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Hartlepool United Football Club are based in County Durham, and are probably most famous for being the first club to be managed by Brian Clough, and for being one of the clubs of ex-England great Peter Beardsley.

Hartlepool play at Victoria Park in Clarence Road, and their nicknames are the Monkey Hangers or Pools. The club was founded in 1908, and was elected to the Football League in 1921, as Hartlepools. Earlier, West Hartlepool had been winners of the then very prestigious FA Amateur Cup in 1905, and applied to join the Football League in the same year, but with Sunderland, Newcastle United, and Middlesbrough in the same area their application was rejected.

Hartlepool United's home colours are white shirt, with blue collar and cuffs, blue shorts, and white socks, and their away strip is red and black vertical striped shirts, black shorts and socks.

The ground capacity at Victoria Park (as of the 2013/14 season) was 7, 856.

2002 saw Hartlepool United mascot "H'Angus the Monkey", aka Stuart Drummond, elected mayor of Hartlepool. His slogan of "free bananas for schoolchildren" may have clinched his re-election. An independent, Drummond has since aligned himself more with Labour in the council.

Hartlepool were relegated from the Football League after 96 years during the 2016-17 season. They returned to the Football League at the end of the 2020/21 season after winning the National League play-off final on penalties against Torquay United at Ashton Gate.

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Famous Hartlepool United FC Fans

Famous Hartlepool United fans include TV football presenter Jeff Stelling, singers Meat Loaf and Ed Sheeran, Iron Maiden guitarist Janick Gers, movie director Ridley Scott, and politician Peter Mandelson.

Hartlepool's First Football League Season

Then called Hartlepools United, Hartlepool's first season in the Football League was in the Third Division North in 1921/22. Notable victories included a 7-0 home win over Chesterfield and a 6-1 thumping of Nelson - also at home.

Hartlepool's first game in the Football League was away to Wrexham, which was a game the visitors won 2-0. Darlington, Durham City and Ashington were three other sides from the North East Hartlepool played against in their debut season in the Football League.

Hartlepool finished the season fourth in the table, with 42 points from their 38 games.

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