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Hartlepool Utd sell out for Save Pools Day

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By Kris Jepson

Nearly 7,000 fans turned out at Victoria Park to watch Hartlepool Utd take on Wrexham in a game dubbed "Save Pools Day".

Fans from as far as Scotland and Ireland, joined the Pools faithful to help support the club as it aimed to raise £200,000 by Thursday, to stave off administration.

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More than 1,000 Middlesbrough fans turned up at the ground in coaches from the Riverside Stadium to lend their support.

In 1986, Hartlepool Utd shared its ground with Boro as the Teesside club were facing extinction.

Boro fans told ITV News Tyne Tees they wanted to "repay a debt".

We are here to repay a debt that's 31 years old. Back in 1986 we were a day from extinction and Hartlepool held out their kind hand and said come and play your first game of the season here. If we can play some small part in keeping Hartlepool Utd alive, that's why we're here today.

– Dave Roberts, Red Army TV
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Fans filled collection boxes, bought programmes, food and drink and tickets and 6,833 fans watched the game.

The sell out home game to Wrexham ended in a two nil defeat.

However, the fans are hoping ticket sales could help stop the club from going under, amid continuing talk a local business may also be about to step in to save the day.

It's awesome. For us, the support we've had from all football clubs, but obviously mainly Middlesbrough, it's been phenomenal. We'll just keep out fingers crossed and see, but if there's a lovely man out there that wants to jump in, great!

– Ron Harnish, Hartlepool Utd Supporters Trust
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