MATTHEW Bates is urging Hartlepool United fans to turn Victoria Park blue and white as part of a new campaign, writes RICHARD MENNEAR.
The Football League’s #WallOfColour campaign aims to get the new 2014-15 campaign off to the best possible start.
New Pools signing Bates is backing the campaign and has called on supporters to deck themselves out in blue and white ahead of the first home match at The Vic on Saturday, August 16 when Colin Cooper’s side take on Bury.
It coincides with the launch of the new home strip for this season, with the first Pools supporters getting their hands on the new kit yesterday.
Defender Bates, 27, said: “We’re hoping all our fans respond to the #WallOfColour campaign and help us paint The Vic completely blue and white next weekend.
“It will be my first competitive game for the club at The Vic and this is giving me another reason to be really looking forward to it, so hopefully the fans will wear their colours with pride,” added the former Boro, Bristol City and Bradford City defender.
Pools kick-off their Sky Bet League Two campaign away to Stevenage this weekend.
Meanwhile, the club’s new Nike home kit went on sale in the club shop on Wednesday morning.
The blue and white striped shirt was first worn by the players in the 2-0 pre-season friendly defeat to Middlesbrough at The Vic last week.
Front of the queue yesterday was Emma Williams and seven-year-old son, Leon.
Season ticket holder Emma said: “We buy them every year.
“We both really like the shirt so we made sure we were here early to get ours.
“This is Leon’s second season as a season ticket holder and we can’t wait to get back to the games.”
The shirts are available to buy in the club shop in Clarence Road.