Hartlepool United’s TV love-in continues as BT Sport show Leyton Orient-Pools

Jake Gray celebrates scoring in the televised win over Leyton Orient two years ago. Picture by FRANK REID
Jake Gray celebrates scoring in the televised win over Leyton Orient two years ago. Picture by FRANK REID

Are Hartlepool United the new Manchester United?

Television’s new love affair with Pools continued with BT Sport selecting their trip to Leyton Orient for live coverage.

The satellite station, which covers the National League every week, will have their cameras at Brisbane Road on Saturday, September 16 (kick-off 12.3opm).

Craig Harrison’s side had already been chosen for live coverage on the second Saturday of the campaign when BT picked the trip to Maidenhead United on August 12, also kicking off at 12.30pm.

Pools thrilled the nation, not to mention a near-full house at Victoria Park, on the final day of last season, when they came from a goal down to beat Doncaster Rovers on Sky Sports.

Super sub Devante Rodney’s dramatic double inside 10 minutes came agonisingly close to keeping Pools in the Football League, only to be relegated after Newport struck a last-gasp winner against Notts County.

But, clearly, Pools are a big draw on BT Sport who have selected the games against the newly-promoted and recently-relegated clubs.

In fact, if you take in the victory over Rovers, it means three Pools’ matches out of 12 will be live on the box.

That sort of ratio is up there with the glamour clubs and, all joking aside, Harrison & co will be delighted that Pools are seen as ‘big time’.

The Pools boss is keen his players embrace the fact the club are one of the National League’s top dogs.

While Pools might shiver at the thought of a return to Brisbane Road following the abject surrender there on Easter Monday, fans will have happy memories of TV times against the Londoners.

One of their finest hours came against Leyton Orient in November 2015 when Jake Gray’s double and a Kudus Oyenuga penalty swept Ronnie Moore’s side to a 3-1 victory on SKy Sports.

In fact, Pools have lost only once in their last five viewings on the telly and Harrison will hope for a double southern comfort at the start of the season.