Hartlepool United could be backed by more than 1,500 fans at York City

James Poole in action against Middlesbrough
James Poole in action against Middlesbrough

HARTLEPOOL United could be backed by more than 1,500 supporters at York City on Saturday.

The Poolie faithful have already snapped up their initial 1,100 allocation and another 500 tickets yesterday landed at Victoria Park.

The club are keen to remind fans that the northern derby is an all-ticket match and they will remain on sale until 4pm tomorrow.

Striker James Poole says the players have been blown away by the prospect of such a following at Bootham Crescent, but insists they must be given something to cheer on the pitch.

“It’s incredible the numbers they’re talking about and the lads are excited for it,” Poole told SportMail.

“But it’s no good having 1,000 or so unhappy faces.

“We need to start giving them something back on the pitch.

“It’s frustrating at times because we want to give the fans value for money.

“We want them to come away from a game thinking ‘I really enjoyed that’.”

Poole was his side’s star man during Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to Southend United at the Vic.

And he believes the team, under the care of Colin Cooper, is heading in the right direction.

“We dominated the ball again on Saturday,” he said.

“But it’s about improving in that final third, the business end.

“We will get it right and I’m sure we’ll do very well in this league.

“Under the gaffer I’m positive of that.

“Hopefully York is the game where we turn it around.”