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Hartlepool chairman dismisses costume controversy

Hartlepool fans plan to dress up as reggae star Bob Marley Credit: PA

The controversy over Hartlepool United's visit to Brunton Park on Saturday has been blown out of proportion, according to the club's chairman.

Football equality campaigners Kick It Out warned fans over their plan to attend this Saturday's League Two game at Carlisle in Bob Marley-themed costumes.

But club chairman Russ Green says the away supporters are not planning to "black up" as some had feared.

It is a fantastic, celebratory event.

"Bob Marley was a big football fan - there was nothing derogatory or wrong with it I don't think.

"I think it is great. It is all about a good day out and I just think sometimes some of these things are taken out of proportion."

– Russ Green, Chief Executive of Hartlepool United


N-ice pass - rugby match at Magnetic North Pole

Two men from the south of Scotland will be on top of the world this evening - when they play a rugby match at the Magnetic North Pole.

Andrew Walker from Closeburn and adventurer Jock Wishart from Dumfries, are set to become World Record-breakers with the game they're taking part in being the most northerly rugby match of all time.

The Arctic Rugby Challenge has seen eleven challengers from across the UK, including Andrew and Jock, reach the Magnetic North Pole after five days of trekking across the Arctic sea ice alongside their support team of polar guides.

Rugby practice in the Arctic Credit: Arctic Rugby Challenge

After sleeping, the teams will get up to ready an area of ice as a rugby pitch.

A plane carrying Lee Mears, the former England hooker, and a small group of supporters is set to fly in later today. Lee will be the official match referee for the challengers’ world record setting rugby game.

The plane will also be bringing specially constructed rugbyposts (designed to be light weight and portable in a small aircraft).

The challenge is hoping to raise over £300,000 for WoodenSpoon, the children’s charity of rugby supporting disabled and disadvantaged children throughout the UK and Ireland.

Trekking to the Magnetic North Pole Credit: Arctic Rugby Challenge

Wheelchair racer surprises fan with medal

Shelby Watson presents Lucy Glendinning with her medal Credit: ITV Border

A wheelchair racer from Dumfries and Galloway has given one fan a surprise gift.

Shelby Watson, from Johnstone Bridge, won her classification at Sunday's London Marathon.

Yesterday, she presented her medal to Lucy Glendinning during a special assembly at Dalbeattie Primary School.

The eight-year-old had given Shelby one of her own necklaces for good luck before Sunday's race.

WATCH: Stranraer's big moment

Stranraer could be promoted to the Scottish Championship for the first time if they can win at the weekend, and other results go their way.

The Blues have been struggling with Greenock Morton and Forfar for the League One title all season.

With two games left, including tomorrow's match against Morton, their fate is in their own hands.

As Ryan Dollard found out, excitement is building:


Reggae theme for Hartlepool's visit to Brunton Park

Hartlepool fans plan to dress up as reggae star Bob Marley Credit: PA

Hartlepool fans' tradition of dressing up for the last away game of the season has caused some concern for Carlisle United.

Hundreds of supporters of the north-east side are expected to don Bob Marley costumes at Brunton Park a week on Saturday.

It's the latest in a running tradition of fancy dress ideas, with previous years' themes including the Thunderbirds and the Smurfs.

Hartlepool fans dressed as Smurfs at an end-of-season match Credit: PA

But the Blues have said they are seeking advice from Kick It Out, football's anti-discrimination organisation, over concerns some fans could "black-up" as part of their efforts.

Carlisle United Manager Keith Curle has said he has concerns about the health and safety implications, but isn't personally worried about the racial connotations of the costumes.

Carlisle United look for strong end to season

Their League Two status may have been secured, but Keith Curle insists Carlisle United won't be resting on their laurels.

He says they'll be looking to finish the season on a high - particularly as yesterday marked the twentieth anniversary of the day the Blues made their debut at the old Wembley Stadium.

Those heady days are a reminder that there's still plenty of work to do, to get United back to their best:

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