Poor Jeff Stelling had to watch his team get relegated live on Sky Sports

The Soccer Saturday host went through a rollercoaster of emotions live on air as Hartlepool exited the Football League

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Imagine this: you’re live on air hosting the climax to the football season. Your team are in a perilous position, teetering on the brink of relegation. You make no attempt to keep your cool. You even dress in your team’s stripes to mark the magnitude of the occasion. 

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That was the situation Jeff Stelling found himself in when he anchored yesterday’s edition of Soccer Saturday. The long-standing presenter of the Saturday football show found himself on air as his team Hartlepool United battled to stay in League Two. They needed a win over Doncaster Rovers – but they were also at the mercy of Newport FC who had to lose to ensure Hartlepool’s survival. 

During the broadcast, Stelling – and his tense co-commentators – experienced sheer ecstasy as 18-year-old substitute Devante Rodney slid in two late goals to give his team a chance of staying up.

But the joy didn’t last long. No sooner had Hartlepool given themselves a fighting chance, then Newport struck back with a late winner that ensured the final spot in the division belonged to them. Hartlepool were relegated out of the Football League for the first time since 1921 – and Stelling’s crestfallen face said it all…

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 Poor Jeff. We hope someone gave him a hug when they came off air.