Hundreds join new Hartlepool United fans’ trust since relegation

Victoria Park.
Victoria Park.

A meeting of a rapidly growing Hartlepool United fans group was hailed a big success by organisers.

About 250 Pools fans attended an open meeting of the Hartlepool United Supporters’ Trust at The Corporation Club in Whitby Street.

Phil Dunn.

Phil Dunn.

More watched as the meeting was broadcast live over the internet.

Around 500 new members have joined the trust since Pools were relegated three weeks ago.

The total membership now stands at around 725 with 56 signing up on the night.

New club chairwoman Pam Duxbury answered questions put to her and talked about wanting to build stronger ties between the club and supporters.

She also assured fans that all money received by the club will go towards running costs and would not go to former chairman Gary Coxall.

Phil Dunn, of the trust, said: “That was the switch that was flicked for everybody to go out and buy season tickets.

“We are encouraging people to buy season tickets and support the club. The only way we can move forward is by working together.”

Members of the trust gave presentations on how they had started and how they were working with the organisation Supporters Direct and Pools to have a greater say in the running of the club.

Ms Duxbury said her vision for the club was for it to be partly owned by fans.

Phil added: “It was fantastic. It was really well attended, a full house with barely a spare seat in the room.

“We got the message across really well. I think Pam Duxbury played an absolute blinder.

“She was put on the spot with quite a few awkward questions but she was open and honest and certainly reassured quite a lot of minds as to the futuire of the club.”

Sky Sports presenter Jeff Stelling sent an email of support after he was unable to attend due to a work commitment.

The trust has set itself a target of achieving 1,000 members by the end of the year.

It is to focus increasingly on fundraising including from merchandising and organising events.