Recruits wanted for Barmy Army for Andy Townend v Peter Cope showdown at Doncaster Dome

TEAM COPE:  Peter Cope and his corner

TEAM COPE: Peter Cope and his corner

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THEY have been in the headlines themselves over the past week – and the Barmy Army are now open for any new recruits.

Peter Cope’s colourful and noisy band of supporters were in the news when British boxing’s biggest promoter, Eddie Hearn, sang their praises following the coup of signing Cope’s former Gus Robinson Developments team-mate Bradley Saunders.

The Matchroom supremo wants to see the Barmy Army in Newcastle in April when Saunders headlines the show at the Metro Radio Arena.

But the Poolies are being mobilised for a bigger assignment long before then.

Cope boxes next Saturday at the Doncaster Dome in an English super-featherweight title eliminator with Andy Townend.

The Yorkshireman, born in Wakefield but now living in Barnsley, is a popular fighter and will have home advantage for the 10-rounder.

But Team Cope hope some extra recruits can even up the noise levels and cheer their fighter to victory.

Head Gus Robinson Developments coach Peter Cope – and dad to the talented southpaw – said they’d love to have more Hartlepool fans join them on their journey down the A1.

“Peter always seems to be noted for a good following, whether he’s at home or away,” said Cope Snr.

“Everyone seems to mention the supporters and like the atmosphere.

“We’ve done OK for tickets for the Townend fight but we’d love to hear from anyone who’d like to come along next Saturday – the more the merrier in fact.

“We have transport arranged as well.

“Peter is always proud to be representing Hartlepool and if people would like to come along and support him they are welcome – it’s a big fight.”

The coach accepts it is a 50-50 contest – both boxers are in form and with a shot at the English super-featherweight belt up for grabs the incentive is massive for the winner.

With current English champ Mitchell Smith boxing for the WBO European super-feather crown on the same weekend in London, the English title could soon become vacant, making victory even more crucial.

Cope Jnr is looking good in the gym and has had some excellent sparring sessions with Neil Fannan-trained Martin Ward at the Stranton House HQ and with “Lightning” Lee Mould in South Shields.

The 23-year-old has done the hard work and now he will concentrate on making the weight over the next six days.

l FOR ticket info, contact Peter on 07815991247.