1. Hartlepool United Football Club is an English professional football club based in the town of Hartlepool in County Durham. The club was founded in 1908 and their nickname is Pools.

2. The club's home ground is Victoria Park, which has a capacity of 7,858 spectators. The stadium has been the home of Hartlepool United since 1908 and has also hosted several other events over the years, including music concerts and rugby matches.

3. Hartlepool United's highest-ever league finish is the third tier of English football, League One.

4. Hartlepool's main rivals are Darlington.

5. Famous fans include Jeff Stelling, Michael Gough,Janick Gers and Savannah Marshall.

Home of Hartlepool United FC

Opened 1886

Capacity 7,856

Rating: 4.3

(529) Google Reviews

Easy to access the game and find seat. Good selection of food and beverages available.
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3 months ago
Poolies 💙 💙 💙 love our club super kid friendly great place to be UTP NSD
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6 months ago
eye opener, the seats are pretty much on top of each other. Not a great ground tbh plus that guy with the drum needs to stop it was hard enough watching hartlepool never mind that in the background
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a month ago
Standard league 2 ground .Good away end for noise but poor facilities and annoying jobsworth stewards. Good atmosphere from home fans, but ditch the drum.
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a year ago
looks like a sunday league stadium and i love it so much it reminds me of homeless and i love homeless vibes

History (from Wikipedia)

The land on which Victoria Park stands was originally a limestone quarry owned by the North-Eastern Railway Company. In 1886, the land was bought by West Hartlepool Rugby Football Club for the development of a new rugby ground. The ground was then named the Victoria Ground in celebration of Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee. In 1908, West Hartlepool R.F.C. went bust, leaving The Victoria Ground vacant. Shortly afterwards, the ground was registered under the name of "The Hartlepools United Football Athletic Company Limited", a football team representing both the town of West Hartlepool and the original settlement of Old Hartlepool. This football team developed into Hartlepool United. From 1908 to 1910, Hartlepools United shared their ground with the amateurs of West Hartlepool until the club broke up leaving Hartlepools United as the sole occupiers of the ground. In 1916, the ground was bombed by a German Zeppelin, destroying the main stand on Clarence Road. A small, wooden stand was built as a temporary measure with the intent to replace it with a larger, more permanent structure once funds allowed. After the war, Hartlepool tried to claim compensation from the German government in order to fund the new stand. However these attempts failed and the temporary stand was eventually demolished in the late 1980s due to fire regulations being tightened as a result of the Bradford City fire. A number of portable cabins were put on the site of the Clarence Road stand containing dressing rooms, offices and a small number of seats until the Cyril Knowles Stand was built in 1995.

Chesterfield F.C. installed their floodlights in 1967, it left Hartlepool United as the only Football League club not to have floodlights.[2]

The Cyril Knowles Stand was named after the former 
Tottenham Hotspur defender who managed Hartlepool from January 1990 until June 1991. He had built side that won promotion from the Fourth Division in the 1990–91 season, but had to hand over managerial duties to coach Alan Murray in February 1991 due to brain cancer. Knowles retired in June 1991 after his declining health meant that he was no longer well enough to manage the club and died two months later at the age of 47.

In 1986, 
Middlesbrough faced with liquidation were locked out of their ground, Ayresome Park, and the authorities had granted Middlesbrough continued League status on the proviso that they could fulfil their first fixture of the season.[3] On the day of their first game, two games were played at the ground with Hartlepool playing their game at an earlier kick-off. 3,690 Middlesbrough supporters made the short journey to Hartlepool to see them draw 2–2 against Port Vale.[4]

In 1998, 
West Hartlepool R.F.C. were allowed to once again share the ground, signing an agreement that was to run until 2001, and brought a number of executive boxes with them from their previous ground, Brierton Lane. These boxes were added to the rear of the Cyril Knowles stand. West Hartlepool R.F.C. moved out in 1999. In 1996, the ground was renamed Victoria Park to reflect the large number of improvements that had been made to the infrastructure and facilities. Among the improvements were two new stands (the Cyril Knowles Stand and the Town End), new dressing rooms and offices in the old Clock Garages building to the northeast of the ground and major work on the condition of the pitch. Since 2003, groundsman Dave Brown has received an annual nomination for Groundsman of the Year awards due to the excellent state of the pitch.[5] In 2006, Hartlepool made a bid to buy the lease of the land that the ground is on.[6] However, Hartlepool Borough Council rejected this proposal claiming that accepting the offer would be premature in light of recent development in the area around Victoria Park.[7]

The ground has been relatively free from crowd trouble. However, when matches were played against local rivals 
Darlington, there was some. One of the most notorious incidents of crowd trouble came in 2000 during Hartlepool's play-off match against Darlington. Darlington manager Dave Hodgson was struck with a coin and Marco Gabbiadini was reportedly punched by a fan after the match.[8] There have also been some Health and Safety issues regarding fans refusing to sit in the seating areas. This has forced the club to employ strict ground regulations.[9]

In 1957, the ground attracted its record attendance of 17,264 for a 3rd Round FA Cup Game against a 
Manchester United team managed by Matt Busby, which Hartlepool narrowly lost 4–3.[10] This was regarded by Busby in his biography as being one of the most exciting matches he had ever witnessed. Manchester United later returned later to Victoria Park for a heavily attended friendly, only to lose 6–2. Hartlepool played three Premier League sides in cup competitions at Victoria Park in 2008–09, two of whom, West Bromwich Albion and Stoke City, were beaten by Hartlepool. Their fourth-round tie against West Ham United was televised live on ITV and attracted over 500 million viewers worldwide, Hartlepool losing 2–0 in front of a crowd of 6,849.[11]

After a successful season ticket campaign at the start of the 2011–12 season, which saw the club sell over 5,000 season tickets,
[12] Hartlepool had the highest percentage of their ground full in their division.

In the latter half of the 2012–13 season, 
Gateshead played home games at Victoria Park after drainage problems at Gateshead International Stadium.[13]

Middlesbrough U21s began to play their home games at Victoria Park in the 2013–14 season.[14]

Following the tragic death of former 
Hartlepool United manager Neale Cooper in 2018, the Club decided to rename from the Cameron's Brewery Stand to the Neale Cooper Stand.

Things to do in Hartlepool.

The Almighty Cod.

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Jackson's Wharf.

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I gave this five stars because excellent place to go to chill out or just and have pint. This place is good at serving food it is one of my favourite places... Read More