Pools chairman Ken Hodcroft makes season ticket pledge

Ken Hodcroft
Ken Hodcroft

I’VE got mine – are you getting yours?

That was the rallying call from Hartlepool United chairman Ken Hodcroft to the club’s supporters today after he shelled out £100 for a season ticket.

The ground-breaking offer, which will be honoured should total sales reach 4,000, has seen a steady flow of fans heading down to the Victoria Park ticket office since its launch three weeks ago.

Still, though, Pools need to sell at least another 2,700 to pass their target figure, and Hodcroft is hoping that a Bank Holiday pay-weekend rush could provide a timely boost to the sales campaign.

In an exclusive interview with SportMail, the Pools supremo told how he was forking out £100 of his OWN money in support of the scheme, such is his determination to see fans rewarded for their loyalty.

“I’ve filled my application form in and will be paying my money to follow the team this season,” said the 57-year-old.

“It’s just such a fantastic offer and is without doubt the best in the land.

“Sales have gone very well so far and we thank those fans for their early support - but we’re not there yet.

“As of today we’re approaching the 1,300 mark but we’re looking for a big push at the end of the month.

“Hopefully people will have a bit of extra cash in their pocket with it being pay-day weekend and will come and show their support for the club.”

“The initial reaction around the town has been better than I expected but I think it’s a case of ‘don’t assume we’re going to reach the target’.

“Instead of talking about it and saying what a wonderful idea it is we’re hoping that everyone over the next couple of weeks will be able to get their tickets and push us towards our target.”

Never has there been such a buzz around the club in recent years with the signing of Peruvian superstar Nobby Solano coming on the back of the season-ticket announcement.

And Hodcroft understands that the team must deliver a brand of football which will entice the punters back to The Vic.

“In terms of cost, £4.34 per match, the offer is tremendous - but we’ve got to fulfil our end of the bargain and give the fans something they can get excited about,” he added.

“I think bringing in Nobby Solano will help with that and if we can deliver on the pitch then all we ask of the supporters is to deliver their body to the ground.

“We know what it was like a few years ago when we were playing in front of 5,000 supporters and were up there challenging for the play-offs.

“The atmosphere at The Vic is fantastic when it’s like that and there was a time when it was a fortress, especially on those Friday night games under the floodlights.

“If we can get back to something approaching that then it promises to be an exciting season for everyone.”