Hartlepool United Club Profile
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Hartlepool United : Club Background
West Hartlepool Amateur Football Club was the first recorded outfit playing to Association rules in the town from 1881. In 1905 they won the F.A. Amateur Cup, beating Clapton 3-2 at Shepherd’s Bush, London. In 1908 the town's Rugby Club, whose home was Victoria Ground, folded, and a professional football club was formed to avail itself of the opportunity to take over the ground. Snappily named 'The Hartlepools United Football Athletic Company Limited' it adopted the "Hartlepools" bit on the grounds that its aim was to unite the two boroughs of Hartlepool and West Hartlepool. However West Hartlepool Amateur Football Club were having none of it and continued as a separate entity. Slightly bizarrely, with Victoria Ground being in West Hartlepool, Hartlepools United and West Hartlepool Amateur Football Club then played at the same ground until the amateurs folded in 1910. Hartlepools United could now justifiably claim to represent the whole town.
Victoria Ground achieved what must surely be a unique feat in the First World War. It was bombed by a Zeppelin and shelled by the Kaiser's navy. Perhaps it was a German not a French monkey they'd hanged all those years before, and revenge was being sought?
After the War the club played in the Northern Victory League for a season, then the North-East League. In 1921 they were given one of the automatic places in the Football League's newly formed Division Three North. And there they remained, with little more excitement than the occasional need for re-election, until 1958 when the reorganisation of the Football League saw them into Division Four. They continued there, with even Brian Clough, in his first managerial appointment from 1965-67, unable to get them up. However he and Peter Taylor had sown seeds, and the following season Hartlepools United achieved their first ever promotion, finishing third. They dropped the 's' and 'United' and the very next season it was Hartlepool who were..... relegated straight back down. The season after that they were back in the re-election mix once again. And the season after that. And twice more before the Seventies were out. And in the Eighties....... Bitter? Us?
In 1990-91 Hartlepool United (the 'United' but not the 's' had been restored in 1977) achieved their second promotion, again in third place. This time they lasted three seasons. During this time they achieved a Football League record of 1,227 minutes without scoring and came close to being wound up.
The Camerons Brewery Stand
Photo © 2007 Ciderspace
They must like fiddling with names in Hartlepool. Back in the bottom division again they decided in 1995 that Victoria Ground would be called Victoria Park.
In 1997 the club was bought by Increased Oil Recovery Ltd. In Hartlepool terms the new century has been a bonanza of success. From 2000-2002 under Chris Turner they made the play-offs three years in a row, only to lose out each time. In 2002-03 they looked as if they were going to storm the division. Turner left for Sheffield Wednesday in November but they went an absolute mile ahead. However the massive lead was squandered and Rushden & Diamonds took the title. Although they did finish second and got their third promotion Mike Newell's contract was not renewed. The following season under Neale Cooper they were in the Second Division play-offs but were knocked out by Bristol City. In 2004-05 they were closing in on a play-off place once again when Cooper walked out. Martin Scott stepped up on a caretaker basis and took them through the Semi-Finals against red hot favourites Tranmere Rovers and on to the Millennium Stadium. They lost out to Sheffield Wednesday in extra time but Scott was rewarded with the manager's job on a permanent basis.
After all of those years of success, the 2005-06 season was not a good one. After reaching the play-off final, they played the "play-off final loser always has a hangover season" card superbly, with Scott fired for poor results by February, and his successor Paul Stephenson faring even worse, lasting only until the end of the season as the managerial change failed to alter their downward spiral and relegation to League Two was confirmed.
Cyril Knowles Stand
Photo © 2007 Ciderspace
Hartlepool appointed former Bristol City manager Danny Wilson - the man who was City's manager when Hartlepool were knocked out of the
play-offs in 2003-04, but had also been fired after failing to take City one step further. Wilson had also been fired by MK Dons, but he
showed his managerial prowess was still there - taking them back to League One in his first season in charge, and in doing so denying his
former club MK Dons a chance to do the same.
In their first season back, in 2007-08, they did well enough, without pulling up any trees along the way, finishing mid-table in 15th, and
that was followed up by a 19th in the following season. Matters last season (2009-10) got decidedly more squeaky, surviving in 20th place
on the final day of the season, and only then on goal difference. Their selection of defender Gary Liddle on Easter Monday saw a long drawn
out disciplinary process that saw them deducted points for fielding Liddle whilst suspended. An emotional manager Chris Turner broke
down in their post-match press conference, clearly feeling the pressure, and so it was perhaps not too surprising when he resigned early
on in the 2010-11 season, pretty much saying that he didn't think that Hartlepool had the players to stay in League One.
was the man hired to prove Turner wrong, and so he did, with the Durham club finishing a comfortable
16th place at the end of
that campaign. Better followed, with a 13th place finish for 2011-12, but this season his luck ran out - rock bottom of the table, Wadsworth was shown the door, with John Hughes brought in to do the impossible and save them from certain relegation. At present, he's giving them half a chance - it's a tall order, but they won't be throwing in the towel given how they have progressed since the turn of the year.
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|Hartlepool United : We've Met Before|
|Previous Results for Yeovil Town First Team vs Hartlepool United
|07/01/2006||Home||CCL1||W||2-0||5480||Jevons 26, 60|
|08/12/2007||Home||CCL1||W||3-1||4694||Skiverton 27, Stewart 31, Owusu 77|
|18/04/2009||Home||CCL1||L||2-3||4332||Tomlin 7, Townsend 57|
|19/12/2009||Away||CCL1||D||1-1||2778||S Williams 33|
|13/03/2010||Home||CCL1||W||4-0||4169||Tomlin 20, G Williams 38, Own Goal 50, Bowditch 71|
|14/12/2010||Away||FAC2||L||2-4||1914||A Williams 18, Upson 31|
Results Summary For Yeovil Town First Team vs Hartlepool United
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Hartlepool United : Club Statistics
Highest League Attendance: Not Applicable
Lowest League Attendance: Not Applicable
Average League Attendance: Not Applicable
CURRENT LEAGUE SEQUENCE STATISTICS
|Games Without A Win: ||1
||Games Without A Home Win: ||0
|Games Without An Away Win: ||1
||Games Without Defeat: ||0
|Games Without A Home Defeat: ||0
||Games Without An Away Defeat: ||0
|Games Without A Draw: ||1
||Games Without A Score Draw: ||1
|Games Without A No-Score Draw: ||1
||Games Without Scoring: ||0
|Games Without Conceding: ||0
||Home Results Sequence: ||
|Away Results Sequence: ||L
||Overall Results Sequence: ||L
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Hartlepool United : Club Information
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Telephone Number : 01429 272584
Fax : 01429 863007
Chairman : Ken Hodcroft
Fixtures Secretary : Maureen Smith
Safety Officer : Maurice Russell
Media Manager : Mark Simpson
Manager : John Hughes
Capacity : 7,629
Seated : c.4,000
Covered Terrace : Expamet Town End (home)
Uncovered Terrace : lower tier of Camerons Brewery Stand (home)
Colours : shirt blue and white stripes, shorts blue, socks white
Record Attendance : 17,426 v Manchester United, F.A. Cup R3, 05/01/1957
Nickname : Pools (though colloquially The Monkey Hangers is possibly more popular, at least with away fans!)
Ticket Prices : Away supporters get the Rink End. This is a small covered stand holding 1,033 seats. Entrance by turnstiles 1 and 2
from Clarence Road. Prices for the 2012-13 League One fixture is as follows:
Adults: £25.00; Concessions: £13.00. They are available on the day from Victoria Road, or in advance from the
Huish Park Ticket Office.
Concessions include Over-60s, Aged 18 and Under and Students. The relevant identification must be carried. Prices are standard with no early purchase
discounts so, fans making late decisions can buy tickets on the day at Victoria Park.
Those wishing to claim their concession ticket have in the past had to produce appropriate proof of identity confirming their
entitlement to the concession, and purchase from the Club Ticket Office. Reductions for students and young supporters are not available at the turnstiles. We'd therefore strongly recommend that you allow time for this, take some ID with you, or risk paying the full price.
You will note that the above prices are amongst the steepest in League One. In fact we're only aware of one other club charging such ridiculous prices (Swindon Town) ... this for some fairly basic away facilities, and for what is one of the costliest away trips. Is this value for money? We don't think so - but football clubs seem to take fans' loyalty for granted on far too many levels.
Disabled Info: There is a bay for away supporters in the Rink End that can take up to ten wheelchairs. There is no provision for
ambulant disabled. There are two adapted toilets in the stadium, one behind the Cyril Knowles Stand and one behind the Camerons Brewery Stand.
It is not clear how easy it is for away fans to access these. Admission Prices are as per normal admission rates, however assistants for
disabled supporters carrying proof of high rate disability are Free of Charge.
There are a limited number of disabled parking spaces available at Victoria Park on a first come first served basis. You will be
charged a rather unbelievable sum of £7 to park your vehicle. There is also limited parking available on Clarence Road, again on a first
come first served basis. We suggest that you contact Kate Betts at Hartlepool on 01429 272584 (extension 9) or firstname.lastname@example.org for any queries regarding
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Hartlepool United : Directions To The Ground
Hartlepool is a long way. A long, long way. Multimap comes up with a shortest journey of 309 miles, and a quickest route of 336 miles from Yeovil. For those that have done Darlington take the same basic route, then stick another 25 miles on top.
The Rink End, accommodation for the away support
Photo © 2007 Ciderspace
From the South:
We'll presume that the sort of dedicated lunatics heading to Victoria Park will be the types who have already done the trip before, or places like Darlington, and will remember how to get that far on the A1(M). For the details as you close in on your destination: exit the A1(M) at Junction 60, taking the A689 eastwards the 16 miles to Hartlepool. This is mostly dual carriageway, with two sections of normal road.
As you come into the outskirts of the town you'll meet a roundabout by the Owton Lodge pub. Keep on the A689 (signposted 'Town Centre') and follow Town Centre signs for another 2.8 miles over two more roundabouts. At the traffic lights just past the Blacksmiths Arms (on your left), go straight on. At the next traffic lights go straight on again. This takes you over the bridge into the marina complex. Keep straight on again at the roundabout and into Marina Way. This is the area for the Jackson's Wharf parking (see below). To get to the ground itself continue to the next roundabout and turn left (signposted 'The North A179, A1048'). Turn left at the lights into Clarence Road and you'll see the stadium.
Alternatively you can leave the A1(M) at Junction 49, taking the A168 across to Thirsk where you pick up the A19. This is a more direct route and dual carriageway all the way, though whether quicker or not in practice we can't say. Probably depends on the amount of traffic you hit as the road slices through the Middlesbrough / Stockton-on-Tees conurbation. The A19 meets the A689 about 7 miles out of Hartlepool. Go east on the A689 for Hartlepool and when you reach the outskirts it's the same directions as above.
From the North:
If you live even further North than Hartlepool, God help you.
The club car park is behind the Rink (Away) End Stand on the east side of the stadium. There's obviously a charge as they have a
'season ticket' price for parking there, but they don't reveal the single use price. Reading between the lines the impression given is
that most spaces are likely to be reserved for holders of those parking 'season tickets'.
Jackson's Wharf, part of the new marina complex, has free parking and is a few minutes walk from the stadium. There is a fair amount of street parking around too.
Do not park in the nearby Asda car park. They have a clamping policy for those they deem not to be genuine customers.
By Supporters Coaches
The Green and White Supporters Club are running coaches to the match for this 2011-12 season fixture as follows:
Coaches will depart from from Yeovil Bus Station at 5.45a.m. and from Huish Park at 6.00a.m. Cost of travel will be £32.00
with concessions available at £30.00. Non-GWSC members are welcomed and will pay two pounds extra.
To place your booking, call Paul Hadlow on 07736 044570 or Rich Rendell on 01935 427072 (Evenings).
The Town (home) End
Photo © 2007 Ciderspace
Almost all rail journeys to and from Hartlepool and anywhere seem to require a change at Thornaby (Stockton-on-Tees), with the very occasional
option of a through train to / from Darlington.
The Railway Station is about half a mile by foot, thus ten minutes walk, to the ground. Exit the station onto Church Street and turn right
into Church Square. Follow the road out of Church Square and you'll already be able to see the floodlights. Cross over the A179 and bear right into Clarence Road. That's it.
The main arrival and departure point for buses, should you want one, in Hartlepool is Church Square (see above).
A selection of Hartlepool taxi companies can be found here.
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|Hartlepool United : Web Resources|
Hartlepool United Official
PTV site, register to view.
Website of the HUFC fanzine of the same name, which has been in production since 1989. That's the fanzine, not the website. Back issues can be downloaded in .pdf format. Hosts the busiest HUFC message board
Hartlepool's footy.mad site is, well, not very good really. Er, that's it.
If you can ignore the limitations imposed by the sports.network format, there's a lot of good stuff to be found here. News and general club info is kept up to date and there are some thoughtful opinion articles. Worth a browse.
|Web Message Boards|
Hartlepool United MAD
Sportnetwork, members only.
The Monkey Hangers Message Board
Independent forum, register to post.
Vital Hartlepool Message Board
It may be a Vital website, but unusually the message board is quite busy.
E-Mail Mailing Lists and Newsletters
Teesside Evening Gazette
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Hartlepool United : Food & Drink
The Marina area, a few minutes walk from Victoria Park, has a number of rather sterile fast food outlets, restaurants and bars, although Jackson's Wharf (below) could be worth a try. Alternatively five minutes along Clarence Road will bring you to the town centre.
Church Street and Church Square (by the Railway Station) have a load of pubs and bars cheek by jowl, with more in the immediate side streets. A couple have been listed below. Probably the very closest pub to the ground is the Millhouse Inn but as it is at the home end there doesn't seem a lot of point trying to squeeze in with myriads of Pools fans waiting to be served.
The brewery in Hartlepool is Camerons: The Lion Brewery. Founded in 1865, things looked bleak between the Seventies and Nineties when it was bought and sold a total of four times by large brewers. Thankfully in 2002 the other excellent brewery based in Hartlepool, Castle Eden, bought the Lion Brewery and combined production of its own beers and Cameron's on the one site. There's been some streamlining of brands since, with a few beers sadly lost, however at least it's back in independent hands and the future looks reasonably rosy. Under the Camerons label three beers are produced all year round in both cask and keg form, of which Strongarm is probably the best known. There's also Banner Bitter and Long Leg solely in cask form. From the Castle Eden stable Castle Eden Ale and Nimmo's XXXX have been maintained, as has that label's range of four seasonal ales. The Castle Eden Inn, some miles outside Hartlepool, where it all began in 1826, now only stocks one Castle Eden beer on an occasional basis.
Club Bar :
The Victoria Suite near the away turnstiles is for members only. However The Corner Flag Supporters Club on the other side of the stadium, between the away end (Rink End Stand) and the Cameron Brewery Stand, welcomes visiting fans both before and after matches. There is a small charge for entry. Has TV, including Sky Sports.
The Corner Flag - allows away supporters in for a small charge
Photo © 2007 Ciderspace
Local Pubs :
|Causeway: Around a mile virtually due south of the stadium, so fifteen minutes walk. Look for the church - home in on that and you can't miss the pub. Real ales are Banks's Bitter and Original and Camerons Strongarm as the regulars, plus a rotating guest or two. Food is served at lunchtimes Monday - Saturday. Opening 11.00 a.m - 11.00 p.m. weekdays and Saturdays. Live music (in the folk and jazz genre) five evenings a week.|
Causeway, Vicarage Gardens, Stranton, Hartlepool, Durham, TS24 7QT. Tel: 01429 273954. Map: Click Here.
|Gillen Sports Bar: If you are looking for the sports bar style of outlet this is a possibility. Under fifteen minutes walk to the stadium not far up from the Causeway (above).|
Gillen Sports Bar, Park Road, Hartlepool, Durham, TS24 7PN. Tel: 01429 288177. Map: Click Here.
|Jackson's Arms: Street corner local a few hundred yards south of the Railway Station and not much more than ten minutes walk from the ground. Draught Bass is the house beer, with three additional guests that change frequently. Has a pool table and darts. Drinkers pub, no meals. Opening is 12.00 noon - 11.00 p.m. (10.30 p.m. Sundays). This pub was closed during one of our visits, but later reopened. The local CAMRA branch say of the pub since it re-opened: "There are four handpumps which have continually changing real ales and some 100 beers are available during the year thereby providing a non stop beer festival. There is a Pool table and the pub is open all day" which suggests not much has changed.|
Jackson's Arms, Tower Street, Hartlepool, Durham, TS24 7HH. Tel: 01429 862413. Map: Click Here.
|Jackson's Wharf: Just a few minutes walk from the away end in the marina development, but has been popular with home fans as well as visitors. Does a wide range of drinks including some real ale, and serves food. Has Sky Sports. Masses of free parking all around, but word has it it is trying to deter football types these days.|
Jackson's Wharf, Hartlepool Marina, Hartlepool, Durham, TS24 0XZ. Tel: 01429 862963. Map: Click Here.
|King Johns Tavern: The Wetherspoon in the town. Usual format. Has outside area but no parking. Ten minutes walk to the stadium.|
King Johns Tavern, 1, South Road, Hartlepool, Durham, TS26 9HB. Tel: 01429 274388. Map: Click Here.
The Office: If
H'Angus the Monkey, Mayor, was caught in here doing some er, research.
© Hugh Gleave
strippers er, exotic dancers are your thing you could try this pub. Less than a minute east of the Railway Station. No idea when the young ladies engage in their performance art mind - you'll have to check when you see a bloke in a mac. Sorry girls, think this one is exclusively Gypsy Rose Lee rather than Chippendales country.
The Office, 51-52, Church Street, Hartlepool, Durham, TS24 7DX. Tel: 01429 232399. Map: Click Here.
|The Ward Jackson: A Lloyds No.1 bar - the supposedly younger funkier arm of Wetherspoon. In practice we don't notice a lot of difference. A few more people drinking ridiculous cocktails with supposedly witty names, some video and TV screens, and marginally more interesting menu tends to be about it. Some have live music and a late licence - but not this one. Closes at 11.00 p.m.|
The Ward Jackson, 6-9, Church Square, Hartlepool, Durham, TS24 7EU. Tel: 01429 850140. Map: Click Here.
|White House: 25 minutes walk from the ground, so more one for those staying up over the weekend to seek out. This is an Ember Inn, one of Mitchells & Butlers many 'themed' chains. We've fulminated in these guides about the execrable monstrosity that is Mitchells & Butlers before. But even a turd may float to the surface now and again, and this is one of the rare occasions they've got it right. Well, with over 2,000 outlets even they are bound to make the odd mistake and let a decent one or two slip through. It's a converted school with around eight different rooms. Draught Bass is the house beer, with another five changing guests. Food is served through to 8.00 p.m. Opening is 11 a.m. - 11.00 p.m. (12.00 noon - 10.30 Sundays). Has own parking.|
White House, Wooler Road, Hartlepool, Durham, TS26 0DR. Tel: 01429 224392. Map: Click Here.
Likelihood the Natives Will Understand You :
In my poverty stricken student hitching days I once got a lift of over 200 miles with a lorry driver from the North-East. He talked non-stop for four hours and in that time, what with the roar of the engine and the board 'Geordie' accent, I understood not one single word. It seemed to matter naught. On the brief occasions he paused for a split second to suck in some oxygen a random 'yep' or 'nope' was sufficient to launch him on again.
Take some warm clothing. If you don't believe us you obviously weren't at Grimsby! If the wind is whipping off that North Sea it is COLD.
And if it turns out that global warming has reached Hartlepool one day a decade then just leave those thermals in the car.
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Hartlepool United : Local Amenities
Local Guesthouses and Hotels
Go to A1 Tourism's Online Guide
to find Guest Houses/Hotels in the town and surrounding areas.
Other Points Of Interest
Everyone knows the monkey hanging story, surely? The election of Hartlepool's club mascot H'Angus the Monkey (a.k.a. Stuart Drummond) as Mayor of the town in 2002 revived a tale the good people of Hartlepool may have wished buried. According to folklore, during the Napoleonic Wars a French ship was wrecked off Hartlepool and the ship's pet monkey made it ashore. Arrested on the beach, it did not respond suitably to questioning and the rather dim locals condemned it as a French spy and hanged it from the nearest mast, evermore to suffer the jibe: Monkey Hangers.
[No responsibilty is taken for any inaccuracies. This page is entirely the product of bias and prejudice.]
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