Appeal for Hartlepool United fans to help clear pitch

Victoria Park covered in snow .Picture by FRANK REID
Victoria Park covered in snow .Picture by FRANK REID

FOOTBALL club bosses have appealed for Hartlepool United supporters to help clear snow from the stands and surrounding areas ahead of a vital game this weekend.

Pools are due to take on Colchester United in a League One fixture at Victoria Park this Saturday, January 19, but wintry weather means there is now around three inches of snow on the pitch and surrounding areas at the ground.

Club officials say the snow is currently forming a natural barrier against the plummeting temperatures and will be left on the pitch.

But work is needed to make good the areas surrounding the playing surface.

Heavy snow and plummeting temperatures have battered Hartlepool in recent days and further snow showers are forecast for the coming days with temperatures struggling to get above zero.

Russ Green, Pools’ chief executive, said: “We desperately want this game on and we will be doing everything in our power to make sure that happens.

“While the weather has been worse than was predicted and the forecast is changing all the time, we would call on fans to come and help us out if they can spare the time.

“It’s vital that we make safe the stands and other areas in and around the ground and, as well as hoping for volunteers to help staff, we have also been in touch with the council for their assistance.

“Obviously it’s crucial for us to get the game on and so anything you can do to help would be greatly appreciated.”

Any fans who can help are asked to report to the main reception at Victoria Park any time during office hours between now and Saturday, bringing their own snow shovel if possible.