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Why was Hartlepool United generally known as Hartlepools, which often also referred to the place as a result?

Question #142403. Asked by satguru.
Last updated May 13 2021.
Originally posted Mar 25 2016 12:53 PM.

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It appears that this stems and persists from the 1908 foundation of the present club:
Although playing at the Victoria Ground, situated in West Hartlepool, the team is named Hartlepools United against public opinion as the company believe it should represent the two Hartlepool boroughs (Hartlepool and West Hartlepool).

Much later, the team and the boroughs both became singular:
10th August 1968 - Hartlepools United gain promotion, but it is "Hartlepool AFC" who play in the Third Division after the amalgamation of the two boroughs of Hartlepool and West Hartlepool. Pool fall 2 points short of survival and are relegated in 22nd place after just one season out of the bottom flight.

This is explained in more detail as:
In 1968 the "s" and the "United" were dropped from the team name of "Hartlepools United". This was in connection with West Hartlepool being absorbed along with the old smaller town of Hartlepool and the village of Hart into one new borough named "Hartlepool". The appendage of "United" was restored in 1977.[3- When Saturday Comes: The Half Decent Football Book By Tim Bradford]

Response last updated by gtho4 on May 13 2021.
Mar 25 2016, 2:52 PM
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