FOOTBALL fans planning on going to Hartlepool United’s clash at York City on Saturday have been warned not to travel without tickets.
Pools take on York at Bootham Crescent in what is now the nearest thing the club have to a derby game following the demise of Darlington.
With direct trains linking Hartlepool and York, the fixture has proved to be popular amongst the Pools fans and around 1,000 tickets had been snapped up by Tuesday lunchtime.
Fans have been warned by officials from both clubs, as well as North Yorkshire Police, that they will not be allowed into the game without a ticket.
Pools have been allocated 300 seats for the game, as well as 1,765 places on the terracing, and tickets will be on sale from the Victoria Park ticket office until 4pm on Friday.
Detective Inspector Dave Kirby, of York police, said: “As with all football matches there is potential for disorder but we are well prepared to deal with any trouble that may occur.
“We are working with our colleagues from Cleveland Police to identify any supporters who may be coming to York intent on causing problems on Saturday.
“Hopefully, as is the case with the majority of York City matches, the atmosphere will be good-natured and there will be little, if any disorder.”
A Pools spokesman added: “We know this is one of the most eagerly-anticipated matches on our fixture list with York being the nearest club to us this season, and we would urge all of our supporters to take the warning issued by the police and not not travel without a match ticket.”
As has been the case over the summer, trains travelling between Hartlepool and York will be monitored by the British Transport Police to reduce the risk of any disorder.