‘As good as it’s going to get’ – Hartlepool United chairman has his say on promotion final

Hartlepool United chairman Raj Singh is ‘quietly confident’ ahead of today’s National League promotion final against Torquay United.

Saturday, 19th June 2021, 7:00 am
Updated Saturday, 19th June 2021, 5:40 pm

Pools became only the second team after Dave Challinor’s AFC Fylde in 2019 to make the final after finishing outside the top three and having to play an eliminator round match.

Singh and Hartlepool Borough Council’s top leaders signed a memorandum of understanding on Friday to kickstart a long-term project for Victoria Park and the surrounding area.

And the Pools chairman spoke afterwards to discuss his side’s chances of making a Football League return after being relegated in 2017.

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Hartlepool United chairman Raj Singh (right) signs the Memorandum of Understanding at Victoria Park with Cllr Shane Moore and Hartlepool Borough Council managing director Denise McGuckin.
Hartlepool United chairman Raj Singh (right) signs the Memorandum of Understanding at Victoria Park with Cllr Shane Moore and Hartlepool Borough Council managing director Denise McGuckin.

“We're quietly confident,” he told the club website. “On our day we can beat anybody, we proved that last Sunday [at Stockport County].

"But you need the right decisions to go for you on the day and things falling for you so hopefully we'll get that and get over the final hurdle.”

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Singh then admitted Sunday’s final will be the club’s best chance of being promoted from the National League.

Pools' owner Raj Singh.

Discussing his backing of Challinor, the Pools owner added: “It's as good as it's going to get, that's the quick answer.

"Dave and his team have done exceptionally well and we've got there because of them. It's 44 games played now, one more to go and get that win and everyone is happy.

“It will be a dream come true, as a football fan growing up, these are the things you dream of and if that comes true it will be great.

"I'm going to go for 2-0.”

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