Up the Pools! Can you spot yourself in these promotion photos?

On top of the world - Pools players pictured after winning promotion.
On top of the world - Pools players pictured after winning promotion.
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Just 16 supporters witnessed Hartlepool United’s “finest hour” on May 6, 1968 - but the whole town celebrated the history-making promotion.

“Years of struggle conditioned fans to expect little; though a hard-core few still had hope,” said Mail archivist Susan Swinney.

Cheers! Hartlepool's promotions left the whole town smiling.

Cheers! Hartlepool's promotions left the whole town smiling.

“Before promotion in 1968 the club’s highlights were restricted to cup battles and the occasional sorties into the top League places.

“But, it was always a temporary success - until Pools beat Swansea Town 2-0 at Vetch Field. Sadly, few witnessed that magic moment.”

An on-going “discussion” still rumbles on today over who built the promotion-winning team - Brian Clough or Gus McLean.

But, following the game, the Mail’s football pundit was in no doubt: “McLean has built up an entirely new regime since he took over.”

It's all smiles as Pools fans celebrate the 1968 promotion.

It's all smiles as Pools fans celebrate the 1968 promotion.

A slightly damaged - but none-the-less very cheerful - photo taken just after Pools won promotion in 1968.

A slightly damaged - but none-the-less very cheerful - photo taken just after Pools won promotion in 1968.