HARTLEPOOL United will be facing one of their own against Burton Albion tomorrow.
The Brewers’ on-loan Middlesbrough midfielder Bryn Morris is not just from the town, a former High Tunstall College of Science pupil, but frequented the Victoria Park terraces with a season ticket in hand for five years until commitments with Boro on Saturdays took priority.
The 18-year-old recalls his greatest Pools moments when he was a regular attendee at The Vic during the mid-2000 years, naming the 2005 League One play-off final against Sheffield Wednesday at Cardiff as his sporting highlight.
There’s another moment which he recollects too: “That Friday night game against Sheff Wed in 2005 in the pouring rain was great,” he told SportMail.
“And Boydy’s hat-trick goal when he went past three players and chipped the ‘keeper - that was quality.”
How distant a memory those seem now, with Pools marooned at the foot of the Football League and six points adrift.
“It’s not good them being down there and I don’t like seeing it,” the England U19 captain added.
“But they have Matty Dolan there again and some good players so they can get out of it.
“Other teams have gone down and came back up so I’m sure Pools could.
“But we would all obviously prefer them to stay up.”
A starter against Exeter City last weekend, Burton boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink is likely to select Morris again tomorrow where a home win could propel them to the League Two summit.
If he starts then Morris could come up against long-term friend Brad Walker.
“I know Brad from when he was at Boro and we used to travel to training together,” he said.
“He was at the England U18 camps earlier this year and we’re still good mates.
“I know Matty and [Jonathan] Franksie as well so it’ll be good to see them but I’m playing for Burton and I want to do my best for the team.”
Of the game, Morris said: “The gaffer has said that we approach the game mentally this weekend.
“Pools aren’t at their best point but we can’t go into the game expecting to win.
“We have to give 100 per cent and not be complacent.”
Hasselbaink is only a month into his Burton tenure and has been quick to instil his own ideas on the St George’s Park training pitches, attempting to eradicate the long-ball that was favoured by his predecessor Gary Rowett.
“It’s new to him as well and I think he’s a good coach,” Morris went on.
“He’s getting his philosophy across of playing football on the deck as some of the lads have said that they used to play long-ball a lot.”