Victoria Park is a football ground in Hartlepool, County Durham, England, which is the home of League Two club Hartlepool United. The stadium was previously known as the Northern Gas and Power Stadium between August 2016 and June 2017. Additionally, the ground was called The Super 6 Stadium during the 2018–19 season for sponsorship reasons.
If you wonder why Hartlepool are referred to as the ‘Monkey Hangers’ then it is because the residents of Hartlepool are famously said to have hanged a monkey that was washed up from a ship that had sunk during the Napoleonic wars, because they thought the monkey was a French spy.
Victoria Park is a traditional compact ground. On one side is the Cyril Knowles Stand, named after a former manager (now called the Camerons CK Stand in a corporate sponsorship deal), which was opened for the start of the 1995/96 season. It is a small single tier covered all seated stand, raised above the ground level.
Opposite is the older Neale Cooper Stand (also named after a former manager and now called the Niramax Stand in a corporate sponsorship deal). Opened in 1968 it has covered seating to the rear and open terrace to the front. This stand does not run the full length of the pitch and has an odd mix of orange and green seating, which clashes with the club colours.
At the Town End, which was opened a couple of months after the Cyril Knowles Stand, is a covered terrace that is the home end. This is now known as the Prostate Cancer UK. Opposite is the Smith & Graham Stand (Rink End) Stand which is a small covered all seated stand which houses away supporters. The ground has a set of four tall traditional floodlight pylons.
Away fans are in the Smith & Graham Stand (aka Rink End) at one end of the ground, where up to 967 can be seated. Unfortunately there, are a few supporting pillars in this stand, which may hinder your view, especially if there is a large away following. However the acoustics of the stand are good even for small numbers, meaning that plenty of noise can be generated.
There is the Centenary Bar near the entrance to the away end, which allows visiting fans. At the same end but at the opposite corner, is the ‘Corner Flag Supporters Bar’ which also welcomes away fans. The entrance fee is 50p, but this basic bar has a good friendly pre-match atmosphere and televised sports, however, it does not serve any food.
There is also a small bar located behind the Cyrill Knowles Stand. A little further beyond the Miramax Stand on Raby Road is the Millhouse Inn. It too shows football on television and also offers food. Popular with away fans is the Jackson’s Wharf Pub near the ground. This pub is over the road from the ASDA store, to the left of the old sailing ship.
Otherwise, the ground is not far from the town centre where there are plenty of pubs to be found. These include; beside the Camerons Brewery on Vicarage Gardens, the Causeway pub. Whilst next to the Brewery itself is the Anchor Tap Room.’ Recently opened on Tower Street is intriguingly named ‘Hops and Cheese’ real and craft ale bar. The Causeway and the Anchor Tap Room are both listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide.
There are some car parking spaces at the stadium for away fans but these are limited and have to be booked in advance. There is also a matchday car park near the stadium, but not much street parking as there is a residents only parking scheme in operation. Hartlepool Railway Station is a ten minute walk from the Victoria Park ground.
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