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Brown hoping for another happy return

9 August 2013

Manager hoping for another enjoyable return to his former club Hartlepool United

Phil Brown is hoping he can enjoy another happy return to Hartlepool on Saturday when Blues travel to Victoria Park.

Brown spent the first seven years of his career with Hartlepool, and has enjoyed a number of happy moments when returning since he left.

And he’d like to add another one to that list on Saturday as Blues look to make it two wins from two in League 2.

He said: “It will be a special match for me on Saturday as I go back to my first club, who offered me the chance to be a professional.

“I spent seven years there as a player and had lots of highs and lows so it’s always nice to go back.

“I’ve done quite well going back there in the past, I think I won there with Preston North End when I was manager there.

“I ended up getting the sack the next day but the result was a good once, so it was a happy memory on the pitch, just not so much off it!

“I’m glad we’re going there now when the sun is shining and it’s quite hot because it’s not a great place to go and play in the middle of winter.”

Brown is expecting a tough test from Colin Cooper’s side, who will be looking to pick up their first win of the season. With it also being Cooper’s first home game as manager, there could be a bumper crowd at Victoria Park.

Brown added: “Colin Cooper is having really his first crack of the whip so to speak and he will be desperate to pick up his first managerial win as quickly as possible.

“It’s their first home game of the season and they’ve lost both their opening games so they will be out to get their first three points on the board.

“We know they will work extremely hard, but so will we, and if we win the battle then we will have earned the right to try and play our football and to push on and win the game.”

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