CRYSTAL Palace have offered to pay for Hartlepool United supporters’ coach journey when they travel south for their FA Cup fourth round tie.
Premier League side CEO Phil Alexander made the decision to subsidize the coach trip as a gesture to his League Two opponents.
The game at Selhurst Park was rejected to be televised, meaning Pools missed the budget to raise the broadcast fee for the game. However, the cost of the coach trip will now be borne by the Eagles.
Swimming pools chief operating officer Stephen Hobin said: “During my conversations this week with Phil Alexander, CEO of Crystal Palace, Phil informed me that the club would like to contribute in some way. another to subsidize the coach’s official trip to our next FA Cup match at Selhurst.
“This is an extremely generous offer which has enabled us to charge just £12.50 to supporters who book a place in one of our official North East coaches in London.
“It goes without saying that as a League Two club, newly promoted to the EFL, we were understandably disappointed not to be selected for the live broadcast and to benefit from the substantial fee offered to clubs lucky enough to be selected.
“This is despite our extraordinary run in cup competitions this season beating 5 Ligue 1 clubs, one Championship club and Everton so far.
“Gestures like this give you confidence in the footballing family and we all look forward to what will be a very special occasion for the thousands of Poolies making the journey south. Thanks again to everyone at Crystal Palace FC.
Pools are due to meet Palace on Saturday February 5 at 3 p.m.