Emotional Jeff Stelling enjoys final Hartlepool celebration on Soccer Saturday

An emotional Jeff Stelling made the most of his final Hartlepool goal celebration on Soccer Saturday as his 25 year-run as host comes to an end.

The veteran broadcaster announced last month that he would be leaving the show at the end of the current season – with Hartlepool's final clash coming as League Two concluded on Saturday (May 8).

Despite his beloved Pools already being relegated to the National League, they found an equaliser away to play-off final chasers Stockport through Callum Cooke.

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As the Sky Sports camera cut to a dancing Stelling, he said: "I haven't got many more opportunities to do this! Probably got no more opportunities to do this!

"Let's hear about what's happened at Edgeley Park!"

Still dancing as Clinton Morrison finished his description of the goal, Stelling was right to make the most of the moment with Hartlepool's contest finishing 1-1.

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Stelling's most iconic celebrations down the years including bringing out a dancing James Brown statue, thanks to his shared name with the former Hartlepool striker.

He also donned a Pools home shirt underneath a suit waistcoat back in 2017 – first going wild in celebration before they slipped to relegation.

Stelling, 68, announced his departure at the end of April, with plans to spend more time watching Hartlepool at their Victoria Park ground next season.

He said: "It is Groundhog Day, that time of the year when I announce that I am leaving Sky Sports and Gillette Soccer Saturday. This time it is true.

"After 30 fantastic years on Sky, you lot out there have supported me, as have Sky, but it’s time to give you a break from all the VAR rants and bad gags and over the top celebrations when Hartlepool score a goal and give someone else the chance to do this fantastic job.

"So I’ll be leaving on May 28, we’ve got a few programs between now and then, this is the last six hour Saturday Gillette Soccer Saturday… so we’d better get on with it!"


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