Dave Challinor will return to Hartlepool United next season with key fixture release date set

Dave Challinor will be back at the Suit Direct Stadium next season after he led his Stockport County side to promotion from the National League.

Monday, 16th May 2022, 11:32 am

The former Pools boss left the North East in November last year after helping guide the club back into the Football League.

And he has now achieved back-to-back promotions from the National League, having guided big-spending Stockport to the title, despite fierce competition from fellow big-spenders Wrexham.

It has also been confirmed that the EFL fixtures for the 2022-23 campaign will be released Thursday 23rd June – with Pools fans no doubt keeping a close eye on when the home and away games against Stockport will be.

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Stockport County lift the league trophy after the match at Edgeley Park, Stockport. PA picture.

Paddy Madden’s 25th goal of the season helped Stockport seal the National League title and promotion back to the Football League with a 2-0 win over Halifax.

Challinor’s men knew a point would be enough on the final day and a crowd of 10,307 filled Edgeley Park to try to inspire a second key home victory of the week.

Madden produced the solitary goal in Wednesday’s crucial triumph over Torquay, which opened up a three-point gap over nearest challengers Wrexham and the forward’s early strike was followed by a Will Collar effort in the second half as the Hatters booked a return to League Two.

Any nerves inside the ground before kick-off were quickly dispelled when the deadlock was broken in the 10th-minute.

Talisman Madden turned on the edge of the area and drilled into the bottom corner to spark wild celebrations with his 23rd strike in the National League this term.

Andy Cannon was denied by Sam Johnson but the Halifax stopper could only parry the strike as far as the onrushing Collar who drilled home on the half-volley to put the hosts on the verge of promotion.

With news filtering through of second-placed Wrexham also trailing at Dagenham, Stockport were home and dry and the party could start early.

Despite two brief stoppages in the latter stages, the full-time whistle was greeted with a pitch invasion as the Hatters’ fans celebrated returning to the Football League for the first time in 11 years.

Meanwhile, it has been confirmed, via the Barrow website, when fixture release day will be this year and fans don’t have long to wait until Thursday 23rd June.