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As with every football club playing professional football in England, Hartlepool United odds have increased in popularity amongst bettors in recent years. With League Two being a division well renowned for its unpredictability, and with even the most seasoned bettors find it tough to judge results in this league, making profits when betting on League Two can be difficult. With sides fighting relegation one season and challenging for promotion the next, Hartlepool United relegation odds are as popular as odds on Hartlepool United to get promoted.

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History

Hartlepool United are a professional football club located in the town of Hartlepool in the county of Durham. Having joined the Football League system in 1921, the club have never played in either of the top two divisions in English football. Hartlepool United currently play in England’s fourth tier, League Two.

The history of Hartlepool United begins in 1908. The club were formed in this year, and were known as Hartlepools United Football Athletic Company. 

From 1908 to 1921, the club played in the North Eastern League. In 1921, Hartlepool United joined the newly formed Football League Third Division, moving to the Third Division North. Up until the start of the Second World War, the club mainly enjoyed mid table finishes, never really challenging for promotion. The club did come close to losing their Football League status on a number of occasions, though ultimately survived.

After the Football League calendar resumed following the end of the Second World War, Hartlepool United continued with their mid table finishing positions. The club did come close to promotion in the 1956/1957 season, but ultimately finished as runners up and remained in the Third Division North.

In 1959, the Third Division North and the Third Division South were reorganised into a Third Division and Fourth Division, not based on any club’s geographical location. As Hartlepool United finished in 17th place in the preceding season, the club were given a place in the Fourth Division.

The club struggled in the Fourth Division, coming close to losing their Football League status on a number of occasions. In 1965, Brian Clough took on the Hartlepool United manager job. Clough went on to become one of the most successful managers in English football, and Hartlepool United were the first club Clough had managed.

Following a number of seasons of struggles, the club began to improve. In the 1967/1968 season, the club finished in third place, enough to see Hartlepool United promoted to the Third Division. This promotion was the first in Hartlepool United history.

However, the club’s time in the third tier of English football was short lived, and Hartlepool United suffered an immediate relegation. Returning to the Fourth Division, the club began to struggles once more, finishing 18th or lower in the club’s first four seasons back in the fourth tier.

The club then started showing signs of improvement, climbing up the Fourth Division table. However, Hartlepool United began to struggle once again, narrowly avoiding a further relegation on many occasions. 

Hartlepool United spent 22 consecutive seasons in the Fourth Division. After many years of struggle and fighting to avoid the drop to the Football Conference, the club enjoyed a dramatic upturn in fortune. The 1990/1991 campaign saw Hartlepool United finish in third place, enough to see the club promoted back to the Third Division for the first time in over two decades.

In time for the 1992/1993 season, the Premier League was introduced. This new league replaced the First Division, and in turn the other Football League divisions were renamed. The Second Division became Division One, the Third Division became known as Division Two and the Fourth Division was renamed Division Three. As such, Hartlepool United began the 1992/1993 season in Division Two.

However, the club struggled back in the third tier, and the 1993/1994 season saw the club suffer another demotion. Back in the fourth tier, the club’s ever so familiar struggles continued, finishing in the bottom half of the table in their first five seasons of Division Three.

That changed in the 1999/2000 campaign. The club’s fortunes improved, and Hartlepool United reached the Division Three playoffs. Unfortunately for the club, they were beaten by local rivals Darlington in the semi final.

The next two seasons saw two more occasions of playoff heartbreak for the club. Hartlepool United faced Blackpool in the 2000/2001 playoff semi final, but were defeated 5-1 on aggregate. The following campaign saw Hartlepool United play Cheltenham Town in the playoff semi final, but once again the club were beaten, this time on penalties.

However, the club went one better in the 2002/2003 season. Finishing as Division Three runners up, this gave Hartlepool United an automatic promotion spot, and the club were finally back in the third tier of English football.

The club came close to achieving a second successive promotion, and with it second tier football for the first time in Hartlepool United history. However, more playoff heartbreak hit the club when they were defeated by Bristol City in the semi final of the Division Two playoffs.

In time for the 2004/2005 season, the Football League divisions were again renamed. Division One became the Championship, Division Two League One and Division Three League Two. As such, Hartlepool United began the 2004/2005 campaign as a League One side.

Hartlepool United went one step better in their 2004/2005 League One campaign. The club reached the playoffs once more, and this time reached the final after beating Tranmere Rovers on penalties in the semi final. However, up against Sheffield Wednesday, Hartlepool United were beaten after extra time, condemning the club to another season in the third tier.

Instead of challenging for promotion in the following campaign, the club fought against relegation all season, a battle Hartlepool United ultimately lost. The club, though, did bounce back at the first attempt, with another fourth tier runner up spot.

Hartlepool United spent the following six seasons as a League One side, but never came close to repeating their promotion challenges that occurred during their last stint in the third tier. Instead, those six seasons brought six bottom half of the table finishes, before the club suffered relegation again in the 2012/2013 season.

Since the 2013/2014 campaign, the club have been a member of League Two.

Crest

The first Hartlepool United crest featured the coat of arms of West Hartlepool. This badge featured a blue shield with the images of a seagull and a ship, along with the motto ‘E mare ex industria’ which translates as ‘From The Sea And From Industry’.

The next Hartlepool United football badge featured a shield split into quarters with each section containing a letter from the club’s initials. 

In 1985, a new Hartlepool United football crest was designed. This Hartlepool United crest featured a football with the club’s initials underneath and the date of the formation of the club placed in a banner above. This was replaced by a badge featuring a hart on top of a blue and white background and the club initials underneath.

1995 saw the creation of a new Hartlepool United football badge. This badge featured a ship’s wheel, coloured in red, with a football placed in the middle. The club name was printed above the wheel with a banner underneath containing the words ‘the town’s club’. This crest is used on Hartlepool United kits today.

Colours

The Hartlepool United colours have traditionally been blue and white. These Hartlepool United kit colours have been used in a variety of styles since the club was formed in 1908.

Hartlepool United are famous for their blue and white striped shirts, and blue and white stripes have featured since 1912. However, the Hartlepool United players have worn white shirts, blue shirts and a combination of the two very often during the club’s history.

The 2016/2017 Hartlepool United kit consists of a fading blue and white striped shirt, worn with blue shorts and white socks.

Hartlepool United Stadium

The Hartlepool United stadium is Victoria Park. The club have played at this ground since they were formed in 1908.

Victoria Park is also known as the Northern Gas and Power Stadium for sponsorship purposes, and the Hartlepool United stadium capacity currently stands at 7,856.

The Hartlepool United stadium layout features four main stands. These are the Town End Terrace, the Niramax Stand, the Cyril Knowles Stand and the Rink End.

Supporters

The majority of Hartlepool United supporters hail from the town of Hartlepool and other parts of County Durham. There are a number of Hartlepool United supporters clubs up and down the country, including the Hartlepool United Supporters’ Trust.

Hartlepool United are said to have a number of famous fans. Jeff Stelling is one of the more vocal Hartlepool United supporters, and also holds the position of Club President. Meat Loaf, Christopher Timothy, Ridley Scott, Janick Gers and Peter Mandelson are all said to support the ‘Pool.

Hartlepool United supporters enjoy a rivalry with Carlisle United. The club’s supporters also had a rivalry with those of nearby Darlington, though this ended with the disbandment of Darlington in 2012.

Ownership

The Hartlepool United ownership belongs to JPNG Recruitment. JPNG Recruitment purchased the club in 2015, from the company Increased Oil Revenue Ltd.

Hartlepool United Football Club are registered in the British Virgin Islands, allowing the club to take advantage of its untaxed income.

The current Hartlepool United chairman is Gary Coxall.

Stats

The list of Hartlepool United stats begin with the club’s all time record appearance maker. That record belongs to Ritchie Humphreys, who made a total of 511 appearances in his Hartlepool United career.

No other player has made more than 500 appearances for Hartlepool United. Watty Moore is second in the Hartlepool United list of appearances after playing 472 matches for the club, closely followed by Ray Thompson.

Humphreys also holds the record for most consecutive league appearances, playing in 234 successive Hartlepool United games.

The Hartlepool United all time record goalscorer is Joshie Fletcher. Fletcher scored 111 goals in his Hartlepool United career, five more than joint second placed Johnny Wigham and Ken Johnson.

Hartlepool United Players

The current Hartlepool United players list consists of 31 members of the first team squad, supported by the Hartlepool United Youth Squad.

Notable ex Hartlepool United players include Ritchie Humphreys, who was voted the club’s greatest player of the century; Micky Barron, John Sheridan, James Hogg, Ambrose Fogarty, who became the first player in Hartlepool United history to win an international cap when he was called up to the Republic of Ireland squad in 1963; Ken Simpkins, Eifion Williams, Tommy Miller, Richie Barker, Joe Allon and Paul Baker.

Hartlepool United Manager

The current Hartlepool United manager is Craig Hignett. Hignett took the Hartlepool United manager job in February 2016, replacing Ronnie Moore.

Hartlepool United’s longest serving manager is Fred Westgarth. Westgarth managed the club for 510 matches between 1943 and 1957.

The man with the highest win percentage out of all managers in Hartlepool United manager history is the club’s first ever manager Fred Priest. Priest managed the club between 1908 and 1912, winning 69 of his 145 matches in charge. This gives Fred Priest a win percentage of 47.6%.

Honours

Hartlepool United have never won a major honour in their history. The Hartlepool United honours list consists of two Durham County Cup wins (1908, 1909); and two fourth tier runners up positions (2003, 2007).

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