Ant hopes for full houses

Adam Boyd and Antony Sweeney in the 2011-2012. Picture by FRANK REID
Adam Boyd and Antony Sweeney in the 2011-2012. Picture by FRANK REID

HARTLEPOOL United could be playing in front of sell-out crowds this season – and fans favourite Tony Sweeney admits he can’t wait.

The deadline for the club’s price-busting season-ticket offer passed last night with a staggering 5,674 supporters having signed up for the new campaign.

And at a cost of just £100 per annual pass, Victoria Park will be the cheapest place to enjoy League football inside the top four divisions.

There is also now the prospect, with the ground’s capacity at 7,856, that the “sold out” signs could be slapped up at the Vic next term when some of the league’s bigger clubs come to town.

And goal ace Sweeney told SportMail today that the squad can’t wait to step out in front of those bumper gates.

“It’s been an incredible response from the fans,” said the 27-year-old, who was top scorer last season with 14 goals.

“The thought of playing in front of crowds of more than 5,000 every week is just brilliant.”

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