Low crowd at Hartlepool – but no sign of protest

SPARSE: the crowd at Victoria Park for the game against Sheffield United.
SPARSE: the crowd at Victoria Park for the game against Sheffield United.

THE attendance may have been low at Hartlepool United this evening but those that did turn up were in good spirits.

Hartlepool United were beaten 2-1 by Sheffield United at Victoria Park in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy (JPT) with less than 2,000 fans watching on.

Before the game a group of supporters had pledged to boycott the match in protest against the owners and to instead donate their ticket money to charity including the Hartlepool & District Hospice.

The attendance was low, with just 1,856 fans inside Victoria Park and 361 of those had turned up from Sheffield.

Pools usually get more than 3,000 for home matches but it is not unusual for attendances to be much lower than average for a JPT match and there was no signs of protest inside the ground.

Supporters warmly applauded the players at the final whistle as a young side pushed League One Sheffield all the way.