Pools promotion photos - can you spot yourself?

Pools players jumping for joy after winning the club's first ever promotion in 1968.

Pools players jumping for joy after winning the club's first ever promotion in 1968.

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On a Monday night in May 1968 Hartlepools United celebrated the first promotion in the club’s history - and the Mail was there to capture it on camera.

“I came across these pictures while sorting through old images and thought they might bring back happy memories,” said photographic archivist Susan Swinney.

Fan-tastic: Everyone is grinning after Pools won promotion in 1968.

Fan-tastic: Everyone is grinning after Pools won promotion in 1968.

Sixty years and one day had passed since the formation of the club before promotion beckoned - thanks to a 2-0 win against Swansea Town at Vetch Field.

The victory ensured Third Division football the following season and, following the match, Swansea player Ivor Allchurch offered his congratulations.

“It is the waiting that makes the winning worthwhile,” he told the players and manager Gus McLean. * Look out for more promotion photos in the Mail next Friday.

It's all smiles here after Pools win promotion in 1968.

It's all smiles here after Pools win promotion in 1968.

Pools players celebrate winning promotion after a Swansea Town away game in 1968.

Pools players celebrate winning promotion after a Swansea Town away game in 1968.