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'No pressure' on Hartlepool in League Cup clash

Hartlepool United boss Craig Hignett says there's 'no pressure' on his team going into tonight's League Cup clash with Preston North End.

Pools face an away trip to the Championship side in the First Round of the EFL Cup.

With the League Two club classed as the underdogs, Hignett believes the pressure will be on the hosts at Deepdale. He told ITV News:

I don't think anyone expects us to go there and win the game, except me.

– Craig Hignett

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Star Wars fan Hignett looks forward to seeing Hartlepool 'Stormtroopers'

Hartlepool United boss Craig Hignett is looking forward to seeing the 'Stormtroopers' at the club's final game of the season at Plymouth Argyle.

It's a tradition among Hartlepool fans to wear fancy dress at their team's last away match of each campaign. This year more than 200 supporters will be dressed as Imperial Stormtroopers from the Star Wars movies.

Hignett, who is a self-confessed Star Wars fan, said he can't wait for Saturday's trip to Home Park.

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Jeff Stelling reaches Middlesbrough on his 'ten marathon in ten days' challenge

Jeff reaches the Transporter Bridge Credit: Tyne Tees

The sports journalist and television presenter Jeff Stelling, who is from Hartlepool, is doing well on day one of his challenge to raise awareness of prostate cancer.

The football journalist and TV personality says he will walk ten marathons in ten days - starting in Hartlepool.

The 260-mile journey will take in more than 30 football clubs, all of which are supporting his efforts to raise money for Prostate Cancer UK.

Day one sees the walkers set off from Hartlepool United, pass Middlesbrough FC and end at Marske.

As you can see from the photos - he has already reached the Transporter Bridge and The Riverside in Middlesbrough!

Jeff passing the Riverside Stadium in Middlesbrough on his 260 mile journey Credit: Tyne Tees
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