Hartlepool United Football Club is a professional association football club based in Hartlepool, County Durham, England. The team plays in League Two, the fourth tier of the English football league system. Hartlepool play their home games at Victoria Park on Clarence Road. The club was founded in 1908 as Hartlepools United Football Athletic Company. Their main rivals were Darlington, until that club entered into administration in 2012.
Brian Clough began his managerial career at the club in 1965. Under Cyril Knowles' management the club won promotion to the Third Division in 1990. In 2005, Hartlepool narrowly missed promotion to the Football League Championship.
The team mascot "H'Angus the Monkey" was elected mayor at the 2002 Hartlepool Council election. The club receives vocal support from Jeff Stelling, the presenter of Sky Sports' Soccer Saturday.Close