Hartlepool United

Hartlepool United

Nickname: The Pool

Year formed: 1908

Ground: Victoria Park, Clarence Road, Hartlepool, TS24 8BZ

Capacity: 7,787


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2008/09 average: 3,834

For visitors: 967 in the Rink End Stand

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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.

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