Celebrating Hartlepool’s 1991 promotion - are you a face in the crowd?

Garry Gibson and the Hartlepool lads celebrating promotion in 1991.
Garry Gibson and the Hartlepool lads celebrating promotion in 1991.

Up the Pools!

The club suffered decades of turbulent seasons after winning its first-ever promotion in 1968.

Fan-tastic Hartlepool fans enjoying the feaaling of promotion.

Fan-tastic Hartlepool fans enjoying the feaaling of promotion.

But all problems were forgotten in a blaze of euphoria after a second promotion was secured in 1991.

Indeed, lifting the club from Division Four was seen by many as one of the biggest achievements possible at the Victoria Ground.

Chairman Garry Gibson, who nursed Pools through a winter of discontent with a £200,000 lifeline in 1989, said at the time:

“I’ve no doubt the club would have gone into the Vauxhall Conference, and then who knows where.

Fans posing for a Mail photo while celebrating Hartlepool's promotion.

Fans posing for a Mail photo while celebrating Hartlepool's promotion.

“I think the new regime gave everyone a lift. It got people thinking ‘this lad is either daft, or he wouldn’t put his money in if he didn’t think something would happen’. And it did happen.”

Hartlepool players smille and shake hands after winning promotion in 1991.

Hartlepool players smille and shake hands after winning promotion in 1991.