Graeme Lee reveals verdict on Hartlepool United's fan experiment at the Suit Direct Stadium ahead of Stevenage clash

It will be a case of ‘as you were’ at the Suit Direct Stadium this weekend.

By Joe Ramage
Friday, 21st January 2022, 6:05 pm

For the two recent cup fixtures against Bolton Wanderers in the Papa John’s Trophy and Blackpool in the FA Cup at the Suit Direct Stadium away supporters were housed in the Town End of the ground while Pools fans from the North West corner filled the Rink End.

Pools explained at the time, the temporary change was ‘Due to away ticket cup allocation rules, revenue, and the club utilising the opportunity for a test event for the ongoing North West Corner discussions, we will be allocating away fans in this stand’.

But Pools fans will return to their usual spot in the ground for the visit of Stevenage this weekend as Pools look to get back to winning ways in League Two.

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Hartlepool United fans will be back in their original seats this weekend for the visit of Stevenage after the clubs fan experiment. (Credit: Mark Fletcher | MI News)

And asked for his thoughts, Pools boss Graeme Lee was sympathetic with the decision.

“It was confusing when I first walked out [against Bolton]. I started getting a bit of stick straight away and I thought ‘that’s a bit early,’ Lee told The Mail.

“It’s probably not what you want to do in the sense of [away fans] being behind the goal but I understand why we’re trying it and what we’re trying to do and if it benefits things then we go with it.

“For me personally I’d love our fans behind both goals because they’re trying to suck that ball into the back of the net for us.”

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