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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.


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


Hartlepool through to FA Cup third round

Hartlepool United's Matthew Bates and Salford City's Gary Stopforth battle for the ball Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

Hartlepool netted two goals in extra-time to edge past Northern Premier League side Salford City 2-0 at Victoria Park, taking them into the third round of the FA Cup.

The League Two strugglers, beaten 4-0 at Portsmouth on Saturday, were second-best for 90 minutes as former Pools midfielder James Poole drilled the ball over the crossbar from eight yards and Richie Allen grazed the post with a deflected free-kick.

Ronnie Moore's side finally began to threaten in extra-time and a superb cross from Rhys Oates picked out Scott Fenwick and he powered home a header.

Salford - who are part-owned by Gary and Phil Neville, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs and Nicky Butt - threw men forward which allowed Pools to grab a second on the break as Brad Walker's superb pass found Mikael Mandron and he expertly volleyed in to secure a third-round clash at home to Derby.

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