Hartlepool United Football Club was formed as a professional club in 1908 from a successful Amateur Cup-winning team, and joined the League in 1921.
Through two minor name changes, Hartlepool United have spent all of their years in the lower two divisions of the Football League, but nonetheless have a fascinating if somewhat chequered history.
The Club moved past their Centenary year in 2008 and are currently enjoying one of the stronger periods since their formation.
In this section we take a leisurely four part look at the story so far.
Part 1 - 1881 to 1945 : The Early Years
Part 2 - 1945 to 1968 : Westgarth to McLean
Part 3 - 1972 to1995 : From Triumph to the Brink and Back
Part 4 - 1997 to date : On The Up
You can also buy the Club's Official History Book which gives a detailed and unique insight in to the past of Hartlepool United.