Hartlepool United

Super 6 Stadium

Capacity: 7,865 (Seats 4,180)
Address: Clarence Road, Hartlepool, TS24 8BZ
Telephone: 01429 272 584
Fax: 01429 863 007
Pitch Size: 113 x 77 yards
Pitch Type: Grass
Club Nickname: The Pool
Year Ground Opened: 1908
Undersoil Heating: No
Home Kit: Blue and White

Cyril Knowles Stand
Cyril Knowles Stand
Niramax Stand and Town End
Niramax Stand and Town End
Rink End
Rink End
Looking Towards The Town End
Looking Towards The Town End
Niramax Stand
Niramax Stand
Cyril Knowles Stand and Town End
Cyril Knowles Stand and Town End

The Super 6 Stadium is a traditional compact ground. On one side is the Cyril Knowles Stand, named after a former manager, which was opened for the start of the 1995/96 season. It is a small single tier covered all seated stand, raised above the ground level.

Opposite is the older Neale Cooper Stand (also named after a former manager). Opened in 1968 it 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, which clashes with the club colours.

At the Town End, which was opened a couple of months after the Cyril Knowles Stand, is a covered terrace that is the home end. This is now known as the Prostate Cancer UK Stand. Opposite is the Rink End Stand which is a small covered all seated stand which houses away supporters. 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!'

In 2018 Victoria Park was renamed the Super 6 Stadium in a corporate sponsorship deal.

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 Smith & Graham Stand (aka Rink End) 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 the acoustics of the stand are good even for small numbers, meaning that plenty of noise can be generated. Food on offer inside the ground includes; Frankfooter Hotdogs (£3.50), Cheeseburgers (£3.50), Beefburgers (£3), a range of Pies; Mince and Onion, Steak, Chicken Balti, Meat and Potato (all £3) and Chips (£2.50 Large, £1.50 Small).

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!

There is the Centenary Bar near the entrance to the away end, which allows visiting fans. At the same end but at the opposite corner, is the 'Corner Flag Supporters Bar' which also welcomes away fans. The entrance fee is 50p, but this basic bar has a good friendly pre-match atmosphere and televised sports, however, it does not serve any food. There is also a small bar located behind the Cyrill Knowles Stand. 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. 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.'

Otherwise, the ground is not far from the town centre where there are plenty of pubs to be found. These include; beside the Camerons Brewery on Vicarage Gardens, the Causeway pub. Whilst next to the Brewery itself is the Brewery Tap.' Also on South Road is a Wetherspoons outlet called the King John's Tavern. The Causeway, Brewery Tap and King John's Tavern are all listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide.

Richard Wakelin informs me; 'There is a micropub 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 Teesside'.

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 limited car parking at the ground for away fans but these need to be booked in advance with the Club by calling 01429 272 584 (option 9).and they cost £5. Near to the Millhouse Pub (TS24 8AP ) off Raby Road (behind the Niramax Stand) is a car park which charges £3 on matchdays. 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. 

Post Code for SAT NAV: TS24 8BZ

Hartlepool United FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website).

Hartlepool Railway Station is a ten minute walk from the Victoria Park 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.

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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 £18, Over 60's/Under 16's £9
Hartlepool College (Town End Terrace) Adults £18, Over 60's/Under 16's £9

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.

Official Programme £3.

Historically is has been Darlington, but with the quakers now well down the league pyramid, York City have now become the focus.

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

Record Attendance

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

Average Attendance

2017-2018: 3,350 (National League)
2016-2017: 3,788 (League Two)
2015-2016: 3,890 (League Two)

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Hartlepool United v Wrexham
National League
Monday 26th August 2019, 3pm
Brian Moore (Neutral)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Victoria Park?
 
I was in town for the weekend so I booked the very reasonably price hospitality package.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
A ten minute walk from our hotel so an easy one. The tall old fashioned floodlights will guide you!
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
In the hospitality suite so a decent three course meal, player and legend interviews, programme, team sheets, and a nice little pen. All the fellow corporate supporters very friendly, even when it was announced we were Millwall fans!
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of Victoria Park?
 
It is a tidy ground with everything needed at this level. Clearly a former Football League ground.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
Six goals, two penalties and a sending off. One team started the match with ten men and the 11th player was then booked for entering the field without permission.....pretty boring then! A very entertaining 4-2 home win viewed from our great seats in the Directors area.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
Stayed for a drink after and then I was invited to do the man of the match presentation. Everyone contributed to a really nice day so I would certainly recommend giving the corporate facilities a go. It was less than the cost of many a Premier League ticket!
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
An excellent day. Thanks to all at the Club. Well done!

Hartlepool United v Leyton Orient
National League
Saturday 9th February 2019, 3pm
Graeme Whitton (Leyton Orient)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Victoria Park?
 
I now live in Scotland so don't get to many games. The trip to Hartlepool is an easy one and it's a game I always look forward to.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
A nice straightforward trip. I took a train from Edinburgh to Newcastle, then a quick change onto the Hartlepool train.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
I arrived with loads of time before the game so headed to the Ward Jackson (the local Wetherspoons pub) It has no surprises you get exactly what you'd expect from a Wetherspoons outlet.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of Victoria Park?
 
This was my third visit to Hartlepool United, so I knew what to expect. It's a nice tidy stadium and the away end (seated and covered) is fine. Orient brought a bigger travelling support than normal due to the Supporters club running subsidised coaches and you might have some issues with pillars blocking the view in the away end when it's full.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
The game itself was pretty mundane. It finished 1-1 and, even though the Orient keeper saved a penalty, in truth neither team did enough to deserve the win. The atmosphere was fine and the stewarding was fairly friendly.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
No issues getting away. A short stroll back to the Ward Jackson with time for a beer before heading back to the train.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
Overall, a good day out and one I'll be repeating if we're still in the same league as Hartlepool.

Hartlepool United v Barrow
National League
Tuesday 3rd October 2017, 7.45pm
John Woods (Barrow fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Victoria Park?
 
In Football League days Barrow and Hartlepool United were always rivals for the bottom spot in Division Four. I never went to the Victoria Ground in League days, and this was the first time we had played each other since then.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
Because it was an evening match I travelled to Hartlepool by the direct Grand Central train from London King's Cross. Following the directions from the railway station to the Travelodge, the floodlights were easily spotted nearby.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
A late afternoon rendezvous with a couple of fellow supporters in the Rat Race micropub on the station - where we found that the owner had a family connection with Barrow - then onto the nearby Wetherspoons pub for their steak night. There was a mix of home and away fans there and a good atmosphere - comrades in adversity?
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of Victoria Park?
 
The away end was easy to find - just carry along the main road to the far corner - and there were no queues to get in. The seating gave a good view of the pitch and of the rest of the neat & tidy ground. Toilets and refreshments were available just inside the turnstiles; programmes on sale outside.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
A competitive match with both sides having a number of chances, but no goals until Hartlepool found the net after six minutes of stoppage time - largely caused by an interruption towards the end of the second half when one of the match officials seemingly needed a comfort break!
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
No problem; straight back into the town for a few drinks with a number of Barrow supporters who were also staying overnight, then a short stroll back to the hotel.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
An enjoyable day trip combined with an overnight stay, giving a chance for a quick look around Hartlepool itself rather than just going straight to the football match. But as mentioned above, Hartlepool can be surprisingly chilly - wrap up well!

Hartlepool United v Chester
National League
Tuesday 15th August 2017, 7.45pm
Phil Graham (Chester fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Victoria Park?
 
It was my first chance to watch Chester this season after the opening away game at Solihull Moors was postponed. I hadn't been to Victoria Park Hartlepool United since February 1998.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
I got the train up from London Kings Cross via York and Newcastle.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
I checked into my Hotel in Newcastle and then got a train to Hartlepool. I only arrived in Hartlepool at 7:15pm so went straight to the Victoria Park ground.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of Victoria Park?
 
Victoria Park is only a five minute walk from Hartlepool Railway Station and after buying the very good programme (£3) outside the turnstile I paid my £20 (a bit pricey but hey I guess they still think they are a League Club!) Victoria Park was pretty much how I remembered from all those years ago. The supporting steel pillars I imagine would cause a problem for some fans when there is a bigger away following. And the small exit from the seats to the toilets and refreshment area would also be a problem.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
I had a had a burger which was okay and at £3 is about the average price at most grounds these days. A 1-1 draw in front of just 3,000 fans with 191 from Chester. Hartlepool hit the crossbar three times after Chester scored in the first minute before Hartlepool United equalised with twenty minutes to go. I must say the home fans, apart from when they scored, were pretty quiet throughout the match.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
An easy five minute walk back to the Railway Station. Then a train to Sunderland and then a Metro back to Newcastle and my hotel for the night.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

It was a good night out. I just wish trains in UK would run back to London after 9:30 pm! So as to avoid overnight stays and rip off early morning train fares.....

Hartlepool United v Portsmouth
Football League Two
Saturday 1st April 2017, 3pm
Steve Burghard (Portsmouth fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Victoria Park?

The Victoria Park is yet another ground my son and I have never visited and, with Pompey currently in a great run of form away from home, it felt like the right time to make the 320 mile journey up there.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

The five hour journey is easy enough along the: M27, M3, A34, M40, M69, M1, A1(M) and then the A19. They were all traversed without too much trouble. As the Victoria Park ground is only a 25 minute walk from the town centre, we decided to find a side street just off the centre to allow us to explore Hartlepool a little before the match.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

We visited one of the town's Wetherspoons pubs, the Ward-Jackson. We learned however that, as this pub is right next to the railway station, if you time it wrong (a s we did!) and you arrive just after a train load of fellow away fans has disembarked, the pub gets VERY busy and it can take a while to get served. We also had enough time to walk around the Hartlepool Historic Quay area before the game, which was very nice on a pleasant, sunny early afternoon.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of Victoria Park?

Victoria Park is very much an "old school" structure - in some ways similar (from the outside) to our own Fratton Park, although showing more obvious signs of age and general wear and tear than Pompey's ground. We were surprised that the away end was all seater, whilst the other end (and part of one of the sides) where the home fans are housed is still terracing. Also, it's not obvious at first that each section of seats in the away end has its own "block letter" painted on the inside of the perimeter wall that runs behind the goal. This means that there are seats with the numbers A12 and 13 (which we had) in each block - a fact that led to confusion for some if there were no stewards around!

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

Our seats were in the front row to the right of the goal, so we had a great view, apart from when some fans decided to stand directly in front of us! Unfortunately there was very little intervention from the stewards to prevent this from happening, and this led to some unsavoury scenes - always a little sad when away supporters start fighting amongst themselves. Anyway, that apart, the game itself was very enjoyable, with the home side showing a lot of competitive spirit, making the eventual 2-0 win for Pompey even more impressive. There was a great atmosphere for the whole game in that away end too.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

It couldn't be easier to get back into town afterwards. We popped into a restaurant called the "Mumbai Majestic Dining" for a very tasty, reasonably priced curry (I fully recommend taking advantage of the "Happy Hour" deal there) before heading back to the car and wielding our way back down south.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

A great day out and a great win. Hartlepool is a very nice little town, and the ground provides a pleasant change from the many modern, soulless structures we are increasingly seeing these days. Overall a great experience!

Hartlepool United v Grimsby Town
Football League Two
Saturday 7th January 2017, 3pm
Kevin Dixon (Grimsby Town fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Victoria Park?

Victoria Park is another new ground for me, and one where we have not won in the league since the 1971/72 season. That was the first season I started following Grimsby Town as a nine year old with my late dad. I hoped my visit might bring a change of luck, particularly as we had been beaten 3-0 at home by them earlier in the season.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

It's a simple journey via dual carriageways/motorways all the way to the outskirts of Hartlepool, then into the town centre. I parked off Park Road, just behind Cameron's Brewery, choosing to do that rather than doing battle with the traffic nearer to the ground.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

By the time I arrived just after 2pm, it was a bit late for a pint in a pub, so I went straight to the ground and had a drink inside. The two chaps I sat next to had been to the Surfside fish bar/restaurant at Seaton Carew, further down the coast, which they highly recommended. I didn't encounter many home fans on the way in, but those I did were okay.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of Victoria Park?

I was pleasantly surprised by the ground, which appeared more modern than I had been expecting. The away end is all seated, with eight rows of seats, and nine rows in the middle behind the goal. A few of us had a bit of trouble finding our seats in row J, which didn't seem to exist, until a helpful steward pointed out they were the extra row behind the goal. The opposite end of the ground is still traditional terracing, whilst one side is an all seater stand, and the opposite side, a mixture of seats and terracing.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc.. 

Almost 1,000 Grimsby Town fans made the trip, so a great atmosphere ensued, with a lot of banter between our supporters and the home fans in the stand to our right. Stewards were fine, allowing us all to stand throughout the game. Toilets were okay. The game itself was reasonably exciting, Dean Henderson making a fine save from former Town striker Padraig Amond in the 20th minute. Adi Yussuf put us ahead in the 35th, and we had a couple more chances before half time. In the second half, Hartlepool put us under plenty of pressure, without seriously troubling Henderson, but our defence was on top form, and held out for the win.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

It was a long wait to get out of the stand, as there is only one small exit, but once out, I took the short walk back to the car, and was on the way home by 5.15pm, arriving back in Grimsby just before 8pm, after a coffee stop at Ferrybridge.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

A very enjoyable day, especially in view of the result. I would probably visit again, as it's not a particularly long trip.

Hartlepool United v Grimsby Town
Football League Two
Saturday 7th January 2017, 3pm
Josh Holmes (Grimsby Town fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Victoria Park?

I had never been to Hartlepool before and I went hoping to continue our recent good run of form

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking? 

I came on the train from Sheffield, which was an easy train journey. The floodlights were visible from the railway station and the walk took no longer than ten minutes, very easy to find.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

I didn't leave myself enough time between train arriving and kick off, so just walked straight to Victoria Park. The home fans seemed friendly enough from what I could see.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of Victoria Park?

Victoria Park is a small but tidy ground, all the stands are located close to the action with old fashioned floodlights looming overhead. The away stand was compact and packed to the rafters and this helped in generating a good atmosphere. A couple of supporting pillars impeded the view depending on where you were stood.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

Grimsby scored midway through the first half with our only shot on target of the match, and defended resolutely for the rest of the game. As a result, the second half was quite tense with Hartlepool controlling possession for long spells. From inside the away end the atmosphere was superb, although the home fans were quiet for most of the match. Game finished 1-0, and we went home with a hard fought three points.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Leaving the away end took a while but the walk back to the train station was easy once again.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

A thoroughly enjoyable away day. Victoria Park is a nice ground and a hard fought three points. Will do the trip again next season. 

Hartlepool United v Blackpool
Football League Two
Saturday 26th December 2016, 3pm
James Sharman (Blackpool fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Victoria Park?

Victoria Park is new ground for me and a chance to watch some festive footy!

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

Excellent journey and the local Morrisons petrol station staff allowed us to use a staff space for the duration of the game. Very friendly and accommodating!

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

Was going to go to the Wetherspoons which is about a half mile away in the town centre, but instead went to the Morrisons café which is right next door to the ground. Home fans very friendly, giving us directions to the away turnstiles etc..

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of Victoria Park?

Victoria Park is very compact but neat. The away end wouldn't accommodate large followings so any future promotions could present a problem but room for development I'd say. Strange choice of seat colours in the Niramax Stand but on the whole Victoria Park is a nice ground which fits the level they are at, as a club.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

Pies were nice, we treat ourselves to one despite being full from the lunch at Morrisons. Stewards were friendly. Toilets were warm which made a leant short refuge from the coastal breeze whipping in. Good atmosphere but home fans were fairly quiet although that might be explained by their current tough spell.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

No issues, roads lead straight out to dual carriageway which hooks up with A168 eventually.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Great day (getting three points always helps). Very impressed with the friendliness of the locals and despite some people telling me that Hartlepool is not the most pleasant of places, I thought it looked a decent place. We will return to Victoria Park.

Hartlepool United v Cheltenham Town
Football League Two
Saturday 12th November 2016, 3pm
John Dickerson (Cheltenham Town fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Victoria Ground?

It has been over 30 years since I last saw a match at Victoria Park, so very overdue a re-visit!

How easy was your journ ey/finding the ground/car parking?

I took the train from my home in Carlisle to Newcastle. Then changed there for Hartlepool. Hartlepool Railway Station is only a ten minute walk away from the Victoria Ground.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

I went to The Jackson Ward pub for lunch. Very reasonable prices. £1.95. for a pint. Then onto Century Supporters Club Bar at the ground itself.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of Victoria Park?

It has certainly improved a lot, from the last time I visited. 30 years ago the away end was just an open standing terrace. Now the away end is seated and under cover. However if there is a big away support then the supporting pillars can get in the way of your view.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

Cheltenham Town were poor and lost 2-0. The pies though were cracking! Police, stewards and home fans were great and very friendly.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Short walk back to the railway station for the journey home.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Good day out and Victoria Park is a tidy ground. Everyone around the club were friendly.

Hartlepool United v Carlisle United
Football League Two
Saturday 29th August 2015, 3pm
John Stubbs (Carlisle United fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Victoria Ground?

I was looking forward to this game as it was a local derby and Carlisle don't really have many of them. Victoria Park is a brilliant little stadium in my opinion and on that day it was buzzing with atmosphere.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

The journey to Hartlepool was very easy as it was finding the ground, we parked on a street around five minutes away from the ground so it was handy.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

We just headed straight to the ground and got a burger and a pint there so it wasn't to bad. The home fans were not to bad some were very friendly.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of Victoria Park?

I had already been to Victoria Park before so I knew what it was like, a very old fashioned football ground and very unique.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

The game was brilliant really end to end football however we got the win. The atmosphere as I say was really good, both sets of fans made sure they could be heard. The stewards were great and really friendly, The facilities were good nice little all seater for the away end.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Getting away from the ground was really easy until our car broke down and we didn't get home until 10:30pm!

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

It was a really good day out watching the boys play very well and get the 2-3 win that they deserved.

Hartlepool United v Oxford United
Football League Two
Saturday 28th November 2015, 3pm
Rob Pickett (Oxford United fan)

Why were you looking forward to visiting the Victoria Park football ground?  

I had not been to Hartlepool in over 25 years. Oxford were on a good run and, as a northern exile, I decided to get the train and attend.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?    

Easy - direct trains to Hartlepool from York and ground is a five minute walk away.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?    

Stopped at The Rat Race bar on the station - a superb little real ale bar with no lager!!! Full of old geezers like me. Spoke to a few genuine home fans whom were willing to have a good moan.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of Victoria Park?

It was a very windy day so I had wrapped up. Victoria Park is old fashioned but functional. In away end you need to choose your spot. Main Stand looks good at the ground. But you can see the ground and area has developed from 25 years ago.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..    

Decent game, with Hartlepool having the better of the first 50 minutes. But Oxford are in form and got a good winner. I did remark, to a Hartlepool fan, that when you are near the bottom the "rub of the green" does not go you way. We, at Oxford, know this all too well.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Easy - quick walk to station and pint at the bar before heading homewards on the train.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Good day out - even with the poor weather. Hartlepool showed enough that they can pull away from relegation. It is very pleasant to have a short-ish walk from the railway station to the ground these days.

Hartlepool United v Exeter City
League Two
Saturday, May 3rd, 2014, 3pm
Steve Ellis (Exeter City fan)

1. Why were you looking forward to going to this ground?

This was my third visit to Victoria Park, and for once it was nice to go to the last game of the season and enjoy it with survival sorted out the previous week.

2. How easy was your journey?

The journey was very easy, leaving at 6am on the official supporters coach arriving at 1pm

3. What did you do before the game?

On arrival at the ground I bought my programme for £3, before heading down to the Jackson Wharf pub, which is about 10mins walk away from the ground with drinks reasonably priced.

4. First impressions on seeing the ground?

Like most old grounds it's very traditional in its looks with supporting pillars in the stands but in general like any ground where some painting is needed it looks well maintained

5. Comment on the game, atmosphere, refreshments, stewards and toilets? 

With both teams having nothing to play for the game was contested by two young teams, Exeter playing no less than seven academy players with a further four on the bench, the game played in good spirit, Exeter running out as 2-0 winners. There was not much atmosphere as all the noise I heard came from the 184 travelling fans. The bar in the ground is open until kick off and again at half time selling only bitter, lager or cider at a very reasonable £3, not sure on the prices from the main refreshment hut as didn't use it. Stewards were excellent, helpful and you would hardly know they were there. Toilets just to the side of the away stand are clean.

6. Comments on getting away after the game:

Very easy getting away after the game, the coach parked just opposite the turnstiles and getting back into Exeter just after midnight

7. Summary of the day out:

What can I say, fantastic day all round all ending with a 2-0 to end the season.

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Updated 30th August 2019

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