Match Of The Past: Hartlepool United
We continue our series of archive matches of the clubs of Football League One with Hartlepool United, and five matches from their past as well as some fascinating archive footage of one of England’s greatest ever managers learning his apprenticeship. It was Hartlepool United – then Hartlepools United – who first recognised the managerial potential of one Brian Clough, and our first clip is a brief clip from a television obituary of Clough which shows some outstanding footage of Victoria Park – then known as The Victoria Ground: it didn’t subtly change its name until 1996 – from the middle of the 1960s. Hartlepool would lose Brian Clough to Derby County in 1967, and would not see his like again.
Like many other lower division clubs, Hartlepool seldom troubled the schedulers during the first three decades of regular televised football in England. The club didn’t feature on Match Of The Day at all prior to the introduction of goals from all FA Cup matches at the end of the 1980s. Once a season on the local ITV company Tyne-Tees Television’s football programme “Shoot” was about as much as the outside world saw of the club. In the early 1990s, however, there came a proliferation of television cameras at matches, and our next two clips reflect that – a trip to Boothferry Park to play Hull City from the 1991/92 season, and another trip from the following season sees Hartlepool travel to Bramall Lane to play Sheffield United in the Fourth Round of the FA Cup.
We finish up with three matches from more recent times. We have two matches from the 2003/2004 season. First up is a home match against Grimsby Town, and after that is a trip to Cambridgeshire to play Peterborough United at London Road. Our final match is a local derby, a short trip to play Darlington from March 2007.
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