Clarets & England Goalkeeper Buys Bootham Crescent Goalpost
Burnley Football Club & England International goalkeeper Nick Pope has bought a special piece of memorabilia in a blind auction from his former clubs York City. All he needs to do now is workout how to get the goalpost home from Bootham Crescent. The blind auction was arranged by the Vanarama National League (North) side in order to raise funds after leaving their home of 89 years in January to move to the new York Community Stadium.
Nick Pope enjoyed loan spells with the then League Two club, making 24 appearances whilst assisting the club reach the play-offs. Speaking about the auction Pope said, “I bid on it because it coincided with my garden getting renovated and I just thought there was a nice space at the end of the garden. I haven’t transported it yet, I thought we’d cross that bridge if I won the bid and then I did and I’m still not sure how we’re going to get it home.
I thought it would be a good thing to help the club if I won the bid and if someone else outbid me then that would be more money for them. I still follow them on social media and keep an eye on the results. They played an important part in my career so it’s nice to keep an eye on them.” The last thing Pope is going to use his purchase for is more practice away from Barnfield training ground, he plans to live out his dreams of being a striker.
Pope added, “I think every goalkeeper dreams of being an outfield player growing up so I’ll chuck someone else in goal and have shots at them. They don’t let me do that in training, it probably is unusual for a goalkeeper to have a goal in their garden. I don’t want too many of my friends coming round and ruining my garden, I’ll have to be selective.”