10 pictures of the best fancy dress efforts from Hartlepool United fans

Pools fans dressed up as Smurfs in 2012.
Pools fans dressed up as Smurfs in 2012.

Hartlepool United fans will yet again embark on a final day fancy dress adventure - this year as Stormtroopers.

Following on from Smurfs, penguins, Thunderbirds and Oompa Loompas in recent years, it has become a tradition 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.

Pools' first final away day fancy dress was as Oompa Lumpas at Charlton in 2011.

Pools' first final away day fancy dress was as Oompa Lumpas at Charlton in 2011.

And this year is no different, with the Star Wars theme assigned to Pools fans making the long trip to Plymouth on Saturday, May 7.

This is not the first time the annual dress-up has taken them to Home Park, as organiser John Pearson explained.

He said: "Two years ago we sent the Thunderbirds to offer Colin Cooper’s squad International Rescue at Plymouth.

"This year, with Plymouth potentially going for automatic promotion, it’s felt we need to send a stronger ‘force’ to match up to their Green Army!"

The Oompa Lumpas were out in force at The Valley.

The Oompa Lumpas were out in force at The Valley.

We take a look at previous years when Pools fans have hit the national spotlight embarking on their end of season trip.

Hartlepool were back at Charlton a year later, where the Smurfs made an appearance!

Hartlepool were back at Charlton a year later, where the Smurfs made an appearance!

The Poolie Penguins travelled to Crawley in 2013.

The Poolie Penguins travelled to Crawley in 2013.

The Penguins took over Covent Garden before the match at Crawley.

The Penguins took over Covent Garden before the match at Crawley.

Pools' fans made the long trip to Plymouth in 2014 as Thunderbirds.

Pools' fans made the long trip to Plymouth in 2014 as Thunderbirds.

Hartlepool United supporters in their Thunderbirds fancy dress at Plymouth Argyle.

Hartlepool United supporters in their Thunderbirds fancy dress at Plymouth Argyle.

Pools' most recent fancy dress saw them travel to Carlisle as Bob Marley.

Pools' most recent fancy dress saw them travel to Carlisle as Bob Marley.

Even former Pools manager Ronnie Moore got involved in the fancy dress.

Even former Pools manager Ronnie Moore got involved in the fancy dress.