HARTLEPOOL United legend Keith Nobbs admits seeing his daughter wearing an England shirt as she steps out onto the turf he used to grace will be one of his proudest moments.
Former Sunderland Ladies midfielder Jordan Nobbs is set to follow in the footsteps of her father and play at Victoria Park when England’s Women take on Sweden in an eagerly-awaited on Sunday, August 3 (2pm kick-off).
Arsenal star Jordan, 21, already has 11 England caps, scoring three goals and is hoping to play on the ground where her no-nonsense defender dad made 327 appearances for Pools between 1985 and 1993.
Jordan, who has been named in the provisional squad, was too young to see her dad play a match at Victoria Park but was a regular visitor as a youngster once he’d retired and she took part in the community summer schools he organised.
Keith, 52, said: “It will be a very proud moment seeing Jordan play in an England shirt at Hartlepool.
“It would be lovely, I had a great connection with the crowd here.
“She will be really excited, she knows all about the history of me playing here.”
It is England’s last match before a crucial qualifier against Wales, on August 21, where one point will see England qualify for the 2015 Women’s World Cup in Canada.
Jordan said: “Growing up, I never thought I would get to play at Victoria Park – where my dad used to play.
“My dad has been a massive inspiration for me and it would be a great moment if I can be part of that England team.
“I watched a lot of Hartlepool games when I was younger, most of my childhood football was playing in Hartlepool, at my dad’s football in the community events.
“After every Saturday we would then come to The Vic to watch the games. I used to love watching and Hartlepool will always be one of my favourite teams.
“I was unlucky not to see my dad play so it would be great to play on the same pitch as him, he will be really proud.”
The Arsenal midfielder scored in the Gunners’ 2013 FA Cup final win over Bristol Academy, producing a player of the match performance, and scored on her England debut against Italy in the Cyprus Cup the same year.
Keith, who was part of the promotion-winning Pools team in 1991 and is now the club’s Community Sports Foundation Officer, scored just one goal for Pools at The Vic, against Aldershot in 1985.
He hopes his daughter will be able to match – or even better – his record when England come to town.
Keith added: “Jordan is a very exciting player, she has a great attitude, very committed and she scores goals.
“The crowd pick up on that especially at the Vic and the only advice I could give her is to play her natural game. To have the game here is excellent for the town.”
Jordan, recently returned from a back injury which had sidelined her since February, thinks fans will see a “really good game”.
She added: “I think you’ve got to take it a bit different to men’s football. It often gets compared, but I think it’s a different game, but it will still be just as technical.
“Sweden are a very fit team it will be a good contest.”
England will name their final 23-strong squad on Monday.
Tickets for the Victoria Park clash are on sale now, priced £5 (adults) and £2.50 (children). They can be purchased by calling 01429 272584, via TheFA.com’s ticketing page or at the Hartlepool United ticket office.