Hartlepool United confirm pre-season friendly programme including game against Newcastle United's Under-23s

Pools boss Dave Challinor.Pools boss Dave Challinor.
Pools boss Dave Challinor.
Hartlepool United have confirmed their pre-season friendly programme – starting with a game against Newcastle United’s Under-23s.

The Pools squad hasn’t played a competitive game since March but preparations are now in full swing ahead of the October 3 restart in the National League.

The players returned to full pre-season training on Monday following a short break and the club has now confirmed their programme of friendly fixtures. All the games will be played behind-closed-doors.

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The schedule sees Pools play Newcastle’s youngsters on Bank Holiday Monday at their training ground before games against Spennymoor, Blyth Spartans and Gateshead.

A club statement read: “The pre-season fixtures start on Monday the 31st of August as we travel to Darsley Park to take on Newcastle U23’s at their training ground.

“Just under two weeks later, the lads will make the short journey to Spennymoor to take on Jason Ainsley’s side on the 12th of September.

“The following week, we make a short trip up North to Croft Park to take on National League North side Blyth Spartans on the 19th of September.

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“Our final pre-season game will be played on Saturday the 26th of September as we take a trip to the Gateshead International Stadium to take on Gateshead FC.”

While some uncertainty and trepidation remain over supporters being allowed back at Victoria Park for the start of the National League season, Pools have sold over 1,000 season tickets so far and made a further 500 available last week.

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