Victoria Park (Hartlepool United)

After Hartlepool’s remarkable escape from the foot of the Football League was successful last weekend, it seemed only fair to cover them on this week’s blog.
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And whilst there’s plenty to like about a historic old ground such as this, it’s an odd one to comment on as a visitor. There’s only really two sides of the ground that you can get near, and it’s a long walk from one to the other.
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I made do with just doing one, but have attached a Google Street Map view of the other. A lot of the ground has been rebuilt since Brian Clough cut his managerial cloth here, but I still enjoyed it.
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There’s little bits of the inside visible, which will always win you points. Slightly weird but beautiful turnstiles will always get you a couple of bonus marks too.
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So overall I’d definitely say it’s a good’un. I’m yet to suss out whether the stand that just looks like a load of Portakabins is a good or bad thing, but either way, it’s worth a visit if you’re nearby.
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Woodhorn Lane Update
Everything seems to be going well at Ashington as well. Most of the external brickwork seems to have been done – it’s amazing how much progress appears to have been made in the two weeks we’ve been clarting on with different views of the ground.
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You what? Have I written a book that you can buy? Well yes, but only if you insist.

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