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Hartlepool United FC
Victoria Park

Capacity: 7,787 (Seats 4,180)
Address: Clarence Road, Hartlepool, TS24 8BZ
Main Telephone No: 01429 272 584
Fax No: 01429 863 007
Pitch Size: 113 x 77 yards
Team Nickname: The Pool
Year Ground Opened: 1908
Home Shirt Sponsors: Dove Energy
Away Shirt Sponsors: bartercard
Home Kit Colours: Blue and White Stripes
Away Kit Colours: Red and Black
Kit Manufacturers: Nike
Official Web Site:
www.hartlepoolunited.co.uk
Unofficial Web Site:
Vital Hartlepool (Vital Football Network)


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Contents

What's Victoria Park Like?
Cyril Knowles Stand (photo)
What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?
Niramax Stand (photo)
Where To Drink?
Looking Towards The Town End (photo)
Directions and Car Parking
By Train
Rink End (photo)
Admission Prices
Progamme & Fanzine

Ground Layout

Local Rivals
Disabled Facilities
Fixtures 2014-2015
Record & Average Attendance
Fans Reviews
Hotel Accommodation
Victoria Park Location Map

 

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What's Victoria Park Like?
Victoria Park is a traditional compact ground that was greatly improved in the mid 1990's, with the construction of two new stands at one end and at one side. One of these the Cyril Knowles Stand (named after a former manager) was opened in 1995. It is a small single tier covered all seated stand, raised above the ground level. The other modern stand is the Town End which as opened shortly later. It is a covered terrace that is the home end. Opposite is the Rink End Stand which is a small covered all seated stand which houses away supporters. On the remaining side is the Niramax Stand  that has covered seating to the rear and open terrace to the front. This stand does not run the full length of the pitch and has an odd mix of orange and green seating, that clashes with the club colours. It was opened in 1968. The ground has a set of four tall traditional floodlight pylons.

Derek Hall adds; 'All real Hartlepool fans nickname the club Pools (not The Pool). This goes back to the pre-1967 days when the boroughs of (old) Hartlepool and West Hartlepool became amalgamated as just Hartlepool. It was because of  the existence of the two very separate towns that the club was actually called Hartlepools United in the first place. That said though, I'd prefer to see us called The Monkey Hangers!'

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Cyril Knowles Stand


Cyril Knowles Stand

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What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?
Ben Fuggles advised me to 'bring a jumper even in August!'. He was right. The wind whipping the North Sea goes right through you, so wrap up well unless there is a heat wave. Away fans are in the Rink End Stand at one end of the ground, where up to 967 can be seated. Unfortunately there are a few supporting pillars in this stand, which may hinder your view, especially if there is a large away following. However acoustics are good even for small numbers.

If you wonder why Hartlepool are referred to as the 'Monkey Hangers' then it is because the residents of Hartlepool are famously
said to have hanged a monkey that was washed up from a ship that had sunk during the Napoleonic wars, because they thought the monkey was a French spy. The Club take this to good heart and of course who else would they have as their club mascot? H'Angus the monkey of course!

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Niramax Stand


Millhouse Stand photo

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Where To Drink?
The Victoria Suite near the entrance to the away end is for members only. At the same end but at the opposite corner, is the 'Corner Flag Supporters Bar' that welcomes away fans. The entrance fee is 50p, but this basic bar has a good friendly pre match atmosphere and SKY TV, however it does not serve any food. A little further beyond the Miramax Stand on Raby Road is the Millhouse Inn. It too shows football on television and also offers food. Popular with away fans is the Jackson's Wharf Pub near the ground. It has good food and real ale on tap. This pub is over the road from the ASDA store, to the left of the old sailing ship. Otherwise the ground is not far from the town centre where there are plenty of pubs to be found.

Ronnie Chambers adds; 'The Engineers Social Club five minutes from the ground opposite the police station, just off the town centre is okay, as is the Raglan Club just behind the visitors end. Usual club rules apply regarding entry for these. If you arrive a bit earlier then in the town centre beside the Camerons Brewery on Vicarage Gardens is the Causeway pub. Whilst next to the Brewery itself is the Brewery Tap'. Both these pubs are listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide and serve a good pint of Camerons Strongarm.
 

Richard Wakelin informs me; 'There is a micro pub on the railway station platform called the Rat Race Ale House, which is listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide. It only serves real ale (no lager or keg) and only holds about 20 people. There is no bar as such (the patron disappears into a room and re-emerges with your pint), nor music or television. There are also no toilets inside (you are given a key to the station toilets). It's rapidly gaining cult status on Teeside'.

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Looking Towards The Town End


Looking Towards The Town End Photo

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Directions and Car Parking

From the A19 take the A689 towards Hartlepool. Stay on this road following the Town Centre signs for 2.8 miles, over two roundabouts. Go straight over the next two sets of lights, passing Hartlepool College on your right. The next left takes you to the stadium. If you miss the turning (as I did), go past ASDA on your left, left at the next roundabout and then left at the next traffic lights for the ground. There is a fair sized car park at the ground. Otherwise there is some street parking albeit a bit of a distance away, as a residents only parking scheme is in operation on matchdays around the ground.

Map showing the location of Victoria Park (at the bottom of this page).

Post Code for SAT NAV: TS24 8BZ

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By Train
Hartlepool railway station is a ten minute walk from the ground. Leave the station and go straight up a short approach road. At the end of the approach, turn right and head up Church Street towards the large church. At the end of this road is a bridge and junction with the A689. Go straight across the junction and the ground is in front of you on the left hand side of the road. 

Thanks to Richard Brackstone for providing the directions.

Remember if travelling by train then you can save on the cost of fares by booking in advance. Visit the the trainline website to see how much you can normally save. Click on the trainline logo below:

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Rink End


Photo Of The Rink End

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Admission Prices
Home Fans:*
Cyril Knowles Stand (Seats) Adults 20, Over 60's/Under 16's 10
Niramax Stand (Seats) Adults 20, Over 60's/Under 16's 10
Niramax Stand (Terrace) Adults 20, Over 60's/Under 16's 10
Hartlepool College (Town End Terrace) Adults 20, Over 60's/Under 16's 10

Away Fans:*
Rink End (Seats) Adults 20, Over 60's/Under 16's 10

Students and Under 19's can also qualify for a concessionary price in the home areas, providing that the ticket is purchased from the ticket office and a valid student identity card/proof of age  is produced on purchase.

* These prices are for tickets purchased in advance of matchday. Tickets bought on the day of the game can cost up to 5 for adults and 3 concessions.

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Programme & Fanzine
Official Programme 3
Monkey Business Fanzine 1.

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Ground Layout


Layout

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Local Rivals
Darlington.

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Disabled Facilities
For details of disabled facilities and club contact at the ground please visit the relevant page on the
Level Playing Field website.

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Fixtures 2014-2015
Hartlepool United FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website).

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Record & Average Attendance
17,426 v Manchester United,
FA Cup 3rd Round, January 5th, 1957.

Average Attendance:
2013-2014: 3,723 (League Two)
2012-2013: 3,613 (League One)
2011-2012: 4,961 (League One)

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Fans Reviews Of Victoria Park
Steve Ellis (Exeter City) 3/5/14
John & Stephen Spooner (Southend United) 10/8/13
Callum Greig (Gateshead) 30/3/13
Paul Willott (Preston North End) 29/11/11
Teresa Jewell (Sheffield Wednesday) 1/10/11
Andy 'Addick' (Charlton Athletic) 15/2/11

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Hotel Accommodation
If you require hotel accommodation in the area then first try a hotel booking service provided by Late Rooms. They offer all types of accommodation to suit all tastes and pockets from; Budget Hotels, Traditional Bed & Breakfast establishments to Five Star Hotels and Serviced Apartments. Plus their booking system is straightforward and easy to use. Yes this site will earn a small commission if you book through them, but it will go to help with the running costs of keeping the Guide going. The Hotels listing also includes details of how far away the accommodation is located from the Victoria Park football ground.

Access their Hartlepool Hotels and Guest Houses page.

Remember that you can use the above link or panel below to book any other hotels that you may need for business or leisure, either in the UK or abroad.



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Location Map showing the location of Victoria Park, railway station and listed pubs



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Last Updated: 23 July 2014