Victoria Park Ground Guide

Victoria Park (Capacity 7,865)

  

The Cyril Knowles Stand (1,775 Seats)

Built in the mid 90’s, this smart single tier stand houses the directors box, executive boxes, players tunnel, dugouts and the family enclosure. There are catering/bar facilities at the back of this stand in addition to the Centenary Bar, which offers a covered drinking area.


The Town End (1,599 Terrace)

This stand was also built in the mid 90’s and is officially named The Prostate Cancer UK Stand. Again, this is a smart looking stand, with a single tier of covered terracing. Although not the wall of noise that it was in the early to mid-2000’s, the stand can still crackle for big games. Excellent behind the goal views are enjoyed from here and the bar at the back now benefits from a marquee cover donated by the Friends of Hartlepool United group. An additional bar can also be found in the corner alongside the Cyril Knowles Stand.


Neale Cooper Stand Upper (1,549 Seats)

Also known as the Niramax Stand, the best views in the ground can be found in this elevated stand. Unfortunately, the seats have no backs, which prevents it from being a truly fantastic stand. For big games, the seats closest to the away end can be quite lively, with great vocal backing. The bar and catering facilities benefit from being enclosed under the stand, meaning fans have protection from the elements. This stand also houses the press box.


Neale Cooper Stand Lower (1,832 Terrace)

This is an uncovered terrace that runs the length of the pitch. Some folk in this stand have been stood in the same spot for several decades (and have seriously never actually moved), with the more vocal element located closest to the away end. Facilities are shared as the seats and located at the back of the stand.


Rink End (1,035 Seats for away supporters)

This is the clubs traditional home end and known as the Smith & Graham Stand after a local solicitor’s firm. Many home fans still mourn its loss, but it was never the same after the installation of seats. The stand has great acoustics, meaning that even a small following can make a racket. There are bar and catering facilities located to the sides of the stand.


Club Shop

This is located behind the Rink End

Bars/Pubs at the ground

The Centenary Bar

This is the clubs own bar located at the back of the Cyril Knowles stand. It is open before the game, half time and on Saturday evenings. The bar has live bands most Saturday nights, which can be well attended. Particularly after home games. 


Corner Flag (HUFC Supporters Club)

A 2-story building located in the corner of the Neale Cooper and Rink end stands, accessed from outside of the ground. Non-members pay a 50p entrance fee, but the price of the beer will make sure that this is still a bargain. The fantastic, passionate supporters that run this place work tirelessly to help the club and will often come around to sell you tickets for various competitions. This money goes to the HUFC Youth Team. Away supporters are welcomed and you will find the upstairs more of a relaxed seating area, and the downstairs a little bit more vibrant. Pies are often available as is Sky TV.


The Millhouse Inn

This busy matchday pub, has a home feel to it, but away fans are welcome and should not have any issues. There are 2 rooms with the left-hand one being by far the quieter of the 2, although there are plenty of TV’s to watch Sky or BT Sports on. This pub can be particularly lively after a home win and often has live music on an evening. They open at 1100hrs and have several ongoing fundraising drives. As if the place wasn’t already good enough, they have a food van parked directly outside and have the can bar open in the garage (£2 a can) every home match! It is located next to the council car park and opposite the Neale Cooper Stand.


Raglan Quoit Club

Located a couple of minutes walk from the club offices on Clarence Road (address is Stuart Street) well behaved away supporters are welcome. Kids are also welcome until 7pm. Pints priced from £2.40. They describe themselves as a fantastic place to be and this has always been popular with both home and away supporters.


Hartlepool Bowls Club

This club serves a good pint at decent prices and is the meeting place of some well known characters amongst Hartlepool United supporters. Don't be alarmed these are top-notch and will bend your ear over a pint or 10.

Town Centre/Station/Marina

The Corporation Club

Known as the Clippy Club, they have a great choice of drinks at very decent prices, plus pies & sarnies, bingo, pool, darts, snooker, sky sports and a giant screen and only 2 mins from the train station. This club has been used for many a fundraising event over the years and always been popular amongst Pools fans.


King Johns Tavern

A large Wetherspoons Pub with a great choice of Real Ale and popular on matchdays. Cheap food is available and  as with the Ward Jackson described below.


Ward Jackson Lloyds Bar

Part of the Wetherspoons chain and popular on a matchday, especially being close to the station.


O’Malleys

This Irish themed pub is located on Church Square and very popular on a matchday. This pub can have a vibrant atmosphere and for some bigger/local games, would not be a great place for away fans to head. Live football is shown here.

  

Jacksons Wharf

A pub that has always been popular with visiting supporters and located in a great setting in Hartlepool Marina. They offer a wide food menu in a friendly atmosphere. 


The Rat Race Ale House

For real ale connoisseurs, this is a small micro pub connected to the railway station out the main entrance on the left. It serves a good selection of regular and guest ales and all are welcome as long as you don't ask for a pint of lager. It is located 5 minutes from the ground up through the bus depot and the ground is in front of you. Remember it is a micro pub so no dancing or swinging a monkey about. 


Around the station are several places including Idols (Indie Music), Hops & Cheese (Real Ale Haven), Clarendon and The Jacksons Arms.


Closer to the town centre are Yates, Showroom and Loons.


The Marina has a large choice of bars and restaurants at Navigation Point, including The Black Olive. There are also a few food pubs including the Old West Quay.

Heading into Hartlepool

The Travellers Rest

This large pub opens at 1000hrs, serving drinks and breakfast. The pub is part of the Greene King chain and has plenty of parking.


The Stag and Monkey

A large pub from the Hungry Horse chain offering cheap meals and a family atmosphere.


Raby Arms

A large, attractive pub with great views of the town and coastline from an impressive beer garden. The pub serves meals in a family atmosphere.


Also the Tall Ships and The Merry go Round offer relaxed dining and drinking experiences.

Parking

There are plenty of options around the ground, but beware of the Supermarkets, who enforce a restricted parking policy on matchdays. There are also plenty of pay and display car parks in the town centre a 5-10 minute walk from the ground.

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