Fans back Hartlepool United’s new season ticket prices despite £70 hike

Hartlepool United manager Ronnie Moore celebrating in front of the Pools fans after the 2-1 win over Exeter City which saw Pools retain their Football League status. Picture by FRANK REID

Hartlepool United manager Ronnie Moore celebrating in front of the Pools fans after the 2-1 win over Exeter City which saw Pools retain their Football League status. Picture by FRANK REID

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A FANS’ group has given its backing to Hartlepool United’s new season ticket prices which the club says will help pay for new players.

The prices for adult Poolies have gone up by £70 from £180 to £250 for the 2015-16 season – just over £10 a game.

Despite the increase Pools chief executive Russ Green says they are still one of the cheapest in the division and that the extra income will help to buy new players.

Pauline McSweenie, secretary of Hartlepool United Supporters’ Association, said: “It is still just over £10 a game and there is not a lot you can get for that nowadays.

“I think it is still good value for money.

“If the increase is going to go towards something positive like bringing in better players then you can’t knock it.”

Hartlepool United supporter Pauline McSweenie.

Hartlepool United supporter Pauline McSweenie.

But there were mixed views about the price rise on social media.

On the Mail’s Facebook page, Richard Oliver wrote: “What a rip off!!!”

But Phill Craggs commented: “Cheap!! Stop winging u cheapskates.”

Mark Langley said on Hartlepool United’s Facebook page: “Agree with putting prices up but £70 on adult prices a bit much after just scraping through yet again.

We recognise that football needs to be affordable

Russ Green, Hartlepool United chief executive

“Season ticket attendance will drop I think.”

And Simon Lawlor said: “It’s still £10 a game which is a good deal. Packed the park with £10 on the door. It works out at an extra £2.91 a game increase.”

The club came unbelievably close to not even being in the Football League next season after being 10 points from safety in January before completing the Great Escape with a win over Exeter in the last home game of the campaign.

Russ Green said: “We recognise that football needs to be affordable and think that it is with the Season Ticket deal we have put together for 2015/16.

“We’re still up there among the cheapest Season Tickets in our division again because we know the importance of ensuring football at The Vic is accessible to the people of the town.

“We hope to get a good response from fans once again because the income we raise from season ticket sales will be crucial in going towards what Ronnie can do to enhance his playing squad.

“We all saw what an incredible impact the fans had for us last season, particularly in the closing months, so hopefully we can get that wonderful backing again when the new term kicks-off in August.”

Senior citizens and students will pay £150 for a season ticket under the Early Bird promotion.

The cost is £120 for fans aged under 19 if bought before the end of July and £75 for under 13s when bought with an adult ticket.

Season tickets go on sale from 10.30am on Tuesday, May 19, with current holders given until Tuesday, June 30, to secure their existing seats.

Regular matchday entry prices will stay the same as last season.