PICTURES: Oompa Lumpas, Smurfs and Poolie penguins – Hartlepool fans’ fancy dress finale tradition

Poolie Penguins during the game against Crawley.

Poolie Penguins during the game against Crawley.

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HARTLEPOOL United fans are on the brink of enjoying the last game of the season in fancy dress in tribute to Jamaican reggae singer Bob Marley.

It has become a tradition in recent years for hundreds of Pools fans travelling to the last away game of the season to don fancy dress costumes to see the season off in style.

Hartlepool United fans during the game against Charlton Athletic. Picture by FRANK REID.

Hartlepool United fans during the game against Charlton Athletic. Picture by FRANK REID.

Today we look back at previous years that have seen Pools fans hit the national spotlight while dressed in a range of guises.

Last season it was Thunderbirds at Plymouth Argyle and prior to that there have been Poolie penguins at Crawley, Oompa Lumpas and Smurfs at Charlton Athletic and Where’s Wallys at Brentford.

The annual tradition has caught the eye nationally too, with the Pools supporters trending on Twitter and making the national press as they show ‘One Love’ for their beloved football team.

We want fans to send us your pictures of you enjoying the occasion dressed as Bob Marley. You can share them on Twitter and Facebook or send them by email to: mail.news@northeast-press.co.uk

Smurfs in the crowd during the game against Charlton. Picture by FRANK REID

Smurfs in the crowd during the game against Charlton. Picture by FRANK REID

Smurfs in the crowd during the game against Charlton. Picture by FRANK REID

Smurfs in the crowd during the game against Charlton. Picture by FRANK REID

Hartlepool United supporters in their Thunderbirds fancy dress at Plymouth Argyle. Picture by FRANK REID

Hartlepool United supporters in their Thunderbirds fancy dress at Plymouth Argyle. Picture by FRANK REID

Hartlepool United supporters in their Thunderbirds fancy dress at Plymouth Argyle. Picture by FRANK REID

Hartlepool United supporters in their Thunderbirds fancy dress at Plymouth Argyle. Picture by FRANK REID

Poolie Penguins in Covent Garden before the game against Crawley. Picture by BERNADETTE MALCOLMSON

Poolie Penguins in Covent Garden before the game against Crawley. Picture by BERNADETTE MALCOLMSON

Poolie Penguins on an escalator at a tube station before the game against Crawley. Picture by BERNADETTE MALCOLMSON

Poolie Penguins on an escalator at a tube station before the game against Crawley. Picture by BERNADETTE MALCOLMSON

Poolie Penguins on the tube before the game against Crawley. Picture by BERNADETTE MALCOLMSON

Poolie Penguins on the tube before the game against Crawley. Picture by BERNADETTE MALCOLMSON