On Saturday 1st April Pompey fans will be making the long trek North to Hartlepool United’s Victoria Park, Clarence Road, Hartlepool TS24 8BZ.
The Pools ground has a capacity of 7,833 and Pompey fans will be in the Smith & Graham stand, also known as the Rink End, at one end of the ground. Unfortunately there are pillars in this stand which may hinder your view. Entry is by turnstiles 1 and 2 in Clarence Road.
For any disabled supporters making the trip North there are details of accessible facilities on the Hartlepool United FC website in the ‘fans’ section.
How to get to Victoria Park
From the A1(M) Junction 60, or the A19 via Middlesbrough, take the A689 towards Hartlepool. Stay on this road following the Town Centre signs, through the village of Newton Bewley, to the roundabout by the Owton Lodge pub. Go straight on, still following A689/Town Centre signs, for 2.8 miles, over two roundabouts. Go straight over the next two sets of lights, over the bridge into the new marina complex and straight on again at the next roundabout into Marina Way. Turn left at the next roundabout to the ground.
There is a car park at the ground, for which there is a charge, but it does fill up early. Otherwise there is street parking but you will need to go some distance from the ground as there are residents only parking restrictions in operation near the ground on match days.
Trains from Portsmouth to London Waterloo will be disrupted by engineering works on 1st April, with replacement buses running between Haslemere, Guildford and Woking. There is an 04.56 train scheduled from Portsmouth & Southsea to London Victoria.
Engineering works and replacement buses can be checked on the rail enquiries website nationalrail.co.uk
Trains run from London Kings Cross to Hartlepool, with a direct train leaving at 08.11, arriving at 11.23. The next two trains, leaving Kings Cross at 09.00 and 10.00 take four hours and involve changes at Darlington and Thornaby.
It is possible to get back to Portsmouth after the match, the only direct train to London leaves Hartlepool at 17.54 arriving at Kings Cross at 20.57. After that the 18.19 will take four hours with changes at Thornaby and Darlington arriving at Kings Cross at 22.25.
Hartlepool Railway station is about ten minutes walk from the ground. Leave the station and go straight up a short approach road. At the end of the approach, turn right and head up Church Street towards the large church. At the end of this road is a bridge and junction with the A689. Go straight across this junction and the ground is in front of you on the left hand side of the road.
Where to eat and drink
Jackson’s Wharf pub on Hartlepool Marina, The Highlight, Hartlepool, TS24 0XN, welcomes Pompey supporters. The pub has a large selection of drinks including cask ales, a two for one meal offer and has free parking. Any Blues supporters wanting to reserve tables or organise a buffet for their group should contact the manager Matthew John on 01429 862963.
In the town centre are two Wetherspoons pubs, The Ward Jackson, Church Square, TS24 7EU and the King John’s Tavern, South Road, TS26 9HD. For real ale lovers there is a micro pub at the station, the Rat Race Ale House. It has a great selection of real ales, but no lager. It only holds about twenty people though.
At the ground the Victoria Suite near the away end, allows in away fans as does the Corner Flag Supporters’ Bar at the opposite corner, which has Sky TV but no food and charges a small entrance fee. Inside the ground the usual selection of hot drinks and food are on sale.