Pools boss looking forward to welcoming NewcastleNeale Cooper is looking forward to Pools' final pre season warm-up game as they invited Newcastle United to Victoria Park this evening (7.30pm kick-off).
With only days to go until Pools kick-off the campaign with a Capital One Cup tie at Crewe Alexandra, Cooper reckons the Magpies test is the perfect climax to pre season.
"It's a really exciting fixture to send us in to the season," he told us.
"We're delighted Newcastle are sending a team down to play us - it completes what has been a very strong pre season schedule for us this year.
"It's great that we've been able to test ourselves against the higher league teams in the region and I'm certain it will stand us in good stead.
"Fitness-wise we're looking extremely strong so we're happy to be getting games in to the players and that will certainly help us come Saturday and beyond.
"We've seen some good performances from the players since we came back from Holland and hopefully we can get another one tonight and pick up a decent result.
"I just hope it's better for us than when we played Newcastle in pre season during my first spell here - I think we lost 6-0!"
Tickets are priced at just £10 for adults and £5 for concessions, and are available on the turnstiles tonight -click here for full information.