POSTER boy Peter Hartley admits it’s a relief that he no longer has to take on the role of the town’s ‘ticket tout’.
The Pools-born star would be inundated with requests from friends and family for match tickets to Victoria Park last season.
But now, with Hartley having been the face of the club’s £100 season-ticket initiative, he’s enjoying far quieter Friday nights.
“I was always scrapping about for tickets off the other lads,” he said. “Last season it was me and Evan (Horwood) who were always after more tickets than the allocation, being Hartlepool lads.
“At least we should be okay this year because most of my mates have bought season tickets - I will only need 10 or 20 now!”
Pools sold a record breaking 5,800 annual passes after the ground-breaking scheme was rolled out in May.
Hartley featured in the Lord Kitchener-style advertisement which was plastered around shops, pubs and restaurants in the town.
And the defender joked: “To sell so many tickets is fantastic and maybe I need to sit down with Russ Green (chief executive) and talk image rights – it was my picture on the poster and leaflets the club had printed up after all!”
“But seriously, I’m delighted with the response for the fans.
“They have taken it up and we know what the club means to them.
“I’ve only been here two years but I think the last time there was a buzz around the club like there is now is from when we made the play-offs and were promoted before that.
“Playing in front of 6,000 at The Vic is a dream for me, I’ve not experienced it as a player and if we get that crowd every week then it can only help improve results.”