Hartlepool United will relish 2013-14 League Two programme

FIRST HOME GAME: Hartlepool United  boss Colin Cooper's first match at the Vic will be against Southend on Saturday, August 10
FIRST HOME GAME: Hartlepool United boss Colin Cooper's first match at the Vic will be against Southend on Saturday, August 10
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HARTLEPOOL United know their fixtures – now they will be looking forward to starting their League Two promotion challenge.

As revealed yesterday, that challenge will start across the Pennines at Rochdale.

The Football League announced six fixtures yesterday to whet the appetite of fans – the 137th meeting of Rochdale v Pools being one.

Today though Pools and their fans got to know the 45 matches which follow.

Colin Cooper’s first match at Victoria Park will be a clash with Southend United on Saturday, August 10.

Seven days later, Pools are in ‘derby’ action, visiting Bootham Crescent for a match with York City.

Pools have just two home dates in the opening month of the season, Fleetwood Town visiting the Vic on the 24th.

The month ends with a trip to Torquay on the 31st.

Pools will be grateful for September which has a home bias with three of the four games at home.

There are a number of notable fixtures.

Wimbledon return to the Vic for the first time in a quarter of a century when Pools host them on Tuesday, October 22.

Pools will break new ground on November 16 when they visit Rodney Parade to play Newport County who have returned to the Football League.

Portsmouth are expected to be promotion challengers and Pompey come to the Vic on Saturday, November 30.

Pools fans must go on the road for the festive programme – Chesterfield on Boxing Day and Morecambe on Sunday, December 29.

But Pools are at home on New Year’s Day with a match against Bury.

Pools, for once, get to finish the season at the Vic, with Exeter City making the long trip to the North-East on Saturday, May 3.

For the last three seasons, Hartlepool United fans have captivated the country with their fancy-dress final-day treks, to Charlton as oompa-loompas and smurfs, and to Crawley as penguins.

What will they dress up as at Plymouth Argyle on Saturday, April 26?