Hartlepool United boss Cooper urges fans to back his troops for just £5 on Easter Monday

Hartlepool United Club Captain Antony Sweeney with a fiver, the entrace fee for the Easter Monday fixture against Morecambe.
Hartlepool United Club Captain Antony Sweeney with a fiver, the entrace fee for the Easter Monday fixture against Morecambe.

POOLS boss Colin Cooper has urged fans to get behind his troops on Monday after Victoria Park chiefs slashed admission prices.

Cooper’s team have had a miserable run of form lately, losing their last five games and slipping down to 18th place in League Two, just three points off a relegation spot.

So in attempt to lift the gloom and help boost the atmosphere at The Vic, fans will be able to watch the Easter Monday home game with Morecambe for just £5 after the club unveiled a “Pack the Park” scheme.

Meanwhile plans are still being finalised for Pools’ final away game of the season where fans traditionally travel in fancy dress.

In previous years, hundreds of fans have travelled to the games dressed as Oompa Loompas and Smurfs, while last season’s final match away to Crawley saw an army of penguins head south from Hartlepool.

Plans for this season’s finale at Plymouth next week are still being made, with characters from Thunderbirds believed to the favourite with the eye-catching yellow Minions from the Despicable Me films also being mooted as The Morecambe game comes just 48 hours after Saturday’s trip to Burton Albion, then next Saturday Pools make the mammoth trek to Plymouth Argyle before wrapping up the season with a home meeting with Exeter City on May 3.

And the manager is hoping a healthy crowd on Monday will help cheer his team to three vital points to kill off any lingering fears of being sucked into the drop zone.

Colin said: “The support we’ve had this season, both home and away, has been fantastic.

“We appreciate everyone who chooses to come and get behind us and if this offer is an incentive to get a few more people in to the ground it can only help the atmosphere, help the team and hopefully help us get the three points.

“On the whole, I think the home fans have seen some good football this season but we always want to try and send our fans home happy, particularly when we’re at The Vic.

“If we can get a few more people in the ground on Monday singing and shouting for us and it helps produce an even more positive atmosphere then that can really help the team.

“Maybe it will be your first game of the season but if you can come and support us then I would be grateful as manager and I know the players would be as well.”

Tickets for Monday’s game are on sale now from the ticket office on Clarence Road and are priced at £5 across the board for all areas of the ground.

There will also be availability on the turnstiles prior to kick-off on Monday but fans are advised to buy in advance where possible.

Chief executive Russ Green added: “I was at our game with Portsmouth a couple of weeks ago and they had a large crowd which gave the team a big lift.

“I’d love us to be able to create something similar at Victoria Park on Monday and hopefully this offer will help persuade a few more fans to come and enjoy the game.

“We know how much this football club means to everyone connected to it so we want everyone to come together on Monday and make it an atmosphere to remember and hopefully a result to match.

“It’s clichéd I know, but our fans can be the 12th man on Monday and help give us the edge as we look for the results we need to finish as high up the table as