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Nathan Pond is the star of the show

24 March 2015

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If anyone has lived the dream it is Nathan Pond. He is at the very heart of the book but, typical of the man, he is continuing to write his own story. The late equaliser at Bradford City last Saturday meant that yet another milestone was added to his impressive record, that of scoring in seven different divisions.

The first goal came on 4 October 2003 in a 3-0 away win at Glossop North End in the North West Counties and he reached the landmark half century in the League Two game at Burton Albion in 2014. Living the Dream captures many of those goals including the last of the 2004/05 campaign in which Fleetwood gained promotion to the Northern Premier League.

'Fleetwood played like champions in front of over 700 spectators and tore Maine Road apart in a 7-0 hammering. In a goal-laden season it was appropriate that it ended with a final festival of scoring. Maine Road were rocked back by two early Greg Brickell goals. Adam Tong, Phil Thompson and a Brickell penalty gave Fleetwood a convincing half-time lead. Further goals from Thompson and Nathan Pond completed the rout. Pond rarely scored a classic but he did that day. He picked his spot and the ball flew in via the keeper's fingertips for Fleetwood's last goal in a momentous season. He wheeled away towards the fans, arms outstretched, savouring his seventeenth goal of the season.'

Ahead of the Wembley Play-Off final, Fleetwood vice-chairman, Phil Brown, told Nathan that if he scored the winner in his testimonial year someone would have to make a documentary about him! It wasn't to be but, for a moment, it was a possibility, as Brown recalls in Living the Dream.

Brown: "Pondy was down injured and desperate to get back up, despite the pain he was in. Suddenly there was a scruffy challenge from someone in our penalty area and the ball squirted out to in his direction.

"Pondy was on his own because most players were up in the box and he just started running towards the Burton goal with ball at feet. He got to around half way in their half and, sadly, played the wrong ball. I remember thinking that had he gone the full length of the pitch to score it would have to be a Hollywood movie as well as a documentary!'

The book is still available from the Club shop, over the counter or online. To order online, please click here




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