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?

The Neale Cooper Stand
The Neale Cooper Stand - situated on the West side of the ground
Photo © 2007-19 Ciderspace

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.

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
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.

Mick Wadsworth 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 during his third season his luck ran out, and with them rock bottom of the table, Wadsworth was shown the door. The change didn't have much effect as they finished in 23rd place and propped up by a points-deducted Portsmouth. A 17 month reign of Colin Cooper that was followed by a fair bit of dithering with Paul Murray's seven (SEVEN!) game spell as manager part of a shambolic 2014-15 season that almost saw them drop out of the Football League. The arrival of Ronnie Moore sparked a bit of a houdini act that somehow stopped that happening, but he was also fired two thirds of the way through the 2015-16 season.

We then had a year of Craig Hignett before Hartlepool span the wheel again. Hartlepool brought in Dave Jones - a manager of huge experience, but someone who had been out of the game for a significant period. He was to win just five games in a total of 20 matches, as they tumbled out of the Football League - ultimately the fall guys in Newport County's great escape, dropping into the bottom two on the final day. Down into the National League they went.

So far, Hartlepool haven't shown too many signs of getting themselves promoted back into the Football League. Financial problems proved disruptive, with Raj Singh coming in as a new owner in April 2018 to help stabilise things. They've also continued their trend for a high management turnover, with Craig Harrison, Matthew Bates and Richard Money (caretaker) all being employed during their first 18 months in non-league football, before Craig Hignett came in during January 2019 as their current manager, returning after his 2016-17 stint. He's so far managed a fairly solid mid-table performance, and as things stands it looks like Hartlepool's stay in fifth tier football may be a long one rather than a short one.

Hartlepool United : We've Met Before
Previous Results for Yeovil Town First Team vs Hartlepool United

03/09/2005AwayCCL1W1-04572Bastianini 68
07/01/2006HomeCCL1W2-05480Jevons 26, 60
08/12/2007HomeCCL1W3-14694Skiverton 27, Stewart 31, Owusu 77
24/03/2008AwayCCL1L0-23808
06/12/2008AwayCCL1D0-03393
18/04/2009HomeCCL1L2-34332Tomlin 7, Townsend 57
19/12/2009AwayCCL1D1-12778S Williams 33
13/03/2010HomeCCL1W4-04169Tomlin 20, G Williams 38, Own Goal 50, Bowditch 71
21/08/2010HomeNPL1L0-23537
14/12/2010AwayFAC2L2-41914A Williams 18, Upson 31
09/04/2011AwayNPL1L1-32834Obika 10
26/11/2011AwayNPL1W1-04604N'Gala 25
24/03/2012HomeNPL1L0-14033
10/11/2012HomeNPL1W1-03095Edwards 7
09/03/2013AwayNPL1D0-03633
26/09/2015HomeFL2L1-23078Bird 37
13/02/2016AwayFL2L1-23923Zoko 90
10/09/2016HomeEFL2L1-22749Butcher 56
04/02/2017AwayEFL2D1-13410Dolan 69
05/10/2019AwayNATLL1-23273Murphy 90


Results Summary For Yeovil Town First Team vs Hartlepool United

HomeAwayOverall
WDLFAWDLFAWDLFA
405141124591564102326


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Hartlepool United : Club Statistics

RECENT RESULTS

14/09/2019Dagenham and RedbridgeAwayNATLL1-31392Donaldson 80
21/09/2019Dover AthleticHomeNATLL0-23329
24/09/2019ChesterfieldHomeNATLD1-12953Kioso 9
28/09/2019EastleighAwayNATLD1-11838Toure 11
05/10/2019Yeovil TownHomeNATLW2-13273Toure 47, Kennedy 90
09/10/2019Stockport CountyAwayNATLL1-23465Kabamba 86


FORTHCOMING FIXTURES

CLUB GOALSCORERS
Name LGE FAC FAT LGC CC Total
Gime Toure700007
Liam Noble300003
Ryan Donaldson200002
Peter Kioso200002
Jason Kennedy200002
Nicke Kabamba100001
Niko Muir100001
Gus Mafuta100001
Gavan Holohan100001

ATTENDANCE STATISTICS

Highest League Attendance: 3812, vs Sutton United, 03/08/2019
Lowest League Attendance: 2953, vs Chesterfield, 24/09/2019
Average League Attendance: 3331

CURRENT LEAGUE SEQUENCE STATISTICS

Games Without A Win: 1 Games Without A Home Win: 0
Games Without An Away Win: 3 Games Without Defeat: 0
Games Without A Home Defeat: 2 Games Without An Away Defeat: 0
Games Without A Draw: 2 Games Without A Score Draw: 2
Games Without A No-Score Draw: 10 Games Without Scoring: 0
Games Without Conceding: 0 Home Results Sequence: LWDLDW
Away Results Sequence: DWWLDL Overall Results Sequence: LLDDWL


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Hartlepool United : Club Information
Victoria Park
Clarence Road
Hartlepool
Durham
TS24 8BZ
(Click for map)

Telephone Number : 01429 272584
Fax : 01429 863007
Email: info@hartlepoolunited.co.uk

Chairman : Raj Singh
Fixtures Secretary : Sarah Barnfather
Safety Officer : Ian Wilkinson
Media Manager : Mark Simpson
Manager : Craig Hignett

Capacity : 7,629
Seated : c.4,000
Covered Terrace : Expamet Town End (home)
Uncovered Terrace : lower tier of Neale Cooper 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 currently sponsored as the Smith and Graham Stand. This is a small covered stand holding 1,033 seats. Entrance by turnstiles 1 and 2 from Clarence Road. Turnstiles open around one hour before kick-off. Prices for the 2019-20 National League fixture are as follows:

Adults (Aged 19 and Over): £18.00; Concessions: £9.00; Under-16s: £5.00; Under-5s: FREE.

Concessions apply to those aged 60 or over, Students, those aged Under-19 and members of the Armed Forces.

To purchase tickets in advance, head to Hartlepool United's ticketing website, with the Yeovil match available here. Choose Block E in the Smith and Graham Stand. There are e-ticket and SMS options you can choose if you don't have a printer.

The same prices apply to tickets purchased by CASH on the day of the game. Any fans purchasing on the day will need to do so from the Main Ticket Office on Clarence Road as Hartlepool have now stopped admitting cash via turnstiles. You'll find the Ticket Office situation next to the last turnstile on Clarence Road before you get to Morrisons. Their Ticket Office is open from 10.00a.m. on the day.

Disabled Info:
Wheelchair and Ambulant Disabled supporters are charged as per the above categories but can admit an assistant free of charge if they are on the higher rate of DLA or the enhanced rate of PIP. Tickets must be purchased from Hartlepool's main Ticket Office. Please take proof of status or a letter of entitlement.

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 Neale Cooper 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 2) or tickets@hartlepoolunited.co.uk for any queries regarding disabled supporters.

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Hartlepool United : Directions To The Ground
General

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.
Rink End
The Rink End, accommodation for the away support
Photo © 2007 Ciderspace



By Road

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.

Parking

The club car park is behind the Rink (Away) End Stand on the east side of the stadium. You can book spaces for £5.00 by calling Hartlepool in advance on 01429 272 584 (option 9) but they warn there is limited spaces. There is parking available in the Millhouse Car Park, which is situated behind the Niramax Stand here at Victoria Park on Rium Terrace, off Raby Road. Spaces are charged at £3.00 each - first come, first served.

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 2019-20 season fixture as follows:

Coaches will depart from Huish Park at 6.00a.m. Cost of travel will be £36.00 for Adult Members, and £34.00 for Member Concessions. Non-Members are welcomed but will pay £2.00 more - or you can join on the day.

To place your booking, send a text message to Paul Hadlow on 07736 044570. If you want to call him please only do so after 6.00p.m. You can also reach him at paulhadlow@outlook.com.
Town End
The Town (home) End
Photo © 2007 Ciderspace

By Rail

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.

By Bus

The main arrival and departure point for buses, should you want one, in Hartlepool is Church Square (see above).

Taxis

A selection of Hartlepool taxi companies can be found here.

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Hartlepool United : Web Resources
Web Sites

Hartlepool United Official
PTV site, register to view.


Monkey Business
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.


Pools Mad
Hartlepool's footy.mad site is, well, not very good really. Er, that's it.


PoolsOnline
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
MAD, registration.


Pools Online
Sportnetwork, members only.


Vital Hartlepool Message Board
It may be a Vital website, but unusually the message board is quite busy.



E-Mail Mailing Lists and Newsletters



Local Press

Hartlepool Mail
Dedicated online section from the Hartlepool Mail - updated daily.


Teesside Evening Gazette



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Hartlepool United : Food & Drink
General :

Closest pub to the ground is Mill House (recently marginally renamed from Millhouse Inn, for what possible reason we can’t imagine), a Cameron’s pub with one of their beers, Strongarm, on cask. As it is at the home end you may consider there isn't a lot of point trying to squeeze in with myriads of Pools fans waiting to be served when there are (better) alternatives within an easy stroll.

The Marina area, a few minutes walk east from Victoria Park (current sponsor name, Super 6 Stadium), 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. The Church Street, Church Square and side streets area (just south of the Railway Station) has the largest focus of pubs, bars, cafes, fast food joints etc., all cheek by jowl.

The brewery in Hartlepool is Camerons: The Lion Brewery. Founded in 1865, things looked bleak from the 1970s to 1990s when it was bought and sold repeatedly and generally mismanaged by large brewing corporations. Thankfully in 2002 it returned to independent hands, bought by another brewery based in the area, Castle Eden. All brewing now takes place on The Lion site. There's been a streamlining of brands since, with some beers sadly lost, mainly from the Castle Eden stable, whose name and production now only exists through an unconnected micro-brewery which acquired the rights and recipes in 2015. However, Cameron’s has also introduced new lines, most recently entering the ‘craft’ market with small batch runs under the Tooth & Claw brand name. There is a Tap on site (see below) and brewery tours are offered (though only Wednesday to Friday).

Club Bar :

As a former Football League club there is more provision than at some of the grounds we’ll be visiting this season. The Victoria Suite near the away turnstiles is for members only, but the Centenary Bar situated on Clarence Road by the Cyril Knowles Stand and the main club offices, welcomes visiting fans both before and after matches. Same end, opposite corner is their Supporters Club bar, Corner Flag, which also allows away fans - though there is a nominal charge of 50p. This doesn’t do food but does have Sports TV. The dedicated bar facility inside the Rink Stand visitors end only opens if the away following is expected to make it financially worthwhile – the 650 miles round trip makes that dubious. However, if it's not open then there is alcohol provision from the standard catering outlet, which offers the standard fare of hotdogs, burgers, pies and chips by way of food
The Corner Flag
The Corner Flag - allows away supporters in for a small charge
Photo © 2007 Ciderspace

Local Pubs :

Anchor Taproom and Bottle Shop: After much renaming this is the current nomenclature for the Taproom on Cameron’s brewery site. Up to four cask and eight keg lines are available. Disabled access, smoking area, limited (six spaces) parking. Opening times: 12.00 noon – 4.00 p.m. Wednesday; 11.00 a.m. – 9.00 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 12.00 noon – 7.00 p.m Saturday. Half a mile from the stadium.
Anchor Taproom and Bottle Shop, Stockton Street, Hartlepool, County Durham, TS24 7QY. Tel: 01429 868686. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

Causeway: One of the oldest pubs in Hartlepool, continuously operating on this site since 1862, 0.8 of a mile due south from the stadium, just a little way past Cameron’s Brewery. A Marston’s pub these days, with five hand pumps: Mansfield Bitter and Cameron’s Strongarm as the regulars; three changing ales from Marston’s monthly listings (for those who think that’s a good thing). Multi-room outlet supplying a good range of bar snacks; frequent live music nights; smoking area; disabled access. Opening 12.00 noon - 11.00 p.m. Sunday to Wednesday, 12.00 noon – 12.00 midnight Thursday and Friday, 11.00 a.m. – 12.00 midnight on Saturday.
Causeway, Vicarage Gardens, Stranton, Hartlepool, Durham, TS24 7QT. Tel: 01429 263000. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

Hops and Cheese: Next door but one to Jackson’s Arms (below), but as unalike as er, hops and cheese. Not what one might expect in Hartlepool: an artisan cheese and charcuterie, craft beer, real ale and wine deli and bar that opened March 2017. Draught (three hand pull, half a dozen keg), bottled and canned beers sourced from small independent brewers the length and breadth of Britain. Also, a Flat Tyre cider on hand pull. Opening hours are 2.00 p.m. – 10.00 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 12.00 noon – 11.00 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2.00 p.m. – 7.00 p.m. Sunday; with meals served from opening until an hour before closing. Family friendly, disabled access. A few hundred yards south of the Railway Station and 0.4 of a mile from the ground.
Hops and Cheese, 11 Tower Street, Hartlepool, County Durham, TS24 7HH. Tel: 07704 660417. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

Closed on our last visit.
Closed on our last visit.
© Hugh Gleave
Jackson's Arms: Closed for a while some years back, this street corner local is back and (perhaps surprisingly) very much unchanged, in that increasingly rare traditional guise of a male dominated wet led boozer. A few hundred yards south of the Railway Station and 0.4 of a mile from the ground. Two bar pub, one with pool and darts. Cask is three constantly changing options sourced nationally. The real cider option provided is something from Weston’s range. Opening is 12.00 noon – 12.00 midnight Sunday to Thursday, 12.00 noon – 2.00 a.m. Friday and Saturday.
Jackson's Arms, 9 Tower Street, Hartlepool, Durham, TS24 7HH. Tel: 01429 862413. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

Down by the sea - well sort of sea.
Down by the sea - well sort of sea.
© Hugh Gleave
Jackson's Wharf: Just a few minutes from the away end across the other side of the A179 dual carriageway in the marina development (though a bit longer walk if you cross where you’re supposed too). A Marston’s outlet in their Two For One chain format. Does a wide range of national and multi-national drinks including some real ale from the various brands Marston’s has accumulated. Food is standard chain pub fare from the lower end of the market and served from 12.00 noon – 10.00 p.m. every day. Outside seating area, should the wind off the adjacent North Sea make it warm enough – so about once a year. Masses of free parking all around. Opening hours are 12.00 – 11.00 p.m. every day.
Jackson's Wharf, Hartlepool Marina, Hartlepool, Durham, TS24 0XZ. Tel: 01429 862963. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

Slightly better than average Wetherspoon.
Slightly better than average Wetherspoon.
© Hugh Gleave
King Johns Tavern: One of the two Spoons in the town – well the other is a Lloyds No.1 (below) but we’ve never seen much real difference between the two formats. Half a mile, so maximum of ten minutes walking, to the ground. Has seven changing real ales, and several real ciders. Step free access; an outside area, but no parking. Food served from 8.00 a.m. – 10.00 p.m. Opening is 8.00 p.m. every day, closing 12.00 midnight Sunday to Thursday and 1.00 a.m. Friday and Saturday. We can confirm it doesn’t start serving alcohol until 10.00 a.m. as the year there was a delightful switch to a noon kick-off we arrived in the pub at 9.30. The barmaid began to serve us only for the manager to rush across to stop her. “Come on, we have just driven over 300 miles.” “I would, but…” flicks eyes towards a mass of archetypal Spoons customers pretending to take an interest in the coffee machines while really waiting for the clock to strike ten “… if we served you and not them there’d be a riot.” Despite this we found it to be an above average Spoons.
King Johns Tavern, 1, South Road, Hartlepool, Durham, TS26 9HB. Tel: 01429 274388. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

Rat Race Ale House: At Hartlepool Railway Station, with access from the platform as well as the road outside. The second micropub to open in Britain, at the end of 2009. It has pretty much stuck to the original micropub principles, having four constantly changing cask beers and two ciders/perries, all from small independent producers, and no keg, though recently it’s started stocking a small range of bottled Belgian beers. Snacks are limited to crisps, nuts and pork scratchings. No card payments, cash only. It used to have to shut when Hartlepool United were at home, but no longer – one assumes the licensing authorities eventually noticed Non-League away followings aren’t particularly dangerous. 0.4 miles to the stadium. Opening (except when the owner is on holiday): 12.02 p.m. – 2.15 p.m. and 4.02 p.m. – 8.15 p.m. Tuesday to Friday; 12.02 p.m. – 9.00 p.m. Saturday.
Rat Race Ale House, Station Approach, Hartlepool, County Durham, TS24 7ED. Tel: 07903 479378. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

A Lloyds No.1 Bar.
A Lloyds No.1 Bar.
© Hugh Gleave
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, extra video and TV screens, fewer real ales and a marginally more interesting menu tends to be about it. Has four beers on cask, Greene King Abbot and Sharp’s (Molson Coors) Doom Bar as regulars and two changing. There’s a real cider which will be something from Weston’s. The keg is the Spoons standard selection. Beer garden to the rear. It’s 0.4 of a mile from the ground. Food served from 9.00 a.m. – 10.00 p.m. Opening is 9.00 a.m. every day, closing 12.00 midnight Sunday to Wednesday, 12.30 a.m. Thursday, 1.00 a.m. Friday, 2.00 a.m. Saturday.
The Ward Jackson, 3-9, Church Square, Hartlepool, Durham, TS24 7EU. Tel: 01429 850140. Website: Click Here. 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.

Top-Tip :

Take some warm clothing. If you don't believe us you obviously haven't been there before or to places like 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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