But that did not prevent Hartlepool United fans from enjoying their annual end-of-season fancy dress parade. Thanks to Tim Richardson, Bernadette Malcolmson and all our contributors for these pictures. You can also watch Pools fans singing here.
Pools fans Ryan Baron, Anthony Thompson, Paul Thompson and Adam Thompson.
Pools fans Johnny Sowden, Dave King, Peter and Leo Allen.
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Pools fans Angie Marchant, Christine Edwards, Karen Grimwood and Anne Bates.
Pools fan Willow Taylor.
Pools fans Scott Elliott, Alan Brightman, and Chris Smith dressed as knights.
Thanks to Carolyn Mandry for this picture.
Callum Smiiles ready for battle.
These Knights took a breather at Tebay, in Cumbria, en route to Barrow.
Hartlepool's own version of the Red Cross.
Off on a crusade.
The Pools family.
What a day.
Cheers to Leanne Taylor for this photo.
Inside Barrow's ground.
Ready for the match.
The knights take over Holker Street.
Thanks to Nicola Young for this photo.
Julie Caden kindly sent us this cute picture.
Hartlepool United supremos Raj Singh and Mark Maguire with the Poolie Knights.