Former Sunderland and Swansea Premier League star Danny Graham donates £2,500 to help save Hartlepool United from administration

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FORMER Premier League star Danny Graham has donated £2,500 to help try and save struggling Hartlepool United.

The North East side are in a precarious position and need to raise £2,000 by January 25 or risk entering administration.

 Danny Graham has made a generous donation to help save Hartlepool UnitedReuters Danny Graham has made a generous donation to help save Hartlepool United

A crowd-funding page was created to help get the much-needed funds needed for the Monkey Hangers by supporter Rachel Cartwright.

That has raised over £28,000 in just two days – but it has now emerged a chunk of that figure came from Graham's wallet.

The ex-Swansea, Middlesbrough and Sunderland frontman, who is now leading the line for League One Blackburn Rovers, also posted a message of support for the Conference National outfit.

He wrote: “Good luck Hartlepool United hope you reach your target … I’m sure you will hopefully the whole of the north east get behind u (sic) and all the football fans out there.”

 Hartlepool have to raise £200,000 by January 25 to avoid going into administrationPA:Press Association Hartlepool have to raise £200,000 by January 25 to avoid going into administration  Former Premier League striker Graham, who a ex-Swansea star, has donated £2,500 to help themPA:Empics Sport Former Premier League striker Graham, who a ex-Swansea star, has donated £2,500 to help them

Gateshead-born Graham still lives close to Hartlepool despite plying his trade in Lancashire.

And he decided to try and help out after his brother spotted the troubles of the Victoria Park side.

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Speaking to the Chronicle, the 32-year-old explained: “I live in Wynyard now, so it’s actually only up the road from Hartlepool.

“I’m from Gateshead so I know what North East football means to everyone in the region, I just thought it would be a nice gesture to try and help out. Hopefully it gets a few more involved.

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