New Hartlepool United owners JPNG slash ticket prices

New Hartlepool United chairman Gary Coxall
New Hartlepool United chairman Gary Coxall

JPNG’s first act as new Hartlepool United owners has seen them cut ticket prices.

New Pools chairman Gary Coxall said he was keen to “give something back” to the supporters of the League Two side.

On the day seating prices have dropped to £20 for adults and £10 for concessions, while standing admission has been cut to £18 for adults and £9 for concessions.

Coxall explained that he is hoping it will help attract good numbers of fans to The Vic for the new campaign.

“The thing we looked at was how much the gate increased when the price was lowered last season,” said Coxall.

“This is a football club at the heart of the community and the fans are a massive, massive part of it – they showed at the end of last season what great fans they are.

“This is a new era so let’s have JPNG give something back to the fans straightaway and let’s make sure that this place is absolutely packed in 2015-16.”

JPNG officials have been in discussions with the club for several weeks over the sale and also held talks with Hartlepool Borough Council, who own Victoria Park.

The club’s new chairman says they are looking to tap into the momentum gained from last season’s Great Escape, which saw Pools survive relegation with a game to spare.

Coxall said he doesn’t want to interfere in the good work that manager Ronnie Moore and assistant Sam Collins have been doing - just to help them add more quality signings to the squad.

He added: “We want to improve the commercial side and generate more income and improve the match day experience of the fans.

“If we do that then it is a recipe for success.

“There is huge room for progression and now is the time to do it.

“The feeling around the town is amazing and you do feel the optimism.”