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Dickinson's living his football dream

MAN of the moment Liam Dickinson took his Seasiders tally to four goals in two games – but couldn't celebrate with sausage, chips and a pint of lager.

Dickinson's remarkable rise up the footballing leagues continued in stunning fashion as he hit his second double in consecutive matches to sink Charlton.

He has now scored four goals in 105 minutes action for Pool and is the club's second top scorer.

And for Dickinson, who only broke into football late on after years of playing in the local leagues in Manchester, it's a rags to riches tail.

"Playing football on a Saturday was just an activity for me, a hobby, something you do for fun than an actual career prospect," he said.

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"I used to work full time for a graphic design company and just played at the weekend as something to do.

"I never dreamed when I was playing non-league in Manchester that I would get to this level.

"I always thought there was a possibility that I might play Unibond First, Unibond Prem, and maybe – if I was lucky – Conference. But I never even dreamed of this.

"Scoring four goals and making the impression I have at Blackpool is unbelievable really and I couldn't be happier, though it's a bit different from the old days.

"After a win in the non-league days it was straight to the pub for sausage and chips and a pint. Now it's just a bottle of water and straight home!

"It was hard to change my mentality from pie and peas after a game to being professional.

"The first six months after I signed for my first league club, Stockport, I thought there wasn't too much difference.

"But it hit me in the first pre-season when it came to fitness work and adapting to the dieting. It was quite hard. However, if you want to do something enough, then you put your mind to it and do it.

"I knuckled down, I worked hard and that – as well as having a lot of luck and people believing in you – is why I am where I am today."

Dickinson is on loan at Bloomfield Road until January 1.

His stunning impact has not gone unnoticed at Derby, where the fans are questioning why Rams' boss Paul Jewell has allowed a striker like Dickinson to go elsewhere when his own team are struggling to pick up victories.

While Dickinson fired Pool to victory on Saturday, Derby were losing at home to Crystal Palace and are now below Pool in the Championship table.

That's of no concern to Dickinson – he's just delighted to be making such an impact.

"It's a dream start for me to get four goals in two games," he admitted.

"After 15 minutes against Plymouth and scoring two there, I thought it would have been a bit tougher on Saturday. It was, but the team battled well.

"It was always going to be a grind because Charlton are down at the bottom and fighting to beat relegation. So it was bound to be tough and so I was delighted to get another two goals.

"The first one, the header from the corner, I was pleased with but I think it was about time one of them went in because I had three or four similar opportunities in the first half.

"One got cleared off the line, a couple went wide. But I kept on trying and managed to put the ball in the back of the net.

"The second goal was another great ball by Lee Hendrie. I just tried to hit the target. Nicky Weaver pulled off a good save with my first effort but luckily enough the ball landed at my feet and I got the shot off and it was 2-0."

 
 
 

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