|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
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!'
|Cyril Knowles Stand|
|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!
|Where To Drink?|
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
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'.
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 12 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'.
|How To Get There By Car & Where To Park|
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.
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
Thanks to Richard Brackstone for providing the directions.
Cyril Knowles Stand (Seats) Adults £25, Over 60's/Under 16's £13
Niramax Stand (Seats) Adults £25, Over 60's/Under 16's £13
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
|Programme & Fanzine|
|Official Programme £3
Monkey Business Fanzine £1.
|For details of disabled facilities and club contact at the ground please visit the relevant page on the Level Playing Field website.|
|Hartlepool United FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website).|
|Record & Average Attendance|
|17,426 v Manchester United,
FA Cup 3rd Round, January 5th, 1957.
2011-2012: 4,961 (League One)
2010-2011: 2,933 (League One)
2009-2010: 3,444 (League One)
|Fans Reviews Of Victoria Park|
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
Stephen Wooldridge (Neutral) 19/12/09
Nathan Heywood (Norwich City) 29/08/09
Daniel Sharpe (Leicester City) 17/02/09
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