Hartlepool United’s Silence May Cost Them More Than £10,443.97


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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11 Responses

  1. Adam says:

    I’m a Hartlepool fan and I’m really unhappy with the club’s stance on this situation. You note the lack of explanation, we’ve sadly come to expect that with out mysterious owners rarely even commenting to the fans unless serious pressure is applied as it has been here.

    This has only happened once before in their 13 year reign so you can tell the secrecy that goes on. As you said, the club have no chance of getting their money back so why bother chasing it?! They’ve soured a long running relationship with a local side for the sake of a few bob.

    The Northern League has proved a fertile ground for recruiting players over the years and this will not help relationships with any club in the league.

    In the end the club have alienated their own fans and there’s now talk of collections in order to help BTFC survive. For the sake of 10 grand they surely could have done without this bad publicity. A massive own goal.

    Even worse, the local press have know about this dispute for some time and did not report on it in fear of being banned from the ground again (HUFC banned the Hartlepool Mail and the Northern Echo, the main two papers who report on their games, from the ground in 2008, again over money) and it was a paper that doesn’t even cover Hartlepool (the Middlesbrough Evening Gazette) who thankfully came out with the story.

  2. Ts24 says:


    Try this thread & you will see what we are thinking…IOR hang your heads in shame..

  3. Adam Faith says:

    Adam if thats your stand fair enough try getting facts right tho and the last sentence has four factually incorrect statements

  4. Michael Wood says:

    What is relevant is two-fold: firstly, there is the moral aspect of one football club threatening winding up proceedings against another football club. Secondly, there is the matter of the amount of damage that Hartlepool United Football Club will do to its own reputation in the pursuit of this money.

    There is an example of this that came in 1983 when Leeds United issued a demand for payment over the transfer of Trevor Cherry to Bradford City which put the club into receivership (the predecessor of administration for football clubs)

    Certainly it never seemed to damage the reputation Leeds United.

  5. Martin says:

    “Certainly it never seemed to damage the reputation Leeds United.”

    Is that possible? ;o)

  6. Albert Ross says:

    Whatever the claims and counter-claims, many of us at Pools consider that the club have scored a massive own goal on this. IOR have rarely been forthcoming with info of any sort, the fact that they have bankrolled the club for more than a decade has to an extent meant that we’ve been prepared to put up with the silence with not much beyond a few grumbles; this however is already proving to be the final straw for some.

    Quite how IOR expected to get through this without a storm of bad publicity is beyond most of us. I’m concerned as well because this will stay long in the memory and mean that even as and when the ownership changes it will remain a stigma that the fans will be reminded of constantly.

    I think many of us don’t want rid of IOR – they’ve given us a decade of stability and relative success – but at the same time trying to support their actions towards Billingham Town is like defending the indefensible. They may yet prove to be legally right, but it would be ultimately a pyrrhic victory.

  7. Adam says:

    Do you care to enlighten me with those four factual errors, Mr Faith?

  8. ejh says:

    Surely receivership isn’t a predecessor of administration, it’s a different and more serious process.

  9. Les Dixon says:

    Whatever the rights and wrongs, what do Hartlepool United hope to gain, Billingham Town dont have any assets, so unless, and it would be very ironic, genuine fans like those at pools have a collection and help fund raise the money theres no money to get anyway.

    One suggestion elsewhere is Hartlepool have no reserve team pitch, surely they couldn’t be that callous as to wind up a skint Northern league club just to get the lease on what is, as they’ve proved by playing there in the past, a perfect venue for their reserves.
    Lets hope not!

  10. Keith Jones says:

    Why IOR would shut down a skint Northern league club…What do they hope to gain??? Here is a story that IOR are doing right now to the HUFC supporters.

    The Supporters Association has a building on the corner of the ground (corner flag) that is used as a public house. Away fans are welcomed on match days and the building is used through the week by supporters. This building was built by the supporters under an agreement with an old chairman’s permission.

    Today we see IOR legally trying to get this building back through solicitors correspondences to the supporters Association. Once the local council sell the ground to Hufc owners – IOR. The supporters association will be removed from the Corner Flag by the IOR. This is a supporters association that has supported (financially) Hufc over numerous decades.

    Please feel free to contact the Supporters committee who would gladly verify these details

    On a closing note, we once had the words on the club badge” The Towns Club ” today we have “1908” and IOR Ltd underneath it..

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