HARTLEPOOL United bosses have apologised to fans who were disappointed after travelling 260 miles for Saturday’s postponed Leyton Orient game.
As reported by the Hartlepool Mail, the match had to be abandoned at 3.20pm.
At the time, the Pools team coach was still stuck in traffic on London’s A406 North Circular because of an accident in which one person died and four were injured.
It is thought around 200 Pools fans would have made the five-hour journey to Hackney for the game.
About 50 were already inside the Brisbane Road ground when the news broke that the game would not be going ahead.
A spokesman for Hartlepool United said: “We apologise to supporters who made the trip.
“Obviously the circumstances surrounding the delay were tragic so we know our supporters understand.
“We still feel for them having to make such a long trip down there at their own expense but the circumstances were completely out of our control.”
The spokesman said players shared fans’ disappointment, as as the club had travelled from the usual hotel they stay in for Leyton Orient games in plenty of time and were as prepared as they could have been for the game.
“It was just incredible. As soon as we got on the M11 it became apparent something serious was going on and there was nothing at all we could do about it,” said the spokesman.
He said the club will keep supporters fully informed of any rearranged fixture.
Fans told the Mail yesterday that they understood the reason for the withdrawal of the game, especially given the tragic circumstances.
Pools’ manager Neale Cooper also expressed his disappointment to the Mail yesterday but accepted what happened “put things into perspective”.