'End is finally in sight' - Hartlepool United fans’ mixed reaction as ticket details are confirmed
Hartlepool United fans will make their long awaited return to Victoria Park on May 29.
It will be the first time supporters have been allowed in The Vic this season with the last game played in front of fans being a 1-0 defeat to Ebbsfleet United in March 2020.
But with around 1,500 seats already taken by season ticket holders, only a very exclusive group of fans will be able to get hold of single matchday tickets for the game.
Ticket prices have been inflated to £25 for adults and £20 for concessions, up from the usual £19 and £12 respectively.
While fans were pleased to see plans in place for their return on May 29, some were left frustrated at the limited availability which will see many miss out – a disappointment shared by manager Dave Challinor.
Here’s how they responded on Twitter…
@JordRich97: “It’s been 14 long months but the end is finally in sight.”
@gregdunning20: “Been waiting so long for this.”
@mickyc1993: “Another slap in the face of football fans, still restrictions in place when I can go sit inside a pub or restaurant with no social distance but football fans till have to.”
@Mikey_ez7: “Gotta be quick for these.”
@hpoolneil: “Not enough. Not a chance any will be on sale. I hope the game is being screened.”
Pools have been live streaming home games throughout the season but will be unable to live stream any play-off semi-final match due to BT Sport’s broadcasting rights.
Supporters have also questioned why Pools are providing a significant contribution to Weymouth’s away travel after the fixture was rearranged.
@JackAshmann: “Why are we paying for a significant amount of Weymouth’s travelling?”
@PaMitch78: “I really believe we should have played the game at the time. Don’t believe that Weymouth would have been that much out of pocket.”
The Mail understands that Pools’ agreeing to cover some of Weymouth’s travel costs was crucial in allowing the match to be rearranged and fans to return.