Stevenage Football Club make the 224-mile trip to the Northeast for a Sky Bet League Two clash with Graeme Lee’s Hartlepool United…
Paul Tisdale’s men go on their travels for the first time since New Year’s Day as they look to take their recent form at The Lamex Stadium with them. Ten points out of a possible twelve in Boro’s last three matches have pushed the club further into safety and allowed a possibility to climb up the table. Meanwhile, Hartlepool look for their first win in six games in Sky Bet League Two.
Hartlepool were founded in 1908 as Hartlepools United Football Athletic Company before being elected into the Football League in 1921 and spending the next thirty seven years in The Third Division North. They then found themselves in the Fourth Division before earning promotion in 1968 but being relegated the following season. Eight years later, the club were renamed Hartlepool United.
In the 2000s they earned two promotions out of the fourth tier but ultimately found themselves returning to League Two. Hartlepool ended their 96-year run in the Football League due to relegation to the National League in 2017. However, last season they would soon win promotion back to Sky Bet League Two, beating Torquay United in the play-off final.
In the club’s return to the Football League, they have had a mixed bag of results, winning eight of their twenty five league games, drawing five and losing twelve. In addition, Pools find themselves in the Fourth Round of the FA Cup after defeating Championship opposition Blackpool 2-1 two weeks ago. They now look forward to a trip to Selhurst Park to face Crystal Palace in the next round.
Stevenage will be hoping to keep up an excellent record against Saturday’s opponents, after winning nine of the previous twelve meetings. Hartlepool have won just one out of twelve, with the sides sharing the points on two occasions. This season’s reverse fixture between the clubs also went Boro’s way at The Lamex, winning 2-0 thanks to a goal each for Elliott List and Jamie Reid.
Hartlepool have played their home games at Victoria Park ever since they were founded in 1908. The ground holds a capacity of 7,856 and recorded its highest attendance of 17,264 in 1957 for an FA Cup third round tie with Manchester United. Following the tragic death of former Hartlepool manager Neale Cooper in 2018, the club decided to rename one of their stands the Neale Cooper stand.
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