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Black Cats set Pools friendly date

Hartlepool United will host Sunderland on July 27 Credit: ITV

Sunderland have confirmed they will play Hartlepool United in a pre-season friendly this summer.

The Black Cats will travel to Victoria Park to face Neale Cooper's team on July 27, with kick-off at 7:30pm.

It will be Sunderland's second visit to Hartlepool in successive summers after the teams went head-to-head in Ritchie Humpreys' testimonial last year.