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Gateshead To Play Games At The Vic

Posted: Fri 15 Feb 2013
Author: HUFC
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Victoria Park is set to host some of Gateshead's remaining fixtures after Pools stepped in to help the struggling Blue Square Bet Premier side.

The Tyneside outfit have been suffering ongoing drainage problems with the pitch at The International Stadium and have played just once on home soil since November. 

 Saturday's trip to Forest Green Rovers will be their ninth away game in the last ten and the postponement of fixtures has seen them tumble to fifth bottom in the table. 

The Heed will now play seven of their remaining home fixtures at The Vic - the first of which will see them host Wrexham on Tuesday 19th February (7.45pm kick-off). 

"We received a call from Gateshead explaining the situation with their pitch and were asked if we could help in any way," explained Pools Chief Executive Russ Green. 

"Fortunately, we're in a position where we can offer some assistance and we're more than happy to be able to help out a fellow north east club.

"Obviously it will entail quite a lot of work on the part of staff at Hartlepool United but we hope that by offering this help we can alleviate Gateshead's problem. 

"Although they won't be playing at home, we hope that we can make Gateshead and their supporters feel at home during their games here and that they can enjoy some good results at Victoria Park." 

The Vic is one of only a handful of stadiums which has the necessary A grading to stage Conference games and Gateshead Chairman Graham Wood is thrilled Pools have come to the rescue. 

"Hartlepool have been very helpful and understanding regarding the predicament we have found ourselves in," he commented. 

"It's great to have a neighbour so willing to help. It's a tremendous gesture on their part and one that we really appreciate. 

"They could not have been more accommodating and everyone we spoke to at the Club wanted to help us as much as they could. 

"While it is disappointing not to be able to play at our home ground it will be an enjoyable experience playing at Victoria Park and one we are looking forward to." 

Gateshead - who have former Pools stars Ben Clark and James Brown in their squad - have reduced entry prices for Pools Season Ticket holders with adults paying just £10 and concessions at £5. 

Gateshead At The Vic 

Wrexham 
Tuesday 19th February, 7.45pm 

Braintree Town 
Saturday 2nd March, 3pm 

Hereford United 
Tuesday 19th March, 7.45pm 

Grimsby Town 
Tuesday 26th March, 7.45pm 

Southport 
Saturday 30th March, 3pm 

Nuneaton Town 
Tuesday 9th April, 7.45pm 

Stockport County 
Tuesday 16th April, 7.45pm