Hartlepool United must wait on Vanarama League fixtures

York City players celebrate winning the  FA Trophy Final at Wembley.
York City players celebrate winning the FA Trophy Final at Wembley.

Fans will face a wait to learn Hartlepool United’s fixtures for the Vanarama National League season.

Clubs and supporters traditionally get to know their destinations in June.

The Premier League this year will announce their lists on Monday June 14, with the Football League following suit seven days later.

But Pools fans will have to be patient after officials from the National League said the VNL the fixture list will be unveiled on or around July 5.

The Pools website have suggested there could be up to eight or nine midweek outings for the side - the team had six Tuesday evening fixtures this season in League Two.

Pools, still awaiting a new manager, begin their season on Saturday, August 5.

There are a number of new locations for Pools to visit next season, the majority in the South-East.

The boys in blue will break new ground by travelling to Boreham Wood, Bromley, Eastleigh, Ebbsfleet, Fylde, Guiseley, Maidenhead, Solihull, Sutton, Woking.

There are a number of old Football League rivals from relatively recent times, including Dagenham & Redbridge, Torquay, Tranmere and Wrexham, plus Leyton Orient from last season.

In fact, Pools are one of 13 ex-EFL clubs competing in the fifth tier.

The club will also be competing in the FA Trophy, with Wembley as the prize next May, plus the FA Cup.

Pools will be hoping to play around 55/56 games-plus if 2017-18 is going to be a successful terms for the club.

The team will come into the FA Cup at the fourth and final qualifying round and, if they make it through, will contest the first round proper in November.

Three wins in the world’s oldest club knock-out competition would bring in over £50,000 in prize money alone and that is before factoring in gate receipts.

The FA Trophy could also be a money-spinner as York proved this season.