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Saving Hartlepool United

More than life, death and pies: Fight to save Hartlepool United.

Hartlepool United is on the brink of administration and the difficulties the club is facing are keenly felt in the town.

Players at a 110-year-old football club are taking to the pitch this weekend worried that they might not be paid.

After a troubled few years Hartlepool United is on the brink of administration with debts of £1.8m and immediate bills of £200,000.

Fans of the North East club have organised a sell-out for today’s home game against Wrexham alongside an online fundraising campaign in the hope they can pay the wages until a new owner is found.

Club chair and chief executive Pam Duxbury, who has been holding the fort since the beginning of last year, is hopeful someone will buy the club and pump in the £1m a year it takes to keep it afloat.

“I’m reviewing it on a daily basis,” she said. Her message to potential buyers is simple: “If you’ve got £1m, I want you to come.”

If the club slips into administration it will automatically lose 10 points and could drop out of the National League and down to the sixth tier; a world away from>>

CREDIT: Gerard Tubb, SKYNEWS

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