RONNIE Moore has labelled Hartlepool United’s home game with Exeter City as one of the “biggest” he has ever been involved with in football.
And he is hoping footballing history repeats itself with Pools today securing their Football League status.
Pools could be safe if they beat Paul Tisdale’s Exeter at Victoria Park and results for relegation rivals Cheltenham Town and Tranmere Rovers go in their favour.
Many managers may have tried to play down the importance of the Sky Bet League Two fixture at Victoria Park, the final home game of the season.
But with just two games left to play, Moore is under no illusions as to how much is resting on the match and he has likened it to a game he played in back in May 1987.
Moore was playing centre back for Tranmere Rovers that day as they beat Exeter City 1-0, a victory that kept the club in the Football League.
“Today’s game with Exeter stands next to one of the biggest games I have ever been involved in”, said Moore.
“As a player my biggest was in 1987 when I was at Tranmere and we played Exeter and we needed a win [to stay up].
“It is funny how it comes round again, with us playing Exeter.
“We won that game 1-0, and I will take that again!”
Pools go into the penultimate match of the season third-bottom, one point ahead of Cheltenham, who are hosting second-placed Shrewsbury Town, who could still win the League Two title.
Meanwhile, basement side Tranmere Rovers – who this week parted company with manager Micky Adams – face a tough away game at play-off contenders Plymouth Argyle.
When Moore arrived at Pools, the club was adrift and heading out of the league.
That gap widened to 10 points at the turn of the year but since then Pools have been rejuvenated and now find themselves in pole position to stay up.
Moore added: “If we can stay up this season, it would be an unbelievable story.
“It was around about this time with two or three games to go that I won promotion with Rotherham here at The Vic, we won 2-1.
“That was a great day and this is our last home game and we don’t want everybody limping away with their heads down.
“Positive thinking and positive thoughts, what a celebration we could have, if things go our way.
“But it is down to us.
“If we don’t do our job then it counts for nothing.”
Moore says the dressing room has been too quiet in recent weeks, with the side going five games without a win.
He is hoping for a noisier atmosphere ahead of Exeter.
Moore added: “I hope the dressing room isn’t quiet again, there should be a lot of noise.
“Besides I’m getting fed up with the music, it is Maz’s [Marlon Harewood’s] music.
“It is not nice for me – how do you dance to that?!
“I will never know!”