances this summer have meant that his stock has risen and we are delighted that someone with such an international reputation has agreed to support us. Like the international test cricketers he shares a field with, we were certainly not going to question his decision when he agreed to help out!”

Want to join Michael?

If you’d like to work with Michael and get involved you might want to consider joining the HUST board. We recently emailed all members about the different positions and how to put yourself forward. With the difficulties that Pools and the wider football community is facing means that this really is a crucial time and recognised supporters trusts will have a part to play in helping their clubs further.

We’d love to see any members who can spare some time and bring fresh skills and new ideas nominating themselves. Everyone currently involved recognises that new faces are needed, and that for HUST to thrive we need to increase numbers on the board. If you’re up for it we’d love to hear from you. But be quick as the deadline is close of play tomorrow!

If you are not a member of HUST, then you can join here.