Hartlepool Utd boss wants a full house for Carlisle derby clash

Hartlepool United manager Neale Cooper rallying the Pools fans from the Town End. Picture by FRANK REID

Hartlepool United manager Neale Cooper rallying the Pools fans from the Town End. Picture by FRANK REID

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NEALE Cooper has issued a rallying cry to Hartlepool United’s supporters on the eve of the derby date with Carlisle United.

The Scot is just about the most popular man in the town right now, and today he is calling on the Poolie faithful to turn out in force for the clash against their northern rivals.

The Cumbrians are set to venture across the A69 with a near 1000-strong following as they seek revenge for Pools’ 2-1 win in their own back yard earlier in the season.

But Cooper – who has revitalised the club since his return as boss last month – wants to see his boys roared to victory by a close-to-capacity home crowd.

“The fans have been tremendous since I came back – with me and the players,” Cooper told SportMail.

“Just look at last weekend at Sheffield Wednesday – there were 400 or 500 there, that’s incredible.

“But we want them to come back to the Vic now.

“It’s understandable that the crowds fell off a little bit following the run of defeats.

“Even then I’ve heard that they stuck by the lads, so now it’s time to give them something back.

“The last home game against Rochdale was terrific. The win and the atmosphere which went with it was just how I remember the Vic from five or six years ago.

“I would love to have that again tomorrow.

“Most of the fans already have the tickets so my message would be ‘come down to the game and help us get another win, it should be a cracking game and a cracking atmosphere’.”

Full story in Friday’s Mail