Hartlepool United 0 Northern Echo 1


The wonderful thing about limitations is that it often accidentally drives creativity as shown in this wonderful piece in the Guardian about how the Northern Echo has been driven to replace photographs of Hartelpool United home games with Roy Of The Rovers style cartoons – after the Northern Echo were banned access from the club having refused to sign a commercial agreement with the club.

The particularly enjoyable aspects of the situation is that a) Hartlepool United now look ridiculous – as one of the pertinent comments to the piece states “The paper needs the club more than we need the paper … oh yeah? With 3,000 crowds? Bonkers” – perhaps more importantly their sponsors probably won’t be best pleased either as the cartoon artfully omits their name and b) it has resulted in a far more inventive and interesting match report.

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