That’s Rich: Best fans in the league? Look no further than Hartlepool United’s

Oliver Corbett with his Granddad Peter Crukshanks at the end of Hartlepool United's 1-0 victory over Mansfield Town. Picture by FRANK REID.
Oliver Corbett with his Granddad Peter Crukshanks at the end of Hartlepool United's 1-0 victory over Mansfield Town. Picture by FRANK REID.

BEST supporters in the league? Look no further than Hartlepool United.

Earlier this week the club announced that around 800 tickets had been sold for the trip to York City on Saturday, April 11.

An impressive amount but Pools had up to 2,000 tickets available. Within two days they had all been sold.

It will almost feel like a home game for Ronnie Moore and his squad.

Last time York were at home they got just over 3,000 so Bootham Crescent is set for a bumper crowd that day – with the Poolie faithful making up a canny chunk of the crowd.

It is set to be an incredible day and a crucial fixture in the relegation dogfight.

Before that, Pools host Cambridge United at Victoria Park tomorrow and in order to help guarantee a bumper crowd during the international break, Pools owners, IOR, have once again slashed ticket prices.

Moore said: “The fans have been absolutely unbelievable with 3,500 coming in every week watching a side bottom of the league.

“Home and away, they get behind the players.

“The chairman has done well to put the offer on again and with there not being many other games, we are hoping over 5,000 will come through.”

* Seating prices are £12 for adults and £10 for concessions, while standing prices are £10 for adults and £5 for concessions.

Tickets are on sale and will be available on the turnstiles.

THERE was an unusual amount of national media interest in Hartlepool United at the pre-match press conference at Maiden Castle.

Usually it is yours truly, Nick Loughlin from the Northern Echo and BBC Radio Tees firing the questions at Ronnie Moore & Co, with Look North and Tyne Tees turning up every now and again.

But ahead of tomorrow’s visit of Cambridge, Ronnie and his squad had a few more journos from the nationals to talk to plus Sky Sports.

It can only mean two things.

A) There is an international weekend with no fixtures for Sunderland, Newcastle United and Middlesbrough and B) Word has got out about Hartlepool United’s Great Escape.

Bugger.

We were hoping to keep it quiet for a little while longer but with Pools climbing to within a point of safety last weekend, it was inevitable I suppose.

To pull it off will be one of the THE Greatest Escapes.

If they do, the national spotlight will fall a little longer on Victoria Park for all the right reasons.

And that can only be a good thing.