We preview Saturday’s Sky Bet League Two fixture against Fleetwood Town at Victoria Park (3pm kick-off).
Hartlepool United v Fleetwood Town
Sky Bet League Two
Saturday 24th August 2013
Pools return to home soil this weekend when they meet Fleetwood Town for the first time ever in league football.
Fleetwood Town completed a rapid rise up the footballing pyramid in 2012 when they were promoted to the Football League for the first time.
At times it’s been a turbulent ride for the Cod Army who were originally founded in 1908 but were forced to reform in 1997.
Ambitions have been heightened at Highbury in recent years and they won the Conference in 2011/12 to secure their place among the 92.
They’re not happy there though and they’ve invested in their squad during the summer with the aim of bringing League One football to the Club as soon as possible.
Over fifty places separated the two sides the last time – and the only time – they met in competitive action back in 2008.
The clubs were paired in the FA Cup with ITV turning up at Highbury in the hope of capturing footage of the Conference North outfit upsetting League One Pools.
It threatened to happen early on when the non-league hosts took the lead through Andy Bell, but a double from Michael Mackay and another from Joel Porter swung the tie in Pools favour and they progressed 3-2 in the end.
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Colin Cooper is expecting to be without skipper Antony Sweeney who is still nursing a calf problem but new signings Matty Dolan and Michael Duckworth are set to go straight in to the squad.
Tickets are on sale now from the Victoria Park Ticket Office but will also be available on the turnstiles prior to kick-off.
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Pools legend Brian Honour will be our co-commentator on Pools Player again on Saturday so join him for full live coverage of the game against Fleetwood.
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Pools are rated 11/5 for a victory on Saturday, with Fleetwood in at 5/4 and the draw on offer at a price of 23/10 with Sky Bet.