HARTLEPOOL United are set for their biggest crowd of the season on Saturday – and Antony Sweeney is determined to make sure numbers don’t drop off.
Pools’ seven-game unbeaten start coupled with the end of the summer holidays means the attendance for the visit of Bury could push the 5,800 mark.
That would be 300 higher than the figure for the goalless draw with Huddersfield Town last month.
Sweeney, though, has warned that the players have a duty to make sure the supporters keep on coming back to Victoria Park.
And the midfield ace says Pools can ill afford to rest on the assumption that the 5,700 season-ticket holders – who took up the club’s £100 offer over the summer - will turn up week in, week out.
“We’ve got the fans through the doors – now we’ve got to keep them there,” the player-of-the-season told SportMail today.
“The last thing we want is to not deliver on the pitch and lose those fans, because they might never come back.
“The club has worked hard to get the supporters back and the uptake over the summer was incredible, it was just so exciting for us players to see the number of sales rise day on day.
“I’ve been here for 10 years and know what a difference it makes playing in front of a big crowd at the Vic.
“If we give them something to enjoy and get behind then we can make it a fortress this year with their help.”
Full story in Thursday’s Mail