Today we take a final look at the historic Pools promotion of 1968 - and the heroes who fought for glory.
Terry Bell, Bobby Cummings and George Smith were at the forefront of the push for promotion, with manager Gus McLean leading the charge.
“If I mention promotion people say ‘Oh yes, but when?’” said McLean. “If I could tell them that, I wouldn’t be in football. I’d be running a show in Blackpool.”
A superb opening week of the season saw Pools beat Brentford 2-0, followed by a 2-0 victory over Bradford in the League Cup first round.
Injuries and transfers, however, left the club on shaky ground for a while - until a run of good fortune in the spring of 1968.
“This club has never won anything, and they have the chance to remedy that,” said McLean at the time. He was proved right on May 6, 1968.