Neale Cooper vows to “excite” home fans as Pools launch season-ticket offer

Hartlepool United manager Neale Cooper (3rd left) with players (left to right) Jack Baldwin, Antony Sweeney, Evan Horwood, James Poole and Peter Hartley at the launch of the 2012-13 season ticket offer. Picture by FRANK REID
Hartlepool United manager Neale Cooper (3rd left) with players (left to right) Jack Baldwin, Antony Sweeney, Evan Horwood, James Poole and Peter Hartley at the launch of the 2012-13 season ticket offer. Picture by FRANK REID

NEALE Cooper has vowed to build a team which will “excite” Hartlepool United’s supporters as the club launches its new season-ticket initiative.

Pools have today rolled out their package for the 2012-13 campaign which sees adult ticket prices locked at £150 – a price which translates to just £6.74 per match.

But, cost aside, Cooper admits that he has to produce a brand of football which will keep the punters coming back to Victoria Park.

“This is such an impressive offer,” he said of the deal which also sees fans rewarded with a jackpot prize of up to £15,000 should sales pass the 5,000 mark.

“I wasn’t here last year for the £100 offer but that was an amazing deal and was recognised nationally.

“This, too, is incredibly cheap and it’s something which shows how much the community means to the club.

“But we have to give something back on the pitch and make this place a fortress.

“I want to excite the fans and put out a team they look forward to watching.

“I’ve said before that I like to play a 4-4-2 with natural wingers who get at people and with two centre-forwards through the middle

“I need to add to the squad for that to happen and I hope we can do that and make an impression next season.”

Cooper inherited a side which had lost eight on the spin at the Vic.

Soon, though, he turned the home form on its head and Pools went six without defeat in their own back yard, including the resounding 4-0 and 3-0 victories over Carlisle United and Notts County respectively.

And the Scottish chief believes that mid-season renaissance proves the potential for success on home soil.

“We have had some good wins here, look at Carlisle, everyone would agree that was a terrific day,” he said.

“Last weekend against Sheffield United was an exciting game with a good atmosphere as well.

“I said to the players, ‘that’s the sort of game you should enjoy’.

“But we want more of them over the course of a season because you saw that the chances we created lifted the crowd.

“We just need to be more lethal and more of a threat and it’s my job to make that happen.

“I want it to be more entertaining next season and I’d urge the fans to come down, get your season ticket and give us all a huge lift as a club going into the summer.

“And whoever wins the £15,000 if we sell 5,000 tickets will definitely be on a high!”