A brief history of the South East Poolies

How was the SEP formed?

The South East Poolies were formed at a meeting in Milton Keynes on Saturday 8th August 2009.


Soon after that, it was registered with The Football Supporters Federation as the official supporters group of Hartlepool United in the South East.


The Association is a Supporters Group of supporters of Hartlepool United Football Club, who are now located in the South East of England.


The Supporters Group predominantly consists of natives, who were born in the town of Hartlepool, who left Hartlepool to seek better opportunites in the South East, such as better employment opportunities.


As a consequence of which, many supporters decided to cluster around the Medway Towns, which is home to Headquarters of the South East Poolies.


The supporters are now based around London and the surrounding Home Counties: Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Middlesex, Kent, Oxfordshire, Surrey, Sussex and Wiltshire.


In 2019, the Supporters Association will be celebrating its 10th Anniversary.

Why is the Supporters Association named South East Poolies?

The Supporters Association is named after the local train company that the Supporters first began to use to attend matches in the South East. At the time, these supporters first attended Hartlepool United matches in the South, they did so via trains running via Network SouthEast, some using Network Railcards to travel to games. 

Victoria Park: Famous Across The World!

The name of Hartlepool United’s home ground is Victoria Park. The ground was originally a limestone quarry that was owned by the North Eastern Railway Company and was renamed in celebration of Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee.


Locals call the Ground by the name of “The Vic” (which is the also name used by the locals for the Queen Vic pub in EastEnders).


There are many other Victoria Parks, both throughout the World, and across the U.K. There are Victoria Parks famously in Auckland, Sydney, Hong Kong and Toronto.


There are also numerous other Victoria Parks across the U.K, such as those in Aberdeen, Bath, Bristol and East London.

What links are there between Medway and Hartlepool?

Both Medway and Hartlepool have many hidden links between them. Both have military connections, new Marina Developments and new Shopping Centres.


There are many links between Gillingham FC and Hartlepool United FC, including Len Ashurst, Nicky Southall, Paul Baker and the late, great Sir Neale Cooper!


There is indeed a road called Chatham Road in Hartlepool.


Article written by Sam Sengelow

Official Historian and Social Secretary

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