Nickname: The Pool
Year formed: 1908
Ground: Victoria Park, Clarence Road, Hartlepool, TS24 8BZ
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2008/09 average: 3,834
For visitors: 967 in the Rink End Stand
- 1 Norwich City star tipped to reject move to Tottenham
- 2 City striker seals Swindon loan move; Hugill injury boost
- 3 Lambert and Ipswich in crisis: Do you care, City fans?
- 4 City midfielder returns to Norfolk after loan spell terminated
- 5 Cantwell explains why he wears different coloured boots and why City is in his DNA
- 6 Placheta must kick on at City
- 7 Norwich City transfer rumours: Bushiri close to Eupen loan
- 8 Giannoulis deal proof City can navigate difficult transfer market
- 9 Chris Goreham: The importance of Hugill and home schooling
- 10 City Q&A: Striker light - Your questions answered
Position last season: 19th in League One
Manager: Chris Turner (December 2008)
Player to watch - James Brown: Known to most fans thanks to Jeff Stelling's 'doll' and theme tune on Sky Sports Soccer Saturday, tricky winger Brown offers more than a name share with the Godfather of Soul. Regularly linked with moves elsewhere, Brown is the creative force for the Victoria Park side and works well in tandem with Aussie striker Joel Porter.
Record transfer fee paid: �75,000 (Chris Freestone, Northampton, 1992)
Record transfer fee received: �750,000 (Tommy Miller, Ipswich, 2001)
Ticket office: 01429 272 584
Official website: www.hartlepoolunited.co.uk
Distance: 233 miles
Journey time: 4 hrs, 48 mins
For directions to the ground go to www.pinkun.com/content/pinkun/norwich-city/away-guide/Map.aspx
Pub: For a decent pre-match atmosphere with home and away fans, the Corner Flag is as close to Victoria Park as it could be without being on the pitch. Slightly further afield the Jackson's Arms on Tower Street, Hartlepool, TS24 7HH serves good ale, and there's also the Causeway on Elwick Broad, Hartlepool, TS24 7QT�.
Last league meeting: Hartlepool United 0, Norwich City 2 (29 August, 2009): Goals from Michael Nelson and Stephen Hughes gave Norwich City their second successive League One victory under new boss Paul Lambert as they comfortably overcame Hartlepool United at Victoria Park. The first league meeting between the two clubs was settled by Nelson, scoring against his old club after 26 minutes with a superb bicycle kick, and Hughes, finishing off a swift counter-attack in the 63rd minute. If anything, the scoreline did not reflect City's superiority on a day when on-loan goalkeeper Fraser Forster was seldom troubled by the home side.
City connection: Former City number two Ian Butterworth moved from Hartlepool in January having been reserve team manager.