Long way to go for Pools fan Tony

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A DEDICATED Hartlepool United fan living Down Under has applied for a season ticket – even though he knows it’s unlikely he will see a single game.

Club chiefs say they were “astonished” by Tony Sweeting’s gesture.

And they have urged more fans to get behind their drive to slash the price of season tickets to £100 if they can get 4,000 fans to sign up.

That means the Pools faithful will be able to watch their team for as little as £4.34 per match next season – making Victoria Park the cheapest place to enjoy League One football.

Avid fan Tony is so hooked on all things blue and white he has even transformed his basement into a bar dedicated to his favourite team.

When he saw the season ticket deal he wanted to support the club even though he will not see the benefit of his £100 payment.

Tony, who lives in New South Wales and is married to Sue, said: “This is such a great idea by the club and I really hope the town gets behind it.

“I know I won’t be able to make the games but I feel it is such a brilliant gesture from Pools that I wanted to add my support.

“I’m sure people back home must think it’s too good to be true. But if we get on a roll and reach the magic 4,000 then the atmosphere in the ground will be amazing. I only wish I could be there.”

Tony’s generous offer helped push sales towards the 1,000 mark which club bosses are hoping to achieve by the weekend.

Club chief executive Russ Green said: “It’s an unbelievable gesture from Tony and we thank him sincerely.

“This sort of thing just highlights how brilliant our fans have been since we unveiled the season ticket offer.

“We need the whole town to get behind this venture. Let’s fill The Vic and together we can get this club moving.”

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