Football crazy... and he’s only eight days old!

John Cooper with three-year-old son Ewan and baby Ross.
John Cooper with three-year-old son Ewan and baby Ross.
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A FOOTBALL fanatic dad has seen his son possibly become the youngest season ticket holder in the country – at just eight days old.

Weighing in at only 9lbs and 6ozs, Ross Cooper is definitely the smallest supporter of Hartlepool United to have a pass for all of next season’s home games.

The youngster only came into the world on May 26, but his proud dad, John, wasted no time in crowning him a Poolie when he bought a season ticket for the youngster while getting one for himself and his eldest son, three-year-old Ewan.

Lifelong Pools fan John, 35, beamed: “I know he’s unlikely to use it, but I just thought it would be a superb memento for him, plus, I feel that the club deserves our support for the amazing offer they have put on for season tickets.

“I think Ross will be the youngest season ticket holder at Pools and possibly the youngest in the country. Even if he never goes it will look great in his baby book and he can look back on it in years to come.

“I’m just proud to say he’s a Poolie!”

John, who has been editor of Pools fanzine Monkey Business for the last five years, took advantage of an offer of £50 for a junior season ticket and £100 for an adult if 4,000 are sold - making them among the cheapest in the country.

The former Kingsley and Brierton school pupil has lived in Nottingham for 15 years and works in Derby for software company Orcus.

That means he only manages to get back to his hometown for around 10 games a season, while also supporting his side at around 15 away games, but says the ticket offer means his family can go to as many games as they can without worrying about the cost.

John, who is married to Karen 33, an occupational therapist from Glasgow, added: “To get a season ticket for a father and two kids for £200 is fantastic. Going to a match used to be the same price as going to the cinema and this takes it back to that.

“Money is obviously tight and the club will really make a difference to thousands of fans in the town and beyond who otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford to go.

“Although I won’t be going to every home game, even if I only get to six games I will still make a saving. There are a few of us in the Midlands who support Pools and I think more people will be getting tickets now. We might even be able to share a mini bus to come up and go to even more games.”