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Away guide: Victoria Park

6 September 2013

Wanderers will be looking to extend their unbeaten run to four games when they make the long trip to Hartlepool United on Saturday (k.o. 3pm).

Victoria Park, Clarence Road, Hartlepool, TS24 8BZ

On the day  
Adults: £25
Student/Senior/U19/U16: £13

Tickets are now only available to purchase on arrival at the ground.

Recommended road directions
Take the M1 north and at J32 take the M18. At J2 pick up the northbound A1(M). Continue northwards on the A1(M) and the A1. Leave the A1(M) at J49 (s/p Thirsk A168, Teeside A19) onto the A168. After 7.3 miles bear north onto the A19 towards Middlesbrough. After 30.3 miles, join the A689 s/p Hartlepool. Continue through Newton Bewley village. Follow ‘Town Centre’ signs for 2.8 miles, over 2 roundabouts. At the traffic lights, just past the Blacksmiths Arms, go straight on. Go straight on at the next lights over the bridge into the new marina complex and straight on again at the roundabout into Marina Way. This is the area for the Jackson’s Wharf parking. For the ground, continue to the next roundabout and turn left (s/p The North A179, A1048). Turn left at the lights into Clarence Road for the ground.
Coach travel
OWWSA will be running a coach that will leave Adams Park at 7am. The prices are £30 for adults, £29 for students/seniors and £28 for children. Places cost £3 extra for non-members. If you wish to book by phone (01296 429307) or by email (bookings@owwsa.co.uk), you need to do so by Thursday at 5pm. After that time your seat on the coach cannot be guaranteed. 
 
Travelling by rail?
Hartlepool railway station is a 10-minute walk from the ground. Leave the station and at the end of the approach road turn right and head up Church Street. At the end of this road is a bridge and junction with the A689. Go straight across the junction and the ground is in front of you on the left-hand side of the road. 

Facilities for away fans
Away fans are in the all-seated Smith & Graham Stand (also known as The Rink End) behind one goal (official capacity 1,033). Entry is by turnstiles 1 and 2 in Clarence Road. There are a few supporting pillars which may hinder your view. Acoustics are good. There's a car park behind the Niramax Stand and street parking around Raby Road.
 
Around the stadium
At the ground there is the 'Corner Flag Supporters Bar' (entrance fee 50p) that welcomes away fans. The Victoria Suite near the entrance to the away end is for members only. 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.
Pools' 2012/13 season – at a glance
The Pool were relegated from League 1 last season after just nine victories in the campaign. They would have finished bottom if Portsmouth had not been deducted 10 points. There was no relief in the cups with first round exits in the three major competitions. Midfielder Andy Monkhouse top scored with a total of seven. 

Renewing rivalries
Two seasons ago Wanderers doubled The Pool in style. In October the Blues won 3-1 at Victoria Park with goals from Scott Donnelly, Stuart Beavon and a Sam Collins own goal. It was even better at Adams Park in February. Two goals each from the on-loan Paul Hayes and Beavon together with Gary Doherty’s first for the club saw the Chairboys run out 5-0 winners. Hartlepool finished 13th that season while Wycombe were unfortunately relegated.
Pools trivia
In the 2002 council election, the team’s mascot “H’Angus the Monkey”, (also known as Stuart Drummond), was elected mayor of Hartlepool as an independent, under the slogan “free bananas for schoolchildren”. Although his candidacy was just a publicity event he was re-elected after throwing off his comedy image and identifying himself increasingly with the Council’s Labour group.

Information provided by Adrian Wood 
 

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